Administration and Planning

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Administration and Planning provides oversight and assistance for budgeting, financial planning, human resources and related areas throughout Student Life.

We strive to provide an exceptional student experience by ensuring that all of the units within Student Life have the financial and human resources they need to serve students efficiently and effectively.

Administration and Planning identifies and organizes the resources available to the division of Student Life and allocates those resources based on workforce planning priorities, special projects, procurement needs, and student services and programs.

Focus Areas

Our focus areas include:

Human Resources

We recognize the advantages diverse perspectives and backgrounds bring to the workplace. We work directly with the units of Student Life to recruit the most qualified personnel from all backgrounds and experiences in support of the university’s goals of inclusive excellence.

  • Workforce planning
  • Position classification and transactions
  • Recruiting well-qualified staff with various backgrounds and capabilities
  • Onboarding new personnel to Student Life's inclusive workplace culture
  • Performance management
  • Establishing, implementing and examining Student Life policies in support of equality for all students and staff

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Resource Planning

We oversee the annual budgeting process for Student Life. Our goal is to ensure that funds are being spent appropriately, and are providing the maximum benefit for our students. 

  • Assist units as they develop budget plans and priorities
  • Create and monitor the master budget for Student Life
  • Plan for potential variations in revenues and expenditures
  • Develop and execute long-term strategic plans for Student Life based on the needs of our students and the university community
  • Evaluate unit requests for resources

Staff Directory

  • Christina Hernandez, Senior Associate Vice President, Student Life
  • Larissa Kowalczyk, Unit Business Officer
  • Kesha Foster, Director of Human Resources and Unit Diversity Officer
  • Jinan Albadran, Staff Accountant
  • Jillian Battaglia, Staff Assistant
  • Melissa Ann Boes Kirk, Staff Assistant
  • Mary Clare Fahey, Senior Staff Assistant
  • Michelle Johnson, Budget Administrator
  • Zeynep Onur, Operations Assistant
  • Robin Paella, Purchasing and Logistics Manager
  • Beth Rogan, Director of Finance
  • Angela Slisz, Business Analyst

University at Buffalo
407 Capen Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2803; Fax: (716) 645-6238