Staff Profiles

Alicia Bonilla
Meet Alicia Bonilla, administrative assistant and communication manager, Departments of English and Philosophy
Alicia made the transition from VCU student to full-time employee in 2023.
Mike Morris
Meet Mike Morris, stockroom manager, Department of Chemistry
Discovering his love for chemistry in high school, Mike is back in the lab at VCU.
Barbara Payne
Meet Barbara Payne, finance and administrative coordinator, Department of Forensic Science
Barbara may have gotten her career start in an elementary school, but she now calls VCU her academic home.
Kenedy Edmonds
Meet Kenedy Edmonds, recruitment coordinator for CHS
With two degrees down, and an ESL certificate on the way, Kenedy is maximizing her time at VCU.
Joe Ellis standing in a crowd of people wearing a racing medal
Meet Joe Ellis, office manager for the Department of Biology
A native of upstate New York, Ellis has embraced the Richmond lifestyle.
Photo of Katie Hewitson with a cat
Meet Katie Hewitson, fiscal tech for the dean’s office
Katie began her VCU experience as a student and now works in the dean’s office as a fiscal tech.
Kelsey Cappiello holds three large gourds
Meet Kelsey Cappiello, executive assistant to the dean
Cappiello came to VCU as a student in 2014.
greg patterson
Staff Profile: Greg Patterson, Department of English
Greg Patterson serves as the office administrative assistant for the Department of English.
calla talman with her husband and two children
Staff Profile: Calla Talman, Office of Student Services
Calla Talman works as a senior academic advisor for the Departments of Physics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, and Statistical Sciences and Operations Research.
felicia harris
Staff Profile: Felicia M. Harris, Sponsored Programs Office
Felicia M. Harris works in the Dean’s Office as the director of Sponsored Programs.
Natasha Long
Staff Profile: Natasha Long, Robertson School
Long serves as the principal administrator for advising and student services for the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture.
Deborah Butler
Staff Profile: Deborah Butler, Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention
"I think what I really love is trying to make a difference in the life of disenfranchised youth and young adults."
Jo Murphy
Staff Profile: Jo Murphy, Forensic Science
Murphy’s contributions to VCU were recognized recently when she received the President’s Service Excellence Award, which is awarded to four individuals who provide exceptional service and support to the VCU community.
Danielle Hairston
Staff Profile: Danielle Hairston, Human Resources, Dean's Office
Hairston says relationship building is one of her favorite parts of the job.
Philathea Cole seated in front of chair.
Staff Profile: Philathea Cole, Dean's Office
Philathea is a project coordinator in undergraduate academic affairs.
Melanie Barnes
Staff Profile: Melanie Barnes, Assistant to the Chair, Department of Sociology
When the VCU Rams made the Final Four in 2011, Melanie Barnes jumped on the chance to chaperone students on the bus trip to Houston. Little did she know that a chance encounter would change the trajectory of her career.
Melissa Siebert
Staff Profile: Melissa Siebert, Academic Adviser
“Students can feel disconnected here. VCU is a big, urban campus. One thing that advisors can offer is a touch point, whether that’s keeping students on track, coming up an overall academic plan, or just getting them across the graduation finish line.”
Lucy Hudson
Staff Profile: Lucy Hudson, Department of Psychology
The path to higher education isn’t always an easy one. For Lucy Hudson (B.S. ‘04/GPA, B.A. ‘08/H&S, M.Ed. ‘11/E), who grew up in rural Emporia, the idea of attending college was exciting but nerve-racking.
Monique Morton
Staff Profile: Monique Morton, Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Monique Morton, a graduate of the VCU School of Business, wears many hats in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences (also known as HPEX).
Kathleen Murphy with students
Staff Profile: Kathleen Murphy, Department of History
When asked what Kathleen Murphy, administrative coordinator in the Department of History, enjoys the most about her job, she is quick to respond.
Juliana Rasnic
Staff Profile: Juliana Rasnic, Dean's Office
If there is one thing Juliana Rasnic wants you to know it’s that her team does so much more than just help students pick classes.
Kenya Gage
Staff Profile: Kenya Gage, Dean's Office
“Grace under pressure” is Kenya Gage’s personal mantra.
Pamela Williams
Staff profile: Pamela Williams, Robertson School of Media and Culture
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Pamela Williams, executive assistant for the Robertson School of Media and Culture, knows this to be true.