Candidate Biographies & Interest Statements

At Large Delegate Candidates

Lora Bassett

Dear Committee Members:

Bio for Lora Bassett

“Always willing to help and give to others,” this is what my co-workers would say if you asked them about my work ethic. I believe in helping others in the community and in my place of employment. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is more than an employer it is a family. In my 19 years serving this institution, I have always believed in the morale of the staff and giving back to my fellow employees. I have done this by serving in multiple roles on the Staff Council. These roles include area rep #2 (alternate multiple times) and chair of events committee. Not only have I had a hand in spear-heading most staff council events. Also I had the vision along with my fellow co-worker to start the University Safety Committee. Chairing these events takes planning, organization, reliability, motivation and efficiency. Based on these characteristics and my history in multiple staff council roles I would be perfect for this position. Leadership comes easily to me and I would be an honor to serve on the Staff Assembly.

Thanks Lora Bassett

Ronnie Bell

Ronnie Bell is a licensed and certified Locksmith at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has been employed with UNCC since 1992. With approximately 24 years in the UNCC system, he has served as a member of the Staff Council representing the Physical Plant for the past 12 years. During his reign as a staff council member, he has become widely respected as a person of integrity and one who cares about the concerns of his fellow co-workers.

Several times in 2015, Ronnie represented UNCC as an alternate for the Staff Assembly delegate and this interaction had such a huge impact on him, that he decided to run for this office.

While at UNCC, he received the Employee of the Year Award in 2014. He was previously named as employee of the Quarter at UNCC. In the Community he has served as Vice- President of the Belmont Community
Ronnie was born in Waynesboro, Georgia on July 1, 1958. He graduated from Waynesboro High School and from the Augusta Technical Institute in Augusta, Georgia. After receiving his certifications in Carpentry and Contracting, he studied locksmith and became certified and licensed in this field also.

He is an ordain minister and has been the Pastor of the Carolina Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Kannapolis, North Carolina for 9 years. Before moving to Kannapolis, he pastored a congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina for 14 years.

He has a commitment to God, family and work. He has been married for over 36 years to Sharon Bell. He is the proud father of 3 girls, Rosanna, Sonya and Sharhonda. Added to their family has been 2 sons-in-law. They also have a grandson and are expecting a grand-daughter in September, 2016.

His hobbies are riding his motorcycle, playing tennis and traveling with his wife across the United States, Abroad to various countries and all the Caribbean Islands.

Cathi Dunnagan

Greetings, UNC Staff Assembly Colleagues!

I am honored by this opportunity to serve as an At-Large Delegate representing staff across our UNC System. Since 2017, I have represented NC State University as a Delegate while serving as Chair-Elect and Chair of our Staff Senate. As Chair, my theme has been Communicating! Collaborating! Connecting! This theme extends to the work we do together in Staff Assembly. Now, as NC State's Past Chair, I have the time and passion to devote my energies to serving all of you! My leadership philosophy centers around sharing the vision--collectively defining what the future for UNC System employees looks like and working collaboratively toward our goals.

Thanks for all you do to keep moving us forward!

Cathi Phillips Dunnagan

Patricia Flanigan

Greetings,

I am Patricia G. Flanigan, one of the Delegate’s representing Fayetteville State University. I am currently running for Delegate at Large.

To those of you who don’t know me I have been involved with the UNC Staff Assembly since 2006. I was at the Assembly’s first meeting when this body was removed from the menu and place at the table.

I have served on Fayetteville State Staff Senate since 1999 and continue to serve to this very day. I also served on various committees. In 2014 I was elected as Senate President for two terms. Under my leadership our Education Grant was introduced as well as our First Senate newsletter.

I have always had a compassion for staff in making sure there voices are heard.

Jason Foster

My name is Jason Foster and I live in the small town of Sylva, NC with my two daughters and wife. I enjoy hiking the WNC mountains with my Doberman and biking local trails. I have the unique opportunity to work in a technology field in the western part of the state. Western Carolina University has been my home for over 13 years and my Alma mater. I received by degree in Telecommunications Engineering Technology and a certificate in Project Management. I have served in various leadership roles, including Parliamentarian and Technologist for WCU's Staff Senate, and chair of the Nominations Committee for Staff Assembly.

