Office of the Vice President
Jodi Gentry, Vice President for Human Resources
As vice president for Human Resources, Jodi Gentry oversees all human resources operations for faculty and staff at the University of Florida. This involves talent acquisition, benefits, professional development, classification and compensation, labor and employee relations, administrative communication services, and work life.
Through UFHR’s strategic commitment, she and her team are working to support preeminence through people by helping to:
- Identify, hire, and retain the best talent
- Develop leaders to manage and lead effectively—in a way that is fair and nondiscriminatory
- Reward faculty and staff both competitively and strategically
- Identify and manage risk responsibly
- Innovate and use technology to achieve operational HR excellence
- Foster an inclusive environment where employees feel welcomed, prepared, and engaged
The Vice President’s Office also manages Baby Gator child development centers and the HR Forum—a monthly meeting to keep HR staff throughout campus informed of relevant news and developments.
Gentry has a demonstrated history of supporting performance, accountability and achievement at the university, having recommended, developed and implemented organizational development activities for vice-presidential areas, colleges, departments and divisions over the course of her career at UF. With close to 30 years of human resources experience in higher education, Gentry previously served as assistant vice president for Human Resources, during which time she regularly led change management engagement efforts for high-level institutional initiatives and served as director for strategic initiatives for the Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. As director of UF Training and Organizational Development, Gentry founded the university’s Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals program as well as the UF Academy for emerging leaders.
Gentry holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication with a specialization in public relations from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in English from Berea College in Kentucky. She also is a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Melissa Curry, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
As assistant vice president for Human Resources, Melissa Curry oversees the areas of Talent Acquisition and Onboarding, Employment Operations and Records, Immigration Services, and Classification and Compensation. Curry works with HR departments and UF units to identify, hire and retain the best talent, provide streamlined and efficient employment operations and assist with the implementation of UFHR’s Strategic Commitment.
Prior to this role, Curry served as the UFHR director of Recruitment and Staffing for 10 years. As director of Recruitment and Staffing, she led a number of system implementations, including ePAF, UF’s electronic personnel action form; GatorStart, UF’s online onboarding system; and Interfolio, an applicant tracking system designed to enhance the faculty experience. Curry also led the recruitment efforts for the Faculty 500 initiative and launched the Strategic Talent Group, an internal executive search group created to assist with UF’s high-level and difficult-to-fill positions.
Curry earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and obtained her master’s degree in higher education administration at UF. She is also a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SPHR-SCP).
Brook Mercier, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
As assistant vice president for Human Resources, Brook Mercier oversees the areas of University Benefits and Employee Relations. Prior to this role, he served as director and associate director of Employee Relations. Mercier has also served as associate director for Classification and Compensation as well as Employee Relations manager for the Health Science Center and Facilities Services. Mercier joined the University of Florida in 2006 after seven years working in human resources in private industry. He enjoys the fulfillment of seeing managers and employees achieve success for their departments and the University of Florida.
Bob Parks, Senior Director of Training and Organizational Development
As director of Training and Organizational Development (T&OD), Bob Parks works with his team to create a significant competitive advantage for UF through great leadership, team effectiveness and individual employee excellence. He has worked at UF as a trainer and OD consultant for more than 10 years. Before joining UF, he taught or trained in both university and corporate environments for more than five years. In his current role, Parks facilitates several of UF’s Leadership Development programs as well as courses in the Managing at UF certification program. He also provides strategic planning and other organizational development services to departments and work units across campus.
Angie Brown, Director of Communications and Worklife
Angie Brown oversees electronic and print communications as well as worklife initiatives designed for UF faculty and staff. She helps facilitate internal change management efforts, providing strategic communication planning and execution for UFHR, the Office of the CFO and other university units. Brown brings more than 20 years of higher-education public relations experience to her role, including previous positions at Penn State and Oregon Health & Science University. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities and as co-chair of the UF Healthy Gators Coalition.
Robert L. Cancellieri, Director, Employee Relations & Engagement
As director of Employee Relations and Engagement, Robert Cancellieri oversees UF’s comprehensive employee and labor relations program and strategy for faculty and staff. Cancellieri and his team work to promote a fair and respectful work environment, allowing employees the opportunity to achieve their professional and career goals. Cancellieri brings many years of experience as an attorney whose work focused primarily on labor and employment matters in both the public sector as Deputy Director of Labor Relations for Nassau County (NY) and in the private sector as an associate with Jackson Lewis P.C. Most recently he served for 6 years as the director of Employee Relations at Albert Einstein College of Medicine located in New York City.
