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2013 Elections

The UCSC will advise the President and the Executive Council on matters of importance to classified employees of The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center including, but not limited to, the following:

Nominees

General Administration

Vickey Alvarado

Vickey Alvarado

My name is Vicky Alvarado and I have worked at UTHealth for three years, I work in the FIXIT Line which is part of the Facilities and Operations Department.  Every day I interact with several employees from all of our UT buildings who voice their concerns in maintenance, housekeeping, safety and several other issues and our team do our best to resolve them in a timely manner.  As an entry level employee I believe I will be a good asset to the council when it comes to promotions within the University for fellow new/entry level employees who would like to move up and the steps to achieve that. Very grateful for the consideration and truly hope to represent each of you in the council.

 

Maria Barrientos

My name is Maria Barrientos and I am currently a General Administration representative for UCSC as an ex-officio.  This is my 4th year to be involved with the council and have served 3 years as the Education Committee chair.  I am currently a Sr. Administrative Coordinator in the Executive Vice President’s office for Academic and Research Affairs – Financial Management. 

Stephanie Langston

Stephanie Langston

My name is Stephanie Langston and I’m an Administrative Assistant III with General Administration. I have worked at UTHealth for the past seven years. I have previously served on the University Classified Staff Council (Elections Committee) in 2012. I appreciate the opportunity of representing the Council this term.

Phequita LaStrape

Phequita LaStrape

My name is Phequita LaStrape and I have worked at UTHealth for 10 years. I recently celebrated my tenth year at the 2013 Star Awards this past March. I previously worked for Auxiliary Enterprise but for the last two years I have been working in Student Financial Services. I work with our students on an everyday basis and help them in any capacity which concerns them. As well as working with students, employee gratification is also something that I am very passionate about. I believe that I would be a good representative for employees to voice their concerns. I appreciate the nomination for the University Classified Staff Council.

Diane Leipold

Diane Leipold

I’ve worked on the special events team in the Office of Public Affairs for more than a year and have an additional three years of service with UT System. In my role I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to collaborate with different departments and schools throughout UTHealth to produce successful events for the university. My interest in participation in the UCSC centers on strategic planning and promoting access to professional development and career advancement opportunities within the university community.  I believe serving on the UCSC is a unique opportunity to impact the university and I’m excited for the experience.

Renez Pasley

Renez Pasley

I am the Senior Support Specialist for the UTHealth – Mail Services Department.  I have been employed for eight years. I have diverse opinions and will work for all employees to best of my abilities.  I have talked too many of UTHealth employees via telephone.  I have the unique ability to be a good listener and problem solver.  I feel I have the tools to be an asset to the University Classified Staff Council.
I would like to thank all those who are considering me for this nomination.  I hope to work with you all very soon.

Denee Swann

Denee Swann

My name is Denee Swann and I have been with UTHealth 21 years. I currently work in the Center for Translational Injury Research (CeTIR) as an Administrative Services Officer III. I have served on the UCSC for three years. In my first year on the UCSC I was the chair of the Educational Awards Committee. This committee presented seven awards totaling $4,000 to graduating seniors of UTHealth classified staff at the annual Classified Staff Workshop luncheon where the student along with parents were special guest. The second year, I served as a member of the Staff Recognition Committee, which plans and hosts the annual Classified Staff Workshop. In the current year, I’m once again serving on the Educational Awards Committee which has been very successful and will be presenting awards to a number of graduating seniors of UTHealth classified staff. I was also elected by the UCSC this year to represent UTHealth as a voting member of the System Wide Insurance Advisory Committee (SWIAC), which is a two-year term. This committee is comprised of one elected and one appointed member from each of the UT System campuses. SWIAC meets three times a year in Austin to discuss and make vital decisions concerning employee benefits. If elected for another term on the UCSC, I will strive to be an advocate for classified staff, welcoming any employee to feel free to stop by, email or call with questions and/or concerns and will either provide an answer/solution or a resource for assistance. I will continue to serve on subcommittees, offering her ideas as well as her service to facilitate successful outcomes. It is my passion and desire to help make UTHealth a place where classified staff can be both proud and excited to work.

Micheal Thompson

Michael Thompson

I have been an employee at the University of Texas Health Science Center for 29 years.  Capital asset management department has been my work area for many years.  I am responsible for tagging controlled and capital equipment for (UTHealth) UTP.  I am equally comfortable working as a member of a team and independently.  I enjoy working with people because it gives an opportunity to share ideas and build team spirit.  It would be my pleasure to service as a UCSC representative.  Thank you in advance for your time and consideration for my membership.

