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Current Senate

President Andrew Chai
President-Elect Kori Lennon
Past President Carly Koebel
Communications Chair Sergio Lopez
Events & Service Chair Leah Nakasaki-Peterson
Elections & Bylaws Chair Brian Moon
HR Support and Council Charlie Ambelang


Representative Group Staff Senator
Alumni Office Rachaella Giannotta
Arts & Sciences  Kari Craighead
Arts & Sciences  Anna Rivard
Arts & Sciences  Janis Davis
Athletics Vacant
Auxiliary Services Judy Anderson-Hamed
Leavey School of Business Shane Maye
Leavey School of Business Marina Masini
Campus Ministry Andrea Cruz
Development Sergio Lopez
Development  Yvonne Dominguez
Finance & Administration Vacant
Human Resources & KOC Alma Ruiz
Provost Lisa Fabiny
Finance Administration Charlie Ambelang
Ignatian Center Hannah Dahdouh
Information Services Billie Knepper
Information Services Brian Moon
Information Services Nadia Nasr
Jesuit School of Theology Tanisha Sparks
Library Vacant
Markkula Center Leslie Leonetti
Miller Center Vacant
Campus Ministry - Staff Senate President Andrew Chai
Office of Marketing & Communications Harold Gutmann
Provost Vacant
School of Education & Counseling Psychology  Harleen Bola
School of Engineering  Mike Rasay
School of Law Andrew Amador-Corrales
School of Law - Staff Senate Past President  Carly Koebel 
School of Law Janelle Atangan
Student Life - Staff Senate President-elect Kori Lennon
Student Life Leah Nakasaki-Peterson
Student Life Joanna Thompson
Undergraduate Admissions Sarah Stricker
University Finance Office Vacant
University Operations  Linda Hylkema
University Operations   Joe Pereira 

The Staff Senate exists in part to contribute to the growth and welfare of the staff and to promote a positive and supportive work environment. It is a recognized part of the University governance system that provides a forum for open communication among staff and between staff and administration. It is a consultative and deliberative body with authority to make recommendations on all matters which have a significant bearing on the working environment of the staff. It also serves as the official nominating body for staff appointments to administrative committees, and for other task forces and search committees.

In the past, the Senate has promoted the interest of the staff in a number of ways: sponsoring annual events such as the Staff Faire and the SCU Day of Service; promoting sustainability by advocating for a limited number of free parking permits for those who bike to work; sponsoring forums related to staff concerns; providing staff with opportunities for volunteer service; publishing State of the Staff reports; and much more.

The Staff Assembly is divided into groups of departments based upon a "commonality of interest." For example, staff members in the Philosophy, Music and Physics departments are assigned to the Arts & Science group while staff in Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid and Student Records are assigned to the Student Administration group. Each group has one or more representatives depending upon the number of staff in the group. Senators are elected for a term of two years, and terms are renewable.

The Staff Senate meets on the third Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Representatives are expected to attend these meetings regularly and, if they cannot attend a particular meeting, to arrange for someone from their group to attend in their place.

Representatives are also encouraged to participate in Senate programs by serving on one of several committees: Events/Community Service, Communication, and Elections & Bylaws, as well as to University committees external to the Senate.

As to the time commitment, some representatives simply attend the single monthly meeting while a representative on a committee should expect to devote perhaps four or five hours a month to Senate business.

The Staff Senate provides a valuable service to the SCU staff. Please participate by nominating yourself or someone in your group who you feel will contribute positively.