Staff Senate Members 2019-2020
Senators are elected by a peer vote to represent staff at large and serve a two-year term.
Senators and their terms end dates are:
Staff Senate Chair
Amy Callahan Tracewell (2020)
Amy Callahan Tracewell works in University Advancement as a Major Gift Officer with an emphasis on Corporate and Foundation Relations. Her most recent previous work experience includes publisher of a weekly newspaper and Executive Director of a small hospital foundation. Amy values living and working in the same community and bringing people together to create community and economic vitality. She believes strongly in service, being good stewards of our resources, and in striving to celebrate what’s right in the world so that we can have the energy to tackle what’s wrong. Forest Grove is her home, where she lives with her husband Todd (who is the Electrician at Pacific), and her two cute dogs and one fat cat. When she and Todd aren’t fishing, they enjoy spending time with family, including Todd’s three daughters.
Staff Senate Chair-elect
Rudy Sanchez (2021)
Rudy graduated from Pacific in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. As a student, he served on the Student Senate for two years and worked with multiple student groups. In 2017, he returned to Pacific to work in Undergraduate Admissions where he has helped recruit future Boxer students. Outside of work Rudy enjoys running, reading, and watching sports, especially when the Boxers are competing at home.
Staff Senate Secretary
Amy Vuylsteke (2021)
In July of 2015 Amy began her career at Pacific. Working in the CHP Deans office for 3 years, she had the opportunity to interact with many different departments and colleges across the University. In January 2019, she began her new role as the Manager of Administrative Services in the Dental Hygiene Studies department. She is currently serving in her second year on the University’s Caring Committee and she enjoys volunteering at various events throughout the year. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, hiking with her dog and exploring new golf courses in the PNW.
Staff Senate Treasurer
Jeane Canon (2020)
Jeane joined Pacific University in 1998 with the College of Arts and Sciences, first as a Secretary/Receptionist, then Administrative Assistant to the Arts Division, followed by Financial Specialist and now as a Budget Manager. Jeane is working to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Pacific and has experience managing the front office of a busy medical clinic, working as a merchant teller and customer service representative for a financial institution, and as a statistician for The Salvation Army divisional headquarters. Jeane’s favorite activities include swimming, metal working (i.e. making garden art from recycled cans), discovering good food and wine, learning to crochet, and spending time with her family and their two dogs.
Staff Senate Governance Chair
Colton Underhill (2021)
Colton joined Pacific in 2010 as an undergrad and graduated in 2014 with a degree in psychology. He grew up in Banks, Oregon and spent a lot of time on the Banks track team. As a student he worked for UIS’s helpdesk and was hired on fulltime after he graduated and has been with UIS since. He works closely with student, faculty, and staff helping with their various technology needs. In his free time he likes the occasional physical labor chores and enjoys reading manga, playing games, grilling food, and spending time with his friends.
Staff Senate Former Chair, serving ex officio for 2019-2020
Brad Hodges (2019)
Brad came to Pacific University first in 2005 as a contractor installing heating and air conditioning systems in many of the newer buildings on the FG campus. Then in late 2015 he became a permanent part of Pacific, replacing our retiring H.V.A.C. specialist. Brad strives to make improvements to comfort and energy efficiency in our buildings. When he is not at Pacific working hard, he enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife and three boys as much as he can.
Austyn Allie (2021)
Austyn graduated from Pacific University in 2009 and began working for the School of Physician Assistant Studies in 2017. She has served on the IDEA committee and looks forward to working on the Professional Development Committee. She has spent the last 9 years serving on the Advisory Board for the Center for Gender Equity (CGE), where she is currently Board Chair. When she’s not at Pacific, Austyn works retail part-time on the weekends. She spends her free time hanging out with her family and her two cats, playing board games, and attending concerts and conventions.
Rita Barton (2021)
Rita earned a BFA in Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked at Pacific in the School of Pharmacy since 2008. More recently, she completed certificate programs in Business, Change and Project Management, and is working toward Lean Certification, all through PSU’s Center for Executive and Professional Education. She is a member of the American Association of University Women, the Project Management Institute, and the Association of Change Management Professionals. She served on Staff Senate and the Honors & Awards Committee from 2012-2014, and is enthused to contribute to the Senate and the University once again. Outside of work, she enjoys time with family, friends, dogs, artistic pursuits including music and drumming, and growing things.
