Staff Profiles

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."
dae newman
Staff Profile: Dae Newman, African American Studies
Newman is the department assistant for AFAM, as well as an alum, graduate student and community activist.
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.
logan bishop and his partner at their wedding ceremony
Staff Profile: Logan Bishop, HASTech
Bishop pivoted from student work to full-time staff member in HASTech.
gerron scott standing in front of a research poster on debiasing techniques
Staff Profile: Gerron Scott, academic adviser, Department of Biology
Scott is committed to eliminating bias in education through his work in advising.
levi walter looking at their cell phone and smiling
Staff Profile: Levi Walter, administrative coordinator, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
Levi successfully made the jump from student to staff member when they joined GSWS as an administrative coordinator.
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.
Regina Coles
Staff Profile: Regina Coles, Dean’s Office, Director of Sponsored Programs
Need help submitting a research proposal? Drafting a project budget? Understanding the latest compliance policy? Regina Coles is the person you need to see.
Brian Barnstein
Staff Profile: Brian Barnstein, Department of Biology
“What I love most about my work is that I enjoy doing basic science research and having an opportunity to work with graduate students.”
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.”
James Archer
Staff Profile: James (Jimi) Archer (B.S. ‘03/H&S), HASTech
The employees of HASTech, the College’s technology support services, are a mysterious bunch. After all, they are located in the basement of the Honors College. “We are down in our Batcave, always monitoring and watching,” says Jimi Archer, systems administrator and IT project manager. “You may not see us, but we are always thinking of our users.”
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).
cecial patrick
Staff Profile: Cecial Patrick, Sponsored Programs Office
After 35 years at VCU, Cecial Patrick, grants research coordinator in the Sponsored Programs Office, will retire on January 1, 2020.
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.
Melina Bezirdijian
Staff Profile: Melina Bezirdjian, School of World Studies
When you first meet Melina Bezirdjian, the first thing you might notice about her is her nails.
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.
Will Moran
Staff Profile: Will Moran, Department of Biology
Will serves as Staff Council president, a role that allows him to work directly with CHS leadership to plan and enact change for the staff community.