Meet the Staff

Student Involvement

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Tim Moore

Job title: Director, Student Involvement and Student Activities Center
Primary tasks: Leadership and administration of the office of Student Involvement
University of Richmond Bachelor of Arts; Western Illinois University Master of Science
Background: Tim has worked at Southwest Minnesota State University, Idaho State University, the University of Nebraska, Dartmouth College and Southern Methodist University.
Intellectual interests: customer experiences, organizational development, event management and administration, change management, risk management and legal issues in campus activities.


Student Activities Board


Stuart L. Neff

Job title: Coordinator for Special Projects –Student Activities Board
Primary tasks: Advise and serve as a resource to the Student Activities Board in the production and promotion of student events; provide assistance for the Board’s organizational functions; direct training and development programs for the Board; assist the department in advising all student groups in the safe and legal presentation of student events
Home town:
Louisville, Kentucky
Undergraduate degree: University of Louisville; Bachelor of Arts in English & History: May 1981
Graduate degree: University of Louisville; Master of Arts in English: May 2004
Background: 14 years as Student Activities professional staff; 6 years undergraduate involvement in student activities; former nightclub manager and independent event promoter; former English teacher; former student political activist; former bartender
Other interests: spending time with my family; reading; watching old movies; hiking; writing unfinished novels




George Howe

Job title: Director of Red Barn Special Programs
Primary tasks: provide services and program space, provide financial support to student groups for programs and raise funds to provide student scholarships and financial support to student groups through six endowed programs
Home town: Grove City, PA
Undergraduate degree: Muskingum College, New Concord, OH; Bachelor’s degree in History
Graduate degree: Master’s degree in secondary education from West Virginia University
Background: Forty-seven in the field of Student Activities – four at WVU and the past 43 at U of L.
Other interests: Love spending time with family, including my wife Karen Howe, daughter Heidi and grandson Drew; daughter Amy, son-in-law Alex and granddaughters Haley and Alba. Enjoy hanging out in George’s General Store in our basement where we play 45 rpm records. I’m an active member of Highland United Methodist Church.

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Elaine Surdyke

Job title: Graduate Assistant –Student Activities Board
Primary tasks: Advise Student Activities Board committees and chairpersons and provide guidance on program implementation and event promotion.
Undergraduate degree: Bellarmine University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Graduate degree: University of Louisville; Master of Education in College Student Personnel, expected completion: May 2018
Background: After graduating from Bellarmine, I worked there part time as the Student Affairs Assistant.  In this position I discovered my passion for working with college students as well as my desire to continue my education in the student affairs field. 
Other interests: Traveling, hanging in my hammock, reading, painting, and playing board games.

Ariel Watson

Ariel Watson

Job title: Student Activities Board Graduate Assistant
Primary tasks: My primary tasks include advising 3 committees on the Student Activities Board as they plan and implement campus wide events.
Home town: Lexington, KY
Undergraduate degree: Bachelors of Arts in International Business with a Spanish Minor from Murray State University
Graduate degree: Masters of Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville, Class of 2019
Background: I participated in a variety of activities while completing my undergraduate degree ranging from being an orientation leader and President of my Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., to being a mentor in the Marvin D. Mills Office of Multicultural Affairs and a Great Beginnings Leader. Upon graduation, I completed a NODA internship at San Antonio College in San Antonio, TX for a few months before accepting a full-time position as Assistant Director of Residence Life at Midway University in Midway, KY. My quest for knowledge and passion for helping students has lead me here to the University of Louisville where I hope to receive my degree and go on to work in the field of Student Affairs.
Other interests: I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, writing in my Passion Planner, cooking, and crafting.

Student Leadership


Pam Nessle Curtis

Job title: Director for Student Leadership and Service and Associate Director for Student Involvement
Primary tasks: all leadership and service programming, including alternative service breaks, Elect Her and Leadership Quest
Home town: Camden, NY
Undergraduate degree: SUNY Cortland, Bachelors of Science in Recreation 1981
Graduate degree: University of Florida; Master of Education in College Student Personnel, 1986
Background: Worked at Disney World for three years before attending graduate school and then began working at UofL in 1986 as a resident director for Miller Hall and stayed in Housing and Residence Life until 2007
Other interests: Reading, NFL football and college basketball, random acts of kindness, really bad and really good TV and my two sons who are both UofL students.