Miki Buckingham (2020)
Michelena “Miki” Buckingham came to Pacific University in 2015 as a Financial Assistant, and has recently taken on the role as the Continuing Education and Events Coordinator for the College of Optometry. Miki coordinates continuing education for Optometrists to ensure they meet their educational requirements to maintain their license. When she is not at work, she is actively involved as the team treasure for her son’s soccer club, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two children. Miki loves being able to work in the community that she lives in.
David Cookman (2020)
David began his Pacific Career in October of 2006 when he was brought on as the plumber. He is a lifelong resident of Forest Grove/Cornelius and loves working in his home town. David has been married for 28 years and has 4 kids and currently resides in Cornelius. A few years back he took on the responsibility of the boilers on campus also. David's job requires a great sense of humor and he has one! He loves the challenge of keeping the old and new buildings running and functioning. When he's not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, and racing cars.
Katelyn Eisenhooth (2020)
Katelyn is the Assistant Director of International Programs. Her current position includes providing arrival assistance and orientation to all of Pacific’s international students and scholars as well as providing immigration advising and support services to them as well. She came to Pacific after serving as the senior international student advisor at Ohio University. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors in as many ways that she can (SUP, hiking, biking, running, etc.), performs music, and likes to try new recipes.
Katie Lardy (2021)
I genuinely enjoy supporting students through their educational journey, and I value opportunities to collaborate with staff and faculty to support student learning. I served for 9 years as Assistant Director and Pathways Coordinator in the Career Development Center. My current role is in the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders as the Student Services Manager. I hope to provide inclusive, effective support to all members of the Pacific community with whom I interact. Serving in multiple roles at Pacific has provided me with a greater understanding and awareness of the various systems our valued staff members use at the university and how and where our roles intersect. I look forward to doing what I can to support the staff through the work of the Staff Senate.
Vicki McGee (2020)
Vicki graduated from Pacific in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Art. That same year she began to work in the Athletic Department main office until she moved up to the School of Natural Sciences as an Administrative Assistant a few years ago. She has worked on committees in the past and is currently helping on the all staff conference planning committee. Outside of work Vicki enjoys spending time with her family, working outside in her yard and cheering on the Timbers and Liverpool FC.
Kristen Overton (2020)
Kristen joined Pacific University in Fall of 2015. She currently serves as the Student Life Administrative Coordinator, monitoring and overseeing administrative services for Student Life. She is also serves as the departmental representation for several university-wide committees. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Personnel Psychology and Human Resource Management from Washington State University. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, running, and wine-tasting.
Sara Summers (2020)
Sara joined Pacific University in Fall of 2017 as the Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional admissions for the Eugene campus. She moved to Eugene from Portland OR and enjoys the smaller city and all of its eccentricities. She enjoys helping students navigate the world of admissions and applying for grad school. Outside of work Sara likes to watch Netflix, hang out with her daughter, go to the aquarium as much as possible as well as the beach, reading, pretending to run but if she is being honest it is mostly walking with her dogs, planning for her future small farm with chickens, goats, and one rescue cow.
Sara Tapia-Guillen (2021)
Sara stated at Pacific University Dental Hygiene Clinic in August 2008 as a part time dental Service coordinator and is now the Manager of Dental Patient Services. She works closely with students and patients. She is an advisor for Student hygiene Chapter for the Hispanic Dental Association. Spending time with family is a priority. She enjoys spending time with her girls and her dog, she loves dancing with her husband and going on road trips with her family.
Jen Walsh (2020)
Jen re-joined Pacific University in 2013 after graduating in 2009. She began on the Hillsboro campus and has since moved to the Forest Grove campus working as the Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College of Business, supporting the faculty and staff of the College of Business. This is her second term serving on Staff Senate, in addition to a few other University committees. Jen and her Boxer husband enjoy raising their two daughters in Forest Grove and keep busy by being involved in the Forest Grove and Pacific communities.
Ashley Wellner (2021)
Ashley has called Pacific home for a combined 8 years, starting at the Portland Pacific Eye Clinic, and currently on the Forest Grove Campus in Conference & Event Support Services. Her current position as Assistant Director of Conference and Event Support Services requires knowledge of all of our facilities, resources, and community partners to help facilitate revenue & exposure of our wonderful locations! In her free time, Ashley loves fishing, camping, backyard BBQ’s and hanging out with her Boxer, Mia Louise Wellner.
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