Jontae Grace (Jon)


HRIS Specialist


B.A. in History, University of Oregon

Jontae (Jon) joined Xenium’s growing HRIS team in December 2018 as an HRIS Specialist. He is responsible for electronic onboarding of all new clients, as well as managing payroll and time & labor configurations during the setup process.

His HR experience is very relevant to this new position as it was primarily system-based, managing employee and organization data. Most recently, Jon served as an HRIS Specialist at Tenet Healthcare in Dallas, TX, and before that at the University of Texas medical school in Houston, TX. He is very familiar with a variety of systems, including Oracle HCM, PeopleSoft, Taleo, Workday and others.

He was drawn to this position at Xenium for the opportunity to learn yet another new system, a new area of HR (payroll and time & labor management), and also for the privilege to learn from amazing HR professionals. He is excited to be working at an organization whose services are as diverse as the clients it represents.

Except for spending the last seven years in Texas, Jon was born and raised in Oregon, and says he is “sooooo Portland” – from marching in the Junior Rose Festival Parade to buying Twinkies from the Hostess and Nabisco factories (RIP), to riding TriMet for free using “Fareless Square,” he knows Portland through and through. He lived in the Rock Creek area when it was mostly farms and tumbleweeds, but the bulk of his youth was spent in NE Portland. For college, he ventured south to Eugene, earning his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon.

When he’s not managing and processing data, Jon loves to spend time with his son Mekhi, who has recently shown a flair for espanol … whenever Mekhi uses Jon’s phone it comes back with Spanish games on it. He also enjoys reading novels (particularly Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi books about genius children running the world … interesting), and watching movies (dramas directed by Scorcese, Tarantino and Ford-Coppola are at the top of the list). And we can’t forget his favorite pastime of following Duck football, although he can also be found watching women’s basketball and volleyball. And he does not discriminate against the Beavs, sometimes cheering them on … as long as they’re not playing the Ducks!