Shannon Edwards, Director of University Benefits
As University Benefits director, Shannon Edwards is responsible for all university-wide benefits and leave programs. Prior to joining UF Human Resources, Edwards served as the chief operating officer responsible for human resources and school operations for Charlotte Christian School, a large K-12 private school in Charlotte, N.C. She has also worked for Blackbaud, a publicly traded technology company, where she was the director of Benefits & Compensation; Family Dollar, where she was the director of Employee Benefits; and MedCath Incorporated, a private health care company, where she was the director of Total Rewards. Edwards received her bachelor’s in business administration at Georgia Southern University and holds human resources certifications from both HRCI and SHRM.
Audrey Gainey, Director of Talent Acquisition and Onboarding
As director of Talent Acquisition and Onboarding, Audrey Gainey oversees UF’s Strategic Talent Group, which aims to identify, attract and engage potential and current faculty and staff and serves as a consulting group to departments throughout the university.
Gainey brings more than 24 years of experience in recruitment, selection and hiring to the UFHR team, having most recently served as talent acquisition manager for the City of Gainesville. There, she led a team of eight in the development of recruitment and sourcing strategies, analyzed hiring needs and provided employee hiring forecasts and championing various diversity initiatives.
Gainey has also led a number of system implementations, including the City of Gainesville’s automated onboarding process and background integration. She served as the HR Change Champion for the City’s ERP Implementation efforts, a member of the City’s Equal Opportunity Diversity Committee and a member of the City’s Core Equity Leadership Team. During her tenure with the City, she was selected as an Emerging Leader, recognized for her commitment to diversity and awarded for her exceptional team efforts to staff a major City project.
Gainey holds a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Alabama A&M University. She is also a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SPHR-SCP).
Brent Goodman, Director of Classification and Compensation
Brent Goodman oversees the university’s classification and compensation systems in order to ensure the university’s compliance with applicable laws and regulations. He previously served as an Employee Relations manager, and prior to joining the University of Florida, he worked as a human resources manager in the private sector, including for Home Depot and Bass Pro Shops. In his role as associate director, Goodman works with university stakeholders to develop and implement programs that ensure market competitiveness and internal equity in order to attract, reward and retain high-performing faculty and staff.
Amber Wuertz, HR Management Analyst, Office of Strategic Initiatives
As the HR management analyst for Human Resources, Amber Wuertz is responsible for guiding HR strategic initiatives to ensure successful implementation of new policies, programs and procedures. In her role, Wuertz conducts analyses of business process improvements and compliance with state/federal laws, and works closely with HR professionals, administrators, stakeholders and the campus community to evaluate effectiveness of proposed initiatives and to ensure process optimization.
Wuertz is a graduate of Western State College of Colorado, where she received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in journalism. In 2012, Wuertz graduated from UF’s Leadership Academy. Since joining UF Human Resources in 2006, Wuertz has served in roles in Recruitment and Staffing, Employee Relations, and Classification and Compensation. She has overseen and/or been a key decision-maker on previous and current initiatives including OnTarget, Success at Work and the Compensation project.
Sommer Green, Executive Assistant
As executive assistant to the vice president for Human Resources, Sommer Green is responsible for managing the VP’s schedule and preparing correspondence, reports and other materials for UFHR senior administration. Green oversees the business operations for UFHR, including fiscal, personnel, time administration, payroll, travel, purchases, computer support, building maintenance and property management. She administers the operating budget and handles all financial aspects for Human Resources. Green organizes several university events hosted by HR. She supervises staff in the vice president’s office and implements internal policies, procedures and guidelines to ensure compliance with university rules and regulations. In addition, Green coordinates the completion and submission of several university reports on behalf of Human Resources, including the SACS accreditation report, effort reporting activity and space allocation. She is also responsible for ensuring UF employees’ financial disclosure compliance for the Florida Commission on Ethics.
Green is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Sciences. She joined UF in 2004 and came to UFHR in 2020 via the Biomedical Engineering Department, Office of the Vice President for University Relations and Operations Analysis.