Staff Senate Committees


The Communications Committee serves to publicize the work of the Staff Senate and raise staff awareness regarding Staff Senate initiatives and programs. The committee reviews requests related to university communications and oversees the Staff Senate website and social media accounts.

Members: Jake Erney (Co-Chair), Destiny Jones (Co-Chair), Nnennaya Ikwuagwu, Ty Middleton, Amanda Perez

Community Outreach & Events

The Community Outreach & Events Committee plans and hosts major events, such as the Strikes for Scholarships and Great Staff Appreciation events. Proceeds from the Strikes for Scholarships event go toward the Staff Senate Scholarship. This committee also promotes a sense of community among UTSA staff by planning social events and supporting staff participation in university service opportunities, such as the MLK March and the UTSA Day of Service.

Members: Jessica Dawson (Co-Chair), Clarisa De La Fuente (Co-Chair), Diana Lomas, Cynthia "Cindy" Orth

Elections Committee

The Elections Committee is charged with developing and executing the nomination and election process to select members for Staff Senate. The committee identifies eligible staff members, conducts the online nomination and election processes, and adjusts the distribution of positions to balance the number of representatives from each division.

Members: Cynthia "Cindy" Orth (Chair), Brandy Garcia, Sylvia Mansour

Finance Committee

The Ad-Hoc Finance Committee is responsible for managing the Staff Senate budget. The committee reviews funding requests from the Executive Officers or other committees and works with Business Affairs to complete approved purchase requests.

Members: Estefania "Stef" Casper (Chair), Clarisa De La Fuente, Damaris Ibarra, Cynthia "Cindy" Orth

Health & Wellness

The Health & Wellness Committee identifies opportunities to promote and encourage healthy living among staff. The committee encourages staff to participate in both UTSA programs, such as the RowdyNewU program, and non-UTSA programs, such as the San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup.

Members: Crystal Martinez (Chair), Norma Gomez (Co-Chair), Tamala Boyd, Kat Carrillo, Bryanda Dominguez, Wanda Guntz, Crystal Martinez, Jade Martinez, Olinda Ongay, Sara Tate

Questions, Ideas, & Concerns

The Questions, Ideas, & Concerns (QIC) Committee encourages questions, concerns, and feedback from UTSA’s staff regarding any aspect of working at UTSA. Any issues raised are discussed, researched, and considered for possible further action or recommendations to the university’s administration.

Members: Dominick Morales (Co-Chair), Sapna Naik (Co-Chair), Anna Boyer-Chadwick, Estefania "Stef" Casper, Yasmín Parra Codina, Jaime Fernandez, Edward Garza, Ty Middleton, Terri Reynolds, Jerry Smith, Danielle Williams

Staff Appreciation & Scholarships

The Staff Appreciation & Scholarships Committee coordinates the Staff Appreciation Award Program, which recognizes staff who go above and beyond to serve the university. They also manage the Staff Senate Scholarship Program, which offers financial support to UTSA staff pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees at the university.

Members: Amy Fritz (Chair), Diana Almaraz, Melissa Blanton, Anna Boyer-Chadwick, Wanda Guntz, Demetrius "DJ" Johnson, Diana Lomas, Xavier Santos


University Committees

Enriching Campus Wellbeing Steering Committee

Representative: Jade Martinez

Faculty Senate

Representative: Sylvia Mansour

HOP Committee

Representative: Jaime Fernandez

Operational Review Committee

Representative: Brandy Barksdale

Parking & Traffic Committee

Representatives: Estefania Casper, Wanda Guntz, & Dominick Morales

Technology Planning & Prioritization Committee

Representative: Sylvia Mansour

University Excellence Awards Steering Committee

Representatives: Amy Fritz, Brandy Barksdale, & Matt Keneson

University Leadership Council

Representative: Brandy Barksdale

University Scholarships Committee

Representatives: Damaris Ibarra & Diana Lomas