Staff Advisory Council

As called for in TU’s 2017-22 Strategic Plan, the Staff Advisory Council facilitates communication between staff and the administration and helps to implement the university’s strategic priorities. Membership is comprised of representatives from colleges and departments across campus.

The Staff Advisory Council of The University of Tulsa fulfills the following roles:

  • Facilitate communication between staff and the administration
  • Advise the administration on matters of interest to staff
  • Support implementation of the Strategic Plan and other university initiatives
  • Facilitate collaboration between staff and other university constituencies
  • Recommend staff representations to university committees and task forces.

The Staff Advisory Council is comprised of 33 staff members selected to represent the roughly 900 staff employees who serve vital roles throughout our community.




The membership term for SAC service is three years and membership terms are staggered so as to ensure that 1/3rd of the total membership is selected in each year.

For 2019-2020, 3 at-large seats are available for general elections.

Voting available on the TU Portal. 

After you log in with your TU Net ID, you’ll be asked to allow permissions. Please click “Allow” and you’ll be taken to the ballot form.

Candidates and bio statements are listed below:

  • MARK BERNHARDT, Associate Director of Housing for Operations (Housing)
    • Mark has been at TU and worked in the housing department for almost 23 years and received his MBA from TU in 2005. Mark oversees housing operations and assists students with their housing selection and transitions.
  • ASHLEY CHAPA, Director of Markerting & Student Services (Graduate Business Programs
    • Ashley has been at TU for almost six years, working with graduate students in the Collins College of Business. She has an MBA from TU, a BA in Advertising from Texas Tech University, and a BA in Spanish from Texas Tech University. In her current role, she oversees the admissions and enrollment processes for graduate business students, as well as administers scholarships and awards. She also manages the marketing and recruitment strategy for GBP, in partnership with the Strategic Marketing and Communication team.
  • KIM FORD, Department Assistant II (Chemical Engineering)
    • This is my 17th year with the University of Tulsa, working in the Engineering and Natural Sciences College (ENS) as Chemical Engineering, Departmental Assistant II.  During my 17 years I have participated in many University sponsored activities and committees, from True Blue Neighbors to ENS United Way representative.  I have worked with faculty and staff on STEM outreach events as well as the annual Engineering Week activities.  I am currently completing a one year term as ENS representative on the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and serve on the Employee Initiatives & Recognition Committee (EIRC).
  • ERIN MCDERMOTT, Assistant to the Dean (Collins College of Business)
    • I have been at TU for a little over 18 months.  Prior to spending some time at home with my children, I worked in various non-profit organizations including Tulsa Zoo Friends and the American Diabetes Association.  My responsibilities were primarily in development and event coordination.  The great thing with events is that you can see a tangible result of your efforts.   In other words, I like to see things getting done!  I have a BS in Modern Languages (French) from Georgetown University and a MA in French from Middlebury College.  I am excited about the changes at TU and I would welcome the opportunity to help with the transition from a staff perspective.
  • SCOTT OSBORN, Library Associate I (McFarlin Library)
  • TERRI WICKLIFFE, Administrative Assistant (McFarlin Library)
    • While I am new this year to TU, I am a life-long veteran of community service and peer representation. Born in Rochester, NY (home of Susan B Anthony), I grew up just outside of Washington, DC, and followed my parents to Tulsa in 1986. I finished a BS in International Management from OSU in 1989. I got married in 1990 and started my family, which now includes four children, three grandchildren, seven horses, and a dog. In 1992, I went back to school to earn a Secondary Math Ed degree and have taught everything from 6th grade math to AP Calculus over the past 25 years. During the 2018 Teachers’ Walkout, I was a vocal representative for Sapulpa’s teachers and staff and at that point decided to see what more I could do to improve education in our state. When my youngest daughter, Faith, enrolled at TU this past fall, it seemed to be a good option to pursue employment and a Master’s degree at The University of Tulsa. I am happy to be working as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of McFarlin Library. My job allows me to facilitate communication and support the various functions of the Library for staff, patrons and the wider TU community.




2018-2019 SAC Membership
RoleNameUnit/DivisionJob Title
ChairMcClendon, MichaelStudent ServicesDirector of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center
Vice-ChairGeiger, HopeGraduate SchoolAssistant Dean of the Graduate School
SecretaryWarren, MatthewDiversity and EngagementTitle IX Coordinator
Ex-Officio MemberSuter, TracyOffice of the ProvostVice President for Strategic Initiatives
MemberCarter, ChristinaAthleticsAssociate Athletics Director for Student Services
MemberMcIntosh, TomAthleticsHead Coach, Men's Soccer
MemberBlount, ShannaCenter for Global EducationAssistant to the Vice Provost for Center for Global Education
MemberGreene, SharonCollege of Engineering & Natural SciencesOffice and Project Assistant
MemberFord, KimCollege of Engineering & Natural SciencesDepartment Assistant II, Chemical Engineering
MemberVeit, BarbetteCollege of LawAssistant to the Dean, Manager of Administration
MemberDonald, LaurenCollege of LawAssistant Dean of Experiential Learning and Director of Externships
MemberSmith Williams, CristinaCollins College of BusinessProgram Coordinator, Energy Business
MemberThompson, LeonelleCollins College of BusinessAssistant Dean & Director of Business Career Center
MemberDebolt, PattiEnrollment ManagementAssistant Dean of Admission
MemberHenderson, KimberlyEnrollment ManagementAssistant Dean, International Student Services & Director of the English Institute
MemberHulsey, LorieFinance/HRDirector of Human Resources
MemberRossi, AlisonGilcrease Museum/HCARDirector of Learning and Community Engagement
MemberBlanchet, LeslieInstitutional AdvancementAssociate Director of Alumni Relations
MemberGerald, AmyInstitutional AdvancementDirector of Development for the Collins College of Business
MemberSparks, SarahInformation TechnologyApplication Administrator, Information Services
MemberWalters, BarbaraKendall College of Arts & SciencesManager of Operational Budget and Special Projects
MemberZiettlow, CraigKendall College of Arts & SciencesTechnical Director/Sound Designer, Theatre
MemberFox, TristanMcFarlin LibraryLibrary Services Assistant
MemberBuss, WendyOffice of the ProvostSr. Associate to the Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
MemberRigsby, TawnyOffice of the ProvostDirector for Student Academic Success
MemberGarner, GrantOxley College of Health SciencesDirector of Fiscal Affairs and College Operations
MemberGoss, VeronicaOxley College of Health SciencesDepartment Assistant II, Communication Disorders
MemberWood, JohnPhysical PlantAssociate Director of Physical Plant
MemberWatts, LoriResearch & Sponsored ProgramsPre-Award Administrator
MemberLivingston, ZacSecurityCaptain, Patrol Division
MemberMcKee, MarySharp ChapelAssistant to the Chaplain
MemberJessup, DianeAssessment & EvaluationAssessment & Evaluation Specialist
MemberHovenga, DanielleTrue Blue NeighborsDirector of True Blue Neighbors, Public Affairs & Economic Development