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PPSA: Annual Meeting and Election: June 8

The Penn Professional Staff Assembly will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 8 at noon in the Terrace Room, Logan Hall. Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli will be the speaker.

Annual elections for Assembly’s Executive Board positions will take place at the meeting, and nominees will be introduced during the meeting. Please arrive early to give yourselves plenty of time to vote. The nominees (as of May 17) are listed below.

Chair-elect: Kate Ward-Gaus is the associate director in the Office of Health Education (Vice Provost of University Life Division) and recently celebrated her 10th anniversary as a Penn employee.  She is currently the Vice-Chair for PPSA.  She represented PPSA on the planning committee for the Penn Community Service Day in October as part of the Inaugural events for President Gutmann.  From 1998 through 2000, Kate served as a Co-Chair on the Community Programming Planning Committee for the Penn Alexander Partnership School.  She is a lifelong resident of West Philadelphia and has an MSEd from Penn’s Graduate School of Education.  Kate believes that professional staff employees play a critical role in advancing the goals and objectives of the university because as President Gutmann said in her inaugural address they are, “…dedicated individuals who with competence and compassion keep this university running so well.”  As Chair-elect and then Chair, Kate intends to increase and broaden the base of staff members included in PPSA, establish consistent mechanisms for both the sharing and gathering of information between the membership and the executive board and strengthen the already established partnerships with WPSA and University administrators.

Vice-chair-elect: Ty Furman is the director, Student Performing Arts. He started in the position in 1997 as the Coordinator.  As a staff member of the Office of Student Life (VPUL Division), he advises 46 undergraduate performance groups and their executive board.  In addition, he is one of the coordinators of the Office of Student Life Student Leadership Retreat held twice a year for 40 undergraduates and PENNacle–a pre-freshman leadership retreat for 50 incoming students.  Ty has served the past 2 years as a Member-at-large of the PPSA board and prior to that as an alternate for the Parking Violations committee.  He is also currently pursing his Doctorate in Education in Higher Education Administration at Penn's Graduate School of Education. 

Member-at-large: (3 positions available):

Dr. Suzanne Bellan has worked at Penn for 8 years, serving currently as Associate Director of the PennCard Center in the Business Services Division.  Before working for PennCard, Suzanne was the Director of Penn Student Agencies for the Division of University Life. She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from Penn's Graduate School of Education.  Additionally, she holds a Master's in Management from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trenton State College.

Dr. Frank Pellicone is currently in his fifth year as the House Dean of Harrison College House.  He also serves as a lecturer in both the Italian and English Departments.  In his position of House Dean, he has worked closely with virtually all departments of the university, helping to make the university home to the eight hundred forty students, staff, and faculty members who live in Harrison.  He would like to continue to serve the Penn Community by involving himself more fully with the PPSA.

Joan Rose has been at the Law School for over three years as the Assistant Dean for Communications, following twenty years of marketing and advertising experience.  She spent numerous years working in advertising agencies in Philadelphia (Vice President at Earle Palmer Brown, then a national agency), and in Princeton (Vice President/ Director of Client Services at Princeton Communications Group). Her clients included various educational institutions, including Drexel University and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).  Her work at the Law School involves marketing and communications including collateral and web development and public relations in partnership with University Communications.  Joan holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan and an Executive M.B.A. from Drexel University.

Dr. Pat Thatcher is associate director, Office of Learning Resources in the Weingarten Learning Resources Center. She is a Penn Alumna, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in American Civilization from the College of Arts and Sciences before earning her Ph.D in the joint Winterthur Museum-University of Delaware, Program in the History of American Civilization.  Pat returned to Penn four years ago and enjoys providing learning instruction to all Penn undergraduate, graduate and professional students.  She is looking forward to greater involvement and service to the staff and university through involvement in the Penn Professional Staff Assembly.

—Christina Costanzo Clark, PPSA Vice-Chair-Elect,
School of Nursing, Office of Academic Affairs



  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 33, May 24, 2005


May 24, 2005
Volume 51 Number 33


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