Caleb Brooks

Caleb Brooks

Job title: Director, International Service Learning Program
Primary tasks: Manage the International Service Learning Program, help students experience more through multi-cultural activities with an international learning adventure.
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Undergraduate Degree: Religion and Social Work, University of the Cumberlands
Graduate Degree: International Development, Northumbria University
Background: Worked and lived on several continents before settling into a career as an cross-cultural instructor and guide.
Other interests: Jack Gilbert poems, the writing of David Foster Wallace, shooting hoops, swinging in hammocks, chasing Frisbees, riding his bicycle, talking politics, and not taking himself too seriously.



Kathy Meyer

Job title: Coordinator –Student Leadership
Primary tasks: Coordinate leadership and service opportunities for students; serve as advisor to the Engage, Lead, Serve Board, Freshmen LEAD, and Task Force Freshmen programs.
Home town: Louisville, KY
Undergraduate degree: University of Louisville; Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Graduate degree: University of Louisville; Master of Education in College Student Personnel
Background: Over eight years of experience working in student leadership and new student orientation programs; other areas of interest in Student Affairs include academic advising and campus activities
Other interests: Spending time with family, Cardinal sports, leisure reading, arts and crafts, and relaxing in the great outdoors.


Nicole Rosskopf

Job title: Program Coordinator - International Service Learning Program
Primary tasks: Coordinates daily logistics and overall implementations for the ISLP.
Home town: St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate degree: BS: Public Relations, University of Central Missouri
Background: Worked at Saint Louis University as a program coordinator for an entrepreneurship and innovation grant within the engineering school. Prior to SLU I was a marketing assistant for a business supply company. I have also been a volunteer for the Lupus Foundation of America for the last 15 years.
Other interests: Traveling with my husband, outdoor activities/adventures, yoga/pilates, reading and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Zachary Smith

Job Title: Department Assistant
Primary Tasks: Manage ESLB budget, Coordinate service opportunities, Assist with ESLB advisement, Coordinate Strengths & Cards-In-The-Community, Serve as the Administrative Assistant to the Student Leadership Coordinator
Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky
Undergraduate Degree: University of Louisville; Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
Graduate Degree: University of Louisville; Master of Education in College Student Personnel, expected completion: Summer 2017
Background: Freshmen LEAD, REACH Ambassadors, LGBT Center Speakout Panelist, Alpha Phi Omega, Lambda Chi Alpha, Student Orientation Staff, Athletics Tutor, Arts & Sciences Exploratory Advising Intern
Interests: Pop Culture, Gaming, Music, Reading, TV

Whitney Menser

Whitney Mercer

Job Title: Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership and Service
Primary Tasks: Coordinating leadership and service opportunities for students; serving as the advisor to the Engage, Lead, Serve Board, Freshmen LEAD, and Task Force Freshmen programs.
Hometown: Crestwood, KY
Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Humanities with an English Emphasis
Graduate Degree: University of Louisville, Master of Education in College Student Personnel
Background: Worked as a Teaching Assistant at Brigham Young University in Utah, and as a social media editor for small businesses in Utah. I moved back to Kentucky in 2015 and started working as a librarian at the Oldham County Public Library. I decided to go back to grad school so I could follow my passion for academia and student affairs. Other interests: I love to sing, go to concerts, attend musicals, over-analyze movies, and read fiction. Take me to an art museum or a park and we can walk and talk about pretty much anything. I love working with students and helping them find their passions.

