Working Groups

As the university navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of working groups have been established and are meeting regularly to plan and coordinate responses.

COVID-19 Crisis Management Team

Charge: Respond to developments and inform the USF community as the university navigates the pandemic.

Members

Lead: Julie Orio, Vice President, Student Life

Eric Giardini (co-lead), Director of Campus Resilience, Public Safety
Torry Brouillard-Bruce, Senior Director of SHaRE, Student Life and Engagement
Tyrone Cannon, Interim Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs
Shanie Chambers, Director, Koret Health and Recreation Center
Melissa Diaz, Director of Risk Management, Office of Human Resources
Robin Dutton-Cookston, Director of Development Communications, Office of Development
Jeff Hamrick, Vice Provost, Institutional Budget and Planning & Analytics
Kamal Harb, Senior Director, Health Promotion Services
Nikki Wright, Director, Information Technology Services
Linda Lappe, Senior Associate Director, Athletics
Daniel Lawson, Senior Director, Public Safety
Shirley McGuire, Senior Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
Diane Nelson, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
Garrett O’Doherty, Director, Events Management and Guest Services
Deborah Panter, Associate Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness, Academic Affairs
Craig Petersen, Director of Operations, Facilities Management
Ellen Ryder, Vice President, Office of Marketing Communications
Anastasia Vrachnos, Associate Vice Provost for International Initiatives, Academic Affairs

Commencement

Charge: Provide the president and cabinet with recommendations for re-imagined Class of 2020 commencement ceremony and attendant celebrations in order to communicate to the community by April 15.

Members

Lead: Jaci Neesam, Executive Assistant, President’s Office

Chitchi Tabora, Administrative Assistant, President's Office
Jennifer Azzi, Associate Vice President, Development
Robert Bromfield, Registrar, Strategic Enrollment Management
Marcelo Camperi, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Eve-Anne Doohan, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences 
Mike Hughes, Assistant Vice Provost, Strategic Enrollment Management
Bob Just, Assistant Director, Student Life
David Philpott, Director, Employee and Labor Relations
Tara Minaee (Undergraduate representative)
Sabrina Sayre, Marketing Partner, Office of Marketing Communications
Sabrina Wong (Graduate student representative)

Communications

Charge: Review and track USF’s internal and external communications efforts; deliver timely recommendations to the president and cabinet for proactive and strategic actions to advance the university’s priorities and inform the community and key stakeholders.

Members

Lead: Ellen Ryder, Vice President, Office of Marketing Communications

Robin Dutton-Cookston, Director of Development Communications, Office of Development
Angie Davis, Assistant Vice President, Office of Marketing Communications
Katherine Edwards, Assistant Vice Provost, Strategic Enrollment Management
David Philpott, Director, Employee and Labor Relations
Kevin Keane, counsel
Nate Ballard, counsel

Continuity of Operations

Charge: Examine internal and external developments that affect USF’s ability to sustain business operations. Make recommendations to cabinet to maintain financial health, ensure delivery of academic offerings, sustain workforce, and sustain physical and digital plants.

Members

Lead: Charlie Cross, Vice President, Office of Business and Finance

Opinder Bawa, Vice President, Information Technology Services
Tyrone Cannon, Interim Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs
Donna Davis, General Counsel
Jeff Hamrick, Vice Provost, Institutional Budget and Planning & Analytics
David Philpott, Director, Employee and Labor Relations
Ellen Ryder, Vice President, Office of Marketing Communications

Continuity of Instruction

Charge: Recommend and draft guidance and policy regarding instruction in response to crisis. Identify, recommend and develop resources for faculty and students to continue instruction during the remote learning phase. Develop and disseminate communications around resources for faculty and students to continue instruction during the remote learning phase. Identify issues and risks, and develop mitigation strategies in coordination with other areas of the university.

