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Unclassified Staff Advisory Council Elections

The Unclassified Staff Advisory Council (USAC) would like to congratulate the following on their elections to USAC:

  • Carol Vuckovich
  • Danielle Booth
  • Amanda Spencer
  • Julia Acosta

Carol, Danielle, Amanda, and Julia will be serving full three-year terms ending 2018.

We'd like to extend our thanks to all of you who participated in the voting. USAC is a meaningful form of service to the university, its staff, and students. We commend this year's winners on their willingness to serve.


*****2015 USAC Election Monday, April 27, 2015 through Friday, May 8, 2015*****

2015 USAC Election

Voting will be open form Monday, April 27, through Friday, May 8.

Please follow this link to vote  today USAC VOTE

Jonathan Jackson
USAC Chair

USAC Candidates Spring 2015

Julia Acosta

Steve Bright

Joanie Hendricks

Laura Rapoch

Lindsey Allison

Wendy Chetcuti

Steven Johnson

Andrew Rouhier

Michelle Anderson

James Cooper

Todd Jones

Vickie Slone

Brandi Banks

Brittany Erwin

Scott Kremer

Amanda Spencer

Danielle Booth

Ann Greer

Jack Pence

Carol Vuckovich

Tony Bourne

Michael Griest

Debra Radford


Nominee’s Statement’s of Interest for USAC Election 2015
Term begins July 1, 2015

Julia Acosta, Program Coordinator, Leadership Studies in Education

I am honored to be nominated for a position on USAC by my colleagues.  It would be a privilege to work with other unclassified staff members from across campus to make Wright State University an even better workplace!  I work with many units across campus to better serve students during their enrollment at Wright State University.  I feel it is important to create collaborative relationships with departments and individuals across campus because it takes a village to raise a student.  I feel the same way about USAC, it takes a village to create a wonderful workplace.  Again, I am honored to be nominated to be a member of USAC.  Thank you for your confidence in me to represent you.

Lindsey Allison, Program Coordinator & Curriculum Developer, Academic Affairs BSOM

I happily accept the nomination to serve on USAC. I have been with Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine for five years and I am working towards a Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Digital Learning. I am currently the Program Coordinator for Curriculum Development in the Office of Academic Affairs. I am managing the collaboration project between BSOM and Unaizah College of Medicine in Saudi Arabia. Prior to this position, I was the Clerkship Coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry. That role allowed me to gain leadership experience nationally as the co-chair of the administrator’s task force for ADMSEP (Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry). I feel that, between the two roles, I have gained valuable experience and a strong voice that can represent my peers. WSU has great values with a bright future and I would love to continue this work by serving on USAC. Thank you for the consideration!

Michelle Anderson, Financial Aid Analyst, Enrollment Management

As a new employee to WSU I would love to be able to collaborate with USAC members on new ideas to improve communication and further the growth and development of unclassified staff. Being a member of USAC would also be a wonderful opportunity to work with staff from across the university to assess our needs and what’s needed for us to continue providing excellent service to our students.

Brandi Banks, Academic Advisor and Program Administrator, Biomedical, Industrial & Human Factors Engineering

Making processes understandable, cohesive and consistent is an area that I find to be of great importance. I am interest in participating in USAC because it will provide me with the opportunity to be amongst other WSU professionals who are interested in the same thing that interest me, the willingness to make continuous strides towards a better institution, for all individuals who have ties to it. I believe that being a part of a committee, such as USAC, gives a voice to those who may feel voiceless.  

I have been employed at WSU for a little over a year and I have been impressed with the vision and dutiful attitude the committee has demonstrated.  Organizing staff development days and tackling university level questions are difficult things to do, but it appears that USAC members take on those roles unselfishly. This is precisely the kind of committee, with a true drive for change and the betterment of WSU, that I would be honored to be a part of.

Danielle Booth, Financial Manager, Clinical Trials Research Alliance (CTRA) and Wright State Applied Research Corp (WSARC)

I am honored to be nominated to serve for my fellow colleagues on the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council (USAC). I have been employed with Wright State University (WSU) since 2005, originally in the Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) office, but now work for both Clinical Trials Research Alliance (CTRA) and Wright State Research Institute (WSRI).  I am also a graduate of WSU.  I currently serve on the Staff Development Day (SDD) committee and the recent workshop was my first.  I look forward to putting together future SDD workshops.  I believe that my exposure to the various departments and staff across campus as well as outside agencies; provides me with a unique perspective to make a worthy contribution and support of my fellow USAC’s members.  Thank you for your consideration.

Tony Bourne, Director of Enrollment Management, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Wright State University has been a part of my life since childhood. Both my parents are alums and I spent quite a lot of time here when my mom was finishing her degree. I remember being there to watch her walk in the commencement ceremony (at UD arena) and being so impressed by how cool she was for putting in those hours of work and getting to wear the cool cap and gown! A lot has changed since then. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of that change, both as a student myself and now as a staff member, and look forward to a new opportunity to serve the campus through being a part of the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council. I welcome the challenges and responsibilities that come along with this service and hope to represent the best that Wright State has to offer.

