Human Resource Office

Our Mission
The Human Resource Department is committed to working with the diverse South Puget Sound Community College community in identifying and responding to its changing needs. Our goal is to be a valued resource and a partner in reaching the College goals by providing leadership, training, expertise and excellent customer service. We strive to create a positive work and learning environment for employees and students and provide leadership and guidance in the development, implementation, and equitable administration of college policies, contracts and procedures.

Human Resources Office Staff:

Samantha Dotson
Chief Human Resource Officer
Title IX Coordinator

  • Labor Relations
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Title IX Complaints
  • Discrimination Complaints

Lacy Neal
Human Resource Consultant
Benefits & Compensation

  • Medical, Dental, Insurance, and Retirement Benefits
  • New Employee Orientations
  • Coordination of benefits between SPSCC and state agencies
  • Faculty and Classified Contract Administration
  • Shared Leave and FMLA administration
  • Sick Leave Buyout Payments
  • Unemployment Claims
  • L&I Claims for Work-Related Injuries
  • Workplace Investigations

Karen Hensley
Fiscal Analyst 2- Payroll Coordinator

  • Payroll questions
  • Part-Time Classified (Hourly) and Student employee hours
  • Overtime Pay for Classified, Part-Time Classified, and Student employees.
  • Questions related to pay submissions (Contracted, Straight, and Overtime Pay) 
  • Garnishments and Deductions
  • W-2 and tax reconciliation

Lynn Dignan
Human Resource Consultant
Labor Relations & Classification
Public Records Coordinator

  • Labor Relations
  • Hiring and Recruitment
  • Faculty and Classified Contract Administration
  • Full-time Appointments letters and Increments
  • Classified PDP's & Exempt Evaluations
  • Position Review Requests
  • Public Records Requests
  • Classification
  • Policies & Procedures
  • Seniority Lists

Lara Semidei
Human Resource Consultant
Workforce Development & Recruitment

  • Recruitment & Hiring
  • Screening Committees
  • Workforce Development
  • Position Descriptions

Kathryn Alsalman
Human Resource Consultant Assistant 2

  • New Employee Paperwork (I-9, W-4, Retirement)
  • Address changes, W-4, and Direct Deposit Forms
  • Professional Development Training Funds
  • Leave Processing for all Employees
  • TLR Timesheets for Classified Employees
  • Compensatory Time and Overtime for Classified Employees
  • Star Passes
  • Official Transcripts



South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. SPSCC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. SPSCC is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population.  We strongly encourage prospective employees to apply without regard to race, color, religion,  sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status.  South Puget Sound Community College is a drug-free workplace.

Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to assisting our employees by offering Employee Assistance Program resources to help employees and their families cope and thrive through the financial and emotional challenges that we all face. The EAP uses the internet to provide you and your family with information and resources to find positive outcomes in difficult times. The EAP can help with work, home or family life issues and everything remains confidential.

For example, here are some common situations where you may just need someone to talk to:

  • You need to have a difficult conversation with your employee or boss and are are looking for coaching.
  • Your teenager is heading a direction that makes you nervous and you feel at a loss for what to do.
  • You are looking for resources to help you and your aging parents make life decisions.
  • Your work-life balance seems out-of-balance and you are getting concerned.
  • Your relationship with your partner seems to be struggling more than it should be.
  • You can't figure out if you are being bullied by someone or if it's just you.

Employees can contact the EAP at any time for assistance. Using the service is no cost to the employee, and all contact is held confidential and is not reported to the employer.

For additional information or assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 360-596-5500; or contact the Employee Assistance Program directly at 360-753-3260 or toll free at 877-313-4455.