Members

Lead: Shirley McGuire, Senior Vice Provost, Academic Affairs

Deborah Panter (Co-Lead), Associate Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness, Academic Affairs 
Susan Zolezzi (Co-Lead), Associate Director for Instructional Design, Educational Technology Services
John Bansavich, Director of Instructional Technology and Training, Educational Technology Services
Colette Cann, Associate Dean, School of Education
June Clausen, Senior Associate Dean, School of Nursing & Health Professions
Eileen Fung, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Josh Gamson, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Linda Henderson, Associate Dean, School of Management
Erika Johnson, Associate Dean, Gleeson Library
Cheryl Jones-Walker, Associate Dean, School of Education
Olivera Jovanovic, Director of Graduate Degree Programs, School of Law
Maureen Lu, Director, Orange County Campus
Tom Merrell, Assistant Dean and Director, Student Disability Services
Shona Milazo, Associate Vice Provost and Dean, Student Academic Services
Star Plaxton Moore, Director of Community-Engaged Learning, The Leo McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good
Megan O’Banion, Associate Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions
Deanna Pachinger, Assistant Dean, Center for Academic and Student Achievement
Desiree Shaw, Director, Pleasanton Campus
Peggy Takahashi, Associate Dean, School of Management
Anastasia Vrachnos, Associate Vice Provost for International Initiatives, Academic Affairs
Christina Wilson, Director, Sacramento Campus

Summer 2020 Planning

Charge: Focus on enrollment and remote learning for summer session through online instruction and communications/marketing.

Members

Lead: Jeff Hamrick, Vice Provost, Institutional Budget and Planning & Analytics

Linda Wong-Lee (Staff to the Group)
Michael Beseda, Vice Provost, Strategic Enrollment Management
Mike Hughes, Assistant Vice Provost, Strategic Enrollment Management
Jeremy Kasdin (ad hoc), assistant dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Marvella Luey, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences/CASA
Shirley McGuire, Senior Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
Deanna Pachinger, Associate Dean, CASA
Deborah Panter, Associate Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness, Academic Affairs 
Jeff Paris, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Peter Sahaidachny, Digital Marketing Manager, Office of Marketing Communications
Sabrina Sayre, Marketing Partner, Office of Marketing Communications
Peggy Takahashi, Associate Dean, School of Management
Anastasia Vrachnos, Associate Vice Provost for International Initiatives, Academic Affairs
Susan Zolezzi, Associate Director for Instructional Design, Educational Technology Services

Fall 2020 Enrollment

Charge: Coordinate efforts across university departments and divisions to meet undergraduate enrollment objectives. Develop targeted campaigns to retain current undergraduates. Coordinate new graduate student enrollment efforts and maximize current employment and certificate opportunities. Align enrollment efforts with a possible fall 2020 term online start for some (international) or all programs and students.

Members

Lead: Michael Beseda, Vice Provost, Strategic Enrollment Management

Alison Nishiyama (Staff to the Group) 
Robert Bromfield, Registrar, Strategic Enrollment Management
Torry Brouillard-Bruce, Senior Director of SHaRE, Student Life and Engagement
Nathan Cain, Enrollment Data Analyst, Provost’s Office
Suparna Chakraborty, CAS
April Crabtree, Assistant Vice Provost, Strategic Enrollment Management
Lester Deanes, Assistant Vice Provost, Student Engagement
Marcella Johanna Deproto, Director of International Student and Scholar Services, Provost’s Office
Katherine Edwards, Assistant Vice Provost, Strategic Enrollment Management
Patrick Kao, Assistant Vice Provost, Strategic Enrollment Management
David Kirmse, Associate Vice President, Information Technology Services
June Clausen, Senior Associate Dean, School of Nursing & Health Professions
Keally McBride, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Shirley McGuire, Senior Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
Shona Milazo, Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Student Academic Services, Student Life 
Pamela Balls Organista, Interim Vice Provost, Academic Affairs 
Julie Orio, Vice President, Student Life 
Deborah Panter, Associate Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness, Academic Affairs
Ariana Pistorino, Senior Associate Director, UG Admissions
Dean Rader, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Jonathan Rice, Associate Director of Transfers, UG Admissions
Rahul Sampat, Assistant Vice Provost, Strategic Enrollment Management
Sabrina Sayre, Marketing Partner, Office of Marketing Communications
Desiree Shaw, Branch Campuses
Kimberly Taylor, Student Life
Christina Tzagarakis-Foster, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Anastasia Vrachnos, Associate Vice Provost for International Initiatives, Provost’s Office
Bryan Wallander, Director of Student Accounts, Strategic Enrollment Management

Federal Stimulus & USF

Charge: Secure federal assistance in response to COVID-19 for our students, faculty, staff, and the institution.

