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The Recovery Operations Committee (ROC) works with the Public Health Task Force, tactical teams and university leadership to offer a consolidated operational response for successful university operations during UTSA’s pandemic response and recovery.

About the ROC

The ROC is an advisory committee that reviews plans and proposals for university operations prior to their submission for approval by the Resource Management Team (RMT). It is comprised of faculty and staff leadership involved in the university’s strategic planning initiatives for protecting the health and safety of the UTSA community. The Assistant Vice President of Administration and Operations serves as the ROC chair, primary point of contact, and liaison with RMT.

During the ROC review process, the committee makes recommendations to ensure plans and proposals under consideration meet all best practices established by the Public Health Task Force, as well as those established by relevant external entities including but not limited to:

 >> View the ROC Review and Approval Process chart

Submitting Items for ROC Review

The ROC meets every other Thursday at 1:00 p.m. when there are items on the agenda submitted for discussion. All UTSA departments are welcome to submit their (final, department-vetted and approved) plans and proposals to be added to the ROC meeting agenda. A representative for your department or team must be present to attend the ROC meeting and present the plan or proposal.

Reminder: The ROC is an advisory committee. The ROC's support of a plan or proposal does not equate to or ensure final RMT approval.

ROC Meeting Participation Overview

  • Please note: Plans that include student or employee participation in on-campus activities must be reviewed and developed in collaboration with the Director of Risk & Emergency Management and the university’s Chief Medical Officer.
    • No later than close of business on Monday of the week you will present to the ROC, please submit your plan to:
    • The Chief Medical Officer and Director of Risk & Emergency Management will provide feedback on your plan by the Wednesday before the ROC meeting.
  • To participate in an upcoming ROC meeting, complete the ROC Meeting Agenda Item Request form a minimum of three days prior to the desired meeting date. When completing your agenda item request form:
    • Clearly outline your proposal and include all information the ROC will need to consider your request (e.g. dates of activity; number of participants; associated institutional, PHTF, or external guidelines; other specific questions or concerns you have for the ROC to discuss).
    • Upload attachments of your detailed plan or proposal as well as any material that the ROC should review while considering your request.
  • During the ROC meeting:
    • Your representative will present an overview of the plan or proposal for ROC members.
    • ROC members will work with your representative to improve your plan or proposal by:
      • Addressing any operational concerns identified during review of materials submitted prior to the meeting.
      • Asking clarifying questions about any parts of the plan or proposal where needed.
      • Supplying feedback to improve the plan or proposal, ensuring that it meets all best health and safety practices established by the PHTF and applicable external entities.
  • After the ROC meeting:
    • The presenter and their team revise their plan or proposal to incorporate the ROC’s feedback and suggestions for improvement.
    • The revised plan or proposal is submitted to the ROC via the Revised Plan Submission form submission page.
    • The chair of the ROC will present your updated, ROC-reviewed plan or proposal to the Resource Management Team for their feedback and approval as needed.
Plan Review Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure your plan addresses critical public health considerations and precautions.

ROC Agenda Item Request

Request to add your plan or proposal presentation to an upcoming ROC meeting agenda.

Revised Plan Submission

After presenting to the ROC, submit your revised plan/proposal for the ROC chair to present to RMT.

ROC Members

Mary Hernandez, Chair
Assistant Vice President, Administration and Operations

Lauren Beaver
Director of Strategic Communications for Business Affairs

Daniel Bellamy
Head of Athletic Medicine, UTSA Athletics

Wanda Boller
Assistant Vice President of Talent Cultivation, People Excellence

Jenell Bramlage
Senior Associate Vice President for Strategic Services and Communications, University Technology Solutions

Brett Calvert
Executive Director, University Marketing

Lynne Cossman
Dean, College for Health, Community and Policy

Tracy Cowden
Professor and Department Chair, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Herb Ganey
Executive Director, Student Union

Joshua Gerken
Senior Director, Space Management

Daniel Gockley
Executive Director, Housing Administration

Paul Goodman
Associate Vice President, Facilities

Martha Gutierrez-Saul
Senior Associate Director, Extended Education

Sarah Hada
Director of Communications, REDKE

Dianne Hengst
Executive Director, Student Disability Services

Chad Mahood
Associate Professor, College of Liberal and Fine Arts and Chair, Faculty Senate

Laura Monroe
Executive Director, Campus Recreation

Kevin Price
Senior Associate Vice President, Housing and Campus Services

Jay Rossello
Chief Legal Officer, Legal Affairs

Lorenzo Sanchez
Director, Risk & Emergency Management

Heather Shipley
Senior Vice President and Dean, University College

Jessenia Skelton
Director of Security Systems, University Police

Shawn Smith
Lieutenant, University Police

Michelle Stevenson
Associate Vice President, Research Integrity

Beth Wichman
Chief Medical Officer, Administration and Operations

Jennifer Yarrow
Physician Assistant, Student Health Services


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