Steve Bright, Senior Institutional Research Analyst, President Administration

Thank you for considering me for the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council! On December 1, 2014 I started my job as Sr. Institutional Research Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research, but I worked on my BA in Political Science off and on here at Wright State from 1995 to 2003. So I’ve been around campus for some time. I have a lot of relevant professional qualifications for a position like this, which I’ll talk about briefly next. But really, I think the idea of staff voices contributing to policy decisions is crucial and I’m interested in being involved with that effort.

I have a MSEd in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University, and for the past nearly seven years I have had a number of jobs at institutions that provided me with a lot of insight into how large universities manage people and finances. First as a Department Manager at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, then as IT Consultant in Northwestern’s Research and Sponsored Programs Accounting office, and most recently as Research Process Coordinator at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, I worked with staff from all levels and in most areas of university life.

So far it’s been great to be back at Wright State, and as a USAC member I would bring the perspective of someone who’s from Wright State that’s gained some perspective elsewhere.

Wendy Chetcuti, Assistant to the Chair, Computer Science

I have been with Wright State University for 16 years.  I am extremely interested in begin a part of USAC again.  I am familiar with the role and responsibility of USAC and would like the opportunity to have a positive impact on the work experiences of the unclassified staff at Wright State.

James Cooper, End User Support Specialist, CaTS

I've been a Wright State student, graduate, and employee, a participant in the social dynamics and programs of this organization, an affecting experience on me. Though, the pleasantry of simply experiencing is comforting, I've been provided another potential opportunity to contribute to this community through a nomination to the USAC.

I enrolled at Wright State in 2004 and obtained a bachelors in Organizational Leadership in 2008 developing an academic understanding of the complex structure and interactions of small business and non-profits. During this time, I spent three years working for the Computer and Telecommunications Service department providing an income and training ground for technical experience. This combination of higher education, work and community has been a defining moment in my life.

After graduation, I sought employment in the private sector obtaining a position at LexisNexis as a Service Desk Analyst. Between 2009 and 2012, I developed and matured a great deal in my understanding of a large organization and professional communication. I achieved my certification in CompTIA+ and IDLv3 Foundation, compounding and expanding my knowledge and skills in Technical services and support.

Eventually, I applied myself to my current position in late 2012, an End User Support Specialist at WSU. Returning to Wright State in employment, I've tried to make every effort in the work I do to be a dependable and valuable resource. I've continued my education and involvement in student life and services through re-enrolling. If chosen for the USAC membership, I’d like to bring my experience, outlook, and involvement to bare and evolve my WSU relationship further. I'd like to contribute and build this wonderful community, organization, and family.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

Brittany Erwin, Academic Advisor, University College

Hello, my name is Brittany Erwin. I am currently an academic advisor in University College and have also worked at Sinclair Community College as well as Miami University’s Hamilton campus. University College is the largest college at Wright State University and serves 3,000 undergraduate students. Currently we have ten academic advisors working to ensure these students have meaningful success and thrive here at Wright State University. I will bring this same perspective and commitment to USAC. It is my hope to serve as a voice for unclassified staff and ensure we are providing staff members with an engaging, fun, and meaningful workplace. I already serve on several university-wide committees such as the Education Abroad Advisory Council, Common Text Committee and also several committees within University College, including our Staff Development Committee. I know I can put my skills and talent to effective and collaborative use as a USAC member.

Ann Greer, Accountant, Office of the Controller

I am very pleased to be nominated by a fellow employee to be a candidate for the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council. I am currently an Accountant 3 in the Office of the Controller. My primary duty is to work with University employees as the Procard Administrator. This position gives me the opportunity to interact with many different departments and employees at Wright State. I understand the importance of serving the University community.  Becoming a member would give me an additional opportunity to serve.  Thank for your consideration.

Michael Griest, Associate Director, Student Enrollment Services Raider Connect, Enrollment Management

My name is Michael Griest, and I am the Director of Student Enrollment Services, better known as Raider Connect. I am Wright State Alumni, and just celebrated my 5 year anniversary as a WSU employee. My love of Wright State runs deep, and I am proud to call this place home.

I’m ready to be more involved at Wright State, and I would bring experience as a board member in several other organizations to USAC. I am the past President of the Ohio College Personnel Association, and currently serve as its Treasurer. I am also the President of the Board of Directors of Greene Valley Recreation Center, and a member of the Dayton Art Institute Associate Board. I have a proven track record as an event planner, fundraiser, and advocate.

I would like to be part of USAC because I have a significant interest in advocating for unclassified staff, and in improving communication across campus. My goal as a Wright State employee is to support and promote the success of our students. A well cared for, educated, and celebrated staff is key to making the student experience a great one. Thanks for your consideration.

Joanie Hendricks, Data Analyst, Institutional Research


Steven Johnson, Business Manager, College of Nursing & Health

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, WSAT, 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.

