PPSA General Meeting/Election: May 24

PPSA's General Meeting and Elections will be held on Wednesday, May 24, at noon in Meyerson B3. Refreshments will be served. The Rev. William Gipson, Chaplain, will be the guest speaker. He will talk about new developments in religious life and life on campus and in the community.


Chair Elect-select one

John LaVoy is the Associate Director of the Department of Academic Support Programs and project director of the PennCAP/PreFreshman program. He arrived at Penn just over a year ago, and has spent a great deal of time developing relationships with staff and getting to know the systems, issues, personalities and processes involved in making Penn work. He is a Michigan native, having worked in higher education for about 20 years as both faculty and administration in unionized and non-unionized environments.

Adam B. Sherr has worked at Penn full-time since 1991. He has worked primarily in Dining Services as a Systems Technician, Customer Service Rep. Marketing Coordinator, and, for the last two years, as Manager of Meal Contract Sales and Technology. He also spent three years working in the PENNCard Center. Adam has served on numerous committees such as the Committee on Open Expression, the Bookstore Committee, and, currently, the Parking Violations Review Board. He has served on the PPSA Board for the past two years as Vice Chair-Elect and as Vice Chair. In this position he has worked with a committee on updating the PPSA Web Page (a work in progress) and in adding people to the PPSA informational listserv.

Vice Chair Elect-select one

Trish diPietrae has worked at Penn since 1987; she is the Executive Assistant to the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Her Penn volunteer activities include member-at-large PPSA, Penn's Way Charitable Campaign Advisory Committee, SVM Penn's Way Coordinator, PennVIPs. She is responsible for the administrative operation and liaison activities of the Dean's Office issues on policies, practices, development, research, retreats, seminars, intensive interaction with general public, the Overseers, faculty, staff, students and the University's myriad administrations.

Judith Silverman is the Director of Admissions at GSE. Previously, she worked in a variety of capacities in Undergraduate Admissions (1990-1997) serving as the Associate Director of International and Transfer Admissions from 1994-1997. Her undergraduate degree from Penn is in English and women's studies. Her M.S.Ed. is in higher education. She is currently an Ed.D. student at GSE and expects to finish her dissertation work by 2002. Judith feels that her work with both the undergraduate and graduate populations as well as the relationships she has formed across the Penn community in the past ten years will allow her to make valuable contributions to the PPSA, and she is excited about the opportunity.

Member-at-Large-select three

Suzanne Bellan has been working for Penn for two years, as the general manager of Penn Student Agencies (PSA). PSA provides practical leadership experience for students as they manage on-campus businesses, including the Penn calendar, student telephone directory, and commissaries. She is currently enrolled in GSE, working toward an Ed.D. in higher education. Prior to her time at Penn, she worked in general management and in human resources, and holds a Master's degree in management and a B.S. in business administration.

Lyn Davis began working at Penn in 1981 at the Law School where she started as the Assistant Director of Career Planning and Placement. In 1986 she was promoted to Assistant Dean for Career Planning and Placement and remained there until 1993. She then joined the staff of the Office of Student Conduct to create and coordinate the University Mediation Program. She also serves as an Associate Director of the office.

Jack Lewis began working for the Health System in 1989 as the Emergency Room Social Worker for the Department of Social Work. He held that position for five years. In 1994, he became the Assistant Director of the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, which is a training clinic for psychiatric residents, psychology interns, graduate-level social work students and graduate nursing students, under the Department of Psychiatry (as a Health System employee). He remained in that position until 1998 when he became the Assistant Director of the African-American Resource Center.

Meryl Marcus is an Associate Director in the Office of the Secretary where she manages University ceremonial functions (including Commencement), oversees the diploma process, and is a budget manager. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary, Meryl was a departmental administrator at the School of Medicine.

Lynn M. Rotoli has been a Penn employee for almost four years; she is currently the Marketing Manager for the Department of Housing and Conference Services. Before crossing to the residential side of campus, she worked for two years in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She earned a dual degree in marketing and management from Holy Family College where she graduated summa cum laude, and is presently enrolled in the Organizational Dynamics Program where she is five courses away from earning a Masters degree.

Kristen Rozansky has been at Penn since 1997 when she was hired as a stewardship coordinator in the Wharton School's fundraising department, External Affairs. She has been promoted to Associate Director and then to Director. She has developed the stewardship area into its own department, Donor Relations. She has worked closely with the Wharton School Dean, Associate and Vice Deans and Executive Director of Development to advance the School's $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign. A year ago, she was asked to serve on a University-wide committee to evaluate the University's stewardship policies and make recommendations for a University-wide comprehensive stewardship plan. The policy and recommendations are now posted on the Development and Alumni Relations website, DARIN.


Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 32, May 9, 2000