Human Resources


This page is a quick reference to who's who in Human Resources as well as the many services we provide.

Name Position Responsibilities

Kathi Benjamin 

Director of Human Resources &EEO Officer    

Responsible for the over-arching leadership, management, strategic planning and risk management of all areas within the scope of the human resources organization including all areas of compliance, systems, talent, benefits, compensation, and information handling. An important area of responsibility is the area of EEO related issues, performance matters and employee relations. Kathi also oversees Military leaves.

Meghan Green Senior HR Partner - Generalist

Meghan works closely with the Director of Human Resources and EEO Officer and is responsible for contributing to strategic initiatives, project-work, and foundational HR activities.  Meghan also works closely with all HR Colleagues to conduct research, support initiatives and assist with department-wide projects.

Paige Santos HR Coordinator Marina provides administrative support to the Human Resources Office and triages employee concerns.  Organizes the Employee Appreciation Celebration.


Taylor Mello

Senior HR Partner-Compensation Taylor provides compensation and employment related services while guiding and assisting with internal policies, practices, and procedures as well as external regulations. 

HR Operations & Talent

Todd Kohn

Assistant Director, HR Operations and Talent

Todd manages and improves the Institution’s talent and affiliate life cycle activities, including Foreign National and Affirmative Action programs to ensure over all compliance with Institution policy and government regulations. He is responsible for developing a strong customer focused delivery system in support of Institutional activities and departments which include updating, automating and streamlining processes and systems.  As a critical member of the HR management team, he helps ensure the HR Team delivers critical HR services to the Institution with an eye towards controlling overhead cost.  He is also the Responsible Officer for the Foreign National Exchange Visitor Program.

Anita Affronti

Krystina Cuddemi

HR Partner-TalentHR

Anita and Krystina provide support and guidance through the entire employee life-cycle.  Their support begins with facilitating the recruitment process beginning with posting of positions, conducting phone screens and reference checks, helping with candidate travel needs and working with departments on their recruitment initiatives. The team also helps WHOI departments process all employment-related action such as promotions, appointment extensions, transfers and status changes. Anita and Krystina also serve as foreign national advisors for WHOI, including their roles as Alternate Responsible Officers for WHOI’s Foreign National Exchange Visitor Program.  The team executes all responsibilities keeping in mind the balance between our employees, WHOI as an organization, and legal compliance.  


Keith Gokey Assistant Director-Benefits Keith is responsible for recommending, developing, and managing benefit programs, policies, and procedures.  He is also responsible for administrative oversight of the Institution's retirement plans, health, life, disability benefit plans, and the dependent care subsidy. Keith is also responsible for high priority benefits related questions.
Kim Hoyt Sr. HR Partner-Benefits

Provides benefits related services, specializing in:

  • Retirement plans
    • Pension Plan
    • 403(b) Plan
  • Retiree Medical
  • Leaves
    • Short Term Disability (STD)
    • Long Term Disability (LTD)
    • Family Medical Leave (FMLA)
    • Parental Leave
Meghan Bullock HR Partner-Benefits

Provides benefits related services, specializing in:

  • Medical plans
    • Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
    • Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA)
    • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Dental plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Education Benefits

Systems, Analytics & HRIS

Kerry Ducharme Senior HR Partner - Systems, Analytics and HRIS Kerry is responsible for ensuring data integrity in the HRIS system and coordinates all HR related changes to HR systems with IS and vendors.  Performs complex analytics and reporting for the department. Responsible for HR Website.
Montana Robitaille HR Coordinator - HRIS

Montana is responsible for the maintenance and reporting of Human Resources Data, ensuring the integrity of the data and systems by performing timely and accurate entry of data to Payroll and external vendors and managing the QC process.  Also responsible for coordinating data related activities with Marine Operations and Academic Program Office.

Marine Operations

Michael Brennan


Marine Personnel Coordinator Mike is responsible for all crew staffing for the Institution's research vessels and for enforcing relevant employment and Human Resources policies and procedures effecting marine personnel. He serves as liaison and major point of contact with masters, crew, Payroll and Human Resources. He is responsible for planning and preparing long-range and short-range crew schedules.

Last updated: November 8, 2018