Staff Senate Elections

Every year during the spring semester, KU staff nominate and elect individuals to represent themselves as members of Staff Senate. Senators are elected to reflect the job category proportions of the electorate, with 1 senator for every 75 staff members. Elected members serve three-year terms.

Vote in the Election

Please review the candidates and their bios before opening the ballot, which has been emailed to you. Elections open on March 19th and close on March 25th.

Continuing Staff Senate Members

Liz Barton, Jayhawk Academic Advising, Edwards Campus, April 2025

Desirée Neyens, University Academic Support Centers, April 2025

Michelle Wilson, Achievement & Assessment Institute, April 2025

Deanne Arensberg, Office of Research, April 2024

Teri Chambers, Biodiversity Institute, April 2024

Marissa Marshall, Film and Media Studies, April 2024

Cady Bush, Higuchi Biosciences Centers, April 2024

Latrina Collins, Achievement & Assessment Institute, April 2025

Kim Conard, OLeary SSC, April 2024

Jena Gunter, Institute for Policy & Social Research, April 2024

Aaron Quisenberry, Budget Office, April 2024

Robert Waller, International Student Services, April 2024

Jui-Shen Wang, School of Pharmacy, April 2024

Jessica Chilcoat, KUCR, April 2025

Jeremy McLeod, Information Technology, April 2025

Jesse Allen, Custodial Services, 2025

Jessica Brown, Custodial Services, April 2025

Emily Foltz, Landscape, April 2024

Joseph Andrew, Geology, April 2025

Nikhila Gunda, Transportation Research Center, April 2024

Kevin Liu, Achievement & Assessment Institute, April 2025

Candace Bond, Achievement & Assessment Institute, April 2025

Anna Balmilero, Achievement & Assessment Institue, April 2024

Sara Chavez, Student Affairs, April 2025

Jordan Wade, Student Program Manager, April 2024

David Day, Provost Office, April 2024

Mary Dykmann, Business Development, April 2025

Brian Moss, Libraries, April 2025

March 20, 2023

Dear staff,

The Staff Senate FY2023 Election ballot is now open for your vote! We need to fill open seats in six of the eight categories, as well as select our next President-Elect. The elections will close on March 25, 2023, at midnight.

Please review the candidates and their bios at the link above BEFORE opening the ballot, which will have been emailed to you. You can only open the ballot and vote once (there is no “save and continue” option). If you have any questions or issues, please contact Caty Movich in the University Governance office (785-864-7860,

Thank you to all who submitted nominations. The Staff Senate exists to represent all KU Staff, so your participation in electing your senators is important and valued. Please visit the Staff Senate website to learn more and email us at with any questions or concerns.


KU Staff Senate Elections Committee

Feb. 23, 2023


Staff Senate elections are approaching, and we encourage you to participate in the 2023-2024 year! With open seats in all job categories to fill this year, Staff Senate needs representation from all areas, all departments, and all job functions. You will be able to either self-nominate or nominate a colleague between February 19th and March 4th, 2023 at the link above.

Staff Senate is the governing body for staff at the University of Kansas, representing all full-time university support staff and unclassified professional staff at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses.

Our mission is to provide all staff with a voice, a forum, and avenues for growth. This is accomplished by:

  • Providing a formal mechanism for communicating common concerns to appropriate University and State officials
  • Serving as a forum for member presentation and discussion of common concerns of employment
  • Supporting all forms of employee growth through in-house training and professional development financial support

Here are a few great reasons to serve on Staff Senate:

  • Network and collaborate with other KU colleagues and campus partners
  • Learn more about KU, Governance, and higher education administration
  • Be part of a proactive group that ensures staff involvement in major decisions at KU
  • Represent 3,000 staff at KU and advocate for those staff who do not have a voice

Members are encouraged to get involved as much as possible, with time commitments including:

  • 1.5 hours per month for Staff Senate meeting
  • 1 to 1.5 hours per month for volunteer senate committees
  • More information on committees is available via

Elections for Staff Senate will be held from March 19 through March 25, 2023. The April Staff Senate meeting will be a transition meeting from the current to the newly elect Staff Senate, with the May Staff Senate meeting being the first full meeting of the newly elected Staff Senate. If elected please plan to join the transition meeting on April 12, 2023 from noon to 1:30 p.m.


Best Regards and Rock Chalk!

KU Staff Senate Elections Committee