Benefits Specialists   

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
Email Carolyn Knight-Cole

John Teubner

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

Senior Benefits Specialist
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Resha Clay

Benefits Specialist
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Melissa Thomas

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.

Elizabeth Garcia

Assistant Director of Benefits
(848) 932-3824
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Jeff Huested

Benefits Enrollment Specialist
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Krystyna Plonski
Benefits Enrollment Specialist
(848) 932-9196
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Gail Van Derveer

Benefits Enrollment Specialist
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Barbara Crimmins

Benefits Enrollment Assistant
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Linda Gutch

Benefits Enrollment Assistant
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Lola Vickers-Parker

Benefits Enrollment Assistant
(848) 932-3950
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Kim Wiggins

Benefits Enrollment Assistant
Email Kim Wiggins

RBHS Support

The HR Benefits Unit in Newark, serving Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences division (RBHS) is responsible for the administration and enrollment of State and non-State benefits for employees in legacy UMDNJ positions.

Phone: (973) 972-5314
Fax: (973) 972-8754

Administrative Building (ADMC) 1, Suite 101/103, 30 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ 07107:

Nicole McCardell

Senior Benefits Specialist
(973) 972-6263
Email Nicole McCardell

Quadeisha Daniels
Benefits Enrollment Assistant
(973) 972-3679
Email Quadeisha Daniels

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