Executive Committee of the Staff Assembly

Crystal Woods

Crystal Woods

Chair

woods@ncssm.edu

Chair

The Chair, with guidance from the Executive Committee supervises and conducts the business of the Staff Assembly. The Chair provides the necessary leadership to assure that the Staff Assembly functions effectively and productively. The Chair shall represent the Staff Assembly to the University administration and serves as an advisor to the President.


Crystal is an Emmy Award-winning Broadcast & Emerging Media Specialist. She currently works as a Digital Media Specialist in the Distance Education & Extended Programs (DEEP), Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) Department at the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics. In addition to her Digital Media Specialist position at NCSSM, Crystal serves as the S.I.D.E. STEM Enrichment Coordinator, Staff Senate Chairman, and an ex-officio member of the NCSSM Board of Trustees. Crystal has served on the UNC Staff Assembly since 2013 and the Assembly’s Executive Committee since 2017.

She worked for local television stations for over 8 years including WRAL-TV & Fox 50, News 14 Carolina (Spectrum News), and UNC-TV/PBS. In 2013, she earned an Emmy Award from the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences for news coverage of Hurricane Irene for Chyron graphics operations and news production. In 2011, she earned an Emmy nomination for studio audio and news production for WRAL’s breaking news coverage of the April 2011 Tornado Outbreaks in North Carolina.

Crystal holds a Master’s in Education Technology, an Executive Master of Business Administration degree in Management, and a Bachelor’s in Music Industry: Media Communications Track. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education.

Shayna Hill

Shayna Hill

Vice Chair

shayna_hill@unc.edu

 

Vice Chair

The Vice Chair shall conduct meetings in the absence of the Chair and shall represent the Assembly in the absence of the Chair. The Vice Chair also serves as the Chair of the Campus Chairs Committee.


Shayna Hill received her Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She spent 20 years in New York and Los Angeles pursuing a career in acting, writing and directing. She also performed improvisation comedy with the Los Angeles Second City Touring Company and the Second City Alumni Players. She originated the role of Natasha Harrington on the popular soap opera One Life to Live, and starred in the movie short A Moment of Silence.

She began her second career at UNC Chapel Hill as a Parking Control Officer in 2007.  She served as the Materials Manager at the UNC Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry, and as the Business Officer in the Department of Dental Ecology.  Currently, she works as the Business Officer in the Department of Statistics and Operations Research in the UNC Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences.

In December of 2014 Shayna completed her Master’s degree in Public Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill while working in her full-time position. She began her work in Staff advocacy in 2016 by serving as the Treasurer and then the Chair of the UNC Chapel Hill Employee Forum.  She served four consecutive years as the Chair.  During this time, she helped lead the campus through the protests and subsequent removal of the confederate monument, the changing landscape in the state healthcare plan, the resurgence of violence and civil unrest experienced nation-wide, and the biggest global viral pandemic of the century.  It was for her work as the Chair of the Employee Forum that Shayna received the prestigious 2021 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award for unusual, meritorious, or superior contributions by a University Employee, as well as the 2021 Arnold D. Kaluzny, PhD Distinguished Alumni Award from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Shayna is delighted to have served as the Vice Chair of the UNC Staff Assembly in 2020 and 2021 and is eager to continue serving the broader UNC System community in this role.

TBD - Fall 2022

Chair-Elect

Chair-Elect

A Chair-Elect will be elected in the second year of the term of the Chair and shall have duties as designated by the Chair. The Chair-Elect shall serve as the liaison to the scholarship fund when there is no Past Chair and all standing committees except the Campus Chairs, Communications and Governance Committees.

Janice Sitzes

Janice Sitzes

Secretary

jdsitzes@ncsu.edu

Secretary & Executive Director of CCGT

The Secretary is responsible for the official communication of the Executive Committee, Executive and full-body minutes, announcements, and the business of the UNC Staff Assembly and Executive Committee. The Secretary communicates Executive Committee business to delegates and the University staff through appropriate means.

The Executive Director of the Chancellor’s Cup Golf Tournament is responsible for the overall management to include web site content maintenance, tournament sales, event management and promotion, and volunteer supervision. The CCGT ED works closely with the UNCSA Chair and Executive Committee and cooperation with System Office personnel to present the tournament each year.


I truly appreciate the forum Staff Assembly has created for staff throughout the system and seek to continue to serve as my role as a UNCSA delegate comes to an end. I believe, as a body, we have done a great job of leveraging our power as staff to effect change; I want to be part of this continued work.

I have been involved with UNCSA’s Staff Council since I joined the school as staff in 2014, and am concluding our three-year Chair cycle as Past Chair. Currently, I serve as Bursar for UNCSA, a role I’ve been in for two years. Since joining UNCSA in 2014, I worked for Advancement, Marketing & Communications, Digital Media, and the Chief of Staff’s office as business manager and Accounts Payable as disbursement manager, which has given me a broad understanding and appreciation for the intricacies of the university setting.