Beth Watson

Beth Watson

My name is Beth (Ardoin) Watson and I have served on the council many times in the past representing our classified staff in Administration with great pleasure during my 23 years here at UTHealth. It would be my pleasure to serve on this council once again to represent my peers.  I am the manager of the Multimedia Scriptorium and lead a team creating online classes for our students, as well as teach free classes on campus on how to create Web pages to classified staff and faculty.  As part of the UCSC, I have participated in the annual workshop, the scholarship program, donated items for the silent auction to raise funds for awards, updated the Website, assisted with the newsletter, and handled the annual online registration for the workshop.  I enjoy helping others succeed, so I appreciate the opportunity to mentor and to listen to others on how we can improve the university's classified staff environment.  I would appreciate your vote to allow me to represent you as a classified staff council member.

 

Medical School

Brenda Adams

Brenda Adams

My name is Brenda H. Adams.  I have worked with University of Texas HSC Houston for more than three years. This will be my first opportunity to serve on the University Classified Staff Council (U.C.S.C). I currently work in the IT Clinical Technology, GE Centricity Business area as a Senior Business Systems Analyst specializing in Change Management, this includes training and education development.  I am responsible for communicating change and assisting staff within our organization to transition smoothly and adapt to technology changes.  I am responsible for producing a monthly informational newsletter to keep our system users up to date with the GE Centricity Business system and our department projects.  By becoming a U.C.S.C. member, I hope to be the voice of communication to relay the concerns of individuals I encounter to the council and assist in the implementation of effective procedural and process changes.

Monica ďJenĒ Bennett

Monica ďJenĒ Bennett

My name is Monica J. “Jen” Bennett, and I have worked for The University of Texas Health Science Center for the past 4 ½ years. My current position as Coordinator of Special Projects includes dealing with the 40+ Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM) faculty on a daily basis.  I am highly involved in the IMM Seminars where my position allows me to coordinate all aspects of the seminar series activities.  I also maintain and author our IMM website. 

I am looking forward to the opportunity to represent the UCSC to the best of my abilities, and trust that it will be a rewarding learning experience.

Mary Edwards

My name is Mary Edwards and Iím an Executive Assistant in the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery MHMP 2850. I have work for UTHealth for more than eight years and was elected an Alternate Council Member to represent UTHealth-Houston Medical School, 2012-13. I believe you will find that I am a good listener and work to be a problem solver. I am open to diverse opinions and will strive to represent all on the Council. As a daily bus and train rider, I have the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns with my fellow University employee riders during my morning and afternoon commutes. I hope to be able to express the things that concern each of usÖjob stability, wages, benefits, work load (time management), hiring, mentoring, on-going training options, promoting from within, etc. I appreciate your consideration and hope to represent each of you on the Council.

Lacie Ford

Lacie Ford

My name is Lacie Ford and I have a Bachelor Degree in Animal Science at Texas A&M University 2004, minor in Chemistry and Masterís Degree in Clinical Research Administration at Walden University, April 2013. I worked at Texas A&M University as a student lab technician and research assistant throughout undergrad school. After graduation in 2004, obtained a job in clinical research and fell in love with the job. I obtained ACRP CCRC certification in 2008 and began subspecialty work in liver disease in 2008; and have been ever since. Iím eager and willing to work towards bettering myself, the workplace and the environment for our patients and our peers.

David Hern

David Hern

I was raised and went through school in LaMarque, Texas, graduating from the LaMarque High School in 1986. I then pursued a career in funeral service, attending the Commonwealth College of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas and graduating with honors in 1989, and obtaining my funeral director & embalmer’s licenses in September 1990. While in college, I started working with the James Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas, eventually becoming the operations manager/public relations representative, with seventeen years of service. During my tenure with Crowder’s we added two additional chapels in Clear Lake & Pearland and added much needed space to the Dickinson location

I have been with UT- Houston, Dept. of Neurobiology & Anatomy- Human Structure Facility since June 2006, as the Anatomical Embalmer, working with Dr. Len Cleary & Kurt Clark. While performing my duties, I have the pleasure of meeting all of the first year students and a host of physicians that perform labs in our facilities.

Through the years I have had the opportunity to train several apprentice funeral directors, two of whom opened their own funeral homes. I’ve performed public speaking seminars to church groups, students and others on funeral service options and the duties of the funeral director.

I’ve been married to my wife, Lynne for nineteen years and have a daughter, Brooke, a senior in Clear Brook High School.

I’m looking forward to serving my fellow UTHSC-MS co-workers.

