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Elected Representatives

Western Carolina University’s Staff Senate is an elected body that represents the university’s permanent, non-faculty employees. The Staff Senate serves in an advisory capacity to the Chancellor and other university decision-making bodies and meets monthly to discuss staff members’ ideas and concerns. The Senate is committed to representing and communicating the needs and priorities of staff. The Senate also works to ensure that staff contributions are recognized at WCU. The Staff Senate values and respects the worth and contributions of all individuals at Western Carolina University.

Officers

Natalie Broom, Chair
Clerical & Secretarial
Senator, 2016-2019
Scholarship & PR Committees

Alison Joseph
, Chair-Elect
Technical & Paraprofessional
Senator, 2016-2019
PR & HR Committees

Hunter Yarborough
, Vice Chair
Service & Maintenance
Senator, 2016-2019
Governance Committee

Dean Paulk
, Secretary
Professional
Senator, 2016-2019
HR Committee

Dana Boyer
, Treasurer
Professional
Senator, 2016-2019
Scholarship Committee

Colby Deitz
, Technologist
Other Professional
Senator, 2017-2020
Governance & Public Relations Committees

John Nickel
, Parliamentarian/Historian
Technical & Paraprofessional
Senator, 2017-2020
Governance Committee

K
aitlin Ritchie, Community Service Liaison
Other Professional
Senator, 2016-2019

Pam DeGraffenreid
Executive/Admin & Managerial
Staff Assembly Vice-Chair 10/2017-9/2019

Mandy Dockendorf
, Past-Chair
Professional
Senator, 2017-2020
HR Committee

Senators

Betsy Aspinwall
Other Professional
Senator, 2018-2021

Bob Boylan
Clerical & Secretarial 
Senator, 2016-2019 
Governance Committee

Wendy Buchanan
Professional
Senator, 2017-2020
PR Committee

Jack Caldwell
Technical & Paraprofessional
Senator, 2018-2021

Anita Hall
Professional
Senator, 2017-2020
HR, PR, & Scholarship Committees

Lynley Hardie
Clerical & Secretarial
Senator, 2018-2021

Patrick Hinkle
Technical & Paraprofessional
Senator, 2018-2021

Brittney Holder
Executive/Admin & Managerial
Senator, 2018-2021

Deidre Hopkins
Clerical & Secretarial
Senator, 2017-2020
Scholarship Committee

Derek Kent
Other Professional
Senator, 2018-2021

Alison Krauss
Other Professional
Senator, 2018-2021

Cole Mallonee
Service & Maintenance
Senator, 2018-2021

Suzanne Melton
Clerical & Secretarial
Senator, 2018-2021

Claire Napoletano
Professional 
Senator, 2017-2020

Annette Parris
 
Clerical & Secretarial
Senator, 2016-2019 
Governance Committee

Ben Pendry
Executive/Admin & Managerial
Senator, 2018-2021

Anita Puerto
 
Executive/Admin & Managerial
Senator, 2017-2020

David Rathbone
Skilled Crafts
Senator, 2017-2020
Scholarship Committee

Travis Taylor
Skilled Crafts
Senator, 2017-2020

Shawna Young
 
Executive/Administration & Managerial
Senator, 2016-2019 
HR & PR Committees 

ex-officio

Acting Chancellor Alison Morrison-Shetlar
Office of the Chancellor

Acting Provost Carol Burton
Office of the Provost

Damon Sink
Chair, Faculty Senate

Matthew Opinski
President, SGA

Cory Causby
Human Resources 

Nancy Ford
Human Resources

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