2014 NESC Election
Non-exempt (hourly) employees are invited to vote online for up to eight (8) candidates running in the Non-Exempt Staff Council 2014 Election.
Voting Period: March 10-21 (closes at 4:00 p.m.)
Non-exempt (hourly) employees are invited to vote online for up to eight (8) candidates running in the Non-Exempt Staff Council 2014 Election. Election to office shall be determined by a simple majority vote. The term of office of a duly elected NESC member shall be two (2) years, from May through May of the second year of the term. An elected NESC member may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms (4 years).
The eight candidates who are elected will serve two-year terms (May 2014-May 2016) on the NESC, during which they will help advance NESC’s mission to build a strong and healthy workplace by fostering communication with the University’s administration, advocating for common interests, focusing on cooperation, and building community within the University.
We have eight vacancies to fill this spring and we thank our candidates very much. Please carefully read the profiles of each of the 12 staff members below who have expressed a strong willingness and interest in running for office. Please make your selections (up to 8) and vote online (just once) before the deadline on March 21, 2014.
Beginning March 10, you can VOTE HERE.
2014 Candidate Profiles
Chiara Babcock (Records Coordinator, Registrar’s Office)
I am a UST alum from 2005, with a BA in Journalism-Advertising. While I did not meet my husband at St. Thomas, our daughter IS probably a future Tommie, but at 2 years old it might be a bit soon to know. Since 2006 I have been working in the UST Registrar’s Office as the Records Coordinator. My days include interaction with, faculty and staff, students – past, present and sometimes even prospective as well as parents. Working with this wide range of people is part of why I love my job as much as I do. The fact that I sometimes get to work with 60 year old transcripts and catalogs is also a very enticing aspect!
The reason I would love to be a part of the NESC is simple – each year I meet more of my UST colleagues and I find that we are a wonderful bunch of people. Getting to know these people and being able to help or help to involve and entertain some of our wonderful staffers would be a privilege and a joy for me.
Deborah (Debbie) Cattoor (Administrative Assistant, Development Office)
Thank you for considering me for the Non-Exempt Staff Council. I joined UST in October 2010 in the Development Office. As an Administrative Assistant, I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of my position, working with Gift Officers, greeting donors, prospective students and promoting the mission here at St. Thomas.
My husband and children are all Tommies. Our daughter graduated last May and is very thankful for the Non-Exempt Staff Council Scholarship awarded in 2011 for her semester abroad. We have 3 grandchildren and one on the way who love Tommie the Tomcat!
Working here at St. Thomas has been a wonderful experience. I have met the most amazing people throughout the campus on a daily basis, as well as through the council. I have learned so much about other departments and would like to continue to serve all hourly staff: food service, physical plant and staff that support the mission of St. Thomas is such a caring way.
Corey Getchell (Faculty Coordinator, Opus College of Business)
My name is Corey Getchell and I have had the honor of serving on the Non-Exempt Staff Council for the past two years. I am a Faculty Coordinator in the Opus College of Business, supporting faculty classroom and research efforts. Since I work on the Minneapolis Campus, the council has allowed me to interact with and meet other staff across the university. The council has helped me develop leadership skills and taught me about the importance of communication between our two campuses. If re-elected, I want continue to working on bridging the divides that exist between campuses, departments, and colleges. Furthermore, I am excited about the possibility to work with President Sullivan and the new Provost to address the university’s challenges, and to advocate for Non-Exempt Staff.
While I have only worked at UST for a little over two years, my history with St. Thomas has been much longer…. In 2010 I graduated from UST with a Bachelor’s in Finance and Economics, I was also active in the VISION program and served as a VISION Leader in 2010. I also worked on developing the UST Stewardship Garden, before it moved to its new location on south campus. I am now pursuing an MBA degree through the Evening MBA program, this opportunity gives me an increased access to students and their feedback on the university which is something I really enjoy. In my free time I enjoy skiing, traveling, gardening and most of all … cooking.