Todd Jones, Academic Advisor, University College

I’m very interested in serving on the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council. This would be a great honor to serve WSU in this capacity.

Scott Kremer, Programmer Analyst, CaTS

Wright State University has played an integral role in my life in regards to my education and my career.  I graduated from Wright State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems while working all four years as a Network Service Lab Technician in the Computing and Telecommunication Services (CaTS) Department.  I started working full-time at the CaTS Help Desk in February 2007 and I am currently a Programmer Analyst II in CaTS.  My dedication to the university spans both the main campus in Dayton and the Lake Campus in Celina, which is 15 miles from my home.  My commitment to the university and its mission is evident and my hope is to share this passion through my involvement in the USAC committee.

Jack Pence, Assistant Director Campus Programs, Student Activities

Community has always been a major aspect of my everyday life and work. My work with students is deeply rooted in the essence of building community to make the college experience richer and more fulfilling for our future.  I feel the same holds true for us, as employees. My interest in running for USAC is in line with the current purpose, which is to enhance our community through bringing staff together and educating them for the greater good. The opportunity to be on the committee that enhances and strengthens our WSU community through active participation is something that excites me and I hope that I can have your support in this election process.  Thank you.

Debra Radford, Business Manager, Budget Planning & Resource Analysis

I am honored to have been nominated to serve on USAC.  I have been a part of the Wright State family for many years.  I completed my undergraduate degree in 2000 and came back to work full time in 2010 as a Customer Service Assistant in Physical Plant.  I am currently a Business Manager for the Vice President of Business and Fiscal Affairs and the Vice President of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement.  As a Business Manager, I have a relationship with many staff members and my philosophy is to try to understand the needs of the people that I support and to help them reach their end goal.  My goal as an elected member of USAC will be along the same lines.   I would love the opportunity to bring my skills and enthusiasm to USAC.  Thank you for your support and consideration.

Laura Rapoch, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects, College of Engineering & Computer Science

I have worked here on campus since 2011 and have seen firsthand the vital role USAC plays in helping our voices be heard. I have sat in on numerous USAC meetings, have been involved in the Compensation, Benefits and Equity Sub-Committee (CBES) on USAC for over a year and have also become involved in OSCHE where we work with sister institutions around the state to look at common concerns for staff and what solutions there are to resolve them. If elected, I will continue to work to strengthen our voice and our relationships with University administration, with each other, with our colleagues from CSAC and with other institutions across the state.  I appreciate your consideration and am asking for your vote.  Thank you.

Andrew Rouhier, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Enrollment Management

I would be honored to serve my peers and colleagues as a member of the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council. I love working at Wright State University. I am excited by the opportunity to share my own ideas and concerns and those of my colleagues with the campus community.

Vickie Slone, Administrative Assistant to the Department Chair, Electrical Engineering

My name is Vickie Slone. This is my 17th year at Wright State (16 years as the Chair's assistant in the Department of Electrical Engineering).  I am a past Chair of CSAC, as well as Staff Council, and active with OSCHE (Ohio Staff Council of Higher Education).  I would like to continue working on staff representation through USAC.

Amanda Spencer, Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Enrolment Management, Raj Soin College of Business

I am happy to accept the nomination to serve as a member of the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council.  I first joined Wright State University in 2006 as an Academic Advisor for University College.  In 2011, I accepted an Academic Advising position with the Raj Soin College of Business (RSCOB) and later transitioned into the Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Enrollment Management position for RSCOB.  One of my favorite aspects of my current position is being able to work and collaborate with staff members across campus.  I would be grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council and to advocate for Wright State University’s unclassified staff.  Thank you for your consideration.

Carol Vuckovich, Assistant Director, Office of Internal Controls and Audit Services

I have been lucky enough to work for Wright State University for 16 years in the Office of University Audit and Consulting Services and actually chaired USAC in 2003.   I have missed that interaction with my colleagues and the opportunity to represent and serve the university community in that capacity. I think I bring to the table a wealth of diversified knowledge of university processes and procedures that I would hope would be valuable as we disseminate information and advocate for the general welfare of the unclassified staff.  Thank you for my nomination and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you as a member of this critical staff organization.


2015 Nominations

2015 USAC Nominations Monday, March 30, 2015 through Friday, April 10, 2015

Nominations for the Unclassified Staff Advisory Council (USAC) are now open! All unclassified and unclassified hourly staff are eligible to serve on USAC.

To learn more about what a council member does, go to our webpage: What does a USAC member do?

Nominations for four positions will be open from Monday, March 30th through Friday, April 10th. Each staff person may nominate one eligible person (listed below). All nominees will be contacted to verify their interest in serving on USAC, and will be asked to submit a brief statement of interest. If the individual you would like to nominate is not included on the list below, feel free to send their name directly to jonathan.jackson@wright.edu to be included in the list of nominees

Please follow this link to nominate someone today: NOMINATIONS

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jonathan Jackson
USAC Chair

For a List of Eligible Nominees click here
















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