COSW Committees

Executive Committee 2022-2024

The members of the Executive Committee are comprised of the chair, vice-chair, three members elected at-large from the body, and the chairs of the standing committees. The members of the Executive Committee serve a term of two years. The immediate-past chair serves as an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee for one year following the expiration of the term.

COSW Chair: Michelle Rodems, Graduate School
COSW Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: J'Aime Jennings, School of Public Health and Information Sciences

  • Lily Assgari, College of Education and Human Development | Work-Life Integration Committee Chair
  • Sophonie Bazile, College of Business | Communications Committee Chair
  • Barbara Bishop, Health Sciences Center | Representation, Recruitment and Retention Committee Chair
  • Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards*, College of Arts & Sciences | Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Heather Fox*, University Libraries | Immediate-Past COSW Chair
  • Melissa Long Shuter*, University Business Operations | Executive Director of Operations Support Services
  • Courtney Stine, University Libraries | Campus Climate Committee Chair
  • Dr. Beth Willey*, College of Arts & Sciences | Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

* denotes an Ex-Officio Member, Non-Rotational Member or Volunteer


Standing Committees 2022-2023

The four standing committees are Campus Climate; Communications; Integration of Work and Family; and Representation, Recruitment and Retention (RRR). The members of each standing committee elect a member to serve as chair for a one-year term. At the beginning of each fiscal year, we ask our standing committees to develop goals in line with our mission and we ask each commissioner to join a committee. Commissioners are expected to be active participants in moving those goals forward.

Campus Climate Committee

The Campus Climate Committee monitors the university’s provisions of a safe and secure environment for all members of the campus community and plays an active role in maintaining this environment through direct participation in programs and services.

Chair: Courtney Stine, University Libraries

  • Meera Alagaraja, College of Education and Human Development
  • Lisa Gunterman*, LGBT at HSC Center
  • Riece Hamilton, Office of Health Promotion
  • Sammy-Jo Hand*, Office of Health Promotion
  • Idoia Isusi*, School of Medicine
  • Amanda LeDuke, Office of Advancement
  • Azi Maleki, School of Dentistry
  • Connie Martinez*, International Center
  • Tisha Pletcher*, Campus Health Services
  • Allison Riney, College of Education and Human Development
  • Kate Roessler*, Vice President for Student Affairs Office
  • Kaila Story, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Tammi Alvey Thomas, School of Public Health and Information Sciences

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for the distribution and publicization of COSW information to commissioners and the university community. Items the committee will develop and maintain can include but are not limited to the following: website, newsletter and calendar; annual goals and report of accomplishments; nomination and new membership information; meeting, election, and regular business; and COSW sponsorships and events.

Chair: Sophonie Bazile, College of Business

  • Rennie Davis, Metropolitan College
  • Leondra Gully, Cultural & Equity Center
  • Amanda James, Office of Advancement
  • Jennifer Koch, School of Medicine
  • Monica Negron, Cultural & Equity Center
  • Baylee Pulliam*, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Nakia Strickland, Office of Advancement
  • Meagan West*, Employee Success Center

Representation, Recruitment and Retention (RRR) Committee

The RRR Committee promotes gender balance and equity as well as supports programs in career development and mentoring for women/femmes/non-binary employees.

Chair: Barbara Bishop, Health Sciences Center
Vice Chair: Krista Young, Office of Academic Planning and Accountability

  • Carcyle Barrett, Office of General Counsel
  • Sara Choate, School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • Kelly Coultas, REACH
  • Ginevra Courtade, College of Education and Human Development
  • Cecilia Durbin, University Libraries
  • Bonnie Fonseca-Gerber, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Linda Fuselier, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tami Harbolt, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Yuxin Ma*, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nina Marijanović, College of Education and Human Development
  • Olfa Nasraoui*, School of Engineering
  • Katie Partin*, Office of Academic Planning & Accountability
  • Bailee Raber, Metropolitan College
  • Marie P. Sheridan, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Emily Spoden, Office of Academic Planning and Accountability

Work-Life Integration Committee

The Work-Life Integration Committee monitors various policies with concern for the quality of benefits such as health insurance, leave policies, childcare programs, and tuition subsidies for children.

Chair: Lily Assgari, College of Education and Human Development
Co-Vice Chair: Marie Hagan, Delphi Center Teaching and Learning
Co-Vice Chair: Anita Hall, University Libraries

  • Laura Brock, Office of Advancement
  • Meg Campbell, Office of Planning, Design and Construction
  • Heidi Cooley-Cook*, Kentucky Autism Training Center
  • Stephanie Dickerson, Office of Admissions
  • Sarah Frankel, University Libraries
  • Megan Johnson, College of Nursing
  • Caitlin Maguire, Office of Advancement
  • Gul Marshall, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Stephanie Norman, University Athletics
  • Liz Utterback, Kentucky Care Coordination
  • Carrie Whitmore*, Office of Planning, Design and Construction

* denotes an Ex-Officio Member, Non-Rotational Member or Volunteer