Task Forces

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, several working groups from the College community were tasked with developing recommendations and implementing plans to guide Saint Mary’s through this challenging year. The following are the various task forces and their members.

Student Funding Task Force

Mona Bowe (Chair), Vice President for Enrollment Management
Laura Williamson Ambrose, Associate Professor, Humanistic Studies
Kathleen Brown, Director of Financial Aid
Karen Chambers, Dean of Student Academic Services
Gloria Jenkins, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Cost Savings Task Force

Dana Strait (Chair), Vice President of Strategy and Finance
Mark Abram-Copenhaver, Professor of Theatre and Communications Studies
Sarah Dvorak, Director of Admission
Patricia (Trish) Keresztes, Associate Professor of Nursing
Joel Ralston, Associate Professor of Biology
Shari Rodriguez, Vice President of College Relations
Jim Rogers, Professor of Business and Economics
Kris Urschel, Director of Human Resources

Health and Safety Standards Task Force

Phil Bambeneck, Director of Campus Safety
Dawn Bell, Director of Building and General Services
Ben Bowman, Director of Facilities
Cyndie Horton-Cavenaugh, Interim Director of Health and Counseling
Ariel Leary, Director of Residence Life
Veronica Lebbin, Staff Nurse
Cassie Majetic, Associate Professor of Biology
Gabriela Maxwell, Assistant Director of External Events
Todd Norris, Chief Information Officer
Julie Schroder-Biek, Director of Athletics
Kris Urschel, Director of Human Resources

Back to Work Task Force

Kris Urschel (Chair), Director of Human Resources
Phil Bambenek, Director of Campus Safety
Dawn Bell, Director of Building and General Services
Mona Bowe, Vice President for Enrollment Management
Karen Chambers, Dean of Student Academic Services
Erica Emanuel, Assistant Controller
Judy Fean, Vice President of Mission
Ella Harmeyer, Associate Professor of Nursing
Gloria Jenkins, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
Dorrine Johnson, Human Resources Business Partner
Marty McCampbell, General Counsel
Kara O'Leary, Executive Director of Alumnae and Community Relations
Jill Vihtelic, Retired  

Academic Continuation Task Force

Titilayo Ufomata (Chair), Provost and Senior Vice President
Sue Anderson, DNP Grad Program Coordinator
Mark Abram-Copenhaver, Professor of Theatre and Communications Studies
Ben Bowman, Director of Facilities
Karen Chambers, Dean of Student Academic Services
Chris Dunlap, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics
Redgina Hill, Executive Director of Inclusion and Equity
Colleen Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Kelly Hamilton, Associate Professor of History
Colleen Hoover, Associate Professor of Math 
Gloria Jenkins, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
Susan Latham, Department Chair, Speech Language Pathology
Arlene Montevecchio, Director of the Center for Spirituality
Todd Norris, Chief Information Officer
Kathy Saville, Director of Instructional Technology and Distance Education
Shay Schneider, Director of Retention and First Year Experience
Dana Strait, Vice President of Strategy and Finance
Kris Urschel, Director of Human Resources
Jill Vihtelic, Retired

Move Out Task Force

Phil Bambenek, Director of Campus Safety
Dawn Bell, Director of Building and General Services
Ben Bowman, Director of Facilities
Ella Harmeyer, Associate Professor of Nursing
Nicole Hundt, Assistant Director of OSI and Residence Life
Gloria Jenkins, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
Ariel Leary, Director of Residence Life

Student Engagement Task Force

Arlene Montevecchio (Chair), Director of the Center for Spirituality
Mark Abram-Copenhaver, Professor of Theatre and Communications Studies
Liz Coulston, Coordinator of BAVO
Mana Derakhshani, Director of CWIL
Rebekah Go, Director of Office of Civic and Social Engagement
Sandy Harmacinski, Assistant Director of Student Events
Nicole Hundt, Assistant Director of OSI and Residence Life
Stacie Jeffirs, Director Career Crossings
Sarah Miesle, Sports Information Director
Kelsey O’Connor, Student
Giavanna Paradiso, Student
Lisa Peppers, Assistant Director of Internal Events
Adrianna Petty, Director of International Students and Multicultural Services
Mary Porter, Executive Administrative Assistant, Division for Mission 
Shay Schneider, Director of Retention and First Year Experience
Allyson Strasen, Residence Hall Director, Holy Cross
Regina Wilson, Director of Campus Ministry

Operations Committee 

Mona Bowe (Co-Chair), Vice President for Enrollment Management
Shari Rodriguez (Co-Chair), Vice President of College Relations
Phil Bambenek, Director of Campus Safety
Richard Baxter, Director of Campus and Community Events
Dawn Bell, Director of Building and General Services
Karen Chambers, Dean of Student Academic Services
Judy Fean, Vice President of Mission
Colleen Hoover, Associate Professor of Math
Lisa Knox, Associate Director of Public Relations
Ariel Leary, Director of Residence Life
Todd Norris, Chief Information Officer
Kris Urschel, Director of Human Resources