Human Resources Staff
Director of Human Resources
Janis Townsend, SPHR
Janis directs the operation of the HR department coordinating policy and procedure
issues and employee relations. The majority of her time is spent consulting with managers
and department heads on strategic issues, performance management and supervision of
the HR staff. She also serves on the University's International Committee. Janis has
been designated by the University to be the Title IX coordinator, ADA/Section 504
coordinator and Age Discrimination Act coordinator.
Janis graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary
Education as well as a Master of Education in Counseling and Family Studies. Janis
has over 20 years Human Resources experience in private industry in the real estate,
financial services and software industries.
On a personal note, Janis attempts to keep up with three active children and enjoys
bicycling and quilting. She actively leads the implementation of mission work in Peru
with plans to actively serve the spiritual and social needs of the poor in Lima with
the culmination of a first project at the end of 2006.
Sr. Human Resources Manager
Daphne Johnson, PHR
Daphne handles the day-to-day administration of the university benefits and leave
programs, including C.O.B.R.A., F.M.L.A., Workers Compensation claims filing and the
tuition waiver program. She acts as the Tuition Exchange Liaison for the University
and partners with Student Government in coordinating the University's blood drive
Daphne is a graduate of the University of Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts in German.
She has over twelve years of Human Resources experience and over ten year's experience
working in higher education.
Human Resources Coordinator
Melissa coordinates student employment for the University, organizes student appreciation
events and assists with staff and faculty events throughout the year. She joined the
University of Dallas in 2006 and served the College of Business in an administrative
role for over 3 years. She has a passion for working with students in higher education
and began her new role in HR in 2011.
Melissa and her family moved to Texas in 2006. She and her husband have two children.
In addition to spending as much time with them as she can, she also holds a great
interest in writing as a hobby and is currently working on a piece which she hopes
to one day have published.
Human Resources Generalist
Laney joined the Human Resources department in February 2012. Laney received her
BBA from Baylor University her MBA in Human Resources from UD. She and her husband
enjoy playing with their two dogs and spending time with family.