The Benefits Specialists are responsible for administering and answering questions for the State Health Benefits Plans (SHBP), State Pension Plans, non-State benefits programs, and Voluntary Benefits available to all Rutgers employees.  You can contact the Benefits Specialists' general inbox through this webform.


Phone: (848) 932-3990
Fax: (732) 932-6208
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Carolyn Knight-Cole

Associate Vice President of HR Operations
(848) 932-3890
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John Teubner

Director of Benefits and Wellness
(848) 932-3856
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Keesha Jones

Senior Benefits Specialist
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Melissa Thomas

Benefits Specialist
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Resha Clay

Benefits Specialist
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The Benefits Enrollment Staff is responsible for the processing of NJ Division of Pension and Benefits-administered public health and retirement benefits. This processing includes enrollments, transfers, terminations, retirement, and any other life events transitions.

Sarah J. Schaible

Benefits Enrollment Supervisor
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Jeff Huested

Benefits Enrollment Specialist
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Gail Van Derveer

Benefits Enrollment Specialist
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Krystyna Plonski
Benefits Enrollment Specialist
(848) 932-9196
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Linda Gutch

Benefits Enrollment Assistant
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Dawn Mattioli

Benefits Enrollment Assistant
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Kim Wiggins

Benefits Enrollment Assistant
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Barbara Crimmins

Benefits Enrollment Assistant
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Lola Parker

Benefits Services Associate
(848) 932-3950
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