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Staff Council Committees

Executive Committee

Chair

Kasi Ives

Treasurer

Freda Thornton

Blue Ridge Campus

Melanie Cantrell, Vice Chair

Cumming Campus

Nikki McNeill, Vice Chair
Meredith Higgins, Secretary

Dahlonega Campus

Haley McDaniel, Vice Chair

Gainesville Campus

Rosamarie Gennuso, Vice Chair
Kevin Young, Secretary

Oconee Campus

Adan Diaz, Vice Chair
Molly Hodges, Secretary

Welcome Committee

The Welcome Committee members’ duties will include maintaining regular contact with Human Resources to ascertain new staff members, arranging the distribution of the welcome gift, and notes of welcome to new staff members.

Committee member duties: greet new staff hires-and hand out welcome gifts

Committee Members:
Meredith Higgins, co-chair
Rachel Hastreiter, co-chair
Chandler Alligood
Wesley Burnett
Morgan Stovall

Melanie Cantrell
Wakeitha Cunningham
Rosamarie Gennuso
Sydney Babb
Molly Hodges

*Non-Voting Members

Public Relations Committee

The Public Relations (PR) committee helps promote Staff Council activities, events, and achievements of the council via advertisements and announcements.  The committee will work closely with other council committees to facilitate consistency of promotional efforts. The committee is also responsible for maintaining the official communications of the Staff Council, including, but not limited to, the webpage and display board.

Committee member duties: promote Staff Council events-and keep website updated with current news and information

Committee Members:
Tyler Quackenbush, co-chair
Jeannie Nash, co-chair
Kevin Young


Chandler Alligood
Nikki McNeill

*Non-Voting Members

Staff Awards Committee

The Staff Awards Committee establishes and oversees the criteria, selection process, and awarding of Staff Council's Outstanding Staff Member Award and the Staff Member of the Month program.

Committee member duties: receive and review nominations and determine monthly winners for Dahlonega and Gainesville and quarterly winners for Oconee/Cumming/Blue Ridge

Committee Members:
Sherry Parker, chair
Sydney Babb
Wesley Burnett


Adan Diaz
Steven Bagley
Jeanelle Turner

Nominations and Elections Committee

Members of this committee handle all nominations and election procedures. Committee members will also contact the nominated candidates prior to posting their names on the ballot to be sure they are willing to serve and to explain the duties and length of term to each potential candidate.   

Committee member duties: handle elections and nominations for new Staff Council members

Committee Members:
Adan Diaz, chair
Haley McDaniel

Kathleen Pendleton
Meredith Higgins

Staff Development Committee

The Staff Development Committee members evaluate all funding/reimbursement requests according to established rules and ensure funds awarded are used for legitimate professional development purposes.

Committee member duties: review applications for Staff Development funds by email and approve/disapprove

Committee Members:
Kathleen Pendleton, co-chair
Derek Sutton, co-chair
Haley McDaniel
Adan Diaz

Freda Thornton
Melissa Adams
Wakeitha Cunningham
Jeanelle Turner

Scholarship Committee (Campus specific)

The Scholarship Committee meets once a semester to review applications and determine award amounts. Members then communicate the committee’s decisions to Financial Aid in order to ensure funds are applied to the recipients’ accounts.

Events Committee (Campus Specific)

Members of the Events Committee organize various events held on the Dahlonega campus including White Christmas, Staff Appreciation Day, etc. Members also communicate with other committees to ensure whatever event needs they have are met. 

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