Committees and Membership

The university staff carries out its governance responsibilities through elective standing committees and joint governance committees.  The same membership eligibility, service terms, vacancies, and meeting procedures that apply to the USC also apply to each standing committee.


University Staff Committee

Each University Staff Committee member shall have a term of office of two years. Terms correspond to the University’s fiscal year.  A representative shall not serve more than three consecutive terms, and a one-year break is required for anyone serving the maximum term limit before resuming membership.

If you’d like to ask any of the current Committee members a question, click on their names listed below.

Jan Snyder (2014-15), (Chair)
Amanda Wildenberg (2014-16), (Vice Chair)
Tina Tackmier (2014-15), (Treasurer)
Holly Keener (2014-16), (Secretary)

Theresa Mullen (2014-16), (USC Member)
Monika Pynaker (2014-16), (USC Member)
Ron Kottnitz (2014-17), (USC Member)

Christine Olson, Liaison to the Office of Human Resources (ex-officio, non-voting)

Election Committee

Current membership:
Cheryl Pieper (2014-16), (Chair)
Ron Kottnitz (2014-16), (EC Member)
John McMillion (2014-17), (EC Member)

a) To solicit candidates from among the eligible university staff to serve on elected and appointed committees via an annual survey.

b) To prepare ballots for the open positions on the university staff subcommittees in accordance with the membership criteria established for each committee, and to strive for broad representation of the campus community.

c) To facilitate and oversee the voting process, which includes two nominees when possible for each open committee seat, and provide space for write-in candidates.

d) To submit the numerical results of the election and the recommendations for campus-wide appointive committee assignments to the USC Chair prior to the last USC meeting of the fiscal year.

e) To consult with the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty and Academic Staff to determine whether vacancies occurring because of resignations or leaves of absence shall be filled by appointment or special election.

Personnel Committee

Current Membership:
Kevin Boerschinger (2014-16), (PC Member)
Kim Mezger (2014-16), (Chair)
Cheryl Pieper (2014-16), (PC Member)
Melissa Huckabee (2014-17), (PC Member)
Sue Machuca (2014-17), (PC Member)


a) To review annually and provide recommendations regarding existing institutional guidelines for the conversion of positions from university staff to academic staff, and academic staff to university staff.

b) To review annually all conversions of positions from university staff to academic staff, and academic staff to university staff.

c) To review annually, ascertain compliance with, and provide recommendations regarding existing institutional guidelines for vacant and/or new university staff positions.

d) To undertake related special assignments at the request of the USC.

Professional Development Committee

Current Membership:
Teri Ternes (2014-16), (Chair)
Tina Tackmier (2014-16), (PD Member)
Micky Doyle (2014-17), (PD Member)
VACANT (2014-17), (PD Member)
Sarah Pratt (2014-17), (PD Member)

a) To survey the university staff annually to determine professional development needs and priorities.

b) To notify university staff of the availability of professional development funds.

c) To meet to review individual funding requests, make decisions in compliance with UW System budget regulations, and inform applicants of the committee’s decision.

d) To plan programming for university staff conferences and seminars.

e) To work with the academic staff to plan programming for joint professional development events.

f) To report the committee’s activities to the USC.

g) To review the funding procedure and present recommendations to the USC on an annual basis.

How to Apply: University staff employees interested in applying for profesional development funds should complete the Request Form (download and type or complete online and print) and submit it to Teri Ternes.

Campus-wide Appointive Committees

Please see the Bylaws for a detailed description of the campus-wide appointive committees.

Awards and Recognition Committee
Amanda Wildenberg  2015-16

Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Advisory Committee
Sarah Pratt   2014-16

Committee on Disability Issues
Jayne Kluge  2013-16

Committee on Legislative Affairs
Virginia Englebert   2015-16
Holly Keener  2015-17
Ron Kottnitz   2015-17

Committee on Workload and Compensation
Melissa Huckabee   2015-16
John McMillion    2015-17
Jayne Kluge      2015-18
Ron Kottnitz (non-voting member)  2015-16

Facilities Management Committee
Joe Biese   2015-18

Health and Safety Committee
Aaron Maternowski  2015-17
Theresa Mullen    2014-16

Learning Technology Collaborative Committee
Kim Mezger  2015-16
Sarah Pratt   2015-17
Monika Pynaker  2015-17

University Planning and Innovation Council
TBD 2014-18
Tracy Van Erem  2014-16

Wellness Commitee
Aaron Maternowski  2015-17


Invent The Future Working Groups

Innovation and Growth
Kevin Boerschinger
Cindy Estrup
Barb Holschbach

Christine Nelson
Tina Tackmier

Academic Portfolio

Partnerships and External Affairs
Sue Machuca
Amanda Wildenberg