Kathleen Hoch

Kathleen Hoch

My name is Kathleen Hoch and I have worked as a Research Associate for the last five years in the Proteomics Core at the IMM facility where I have had the opportunity to work with different faculty and researchers. I believe you will find if you have worked with me in this capacity that I am a good listener and work to be a problem solver. I am open to diverse opinions and will strive to represent all on the Council. As a daily bus and train rider, I have the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns with my fellow University employee riders during the afternoon and morning commute.

Carla Martinez

Carla Martinez

My name is Carla A. Martinez, and Iím a new addition to UTHealth as Iíve only been here for 2 months. I work in the Pathology Department in the Medical School Building and engage with a variety of faculty and staff. I believe I could be a strong and intricate part in assisting our classified staff to be heard on issues that are of importance to everyone.

 

Adeolu Oladunjoye

My name is Adeolu Oladunjoye and I work as a Research Assistant in the Department of Neurosurgery where I come in contact with staff and faculty. I have worked for UTHealth for seven months. This experience has given me a general view of how to work as a team member and has enhanced my interpersonal relationships. I am very passionate about improving the lot of fellow University employees wherever I have the opportunity to serve and it will be my greater honor for me to serve you on the council being a good listener and a problem solver.

Joanette "Joan" Payne

Joanette "Joan" Payne

My name is Joanette "Joan" Payne and I have worked for UT Health for 23 years and one year at MDA. I am currently a member of the Educational Awards Committee with the University Classified Staff Council. I have served on this committee in the past and several of the other committees since 2008. I also served as the secretary for the Council during the 2008-2010 term. My current position as an AAIII with IMM consists of preforming all administrative aspects for the Texas Therapeutics Institute Center. The majority of the 25 plus personnel are classified staff which allows me to interact with them on a daily basis and keep them informed of the many wonderful programs and initiatives that the Council provides.

Elizabeth Turrentine

Elizabeth Turrentine

My name is Elizabeth Turrentine, and Iím a Research Coordinator II for the Medical School Ė Internal Medicine, Cardiology. Although I have only worked for UTHealth for less than a year (10 months to be exact), I am very excited about the opportunity to serve on the University Classified Staff Council. I believe that I am a good representative of the UTHealth staff because I am very passionate about making the workplace a better place for all. I am a very dedicated worker who enjoys collaborating with my colleagues, listening to new ideas, improving processes and promoting growth. If given the opportunity to serve on the UCSC, I will strive to represent my colleagues to the best of my ability by taking important issues to our leadership. Through my service, I hope that I will be able to help promote change and growth within our institution that will make UTHealth an even better place to work for all.

Felicia Wilson

Felicia Wilson

My name is Felicia Wilson, and Iím a Senior Administrative Coordinator. I have worked for the University for over 5 years. I have previously served on the council in 2012. I will bring a vast amount of understanding to the council. I am a great problem solver and a go getter. I am also very versatile and will represent the classified staff to the best of my ability. I would like to be your voice when it comes to issues that concern all classified staff. I appreciate your consideration and hope to represent each of you on the Council.

 

School of Public Health

Xuan Pang

Xuan Pang

My name is Xuan Pang and I have worked at UT Health for five years.  This is the first time I am running for the position, I believe fresh eyes can catch problems and bring new ideas. I currently serve on the UT School of Public Health Classified Staff organization. We have monthly meetings to plan and organize events. Through the meetings, I have had the opportunity to meet with UT School of Public Health representatives from different departments, so I can learn the things that concern us and bring them to the University Classified Staff Council. People feel more comfortable when they can communicate effectively using their native language. I am bilingual, and with this advantage, I believe I can bring forth the voices from our diverse population.
As a daily train and bus commuter, I also have had the chance to meet UTHealth staff members from outside the School of Public Health. We often discuss our concerns and issues on the way to work or on the way back home!  I am very concerned about the UTHealth Mobility program and I believe that I can give some suggestions and find ways to improve this program. Thank you so much for your consideration and I hope to represent all of you on the council.

Lakesia Scruggs

Lakesia Scruggs

My name is Lakesia Scruggs, and I’m currently working at The School of Public Health in the Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences.  I provide administrative assistances to the faculty, staff and students. I’ve been working here at The Health Science Center since December of 1997 and I’ve seen many things change. Several years ago I had an opportunity to serve as a member of the University Classified Staff Council. Serving on the council I assisted with The Classified Workshops, Scholarship Fundraisers and Employee Appreciation Day. Since I love to talk getting the information out to the faculty, staff and students here at The School of Public Health would not be problem. Thank you for nominating me as a candidate and I am looking forward to serving on the Council.