Bev Johnson (Program Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Music Education)
I would welcome the opportunity to once again serve as one of your representatives on the Non-Exempt Staff Council. I had this pleasure from 2007-2009 and feel I am once again able to contribute to this organization along with my continued service on the UST Wellness Committee.
I have worked at UST for almost 8 years but have been part of the community much longer. My husband and I have 3 children. Each of them attended UST and are now thriving young adults. UST and NESC have been good to and for our family. Our youngest daughter received the NESC study abroad scholarship in 2013, which enabled her to experience a J-term in Africa!
I bring enthusiasm, energy and a great volunteer & organizational background. I continue to serve as a 4-H adult leader in Washington County working with adults and youth on things ranging from budgets & bylaws to fundraising & leadership activities. We plan, solve problems, follow through and have fun!
I am not only ready to serve on the council again, but willing to give back to this community. I would like the opportunity to share my perspectives and passion regarding issues that affect staff and the university. I would be proud to serve as your representative and be a leader of constructive change.
Pa Nhia Lee (Career Development Center)
Hello. My name is Pa Nhia Lee. I was born and raised in St. Paul and have lived here my entire life. I began working at St. Thomas about eight years ago in the Opus College of Business, and transitioned to the Career Development Center in 2008, where I am currently. In addition to my work at St. Thomas, I am also in the process of completing a B.A. in Human Resource Management, and have been a member of the Non-Exempt Staff Council for the past two years. Being a part of the NESC has allowed me to contribute my skills and insight to enhance the workplace and community of the University, as well as, meet and collaborate with other staff members and departments on campus. I hope to continue working with the council as a representative of the Non-Exempt Staff. Thank you for your consideration.
Lindsey Loree (Circulation Supervisor, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library)
Lindsey Loree grew up with her nose in a book and it is no coincidence that her work week is spent in the bowels of O’Shaughnessy-Frey library helping out fellow writers and researchers. Her employment at UST began in 2006 as an undergrad working at the Music Resource Center on South Campus. She continued as a part-time Library Circulation Supervisor in 2010 and joined the Inter-Library Loan Department in February 2013. She is both an Undergraduate Alumnus (’10) and currently enrolled in the UST Evening MBA Program (’16). Lindsey sees participating in the Non-Exempt Staff Council as an opportunity to give back to the UST community. She looks forward to collaborating with staff members in other departments.
Amy Petruck (Benefits Coordinator, Human Resources Department)
Hello! My name is Amy Petruck, and I joined the UST family in September 2012, working as the Benefits Coordinator in the Human Resources Department. I am currently involved on-campus as a member of the Wellness Committee, and have a sincere passion for promoting and improving the Health and Wellness benefits available to our employees. My hope in becoming a member of the NESC, is to continue these efforts, get more involved, and make more UST connections that allow me to work as a team to strengthen our workplace.
Besides work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, George, and our dog, Ollie. I grew up and now live in St. Paul, and am active in my church and surrounding community. I also love going to the movies, traveling to my husband’s hometown in the Chicago area, dancing, reading, keeping up on my Spanish-speaking skills, and more recently - going to hockey games. (I am a Chicago Blackhawks fan – please don’t hold that against me.) When the weather is warm and sunny, I also love going to baseball games (I’m not a traitor on this one - GO TWINS!).
Sarah Ramler (Technology Coordinator, Alumni and Constituent Relations)
Hi! I’m Sarah Ramler and I work as a techie for the Alumni and Constituent Relations team and on top of that I am also a current graduate student in the Masters of Business Communications program. I also get to call St. Thomas my alma mater since graduating in 2009 and I’ve had the joy of working that the university for a little over three years. Previous to my time here as an employee, I volunteered as an AmeriCorps VISTA and then worked for Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity in the volunteer and family services departments. Other conversation starters include food (of course), anything to do with the outdoors (did you know that skijoring is a thing?), and hilarious things that can be found on the internet. I’m excited to be nominated for a seat on the NESC council and be involved with a variety of people here at the university. I’ll be honest and admit that I have not served on a council before, but I’m eager to learn, help, and advocate for the best of everyone here at the university.
