Transitions in the Office of Human Resources
Who is new in HR?
John Beix joined the HR team in March 2021 as the Associate Director of HR. Prior to joining Lewis & Clark, John worked for the City of Portland to cultivate meaningful relationships, train and act as a mentor.
Matt Cook started January 4, 2022 as the generalist and benefits manager. Matt comes to Lewis & Clark after several years of relevant experience at Standard Insurance. He will be taking on many of the responsibilities currently performed by Kris Codron.
David Nickerson has returned to provide temporary support in the role of staff and student employment coordinator.
Who has left HR?
After 16 1/2 years at Lewis & Clark, Kris Codron is retiring. During her tenure, Kris has held several roles within the HR department, including associate director and benefits, leave and training manager.
“Kris Codron’s institutional knowledge, expertise, compassion, and sense of humor have been invaluable,” Associate Vice President and Director of Human Resources Heyke Kirkendall-Baker said. “Kris will be extremely missed. We wish her the very best of luck.”
Toa Suruki joined the HR department in September 2020 as an administrative assistant. Toa did a fantastic job helping the HR department navigate the challenges presented in 2020 and 2021. On October 14, 2021, Toa accepted a position here within the President’s office as an administrative associate.