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PPFA 2021 Nominees with Statements of Interest

Below are the PPFA's 2021 nominees and their statements of interest. Nominees are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

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Ginia Anderson, Student Financial Aid

I was excited to hear about the possibility of joining the Professionals and Professional Faculty Assembly, PPFA and I am interested in serving the professional staff at the College of William & Mary.

I serve as an Assistant Director of Financial Aid and the Manager of Student Employment for the College of William and Mary. I hope that my training in higher education, fiscal management, and student support services including academic, personal and career advising and human resources highlights my professional journey.

I am energetic, extremely motivated and possess strong interpersonal/people skills. I enjoy interacting with individuals, and with a multitude of people from all lifestyles. I am dedicated to seeing as many of our staff are connected with the college resourceful information, especially our staff members who have questions but do not know who to ask.

I would welcome the opportunity to participate as a member of Professionals and Professional Faculty Assembly.

Suzanne Armstrong, Advancement

I appreciate the leadership of the PPFA and hope to continue my service. During this unique year, the PPFA has been more necessary than ever, serving as a voice to the administration and promoting cross-campus collaboration. That role will only grow as we begin to transition beyond the pandemic. My job responsibilities are to lead W&M’s fundraising for scholarships, including overseeing communications around giving opportunities and working closely with donors who are interested in promoting educational equity. I see my role on the PPFA as helping to represent University Advancement and others who administer our scholarships programs and support our student scholarship recipients. I am passionate about improving organizational effectiveness, breaking down silos, and promoting leadership opportunities across all staff levels. Thank you for your consideration.

Teresa Belback, Environmental Health & Safety

William & Mary is such a unique place to work and grow.  I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with many departments across campus, especially over this past year, while having to weigh campus needs against policies, liability, and regulatory requirements.  I have worked for large organizations and small businesses, locally-owned and international entities, and a HBCU (historically black colleges and universities).  I would love to use those experiences to contribute to the direction of the university, especially during these ever-changing times.  This would also be an excellent opportunity to build relationships with others across campus to support the mission of Environmental Health & Safety as well.  

Kelly Graham, Law School Office of Advancement

As Assistant Dean for Development at the Law School, I work to support the entire Law School community, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends through fundraising, volunteer management, various annual giving efforts, and leading the reunion class giving program. In my role, I am keenly aware of the importance of cross-campus collaboration. The mission of Advancement could not be achieved without it! I have served on multiple cross-campus committees, and I would love for the opportunity to continue to build those relationships to effect positive change at W&M. It would be an honor to represent the Law School on PPFA.

Jennifer Leung, Student Leadership Development

Greetings! My name is Jennifer Leung, and I am the Associate Director for Student Leadership Development, where my primary responsibilities include coordinating leadership development programs/initiatives and resources/support for student organizations. Over my time at W&M, I have served on various division/university committees, like the student affairs assessment committee, hazing prevention coalition, and the Women's Mentoring Program committee. I'm interested in serving on the PPFA, to gain a broader understanding of the institution's operations, continue to expand my professional network at W&M, and serve the university, which has been my professional home since 2007, in new, different, and meaningful ways.

Nasha Lewis, Reves Center

I oversee the outreach efforts of the Reves Center's Global Education Office and administer the Cross-Cultural Collaboration, international student exchange, study abroad re-entry, and scholarship programs. I work on diversity and inclusion as it relates to students, staff, and faculty. I serve on the Reves Diversity Committee and am committed to advocating for social justice, inclusion, and equity in all facets of our programming. PPFA can help me to network and collaborate with other professionals who share similar interests and goals. It's a great way to connect with others to move important university initiatives forward. Hopefully, I'm able to serve.

Daria Lorio-Barsten, TTAC

As a project specialist at TTAC and a part-time doctoral student I see the operations and workings of William & Mary across a variety of settings. Therefore, I have much vested interest in issues, policies, and matters of relevance to professionals and professional faculty. I believe our policies, practices, and collective actions should be congruent with our core values of belonging, curiosity, excellence, flourishing, integrity, respect, and service. Thus I am interested in serving on the PPFA and believe that my knowledge and skills around organizational behavior management and my dispositions will benefit the PPFA.

Elizabeth MacAleese, VIMS Office of Human Resources

I am interested in serving on the PPFA - a HR perspective of VIMS. I have a unique role compared to other partners at W&M, in that I worked in Central HR for 6 -1/2 years before coming to VIMS in 2018, and I oversee all HR functions for VIMS, for 350 employees and approximately 80 - 90 GA's. I manage all the Professional & Operational recruitments from A -Z, onboarding for faculty & staff. Additionally, outside of Central HR, I am the only partner that performs all of VIMS compensation, and the full recruitment process, and perform all faculty & staff retirement counseling. I also handle all employee relations /performance management, and facilitate benefits. Additionally, I consult with the Dean/ Director and the CFO on contracts, VIMS policies, and facilitate all separation agreements, when needed.

I feel I could be an added value from a VIMS perspective on Human Resource issues. Sometimes VIMS is forgotten about, and although they are a separate agency, they are a part of W&M. Although we have separate funding from the state, we report to W&M. I think I would be able to educate on VIMS, that we are not a school but a Research Institute, with a Graduate School affiliated with in it. Without the research, we would not have a graduate Program. VIMS is a significant stakeholder for W&M, many people do not know, that VIMS raises W&M standings, due to having a research component, it allows us to be Research University - 2. I feel I could bring an added value and a different dimension to the committee.

Anna Milholland, Mason School of Business Librarian

As the Business Librarian for the School of Business, I provide critical leadership, strategy, and vision for the McLeod Business Library team and its physical and virtual environments. I teach information literacy to students across Business programs, provide Business-related research support to students, faculty, and staff, and manage the McLeod library's budget, collections, operations, and personnel. In my time at W&M, I've partnered and worked with colleagues across W&M (e.g., Libraries, STLI, Research) to promote School of Business- and library-related initiatives. I'm interested in strengthening these connections and building new working relationships with fellow PPFA colleagues on campus, while also advocating for and creating policies and procedures that benefit our shared and diverse interests and experiences.

Valerie Wilkins, University Advancement

In my current position, I have the opportunity to work with alumni in two very different facets of alumni engagement, admission and inclusion initiatives. Every day brings a new challenge and new alumni to engage. The ultimate reward is working with awesome people who hold W&M dear to their hearts.
In addition to my professional role, I also serve on various committees within University Advancement. Likened to the social media and diversity and inclusion committees I will bring my full and authentic self to the PPFA. My desire to serve in this capacity is rooted in amplifying diverse voices and making W&M a place that anyone would be proud to work. I look forward to working with my colleagues across campus to address the concerns of the professional and professional faculty members of the W&M community.

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Cast your ballot before 3pm on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.