Nancy Sannerud (Administrative Assistant to the Academic Dean, Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity)
My name is Nancy Sannerud and I’m honored to be nominated for the non-exempt staff council. My first experience with UST was as a graduate student in the School of Education, and I was impressed with the sense of community and mission of the university. As a UST staff member for almost seven years now, I’ve continued to thoroughly enjoy the people with whom I work and being a part of the community life of the university. My other interests include cross-country skiing, hiking, volleyball, and fishing – anything that lets me enjoy the outdoors!
There are significant changes ahead as 92 colleagues retire from UST this May. The voice of the non-exempt staff is an important part of the conversations moving forward. I’d welcome the opportunity to be part of the NESC team that continues to promote community, collaboration, and the clear and open communication between staff and administration.
Lori Seavers (Department Coordinator, Philosophy)
I believe in life-long learning. I am fortunate to be able to live out this belief by working in an educational setting, and by having the opportunity to further my own education. In the 2 ½ years that I have worked at the University of St. Thomas, I have had the privilege of meeting many staff members throughout the community. I have done this in my current position as the Coordinator for the Philosophy Department, in my previous role where I served as a liaison to the academic departments, and also as a student pursuing UST’s Master of Arts in Educational Leadership.
With over 25 years of experience in the work force, almost evenly split between educational and business settings, I bring much experience and knowledge. I also know that I have much to learn. As I have benefited from the work of members of the Non-Exempt Staff Council, I look forward to having the opportunity to benefit other staff members by serving on the Council, and would be honored to do so during an especially dynamic time for the University. Thank you for your consideration.
Ann Serdar (Coordinator, Department of Catholic Studies)
Since starting at UST in The Saint Paul Seminary, moving to the Office of Academic Affairs and finally, now, working in the Department of Catholic Studies, there has been a Non-Exempt Staff Council actively working to represent the staff members. The University of Saint Thomas is filled with intelligent, skilled, helpful staff that I enjoy working alongside. Serving on the non-exempt staff council is one way I would be able to “give back” to this vibrant community. Thank you for your consideration.
Megan Smith (Office Manager, Campus Ministry)
My name is Megan Smith and I am nominating myself as a candidate for the 2014 Non-Exempt Staff Council. As the Office Manager for the Campus Ministry office, I am a non-exempt (hourly) employee. In addition, I am an alumna of UST, with a BA in English, Irish Studies and Sociology and a MA in English.
I have served on the Non-Exempt Staff Council in the past (2009-2011) and I would enjoy the opportunity to do so again. I am interested in advancing NESC’s mission “to build a strong and healthy workplace by fostering communication with the University’s administration, advocating for common interests, focusing on cooperation and building community within the University.” I look forward to serving a two-year term and providing service to the council, university committees, and coordinating social events for non-exempt staff. In my previous term, I served as a council representative on the Budget Advisory Committee and assisted with various events, including ice cream socials, First Friday luncheons, cookbook sales, and the annual NESC All Staff Forums and NESC Staff Appreciation Breakfasts.
I enjoyed serving on the council because I learned more about UST while meeting colleagues from various areas throughout the campus community. When I was elected to the council in 2009, I had recently moved from a position with the Opus College of Business located at the Minneapolis campus to the St. Paul campus and felt that I was able to offer a different perspective on the needs of non-exempt staff on both campuses. At present, the Campus Ministry office is located in the Anderson Student Center, which allows me to interact with a variety of staff members on a daily basis. Campus Ministry emphasizes faith, community and social justice and these themes would be applicable to NESC and UST. If elected to the NESC council for a second term, I would strengthen these relationships and provide a welcome and hospitable presence for all non-exempt staff at the University.