Who we are

We have a strong team to lead us through the redesign.

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Executive sponsors

President Michael Rao and members of the cabinet are champions of this Great Place: HR Redesign. They are the executive sponsors, providing leadership and strategic direction, and making final decisions. They are collaborating with an advisory committee, several subcommittees, a steering committee and a project management office. They will work together to implement the new HR plan.

The advisory committee

The advisory committee represents and seeks input from key constituents; reviews and provides feedback on proposals; serves as a clearinghouse for issues and concerns; makes recommendations to the executive sponsors; and oversees the work of subcommittees. Membership includes the following representatives:

  • Amy Armstrong, School of Allied Health Professions
  • Mary Cox, Facilities Management
  • Stephanie Goldberg, School of Medicine
  • John Guthmiller, School of the Arts
  • Kevin Harris, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
  • Jessica Hill, University College and ALT Lab/Office of Online Academic Programs
  • Carol Ann Irby, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
  • Sania Marcoccia, Provost’s Office
  • Justin Moses, Provost’s Office
  • Rebecca Pousson, School of Dentistry
  • Mark Roberts, Grants and Contracts
  • Laura Rugless, Equity and Access Services
  • Rob Tombes, College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Kayla Watts, School of Nursing

Subcommittees will research best practices, design options and develop solutions for consideration by the advisory committee. Specific subcommittees are listed below, and others may be added if needed:

Performance management

  • Tammy Jackson, Great Place: HR Redesign Project Office, chair of subcommittee
  • Ashley Clinton, Division for Academic Success
  • Greg Council, Human Resources
  • Shannon Cribbs, Provost’s Office
  • Keith Deane, Technology Services
  • Duane Busby, Technology Services
  • Angela Easley, School of Dentistry
  • Judy Granger, University Relations
  • Anjour Harris, Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Margaret Kelland, Facilities Management
  • William King, Provost’s Office
  • Jacqueline Kniska, Audit and Compliance Services
  • Capt. Mike O’Berry, VCU Police
  • Susan Younce, School of Education

Career development

  • Beverly Walker, Great Place: HR Redesign Project Office, chair of subcommittee
  • Marquita Aguilar, College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Sarah Brubaker, Wilder School
  • Tammy Butler, School of Allied Health Professions
  • Arianne Dowdell, University Relations
  • Austin Higgs, Equity and Access Services
  • Barry Lanneau, Technology Services
  • Penny McFarline, Human Resources
  • Erica Stubblefield, School of Nursing
  • Inta “Maggie” Tolan, Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Eileen Truax, Facilities Management

Leadership and management development

  • Jeremy Bost, Great Place: HR Redesign Project Office, chair of subcommittee
  • David Allen, School of Nursing
  • Thomas Beatty, School of Education
  • Melissa Burton, Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care
  • Jan Chlebowski, School of Medicine
  • Krishna Desai, Human Resources
  • Nakeina Douglas-Glenn, Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute
  • Karen Fields, Human Resources
  • Stacy Metz, School of Engineering
  • Mike Newsome, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Stephanie Nickerson, Audit and Compliance Services

Policy

  • Jake Belue, Office of University Counsel, advisor of subcommittee
  • Stephen Davenport, Office of the President
  • Terri Dickerson, School of Education
  • Daniel Jason, Human Resources
  • Lauren Katchuk, Student Affairs
  • Chuck Klink, Student Affairs
  • Patricia Matthews, Human Resources
  • Matt Meneely, Equity and Access Services
  • Paul Peterson, School of Medicine
  • Mark Rubin, Office of Continuing and Professional Education
  • Mary-Anne Smith, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
  • Amy Unger, Provost’s Office
  • Cierra Thompkins, Center on Health Disparities

