Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Meet ouR staff

Andre Burton, J.D. (He/HIM/HIS)

Vice President for Human Resources & Diversity

For more than 25 years Andre Burton, J.D., has served in leadership positions with strategic oversight and execution of Human Resources functions including talent management and development, employee relations, labor relations, benefits, diversity and inclusion, as well as, organizational development. Andre Burton received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and his Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice (pre-law) at Kent State University.

Mr. Burton was promoted to Vice President for Human Resources and Diversity in early 2019, a position for which he has been actively engaged in several strategic plan initiatives that are key to NEOMED being in an optimal position for positive change. Mr. Burton has provided strategic leadership to administrators, faculty, staff and students, while transforming the Office of Human Resources to provide more consultative services; implement the workforce re-engineering process; and investigate opportunities to streamline processes. Mr. Burton also continued to lead the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, developing a diversity recruitment and retention plan and implementing policies, programs, practices and resources needed to foster inclusiveness, diversity and a welcoming community for students, faculty and staff.

Mr. Burton’s office is located in the Human Resources Office Suite. You can reach him in person, by phone (330.325.6733) or by email (aburton@neomed.edu).

Iris Mirelez, M.Ed. (she/her/hers)

Assistant Director of Student Diversity, College of Medicine

Ms. Mirelez has been in higher education administration for 17 years. Prior to joining NEOMED, she  served as the Director for the One Stop Shop for Student Services at Kent Stat University, which combined front facing student services related to financial aid, billing and student records. Prior to her time at Kent State, she served in a variety of administrative roles at Wright State University.

In her role as the Assistant Director of Student Diversity, Iris coordinates and implements efforts to support historically underrepresented students in medicine. She works collaboratively with the Office of Admissions and in alignment with the University’s and the Colleges’ missions, demonstrating a commitment to access and inclusion.

Ms. Mirelez can be contacted by phone (330.325.6752) and by email (imirelez@neomed.edu).


Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Phone: 330.325.6736
Email: diversity@neomed.edu


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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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