Human Resources

Human Resources utilize the best practices in the selection and retention of individuals in the support of the College's success and growth.

Office of Vice President Human Resources

Yvonne Ramirez
Vice President of Human Resources

Samantha Torres
HR Project Coordinator



Albert Einstein College of Medicine provides a comprehensive package of benefits designed to allow eligible faculty and staff to create a program suited to their needs and those of their family. The Benefits Office is dedicated to assisting all employees in accessing, understanding, and ultimately maximizing the value of the College’s benefits programs.

Carla Pasquali, Director of Benefits
718.430.3276 -
Responsible for administration of benefits for all members of the College community.

Lih Lih Squires, Benefits Associate
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Assists with the leave management programs including worker’s compensation and FMLA as well as benefits administration and employee inquiries.

Teresa Winoski, Assistant Director, Benefits
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Responsible for administration of health and welfare programs including, Workers’ Compensation and FMLA benefits.

Compensation and HR Technology

Compensation is responsible for overseeing the administration of compensation policies and programs. HR Technology is responsible for managing the Banner Human Resources. HRIS manages all employee information, including but not limited to biographical/demographic information, employment dates, employee compensation, position management, and benefits administration as it relates to Payroll.

Michele Russo, Director of Compensation & HR Technology
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Identifies, plans and drives business results related to process efficiencies, improved technology capabilities, and a redesign work content flow among HR, employees, and managers. Oversees the administration of compensation policies, programs and pay levels incorporating College needs, industry practices and general trends while providing functional guidance and procedures for effective implementation.

Lauren Vaccianna-Gordon, Assistant Director, Compensation
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Supports the development, implementation and administration of the compensation and performance management programs at Einstein

Dawn Almenas, Sr. HR Technology Analyst
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Reviews and applies Electronic Personnel Action Forms (EPAF) in the HR Banner system; responsible for generating reports to departmental users as requested; assists with development of the HR Web page.

Employee Relations

The goal of the employee relations function is to develop and support a positive relationship between employees and Albert Einstein College of Medicine through programs, guidelines and policies that ensure fairness, respect and consistent treatment of all employees.

Cassandra M. Jean-Baptiste, Director of Employee Relations
718.430.2551 –
The director of employee relations is responsible for the oversight and administration of employee policies and collective bargaining agreements and provides counsel, advice and support to departments and employees in maintaining departmental operations and effective employee relations.

Sheri Robertson, Assistant Director
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Works collaboratively with department managers and employees to provide support regarding performance, and conflict resolution, ensuring fair treatment and compliance with company policies, collective bargaining agreements, and employment laws.

Learning Network

Learning Network provides platform training workshops, customized programs and online learning resources for all members of the College community that help strengthen core professional skills.

For any Learning Network related inquiries, please contact at Yvonne Ramirez.


Talent Acquisition coordinates the entire recruitment cycle and supports departments in the hiring and onboarding of new employees. Talent Acquisition is also an HR Concierge Service Center, dedicated to providing support to faculty and staff members on all HR inquiries and general employment related requests.

Lani Allen, Director
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Responsible for oversight of Talent Acquisition Department. Recruitment Responsibilities: Sr. Level Positions-Manager, Director and above.

Trina Sarkar, Assistant Director
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Responsible for recruitment activities for all clinical research and admin roles. Oversees the volunteer process. System Administrator for all TA systems.

Mirlinda Dakaj, Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist
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Responsible for the recruitment of research and clinical roles (Research Technicians, Clinical Interviewers, Psychology Assistants) and some Skilled Trades roles (Utility Workers/Engineering). Also, responsible for overseeing temporary staffing needs.

Vanessa Claris, Talent Management Specialist
718.430.2545 –
Responsible for providing the highest level of service to hiring managers, candidates, employees, recruiters, as well as vendors. Handles creating reports for Talent Acquisition; oversees purchase requisition process, sources and screen candidates. Also responsible for onboarding faculty and Post Doctoral Fellows and handles talent management responsibilities for the Learning Network for Montefiore/Einstein.

Joseph Zayas, Talent Acquisition Specialist
718.430.3327 –
Responsible for the onboarding of volunteers and staff employees.