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Standing Committees


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.

Chair: Gina Butler
Members: Mark Murphy, Pauline Palko, Peggy Doolittle, Donna Simpson, Lynn Andres, Kristi Klien, Ryan Puksta, Amy Driscoll McNulty, Rose Ann Jubinski, Denise Kuzma, and Nicholas Truncale


The Communications Committee will improve university wide communication by updating the Staff Senate website and promoting awareness of this website; revisit existing procedures and modify where needed; compose Staff Senate newsletters and distribute to the university staff; plan and conduct communication symposia; and utilize social media for promoting Staff Senate programs.

Co- Chairs: Denise Kuzma and Nicholas Truncale
Members: Mark Murphy, Melissa Eckenrode, Michael Ritterbeck, Brandon Petroski

Election & Membership

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

Co-chairs: Amy Driscoll McNulty and Rose Ann Jubinski
Members: Jenna Bruchalski, Richard Buchanan, Pete Sakowski


The Finance Committee shall use university funding wisely.

Chair: Kristi Klien
Members: Gina Butler, Jerry Peck, Mark Murphy

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.

Co-chairs: Kristi Klien and Ryan Puksta
Members: Kelly Cook, Grismeiris DeJesus, Bertha Ludwikowski, Jose Sanchez, Rose Striefsky, Daniela Teneva, Traci Vennie

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.

Co-chairs: Lynn Andres and Pauline Palko
Members: Geri Barber, Christine Black, Ruth David, Pauline Palko, Traci Vennie, Joseph Wright

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.

Co-Chairs: Lynn Andres and Donna Simpson
Members: Peggy Doolittle, Andrea Malia, Anthony Sgarlata