Members

Lead: Shirley McGuire, Senior Vice Provost, Academic Affairs

Dorothy Davidson, Interim Director, Office of Student Financial Services
Karina Fantillo, Director, Office of Contracts and Grants
Neva Nguyen, Associate Vice President, Accounting & Business Services

Virtual Engagement Group

Charge: Curate the various campus departmental and organizational approaches to virtual engagement for students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and other USF community members (families, etc.) on one landing page.

Members

Lead: Lester Deanes, Assistant Vice Provost, Student Engagement

Nicola Andrews, Instruction/First Year Experience Librarian, Gleeson Library
Lydia Chung, Academic Success Coach, CASA
Maximilian Corderio, Assistant Residence Director, Gillson Hall
April Crabtree, Assistant Vice Provost, Strategic Enrollment Management
Ariana DasGupta, Diversity and Community Relations Program Manager, DECO
Marcella Deproto, Director, International Student and Scholar Services
David Donahue, Senior Director, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good
Julia Dowd, Director, University Ministry
Erin Echols, Co-Director, USF Cultural Centers
Katherine Edwards, Assistant Vice Provost, Strategic Enrollment Management
Alana Harrington, Executive Assistant, Student Life
William Hsu, Residence Director, Loyola Village 
Nicholas Kebbas, Web Specialist, Office of Marketing Communications
Ellen Kelly, Director of Career Success, Career Services Center
David Kirmse, Associate Vice President, Information Technology Services
Ying-Sing Lai, Associate Director, International Student and Scholar Services 
Amy Martin, Instructor, School of Management
Mandy Mekail, Residence Director, Gillson Hall
Tonya Miller, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Ashley Morello, Academic Success Coach, CASA
Marci Nuñez, Director, Student Leadership and Engagement
Andrea Rocha, Assistant Director for Off Campus Student Services, SHaRE
Paul Salumbides, Marketing Partner, Office of Marketing Communications
Sara Solloway, Assistant Dean for Student Academic Success, CASA
Lamonte Stamps, Director of First Year Programs, Student Life
Michael Tadesse-Bell, Assistant Dean, Retention and Persistence Programs, CASA
Kim Taylor, Director of Parent Philanthropy, Office of Development
Lucy Zhu, Program Assistant, Student Engagement

“Blue Sky” Thinking/Strategic Planning (title TBD)

Lead: Peter Wilch, VP Development
Charge:  TBD.

Members

Fall 2020 Logistics Planning Group

Charge: The Fall 2020 Logistics Planning Group is inventorying all spaces on campus to ensure proper social distance measures are in place. These measures may include physical distancing measures as well as workplace and class space behavioral changes.

This Group is divided into four subgroups: 
Academic Spaces Working Group
Classroom Safety Protocols Working Subgroup
Non Academic Spaces Working Group
Employee Return to Work Working Group

Academic Spaces Working Group

Charge: The Academic Spaces subgroup is charged with evaluating the University’s academic spaces and providing guidance and direction on how to promote social distancing and safety in classrooms, labs, etc. 

Members

Robert Bromfield, Associate Dean & University Registrar
Eric Giardini, Director of Campus Resilience
Aubrey Hall, Associate University Registrar and Director of Academic Services
Joseph Henson, Director of Institutional Analytics
David Kirmse, Associate Vice President, Information Technology Services
Michael London, AVP Facilities Management 
Shirley McGuire,Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor
Larry Montagna, Educational Technology Services
Diane Nelson, Assistant Vice President Human Resources
Julie Orio, Vice President Student Life
Deborah Panter, Associate Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness
Jeffrey Rotter, Senior Engineer
Christina Tzagarakis-Foster, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
JJ Thorp, Director of Project Management 
Linda Wong-Lee, Assistant Director, Institutional Budget, Planning and Review

Non Academic Space Working Group

The Non-Academic Spaces group is charged with evaluating the remaining University spaces - dining, residential, administrative, recreational, etc. - and developing and providing guidance and direction on how to promote social distancing and safety in these areas. 

