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: Drew Vincent (Co-Chair), Destiny Jones (Co-Chair), Jake Erney, Ty Middleton, Vero Salazar

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 Vela (Co-Chair), Clarisa De La Fuente, Cynthia "Cindy" Orth, Justin Marmolejo, Amanda Perez

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, Lisa Alonzo, Sara Tate

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 (Co-Chair), Angel Espinoza (Co-Chair), Sharon Martinez, Justin Marmolejo

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: Wanda Guntz (Co-Chair), Anna Boyer-Chadwick (Co-Chair), Norma B. VanWinkle, Victoria Downing, Robert Ripley, Vero Salazar, Olinda Ongay, Xavier Loredo

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), Estefania "Stef" Casper, Yasmín Parra Codina, Jaime Fernandez, Matthew Fey, Lisa Alonzo, Jaime Fernandez, Olamiposi Kolajo, Sara Cliffe, Ty Middleton, Melissa Blanton

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: Sharon Martinez (Co-Chair), Sara Tate (Co-Chair), Melissa Blanton, Wanda Guntz, Demetrius "DJ" Johnson, Xavier Santos, Angel Espinoza, Julie Fisher


University Committees

Enriching Campus Wellbeing Steering Committee

Representative: TBA

Faculty Senate

Representative: Justin Marmolejo

Hispanic Thriving Initiative

Representative: Amanda Perez

Homecoming Committee

Representative: Jessica Vela

HOP Committee

Representative: Jaime Fernandez

Parking & Traffic Committee

Representatives: Estefania Casper, Wanda Guntz, & Clarisa De La Fuente

Sustainability Council

Representative: Jake Erney

University Leadership Council

Representative: Damaris Ibarra

University Scholarships Committee

Representatives: Damaris Ibarra & Diana Lomas