CAPS Council

Classified and Academic Professional Staff Council

The CAPS Council serves as a representative body for the staff of CHS (College of Humanities and Sciences), ensuring equal representation for staff, and works in an advisory capacity to CHS administration. CAPS serves to support the diverse staff of CHS by facilitating a welcoming environment for all staff to grow and thrive and offering all staff in CHS networking and professional development opportunities. CAPS invites open communication among staff to generate ideas to better the climate and resources available, provide a forum for the exchange of information between CHS staff and other CHS and University groups, to provide referrals for individual concerns and problems to appropriate CHS and University resources, and to advocate for continued supportive policies, representation, and solutions to concerns.

Every meeting is open for all staff to attend and participate in. Committee members hold voting rights and may be appointed to serve as a CAPS committee representative.


CAPS Council meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom. All CHS staff members are welcome to attend each and every meeting. Please know the Council is here to serve all the CHS staff and encourage attendance and participation in agenda items and bringing new business to the meetings.

CAPS Council membership for FY22
Name Job title Unit Role
Kelsey N. Cappiello Executive assistant to the dean Dean’s Office President
Alvin Bryant Associate director of undergraduate advising Biology Vice President
Lori-Ann Thompson Fiscal administrative coordinator Mathematics Treasurer
Ellie H. Meyer Administrative assistant Mathematics Secretary
Pamela Allred-Irby Accountant Biology Member
John Arnold Chemical safety and operations manager Chemistry Member
Melanie Barnes Assistant to the chair Sociology Member
Sheila Blair Academic adviser Interdisciplinary Science Member
Philathea Cole Project manager Dean's Office Member
Jeffrey Diritto Teaching instructor, clinical coordinator Kinesiology & Health Science Member
Joseph Ellis Office manager Biology Member
Jeannie L. Friedrich Student admin coordinator Physics Member
Madeline Goldman Academic Advisor Forensic Science Member
Stephanie Gray Fiscal and administrative coordinator Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture Member
Gavin Holdgreiwe Academic adviser Office of Student Services/Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture Member
Emily Humberson Administrator coordinator Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Member
Michael Morris Stockroom manager Chemistry Member
Dae Newman Department assistant African American Studies Member
Amanda O’Connor Human resources coordinator Dean's Office Member
Evelyn Diane O’Neal Accountant Physics Member
Gregory B. Patterson Administrative assistant English Member
Barbara Payne Fiscal and administrative coordinator Forensic Science Member
Juliana Rasnic Director of advising (humanities/social sciences) Office of Student Services Member
Tiyacca Simms-Jones Associate director of psychology advising and graduate academic operations Psychology Member
Dianne Stewart Frausto HR tech (cadet command) Military Science Member
Emily R. Watkinson Laboratory supervisor Biology Member
Pamela Williams Executive assistant Robertson School Member

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