Senate Members

Staff Senate representatives consist of full-time or part-time staff who have been employed by UVa for a minimum of one year. Each term of membership is for three years, beginning in August and ending in August. Representatives may serve for two consecutive terms (a total of six consecutive years) and may be reappointed after a one year absence.

The number of representatives from each organizational unit will be proportionate to the number of total staff as determined by the University’s organizational unit chart. For units with 199 staff or less, 1 representative and 1 alternate shall serve. For units with more than 199 staff, 1 representative and 1 alternate will be added for every additional 200 represented.

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Intercollegiate Athletics and Intramural Recreation

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Berkley Henshaw

Berkley is the Coordinator of Fitness and Instruction at the Department of Intramural Recreational Sports where directs the fitness programming for UVA students, faculty, and staff.   She is also responsible for collaborating with the Contemplative Science Center, Hoo’s Well and other departments to bring wellness and exercise into the workplace.  Berkley enjoys hiking, attending music venues of any type, spending time with her dogs, and finding ways to encourage others to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Katie Rudy

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


Executive VP/Chief Operating Officer Units: EVP-COO Office, Audit, Compliance, Emergency Preparedness, Organizational Excellence, Police, Property & Liability Risk Mgmt, Treasury Mgmt

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Molly Castle

Molly has been a Senior Internal Auditor at UVA for over seven years in the Internal Audit department. However, she began her journey at UVA in the Student Financial Services department in 2008. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with family and friends and helping to find forever homes for retired greyhounds.

Business Operations

Associate VP for Business Operations Units: Business Ops Office, Bookstore, Cavalier Computers, Dining, Parking, Printing & Copying, Student Housing

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Cindy Garwood
(434) 924-4253

Cindy works for the University of Virginia Bookstore in the textbook department as a Coursebook Administrative Assistant. She has been with the University for 9 years. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, cooking and going for long rides in the country with her husband.

Kathy Peek

Kathy works in the Academic ID Office. Meeting students daily is the joy of her job; “they are fabulous.” She has been married for 24 years and travels as often as she can.

Facilities Management

Associate VP and Chief Facilities Officer Units

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Jess Wenger

Jess graduated from the Environmental Science Department has been working to keep UVA environmentally compliant for the last 11 years. She enjoys taking road trips with her husband, cuddling with their adorable cat, and teaching skating with the Charlottesville Derby Dames.

AJ Young

Adolph (A.J.) Young Jr. is a Metering Technician at UVA. In his spare time he loves to run various races.

Joseph Gitz

Kevin Lawrence

Arthur Stroupe

Todd is the HSPP Carpenter Supervisor. He has been working at UVA for 9 years. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three beagles. 

Norman Werlitz
Norman works at the FM housing zone where he is a senior trades utilities worker. Basically, he keeps the dorms up and running so that our students can concentrate on learning. Outside of work, he likes to watch movies, sleep, game, sleep, foster kittens, sleep and just hang out around the house. Oh, and did he mention that he likes to sleep?!

Finance & (some) Operations

VP for Finance & (some) Senior VP for Operations Units: VP of Finance VP — Finance Office, Budget, Comptroller, Outreach & Compliance, Procurement, OSP, Student Financial Services. SVP of Operations — SVP Office, Governmental Relations, Office of the Architect, Real Estate & Leasing Services

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Chris Doran

Chris is the Communications Director in Student Financial Services and has been at the University since 2007 and with SFS since 2010. Outside the University, he sings with the Virginia Consort, does leatherwork, tries to keep up with his pre-teen daughter, and plots how to one day take full advantage of his Irish citizenship.

Human Resources

VP and Chief Human Resources Officer Units

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Michelle Small

Michelle is a University Human Resources Consultant. She partners with various divisions across grounds providing support for guiding institutional values and offering insight for effective deployment of policy, procedure, and official protocols. She has found a new passion for quilling (a paper craft), and acrylic painting and gifting them to friends and family.

Information Technology

Chief Information Officer Units: CIO Office, Budget, ITS Classrooms, Communication Services, Custom Applications, Enterprise Applications & Infrastructure, ISPRO, Scholarly Technology, Strategic Initiatives, User Experience & Engagement

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Arlene Buynak

Arlene has worked at the University of Virginia since April 1991. Her current position is office manager for the Chief Information Officer of the University. She truly enjoys working at the University. She also enjoys spending time with her husband of thirty years and three beautiful, intelligent daughters. Arlene enjoys spending time with family and traveling.

Brandy Smith

Brandy is with ITS-Infrastructure Support Services and provides technical support, administers the 2-factor authentication tokens, and is an Incident Coordinator. Also, she is the rep for the ACCS Board. Outside of work she enjoys playing volleyball, being on the water, and just enjoying the outdoors.

Office of the President

President’s Office and Diversity & Equity

Office of the President and VP & Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity Units: President’s Office, Board Office, Ctrs for Computation Research, Diversity & Equity, EOP, Executive Search Group, Executive Tech Support, General Counsel, Major Events, Miller Center, University Communications, VP of IT Office

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Lee Ann Adkins
(434) 924-6245

Executive Vice President and Provost

Architecture, School of

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Melissa Goldman

As the Fabrication Facilities Manager for the School of Architecture, Melissa oversees the toys of the shops from woodworking tools to CNC routers, robots, and 3D printers. She also teaches classes on design and experimental fabrication. Architecturally related, her alter-ego, Le Corbruiseier, officiates roller derby with the Charlottesville Derby Dames.

Arts and Sciences, College of

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Maggie Stein

Maggie, Business Manager for the Department of French, has been at UVa since 2005. Off-grounds, she’s a photographer, dressmaker, and quilter. She’s also a founding member of the Cville TimeBank.

