2013 PSO Board Election
Spring Elections June 1 through 17
The following candidates are running for officer and open positions on the PSO Board of Directors. Below are their statements of interest. The Election opens on June 1st. Vote for PSO Officers and Board Directors by June 17th. Voting is fast with your PSO Ballot.
Candidate for President
Coordinator of New Programs
Undergraduate Academic Affairs
I have worked for over 10 years in a position that has allowed me to observe the variety of our campuses and some of our challenges. Most rewardingly I have seen people work hard and passionately in wherever I have gone. But I have also learned that one of our biggest challenges—aside from the budget—is communicating among ourselves and to outsiders. I believe the Professional Staff Organization can help spur such discussions. That is why I am running for President, having served for three years of the Communications Committee of the Board. The PSO already provides services such as a scholarships and chances to meet other staff. My goal if elected will be to build up the infrastructure so we can better help staff from our varied locations engage one and other, for the good of the University and for staff.
Candidate for Vice President
Carmen Rene Cook
Facilities & Planning Coordinator
The Information School
As PSO Vice president, I would bring renewed energy and vision to the organization and I am confident with the support of my colleagues and the leadership from The Information School. As co-chair of the events committee for two years, I have developed professionally and made new friends. At the last minute, I stepped in as chair of the Awards committee and we created the new Standing Ovation award. As vice-president, I would use my energy, creativity, and relationship building skills to continue the PSO reputation as a vital and sustainable presence, generously supporting UW professional staff.
Candidate for Secretary
Lydecia (Deci) Evans
Program Operations Specialist
I have been honored to be the PSO secretary for the past two years. I have worked between Harborview and the University of Washington Medical Center for 15 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 in my every day position to help continue make the PSO successful and informative to all of its members.
Candidate for Treasurer
VCAA, UW Bothell
I would like to serve as treasurer to enhance the PSO's capacity to meet its organizational responsibilities. I have more than 15 years of accounting experience having served as Comptroller for the WSDCC and as CFO for Cross Cultural Health Care Program. Presently, I am responsible for preparing and reviewing budgets for new programs at UW Bothell. I will be wholly committed to the duties of treasurer and will work to insure appropriate accounting practices are used in the commission of duties for this office.
Candidates for Open Board Positions
Graduate Advisor, Educational Leadership Program
Education Program, UW Tacoma
I would like to serve my local community and colleagues at the University of Washington on the Professional Staff Organization board. As an educator and leader in the field of higher education, I seek to advocate for professional staff on meaningful topics, such as professional development, community engagement, departmental collaboration, leadership through mentorship, and intercultural dialogue. By becoming involved in PSO I hope to help foster a collaborative cross-campus system of support for professional staff, and serve as a resource and mentor. My educational background in student development administration, along with my professional background in academic advising, career counseling, admissions, and recruitment provide me with the tools necessary to be an effective representative and contributor to the PSO.
Faculty Council Support Analyst
Office of Faculty Governance
I believe that PSO governance is an important way to stay informed on issues that impact professional staff. As the Faculty Council Support Analyst, I have a strong understanding of faculty issues and concerns that I can report back to PSO. Although I only joined the UW staff in April 2013, I have a strong background in public policy and management which I can bring to the board. Previous experience includes policy analysis for US Senator Patty Murray, project management for nonprofits and legal support for prosecuting attorneys. As a member of King County Explorers Search and Rescue (KCESAR), I also sit on the fundraising committee working to secure funding for our unit. Prior to KCESAR I served on the board of directors for Friends of the Cedar River Watershed as the chair of the education and outreach committee.
Managing Director, Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis
I am seeking my second term on the PSO so that I can continue to 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.
Executive Chef/General Manager
Housing and Food Services
I am seeking my second term on the PSO. Over the last 2 years I have truly appreciated the opportunity to serve the professional staff at all 3 campuses and to expand my knowledge and understanding of the vital role the professional staff members play in driving excellence at the University. I have worked in Housing and Food Services for the past 13 years and have been privileged to participate in changing the way we support the mission of the University by changing how we support the students. One of the challenges facing the PSO is working to ensure that the professional staff has a voice in the coming changes. I have served on the Faculty Council for Student Affairs and the Standing Ovation Award Committee and I look forward to bringing my experience to my next term.
Director of Academic Human Resources
Academic Affairs, UW Tacoma
I am a professional staff member at UW Tacoma currently on the PSO board and am running for my second term. PSO has given me the opportunity to learn about all three campuses of UW, to see the breadth and richness of professional staff, and to witness the rewards of collaboration. I am energized by the work of the PSO Board and the direction that it is headed – serving as advocates, increasing communication, and providing professional development opportunities for professional staff. I am interested in continuing on the board so that I can contribute to the campus on a larger scale and support the increased visibility and role of professional staff at UW. I am proud to be a professional staff member of UW Tacoma and look forward to being part of the future of the PSO.
Conduct & Compliance Specialist
Housing & Food Services
Now ending my third year at UW, I spent my first two years as the Resident Director in Lander Hall, where I partnered with faculty and staff across campus with the Early Fall Start, Honors, and First Year Experience community. In my current role as the Conduct & Compliance Specialist, I collaborate with offices like Athletics, Counseling Center, CSSC, and UWPD to offer support to our students and staff. Given my experiences working with offices across campus, I will use the skills at consensus building and advocacy that I have learned to provide a voice to other professionals across campus.