2018–19 Employee Milestones
Dick is a man of many contradictions. He left the blue-collar world for the ivory tower. Now he coaches those aspiring to enter America’s board rooms. He is an economist who is not an economist, or as he calls himself, “a rebel without a clue.”
Jerry Van Os
Dr. Jerry Van Os started as an adjunct professor of accounting at Westminster College in 1983. In 1988, he started as a full-time associate professor of accounting and later, in 1991, became a full professor of accounting. In addition to serving as an admired and respected teacher, Jerry has excellently served as an administrator for 23 years, in roles as varied as MBA director, director of competency-based programs, and associate dean of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business.
Twenty-five years ago, when Alan came to Westminster from Colby College, Hogle was the only residence hall, the Jewett Center was a grassy slope leading to an uncovered parking lot, Meldrum Science was a tennis court, and the Bassis Center was Westmisnter’s windowless library. During his tenure at Westminster, Alan has been a committed part of Westminster as it has grown into a nationally recognized college with over 3,000 students from the US and abroad.
Associate Professor, Physics
After 25 years, Chris is a Westminster fixture. He was the faculty athletic representative for eight years and has been a steadfast booster for all the sports programs. If it’s a home game, he is always there. Chris is both a scientist and a musician; is at every play, recital, and concert; and he helped draft the music program’s mission statement. Chris is the go-to astronomy guy at Westminster. He is an incredible professor, challenging his students to believe not only what they read or hear, but also what they think. Chris has been instrumental in the changes in science education since 1995, spearheading Westminster’s switch from teaching to learning. Twenty-three years later, all of Westminster’s science classes use his interactive engagement model. Chris is dedicated to his job: working seven days a week and found at any given time helping a student.
Senior Administrative Assistant, School of Nursing
Sharon Crawley has worked in numerous positions at Westminster as an administrative assistant. She is currently responsible for anything related to admissions for undergraduate nursing students. Sharon truly has a heart for Westminster College and cares deeply about her supporting role in educating our nursing students. She has met with countless students applying to the undergraduate nursing program and is often the first person students talk with or see upon entering the program. Her kind, caring personality is so very unique. Sharon performs and presents in a professional manner and has a unique ability to address students and faculty across generations.
Dr. Karlyn Bond has been a valued member of the Westminster music program for 20 years. Karlyn is passionate about teaching, loves classical music, enjoys fine dining at Mazza, and enjoys watching baseball without any distractions. She is extremely well read and her lectures are both eloquent and informative. Her command of the English language and quick wit make her a formidable opponent when debating a curriculum change or political position.
Prolific author, challenging teacher, director of the Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series, dynamic colleague, and ingenious baker, Natasha Sajé, like her best recipes or poems, combines a variety of elements to make a model for imitation. Her curious and exacting nature has led to excellence in many genres: verse, critical and reflective essays, and literary theory. Her latest collection of poems, Vivarium, and her essay anthology, Windows and Doors, have taught creative writers at the college and elsewhere about literary invention, voice, and poetic craft. Natasha’s readers look forward to the publication of her memoir and other writings to which she is currently devoted.
Associate Professor, Psychology
Paul joined Westminster’s psychology faculty in 1998 and quickly proved himself as a skilled classroom instructor and developer of new curriculum. Paul served as the associate provost for institutional research from 2004–2014 after chairing the social science division and contributing to the development of the justice studies program. In this role, Paul provided significant contributions to many significant and game-changing initiatives at Westminster. Paul’s loyalty to Westminster can never be questioned.
Director of Graduate & Low Residency
Ryan Lewis has always been a dedicated and curious overachiever. Ryan began his career as a computer support coordinator in information services (IS), where he was promoted quickly. In 2015, Ryan left IS to become the director of the graduate and adult program services team.
As Vicki Whiting celebrates 20 years of teaching leadership and management at Westminster, her expertise in educating both undergraduate and graduate students—as well as corporate executives—has been evident. Vicki has focused her teaching, research, and consulting experience on organizational leadership (most specifically on personal and organizational leadership development through mentor relationships), developing effective organizational interactions. Her writing and research integrate across leadership, mentorship, and team dynamics. Vicki presents her ideas on collaboration, coordination, and commitment through listening and advocacy to students, colleagues, and administrators. She has been a major influence in the lives of her students at Westminster, and her dedication to her students and student success is legendary. Vicki has achieved tremendous success in her numerous accomplishments in teaching, research, and consulting. We have been honored to have Vicki in our Westminster family.
Payroll Analyst, Accounting
Vickie has been responsible for payroll at Westminster for 20 years. Dependable and accurate, Vickie says she takes great pride in the fact that most people on campus don’t know her because that means their paycheck has never had problems. Twenty years in payroll means 20 years of continuous learning and adapting to new regulations and systems. Vickie has handled change with grace and mistakes from her are rare.
- Helen Hu, Professor, Computer Science
- Jo Hinsdale, McNair Director, Provost's Office
- Kim Zarkin, Professor, Communication
- Manny Villalobos, Associate Director of Transfer Admissions
- Mark Rubinfeld, Professor, Sociology
- Mike Zarkin, Professor, Political Science
- Peter Conwell, Associate Professor, Physics
- Rick Hackford, Head Athletic Trainer, Athletics
- Rob Patterson, Associate Professor, Finance
- Sheryl Steadman, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences
- Twila Wycoff, Accounts Payable Coordinator, Accounts Payable
- Claire Martinez, Director of Donor Relations, Institutional Advancement
- Cordelia Schaffer, Associate Professor, Nursing
- Jaimi Butler, Great Salt Lake Institute Coordinator, School of Arts and Sciences
- James Hedges, Director of Innovative Learning
- Jonas D’Andrea, Associate Professor, Mathematics
- Kristjane Nordmeyer, Associate Professor, Sociology
- Lance Newman, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
- Lindsay Gerritsen, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Financial Aid
- Marilee Coles-Ritchie, Professor, Education
- Niki Harding, Head Coach, Women’s Lacrosse
- Rodney Glore, Instructional Designer
- Sean Raleigh, Associate Professor, Mathematics
- Al Givens, Women's Volleyball Coach, Athletics
- Christine Ye, Assistant Professor, Project-Based MBA
- Clayton Keyes, Assistant Professor, Art
- Donna Campbell, Data Entry Specialist, Admissions
- Eileen Chanza-Torres, Assistant Professor, English
- Emily Williams, Staff Accompanist, School of Arts and Sciences
- Frances Peacock, Assistant Director, Student Success and Retention
- Hal Snarr, Assistant Professor, Economics
- Heidi Mason, Assistant Professor, Nursing
- Julie Stewart, Associate Professor, Honors
- Kalani Eggington, Assistant Professor, Education
- Kara Barnette, Associate Professor, Philosophy
- Lauren Erlacher, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
- Lisa Curless, Flight Operations Manager, Aviation
- Matthew Baker, Associate Professor, Communication
- Michael Glissmeyer, Assistant Professor, Management
- Michael Pacanowsky, Professor, Business Innovation
- Ranjan Adija, Associate Professor, English
- Scott Olsen, Director of Flight Education and Chief Flight Instructor
- Sheng Xiao, Associate Professor, Economics and Finance