Human Resources


To empower the Pacific University workforce by providing resources and partnership


A safe and equitable experience for all Pacific University employees

Core Values:

  1. Accountability Commitment to holding ourselves and each other accountable in a manner that ensures our work and judgment is dependable and consistent.

  2. Accuracy Devote effort to continuously build competency and precision in logical process creation and data maintenance within our systems.

  3. Adaptability Flexibility in work and development methods that allow us to easily adapt HR service applications to a dynamic and ever-transforming world of Higher-Ed employment.

  4. Synergy Foster cohesiveness and harmony within our roles and throughout our team, maximizing resource utilization and efficiency in order to achieve higher-value results and impact.

  5. Trustworthiness Steady determination to expand expertise and cultivate partnerships to provide exceptional service and support through trusted knowledge and genuine cooperation.

Contact Human Resources

We are located in the Frye Building on 21st Avenue in Forest Grove. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please ring the doorbell.

Contact our main office by email at or by phone at 503-352-3116 — or find a direct contact among our staff listing below.

We also offer drop-in sessions on Zoom. Chat with us:

Human Resources Team

Helen Howell | AVP and Chief People Officer

Personnel Issues | Policy & Compliance | General HR | Exit Interviews 

Tammy Scheenstra | Associate Director of Human Resources

Compensation | General HR

Carmen Castañeda | Benefits and Leaves Specialist

Benefits | Open Enrollment | Retirement | Leaves | Worker’s Comp | Accommodations

Kelsey Delanoy | HR Generalist
Requisitions for Student, Staff & Faculty | Onboarding 

Amy Brown | Payroll Specialist
Student Payroll 

Martha Martinez | Payroll Specialist

Faculty & Staff Payroll | Time-off Accruals | Employment Terminations | Final Check Requests 

Kayla Obrist | Payroll Clerk

Hourly Payroll | Stipends | Time-off Accruals | Employment Terminations | Final Check Requests 

April Meyer | HRIS Project Manager

Paycom Reports | Paycom Training | Paycom Access | New Employee Onboarding | Background Checks

Tiffany Burress | Administrative Assistant & Notary

Employment Verification | Tuition Remission | PSLF | I-9 Verifications | | General Questions


Contact Legal Affairs

Digital Bulletin Board

Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, physical or mental disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, religious preference, or disabled veteran or Vietnam Era status in admission and access to, or treatment in, employment, educational programs or activities, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other classification protected under state or federal law, or city ordinance.

Upcoming Events


Faculty and staff are invited to an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion presentation aimed at fostering a more inclusive workplace for employees. Learn more about this online event scheduled for March 22. 

2022 Staff Honors & Awards Ceremony

The nomination process for Pacific University's 2023 Service Awards wraps up soon. Please consider taking a few minutes to nominate colleagues and community partners by Feb. 28!

Inauguration Week

Don’t miss out on this great series of events March 4-9 celebrating Pacific students, employees and alumni! Then, join us for the Inauguration Ceremony at 4 p.m. March 9. It's also not too late for university staff to lend a hand at inauguration.