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2011 PSO Board Election

Spring Elections Results Coming Soon

The following candidates ran for officer and open positions on the PSO Board of Directors during the spring 2011 election. The current list of PSO Board Members is now available. Congratulations and welcome to our new board members!

Candidate for President

Anita RochaAnita Rocha
Statistical Programmer and Data Manager
Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology
I've worked at the University of Washington for eight years and at my current position for more than six. I've thoroughly benefitted from serving as the President of PSO for the last year. It's taught me more than I could ever have imagined about the triumphs and challenges of being part of this amazing and complex institution, and the vital role that professional staff play in this intricate mosaic. I've served our members by listening to individual concerns, representing our interests to internal and external entities, and lending a hand to members of our energetic board that directs this organization. I work to keep initiatives moving forward, and in turn moving professional staff upward in our standing and recognition within the university. I look forward to serving in the future for the benefit of all of us.

Candidate for Vice President

Joyce AgeeJoyce Agee
Associate Director of Advancement
UW Libraries
Over the last year on the PSO Board, I have had the opportunity to meet members who bring exceptional skills to their jobs and value to the UW. From financial services and human resources to research and advancement, PSO members are integrated in almost every area of the university across three campuses. With the creation of the new Prostaff Awards, members' achievements are being acknowledged and our visibility is increasing. As your Vice-President, I will encourage greater recognition of the PSO, and, as we deal with the pressures in the work environment, I will be active in supporting members and finding opportunities to communicate about the valuable role PSO members play in advancing the University's mission in research and education.

Candidate for Secretary

Deci EvansLydecia (Deci) Evans
Program Operations Specialist
I have worked between Harborview and the University of Washington Medical Center for 13 years. My experience working in the different environments of the medical centers has helped me prepare for this PSO leadership role. I am very excited to be considered for this position and will bring the skills I have learned to help continue to make the PSO successful and informative to all of its members.

Candidate for Treasurer

Hollye KeisterHollye M. Keister
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

I have enjoyed my experiences working with the PSO board of directors and would like to continue my service for another year in the role of treasurer. The treasurer's responsibilities are to maintain an accurate accounting of member contributions, provide timely account reports, distribute funds in support of PSO scholarships and activities, and prepare the annual budget. My work at the UW involves many of the same budget oversight and audit functions, and I regularly participate in department and unit-level budget planning. In the coming year, I look forward to using my experience to further PSO priorities and continuing a tradition of responsible financial oversight.

Candidates for Open Board Positions

Carmen CookCarmen Cook
Curriculum Manager
Information School

I have a strong desire to lead and make a difference and have richly benefited at the UW. The PSO board would be an opportunity to give something back. I bring energy, curiosity and fourteen years of UW experience. At the equal opportunity office I trained employees about university conflict/ complaint resolution processes and employee workplace rights, including nondiscrimination policies. I was a key player in the distribution of the affirmative action plan and prevention of sexual harassment policies. The history and importance of affirmative action, non-discrimination and equal opportunity are near to my heart. I am proud of my position as curriculum manager at the iSchool, where everyday values such as diversity, collaboration, insight, and team participation are celebrated. My knack for creative problem solving, a positive attitude would serve well in the PSO position. It would enhance my experience and instill continued pride in the UW community.

Robert CorbettRobert Corbett
Coordinator of New Programs
Undergraduate Education

My reason for running for the PSO Board is to help facilitate communication about opportunities and university initiatives for professional staff. I am currently the chair of the PSO Communications Committee, which produces the biannual newsletter that precedes the spring and fall membership meetings. I have previously served two terms on the PSO Board and one year as the secretary. My work at the university puts me in touch with various parts of the university, as I help coordinate state approval of academic programs for all three campuses. Doing this has helped me learn about the many activities that university engages in. I look forward to learning more and putting that knowledge in service to the PSO in general.

Christopher GlennChristopher Glenn
Administrator for Residential Life, Conduct & Compliance
Housing and Food Services

As a UW professional staff member for nearly 10 years and a recent mid-term addition to the PSO Board, I'm eager to continue serving our community during the upcoming term. Since joining the Board in December, I have been further inspired by the commitment of its members to increasing the presence and effectiveness of the PSO. It is my desire to help further the current work of the Board to increase professional development opportunities for staff within the current economic climate, and strengthening the Board as a catalyst for exploring and sharing information regarding policies and legislation potentially impacting our positions and workplace. Thank you for the current opportunity to serve. I would sincerely appreciate your continued support of my participation with the PSO.

