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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response

COVID Task Force

Early in the pandemic, then-Provost Douglas Leaman established a group to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as engage in meticulous planning for the gradual reopening of appropriate campus operations in the fall of 2020. Upon Leaman’s departure from the university, Chris Taylor, dean of students and task force member, was appointed to chair the group.

The task force has continued to meet to address the needs of the campus community and will meet as long as is necessary. The work of the task force is collaborative and relies on the expertise of group members, representing a wide cross section of the university community, as well as guidance from local, state, and federal health agencies.

Subcommittees

Academics

  • Manage space and safety for in-person classes
  • Provide teaching support for all modes

Co-Chairs:

  • Brian Boyd, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Teacher Education; Faculty Senate President
  • Linda Caron, Ph.D., Dean, College of Liberal Arts
  • Kathy Engisch, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Science and Math
  • Mary Holland, Ph.D., Registrar

Members:

  • Glen Cebulash, M.F.A., Chair and Professor, Art and Art History; Studio Classes
  • Kenneth Coon, M.P. Adm., Associate Chief Operations Officer; CaTS
  • Sean Culley, J.D., Assistant General Counsel
  • Megan Faragher, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor of Liberal Arts; Lake Campus
  • Sherry Farra, Ph.D., R.N., CNE, Professor NDHC Co-Director, Curriculum; Clinicals
  • Todd Frantz, Associate Registrar
  • Terri Klaus, Director, Center of Teaching and Learning
  • Tim Littell, M.S.Ed., Associate Vice Provost; Student Success
  • Laura Luehrmann, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Master of International and Comparative Politics Program
  • Audrey McGowin, Ph.D., Professor and Chair Chemistry
  • Gretchen McNamara, D.M.A., Sr. Lecturer, Music; Faculty Union Representative
  • Todd Pavlack, M.Ed., Manager, Distance Learning and Instructional Designer
  • Michael Raymer, Ph.D., Professor, Computer Science; CECS
  • Chris Roberts, Associate Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Ayşe Şahin, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Molly Simonis, Graduate Student
  • Michelle Streeter-Ferrari, Director, University Council for International Education; Program Administrator for Dayton Council on World Affairs

Administrative and Operations

  • Monitor campus facilities
  • Develop plan to respond to positive case
  • NCAA and Horizon League liaison

Co-Chairs:

  • Javan Conley, Assoc. Vice President, Facility Operations
  • Marjorie Markopoulos, Ph.D., Director, Environmental Health and Safety

Members:

  • Dan Bertsos, Director, Residence Life and Housing
  • Chris Bethel, B.S., Associate Athletic Director for Facilities/Operations
  • David Bringhurst, Asst. Dean for Academic Success and Foundation Studies in University College
  • Lura Clapper, CRM, Director, Risk Management
  • Eric Corbitt, Director, Student Union and Campus Recreation
  • David Cox, Police Lieutenant
  • Sean Culley, J.D., Assistant General Counsel
  • Jason Franklin, AT, M.S., Assoc. Athletic Director for Sports Health
  • Dan Krane, Ph.D., Interim Dean, Lake Campus
  • Sherri Maxwell-Nickel, M.S., Human Resources Business Partner
  • Ed Morris, Building and Grounds Supervisor, Lake Campus
  • Kim Paul, M.H.A., Chief Administrative Officer, Boonshoft School of Medicine; Chief Executive Officer, Wright State Physicians
  • Debra Radford, M.B.A., Director, Auxiliary Services
  • Gretchen Rentz, M.B.A., Development/Community Relations Coordinator, Lake Campus
  • Michael Stankas, B.S.C.E., Chief Information Officer
  • Michelle Streeter-Ferrari, Director, University Center for International Education and Program Administrator, Dayton Council on World Affairs
  • Rob Thompson, University Architect
  • Kathy Warden, Manager, Customer Care Center and Small Projects
  • Tom Webb, M.A., Director, Disability Services

Contact Tracing, Testing, and Vaccinations

  • Conduct contact tracing
  • Develop testing plan
  • Develop plan to respond to positive case
  • Develop plan to increase vaccination rates

