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New Council Elected

The new Council has been elected for 2017-18 and will be seated on July 1, 2017. We have some new members, re-elected members, and some former members who decided it was time to serve again! Congratulations to the newest Council members from: 

Law Center: Lynda Sanders, Ruby Sheikh, Jennifer Van Buren
Main Campus: Tammi Coakley-Simelton, Heather Malneritch
Medical Center: Aida Cavalic, Chika Chiku, Erin Wilhelm
University Services: Linda Buckley, Raghu Pemmaraju, Desiree Roberts

And re-elected members Karen Howenstein (Medical Center), Jessie Mandel and Sandy Wilhelm (University Services)

And returning members from Main Campus, after a short break: Meg Dimsa, Sonia Jacobson, Maria Snyder

And, finally, a big thank-you for their service to those leaving the Council:

Amna Ali (Main Campus, 1 year)
Tricia Burke (Medical Center, 3.5 years)
Ryan Coleman (Law Center, 1 year)
Phillip de Mahy (Medical Center, 2 years)
Rod Freeman (Medical Center, 2 years)
Chris Jewell (Law Center, 4 years)
Lauren Johanesson-McCoy (Main Campus, 2.5 years)
Peter Luger (University Services, 5 years)
Clare Ogden (Main Campus, 4 years)
Michael Peckman (University Services, 3.5 years)
Anne Ridder (Main Campus, 4 years)
Katelyn Stephenson (Main Campus, 2 years)

You can see a full listing of Council Members.

Councilmember Spotlight

Melany Barrett smiling into the cameraMelany Barrett came to Georgetown in Fall 2012 in the Medical Center's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is currently an Administrative Coordinator in the Medical Center Finance and Business Office.  Her responsibilities include coordinating of GUMC’s professional credentialing study groups for research administrators (CRA, CFRA, etc.), supporting the GUMC CBO, facilitating various business/operations processes, and support and program planning for the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE).

Prior to Georgetown, Melany worked for a regional physician's office specializing in Obstetrics & Gynecology.  In her tenure there, she started as a Medical Assistant and transitioned to managing front office operations of one of the satellite offices.  She received a Bachelor's in Science from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.  She is currently enrolled in the Evening MBA Program at the McDonough School of Business.

I'm very interested in staff development, training, and encouraging a collaborative and welcoming environment.  Georgetown's mission and the principle of cura personalis really resonate with my beliefs and interactions with others. On the Council, I participate in the Community Engagement Committee, which has been a great opportunity to work with others who share the same ideas on how to engage staff and AAPs within the University community.

In my spare time, I really enjoying reading (any genre!). I've recently taken on a new hobby to learn how to sew.  I also enjoy working out and spending time with friends and family.

If I were to give advice to a new employee at Georgetown, I’d suggest networking and spending time getting to know colleagues and peers from other campuses.  Though we are all here in support of the Georgetown mission and business/student functions, you never know what you can learn from others -- you might find a more efficient way to complete tasks and make lasting relationships along the way.

Updates and of Interest

Third Thursdays

Join us for Third Thursdays with the council!  We have established a rotating schedule of monthly gatherings held on each of our physical campuses the third Thursday of the month. The purpose of these gatherings is to create informal opportunities to engage and talk about things important to our community in order to inform the priorities of the council. The Third Thursday event is organized by the campus caucus with members of the Council leadership in attendance and all are invited!  The Third Thursday schedule is below, check back to the council website for meeting locations.

  • August 19, 2017 – Law Center
  • September 21, 2017 – Main Campus
  • October 19, 2017 – Med Center
  • November 16, 2017 – Law Center
  • December 21, 2017 – Main Campus
  • January 18, 2018 – Med Center
  • February 15, 2018 – Law Center
  • March 15, 2018 – Main Campus
  • April 19, 2018 – Med Center

Classification & Compensation Restructuring

HR will be releasing their new classification structure for all staff and AAP positions, coming in August. The new structure reflects the University’s commitment to transparency, consistency, and competitiveness by properly aligning the University’s staff and AAP positions with the appropriate labor market. To better familiarize you with its benefits, policies, procedures, and how it might impact you the Department of Human Resources will be offering several staff information sessions. Staff information sessions are currently scheduled for:

  • July 24th – Law Center: McDonough Rm 202/9 -10:30am/1- 2:30pm/3 - 4:30pm
  • July 25th – Main Campus: ICC Auditorium/9 - 10:30am/1 – 2:30pm/3 - 4:30pm
  • July 26th – Med. Center: New Research Building Auditorium/9 - 10:30am/12:30-2p
  • July 26th – Main Campus: Reiss Science Building, Rm 103 /3 - 4:30pm

Food Drive

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first annual food drive! We are excited to share that we collected 640 items for the Father McKenna Center to stock their food pantry. The Law Center was by far the largest contributor to the drive, followed by our colleagues at the Harris Building and then ICC.

  • Law Center 238
  • Medical Center 62
  • Hoya Kids 43
  • Healy/Campus Ministry 70
  • ICC Galleria 81
  • SCS 27
  • Harris Building 119

A special thank you to the Community Engagement Committee for their work in putting this together (Clare Ogden, Jill Castleman, Phlip Demahy, Melany Barrett, Sandy Wilhelm, Jessie Mandel). We are excited to have developed an annual food drive event that we can build on in the future. From here on out we will focus on the goal of collecting just a little bit more than we did the year before! Look for the annual Food 4 Others food drive next spring.