USAC Candidates Spring 2013
Nominee’s Statement’s of Interest for USAC Election 2013
Term begins July 1, 2013
Pam Bowers, Risk Management and Business Continuity Specialist
In the five years that I’ve been employed at Wright State I’ve been fortunate to experience this great institution from a number of perspectives; as an employee, an adjunct instructor and as a graduate student. You may currently associate me with the Risk Management department and driver applications, certificates of insurance or business continuity planning. However, I also teach undergraduate economics and am working on my MBA. The best part of all these endeavors is that I have the privilege of interacting with a broad spectrum of people including my customers and clients, students and faculty and learning what is important to them. My operating philosophy is to embrace and respect a broad spectrum of diversity, be service-oriented, continually improve myself and my environment and act with honesty and integrity. It would be an honor and privilege to serve you and work towards making Wright State University a great place to work and learn.
Misty Cox, Marketing Manager, WSU Nutter Center
I would like to be more involved with the University policies and procedures that impact the lives of Unclassified Staff employees. I am passionate about helping people; participating on the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council would give me another outlet to encourage positive change at WSU.
Tonya Davis, Coordinator of Administrative Services, Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing and BioHealth Innovations
In this role, I oversee the broad portfolio of Center activities, working closely with faculty, researchers and stakeholders to execute strategic goals. I have fifteen years of experience in business administration, with primary focus on strategic development, organizational development and performance management. I earned a B.S. in Business Administration at Wright State University.
D.R. Fannin, Director, Center for Economic Education
I truly appreciate being nominated as a candidate for the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council. I currently serve on USAC; I replaced a member that had to step down in November of 2012. In the short time that I have been on the council I feel that I have made a positive contribution in representing unclassified staff, for example I co-chaired the Smoking Committee and sat on the Smoking Task Force as a representative of USAC. After this short time on USAC I feel like I have much more I can contribute.
I have a long ongoing relationship with the University. I earned my undergraduate degree and two graduate degrees from Wright State. I have also been employed as an unclassified staff member in the Raj Soin College of Business for fifteen years and two additional years as a graduate assistant. My tenure at the University has given me a broad range of experiences.
If elected to the position, I would continue to actively listen to the concerns of staff and diligently represent them as a member of USAC. I believe in Wright State University and its mission and would be honored to continue to serve as a representative for the unclassified staff. Thanks for your support.
Todd Frantz, Senior Systems Analyst, Office of the Registrar
I’ve worked at WSU for a little over two years now and I’m honored (and surprised) to be nominated for the Unclassified Staff Advisory council! I work in the Office of the Registrar as a Senior Systems Analyst and have had the opportunity to work with a wide-variety of departments and offices campus-wide. It would be a privilege to serve unclassified staff on the Advisory Council.
DeAnne French, Statistical Consultant, Statistical Consulting Center
For the last 11 years, I have been serving the needs of the researchers at Wright State in the Statistical Consulting Center. Away from the University, I have been active in other groups (school board, After Prom committee, Scouting, Dayton Lacrosse Club, PTAs) and know that groups serve their members best when they are made up of people who are committed and able to speak their minds. My friends and co-workers will tell you that I'm not afraid to speak my mind. I believe that the university administration needs to hear from unclassified staff as much as they do from classified staff and from faculty. We all need to have our needs met to keep the university "on track". I would welcome the opportunity to add my voice to this effort.
Stephen Gabbard, Assistant to the Chair, Psychology
I am delighted to accept this nomination. Though an employee of WSU for only a year, I have been fortunate to be a graduate student in both psychology (PhD expected 2013) and chemistry (MS 1994) thus gaining perspective about the university's mission from both a student's and administrator's point of view. My role as an adjunct psychology instructor gives me a first-hand view of classroom issues and my many years in management in the private sector affords me that perspective as well. WSU must meet numerous challenges in executing it mission; the collective part that professional administration plays is critical to facilitating that success, and must be seen as such. Having a diversity of perspectives facilitates outreach to virtually any constituency.
Steven Johnson, Business Manager III, College of Nursing & Health
I accept the nomination to serve on the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council. I have been employed with Wright State University since 2009. I am also a graduate of WSU in the class of 2007. I currently work as Business Manager III for the College of Nursing & Health. During my time here as an employee, I have served on the BFO Efficiency Committee, Physical Plant Chargeback Committee, CSIC Representative, United Way Campaign Representative, and the University Smoking Policy Task Force. I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve as an advocate for the Unclassified Staff here at Wright State University.
Jack Leopard, Director of Development for Athletics
I am humbled to have been nominated to serve the unclassified staff of Wright State as a potential member of the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council. I have been very fortunate to have been involved with Wright State since I began my journey here in 2001 as a student-athlete. Now, having completed two degrees, and as a passionate employee for five years, it truly is an honor to give back to the students and university that have given so much to me. As someone who is involved in the communities we serve on a daily basis in various capacities, I look forward to the challenges that this opportunity provides and look forward to continuing the many successes of Wright State students and staff. While there are many challenges that we face as university, given the opportunity to represent unclassified staff in this capacity is something that I look forward to.
Lindsay Love, Strategic Sourcing Analyst, Purchasing
It is my pleasure to accept the nomination to serve on the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council. I graduated from WSU with both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, so I am very much invested into Wright State and what it stands for. I joined the working community of WSU in 2010 and my role as a Strategic Sourcing Analyst has allowed me to work with many different departments across campus as well as our external suppliers which has enabled me to build strong relationships and gain an understanding of the operations that occur throughout campus. I believe my knowledge and experience proves me to be an excellent candidate and advocate for the unclassified staff as well as serving the WSU community. Thank you for your consideration.
