2016-2017 Staff Senate Candidates
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Robyn Devora (Non-Exempt)
I currently work in the Office of Technology for the school of pharmacy. I am enthused
to be a part of the TTUHSC Abilene campus and truly love what I do. I am a recent
graduate of Texas Tech University; I received a Masters of Education in Instructional
Technology and I plan to earn a Masters in Public Health to continue my efforts to
serve the school to best of my abilities.
I provide the school with an expertise in implementing new or existing technologies,
which allows me to perform needs assessments, research and select technology beneficial
in online, face-to-face and hybrid learning environments. I am
still currently the State Employee Charitable Campaign coordinator for Abilene’s school
of pharmacy campus and will continue to assist raising thousands of dollars each year
to assist in local, state and global charities.
I love working for TTUHSC and I am excited to say I am a Red Raider for life with
my “Guns Up”!
Molly Rake (Non-Exempt)
I am the Coordinator for Faculty Support at the Abilene campus. I have been a part
of TTUHSC and in this position for 3.5 years.
As a member of the staff senate I would work to keep the lines of communication open
and make sure that any concerns the staff have are heard so that we can continue to
improve and make TTUHSC an even better place to work.
Julie Beaty (Exempt)
My name is Julie Beaty. I have been employed by TTUSHC-Amarillo for 3 years. I am
a registered nurse and a Nurse Home Visitor in the Nurse-Family Partnership program.
Previously, I was a Nurse Home Visitor in Oklahoma. I have worked in the Wallace
building since becoming employed, and often feel disconnected on what is going on
campus wide. This year it was my goal to become directly involved with TTUSHC.
I have always had an interest in leadership. I feel that being on the staff senate
will be a perfect avenue to be a voice and represent my fellow co-workers, as well
as becoming more familiar with all the great things happening at TTUSHC-Amarillo.
I value the impact on the Panhandle communities that the Texas Tech Amarillo Campus
serves. Being out in the community on a daily basis, I see the rewards of our various
programs and departments. I am extremely proud to be a part of this organization
and to be able to contribute to our community. I am currently involved in the Teen
Pregnancy Prevention Coalition, Texas Home Visiting, Operation First Five and several
other community impact groups. I would be honored to serve as your staff senate representative.
Julie Beaty, R.N.
Cassie Jackson (Exempt)
I am an Amarillo native, but had moved away and then returned. When I moved back
to Amarillo, I began to bring my children to TTUHSC Pediatrics for their care. What
I found here was amazing faculty and staff. I was proud to join their team a short
time later. My background is in law enforcement and I found myself in unfamiliar territory
when I joined the ranks in medical education, but I found out quickly that there was
assistance in every place I looked.
As a wife and the mother of three children, I understand the need for a strong support
system. I believe that the Staff Senate at TTUHSC provides a great support system
to staff. I am excited to be a part of an organization that assists the staff and
gives them a voice in the day to day operations and overall function of TTUHSC. My
passion is to serve others and I am certain that serving on the Staff Senate at TTUHSC
will give me the opportunity to serve my colleagues as well as grow as a staff member
and as a person.
Ali Khan (Exempt)
Associate Clinical Department Administrator, Pediatrics - School of Medicine
I currently work as Associate Administrator in Department of Pediatrics and have been
associated with Texas Tech for close to 2 years now. The thing that inspires me most
about Texas Tech is its diversity and environment.
As a staff senator, my goal would be to foster an environment of teamwork and trust.
To me these are the basic foundation of an organization. I believe TOGETHER we can
Walter Kopriva (Exempt)
I have worked for TTUHSC for just over twenty years now. More specifically I have
worked with Correctional Managed Health Care during that time. As a supervisor I recognize
the importance of providing staff with the information they need, but is not readily
accessible to them. The Staff Senate provides that vehicle to both receive and share
that information. Better informed and involved staff make better employees. Good employees
make the best recruiters, and we need to let prospective employees know what a wonderful
place we have to work, and what a calling Corrections is. I have been extremely fortunate
to have served as an Alternate in the Senate for the several hundred Correctional
employees within TTUHSC since August of 2015. Knowing that all voices within our vast
network are heard, and that their opinions matter encourages me to continue what I
have been privileged to begin.
Ella O'Neal (Exempt)
Hello, my name is Ella O'Neal, Sr. Director for Human Resources for Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center - Correctional Managed Health Care (TTUHSC – CMHC) in Lubbock.
I have been the HR Director for eleven years. I am very blessed with the opportunity
to oversee human resource services and to be an integral part of CMHC’s management/leadership
team in establishment of working relationships to provide patient safety, quality
health care and services.
I graduated from South Plains College with an Associate Degree in Accounting; from
Wayland Baptist University with Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, and
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center with a Master of Science Degree in Clinical
Practice Management. I am also a graduate of the South Plains Association of Governments'
(SPAG) Regional Law Enforcement Academy.
I am excited about the possible opportunity to become part of the Staff Senate.
I would like to contribute to staff awareness in a way to identify, educate and network
the focus of connectivity – across all campuses - for the betterment of the institution
and its overall success.
