Senators are elected by a peer vote to represent staff at large and serve a two-year term.
2014-2015 Senators and their terms end dates are:
Staff Senate Chair
Justin McRobert (2015)
Justin grew up in a small town just outside of Forest Grove. After graduating from Forest Grove High School, Justin studied an academic year in Krefeld, Germany on a congressionally sponsored exchange program. Upon his return to the US, he began working for the Forest Grove School District as an instructional assistant, working with individuals with special needs. Justin joined the Pacific community in 2007 working as a shuttle bus driver and later in the mail room.
While working at Pacific, Justin continued his education finishing a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development from Warner Pacific College, and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management from Corban University. In the time outside his 8-5 at Pacific, he operates a photography business with his lovely wife, volunteers on the slopes as the league VP for High School Competitive Snowboarding, and practices the art (and science) of Zymurgy.
Staff Senate Chair-elect
Shesna Calkins (2016)
Shesna Calkins is the Student Services Manager in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has a strong background in financial aid and customer service. She is delighted to be working with students and helping them through the administrative process. Recently, she was honored with the Pacific University Outstanding Contribution Award and was also spotlighted in the Pacific News. She is excited to be working with an amazingly talented and inspiring group of professionals! Shesna also enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and most of all spending time with her family.
Staff Senate Secretary
Lois Hornberger (2015)
Lois started working at Pacific University in January 2007 as the Director of University Conference Services. Prior to coming to Pacific University she was the Executive Director of the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce. She has also been employed by a local church as the Youth Director and continues to assist with the accounting process in the family business. Lois is a Forest Grove native, actually growing up in Scoggins Valley before the lake was developed, and is married to a Pacific University alumnus. Lois represents the University on the Forest Grove Economic Development Commission, the Forest Grove City Club Board of Directors, and the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee. Lois loves working with Pacific Conference Services Student Staff. They are hard-workers and quick to add levity and humor when conference business becomes tedious and demanding. They are outstanding ambassadors for the University.
Staff Senate Treasurer
Stacie Englund (2016)
Stacie is a native Oregonian and grew up in Pleasant Hill, a small community outside of Eugene. After graduating from high school, Stacie attended Northwest Christian University in Eugene and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While attending Northwest Christian University, she was a work study student in the Financial Aid Office – not knowing at the time that this would become a career. After graduating, Stacie worked at Northwest Christian University for 4 years in a variety of financial aid related positions including, Financial Aid Counselor and Student Services Coordinator.
In 2004, Stacie made the decision to move to the Portland metro area and started at Pacific University as a Financial Counselor and now Assistant Director of Financial Aid. As an active member of the Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) she has served as Secretary and Fund Development Committee Chair, is currently the Membership Committee Chair for OASFAA and a member of the Annual Conference Committee.
In her spare time, she enjoys arts and crafts related activities. Stacie is also a dedicated hockey fan and enjoys supporting the Portland Winterhawks with friends.
Staff Senate Governance Chair
Staff Senate Former Chair, serving ex officio for 2014-15
Rita Barton (2014)
Rita's tenure at Pacific University began in 2008 on the School of Pharmacy's Experintial Team, focusing on graduate student placements in clinical experiences. The past five years brought great opportunities to engage with other Pacific staff and faculty on many committees as well. She enjoys the dynamic, progressive environment and open nature of people at Pacific, withinn the program and beyond. As a counterbalance to graduate student service, the coursework benefit at the univrsity has provided memorable experiences as an undergraduate student peer. Rita's route to Oregon trasversed New Mexico, Virginia and Michigan. Years of administrative work have been punctuated with creative pursuits in arts-based small businesses. Her favorite pastimes include spending time with her husband and dogs in the Oregon countryside, drumming, live music, writing, and lifelong learning.
Ryan Aiello (2015)
Ryan Aiello lived in southern California throughout his childhood but graduated from Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Washington. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Washington State University where he was actively involved within Housing & Residence Life. He came to Pacific University in July of 2002 after working at Eastern Washington University as a Residence Life Coordinator, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Advisor.
Ryan completed his Masters in Counseling Psychology at Pacific University where he has also served in Residence Life in several roles. He loves working in a college environment and aiding in the enrichment of the lives around him. When he is not working, Ryan enjoys spending his time with his boys, Aidan Drew, Dylan, and Trevor, working out, and going for walks. Ryan also enjoys writing, recording, and playing music with his band, Ill Lucid Onset, people watching with a cup of coffee in his hand, reading, and immersing himself in the many events and activities within the Portland metro community.
Leah Bagley (2015)
Leah came to Pacific in August of 2000 working in the College of Arts & Sciences administrative office and was Executive Assistant to the Dean from 2006 to 2013. Now she is the Administrative Assistant in the School of Arts & Humanities, College of Arts & Sciences. Before starting with Pacific she taught elementary school, took time off to have 4 children and worked with her husband in his business during that time. Leah grew up in rural Oregon, receiving her degree from Eastern Oregon in La Grande and enjoys returning to the Eagle Cap Wilderness each summer to indulge in her favorite hobby, fly fishing. Gardening is running a close second though! As the university grows so do the ways we adapt. It’s a challenge all staff are facing. Leah likes what Staff Senate is doing and she is excited to join more actively in the process.
Abby Boardman (2016)
Abby Boardman graduated from Pacific University with a BA in Psychology in May 2012, and joined the Office of Graduate Admissions as Assistant Director in September 2012. She has grown up within the Pacific community, and has enjoyed her time as an alumna and staff member. Through staff senate, Abby hopes to use her knowledge of the different facets of the university in a proactive way, directed towards positive change. She is excited to become a part of strengthening the community in a different manner, and is welcoming the opportunity to learn more about the people that keep the Boxer spirit alive! Sitting still is hard for Abby, so she has spent her free time participating in community theatre, volunteering at a crisis line, slack lining, and playing with her food-loving cat Neville.
