The Staff Council was re-organized by Dr. Levin-Stankevich on October 2013. The council collaborates with administration to further the college's mission and goals while fostering an inclusive and transparent environment for an engaged and empowered staff community. The council's key roles are:
- Share information from cabinet meetings with staff (grassroots)
- Facilitate inclusion
- Create ad-hoc committees and task forces
- Advocate on behalf of staff
The Staff Council holds meetings once a month to discuss council business and host an open forum. Westminster staff are invited to attend and to submit topics for discussion.
Staff Professional Development
The Staff Council is dedicated to supporting the professional development of Westminster staff. Full-time staff are eligible to apply for the Staff Council's Staff Professional Development Fund to help pay for professional development activities such as workshops, conferences, trainings, and more. The council also invests in hosting periodic professional development events on campus.
Staff Groups and Staff Council Events
Get to know your peers—attend one of the council’s periodic social events, including tailgates, paint nights, and more, or bond with other staff members by joining or creating a staff group.
Each summer, the council hosts the Staff Retreat, which includes workshops, the announcement of new Staff Council members, staff recognition and awards, and more.
Staff Council recognizes the hard work and dedication of staff members in several ways:
- Staff of the Month: Each month, Staff Council recognizes a Staff of the Month, selecting a winner from staff who are nominated by members of the campus community. You can submit a nomination or view previous winners and nominees online.
- Staff Emeritus: The Staff Emeritus Program recognizes long-time staff contributions to Westminster and strives to maintain a connection with staff who have retired.
- Staff Community Awards: Awards are given out each year at the Staff Retreat to winners who were nominated by their peers. A variety of categories recognize work over the past year.
- Virtual Applause Cards: Send a virtual applause card to give recognition for why another staff member is great.
You can contact Staff Council by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any questions, concerns, or more information. You can also submit comments to the Staff Council by submitting a feedback form.
Erin joined Westminster in January 2018 and works as the Student Engagement Librarian. This is her second year on Staff Council, where she now acts as the Staff Council Chair. Throughout her life, Erin has served in various leadership roles and has a passion for making everyone's voices heard. She fervently believes that work shouldn't be merely endured and should rather feel invigorating, meaningful, and fulfilling for all employees. As Staff Council Chair, Erin is dedicated to amplifying staff voices and experiences with the goal of making Westminster a better place to work. Outside of her work duties, Erin loves camping and hiking with her spouse and pup, binging sugary foods and Netflix, and all things soccer.
Originally a midwesterner, Josh has been working in higher education for over 15 years, particularly in student finance roles. Josh's responsibility within the Financial Aid Office is to make sure the office focuses on how to better serve Westminster's students and colleagues across the campus. The best parts of his job are witnessing a team member of the Financial Aid Office succeed while overcoming an obstacle, or seeing the face of a proud student, parent, or grandparent who figured out how they'll pay for their dream school. The Staff Council is a great opportunity to become a more active staff member while contributing to other staff members' experiences. Josh hopes to represent the perspectives of the Financial Aid Office and the enrollment management team as well as to make sure that council initiatives are promoted to staff.
Mackenzie is a Westminster alum who has a tremendous love for the college and wants to see students, staff, and faculty thrive. She works for the Dumke Center for Civic Engagement and oversees Westminster's college access and success program, Walkways to Westminster. In her job, Mackenzie collaborates across the campus and she would love to get to know more staff. She is also currently working towards a master's of arts degree in community leadership at Westminster. She feels this program has provided her with the tools and skills to advocate for the staff's needs and well-being on campus. Outside of work and school, you can find Mackenzie hanging out with her 2 dogs, Joey and Charlie, and partner, Peyton. They all love hiking and exploring the outdoors and watching a movie or binge-watching a show. Mackenzie is honored to serve as a member of the Staff Council to continue to advocate for staff in any way that she can.
Sarah first came to Westminster as a student and later joined Westminster as a staff member in 2009. Sarah currently serves as the graduation coordinator and office manager for the Registrar's Office. The success of Westminster's students is of the utmost importance to Sarah. She feels that having a strong Westminster community that includes happy and engaged staff improves the student experience. Outside of work, Sarah is a self-described TV and pop culture junkie. When she finds free time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and walking her dog, Blue.
Dalton Bamburg is the accounts receivable coordinator, and also is a graduate student in the School of Education. Prior to joining Westminster, he served in a variety of roles, including teaching English as a second language in Taiwan, a brief stint at a monastery, and a baked goods connoisseur. He is interested in creating benefits for all those who enter Westminster College and serving his colleagues by joining the Staff Council.
Cody recently completed his first year as a first-year admissions counselor for Westminster College. In this role, Cody loves being an ambassador for the college and helping students and families experience the beauty and community of Westminster. He is excited to be a part of the Staff Council and be an active advocate for staff members across campus. As a relatively new staff member to the college, Cody will offer insight into what concerns new staff members may have about integrating into the Westminster professional community. Cody looks forward to helping plan professional development and other community events for staff to facilitate growth in the Westminster community.
Chante is the director of field placement for the School of Education. She works with student teachers and students completing their clinical hours in schools across the valley. As part of her job, she works with classroom teachers and school districts to ensure Westminster's School of Education students get the training required to be effective elementary, middle school, and high school teachers. Prior to this position, she taught in a local Title I elementary school for over 9 years. She is a graduate of Westminster, where she earned her undergraduate degree in K-8 education, and minors in English and Spanish. Chante returned several years later and graduated from the Community Leadership program. Chante has a passion for advocating for people and looks forward to meeting and working with all campus employees.
Sierra Krippner arrived at Westminster College in 2017, after completing a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Utah. She fell in love with residence life through three years in a Resident Advisor role. Sierra oversees half of Westminster's Resident Advisors, advises the Residence Hall Association, performs Resident Director duties with a team of on-call staff members, and helps with daily matters in the Office of Residence Life. She loves Westminster's group fitness classes and can often be found playing darts, basketball, hiking, trying out a new recipe, or taking pictures.
Daniel is entering his ninth year as the head women's and men's cross country and track coach. Daniel has been an adjunct teacher for Fitness for Life for the past 7 years. He has a master's in sports medicine and has been in the education and coaching field since 1986. Prior to coming to Westminster College, Daniel has served as an athletic director, dean of students, teacher, and coach. He believes it is good to have a representative from Westminster College Athletics on the Staff Council because coaches can give insight into what is happening with student-athletes. It is always a good thing to have different points of view to help bridge the life of Westminster's students with the faculty and coaches.
Traci Siriprathane has worked at the college for more than 12 years in the Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation Department. She loves her job and loves coming to work each day. Outside of work, Tracy is a very active person and enjoys working out and playing almost all sports, especially volleyball, basketball, tennis, and pickleball. She also likes to get outside and hike with her son and dog. During the winter, Tracy enjoys downhill and cross country skiing. When she's not outside she love to cook and bake.
Hannah Thorne joined the Westminster community in August of 2018, shortly after moving to Salt Lake City from Montana. She works as the Manager of Advancement Events in the Office of Advancement where she plans events for Westminster Alumni and Donors. Her favorite thing about Westminster is its commitment to the success and well-being of students, and she loves that she is able to share the good work taking place on campus with a wider audience through her work. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Julian, taking her dog, Brewster, to the park, knitting, and baking.