About Us

Meet Our Team


Candace Brown
Benefits & Retirement Consultant

Responsible for Benefits and Retirement consulting, leave administration and coordination of employment data. Also, provides support for other areas of human resources, including employment transaction processing, performance evaluations and managing the HR Inbox.

Jason Heidelbaugh
HR Consultant

Responsible for employment transaction processing and assisting with onboarding new team members. Provides support for other areas of human resources including the coordination of student hire paperwork and responding to client’s requests.

Jim Ruggiero
HR Recruiter

Oversees the active recruitment process and consults with hiring managers, provides expertise and support. Responsible for the pre-employment process including background screening and onboarding of new team members. Provides support to other areas of human resources as needed.

Melanie Salarbux
Unit HR Administrator
Email| 727-873-4290

Liaison to initiate and coordinate actions such as: recruitment, position classification requests, employee performance, time and attendance, data analysis, employee relations, payroll and compensation requests, departmental onboarding and exiting employees. Interprets and ensures compliance for HR regulations, policies and procedures. Liaison between employees/managers of a business unit / division, central human resources function, and other USF business units both academic and administrative to complete projects and tasks.

Anna Thrombley
Director, Human Resources
Email| 727-873-4838

Serves as the strategic partner to leadership on the USF St. Petersburg campus, creating and implementing programs that support the University’s mission and vision. Lead and manage Human Resources Operations which includes Benefits, Employee Experience (employee relations, equal opportunity, culture, and engagement), Recruiting, Payroll & Data, Succession & Career Development, Performance Management & Talent Development, and Classification & Compensation.