Yashica Island (2016)
Yashica Island is the director of student academic inclusion and success in the Pacific University College of Arts & Sciences. She earned her bachelor of science in chemistry with a minor in mathematics from Southern Arkansas University. She also has a master of arts in teaching from Oregon State University and additional doctoral-level study in pharmaceutical sciences. She has spent seven years teaching math and science in private and public schools and, most recently, provided support for low-income and first-generation students as the science, technology, engineering and math coordinator for Upward Bound at Portland State University.
Steve Klein (2015)
Steve Klein is an Iowa native who attended the University of Northern Iowa and received his bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. He continued on at UNI to obtain his master's degree in College Student Personnel Services with an emphasis in counseling.
Over his 28-year tenure at Pacific he has had three different positions which all related to Student Activities and Student Services across campus. Even though he enjoys working with Pacific’s wonderful staff he considers himself a student advocate and has always received gratification in shaping the lives of the young adults as they transition from entering Pacific to graduation. He has been on 50 + committees which has allowed him to observe and comment on the underpinnings of the institution.
In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors with his wife by hiking, biking, skiing and walking. He is also an avid basketball player and Portland Trailblazer supporter. At home he has an extensive music library and relishes in collecting concert posters and Rock and Roll memorabilia.
Katie Lardy (2015)
Bio coming soon!
Tamarra Mellick (2016)
Tamarra began work as an Administrative Assistant for the School of Physical Therapy in 2001. Along with her Physical Therapy work, she began working as an Administrative Assistant for the Master of Science in Athletic Training program in 2012. She has served on the Faculty/Staff Awards committee, Sustainability committee, and various other Health Profession committees. Tamarra also enjoys gardening, exploring Oregon with her family and is delighted to be with Pacific University and the ever-changing requirements of education.
Peter Morgan (2016)
Peter started working at Pacific early in 2013 in UIS as a Programmer/Analyst in the Enterprise Data Systems team. Before joining the Pacific community, he worked in IT and Institutional Research at another institution, and worked as a trainer before that. He enjoys offering trainings and serving on the Staff Professional Development Committee. He is the current chair of UDOT (University Data Operations Team) committee and serves on the Staff Senate Governance Committee. In his spare time, he'll probably be dirty. He and his wife (and dog, cats, cows, and chickens) live on her parents' farm. He'll probably be in the garden, running a chainsaw, beating back the blackberries & poison oak, or fixing something in the old farm house.
Derek Naegeli (2016)
Derek came to Pacific University from a small town in Montana as a student in 2006 and graduated with a degree in Environmental Biology in 2010. He started as an admissions counselor in 2011, and continues to work with prospective students from across the United State in the admissions office. He loves living in Oregon and enjoys kayaking, running and being outdoors with his dogs and wife.
Greg Orlowsky (2016)
Greg has two degrees. One a BS in Business from Berry College in Rome, GA and an Education degree from Boise State University. He has 24 of 30 credits toward a Instructional and Human Performance Technology degree from Boise State. Greg has been with Pacific for 6 years in the role of IT Specialist for the TIC. He has lived in NJ, GA, NC, FL, NY, CA, CO, OR, ID, then back to Oregon! Greg has had two lives, one in outdoor industry and the other in technology. Greg was a professional guide in Colorado for three years, then in the winter he would lead sea kayaking trips in Monterey California. He then went to work for REI in Boise and Colorado, received his Education degree in Boise, and then moved into the technology field working for Micron Technology, Qwest Communications, and HP. He has three kids 15, 17, 20 who keep him young and grounded. In his spare time you will not find Greg here in Forest Grove, he will be traveling or camping in some remote place.
Susan Pedersen (2015)
Susan has worked at Pacific University for just over 8 years. As the Director of Budget Operations and Reporting she has the opportunity to work with cross functional groups of the University. She looks forward to representing staff in the governance process of the University. This includes responding to staff concerns, identifying major staff initiatives, and representing staff in University wide process and program changes. Her governance experience includes two past terms on the Staff Senate serving both as Vice Chair and Chair of the Staff Senate. She also represented staff on the Welcoming, Staff Professional, and Ad-Hoc Governance Committees. She currently serves as a standing member of the University Council Finance Committee as the Budget Office representative. Susan has a BS in Accounting from Linfield College. She lives in Vernonia with her husband Dale and daughter Sheyanne. Prior to coming to Pacific she worked 15 years in the high tech computer industry in progressive roles in Accounting & Budget.
Ingrid Unterseher (2015)
Ingrid Unterseher has worked at Pacific University in Student Affairs since 1990. She is currently the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs. She has worked with several vice presidents through the years and very much appreciates the opportunity to support administrators as well as staff in their goal of serving students. Being part of the Pacific family and enjoying the rich rewards of working with students has been the highlight of her time at Pacific. Both of her sons and daughter-in-law attended Pacific University. Prior to working at Pacific, Ingrid worked in several K-12 school districts in the region, supporting administration primarily in Human Resources. She is a native Oregonian and loves spending time at the beach whenever possible. In her spare time, she spends many hours participating in various musical theatre productions and also previously sang in the Pacific Vocal Jazz Ensemble on campus as well as accompanying the Pacific Choral Union for ten years. In addition, she plays regularly for a local church and choir and has recently joined a classic rock band, performing in the local area.
Kim Greenwood | Administrative Assistant to University Governance
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UC Box: A115
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