Student Organizations


Julie Onnembo

Job title: Assistant Director of Student Involvement
Primary tasks: Liaison between student orgs, advisers and university departments; advocate for student orgs, off-campus students and non-traditional students. Manage student recognition programs, including student awards and Homecoming court.
Home town: Kearny, New Jersey
Undergraduate degree: Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, BA in Literature & Language
Graduate degree: University of Louisville, Master of Education in College Student Personnel
Background: A New Jersey native, worked at Stockton College from 1987-1992. Moved to Kentucky in 1992 and began working at UofL in Student Involvement as a Graduate Assistant - now Assistant Director.
Other interests: The Jersey Shore (not the TV show!), Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, reading, music, college sports, concerts and musicals, and most of all - spending time with my son Trevor!


Lauren Lewis

Job title: Graduate Assistant for Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs)
Primary tasks: Advise Card Corps (RSO Peer Advisors), Serve as Community Administrator for OrgSync, Advise Student Organization Advisorary Board (SOAB), Serve as consultant for RSO Advisors, Conduct outreach activities to promote student involvement on campus
Home town: Akron, OH
Undergraduate degree: University of Louisville, Bachelor of Arts in Communication; Minor in Latin American & Latino Studies
Graduate degree: University of Louisville, Master of Education in College Student Personnel (Expected graduation date: May 2018)
Background: I'm originally from Ohio but moved to KY in high school. I was very involved as an undergraduate student at UofL, and fell in love with mentoring other students! I worked as an Admissions Counselor, Peer Academic Advisor, Resident Assistant, Speech Mentor and more.
Other interests: Church, singing, playing piano, traveling, cooking, spending time with my amazing family! :)

Fraternity & Sorority Life


Allison Commings

Job title: Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life
Primary tasks: Provide oversight and leadership development for campus fraternities and sororities associated with the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Panhellenic Council.
Home town: Owensboro, KY
Undergraduate degree: Undergraduate Eastern Kentucky University; Bachelor of Science in Sport Management
Graduate degree: Ball State University: Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education
Background: Served as a Leadership Development Consultant for Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for two years after undergrad where she colonized a new chapter at New York University and traveled to more than 35 campuses in the United States and Canada. Previously worked at Texas A&M University with over 900 student organizations on risk management implementation and event planning and served as the Panhellenic Council advisor. Most recently served as Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Middle Tennessee State University.
Other interests: Travel, sports, golfing, reading, and volunteering in the community.

Job Title: Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life 
Primary Tasks: Provide assistance to the Fraternity and Sorority Life full time support staff, co-advise as necessary, market the community through social media efforts, and provide additional support to the 3 governing councils
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate Degree: Middle Tennessee State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science
Background: Graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, then worked for the fraternity and sorority community at Middle Tennessee State University while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration. I have experience in executing the #ItsOnUs program, Greek Week, and FSL Academy, as well as facilitating leadership programs, and bystander intervention training (teaching students to be active bystanders in the social setting). Seeking a new experience, while continuing to pursue my graduate degree, I transferred to the University of Louisville to finish my Master’s, while also serving the U of L FSL community in the role as Graduate Assistant.
Other Interests: My dog Frank, golfing, playing drums or guitar



Dave Shaw

Job title: Assistant Director for Facilities
Primary tasks:
Managing facility operations, maintenance, use and renovations
Home town: Monmouth, IllinoisUndergraduate degree:BA Mass Communications Public Communication and a minor in Film- Western Illinois University
Graduate degree: MS in Education with an emphasis on College Student Personnel - Eastern Illinois University
Background: Lived in Illinois, Texas, California, Georgia, Kentucky and Indiana. Previously worked at the University of Georgia Tate Student Center.
Other interests: David is active in the Association for College Unions International and a former Hall of Fame award winner for the National Association for Campus Activities Great Lakes Region in 2000. He was selected as the recipient of the University of Louisville 2001 Community Service Award for Staff. He has been active in the community by serving as President for Clark County Habitat for Humanity from 2000 until 2004. David proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1976 until 1980 as a Pharmacy Technician. In his spare time he enjoys his family and computer gaming.


Albert Burton

Job title: Coordinator for Facilities & Operation
Primary tasks: building operations & event setups
Home town: Louisville
Undergraduate degree: BS, Accounting
Background: Christian, husband, & father