Co-Chairs:

  • Kim Paul, M.H.A., Chief Administrative Officer, Boonshoft School of Medicine; Chief Executive Officer, Wright State Physicians
  • Chris Taylor, Ph.D., Dean of Students

Members:

  • Dan Bertsos, Director, Residence Life and Housing
  • Jason Franklin, M.S., Associate Athletics Director for Sports Health
  • Marjorie Markopoulos, Ph.D., Director, Environmental Health and Safety
  • Genessa Merritt, Director, Student Health
  • Gretchen Rentz, M.B.A., Development/Community Relations Coordinator, Lake Campus

Policies and Procedures

  • Maintain policy on safety requirements for faculty, students, staff
  • Develop any necessary training
  • International students and travel
  • Assist the university in responding to legislation relating to the pandemic

Chair: Sean Culley, J.D., Assistant General Counsel

Members:

  • Donna Braswell, J.D., Lead Fiscal Services Manager
  • Lura Clapper, CRM, Director, Risk Management
  • David Cox, Police Lieutenant
  • Christopher Hogan, M.A., Director, Community Standard and Student Conduct
  • Burhan Kawosa, CFA, FRM, Interim Associate Vice President, Financial Operations
  • Laura Luehrmann, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Master of International and Comparative Politics Program; Faculty Senate President
  • Marjorie Markopoulos, Ph.D., Director, Environmental Health and Safety
  • Sherri Maxwell-Nickel, M.S., Human Resources Business Partner
  • Kim Paul, M.H.A., Chief Administrative Officer, Boonshoft School of Medicine; Chief Executive Officer, Wright State Physicians
  • Gretchen Rentz, M.B.A., Development/Community Relations Coordinator, Lake Campus
  • Misty Richmond, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC, Asst. Professor and Director; Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, AAUP Representative
  • Michelle Streeter-Ferrari, Director, University Center for International Education and Program Administrator, Dayton Council on World Affairs
  • Thomas Traynor, Ph.D., Dean, Raj Soin College of Business

Research

  • Respond to COVID-related work and research issues

Co-Chairs:

  • Kathy Engisch, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
  • Madhavi Kadakia, Ph.D., Interim Vice Provost for Research; Associate Dean for Research Affairs, Boonshoft School of Medicine

Members:

  • Patrick Clayton, Graduate student
  • Emily Dudley, DVM, Director, Laboratory Animal Resources; Associate Professor, Pathology
  • Stephen Jacquemin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biology and Research Coordinator, Lake Campus
  • Barry Milligan, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Dean, Graduate School
  • Raghu Srinivasan, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Mechanical and Materials Engineering
  • Michelle Streeter-Ferrari, Director, University Center for International Education and Program Administrator for Dayton Council on World Affairs

Student Life and Community Health

  • Public health communication
  • Assess community health
  • Develop and deliver wellness resources
  • Assist with health and well-being of students with covid

Co-Chairs:

  • Dan Bertsos, Director, Residence Life and Housing
  • Robert Rando, Ph.D., ABPP, Assistant Vice Provost, Student Affairs

Members:

  • Jennifer Attenweiler, M.Ed., Associate Director, Residence Life and Housing
  • Destinee Biesemeyer, M.S.W., MSc-DRL, Associate Director, Student Advocacy and Wellness
  • Daniela Burnworth, Ph.D., Associate Director, Clinical Training, Counseling and Wellness Services
  • Amanda Coffman, Enrollment Services/Admissions Advisor, Lake Campus
  • Genessa Merritt, Director, Student Health
  • Kim Paul, M.H.A., Chief Administrative Officer, Boonshoft School of Medicine; Chief Executive Officer, Wright State Physicians
  • Debra Radford, Director, Auxiliary Services
  • Heather Rando, M.S.Ed., Associate Director, Disability Services
  • Gretchen Rentz, M.B.A., Development/Community Relations Coordinator, Lake Campus
  • Joy Wanderi, M.P.A., Associate Director, UCIE