I am interested in serving as an At Large Delegate for the UNC Staff Assembly. I would like to serve the staff of WCU and provide a voice for our wants and needs while understanding other universities in the UNC system share some of the same challenges. While serving Staff Assembly, I would like to assist in finding ways to empower staff to perform at their best. Initiatives like parental leave improvements, salary increases and tuition waivers are areas that need consideration. My leadership strengths allow me to take a holistic view at issues and attempt to find common ground. Thank you for the opportunity to be a member of Staff Assembly.

Carole Greene Greene

Greetings Staff Assembly!

I am interested in serving as an At Large Delegate to continue working on behalf of UNC System staff. I have been a part of Staff Assembly since 2016, and a member and Executive Board member of Appalachian State's Staff Senate for over four years. I am passionate about staff leadership development and about promoting staff welfare on both a campus and state-wide level. My leadership philosophy is that we are here to be opportunity makers, creating connections among campuses and capitalizing on the breadth and depth of expertise that is found in UNC System staff members, always striving to improve and maintain positive work environments. At Appalachian, I work with a federal TRIO grant, Student Support Services, providing advising, support, and instruction to first-generation and low-income students.

Todd Inman

I am a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and have worked for East Carolina University for 7 years in the grounds department. In my time at ECU, I have served on the ECU Staff Senate for 4 years. While participating in the ECU Staff Senate, I have served as Treasurer for two years, currently serving as the Vice Chair and I have worked on numerous committees including the following: Rewards and Recognition, Human Resources, Scholarship, and Diversity. During the past two plus years I had the opportunity to serve as an Alternate to the Staff Assembly.

All members of the UNC System community, be they staff, faculty, or students, are here by choice. Even though we all face similar challenges and difficulties, we often forget to work together and share our experiences. The Staff Assembly is the opportune location to gather together and discuss timely matters that affect all of us. An important goal for me would be to improve the lines of communication. The sharing of ideas and knowledge would promote the fact that we can do more together than we can as individuals. Serving as Staff Assembly Alternate during the past two plus years has permitted me to garner information on the UNC Staff Assembly and its’ core values. I have learned that the UNC Staff Assembly is a unique organization, in that, it is comprised of individuals that are dedicated volunteers to their respective university. In my tenure, I would like to ensure that the wants and needs of East Carolina University are communicated effectively with the UNC Staff Assembly. I believe that my past experience on Staff Senate Committees and as Staff Senate Treasurer provides me with the distinct ability to fully represent East Carolina University.

Chair-Elect Candidates

Pam Degraffenried

Thank you, so much, for this opportunity to seek the Chair-Elect position of the UNC System Staff Assembly. I feel as if I have been preparing for this position for many years. First, as a working member of the Western Carolina University staff for more than 30 years, then as a Staff Assembly at-large representative for eight months and as Vice Chair for the past two years. I have had an opportunity to connect closely with the coworkers we serve and represent. The experience has been quite rewarding and I am proud of the contributions I have been able to make in helping this organization serve the staff across our university system.

During my tenure as Vice Chair, we’ve accomplished the following initiatives:
• Revived monthly Chair meetings
• Added an Orientation Presentation
• Requested and received a Monetary Awards Resolution for SA Awards (Erskine B. Bowles, Thomas W. Ross, Unsung Hero)
• Developed the Community Service Hours Transfer Resolution
• Increased campus delegate participation for the Chancellors’ Cup Golf Tournament and successfully partnered with campuses to raise more than $20,000 for staff scholarships.
• Requested and received permission to add SA questions to the Employment Engagement Survey
• Attended BOG meetings on behalf of SA
• Created several editions of Campus Spotlights highlighting the accomplishments of Staff Senates on campuses
• Supported a letter to the Board of Governors and President Spellings encouraging equal support for all state employee raises.
• Supported Staff Senate Chair memberships on Board of Trustees Committees

A few of our accomplishments during my terms as Chair of the Human Resources committee were the following:
• Nomination of the first Thomas W. Ross Visionary Leader Award.
• Development of a Best Practices Survey which was shared not only with SA delegates, but also with President Spellings.
• Recommendation of a monetary award for the Erskine B. Bowles, Thomas W. Ross and the potential Unsung Hero awards.

