Meet the Human Resources Team

Department of Human Resources
City Hall  |  24 Eagle St, Albany, NY 12207
Room 301 and 309
Phone: (518) 434-5049
Office Hours: 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday

Ann Giard-Chase
Director of Human Resources
 
 
Contact: 518-434-5284
 
Ann oversees the Human Resources Department and previously worked as the HR Director for the City of Plattsburgh. She holds a Master’s Degree in Administration and two nationally accredited certifications: Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society of Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She enjoys working with numbers, budgets, statistics, charts and graphs—her analytical side, and also enjoys interacting with employees, advising managers, developing training programs, and implementing data management initiatives. 
 

Fran Piscitella
Human Resource Supervisor
 
 
Contact: 518-434-5284
 
Fran supervises staff regarding all things HR and troubleshoots issues on a daily basis. She is the senior member of the team who came on board in 1999 and she brings a breadth and depth of knowledge to the department. She functions as the benefits’ specialist and administers the City’s healthcare and Flexible Spending plans, disability retirements, employee healthcare buyouts, accounts receivable and payable, and coordinates staff work schedules.
 

Jellisa Joseph, Esq.
Chief Diversity Officer
 
 
Contact: 518-434-5284
 
Jellisa Joseph is the Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Albany, responsible for leading the effort to make the City of Albany a more diverse and inclusive workplace. In her role, she oversees the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, which is responsible for the City’s compliance with various city, state, and federal anti-discrimination and harassment laws as well as investigating complaints where those laws have been violated; she encourages employees who feel they’ve been discriminated against to contact her. Jellisa is also overseeing efforts to improve the recruitment and retention of a diversified workforce.
 

Akosua Garcia Yeboah
Senior Project Manager
 
 
Contact: 518-434-5284
 
Akosua manages the project initiatives currently being rolled out in HR.  She previously worked for IBM in the field of process engineering and improvement, technical project management and networking. She received her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz and holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Environmental Studies from RPI with a concentration in Information Systems. Volunteer activities include serving as a gubernatorial appointee to the Commission on Judicial Conduct. She also studies medieval arts and sciences, including fiber arts, culinary arts and medicinal practices.
 

Sandy Coleman
Senior Personnel Assistant
 
 
Contact: 518-434-5284
 
Sandy is responsible for all Civil Service Administration, including civil service exams, eligible list establishment, developing job descriptions, and all other civil service related transactions. She currently serves as the Secretary to the Civil Service Commission. Sandy joined the HR team in April 2014. With 7 previous years of NYS Civil Service experience Sandy is our resident expert on all things Civil Service. In her free time Sandy enjoys going to movies, reading, listening to music and is an amazing DJ.
 

Vickie LaFleur
Staff Assistant
 
 
Contact: 518-434-5284
 
Vickie assists with health insurance administration, retirement oversight, unemployment benefits, and is the initial point of contact for all questions regarding employee benefits. Vickie is also responsible for new employee onboarding. She has worked with the HR department since March 2014, but has worked for the City since 1996. In her spare time, Vickie enjoys water sports and hiking.
 

Janay Parker
Staff Assistant
 
 
Contact: 518-434-5284
 
Janay is responsible for reviewing applications, creating and distributing job postings, processing paperwork for new hires, and helping people with their benefits. She also processes dental reimbursements, on-boards part-time employees, and handles customer service inquiries. In her free time, Janay likes to travel, watch movies, and follow all things sports.