Meet the HRS Leadership Team:
Jes Kraus, Chief Human Resource Officer
Jes Kraus leads and oversees Human Resource Services. He came to UVM in 2011 and initially served as the Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity. Prior to UVM, Jes was the director of the Vermont State Employees Association, practiced as an attorney, and served as a police officer. He earned a BS in Government from the US Coastguard Academy and a Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Vermont Law School.
Peter Blackmer, Associate Chief Human Resource Officer
Peter Blackmer is an Associate Chief Human Resource Officer focused on Labor and Employee Relations. Peter previously served as the Divisional Administrative Manager and worked with directors and managers on all aspects of the Division’s administrative needs from recruitment, procurement, organizational change, and labor contract management. Peter has been at UVM since 1989 and served as the Assistant Dean of Libraries, and as the Labor Relations Professional in Custodial Services and Physical Plant. Peter earned his BA in Sociology, MPA in Public Administration, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, all from UVM.
Andrea Mast, Associate Chief Human Resource Officer
Andrea Mast is an Associate Chief Human Resource Officer focused on Total Rewards & Operations. She came to UVM in 2018 with over 20 years of experience in classification and compensation. In her role, she oversees Classification and Compensation, Benefits and Employee Wellness, HRIS and Operations, and Special Projects. Prior to joining UVM, she led and oversaw the compensation programs for Terdayne, a large, global semi-conductor test equipment company. At Teradyne, Andrea was responsible for all range setting and job slotting and managed compensation programs with over $80 million dollars in annual spend, including bonus programs, board & executive compensation, and long-term incentive programs. She began her career in the Boston office of Willis Towers Watson, a leading HR consulting firm. Andrea earned her BS in Business Administration at University of New Hampshire.
Greg Paradiso, Director of Benefits
Greg Paradiso oversees UVM’s employee benefits and wellness programs. He has over 30 years of experience in human resource management with mid-size and large employers. Prior to joining UVM, he served as an employer consultant with Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence, Director of Benefits & HRIS for McCormick Spices in Baltimore, MD, and Director of Compensation, Benefits & HRIS for Glatfelter Paper in York, PA. Greg earned his B.S. in Labor Relations at Cornell University and an MBA at the University of Maryland. Greg is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Kait Rooney, Director HRIS & Operations
Kait Rooney joined UVM in 2016 and has been overseeing processes that interact with our HR information systems. She currently oversees the HR customer service and HRIS processing staff. Kait has over 10 years’ experience in the human resources field and is a certified professional through the Society of Human Resource Management. Prior to her work at UVM, Kait worked at DR Power Equipment and Manpower Inc., focusing on payroll processing, recruitment, implementation of HR processes, efficiencies and wellness programming.
Nicholas Stanton, Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Office
Nicholas Stanton became the Director for AAEO in the summer of 2017. Before his appointment as director, he served as the Title IX Coordinator. Prior to his work at UVM, Nick practiced law in a variety of settings, focusing on civil rights, employment, and municipal law. Nick and his colleagues in AAEO help the University to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff have a learning and working environment free from discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. Nick has a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Johnson State College and his J.D. from Vermont Law School.
Human Resource Services is a part of the Division of Finance and Administration.