Meet Our HR Staff


Judy Pennyman

Judy Pennyman
Senior HR Partner



Judy Pennyman is one of two senior HR partners managing the human resources office. She focuses on compensation as it relates to employee benefits and on compliance matters within the organization, ensuring that all employees and employment practices meet federal, state, and organizational guidelines. Judy holds a BS in business with a concentration in HR and a master's in leadership and HR and is currently pursuing an MBA. She has two daughters and is a member of Olivet Baptist Church.




Joy Branham

Joy Branham '08
Senior HR Partner


Joy is one of two senior HR partners managing the human resources office. She is responsible for strategic ideas, policies, and procedures within human resources, including compensation justice, workforce diversity, career planning, performance management, and benefits design. With an understanding of the higher-education landscape, she develops strategic plans that enable Covenant to be successful and sustainable from a human resources standpoint. Joy graduated from Covenant with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. She is a member of St. Elmo Presbyterian Church.




Kyra Castleberry

Kyla Castleberry
Payroll Coordinator


Kyla Castleberry came to Covenant with over ten years of experience in payroll and HR. She is responsible for payroll, payroll budgeting, counseling on compliance issues related to insurance, hiring, taxation and wage and hour laws, retirement and investment plan design, employee relations and benefits management, data reporting and analysis, and work-study payroll issues. Kyla and her husband, John, are members of Trenton First Baptist Church.