Staff Advisory Council

MISSION STATEMENT: To serve as an inclusive body for Johns Hopkins University’s staff; to advise the university’s leadership by championing for staff through the promotion of forward thinking and innovative solutions to the multifaceted needs of staff; to leverage collaborations with accountable university partners.

The Johns Hopkins University Staff Advisory Council (JHU-SAC) gives Johns Hopkins staff members the opportunity to raise their voices about the needs, opportunities, aspirations, and challenges that staff experience in their professional lives at JHU and provide critical input to leadership on decisions and policymaking around university initiatives, programming, and policies.

Council Membership and Organization

The council is composed of elected staff who represent various backgrounds, organizational levels, job areas and functions across the university, as well as years of service. Participation on the council is voluntary and is be considered work time. The council is expected to meet at least twice each spring and fall semester and as needed to consider timely issues.

The SAC consist of 37 elected members and 5 non-voting members appointed by university leadership. SAC members are determined by the number of employees in a school or division, with there being a minimum of 2 seats for each school or division. Elections for new members are held annually.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Elected Members by Division

Academic and Business Centers (Includes Center for Talented Youth, Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Berman Institute, Jhpiego, JHU Press, JH Technology Ventures, Human Tech Center for Excellence, Centers for Government Excellence) 

  • David Fishman, Software Engineer | JHU Press 
  • Paula Leonardo, Director of Finance | Jhpiego 
  • Shelly Watts, Talent Acquisition Consultant | Center for Talented Youth 

Bloomberg School of Public Health  

  • Darrell Coffey, HR Manager 
  • Lindsey Culli, Communications Associate 
  • Kara Hunersen, Sr. Program Officer 
  • Marla Shaivitz, Sr. Program Officer II 

Carey Business School 

  • Kerry Johnson, Graphic Designer  
  • Sheila Mahony, Executive Career Coach 

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences 

  • Rita Haag, Sr. Administrative Coordinator  
  • Ellen Libao, Assistant Administrator 

Peabody Institute 

  • Olivia Meadows, Assistant Director of Admissions 
  • Casey Sonneborn, Administrative Coordinator  

School of Advanced International Studies 

  • Marie Gorman, Academic Advisory 
  • Ziping “Peter” Pan, Associate Director of Professional Development  

School of Education 

  • Sydney Cox, Administrative Coordinator 
  • Matthew Pierce, Sr. Instructional Designer 

School of Medicine  

  • Nadine Crosson, CO Sr. Medical Office Coordinator  
  • Deitra Ellis, Sr. Medical Office Coordinator  
  • Ashley Green, CO Clinic Coordinator 
  • Alliyia Ingram, Sr. Administrative Coordinator  
  • Valerie Provenza, Administrator 
  • Brandi Smith, CO Ophthalmic Technician  

School of Nursing 

  • Erika Klimecki, Academic Program Administrator 
  • Sibyl Snow, Project Specialist   

Sheridan Libraries, Museums and Archives 

  • Alessandro Scola, Book Conservator 
  • Holly Tominack, Library Specialist  

University Administration  

  • David Alexander, Director of Communications & Marketing | University Communications 
  • Coretta Bennett, Director of Design & Construction | Design & Construction  
  • Whitney Brace, Executive Assistant | Office of Diversity and Inclusion  
  • Jane Chase, Executive Assistant | VP and General Counsel Administration  
  • Kyle Lawson, Support Specialist | Investment Operations 

University Student Services  

  • Alyse Campbell, Associate Director of Student Well-Being 
  • Andrew Campbell, Training Specialist-Dining Services 
  • Ellen Ostendorf, Associate Director of Financial Aid  

Whiting School of Engineering 

  • Cathy Jancuk, Academic Program Manager 
  • Heith Welch, Budget Specialist  

Appointed Members (ex-officio)

Divisional Business Officers:

  • Mark Bailey, School of Advanced International Studies
  • Desiree Cleeves, JHTV
  • Mary O’Connell, University Student Services
  • Kofi Ofori, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Yaacov Rubin, University Administration

2023 JHU SAC Planning Group Members

  • Donald Juedes, Librarian III | JHU Libraries and Museums
  • Christine Kavanagh, Associate Vice Dean Graduate Education | Whiting School of Engineering
  • Jamison Kies, Sr. Administrative Manager | DOM, School of Medicine
  • Stacey Marks, Diversity Program Manager | Whiting School of Engineering
  • Tricia Nilles, Senior Research Analyst | Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Danielle Simms, Executive Assistant, University Student Services

Staff Advisory Council Planning Group

The Staff Advisory Council Planning Group created the infrastructure for future elected councils and identified the composition, term lengths, and procedures for elections of Staff Advisory Council membership and leadership. Below is a list of members who served on the planning group. We are grateful for their contributions to be able to launch the inaugural elected council in February 2024.

NameJob TitleDivision
Tonika BerkleyAfricana ArchivistSheridan Libraries
Timothy CarlWeb AdministratorSchool of Nursing
Stephanie EaddyExecutive SpecialistAcademic and Business Centers
Phillip HearnCommunications AssociateAcademic and Business Centers
Tiffany HooperAcademic Services SpecialCarey Business School
Jennifer HouderAssociate Director AdmissionsSAIS
Donald Juedes Academic Liaison Sheridan Libraries
Christine KavanaghAssociate Dean- MGMWhiting School of Engineering
Brooklyn KhouryAdministrator- ClinicalSchool of Medicine
Jamison KiesSr. Administrative ManagerSchool of Medicine
Tiffany LundquistDirector CommunicationsPeabody Institute
Stacey MarkDiversity SpecialistWhiting School of Engineering
Michael McGheeSr. Administrative ManagerWhiting School of Engineering
Camilla Mika-SimmsAcademic Program AdministratorSchool of Education
Maithilee MitraIT Project ManagerUniversity Administration
Joseph MontcalmoDirector of Learning InnovationPeabody Institute
Alison MorrowAcademic Program AdministratorWhiting School of Engineering
Tricia NillesSr. Research AnalystSchool of Public Health
Jessica OrosDirector Student ConductUniversity Student Services
Christopher PenaWebsite DesignerSchool of Advanced Institutional Studies
Matthew PierceInstructional DesignerSchool of Education
Eric PotterAdministrative ManagerSchool of Arts & Sciences
Emily ScheckSr. Administrative CoordinatorUniversity Administration
Danielle SimmsExecutive AssistantUniversity Student Services
Calvin SmithDirector Student LeadershipUniversity Student Services
Howard WallackDirector- CS HRAcademic and Business Centers
Kaitlyn WilliamsAdmissions OfficerSchool of Nursing


Recognizing the work of the Staff Advisory Council Planning Group | Oct. 12, 2023

The Staff Advisory Council to be formed | Aug. 10, 2022

Staff Advisory Council moves toward launch | Apr. 17, 2022

JHU-SAC Contact: Michael McCormick, Staff Advisory Council Support Specialist (

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