Beyond my time as staff, I am very much a product of the UNC System as a whole. I received a BSBA from UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, an MFA in Performing Arts Management through UNCSA and am currently working on my MBA through UNC Pembroke. I’m also pursuing a certificate in creative and artistic leadership certificate from UNCSA’s Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.
Born in Canada, I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina after a brief stopover in central Wisconsin. I currently live in Winston-Salem with my dog, Maya. And I since I’m currently sitting in the Staff Assembly meeting, I can hardly blame her for cutting my bio short this time.
I thank you all for your consideration.

Tarina A. Whitfield

Tarina A. Whitfield

Technology Officer

whitfieldta@wssu.edu

Technology Officer

The Technology Officer responsibilities include but are not limited to: web site management, management of internal and external communication channels (i.e. social media, listservs) and elections technical management.


Tarina A. Whitfield is the 2020-2022 UNC Staff Assembly Delegate and Governance Chair at Winston-Salem State University. In the past she has served as the Communications Chair of the WSSU Staff Senate, a position she held for two two-year terms. She is in her 14th year as a member of the WSSU “RAMily” and the UNC System.

She serves as Winston-Salem State University’s supervisor of the Application Administration Services unit in the Office of Information Technology. This position includes administration of the university student portal (MyWSSU), the content management system for the public-facing website as well as its related applications, and web interface support of third party applications. She also supervises personnel who administer all the university non-Banner applications (e.g. Microsoft 365 applications, RAMTech ticketing system, etc.). Her unit facilitates the following campus functions to include but not limited to internal/external application development, emergency management, design and development of ad hoc web sites, and the digital accessibility initiative.

Tarina enjoys spending time with family, loves to travel, enjoys an array of music and a good book every now and then. She is active with her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., (HPAC). She serves as Chair of the Board of Leadership Winston-Salem and as a member of the Board of Winston-Salem Dress for Success.

Velappan Velappan

Velappan Velappan

Parliamentarian

vvelappa@uncfsu.edu

Parliamentarian

The Parliamentarian advises the chairperson and delegates on all matters of parliamentary procedure according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised and ensures that all meetings are conducted according to the bylaws and procedures. The Parliamentarian also serves on the Governance Committee.


Velappan Velappan has been an employee of Fayetteville State University since August of 2008 as the Head of Access Services of the Charles W. Chesnutt Library. In the role, he manages 3 staff members and 30 work-study students and helps develop strategic plans and goals for the access services department. He is also teaching Research Classes for Mathematics, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Government and History and Zoology. Velappan also commits his service to the Open Education Resources(OER) Committee Chair, University Honorary Degree Advisory Committee, Bronco STAR Champion, Universal Design Learning(UDL) Coach for Lecture Capture Tools, and Capital Campaign Team Leader.

Velappan holds a Master’s in Library Information Science from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT; Master’s in Computer Information Systems from Rivier University, Nashua, NH and Bachelor’s in Textile Engineering from P.S.G. College of Technology, Coimbatore, India.

In his spare time Velappan is teaching Tamil language on every Sundays for the past 7 years in Cary, NC at the Cary Tamil School, accredited by North Carolina Wake County Public School System for teaching Tamil Language which satisfies the Foreign Language requirements for High School Students. He enjoys volunteering at the “Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina” and as a photographer for various events like “Walk for MS” in Raleigh, Special Events at “Sri Venkateshwara Temple of North Carolina” in Cary.

At-Large Delegates

The At-large delegate is required to attend all Executive Committee and Staff Assembly meetings and to stay abreast of all Staff Assembly activities during his/her term. At-large delegates are assigned by Staff Assembly Chair to a standing committee and maybe asked to serve on Ad Hoc committee(s) as required for the duration of their term in office.

Dawn Brown

Dawn Brown

At-Large Delegate

brownmd@uncw.edu

My name is Dawn Brown and I was born, raised, educated, and proudly still reside in eastern, NC.  I have worked at the University of North Carolina Wilmington at Randall Library since 2007. During this time I had the pleasure to hold additional roles such as the Staff Senate Chair, two terms as a staff senate delegate, a first-year seminar instructor, and a part-time academic advisor. These experiences allowed me to immerse myself in the broader campus community and led to my desire to serve those I call colleagues. Before my current role as At-Large Delegate, I served as the chair of the UNC Staff Assembly from 2018-2020 which taught me more than I can express about the complexity and potential of our UNC System.

The Staff Assembly has made great strides, most recently with the Paid Parental Leave. I am currently serving on the UNC Racial Equity Task Force and I am excited to see what our delegation can do to implement recommendations and enact change on our campuses. During this time I hope we continue to focus and work toward better compensation and classification, improved policies impacting our SHRA and EHRA non-faculty, and work with the Faculty Assembly and Association of Student Government bodies to address system-wide needs and issues.

