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Director of Employee Relations for UFHR
Brook oversees the entire UFHR – Employee Relations team, and is responsible for planning and directing a comprehensive Employee and Labor Relations program for faculty and staff. Prior to becoming Director, Brook served as Associate Director of Employee Relations. He previously served as Associate Director for Classification and Compensation as well as Employee Relations Manager for the Health Science Center and Facilities Services. Brook Mercier joined the University of Florida in 2006 after 7 years working in human resources in private industry. Brook enjoys the fulfillment of seeing managers and employees achieve success for their departments and the University of Florida.
Dr. Kevin Clarke
Associate Director of Employee Relations for UFHR
Kevin oversees the E&G Satellite office which provides employee relations services and resources to nine colleges and several administrative units involving faculty and staff as well as Workers Compensation, Unemployment Compensation, and the Commercial Drivers Licensing programs. During his time at the University of Florida, Kevin has served in all areas of UFHR – Employee Relations and spent two years on special assignment serving as the administrator/director of human resources for the newly created Florida Polytechnic University. Kevin is passionate about helping the university achieve its goals by facilitating and improving relationships, procedures, and processes for efficient, effective, and positive outcomes.
Assistant Director – Business Affairs
Rebecca oversees human resources for Business Affairs, which encompasses a number of areas that support the infrastructure of the University, and includes: Business Affairs Technical Services; Business Services; Emergency Management; Environmental Health & Safety; Facilities Services; Planning, Design & Construction; Small Business & Vendor Diversity Relations; Stephen C. O’Connell Center; Transportation and Parking Services; and the University Police Department and more. Rebecca has 30 years of human resources experience, both in the private and public sectors. Her goal is to always have an open door and to provide timely and sound HR advice to her customers. Rebecca is a strong believer in Dr. Stephen Covey’s philosophy of “seek first to understand, then to be understood,” which aids in solving a number of workplace concerns. She feels fortunate to have a strong team of HR professionals working in the Business Affairs HR Office, which provides one-stop service to its customers.
Leticia V. Forster
Employee Relations Manager – IFAS and Veterinary Medicine
Leticia serves as the Employee Relations Manager for IFAS and the College of Veterinary Medicine team located throughout the state of Florida. She has worked in HR since 1998 and has experience working as a HR Manager in the manufacturing industry and an HR outsourcing company in South Florida. In 2009, Leticia ventured into higher education, serving as the HR Manager at a community college in Virginia, and became a member of the UF family in 2014. Leticia says HR has taught her to “think outside of the box” and that “communication” is the key component to any successful relationship.
Assistant Director, Employee Relations for UFHR Health Science Center Office
David oversees the Employee Relations Team that supports the UFHR Health Science Center Employee Relations Office, providing strategic comprehensive employee relations programs and initiatives for the colleges of Medicine in Gainesville and Jacksonville, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health and Health Professions, and Pharmacy. David has worked in health care for over 25 years and has supported public and private companies as a Human Resources Professional. David is a UF Alumnus and avid Gator fan. He enjoys working with teams to provide superior customer service and possesses a passion for collaboration and helping others.