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About RISD Human Resources

We look forward to working with you.

RISD Human Resources partners with campus colleagues to attract, retain and develop a diverse workforce. We strive to enhance the experience of all employees and to foster an environment that values respect, teamwork, diversity and inclusion. Our team works proactively to create an environment that respects the whole person.

We provide comprehensive services that serve our community in the areas of:

  • benefits and well-being
  • compensation
  • talent acquisition
  • employee and labor relations
  • organizational development
  • learning and development

Meet Our Team

Kiana Avlon

Talent Acquisition Partner

Provides full-cycle recruitment for administrative and other college-wide positions.

401 454-6238

Lizzie de Cardenas-Norton

Human Resources Partner

Serves as the primary point of contact for Academic Administration, Academic departments (staff), Dean of Faculty Office, Library (staff), Campus Exhibitions, Center for Arts & Language, Strategic Partnerships, Career Center, Center for Complexity, Co-Works, Nature Lab, Research, Student Life, Enrollment, Finance and Administration, including Budget, Controller’s Office and ITS, General Council, Marketing and Communications, and SEI.

401 454-6216

Alison Douglas

Interim Associate Director, Employment Operations/Senior Human Resources Partner

Implements employment operations solutions; serves as the primary point of contact for Continuing Education and Institutional Advancement.

401 454-6720

Jill English

Director of Compensation and Benefits

Oversees and directs compensation and benefits.

401 454-6124

Yesenia Figueroa

Human Resources Partner

Serves as the primary point of contact for Campus Services and RISD Museum.

401 454-6256

Michael Fitzpatrick, Jr.

Director of Labor Relations

Oversees and directs labor and employee relations; serves as the primary point of contact for Faculty and Librarians.

401 709-8507

Melanie Gomes

Benefits Partner

Advises on and administers benefit and leave programs.

401 454-6428

Edrice Jean-Louis

Talent Acquisition Partner

Provides full-cycle recruitment for Campus Services and other college-wide positions.

401 454-6253

Dayna Kingsland

Compensation and HRIS Analyst II

Administers, analyzes and interprets RISD’s compensation program(s) and completes related HRIS actions.

401 427-3140

Nicole Lemery

HR Administrative Coordinator

Provides comprehensive project coordinator, administrative and operational support to the Human Resources Office.

401 427-3130

Kimberly Lima

Manager, HR Info Systems (HRIS)

Manages, evaluates and monitors HRIS information needs, systems, tools, integrations and business processes.

401 454-6439

Alicia Luzón

Social Equity & Inclusion Partner

Develops and implements diversity programs, initiatives, and strategies to attract, hire, and retain a diverse workplace.

401 454-6760

Elizabeth Rainone

Interim Vice President, Human Resources

Leads RISD’s Human Resources team in providing comprehensive services to our faculty and staff community; serves as primary point of contact for the President’s Office and Cabinet.

401 454-6427

Deserai Wills-Smith

Recruitment Coordinator

Provides coordination, logistical and onboarding support for full-cycle recruitment processes.

401 454-6606