Steering Committee and Working Groups

Steering Committee

Co-Chairs


Jerry Balentine
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Junius J. Gonzales
Provost; Vice President for Academic Affairs

Committee Members


Kaitlyn Accardi
Student, Biology (Molecular Biology) Major/Medical Humanities Minor, College of Arts and Sciences

Anoma Zehra Ahmed
Associate Professor, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, School of Health Professions

Babak D. Beheshti
Professor and Dean, College of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Jessica Boudouris
Assistant Director of Student Employment, Career Services

Elaine Brown
Professor and Chair, College of Arts and Sciences

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong
Associate Professor, College of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Patricia Happel
Associate Professor, Family Medicine Department; Director of Interprofessional Education, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nadia Hossain
Student, Computer Science Major, College of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Melissa Huey
Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Hyun-Tae Jung
Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Design

Ellen Katz
Associate Professor and Chair, College of Arts and Sciences

Carolina Koutsoyannis
Manager of Special Projects and External Affairs, Strategic Communications and External Affairs

Michael Lane
Senior Director of Research, Assessment, and Decision Support

Alyssa Petrosky
Student, Summer Graduate Representative

Nicholas Piniella
Medical Student, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Gantasala Prabhakar
Associate Professor and Program Director, School of Management

Tiffany Roberts
Student, Summer Undergraduate Representative

George Scheu
Assistant Controller and Senior Budget Director, Controller's Office

Kristen Smith
Registrar, Office of the Registrar

Shane Speights
Professor and Campus Dean, College of Medicine, Jonesboro Campus

Shannon Svingen-Jones
Director of Student Affairs, Vancouver Campus

Pennie Turgeon
Vice President of Information Technology; Chief Information Officer

Vanessa Viola
Associate Director and Librarian, Art and Architecture Library

Project Manager


Erikka Vaughan
Planning Support Specialist, Academic Affairs

Working Groups

* denotes also on the Steering Committee.

OPTIMIZING STUDENT SUCCESS

Chairs

  • Tiffani Blake, M.S, M.ED., Assistant Provost for Student Engagement and Development, Academic Affairs
  • Kristen Smith, Ed.D.*, Registrar, Enrollment Services

Members

  • Kaitlyn Accardi*, Undergraduate Student, Biology (Molecular Biology) Major, Medical Humanities Minor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Zehra Ahmed, MBBS, PA-C, MS, DFAAPA*, Associate Professor, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, School of Health Professions
  • Elaine Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Chair of the English Department, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Becky Frieden, M.B.A., Senior Director, Enterprise Applications & Decision Support Systems
  • Leslie Goldstein, Pharm D., Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, Clinical Specialities, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Melissa Huey, Ph.D.*, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dong-Sei Kim, M.DES., M.S.AUD, B.ARCH., RA, ANZIA Assistant Professor, Architecture, School of Architecture and Design
  • Shifang Li, Ed.D., Director, Institutional Effectiveness
  • Nicholas Piniella*, Medical Student, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Shannon Primlal, Undergraduate Student, College of Engineering and Computing Sciences
  • Monika Rohde, M.A., Associate Dean, Academic Advising, Enrichment, and Enrollment Support Servics
  • Anand Santhanakrishnan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing Sciences
  • Nicole Wadsworth, D.O., ACOEP, FACEP, Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine

SHARPENING INSTITUTIONAL IDENTITY

Chairs

  • Dawn Grzan, M.B.A., Senior Director, Grants, Sponsored Programs, and Research; Human Protections Administrator
  • Daniel Quigley, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Members

  • Jerry Cheng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computing Sciences
  • Robert Cody, B.ARCH., AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, School of Architecture and Design
  • Bobbie Dell'Aquilo, B.S., Executive Director, Strategic Communications, Strategic Communications and External Affairs
  • Suzanne Musho, AIA, NCARB, VP, Capital Planning and Facilities Management; Chief Architect
  • Navin Pokala, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biological and Chemical Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Shane Speights, D.O., ABOFP, ABFM*, Campus Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine - Jonesboro
  • Carmine Velez, Student, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Vanessa Viola, M.L.S.*, Associate Director and Librarian, Art & Architecture Library
  • Debra Vogel, Advisory Board and Alumna, School of Management; President and CEO, Paradigm Management

