Wesleyan’s director of Employee Benefits is a huge benefit on its own.
who was hired into this role in August, says she enjoys this opportunity to
problem solve, mentor and collaborate.
of Wesleyan employees as my customers, and I strive to serve them the best
that I can,” Melley says from the Office of Human Resources. “I love the
challenge of answering questions from faculty and staff, listening to their
suggestions, strategizing and resolving benefits issues.”
oversees all aspects of the benefits function. She helps new faculty and
staff members enroll in their benefits, which may include medical and dental
insurance, life insurance, retirement savings plan, flexible spending
accounts and disability insurance, among others. Wesleyan employees also
receive educational assistance, retiree benefits, and relocation and housing
benefits at Wesleyan really are fabulous, and that helps attract the best
faculty and staff, and keeps them here,” she says.
assistant director of Employee Benefits, is helping Melley with her new
position and the academic environment. They make up the Employee Benefits
who holds a bachelor’s of arts in English from Fairfield University, brought
a strong benefits background to Wesleyan, having worked both in employer and
vendor settings. She is a Chartered Life Underwriter, and most recently
worked for a company in Bloomfield, Conn., where she directed the Human
Resources department including all employee benefits programs. There, she
helped the start-up company grow from nine employees to 300 people.
enjoyed the entrepreneurial aspect of that job, but I get that sense from
Wesleyan also,” she says. “It’s a nice change from the corporate world.
Here, at Wesleyan, we seem to have free reign in creativity and when a
question arises, we can act upon it.”
November, the Benefits Office will begin Open Enrollment for 2007, a period in which
employees can opt for changes in their insurance and retirement plans. She
wants to take advantage of this time period to meet several employees face
very helpful for me to gain an understanding of our employee population so
that I can do a better job providing benefits,” Melley says.
not meeting with Wesleyan employees, she’s meeting with insurance company
representatives to negotiate prices, benefits plan designs and customer
service metrics. She researches peer institutions to make sure Wesleyan’s
benefits are comparable.
Melley hopes to improve customer service in the office, maintaining an
open-door policy and placing a heavy emphasis on promoting wellness and
fitness. When employees are healthy, the price of health care can more
readily be controlled, she explains. Melley also hopes to update and design
a user-friendly Benefits Web site, which will help answer common questions
Wesleyan employees may have.
hoping to stress inter-office communication and hold additional workshops to
make sure all employees know what benefits they are entitled to have.
Yonkers, N.Y. native lives in Windsor with her husband, Jay, and has two
daughters Micaela, 20, and Claire, 16. In her spare time she enjoys early
morning runs, going to the gym, cooking and downhill skiing.