EAC Elections – Fall 2016

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Below is a list of the candidates for the Fall 2016 Elections. More information on each of them can be found under this tab, by clicking on the sub-tabs associated with their university area (or you can click on their names below).


Full Name Entity
Lori DeWillis Academic Enterprise
Maria Garcia Academic Enterprise
Melodi Moore Academic Enterprise
Emi Whittle Academic Enterprise
Mervin Cleveland CMC
Laura David CMC
Richard Oliver CMC
Kendra Phelps CMC
Madonna Rake CMC
Vanetta Stromile CMC
Sharon Chapman Hospital and Clinics
Gopakumar Manikandeseril Hospital and Clinics
Kristi Morgan Turner Hospital and Clinics
Tameka Paris Hospital and Clinics
Sandra Powis Hospital and Clinics
Alicia Stewart Hospital and Clinics
Patti Jones Institutional Support
Joel McDonald Institutional Support
Truc Phuong Tran Institutional Support
Angie Rozycki Institutional Support
Matt White Institutional Support


Here is more information about how and why these candidates were selected:

The UTMB Employee Advisory Council (EAC) exists to foster bi-directional communication and dialog for all Classified staff, Administrative & Professional (A&P) positions, and 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.

The EAC is looking for 4 candidates to replace members who have completed their commitment to the council. Our thanks go to the following members who have completed their commitment: Frank Valiulis, Souby George, Kevin Moore and Mary Schlobohm

Nominations were accepted from October 3, 2016 – October 21, 2016, with elections starting November 1, 2016 and concluding November 20, 2016. To be placed on the ballot as a nominee for the 2016 elections, the candidates below completed the following steps:

  1. Visit the EAC website at https://blogs.utmb.edu/EAC and review the EAC Bylaws
  2. Provide a brief biography that describes your role at UTMB (less than 300 words) and a statement about why you want to serve on the EAC. Include all your contact information (phone numbers, email, your department and employee ID#). Please provide in a word document.
  3. Provide an up to date professional digital photo of yourself to be placed on the site for review from your peers. Please send in jpeg format.
  4. Supply a statement of support from your supervisor/manager indicating your ability to devote
    3-5 hours each month for the three year commitment period to the council.
  5. Email your biographical information, statement of why you want to be elected, supervisor endorsement and your digital photo to Frank Valiulis by deadline date of October 21, 2016.

Please note: Your biographical information must be a word document and your digital photo in a jpeg format.


Academic Enterprise Candidates

Lori DeWillis works as Associate Director of Support Services in the Provost Office. She has been employed at UTMB since 2004, working in a number of areas across the Academic Enterprise including Enrollment Services, Pediatrics, Dermatology and Internal Medicine. In her current role, Ms. DeWillis manages strategic goals, oversees endowment compliance, manages the international travel …

Correctional Managed Care Candidates

Mervin Cleveland is a Licensed Professional Counselor, at the Huntsville Estelle Unit. He received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston-Downtown and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. He is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, which is an honor’s society for professional …

Hospitals & Clinics Candidates

Sharon Chapman joined UTMB in 2010. Her current role is as a Project Manager for the Ambulatory Clinics Support Services. Her duties are focused on clinic facilities and projects including new clinic openings; maintenance; emergency management, etc. Prior to this role she was a Financial Analyst for the Regional Maternal & Child Health Program Clinics. …

Institutional Support Candidates

  Joel McDonald began working at UTMB in January 1995.   He has been in the department of Information Services for that entire time, serving many roles developing and supporting information systems across all areas of the enterprise. Highlights include: -Medical School Admissions subsystem to Student Information System – 1996 -Year 2000 risk mitigation effort …