HR partners

  • Jessica Hill, University College and ALT Lab/Office of Online Academic Programs, co-chair of subcommittee
  • Carol Ann Irby, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, co-chair of subcommittee
  • Delores Armstrong, School of Nursing
  • Kathleen Blankenship, Provost’s Office
  • Carolyn Conlon, Human Resources
  • Ryan Ellington, School of the Arts
  • Genesha Gibson, Health Sciences Diversity
  • Ijuanzee Isom, Student Affairs
  • Zandra Rawlinson, Human Resources
  • Meredith Stockman, School of Engineering
  • Ann-Marie Taranto, School of Medicine
  • Patricia Wallace, School of Business
  • Tina Webb, School of Allied Health Professions

The steering committee

The steering committee will provide guidance and direction for the project, advising on scope, deliverables and policy changes. They will set priorities, help to navigate change, resolve problems and remove obstacles. Membership includes the following representatives:

  • Kathy Bassard, Provost’s Office
  • Jake Belue, General Counsel
  • Cathleen Burke, Human Resources
  • Karol Gray, Finance and Budget
  • Alex Henson, Technology Services
  • Pam Lepley, University Relations
  • Brian Shaw, Office of the President
  • Madelyn Wessel, General Counsel

Talent management software implementation group

The talent management software implementation workgroup combines members of our technology team, other key technology professionals, stakeholders from the learning and development council and representatives from the performance management subcommittee. The workgroup is charged with ensuring the successful implementation of a new software that supports the goals of the HR Redesign Project--particularly performance management and learning and development.

  • Gina Barber, Equity and Access Services
  • Michaela Bearden, Center for Corporate Education
  • Tom Briggs, Safety and Risk Management
  • Ashley Clinton, Division for Academic Success
  • Mark Covington, Technology Services
  • Jaycee Dempsey, Audit and Compliance Services
  • Karen Fields, Human Resources
  • Judy Granger, University Relations
  • Anjour Harris, Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Barry Lanneau, Technology Services
  • Penny McFarline, Human Resources
  • Helga Mitchell, Environmental Health and Safety
  • Capt. Mike O’Berry, VCU Police
  • Constance Peyton, Provost's Office
  • Jim Yucha, Application Services

Technology team

The technology team is comprised of representatives from human resources, payroll services and technology services. The team’s role is to thoroughly vet the impact of the proposed changes on our systems of record and plan technology development and implementation accordingly to ensure readiness by January 2018. The members include:

  • Amy Barnes, Payroll Services
  • Konjit Chitty, Human Resources
  • Mark Lewis, Technology Services
  • Daynon Smith, Human Resources

The project management office

The project management office includes a project executive, project manager and program managers. The executive provides leadership and direction for the project; is accountable for results; serves as liaison with the executive sponsors, steering committee and advisory committee; manages operations, scope and deliverables; and builds and maintains a cooperative, motivated and successful project team.

The project manager develops and monitors project work plans; revises those plans to meet changing needs and requirements; monitors operations, scope and deliverables; identifies, escalates and manages risks; keeps the project on time and on budget; prepares status reports; and coordinates and provides staff support to project committees.

The program manager serves as the key staff person responsible for leading the design and implementation of a particular HR program. The program manager plans, coordinates and facilitates operational activities necessary for successful program implementation; researches, designs and develops program policies, guidelines, procedures, outreach, training and other resources; assesses, analyzes and resolves issues; collaborates with internal partners and ensures appropriate measures are taken to engage and involve external constituents; and designs, develops and delivers communication and change management strategies.

Susan Carkeek
Senior Advisor to the President
(804) 828-4712
scarkeek@vcu.edu

Jeremy Bost
Program Manager, Leadership Development
(804) 828-5179
jbost2@vcu.edu

Jessica Bryant
Project Manager
(804) 828-4018
jfbryant@vcu.edu

Rosalind Harris
Executive Assistant
(804) 828-4542
rrharris1@vcu.edu

Tammy Jackson
Program Manager, Performance Management
(804) 828-5664
tjackson25@vcu.edu

Beverly Walker
Program Manager, Career Development
(804) 828-5588
bwalker@vcu.edu

Megan Wood
Project Coordinator
(804) 828-3857
woodmc@vcu.edu