DRIVING INNOVATION & DISCOVERY WITH DIVERSE TALENT

Chairs

  • Laurie Harvey, M.B.A., M.ED. ADMIN., M.I.S., Director, Academic Technology Services
  • Sheri Kelleher, Ed.D., Assistant Provost, Academic Affairs

Members

  • Jessica Boudouris*, Assistant Director of Student Employment, Career Services
  • Sinan Caykoylu, Ph.D., Associate Dean & Faculty, Vancouver
  • Francine Glazer, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Educational Innovation/Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Xueqing (Summer) Huang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Computing Sciences
  • Hyun Tae Jung, Ph.D.*, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Design
  • Ellen Katz, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Department Chair, English, CAS, AAUP President - NYC
  • Jackie Keighron, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biological and Chemical Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sung Kevin Park, M.F.A., Assistant Professor, Digital Art and Design, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Barbara Porter, M.B.A., M.S., Advisory Board and Alumna, College of Engineering and Computing Sciences; Chief Technology Officer, Fragrance.com
  • Racquel Romanick, J.D., Associate Dean of Operations, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Michaela Rome, Ph.D., Interim Associate Provost, Office of Academic Affairs
  • Veronica Southard, M.S.; D.H.SC., Professor, Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions
  • Irene Young, M.B.A., Campus Dean and Executive Director, Vancouver
  • Katherine Zuliani, PHR SHRM-CP, Director, Human Resources

STRENGTHENING EXTERNAL RESOURCES & FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Chairs

  • Amy Bravo, M.A., Senior Director, Experiential Education
  • Jane Polizzi, M.B.A., Assistant Dean, Administration & Operations, College of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Members

  • Nada Anid, Ph.D., Vice President, Strategic Communications and External Affairs
  • Melanie Austin, O.T.D., M.P.A., O.T.R./L., Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy; Admissions Coordinator, School of Health Professions
  • Patricia Duran, Senior Director, Student Accounts, Enrollment Services
  • Venugopal Prabhakar Gantasala, Ph.D., M.B.A., LL.B.*, Assistant Dean and Associate Professor, Management, School of Management
  • Niharika Nath, Ph.D., Professor, Biological and Chemical Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences; Academic Senate President
  • Lillian Butungi Niwagaba, M.B.A., Ph.D. Director, Center for Global Health, Assistant Professor, Clinical Specialties, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Michael Nizich, M.S., Ph.D., Director, Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center, Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Engineering and Computing Sciences
  • Sabrina Polidoro, M.B.A., Director of Alumni Relations
  • George Scheu, CPA*, Assistant Controller & Senior Budget Director, Controller's Office
  • Amy Smith, M.S.Ed., Associate Director, Career Services

Advisory Groups

Improve OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY & RESOURCE EFFECTIVENESS

Lead

  • Alex Cruz, M.B.A., Director, Administration & Operations, College of Arts and Sciences

Members

  • Glen Rounsaville, Assistant Dean, Planning & Operations, Jonesboro
  • Rosemary Burgos-Mira, M.L.I.S., M.S., Director of Library Public & Technical Services
  • Pennie Turgeon, B.S., M.B.A., Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
  • Patrick Minson, M.B.A., M.P.A., Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
  • Radek Nowak, Ph.D., JD, LLM, Assistant Professor, HR Management and Labor Relations, School of Management
  • Stephen Stallone, M.B.A., Director, Budget & Planning

Enhance a DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Lead

  • Pennie Turgeon, B.S., M.B.A., Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer

Members

  • Cecilia Dong, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing Sciences
  • Stan Silverman, M.S., Professor, MSIT - Instructional Technology Graduate Program, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nader Vossoughian, M.A., M.PHIL., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Architecture, School of Architecture and Design
  • Becky Frieden, M.B.A., Director, Senior Director, Enterprise Applications & Decision Support Systems
  • Kapil Bajaj, M.C.T.P., Director, Academic & Research Technology
  • Michael Hosenfeld, MFA, Associate Professor, Digital Art & Design, College of Arts & Sciences

Strengthen EQUITY-CONSCIOUSNESS

Lead

  • Brian Harper, M.D., M.P.H., Vice President for Equity & Inclusion, Chief Medical Officer

Members

  • DEI Task Force Members