Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency

Celebrating 20 Years Online 1996-2016

Human Resources

Human Resources Mission

It is the mission of this division to support a fair and equitable work environment by providing high-quality human resources services. We accomplish this by providing a safe, helpful and inclusive environment and recruiting qualified, diverse individuals.
In this section you'll find information about:
To contact HelpNet
employee assistance program:
Kalamazoo: 800-523-0591
Battle Creek: 800-969-6162

It is the policy of Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency that no discriminating practices based on gender/sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, height, weight, color, age, national origin, disability or any other status covered by federal, state or local law be allowed during any program, activity, service or in employment. The following positions at Kalamazoo RESA have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy. Assistant Superintendents: Tom Zahrt, Margaret McGlinchey & Laurie Montgomery. Contact information: 269-250-9200, 1819 E. Milham Avenue, Portage, MI 49002.


Human Resources Staff

Tom Zahrt, Assistant Superintendent
Ph: 269-250-9299  | Fax: 269-250-9201
Contact about: Employee Relations, Pre-employment testing/screening, Tenure, Highly Qualified, Job Offers, Compensation, Contracts, Personnel Policies, Shared HR Services, any of the below items
Jeni Opel, HR Manager
Ph: 269-250-9297 | Fax: 269-250-9201
Contact about: Benefits, FMLA, Worker's Compensation, Wellness
Melinda Nelson, HR Assistant
Ph: 269-250-9295 | Fax: 269-250-9201
Contact about: Certifications, Payroll Authorizations, New Teacher Induction, Head Start/GSRP HR Related Items
Marie Stephens, HR Executive Admin Asst
Ph: 269-250-9298 | Fax: 269-250-9201
Contact about: Fingerprinting/Background Checks, Recruiting, Tuition Reimbursement, Student Loan Forgiveness, Student Transportation, Interns
Tara Kane, Admin Asst/Receptionist (AM)
Ph: 269-250-9200 | Fax: 269-250-9201
Contact about: Job Postings, SafeSchools
Barb Smalla, Admin Asst/Receptionist (PM)
Ph: 269-250-9241 | Fax: 269-250-9201
Contact about: Red Light/Green Light & Releases for Subs and Public School Academies, Workforce and MiSuite Login Issues


Other Helpful Staff for Employment Related Matters
Ph: 269-250-9369 | Fax: 269-250-9361 
Carrie Wesley, Payroll
Ph: 269-250-9247 | Fax: 269-250-9361