Staff Council elects representatives
Staff Council announced Wednesday the winners of the 20th annual Staff Council Elections, which took place July 15 and 16.
The elected group of 22 new and returning staff representatives, who will serve as an advisory body to University administration, will take office on Sept. 4, when the council holds its first meeting of the new school year.
The electees will each serve three-year terms.
English department business administrator Carol Barr, Office of Institutional Research Director Susan Moreno, College of Pharmacy Business Administrator, Charles Henry, Child Welfare Education Project Director Joe Papick, Graduate College of Social Work office assistant Letecia Henry, Patricia Taylor and Information Technology Assistant Business Administrator Rowena Castro will represent the Division of Academic Affairs.
Plant Operations electrician Ron Gonyea, Physical Plant carpenter David Page, Administration and Finance coordinator Robert Walker, Business Services Director Esmeralda Valdez and financial coordinator Jean Valyan will represent the Division of Administration and Finance.
Administrative assistant Leslie Pruski and Office of Affirmation officer Anna Barron will represent the Office of the President.
Office assistant Dee Kahley-Randolph will represent the Division of Research and Intellectual Property Management. University Center and Associate Facilities Director Keith Kowalka and Residential Life and Housing Director Sandy Coltharp will represent the Division of Student Affairs. They will also serve as president and president elect, respectively.
Sara Haynes, donor and alumni records manager, will represent University Advancement.
Office of International Studies Programs adviser Maria Saldana will serve as the new at-large representative, meaning she may be asked to represent any of the previously mentioned six divisions of the UH Staff Council.
Three one-year replacement positions were also chosen. Language Acquisition Center Director R. Joseph Rodriguez, and Erica Sims, office supervisor for the Protective Services Training Institute and Child Welfare Education Project, will be the replacements for the Division of Academic Affairs and Esther Stokes, School of Communication academic adviser, will be the at-large replacement.
Staff Council was established in 1986 by then UH Chancellor Richard L. Van Horn as a means to give the UH staff a voice in University matters.
According to its charter, the council serves as an advisory body to the campus administration to promote dialogue among staff, faculty and students and to recognize the staff’s contribution to the University. It also serves as a channel for the staff to express their views of issues affecting UH.