I have a MA in English from UNCW, MLS from NCCU and am currently a member of Cohort 11 in the Doctorate of Educational Leadership program at UNCW. I look forward to supporting our current and future chairs in their leadership for our UNC Staff Assembly.

Pat Gaddy

Pat Gaddy

At-Large Delegate

pat_gaddy@ncsu.edu

Pat Gaddy, Admin Support Specialist, Communication Technologies-NC State University

I have served for many years on the NC State University Staff Senate as the voice for my constituents and the university staff. As immediate past chair I was honored to be the continued voice not only for the university staff, but also the Senators as I represented on various committees and organizations throughout the university. I strongly believe that all staff is valuable no matter who you are or your job function.

I began working at the University in 1991 and my commitment to service and leadership never wavered. From my first job with the University, working in the campus dry cleaning/laundry room, to my current position as Admin Support to the Assistant Vice Chancellor, my motto has been “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I first served on the NC State Staff Senate during its conception in 1995 and was pleased to have been a part of building the foundation of what currently stands today. During the years that I did not serve on the Senate, I was still working behind the scenes and lending support.

I have been a delegate on the Staff Assembly for the last 4 years. Being a delegate allows me to communicate issues and address events that affect staff beyond NC State campus; while promoting and facilitating staff participation in the university community. The goal of the Staff Assembly is to improve communications, understanding, and morale throughout the whole of our respective communities, and to increase efficiency and productivity in campus operations. As your delegate at large it would afford me the opportunity to continue this momentum as we work together.

In addition to being active in the university community, I am also involved in several community organizations. Since 2011 I have co-hosted an annual scholarship fundraiser which has provided more than $120,000 in scholarships to area youth. Nominated and fortunate to win the NC State University 2018 Equity Award for Women. The award annually recognizes faculty, staff and students for outstanding leadership on and beyond the campus. Leadership is about service and being able to inspire others in ways that create value for the organization. We may not all be able to do great things individually, but we can do small things together that will impact in a great way! Please consider casting your vote for me, Pat Gaddy.

Mathew Horvat

Mathew Horvat

At-Large Delegate

horvatm@uncsa.edu

I truly appreciate the forum Staff Assembly has created for staff throughout the system and seek to continue to serve as my role as a UNCSA delegate comes to an end. I believe, as a body, we have done a great job of leveraging our power as staff to effect change; I want to be part of this continued work.

I have been involved with UNCSA’s Staff Council since I joined the school as staff in 2014, and am concluding our three-year Chair cycle as Past Chair. Currently, I serve as Bursar for UNCSA, a role I’ve been in for two years. Since joining UNCSA in 2014, I worked for Advancement, Marketing & Communications, Digital Media, and the Chief of Staff’s office as business manager and Accounts Payable as disbursement manager, which has given me a broad understanding and appreciation for the intricacies of the university setting.

Beyond my time as staff, I am very much a product of the UNC System as a whole. I received a BSBA from UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, an MFA in Performing Arts Management through UNCSA and am currently working on my MBA through UNC Pembroke. I’m also pursuing a certificate in creative and artistic leadership certificate from UNCSA’s Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.
Born in Canada, I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina after a brief stopover in central Wisconsin. I currently live in Winston-Salem with my dog, Maya. And I since I’m currently sitting in the Staff Assembly meeting, I can hardly blame her for cutting my bio short this time.
I thank you all for your consideration.

Alison Joseph

Alison Joseph

At-Large Delegate

ajoseph@email.wcu.edu

My name is Alison Joseph and I have the honor of serving as a Delegate-at-Large with the Staff Assembly and being a member of the Staff Assembly Executive Committee.

I am the immediate Past Chair of Western Carolina University’s Staff Senate, and have served as an elected officer, sub-committee chair, and/or delegate for 8 years at Western. The Staff Senate at Western is an extremely active, organized, and professional group, strongly connected with senior campus leadership, scholarship support, stakeholder communication and engagement, and agenda-setting and initiative execution at all levels. 

I am the Assistant Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Western, serving in the Budget Office for the last 3 years.  Prior to that I worked in institutional research for a decade.  My background is all about using data to guide decisions and helping collect and interpret student and financial data in meaningful ways.  I have been with the institution for 16 years overall and have held a variety of roles over the years.  I have a keen interest and an experienced background for the conversations we will engage in over the next few years related to institutional financing and budget matters.

I teach a freshmen seminar course, in addition to my day job. On a personal note, I am married, have a 9 year old daughter.  I have a master’s degree in Public Affairs, and am currently pursing my doctorate in Educational Leadership, with a focus on equity and social justice in higher education.