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Employee Relations Leadership Team

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    Robert Cancellieri
    Director of Employee Relations for UFHR

    Robert Cancellieri, JD, is the Director of Employee Relations and Engagement, overseeing UF’s comprehensive employee and labor relations program and strategy for faculty and staff. Prior to coming to UF, Cancellieri served for many years as an attorney whose work focused primarily on labor and employment matters in both the public and private sector. Most recently, he served for six years as the Director of Employee Relations at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.


    Rebecca Wright
    Associate Director of Employee Relations for UFHR

    Rebecca 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. Rebecca has over 30 years of human resources experience in both 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 many workplace concerns.


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    Leticia V. Forster
    Assistant Director of Employee Relations for UFHR

    Leticia is responsible for managing the overall human resource program for Business Affairs. She joined UF HR in 2014 and has served as the Employee Relations Manager for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and the College of Veterinary Medicine since 2015. Leticia says HR has taught her to “think outside of the box” and that “communication” is the key component to any successful relationship.


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    David Fox
    Assistant Director of Employee Relations for UFHR Health Science Center

    David oversees the Employee Relations team that supports the UFHR Health Science Center Employee Relations Office. He provides 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 resource professional. David is a UF Alumnus and an avid Gator fan. He enjoys working with teams to provide superior customer service and possesses a passion for collaboration and helping others.

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    Catherine Ciminillo
    Employee Relations Manager – IFAS and Veterinary Medicine

    Catherine serves as the Employee Relations Manager for IFAS and the College of Veterinary Medicine team located throughout the state of Florida. She started in UFHR Employee Relations in 2018 and has worked as an Employee Relations Specialist in both the E&G and Business Affairs satellite offices. Prior to coming to UF, Cat worked for many years as a human resource professional with Aramark. In addition to her extensive background and experience in employee relations matters, Cat’s love for horse riding; and a degree in Agricultural Education from The Ohio State University make her a great match for this role.