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Janik Collin
Assistant Director
PC 224 G
Phone: 305-348-2177
Fax: 305-348-6462
E-mail:

Responsibilities:
Assists the Benefits Director with planning and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department and retirement programs. Provides support to faculty and staff with retirement processing. Monitors the administration of Tax Deferred Annuity (TDA) 403(b) Plans and Deferred Compensation Plans in compliance with IRS guidelines. Oversees the coordination of benefits for faculty and staff on leave of absence and Worker's Compensation.

 

Kuei Ying (Crystal) Hsu, MS, SPHR
Assistant Director
PC 224 G
Phone: 305-348-3527
Fax: 305-348-6462
E-mail:

Responsibilities:
Assists the Benefits Director with planning and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department and benefit programs (group health, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, and other supplemental plans and flexible spending plans). Oversees the New Employee Benefits enrollment process. Advises new faculty and employees of their benefits options available through the Division of State Group Insurance (DSGI) and their retirement options through the Florida Retirement System. Establishes reports to document employees are enrolled in these programs and maintains appropriate records.

 

Karina Hidalgo
Benefits and Leave Manager
PC 224
Phone: 305-348-2079
Fax: 305-348-6462
E-mail:

Responsibilities:
Coordinates and manages all leave of absences such as FMLA, Medical, Personal and Military leave processes in accordance with all company policy and local, state and federal guidelines. Administers and reviews all Sick Leave Pool (SLP) case requests and coordinates all activities associated with the Catastrophic Pool (CAT) Program. Assist employees with their Long Term Disability claims.

 

Mariela Varona, MSHRD
Senior Benefits Analyst
PC 224A
Phone: 305-348-3515
Fax: 305-348-6462
E-mail:

Responsibilities:
Processes all financial transactions involving benefits payments and reconciliation of vendor accounts. Works with tax deferred annuity companies and serves as liaison with employees and insurance vendors.

 

Alicia Pena
Human Resources Coordinator
PC 224
Phone: 305-348-2181
Fax: 305-348-6462
E-mail:

Responsibilities:
Provides assistance and information to employees regarding benefits and retirement programs. Assists employees with their retirement options and Tax Deferred Account calculations. Serves as liaison between the University and the Division of Retirement.

 

Mary K. Cruz
Worker's Compensation Assistant
PC 234H
Phone: 305-348-7960
Fax:305-348-6476
Email: Mary.Cruz@fiu.edu

Responsibilities:
Coordinates the Worker's Compensation Program for the University. Liaison between injured employees, WC State Adjusters, the State of Florida Department of Risk Management and attorneys pertaining to grievances, complaints and petitions for WC benefits. Prepares and maintains data on OSHA logs and submits Annual reports to the State.

 

Nathan Burandt
Benefits and Wellness Program Manager
PC 224 G
Phone: 305-348-2530
Fax: 305-348-6462
E-mail:

Responsibilities:
Develops and directs the university-wide Faculty and Staff Wellness Program. Creates and manages the strategies for building the wellness program and the implementation of new programs and initiatives. Assists the Benefits and Leave Manager with all leave of absences such as FMLA, Medical, Personal and Military leave processes.

 

Maria Cristina Ruiz
Benefits Specialist
PC 224
Phone: 305-348-2058
Fax: 305-348-6462
E-mail:

Responsibilities:
Provides assistance and information on benefits programs to new employees. Processes data entry for employees separating from service. Processes payroll benefits deductions.

Andrew Hart
Senior Benefits Associate
PC 224
Phone: 305-348-2182
Fax: 305-348-6462
E-mail:

Responsibilities:
Provides assistance and information on benefits programs to new employees. Processes payroll benefits deductions.

 

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