Kimberly Morris, University Radiation Safety Officer
My involvement with Wright State began in 2002 as a non-traditional student in the College of Science and Mathematics. I am in my 10th year of employment, working in the Department of Environmental Safety as the Radiation Safety Officer. I have served as an EHS safety officer on three compliance committees for over 7 years. I work as a partner in a team effort, using innovative practices to resolve issues as quickly as possible. My goal is the same as all of you at Wright State; keep the process moving forward to make the system work for the needs of each individual. I take great pride in my service to Wright State and would be honored to represent your voice as an elected member of USAC.
Cindy Norbut, Budget Analyst II, Budget Planning & Resource Analysis
I’m honored to accept the nomination to be a part of Unclassified Staff Advisory Council. I have been with Wright State for 16+ years working all these years in the Office of Budget Planning & Resource Analysis. I’ve served on several committees, such as University Classroom of the Future Committee (UCOF), Business and Fiscal Affairs Staff Advisory Committee, Take Our Daughters to Work Day, Wellness Committee, and the Inauguration Committee for Dr. Kim Goldenberg. I’m a WSU Alumni and worked as a Student Worker for Alumni Foundations as a telemarketer soliciting funds to help raise money for the Nutter Center. I feel like I’ve grown up with WSU… watching alongside, seeing us both grow in so… many ways. I would be proud to serve as an advocate for the unclassified university community. Thank you for your consideration.
Teresa Pack, Payroll Manager, Office of the Controller
It is my honor to accept the nomination for Unclassified Staff Advisory Council. I graduated from Wright State University in 1987 with my Bachelor’s Degree and have been employed at the University since 2005. I love working here and plan on working at WSU until I retire. I am very involved with the American Payroll Association and have held several offices within that group. I understand the need for involvement and what it means to make a commitment to an organization such as the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council. I look forward to representing the unclassified staff members. Thank you for your consideration.
Laura Rapoch, Finance, Development & Graduate Studies Coordinator
First, let me take a moment to say how honored I am to be considered for such an important role on campus. Over the past several years of working here, I have seen the vital role USAC plays in ensuring we, as unclassified staff, are heard. If elected to serve, I promise to bring the same passion, creativity and drive that I have here in the College of Engineering and Computer Science to support my peers both here in CECS and all across campus. I will work hard with the other members of USAC to continue strengthening our voice and our relationships with administration, fellow unclassified staff and our colleagues from classified staff. We are all what helps make Wright State University such a wonderful, diverse and exciting place to be. As a member of USAC, I will represent our unclassified staff to the best of my abilities, be a sounding board for change, and help lead our efforts going forward. Thank you for your time.
Mary Reshad, Assistant Director, Office of Financial Aid
I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council. I have been a member of the Wright State family for almost 13 years as an undergraduate student, student employee, and now a professional staff member in the Office of Financial Aid. I appreciate the support and dedication that the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council has provided to our staff. I continue to be impressed by the institution's strong commitment to serve students and staff alike. As a Financial Aid professional for the last 9 years, I have had the privilege of collaborating with a number of offices across campus in relation to improving communication with students, implementing new financial aid policies, and participating in community Financial Aid outreach. I am extremely focused on the development of staff and creating an environment that encourages open and constructive communication. I believe that I would be a reliable, genuine, and valuable addition to the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council.
Melissa Rubins, Assistant to the Dean, College of Education and Human Services
I’m honored to accept the nomination to serve on the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council. In my two and a half years at Wright State, I’ve come to think of our diverse and welcoming community as my second home. I’ve worked in higher education for eight years and have enjoyed working with students, faculty, and staff in a variety of capacities. At Wright State I volunteer at the Friendship Food Pantry, and was recently invited to join its advisory board. I’m also a member of the College of Education and Human Services “GreenOps” team, a group of staff and faculty working together to make our college more sustainable. I’ve been involved with Wright State’s Relay for Life for two years now, and during 2013-2014 I’ll serve as the advisor for the Colleges Against Cancer student organization. I’m committed to Wright State and our many constituents—including unclassified and classified coworkers, our students, the faculty members, our alumni, and our local community. I want to help make a difference at Wright State, both as an unclassified staff member and as a member of the larger Wright State family. If elected, I plan to listen, learn, and advocate. I know that our participation in campus life is vital and I would be honored to act as a voice for our unclassified staff group. Thank you!
Jeff Wehmeyer, Collection Management Librarian, University Libraries
I have worked at Wright State for 27 years; first at the Fordham Health Sciences Library, and now at the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library. I think that a key function of USAC is to improve communication between the unclassified staff and the university administration. I would welcome the chance to represent my colleagues in this effort.
Ranee Wyer, End User Support Specialist 2, Computing and Telecommunication Services
Thank you for the nomination and opportunity to represent our exceptional staff by serving on the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council. I believe it is a great honor to be given the chance to serve others. For the past seven years at Wright State, I have strived to exemplify this attitude and behavior through my work at the CaTS Help Desk. I believe that the knowledge and experiences gained during this time would be of great value to the Advisory Council. As Alumni and a staff member of Wright State University, I hold a perspective that allows me to appropriately appreciate the many competing attitudes in an academic setting. It would be a privilege to utilize the leadership skills I’ve developed from these experiences to represent staff in this outstanding organization