Executive Committee of the Staff Assembly
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.
My tenure with the Assembly goes back several years. I feel this experience has helped prepare me to lead the group for the next two years.
I began with the ECU Staff Senate in 2010 and went on to serve as Chair in 2013-14. During this time, we increased attendance, grew two employee appreciation events, and made big strides in funding a scholarship endowment. I also worked hard to make it easier for staff to be involved in the Staff Senate. This past year I served a one year appointed term as parliamentarian for the Staff Senate. In 2015 I was elected as parliamentarian of the Staff Assembly and then re-elected in 2017. I’ve worked very hard to ensure our bylaws are interpreted in a fair and consistent manner while ensuring the best interests of the Assembly are always considered. In this role I work closely with the chair to ensure we operate in an efficient manner. Prior to my parliamentarian role I served one term as delegate at-large.
In addition to my role as Parliamentarian I played a key role with the Chancellor’s Cup Golf Tournament for several years. My roles have included tournament co-organizer, coordinator for volunteer staff, soliciting hole sponsors, negotiating course contracts, and game day tournament logistics. I’ve worked hard to foster and grow a tight relationship with Tobacco Road and fully understand all elements of golf and the efforts required to lead a successful tournament.
I am in my 25th year at ECU. I am a faithful and loyal employee that is committed to the best interests of UNC staff.
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 under the direction of Dr. Lauren Patton. Currently, she works as the Department Manager in 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. Currently she is serving her fourth term as the campus Chair.
Shayna is delighted to have been appointed as the Vice Chair of the UNC Staff Assembly and is eager to expand her advocacy reach to a broader UNC System community.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Technology Officer responsibilities include but are not limited to: Newsletters, website, distribution, internal and external communication.
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 12th 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 emergency management, design and development of ad hoc sites, phone app development, 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) in which she serves as the Technology Committee chair. She serves on the Boards of Leadership Winston-Salem and Winston-Salem Dress for Success.
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.
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.
Originally from Iowa, I moved to North Carolina in 1986, and worked in the private sector. In 1988, it dawned on me that I missed the hustle and bustle of campus life, and working with the faculty, staff, and students. I applied for a position with ITS, and it has become home. I am proud to say I have worked at UNCG for 32 years.
During the last ten years, I have had the privilege to serve as an UNCG Staff Senator of various positions; chair of the Service Committee, co-chair of the Elections Committee, past co-chair for two years, and more than seven years on UNC Staff Assembly. What starts as a conversation, becomes action. This has become my motto. I have implemented this maxim by fostering and developing ideas to support and empower staff with the results.
Here are some UNCG highlights: Five years ago, the Staff Senate conducted a survey of staff concerns. We picked the top ten and took this to the university’s administration. We are preparing the survey for a 2020/2021 distribution to staff. Staff Senate initiated the Voluntary Shared Leave Program. Expressly intended to support staff members in critical need during vulnerable times of life. I continue to work on the Janet B. Royster Golf Tournament, in order to advance the funding of staff scholarships. And, most recently, UNCG’s Staff Senate Resolution in support of the welfare of our Black UNC Greensboro students, staff, and faculty (July 9, 2020). One of my proudest moments of my career was being awarded the Thomas W. Ross, Sr. Visionary Leader Award in 2019.
Community service is my passion. Animal rescue during natural disasters is a particular calling of mine. In 2005, I was allowed to travel to New Orleans to work on post-Katrina relief efforts.
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.
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.
I began my employment at NC A&T on July, 21, 2010 in the Facilities Department as the Service Contracts Manager. I served in this role for four years before also becoming the Supervising Manager over the Payroll and Dispatch areas in Facilities. Currently I work in Environmental Health & Safety as the Service Contracts Manager and as Risk Coordinator for the University.
At NC A&T I have represented the Staff Senate on several committees to include Special Events, which hosts two major events for our Staff employees each year; Community Service; and By-Laws for which I have been the Committee Chair for the past seven (7) years. As By-Laws Chair I have been fortunate to serve on our Executive Committee during that time to help shape the direction of our Staff Senate.
My Colleagues in the A&T Staff Senate have entrusted me to represent NC A&T on the Staff Assembly level for the past 5 years. I began my service in Staff Assembly working on the HR Committee for one year before I began serving as the Nominations Chair for the next two years. I have enjoyed thoroughly learning our Staff Assembly By-Laws; working with the Nominations Committee as requested, serving on Staff Development, and assisting with the Janet B. Royster Golf Tourney as needed.
It has been my sincere pleasure to work on Staff Assembly for the past five years. I have learned how all of the committees work and what they are about; My experience and knowledge serving this Assembly can and will enhance the Executive Board which I am asking you to allow me to be a part of. It is my hope that the Staff Assembly can grow in areas that are needed such as the Golf Tourney and increase our members knowledge so that we can provide and equip our Staff members at our fellow institutions with the tools and information needed to be successful colleagues.