During my tenure as the Chair of the Staff Senate, our Senate accomplished the following:
• Improved the onboarding process
• Increased professional development opportunities
• Recommended and accomplished a new Southern Conference Staff Award
• Enhanced the process for recognizing long-term employees
• Included staff in the commencement ceremony; and
• Participated in a shared governance project to increase lighting on our campus

These were just a few of our initiatives that improved the working conditions and awareness of the importance staff on our campuses.

As Vice Chair, my goal has been to make our assembly stronger and more visible to state employees. I feel shared governance is essential to the success of all state employees. As a collective unit, I know we can “Make a Difference” in the lives of many state employees who feel voiceless. We have to be committed to working together. We are their voice and we need to make sure they know it, and that their voices are heard through our tireless efforts. I am grateful for your continued support.

Carlitta Moore

Biography: Carlitta Moore has served in the role of the Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer at Fayetteville State University since 2012.

Moore returned to the FSU family as the first African-American female Head Athletic Trainer at Fayetteville State. She is a member of various athletic training organizations. She was named the 2016 Staff Employee of the Year and served as Ms. FSU Alumni 2015-2016. Moore is the President of the CIAA Athletic Trainers' Association and a contributing member of the CIAA Management Council.

A 2007 graduate of Fayetteville State, Moore spent two years as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, NC. During her time at SAU, Moore assisted with the medical coverage for 16 sports teams as well as the George Williams Express Professional Track Team. She was also an instructor and taught Introduction to Athletic Training.

Moore spent one year prior to working at Saint Augustine's as an Athletic Trainer at Champion Sports Medicine in Birmingham, AL. Her responsibilities at Champion included: aquatic therapy, hand therapy, sports injury rehabilitation, pediatrics, work conditioning and orthopedics. Moore also provided outreach coverage at Pelham High School.

She received her Master's of Science degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2009 where her major was Health and Human Performance - Athletic Training. She earned a Bachelor's of Science degree from Fayetteville State with a major in Biology. She is currently in her final stages of the Doctorate of Education Program at Fayetteville State University majoring in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education.

Moore serves as Vice-President of the Alumni Campus Employees (A. C. E.) Chapter of the Fayetteville State University’s National Alumni Association. She also commits her service to the FSU Staff Senate, Campus Safety and Security Committee, the Sexual Misconduct Task Force, and is a Delegate at Large for the UNC Staff Assembly. She is a Diamond Life Member and the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and assists the advisors of the Omega Beta Chapter on the campus of FSU. Carlitta attends New Genesis Fresh Start Ministries in Fayetteville, NC.

Interest Statement: During my time in the UNC Staff Assembly I have been able to transition in various roles to aid in the advancement of the assembly. My goal as such has always been how can I aid in helping to grow the voice of the staff among the system and how can we become better informed. Your vote for me as Chair-Elect will be a vote for placing ourselves in strategic conversations for forward advancement of the assembly. I will strive to engage the assembly with conversations that will provide equitable alignment with our faculty counterparts. I will also strive to enhance our professional development within the assembly so that we can better serve our students and colleagues. I will also be open to candid conversation about areas of concerns for the entire UNC System. This assembly has grown so much from the time I began almost 5 years ago, and I want to aid in it's continued growth.

Communications Officer Candidates

Carole Greene

Greetings Staff Assembly!

