About EAC

Overview:  The UTMB Employee Advisory Council (EAC) exists to foster bi-directional communication and dialog for all Classified staff, Administrative & Professional (A&P) positions, and new for this year, Non-Teaching staff (excluding residents). The Council, which is sponsored and endorsed by the Office of the President, works to promote a positive and collaborative work environment that is committed to assessing, prioritizing and communicating employee needs. It also serves as a focus group/advisory panel by providing a feedback loop on broad issues and potential new programs that can impact Classified staff, A&P positions, and Non-Teaching staff (excluding residents). For the purposes of representation on the council, the university is grouped in four large segments: Academic Enterprise, Correctional Managed Care, Hospitals and Clinics, and Institutional Support.


Employee Advisory Council 2015

Back row: Tilly Clark, Jennifer Anderson, Julie Cantini, Kelly Prevou
Middle row: Jacqueline Pope, Angel Morales, Frank Valiulis, Cathy Guyton, Souby George, Kevin Moore, Dawn Meyer
Front row: Philesha Evans, Mary Ann Hellinghausen, Mary Schlobohm
Not pictured: Pinkee Patel, Neal Cooper


Members are derived from four widely-grouped areas within UTMB. For the purposes of representation on the council, the university is grouped in four large segments: the Schools, Correctional Managed Care, Hospitals and Clinics, and University Support Areas (see details below). Representatives from these areas and two advisors began work in early 2007 to create a structure and foundation for the council.

Nominations and Elections
Elections will be held annually, each January, with a nomination process open the preceding months. Elections will be held using a secure online voting process. Each member of the university staff (including A&P  but excluding faculty) will have one vote for a representative from their primary area of employment (one of the four designated EAC areas).

In 2008, the EAC was composed of 8 members and two non-voting support staff/advisors. By January 2009, the group expanded to its full contingent of 12 elected members plus the two advisors; four members will rotate off each year, after a three-year term of service for each.

UTMB Employee Advisory Council Representative Structure

Correctional Managed Care

School of Medicine
School of Nursing
School of Allied Health Sciences
Graduate School
Some Off Campus Clinics

Hospitals and Clinics
Campus Clinics
Some Off Campus Clinics

University Support Areas
Facilities Operations & Management (FOAM)
Human Resources
Information Services
Office Of University Advancement (OUA)
Office of the President
Community Health Services



Engage and Chat

In 2013, the UTMB EAC started a new employee outreach program called Engage and Chat.  These sessions take place across the university with the intent to reach out to as many employee groups as possible. The purpose of Engage and Chat (E and C) is to: Introduce employees to the EAC Familiarize employees with the role of …

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Questions & Answers

General Questions Question (Recycling): The cafeteria uses lots of Styrofoam. Would they consider using more environmentally friendly material? I read about a restaurant that uses recycled paperboard. It is only a little more expensive, but worth considering. Response: (from Jarrod Carr, Retail Manager for Morrison’s) Thank you for your comment. Morrison’s is committed to finding …

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EAC Bylaws

University of Texas Medical Branch Employee Advisory Council (EAC)   EAC Nomination Process Nominations will be accepted October 5-23, 2015, with an election running November 2-20, 2015. To be placed on the ballot as a nominee for the 2015 election, complete the following steps: Review the EAC Bylaws (below). Provide a brief biography that describes …

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EAC Advisors

KirstiAnn Clifford KirstiAnn joined UTMB in January 2015 as a senior communications specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communications. Her responsibilities include writing and taking photos for UTMB’s employee newsletter, Impact; managing the employee intranet, iUTMB; and serving on the Internal Communication Council, which meets weekly to develop talking points for Weekly Relay leaders. …

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EAC ribbon cutting for Texa City new clinic

EAC Officers

EAC Chair – Frank Valiulis (Institutional Support) Set the agenda and preside at all meetings of the Council; Chair the Executive Committee; Ensure the order of business is carried out unless the order of business is altered by an action approved in the meeting.  Order of business includes: 1) call the meeting to order; 2) approval …

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Back Row: Doug Stark, Jason Chavers, Tonya Campbell, Jennifer Anderson, Susanne Johnston, Michelle Lockwood and Craig  Kovacevich           Front Row:  Gerald Cleveland, Janet Gonzalez, Michelle Stout, Amineh Baradar, Julie Cantini, Veronica Pleasant, Michelle Mares and Mary Ann Hellinghausen

EAC Members

  EAC Members  – 2015-2016 Jennifer Anderson (jlsmith@utmb.edu), Bryan Hoynacke (brhoynac@utmb.edu) & Mary Schlobohm (maschlob@utmb.edu)    represent Academic Enterprise Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Medical Branch Library School of Health Professions School of Medicine School of Nursing   Kevin Moore (keemoore@utmb.edu) & Angel Morales (admorale@utmb.edu)   represent Correctional Managed Care   Souby George (sogeorge@utmb.edu), Dawn Meyer (dameyer@utmb.edu) & Jill Bryant (jnbryant@utmb.edu) …

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Susanne and Dr Callender

Report of Activities

EAC council members met with Executive Leadership on May 22, 2014, recognized new officers and outgoing members, and discussed goals for the coming year.   Click below to view the 2014 Annual Report and Presentation for Executive Leadership.   EAC_Annual_Mtg_05-22-14   EAC Update 5-2014   EAC Annual Mtg 04.08.2013   EAC Update 4-2013    Employee Advisory Council Update  your colleagues, …

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Frank and Julie, Nurses Week 2015

Photos of Events

    EAC members visited with CMC employees during the Correctional Managed Care Summer Conference in Houston on Sept. 2, 2015. EAC members visit with UTMB  employees who work at prison units throughout the Gatesville area during a “meet and greet.”   EAC members visit with CMC employees who provide health care for female offenders …

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