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Directing Business Partner
As Directing Business Partner for HR Services, Rovina Suri and her team of 5 staff partner with serve a number of Dean’s units including the Dean’s C-suite, MD Admissions, Fiscal Affairs, and the Senior Associate Deans for Diversity, Finance and Operations, and Strategy and Communications. The HR Services team focuses on attracting, engaging, developing, and enhancing the employment experience of the staff they support.
Rovina joined Stanford University in 2001. Her prior eleven years of non-profit experience included everything from procurement to career planning to overseeing operations such as child care, food, and facilities. Rovina earned her MBA from Santa Clara University while working full-time at this non-profit. More
In her personal life, Rovina is an active Toastmasters member, having achieved "Distinguished Toastmasters" designation in 2020. She applies her leadership skills as part of the Toastmasters’ District team, and she is a mentor to several Toastmasters members. Her interests include baking, traveling (she has visited six continents!) and walking. Rovina describes herself as an "avid walker. You will often find me walking outdoors bright and early enjoying the sound of birds chirping while watching the sun rise slowly.”
Human Resources Manager
When not in a tent or being pulled around by her 120-pound Newfie, Roxane provides strategic consultation to faculty, staff and students on a multitude of HR matters. With a penchant for creative solutions, she has spent the last 15 years of her career as a trusted partner on employee and labor relations, compensation, retention, and organizational development matters. A former social worker, Roxane most enjoys service. She is always willing to provide resources or lend a hand in helping navigate systems, policy and process to assure all customers find success at Stanford.
Hello! My name is Anna Poteete and I am an Employment Specialist at Stanford University, School of Medicine, where I support the Dean’s Central Units. I focus mostly on recruitment strategies as well as HR Generalist Support. I enjoy connecting and building relationships with qualified candidates and being the bridge to our Hiring Managers. I have a passion for finding solutions and putting together the puzzle pieces for hiring needs. I grew up in the small beach town of Santa Cruz, CA and most of my direct family still lives there and I visit them as much as I can. For college, I went to UCLA where I also swam for all four years. Many years into my joyful retirement from swimming, I found myself missing being a part of a University. Going into my 5th year of my career in Higher Education, I can happily say that I have found my home!
Human Resources Assistant
My name is Christopher Jung and I am a Human Resources Assistant at the Stanford School of Medicine supporting the HR services team. Being in the workforce for only two years, I have quickly identified my passion for helping people. Being at Stanford has given me opportunities to work in a space where I am able to live that out. Being the point of contact for administrative systems, finding creative and efficient ways to solve problems, and fulfilling client requests give me the motivation to continue to strive for success. Despite being a recent graduate, developing my career in Human Resources is something that I look forward to. During a typical weekend, I enjoy taking pictures, thrifting for clothes and shoes, and exploring different city and landscapes around the bay area.
Human Resources Manager
Hi, I’m Vivian Benkowski, Human Resources Manager, supporting Technology and Digital Solutions (TDS) within the Stanford University School of Medicine. Prior to Stanford, I worked in various industries, supporting employee relations, compensation, training, and benefits for 20+ years. After graduating with a Cultural Anthropology degree from Cal State East Bay, I served in the Peace Corps and learned that people, no matter the place, language or culture, are all innately the same with the only differences being the way we go about accomplishing different tasks. The Human Resources profession has made me acutely aware of how those differences are the key to having a successful and thriving organization More .
Away from work, if I am not on vacation, I am probably planning one. Originally from Puerto Rico, I try to go there and visit with family as often as I can, but I also esteem to travel to different countries each year to experience different cultures and to see the beauty of this world. I enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs and supporting education and causes for animal welfare.
Human Resources Manager
My name is Nicole Karas, Human Resources Manager supporting several of the Dean’s units within the Stanford University, School of Medicine. Prior to joining Stanford, I worked at the University of Texas Austin in Human Resources for over seven years. I consulted with various colleges and units across campus providing guidance on complex employee relations cases, developed and implemented trainings and assisted with compensation and recruitment needs. Before moving to Texas, I worked at a non-profit research institute in San Diego, California as the sole HR person. During this time, I learned about all facets of Human Resources which prepared me for future roles.
As a California native, I am looking forward to living in California again and being closer to family. I was born and raised in Southern California and attended Pepperdine University where I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. I then went to graduate school at Point Loma Nazarene University and received a Master’s degree in Counseling. I decided to take the skills I learned in counseling and apply them to the Human Resources field where I enjoy helping foster positive working relationships between employees and supervisors. I’m passionate about helping others find solutions to problems while establishing strong interpersonal relationships with my customers.
When I’m not working, I enjoy being active (hiking, biking, tennis), traveling and spending time with family and friends.