I am interested in serving as the Communications Officer to continue working on behalf of UNC System staff though a variety of communication needs. I have been a part of Staff Assembly since 2016, and a member and Executive Board member of Appalachian State's Staff Senate for over four years. I am passionate about staff leadership development and about promoting staff welfare on both a campus and state-wide level. My leadership philosophy is that we are here to be opportunity makers, creating connections among campuses and capitalizing on the breadth and depth of expertise that is found in UNC System staff members, always striving to improve and maintain positive work environments. From regular communications between Staff Assembly and each campus to our public presence on-line, Staff Assembly's communication is critical for alerting staff to important initiatives and celebrating state-level achievements. At Appalachian, I work with a federal TRIO grant, Student Support Services, providing advising, support, and instruction to first-generation and low-income students. One of my duties is to maintain our SSS website (Drupal) and sending weekly announcements to our students (Mailchimp). I would like to serve as the Communications Officer to continue to build on the excellent work that has been done to improve our website and to systematize our external communications.

Natasha Walker

Greetings,
My name is Natasha Walker and I have been employed with the prestigious Fayetteville State University for 13 years now as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Library Services. I wish to share a little bit about who I am. Being an ambitious, outgoing individual, I love to seek adventure in everything that I do! I aim to work hard towards achievement. I am open-arms to opportunities that will broaden my horizon. A team player, willing to lead or follow, eager to learn and I am self-motivated. Being enthusiastic and personable, my passion is to contribute, support, and make a difference.
My position at FSU has afforded me many opportunities and challenges as an executive assistant. I love working with people and assisting co-workers and students in meeting their needs. I interact with people daily, which requires patience and tact.

I started serving on the local staff senate in 2009 as an alternate senator and was elected as Senator in 2010. I was elected as Treasurer of the staff senate in July 2012 and has been elected every election year since. Although I am the Treasurer, for the past 4 years, I have served on our Publications Committee, where I design/layout our senate newsletters, flyers for events and letters to staff, programs for major events etc. I assist in any area that I am needed. I am tasked a lot in ways of proofreading, drafting memos, letters, reports for the Senate. I have organized and chaired our biggest fundraiser, Mr. & Ms. Staff competition for the past 3 years. Working with a great team, this event has been very successful!

I use my personality to my advantage. I am very friendly, ambitious and independent. I am committed to excellence in service; dedicated, approachable, reliable, personable and motivated. I have discovered that I thrive on challenges and do my best work in high-volume settings. I enjoy responsibility and believe that my experience, professionalism, and proactive demeanor are a perfect match for what this position requires. Effective communication is my number one strength! Writing is my passion!

Tarina Whitfield

Biography

Hello Staff Assembly Members,

My Name is Tarina A. Whitfield and I am the current UNC Staff Assembly Delegate and Governance Chair at Winston-Salem State University. I also served as the immediate past Communications Chair of the WSSU Staff Senate a position I held for two two-year terms. I am in my 10th year as a member of the Ram family.

I serve as Winston-Salem State University’s manager of Web Support Services. This position includes administration of the university content management system for the public-facing website and SharePoint. I support the following campus functions to include but not limited to emergency management, design and development of ad hoc sites and web interface support of third party applications.

I enjoy spending time with family, love to travel, and I enjoy an array of music and a good book. I am active with my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in which I serve as the Technology Committee chair. I serve on the boards of Leadership Winston-Salem and Winston-Salem Dress for Success.

Interest Statement

I hope to serve in the capacity of Communications Officer, as I believe my skill set will serve the needs of the UNC Staff Assembly. I have a passion for technology and the implementation of new ideas. I am also confident that I have something positive to contribute to each organization in which I participate. I intend to be an advocate for all the UNC campus families.

By nature, I am a problem solver, a fixer, which I believe will allow me to assist in furthering the goal of the Assembly, “to improve communications, understanding, and morale throughout the whole of our respective communities, and to increase efficiency and productivity in campus operations”. I hope to expand my knowledge and skills while contributing to the overall effectiveness of the Assembly.

My qualifications include:

• B.S. in Computer Science and a M.S. in Computer and Information Science
• Manager, Web Support Services in the Office of Information Technology
• Chair Technology Committee, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

I look forward to serving as the UNC Staff Assembly Communications Chair, if chosen. I am excited to work with everyone in the Assembly and the UNC system regardless of my role.