Norma Rincon (Exempt)
TTUHSC Employee since April 1996. I currently serve as Section Coordinator for the
Executive Medical Director of TTUHSC Correctional Managed Health Care.
PLEASE VOTE FOR ME TO BE YOUR VOICE and together move forward to successfully meet
institutional shared goals and development.
- I will review both TTUHSC and TTUHSC CMHC policies, programs and documents; and make
recommendations on issues that concern your welfare and staff, as a whole.
- I will fairly represent your diverse needs and interests; to strengthen the bond between
you and staff members, as a whole.
- I will serve as a channel through which information may be communicated to you.
- I will play an active role in influencing of the quality of campus life for you and
staff, as a whole.
- I will keep abreast of current issues of interest to you and staff; and voice your
opinions, suggestions and concerns.
My goal is to enhance the work environment for you and staff, as a whole.
Thank you and hope to gain your vote and support.
Courtney Ashpaugh (Non-Exempt)
Hello, my name is Courtney and I have been a Psychiatric Coordinator at the JM unit
here in Lubbock since late 2014. I grew up in Dallas and never thought I would truly
be able to call another city home, until I moved here and was charmed by the town,
people, and of course this University. I am a mother of 2 very active and intelligent
children, and I pride myself in helping others around me accomplish their goals and
In my role here at the prison, I often advocate for staff and upper management on
countless situations. I look forward to doing more of that. Being that people are
one of my many passions in life, I know that with this role on the Staff Senate I
can serve them well, while pushing my own personal and professional growth to new
limits. I am honored to be considered for this opportunity, and look forward to working
towards a more unified relationship between the Staff and University itself and hope
to bring a fresh perspective where it is needed.
Trace Moore (Exempt)
I am a Lubbock Native and have lived here all my life. For the better part of a decade
I have worked for TTUHSC. For the past 4 years I have served, in some capacity, on
the Staff Senate. Serving on the Staff Senate in some capacity for the past four
years, even serving as President, has given me the insight to keep the Staff Senate
going down the right path.
"We are your voice" is a statement believe in it whole-heartedly. I have no doubt
that the Staff Senate is the best possible organization for the staff of TTUHSC to
have their voices heard. I will do everything in my power to address staff issues
and make The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center the best possible place
for our staff.
Timira Woods-San Roman (Exempt)
My name is Timira Woods-San Roman. I am a down-to-earth Christian woman who does not
like nonsensical things. I am straightforward, loving, and caring. I prefer blue jeans
and t-shirt but stylish is fun too. Characteristics used to describe me are gentle
and carefree. I am outdoorsy but appreciate structured security, air conditioning,
and indoor plumbing. I am witty at times but very tactful. I enjoy baking but I am
no baker. I like DIY projects especially if demolition is involved. I prefer the NFL
rather than NHL and NBA instead of MLB. Overall I’m a considerate person who is approachable
Serving others is one of my best qualities. Many hands make light work, so I try to
be involved and volunteer whenever possible. Being a longtime member and volunteer
of the Boy Scouts of America, serving others is a way of life. Robert Baden Powell
said, “Try and leave this world a little better than you found it”; I have applied
his philosophy in all my activities. I would like to be the voice of TTUHSC Staff
to ensure my fellow coworkers’ concerns and needs are addressed and do my part to
make TTUHSC better for all!
Jerry Don Brown (Non-Exempt)
I have been employed by TTUHSC Lubbock for almost 2 years. I am currently serving
as the Parking Coordinator for Student Business Services. Previously, I served as
a member of the United States Marine Corps and retired after 21 years of service.
As a Staff Senator, I plan on using the leaderships skills and 'can do' work ethic
gained throughout my military service to provide the employees of TTUHSC with a staunch
advocate for the improvement of our University.
Kristi Ramirez (Exempt)
My name is Kristi Ramirez I have worked for Texas Tech Health Science Center for
over six years. I currently work in the school of Medicine Administration department
but before that I worked as a Senior Patient Service Specialist for over 4 years.
Working in these departments I can say I understand the importance of giving our staff
a guided direction in resources, helping with issues that impact our employees and
encourage communication and involvement. I am a strong believer in knowing that our
campus employees are the foundation to a successful campus in patient care.
I personally see that the Staff Senate is a great opportunity to build up the moral
for the Odessa and Midland campuses.
I truly want to be a part of a group of individuals that speak up to be a voice for
the TTUHSC-Permian Basin family.
I am a huge believer in teamwork, getting involved, and have a love to help others.
Edith Nieto (Non-Exempt)
Hi, my name is Edith Nieto, born and raised in Odessa, Texas. I have had the pleasure
of working for Texas Tech for about five years. I love doing charity work or any type
of community involvement. I truly enjoy helping others in any way possible as well
as being a source of encouragement and motivation to the people around me. I like
to make people smile and laugh when possible. I am very easy going and easy to approach
making it easier for others to approach me with any problems or concerns they may
have. Finding solutions and being the voice of our campus is very important to me.
Being able to work towards goals to making TTUHSC an even better place with the great
team of Staff Senate would be a great honor.