Governing Body for Staff at the University of Kansas

Staff Senate Members 2020 - 2021

The Staff Senate is formed to facilitate greater involvement of staff (both unclassified and university support staff) in the university community, and to ensure that the opinions of staff inform the creation and implementation of university policies. Toward those ends, the Staff Senate serves as a forum for discussion among all university staff and as an advocate for staff interests with other governance bodies, the university administration, and the state Board of Regents.

The senators, each having one vote in the Senate, shall be elected by the members of the electorate. To ensure fair representation of all staff, the electorate shall be divided into eight categories representing the major divisions of work responsibilities across campus. The categorization of staff shall be accomplished by means of job families* designated by Human Resource Management.

Category Constituent Job Families
Academic Educational Support & Delivery
Administrative Administrative Support
Information Technology Information Technology
Operations Facilities Planning, Design & Operation, Skilled Trades,
Campus Srvs/Service Maint.
Research Research
Student Services Advising, Career & Student Services
Support Food Service and Dietary,  Healthcare
Library Services, Museum / Arts
Public Affairs, Public Safety
Publishing, TV, Radio & Video Production


Staff Senate FY2021 Membership 
Name Email Department Family Term Ends
Staff Senate President:
Abby Ehling  Graduate Studies Staff Senate President 4/22
Staff Senate President Elect: 
Tim Spencer O'Leary SSC Staff Senate President-Elect 4/22
Academic - 4 Senators        
Ben Herron Student Success and Support, Edwards Campus Academic 4/23
Amber Roberts Graham Graduate Studies Academic 4/21
Liz Barton ABS Master's Online | Public Administration and Law & Society Programs, Edwards Campus Academic 4/22
Tiffany Learned International Student Services Academic 4/22
Administrative - 6 Senators        
Kelly Banks Spencer Museum of Art Administrative 4/23
Mary Murphy Ctr for Online & Distance Lrn Administrative 4/21
Teri Chambers Acad Achieve & Access Ctr-AAAC Administrative 4/21
Travis Arellano Business Administration Administrative 4/21
*Elissa Stewart Eaton Hall SSC Member At Large (Administrative) 4/21
Leslie Wilson, A Undergraduate Advising Center Administrative 4/22
Administrative/Management- 9 Senators      
Cady Bush Higuchi  Biosciences Centers Administrative/Management 4/23
Aaron Quisenberry Transportation Services Administrative/Management 4/23
Robert Waller Budget Office Administrative/Management 4/23
Jui-Shen Wang School of Pharmacy Administrative/Management 4/23
Connie Jordan O'Leary SSC Administrative/Management 4/21
Jena Gunter Inst for Policy & Social Res Administrative/Management 4/21
Jessica Chilcoat Strong Hall SSC Administrative/Management 4/22
Michelle Ginavan Hayes Eaton Hall SSC Administrative/Management 4/22
Jeff Severin Center for Sustainability Administrative/Management 4/22
Information Technology-4 Senators      
Elvi Freudenhammer Information Technology Information Technology 4/23
Matthew Deakyne Information Technology Information Technology 4/22
Rick Evanhoe Information Technology Information Technology 4/22
Lisa Hallberg Life Span Institute Information Technology 4/22
Operations-5 Senators        
Josh La Tour FS Maintenance Operations 4/21
Jessica Brown Facility Services Operations 4/22
Jeremy Chance Recreation Services Operations 4/22
Steve Conway Facility Services Operations 4/22
Chris Wallace Public Safety Operations 4/22
Research - 7 Senators        
Lindsay Elliot Jorgenson Institute for Policy & Social Research Research 4/23
*Haines Eason Information Technology Research 4/23
Jennifer Hollenbach Kansas Geological Survey Research 4/23
Kevin Liu Graduate Affairs Research 4/22
*Jordan Wade University Registrar Research 4/23
Christopher Lyon Ctr Enviro Beneficial Catalysis Research 4/22
Kajsa Elizabeth Mullenix Bureau of Child Research Research 4/22
Student Services - 3 Senators      
*Bryanna Hanschu Law  Student Services 4/21
Megan Belaire CLAS Student Services 4/22
Michelle Wilson Achievement & Assessment Inst Student Services 4/22
Support - 6 Senators        
Todd Carpenter Public Safety Support 4/23
Justin Runge Marketing Communications Support 4/23
Kim Spencer Lied Center Support 4/23
David Day Provost Office Support 4/21
Mary Dykmann Business Development Support 4/22
Brian Moss Libraries Support 4/22
Total Staff Senators:       44
*Members at-large        


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