Meet the Staff Council
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
Oliver Anderson joined the Westminster community in July 2015. He recently graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in human development and sociology. At Westminster, Oliver works closely with Clubs and Organizations (known as ASW.clubs), the Campus Concierge Desk, the Commuter Transition Program, and New Student Orientation programs. In 2018, he completed his master of education in educational leadership and policy at the University of Utah. On another note, Oliver enjoys sunsets, construction cranes, meerkats, and ginkgo trees.
Liaison for: Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Maintenance and Grounds, and Plant Operations
As the director of international student services and study abroad, Alison Vasquez has the pleasure of advising international students on everything from immigration regulations and major requirements to navigating the US healthcare system. She also provides support to students who wish to study abroad for a semester or year and assist in managing Westminster’s May Term Study Experiences. Alison’s interest in travel and learning about life in other countries began in high school when she participated in a summer exchange to Costa Rica. She studied abroad twice as an undergraduate in Mexico and Chile and spent two years serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. Alison has always valued education, so she pursued a career in higher education administration. The field of international education is a perfect fit—she enjoys working every day to help students achieve their goals.
Liaison for: Advancement, Global Engagement, Student Account Services, and Risk Management
Lauren Erlacher joined Westminster College in 2014. She has worked in higher education for more than 10 years, with diverse experience in enrollment and relationship management, launching new programs, event coordination, marketing strategy, developing student leaders, and fundraising campaigns. As the associate director of graduate admissions at Westminster College, Lauren works with students throughout the admissions process and connects them with Westminster’s community. She truly enjoys working in higher education and strives daily to build a community of inclusiveness. Lauren loves SLC life and can be seen at every restaurant, sporting event, and festival it has to offer.
Liaison for: Admissions, Financial Aid, and Marketing and Communications
Winter Morse works in Information Services (IS) as the director of academic computing, or as she likes to put it: she makes people happy. Winter came to Westminster College in 2003 as a student and never left—it became a place she truly calls home. This is her second time serving on Staff Council and she’s excited to see what the council can do this year. Winter encourages all staff to attend the meetings, listen to the special guests, and get involved.
Liaison for: Environmental Center, Information Services, and Mail Services
Amy Fairchild began working for Westminster’s School of Arts and Sciences in 2008. She is the assistant to the dean and has worked with three deans since her arrival. She came to Westminster for a multitude of reasons. A friend who had been the head of the MBA program thought Amy should apply. Amy’s friend loved the atmosphere of Westminster and soon Amy grew to love it as well. One of Amy’s daughters graduated from Westminster in 2013, her son played soccer for the college, and two other daughters who are currently enrolled. Amy also completed her degree at Westminster—a BFA in photography. She is invested in the college. Amy served on the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Search Committee and the Staff Emeritus Committee, founded the administrative assistants group for training, hosted parties to increase staff morale, and helped lead several successful May Term classes abroad in Europe. When she has time to relax, she’s out taking more pictures, camping, hiking, fishing, reading, cooking, and entertaining.
Liaison for: Aviation, Conference and Event Services, Honors College, and the School of Arts and Sciences
Collin has been fortunate to work at Westminster for 19 years with some incredibly talented and caring people. His IS family has become a very important part of his life, and he is passionate about what they do, how they do it, and why it is so important. The next year is going to be a critical one for the college and Collin believes that all need to be part of helping make the future as bright as the past. He looks at serving on Staff Council as an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the people he cares about.
Liaison for: Alumni Services, Intuitional Research, Registrar’s Office, and Human Resources
After receiving his degree in international business from Westminster College, John Lauti worked professionally in business for 15 years. He came back to Westminster College to earn his masters of education so that he could help high school students improve their chances of attending college. John is now in the final stages of launching an education company that will provide experiential learning opportunities for students on their path to college and a career using media, workshops, and one-on-one consulting. His role at Westminster on the Draw serves and supports our online and adult-learner program efforts in various roles.
Liaison for: Integrative and Community Based Learning/GAPS and School of Business
Josh Pittman is currently the head coach for men’s soccer. He has been a head coach at two other institutions in the RMAC, as well as an assistant coach at three other schools. Josh has worked in higher education for a total of 16 years and has been coaching for over 24 years. He lives in Sugar House with his wife, Miriel; daughter, June; and dog, Leo. They love the city life Salt Lake has to offer and are big skiers.
Liaison for: Campus Patrol and Athletics
Madi Anderson joined Westminster as an undergraduate student in 2013. She participated in student development and leadership through the Dean of Students Office with Griffin Quest and New Student Orientation. She graduated with a degree in public health in 2017 and joined the staff in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Madi has worked with the Autism Council of Utah since 2010 assisting in community education and engagement events. When she’s not at Westminster, Madi spends time with her family, dog, and friends. She enjoys needle crafts, playing the piano and the organ, and going on adventures. She loves cooking, baking, and sharing those creations with those around her. Madi grew up in the Salt Lake Valley and was recently accepted into the masters of education program at Westminster.
Liaison for: School of Nursing, Student Health Services, School of Education, and Administrative Services
Traci Siriprathane has worked at the college for more than 12 years in the Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation Department. She loves her job and love 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.
Liaison for: Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation; Outdoor Program; Title IX; and Accounting
Valerie Burnett’s career in education started at a small community arts summer school, continued through medical and high school libraries, and now includes 12 years at Westminster College. As the systems librarian, Valerie maintains the Giovale Library's online catalog, databases, and other electronic resources. She also wrangles the 3D printer. Although still Canadian to the core, Valerie has now lived in Utah for more than half her life, and has lost most of her Canadian accent. She has a bachelor of science in conservation biology and a master of library and information science. Outside of work, her passions revolve around yarn and fabric, with special notice for stuffed foods.
Liaison for: Counseling Center and the Library