Nadine GruhnNadine Gruhn
Managing Director, Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis

I would like to serve on PSO so that I can learn more about the governance of UW and connect with my fellow professional staff. I've spent my entire career as professional staff at flagship state research universities. Since March 2008 I have been with UW as Managing Director of the Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis, which is a National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation administered out of UW with participants at 13 universities and National Labs around the U.S. and Canada. Previous to my position at UW, I was a staff scientist at the University of Arizona Department of Chemistry for over 12 years. During my time at Arizona I was very active as a representative and officer in the Appointed Professional Advisory Council, the Arizona governance organization comparable to PSO. I look forward to continuing to learn more about UW and contributing my skills to PSO. Thanks for your consideration.

Kathy HankenKathy Hanken
Executive Chef/General Manager 1101 Cafe
Housing and Food Services

I have been working on campus in Housing and Food Services for just over ten years and have been excited to see all of the growth and changes we have embraced. The future holds a great deal more challenges and we have the opportunity to impact these changes for positive outcomes. As important members of the campus community it is imperative that we participate in order to impact change. PSO provides a venue for community, information and collaboration and I feel my skills working with diverse groups, collaboration with others and my energy would serve the PSO.

Suzy HunterSuzanne Hunter
Information Technology Project Manager

I have worked in the Department of Chemistry as an Information Technology Project Manager since 2006, and have enjoyed serving on the PSO Board since 2010. I contribute to the PSO communication and award committees, and also help maintain the PSO website. I would be honored to continue serving the community of professional staff at UW.

Mark ShawMark Shaw
Director of Health Promotion
Hall Health Primary Care Center

I have worked in my position at UW for 10+ years, and have a good understanding about the university and how it functions. At Hall Health Center, in addition to my health promotion activities, I chair an employee recognition committee that strives to bring positive attention to our staff, and the good work they do. I also chair the Website Committee, as well as a newly formed Art Committee, which is focusing on decorating our newly painted walls, once an extensive remodel is completed. In my work, I collaborate with numerous professionals in various UW departments. Among them are Student Life, New Student Programs, Residence Life, FIUTS, Evening Degree program, International Outreach and English Language Programs. My interest in becoming a member of the PSO Board comes from wanting to contribute on a larger scale on the campus, as well as learn more about the PSO and the activities it organizes.

Brian TylBrian Tyl
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Neurology

I have served on the PSO Board over the past two years and have thoroughly enjoyed it.  The PSO has given me the opportunity to meet people across campuses and see how rich the UW is in employee talent and dedication.  I have been involved in some exciting work with the PSO: co-chairing the ProStaff Award Committee, co-chairing the Outreach and Membership Engagement Committee, initiating the PSO member survey last year, and participating in the monthly board meetings and quarterly HR meetings. I work in dept administration and HR and am committed to improving processes.  Participating in the PSO has given me a unique perspective on how processes are similar or different across units.  My ultimate goal is to understand and improve the work experience of UW employees. Thank you for considering my nomination.


Candidates for Open Board Positions, Tacoma Campus

Curtis BlackCurtis Black
Admissions Advisor
UW Tacoma Admissions Advising & Outreach

UW Tacoma is a pretty awesome place. If you haven't visited the UWT campus yet, you need to find an excuse to come visit our wonderful UW staff and faculty members who have been working so hard to transform downtown Tacoma into a really cool place to hang out. I enjoy bragging about all things UW to my friends, my family, and even the occasional server in a local watering hole. I am one of the folks responsible to update twitter for UW Tacoma Admissions. I have been directly involved with the development, planning, and implementation of a wide variety of creative, entertaining, and informative events on the UW Tacoma campus. I have a background in both government and labor lelations. I have established good relationships with UW staff on all 3 campuses. I am looking forward to bringing my talents to the UW PSO.

Alison NavarreteAlison Navarrete
Administrator and Adviser
UWT, Education

As a leader within the Education Program at UWT, I work diligently running a collegial department where people are valued. I am aware of individual strengths and assists staff through difficulties. I also have strong communication skills, listen well, mediate discussion and synthesize information. I'm sensitive to the needs of the staff, responding to issues in a receptive and perceptive manner, subsequently maintaining a collegial and supportive work environment. I have a strong interest in supporting employees at UW. I've been a member of the University of Washington's President's Advisory Committee on Women as a representative for women on the Tacoma campus. Through my work on this committee and the Governor's Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, I have collaborated with others to improve the state of and environment for all UW women and employees.

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