The Human Resources Department guides and manages the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, and programs for the (12 county area) of the Diocese of Rochester.


The major areas directed are:


  • recruiting and staffing;
  • organizational planning and development;
  • performance management and improvement systems;
  • employment and compliance;
  • employee development and training;
  • policy development and documentation;
  • employee relations;
  • compensation and benefits administration;
  • employee welfare, wellness and health;
  • charitable giving; and
  • employee services and counseling.



The Diocese of Rochester, Human Resources Team


Tammy Sylvester

Diocesan Director of Human Resources

Telephone: 585.328.3210 ext. 1252


The Human Resources Director coordinates implementation of services, policies, programs and HR systems through Human Resources staff; reports to the CEO and serves on the Diocesan Director team; assists and advises management leaders regarding Human Resources issues.


Kate Gray

Pension Administrator

Telephone: 585.328.3228 ext. 1261

Administers the lay and Priest pension plans.  Maintains plan records and ensures compliance with regulations.  Communicates with participants, assists in plan design and benefit distribution.


Renate Parks

HR Manager, HCMS

Telephone: 585.328.3228 ext. 1203


Responsible for maintaining, enhancing and supporting the Human Capital Management System ensuring data integrity. Implement additional functionality to optimize the systems full potential while capturing necessary data requirements.  Coordinate efforts between the departments of Human Resources, Information Technology and Finance working with all Parish locations and vendors to gather information, develop specifications and test system enhancements.  Renate will continue to work within the IT Department.


Outsourced Benefits HR Works Inc.


Telephone: 844-269-6221

Provide support to parish and school locations with benefit inquiries and plan administration.  Work with vendors to resolve benefit issues and process employee changes.


Jean Wood

Telephone: 585.328.3210


Responsible for the Pastoral Center switchboard and receptionist area.