Human Resources Staff

The Office of Human Resources strives to provide assistance to faculty, staff, students, applicants and visitors of the university in a timely, respectful and professional manner.

We make every effort to provide excellent service to the university community by using sound and effective personnel practices.  As an equal employment opportunity employer, we are committed to serving a diverse community of students, staff and faculty.

If you have difficulty finding something, or if we may be of service to you, please contact our staff below.

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Melissa Mlynski
Senior Director of Human Resources
(217) 206-7148




Classification/ Compensation

Position Requests and Reviews for New or Replacement Extra Help, Civil Service, and Academic Professional Positions, Civil Service Testing, Civil Service Job Audits, Salary Change Requests, and Job Description Requests

Melisa Hatch
Human Resources Associate
(217) 206-7015

  • Position Requests & Reviews
  • Salary Change Requests
  • Job Audits

Amy Cantrall
Human Resources Assistant
(217) 206-6652

  • Civil Service Testing


Human Resource Systems, University Policies and Procedures, SURS Reporting, Unemployment Verification, Employment Verification, Employment Background Checks, Staff Exit Interviews, I-9 Verification

Melanie Trimm

Employment Services Manager
(217) 206-7078

Carlene Hindert
Human Resources Assistant
(217) 206-6652

  • Civil Service Employment

Kathleen Lurkins
Human Resources Officer
(217) 206-7095

  • Civil Service Employment

Lydia Schillinger
Human Resources Representative
(217) 206-6670

  • Academic Professional Employment

Jennifer Suthard
Human Resources Assistant Manager
(217) 206-8464

  • Extra Help Employment

Labor and Employee Relations

University Policies and Procedures, Labor Relations, Employee Relations, Employee Performance Evaluations

Mark Owens

Assistant Director Labor and Employee Relations
(217) 206-7096

Amy Gurnitz

Human Resources Officer
(217) 206-7021

  • Employee Performance Evaluations

Workers Compensation, Leaves, and Student Insurance

Tuition Waivers, ADA, FMLA, VESSA, ANCRA

Ceitha Steele

Human Resources Associate
(217) 206-7020

  • Assist Senior Director / Maintain Calendar
  • Student Insurance Administrator
  • Athletic Insurance Administrator
  • Workers’ Compensation Claims Administrator

Anthony Lozzi

Human Resources Officer
(217) 206-7237

  • Family Medical Leave -FMLA / Leaves of Absence
  • Student Insurance
  • Tuition Waivers, Employee/Dependent
  • Americans With Disabilities Act -ADA
  • Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act -VESSA
  • Abused, Neglected Child Reporting Act -ANCRA