Mieke Zylstra

Mieke is the Administrative Supervisor in the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences. She is an information distributor and data wrangler for groups within, and those that report to, the dean’s office. She has traveled to/in four continents, loves the outdoors, advocates for wildlife welfare, and is involved in local community affairs.

Continuing and Professional Studies, School of

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Kelly Merryman
(703) 536-1133

Kelly has worked at UVa since 2000 and is currently in the Business Programs Department. She helps manage 7 programs for Open Enrollment and Outreach programs both Undergraduate, Graduate and non-credit at the SCPS in Northern Virginia. When not at work Kelly enjoys spending time with her nephew and two nieces and her Chocolate Labradoodle “Bailey.”

Curry School of Education

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John Rhea

John is a multi-level creative that works in design, film, apps, and storytelling. By day he runs the website for the Curry School of Education, by night he tells stories on his blog. He lives in Fluvanna with his wife, five rambunctious children, three cats, two dogs, and a small army of fish.

Darden School of Business

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James Weissman

James is a business analyst for the Enterprise Systems group at the Darden School of Business. He administers Canvas, Darden’s learning management system, and manages the school’s online exam process. A refugee from Silicon Valley, James relocated to Charlottesville in 2002 to raise his two sons.

Engineering and Applied Science, School of

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Jan Cornell

Jan currently works in the Engineering School in the department of Computer Science as a Graduate Coordinator. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, watching movies and being with friends.

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

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Amanda Crombie

Amanda has worked at UVA since 2002, and has been at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy since 2013. She is the Director of Academic Programs and Registrar at the Batten School. In addition to working, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and two awesome kids, and being active outdoors as a family.

Law, School of

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Sherry Morris

Sherry is the Assistant Director of Career Services at the Law School. She has been with the University of Virginia for 17.5 years and has been at the Law School for 11.5 years. In her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with her two grandchildren.

Library System

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Bill Corey

Bill has worked for the University for more than 25 years, and for UVa Libraries for the last 12 and change. He is currently the Research Data Management Librarian and the Commerce Librarian, part of the Research Data Services & Sciences group at the UVa Library. He enjoys jewelry making, woodworking, photography and reading when he has the time. When he doesn’t he fiddles with technology.

McIntire School of Commerce

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Brandy Amos


Brandy has worked at McIntire School of Commerce since 2012 but has been with the University since 1997. Outside of work she is busy with her two girls who are actively involved in sports.

Provost Units and Centers

Exec VP & Provost Office, Admissions, Center for Politics, Ctr for Public Service, Foundation for Humanities; Arts (WTJU Radio, Art Museum, Kluge-Rhue Museum, Film Festival); Academic Affairs (Assessment & Studies, Contemplative Sciences, Institute for Advanced Tech in Humanities, Ctr for Liberal Arts, UVa Press, Summer and Special Programs, Ctr for Teaching Excellence, Book Arts Press); Academic Outreach (College Guide Program); Global Affairs (Global Affairs VP Office, International Studies, Ctr for Global Health, Morven Programs); Administration (Registrar, Women’s Center, Upward Bound)

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Melissa Henriksen

Melissa has worked at the University since 2007. She is currently the Associate Director for University Engagement at the Applied Research Institute. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and their Golden Retriever, Butter. She loves reading, science, music and volleyball.

Michael Phillips

As Director of Financial Operations for the Weldon Cooper Center, Michael is responsible for ensuring that all of our units have up-to-date financial information for all of their operations while supporting the center’s policy compliance efforts.  He has both a B.A. in Economics and a M.B.A. from the University of Delaware and is a licensed C.P.A. in Virginia.  Michael is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending his time on the golf course and with his wife Jessica and son Matthew.   

School of Medicine

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Tina Cross

Psychiatry, INMD General Med, INMD Infectious Disease, INMD Allergy, INMD Admin, Anesthesiology, INMD Pulmonary, INMD Ctr Inflammation Reg

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Edward Strickler

Edward Strickler has worked in the same job, of the same program, in the same department, in the School of Medicine, since 1998, and has many roles outside work.

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Amanda Harris
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Andrea Johnson


Andrea is the Grants, Contracts and Operations Administrator for the Division of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine. She is a pastor’s wife, mother of one son, and loves to spend time outside – gardening, swimming, hiking, or sleeping in the sun.

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Mary Stepanski

Mary has worked at UVA for 22 years and is the Service Desk Supervisor for the School of Medicine.  

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Leslie Yowell

Leslie works as a Sr. Fiscal Tech in the Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Department handling the department’s reconciliation process. In her free time, she works on her 2-acre farm gardening, canning, swimming in the pool and doing as many artistic endeavors as she can, mostly polymer clay, jewelry, and paper crafts.

School of Nursing

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Jackie Oswalt

Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Student Affairs

VP & Chief Student Affairs Officer Units: Student Affairs VP Office, African-American Affairs, Career Services, Dean of Students, Student Health

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Bruce Carveth

Bruce is Sr. Programmer with Student Health and has provided computing support to the Health System’s Transplant Dept. and Health System Technology Services during his almost 15 years at UVa. Bruce’s outside interests focus on traditional American Old-Time and Irish music.

Vice President for Research


VP for Research Units: Research VP Office, Environmental Health & Safety, Comparative Medicine

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Michael Myrsten

Vice President for University Advancement


VP for University Advancement and Executive VP for Health Affairs — Development Office

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AJ Davidson

AJ Davidson joined the University in 2012 as Development Community Senior Recruiter within University Advancement. In this role, she serves as a resource for both job seekers and hiring managers across the university-wide advancement community. In addition to working, AJ enjoys traveling, running and spending time with family.