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Employee Relations Team

Marlene Tucker Marlene S. Tucker

 Assistant Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
 508-856-6396
 marlene.tucker@umassmed.edu


Marlene Tucker has served as Director of Employee Relations, in the Human Resources Office of Employee Relations for the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) since October 2014. Prior to joining the Human Resources Department, Tucker served as the Director of the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office at UMMS for 17 years. Tucker’s experience prior to UMMS was a variety of Human Resources positions in the banking and healthcare fields. Tucker has over 30 years of Human Resources experience and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Worcester State University and holds a Certificate of Diversity Management from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

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Paul C. Smith Paul C. Smith, J.D.

 Manager, Employee Relations, Investigations & HR Compliance
 508-856-1284
 Paul.Smith@umassmed.edu


Paul Smith is the Manager of Employee Relations, Investigations & HR Compliance in the Human Resources Office of the Employee Relations department. Smith has worked extensively in labor and employee relations for over 20 years, including working as an employment attorney in private practice, as well as government and corporate positions. Prior to joining UMMS, Smith has worked in higher education as an employee relations consultant at Northeastern University and Northern Arizona University. Smith is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Boston University School of Law.

Jeffery G. Matthews Jeffery G. Matthews

 Employee Relations Consultant
 508-856-5787
 jeffery.matthews@umassmed.edu


Jeffery Matthews has served as an Employee Relations Consultant, in the Human Resources Office of Employee Relations for the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) since June 2012. Prior to joining the Human Resources Department, Matthews served as a Diversity Consultant at UMMS for 2 years. Matthews’ experience includes serving as HR Manager at Hanover Insurance for 19 years and has over 25 years of employee relations experience. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Becker College.

 Matthew LyfordMatthew Lyford, J.D.

 Senior Labor Strategy Consultant
 508-856-4194
 Matthew.Lyford@umassmed.edu


Matthew Lyford is the Senior Labor Strategy Consultant in the Human Resources Office of Employee Relations department. Matthew serves as the main representative of UMMS to union officials pertaining to management decisions, personnel matters, and collective bargaining negotiations. In this role, Matthew brings valuable experience in labor and employment matters. Prior to joining UMMS, Matthew’s experience includes serving as Staff Representative for SEIU Local 1199, a Law Clerk for the Massachusetts Superior Court, and a legal intern to the City of Boston Office of Labor Relations. Matthew is a graduate of the New England School of Law. 

Allison Atwood

Employee Relations Consultant
508-856-2160
Allison.Atwood@umassmed.edu

Allison Atwood has recently joined the Human Resources Office of Employee Relations for the University of Massachusetts Medical School as an Employee Relations Consultant. Atwood previously worked at various health care agencies around Massachusetts with extensive Employee Relations experience as well as worker’s compensation and leave of absence experience spanning the last 11 years, most recently at Riverside Community Care in Dedham, Mercer in Norwood and South Shore Hospital in Norwood. Atwood is a graduate of UMass Dartmouth, Charlton School of Business.

Bonnie Kumar

Bonnie Kumar

Human Resources Manager - Boston
617-886-8305
bonnie.kumar@umassmed.edu


Bonnie Kumar has served as the Human Resources Manager, in the Human Resources Office of Employee Relations for the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) since March of 2016, prior to that she was the Recruiting Manager at MassBiologics. In this role, she brings extensive experience in Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations, Education and Training along with Customer Care. Prior to joining UMMS, Bonnie was a National Dentist Recruiter responsible for the full life cycle recruiting for 9 different states. Bonnie has over 10 years of Talent Acquisition and Employee Relations experience and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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