Members

Chair: Eric Giardini, Director of Campus Resilience
Kathryn Baum, Resources and Planning Manager, College of Arts and Sciences
Torry Brouillard-Bruce, Senior Director for Student Housing and Residential Education
Shawn Calhoun, Acting University Library Dean 
Shanie Chambers, Director Recreational Sports Department
Eileen Fung, Senior Associate Dean College of Arts and Sciences
Alex Mauer, Assoc. Director of Project Management, Data & Systems / Space & Asset Inventory & Utilization / Director of Signage
Diane Nelson, Assistant Vice President Human Resources
Sabina Nieto, Senior Project Manager
Garret O’Doherty, Director, Events Management and Guest Services
Craig Petersen, Director of Operations
JJ Thorp, Director of Project Management 
 

Classroom Safety Protocols Working Subgroup

Charge: The Classroom Logistics Working Group will ensure all classroom safety measures are communicated with faculty and students. This group is a subset of the Academic Spaces Working Group and rolls up to that group.
Chair: Eric Giardini, Director of Campus Resilience

Members

Michael London, AVP Facilities Management 
Shirley McGuire, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor
Larry Montagna, Associate Director of Classroom Technology
Deborah Panter, Associate Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness
JJ Thorp, Director of Project Management 
Christina Tzagarakis-Foster, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
 

Employee Return to Work Working Group

Charge: The Employee Return to Work group, which will be composed of individuals from across the USF Community, will work to develop plans, policies, and guidelines for employees in the leadup to a return to work for employees in August. 

Members

Chairs: Eric Giardini, Director of Campus Resilience and Diane Nelson, Assistant Vice President Human Resources 
Kathryn Baum, Resources and Planning Manager, College of Arts and Sciences
Shawn Calhoun, Acting University Library Dean 
Susan Friewald, Dean School of Law
Eileen Fung, Senior Associate Dean College of Arts and Sciences
Sunny Kaido, Director of Administrative Services for the Department of Public Safety and One Card & Campus Security Systems
Charles Moses, Dean School of Management
Alison Nishiyama, Director Of Administrative Operations in Strategic Enrollment Management

Public Health Working Group

Charge: The USF Public Health Working Group will work closely with SFDPH to advise the USF campus on public health policies and practices to ensure the health and wellbeing of the USF campus community in Academic Year 2020-21.

Public Health Working Group RECOMMENDATIONS

For questions, please email publichealth@usfca.edu.

Members

Leads: Kelly L'Engle, Associate Professor, SONHP and Kamal Harb, Senior Director, HPS
Margaret Baker, Dean, SONHP
Wanda Borges, Associate Professor, SONHP
Marie-Claude Couture, Associate Professor, SONHP
Blair Davis,    Staff Psychologist, Counseling & Psych Services
Dory Escobar, Asst Professor, SONHP
Eric Giardini, Director of Campus Resilience, Public Safety
Alex Mauer, Project Planner, Facilities
Anneliese Mauch, Associate VP, OMC
Joe Murphy, Environmental Safety Engineer
Meera Nosek, Associate Professor, SONHP
Julie Orio, Vice President, Student Life
Freddie Seba, Adjunct Professor, SONHP MSHI
Nancy Selix, Associate Professor, SONHP
Taryn Vian, Professor, SONHP
Aikaeli Kitilya, HPS graduate student
Anastasia Vrachnos, Vice Provost, International Initiatives
Shanie J Chambers, Director, Koret
Jo Ann Loomis, Associate Professor, SONHP
Juli Cordelia Maxworthy, Associate Professor, SONHP
Natalie Macias, Associate Director, HPS
Scott L Nunes, Associate Professor, Biology
Martha Peugh-Wade, VP of Compliance, Legal Counsel 
Rachel Shull, Head Athletic, Athletics 
Sunshine Batasin, Student representative
Carol Cruise, Director, Human Resources
Tiffany Wong, student representative, SONHP

Additional working groups are in formation and will be added to this page as they are established.