University Staff Advisory Committee

The University Staff Advisory Committee (USAC) is charged with strengthening the Wilkes community by enhancing the channels of communication and serving as a liaison between the staff and administration.

The committee will represent all levels of staff, and consists of both volunteers and appointed representatives. The purpose of the committee is to focus on issues affecting the overall staff community, not individual members. USAC will also work collaboratively with the Faculty Affairs Council (FAC) on issues of joint concern.

Our Mission

The committee will strive for transparency, communicating our progress publicly through appropriate methods. USAC will work to strengthen communication between constituencies on campus through a two-way communication process. Participation by all staff members will be encouraged at the open forum portion of the regularly held meetings. The committee will address initiatives beneficial to the University community and work toward implementing solutions in a timely manner. All efforts will support the University strategic plan and align with the University mission, vision and goals.

2023-24 Committee

Name Department Email
Cathy Lee Arcuino Global Engagement
Kayci Brady Student Financial Services
Janet Cussatt Business Operations
Lori Drozdis Passan School of Nursing

Michele Garrison (USAC Vice Chair)

College of Health and Education
Joseph Housenick Human Resources

Julia Jacien (USAC Treasurer)

Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
Kathy Lewis  Office of Technology for Teaching and Learning

Jennifer McLaughlin (USAC Secretary)

Honors Program
Corey Moore Admissions
Anthony Naro Student Financial Services

Mandy Pennington (USAC Chair)

Marketing Communications
Lee Plank Facilities
Teri Shovlin College of Business and Engineering
Kelly Siegfried Enrollment Operations


Staff representation on Wilkes standing/search committees

  • Julia Jacien | Human Resources Committee
  • Anthony Naro | Board of Trustees Finance Committee
  • Michele Garrison | Budget Committee
  • Lori Drozdis | Wellness Committee
  • Julia Jacien | Advancement

Staff Recognition

USAC recognizes outstanding staff at Wilkes through two programs: "Caught Being Colonel" and the Colonel Quarterly Awards.

Learn More About our Staff Recognition

Staff Mentoring

Your Colonel Colleagues Need You! Apply to be a staff mentor and help welcome new employees into the Wilkes Community.

Apply to be a Staff Mentor

Employee Discounts

A variety of businesses offer discounts to Wilkes employees. You will need to present your Wilkes ID to access these discounts.

Barnes & Noble

10% off purchase (not applied to text books)

Benchmark Mortgage

No appraisal fee for the purchase or refinance closing on a new mortgage.

Benchmark Mortgage Flyer (.pdf)

Franco’s Pizzeria

10% off purchase

Genetti’s Hotel

Rates for a standard, 1-King Bed or 2-Queen Beds room type, and the associated ADA-compliant room types:

  • $99.00 + 11% taxes (total $ 109.89) for Guests staying Sunday through Thursday.
  • $139.00 + 11% taxes (total $ 154.29) for Guests staying Friday & Saturday.

The Hotel Jacuzzi Suites are NOT available at the College Visitor discount rate, but are available at other discounted rates, such as AARP or AAA.

Blackout dates may apply.

LawnStarter Pest Control

$20 off the first pest control service and choose from 50+ additional outdoor services. Use promo code EDU20 at the LawnStarter website.

Odyssey Fitness

Corporate Membership open to all employees and families of Wilkes University.

For more information, please review the flyer and/or contact:

Ryan Savka, Director of Sales
570.829.2661 ext. 1210

Odyssey Fitness Flyer (.pdf)

Sam’s Club

Discount for new Club or Plus membership. See flyer for more details.

Offer valid through 01/30/23.

Sam's Club Discount Flyer (.pdf)

Verizon Wireless

15% discount. Visit Verizon Discounts to apply.


Free membership to employees.

Wilkes University Athletics

Free admission for employees and family at all home events

Contact Us

If you have any questions for USAC, please email