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The Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice-President, President-elect, Secretary, Parliamentarian, and Chairpersons of the standing committees. At least one representative from each constituency is included on the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is convened by the President when the advice of the Staff Senate is requested in the interim between regular meetings of the full Staff Senate. The committee provides advice to the President on issues before the Staff Senate.

Members: Joseph Wetherell (chair), Ann Barnoski, Melissa Bevacqua, Amy Driscoll McNulty, Janine Freeman, Caitlyn Hollingshead, Janice Mecadon, Mark Murphy, Eileen Notarianni, Paul Porter, and Donna Rupp


The Communications Committee will improve university wide communiucation by updating the Staff Senate website and promoting awareness of this website; revisit existing procedures and modify where needed, and utilize social media for promoting Staff Senate programs.

Members: Amy Driscoll McNulty (co-chair), Mark Murphy (co-chair), Jonathan Davitt, Craig Fedoryk, Caitlyn Hollingshead, and Donna Rupp

Election & Membership

The Election and Membership Committee will fill vacancies on university committees, coordinate Staff Senate elections, and the annual Meet & Greet.

Members: Donna Rupp (chair), Tom Coleman (volunteer), Brian Griguts, Steve Hallock, Paul Porter, Pete Sakowski, Cathy Schneider (volunteer), and Donna Tucker


The Finance Committee shall use university funding wisely.

Members: Caitlyn Hollingshead (chair), Sherry L. Edwards, Janine Freeman, and Vicki Kocis

Social Events & Community Building

The Social Events and Community Building Committee will provide community building opportunities among staff with a "welcoming session" for new employees at the beginning of the fall semester, establish a system for contributing money to charities, organize food drives, identify other activities, and review roundtable discussion procedures. Plans also include coordinating with the 125th Anniversary of The University of Scranton activities to avoid schedule conflicts.

Members: Ann Barnoski (co-chair), Janine Freeman (co-chair), Tom Coleman, Kelly Cook, Sherry L. Edwards, Steve Hallock, Margaret Hynosky, Justine Johnson, Kristi Klien, Vicki Kocis, Bill Pilger, Ryan Sheehan, and Susan Shimsky

Staff Development

The Staff Development Committee will ensure the awareness and availability of opportunities for staff that will assist in their personal and professional development through updating and circulating the Employee Resource Document, continued work on a staff mentoring program, a fall program on Ergonomics and a spring program with the Jesuit Center.

Members: Melissa Bevacqua (co-chair), Paul Porter (co-chair), Gina Butler, Tammi Cherra, Kelly Cook, Justine Johnson, Kristi Klien, Jason Oakey, Kevin Roginski, Pete Sakowski, Ryan Sheehan, and Mollie Vita

Staff Recognition & Excellence Awards

The Staff Recognition and Excellence Committee will provide equitable recognition of staff members through the Sursum Corda Award, acknowledge staff who have completed degrees, coordinate monthly Spirit Awards, explore new ways of recognizing staff, review current procedures, and coordinate Annual Awards Luncheon.

Members: Janice Mecadon (co-chair),  Eileen Notarianni (co-chair), Gina Butler, Jonathan Davitt, Craig Fedoryk, Vicki Kocis, Bill Pilger, Kevin A. Roginski, and Mollie Vita

Ad-Hoc Ombudsman Committee (13-14)

The Ombudsman Committee was formed as an Ad Hoc Committee and began meeting in the fall 2012 term. The Ombudsman Committee determined that its charge was to research the role of an Ombudsman within a college community.

Members: Diane Lang (Co-Chair), Denise Gurz (Co-Chair, Staff Senate Volunteer), Meg Cullen-Brown and Betty Rozelle

Ad-Hoc Wellness Participation Committee (13-14)

The mission of our committee is to develop a standardized working policy guideline document for the use of how hours are charged during the normal workday for the University of Scranton’s Staff personnel engaging in established Wellness Program activity classes. Currently there is a lack of consistency throughout the campus on how these hours are implemented and documented. Our committee will address this issue and research the means to make recommendations to the program to ensure it is equitable for all participants. The current inconsistencies are noted in such a way that some campus departments do not require the use of personal time or lunch hour time to participate in daytime classes while other departments have stricter rules governing time and are charged personal time or use of lunch time accordingly.

Our tasking will involve researching how various universities, local and federal governments and other work force organizations handle wellness program design, scheduling, time charged and a review of their employee satisfaction with each facet of their own prospective program. Upon completion of our findings a formal report with survey results and a written policy draft will be presented to the Staff Senate for their review and recommendations.

Members: Timothy Barrett (Chair), Tom Coleman, Craig Fedoryk, Steve Hallock, Donna Martin, Kevin Roginski and Pete Sakowksi