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    1845 E Northgate Dr
    Irving, TX 75062
    Phone: 972-721-5382
    Fax: 972-721-4095

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Human Resources Staff

Janis Townsend

Director of Human Resources
Janis Townsend, SPHR
(972) 721-4142

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.

Daphne Johnson

Human Resources Manager
Daphne Johnson, PHR
(972) 721-5255

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 programs.

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.

Liz Engelke

Human Resources Generalist
Liz Engelke, SPHR
(972) 721-4054
Liz coordinates the hiring of staff positions for the University.  Liz is also the United Way coordinator.
Liz came to UD in the fall of 1997 to complete her undergraduate studies. She received her B.A. in 2001 and her Masters in Psychology in 2005. Liz is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi, and is the recipient of the 2001 Adrian van Kaam award in psychology. She worked in the Rome office from May 2004 before joining the Human Resources department in April of 2007.

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Human Resources Coordinator
Melissa Ellis
(972) 265-5749 

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.

Laney Warren
Human Resources Administrative Assistant 
Laney Warren
(972) 721-5382

Laney coordinates administrative activities  for the University.  She joined the Human Resources department in February 2012.

Laney received her BBA from Baylor University and is currently working on her MBA in Human Resources at UD.  She and her husband enjoy playing with their two dogs and spending time with family.
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