Human Resources

The Human Resources Department provides centralized support to Central Oregon Community College District, its students, faculty, and staff in the areas of labor and employee relations, faculty and staff recruitment, selection and retention, classification and compensation, equal opportunity, and training and development. We are a business partner to the College and departments to help meet College objectives as they related to employees, culture, and productivity.

Our guiding principles to develop people and resources for success are based on:

  • Partnering with customers to provide high performing and diverse workforce.
  • Establishing and maintaining systems supporting employee functions.
  • Developing and implementing policies, procedures and programs that promote a positive, sustainable, respectful, and productive work environment.
  • Ensuring equal opportunity.

Contact COCC Human Resources

General HR questions*
Building: Newberry Hall

Address: 2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97703

Phone: 541-383-7216
Fax: 541-317-3066

*Please send all Employee Service requests to as this mailbox is checked routinely by HR staff.

About Human Resources

The Human Resources Department is organized by function to provide service to our employees and the public. The following sections, while not inclusive, will guide you through our services:

Human Resources Employee Services

Primary: Front Desk x7216
Alternate: Seana Barry x7218

With our front desk as the primary point of contract, this hub within HR provides operational support to the day to day activities. This team is responsible for personnel actions, employee records, database maintenance, and HR forms.

This central function responds to general questions and inquiries from the public, employees, and supervisors, including HR processes, employment inquiries, and similar.

Recruitment and Hiring

Faculty & Classified
: Gina Vanderburg x7216

Administrator, Irregular Wage, Federal Work Study
Primary: Heidi Weaver x7216

This functional area is responsible for coordinating, guiding and supporting the recruitment and retention of employees across the Campus. To streamline, recruitment needs the front staff is assigned by employee group.

This team serves as support in all areas of recruitment and selection, job postings, onboarding and offboarding.


Compensation, Employee Concerns, Labor Relations

Primary: Laura Boehme x7219

Compensation is determined by the Chief Human Resources Officer in coordination with hiring managers. Employee and labor relations encompasses policies and procedures, employee performance, collective bargaining negotiations and implementation.

HR develops and delivers training to employees and supervisors, provides guidance on performance management, and assists supervisors and employees with employee issues, including corrective action.

Benefits, Wellness, Leave Management

Primary: Karen Peters x7217
Alternate: Rachel Knox x7233

This functional area encompasses benefits, wellness, and leave management responsibilities. As a resource, these services focus on management of insurance benefits, wellness programs, and leave management. Leave management includes FMLA/OFLA, ADA, long term leaves, and other leave of absences.


Equal Opportunity and Title IX

Primary for Equal Opportunity:  Laura Boehme x7219
Primary for Title IX: Alicia Moore  X7244

The College is committed to civil rights, nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. This area focuses on complying with and investigating matters related to various provisions of state and federal discrimination and civil rights laws, such as ADEA, ADA, Title VII and Title IX.

Policy, Compliance, Performance Management and Training

Primary: Rachel Knox x7233

Our HR staff works together to ensure that supervisors and employees are aware of college-wide policies and have opportunities to build skills and to learn about our services. We collaborate with the campus community to provide ongoing resources that focus on developing staff and faculty. Additionally, employees and supervisors can seek assistance addressing employee interpersonal challenges and conflicts.


Additional Resources:

COCC Payroll: Shelley Huckins 541-383-7221 or Galit Miller 541-383-7223

COCC Risk Management: Sharla Andresen 541-383-7208

Department Heads:

Seana Barry, HR Operations Manager
Email Phone: 514-383-7218

Rachel Knox, HR Compliance Manager
Email Phone:  541-383-7233

Karen Peters, HR Benefits/Wellness Manager
Email Phone: 514-383-7217

Laura Boehme, Chief Information/Human Resources Officer
Email Phone: 514-383-7219


View the COCC Nondiscrimination Statement. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Equal Employment Officer, c/o COCC's Human Resources office, 541-383-7233. All selections of personnel are based upon bonafide occupational qualifications. We encourage minorities and women to apply. In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Central Oregon Community College will hire only U.S. citizens and those alien workers lawfully authorized to work in the United States.