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.
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.
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.
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 current UNC Staff Assembly Delegate and Governance Chair at Winston-Salem State University. She also served as the immediate past Communications Chair of the WSSU Staff Senate a position she held for two two-year terms. She is in her 10th year as a member of the Ram family.
She serves 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. She supports 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.
Tarina enjoys spending time with family, loves to travel, and enjoys an array of music and a good book every now and then. She is active with her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 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.
Ronnie Bell is a licensed and certified Locksmith at UNC Charlotte. He has been employed with UNCC since 1992. He has served as a member of the Staff Council representing the Physical Plant for the past 14 years. During his tenure, Ronnie has become.widely respected as a person of integrity and who genuine cares deeply about the concerns of his fellow co-workers. Currently, Ronnie serves as the UNCC Representative for the Staff Assembly and this interaction had a huge impact influencing his.decision to run for this office.
Ronnie was awarded the Employee of the Year in 2014. Before this award, he won Employee of the Quarter. He is a community advocate and has served on several community boards. He is an ordained minister and has served as the Senior Pastor of the Carolina Deliverance Church for.the last 12 years. Ronnie has a deep commitment to God, family and work! He has been married for almost 40 years to Sharon Bell. He is the proud father of 3 girls. Making their family completed has been added 2 son-in-laws, 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.
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.
Jason Foster is a proud Catamount, having received his BS in Telecommunications Engineering Technology and a certificate in Project Management from WCU.
Jason started working at WCU in 2008 and currently works with the Data Center Services team as the Enterprise Applications Administrator in the Division of Information Technology. Jason’s primary responsibilities include projects and applications that have a campus-wide impact, some of which include: Office 365, campus e-mail, and Windows server administration. Recently, Jason was recognized as an outstanding employee within the Division of IT at WCU and is proud member of the IT Leadership Community.
Jason has served in various capacities, including Parliamentarian and Technologist for WCU’s Staff Senate, and chair of the Nominations Committee for the UNC Staff Assembly. In 2018 Jason was elected as a Delegate-At-Large for the UNC Staff Assembly.
Jason enjoys living in the mountains and can be found floating down the Tuckasegee, riding through the local trails, or volunteering within the community. When Jason is not working he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and 2 young daughters.
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.