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Towson University Staff Council (TUSC)

TUSC Members

TUSC represents the following areas:

     Divisions:    Academic Affairs (4)

                           Administration and Finance (4)

                           Student Affairs (2)

                           University Advancement (1)

                           Innovation and Applied Research DIAR (1)

                           Executive Division (2)

                           University Marketing (1)

TUSC also represents the following job categories:

                           Exempt staff (4)

                           Non-Exempt staff (4)

                           Contingent staff (1)

Representation on TUSC is computed as follows:
From 1-99 employees= (1) representative
From 100-249 employees= (2) representatives
From 250-499 employees= (3) representatives
From 500+ employees= (4) representatives

Academic Affairs

La Tonya Dyer

Office of Academic Innovation

Dale Schmertzler

College of Education

My career as an administrative assistant at Towson University began in 2004 with a position in the College of Education. The primary focus of my responsibilities is with the graduate programs and includes a variety of activities involving prospective and current students, faculty and administrators. It has been my pleasure to offer support to the college and I have very much enjoyed working with everyone in the Towson University community. I am pleased to be a member of the Towson University Staff Council (TUSC) and hope to promote the value of staff employees through this association.


Paul Shapanus

College of Fine Arts and Communications
  Theatre Arts

Robin Walczak

Office of Graduate Studies
I have been at Towson University since November 2011. I started in University Admissions and am currently an Executive Administrative Assistant in the Office of Graduate Studies. I welcome the opportunity to help as well as learn from TUSC.  

Administration and Finance


Deniz Erman

University Store


Julie Hall

Financial Services

Danny Mays


Renee Norman

Facilities Management, Business & Finance

Executive Division


LaVern Chapman

Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity

I am a Towson alum (Communications & Education) and a Baltimore native.  Prior to returning to Towson in 2012, I was with UMD in College Park for over 10 years where I directed career services programs for undergraduates, MBAs and international students.  I also served on the Campus Equity Council as a member of an advisory group to the campus President, providing leadership in the articulation and development of policies and procedures for the campus community.

I have been a teacher within the Baltimore City Public Schools and facilitated workshops for military personnel transitioning to the civilian workplace.  I am excited about the trajectory of Towson & honored to serve on TUSC and enriching the personal and professional growth of its constituents.


Jessica Watson

Athletics, Business Office



Mike Noll

Human Resources
I was employed at Towson University between 1999-2004 and returned in 2008 to the Office of Human Resources. Working in the Training and Development unit of Human Resources has given me the opportunity to not only interact with staff from across the campus, but as the mission of TUSC states "to promote the value and talents of its staff employees." During training workshops, I hear staff concerns and would like to continue to channel those concerns to be resolved. As a member of TUSC in my second term, I would also like to continue to identify, increase, and promote all of the resources and opportunities that are available for staff professional development and enrichment. I hold a B.A. from Temple University and an M.S. in Human Resource Development from Towson University.  

Anthony Rosas

College of Fine Arts and Communications

I have been at Towson since August of 2000. I work as the Technical Director for the Department of Theatre Arts. I actually nominated myself because I wanted to get more involved with the decision making process of the university and felt that being on the staff council would allow me to have a voice at the university beyond just sending an e-mail. I feel like I am in touch with many of the staff members here at the Center for the Arts, and if nothing else can represent them and other employees fairly and responsibly.

Theatre Arts

Ginger Ross

College of Fine Arts and Communications
As a Towson Aluma and Towson native, I feel very fortunate to have returned to Towson University in 2006 to work in my original college. My extensive customer service background in the corporate world and Art degree made me the perfect fit for student relations. My current position is Academic Program Coordinator for the Department of Art + Design and secretary for TUSC. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve on the council for the past several years.  Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education

Jennifer Scott

Provost's Budget Office
My TU career began in 2008 as an undergraduate student in the College of Fine Arts; where I earned a B.S. in Theatre in 2010, and went on to continue my studies in the Liberal Arts College, earning an M.S. in Human Resources Development in 2012.
I have served Towson University as a student worker, a graduate-assistant, and presently as a staff member. In my current position as Program Specialist for the Provost’s Budget Office, I am responsible for tracking the expenses, revenues and transactions for various Academic Affairs budgets; assisting departments in the faculty search and hire processes, and for overseeing the financial aspects of the Graduate Assistantship Office.
I feel very fortunate to work for an institution that fostered my personal and professional development as a student and as a staff member. I am honored to serve on TUSC and to have the opportunity to give back.



(Elizabeth) Sue Auzmendi

College of Health Professions

Jayne French

Center for Student Diversity
I work in the Center for Student Diversity. I am a strong advocate for fairness and work on many issues related to social justice, mental illness and domestic violence. I also enjoy volunteer work: especially with Special Olympics Maryland, NAACP and crocheting for various non-profit agencies. If elected to serve on TUSC, I will represent ALL staff members as I would want myself represented.  

Mary Hickey

College of Fine Arts and Communications
My association with TU is a long-standing one, both as an employee and as a student. As a staff member, my career started 18 years ago as a contractual employee working for the Associate Director in the University Bookstore. I became a regular employee shortly thereafter as the Customer Service supervisor. Six years later I accepted a position in the Graduate School working on the organization and management of graduate student records. In December 1999 I took an administrative assistant position in the Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies. Mass Communication and Communication Studies

Cindy Weisman

Auxiliary Services, Business Office

Contingent Staff


Brendon Leonard

Office of Technology Services, Client Services

Division of Innovation and Applied Research (DIAR)


Chad Nazworth

Division of Innovation and Applied Research, Towson University (TU) Incubator

Student Affairs


Tasha Benn

Career Center

Tasha began her career at Towson University in the Career Center as an Administrative Assistant I in August 2008. Following a brief interval in this position, the Administrative Assistant II position was vacated and she quickly transitioned into the role. Tasha’s passion was evident in her work with students, faculty, staff and employers who called or visited the center. Now as the Recruitment Specialist, she oversees the Career Center’s on-campus recruiting efforts by organizing all student on-campus interviews, information sessions and job postings through Hire@TU, while working diligently and effectively to make the students’ and employers’ experience a positive and productive one.

In 2011 and 2014, she received the Student Affairs STAR Award in recognition for her outstanding service and contribution to the division and excellence in serving students and internal/external constituents. She is the first to be awarded such award twice. She welcomes the opportunity to represent the staff at Towson University as well as continues to be an advocate for professional growth and development.


Dr Chris Jensen

Civic Engagement & Leadership
Christopher D. Jensen, Ph.D. is the Director for the Office of Civic Engagement and Leadership. Chris is new to Towson University and to Maryland. He moved from Michigan where he was working at Oakland University. Chris has worked in higher education for over 17 years, in the areas of leadership development, community service/service-learning, campus safety, housing, Greek life, orientation, and enrollment management. His research has focused on the impact of community service experiences on students’ persistence in college. Chris coordinates many of the political engagement, environmental initiatives, service-learning, and leadership initiatives at Towson University. In addition, he has provided leadership training nationally, through his affiliations with LeaderShape, Maryland-DC Campus Compact, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.  

University Advancement


Barbara Czajkowski

I have been working at Towson since August of 2000. I started in the University Store as a part-time cashier. In March of 2001 I transferred to the Development Office as an Administrative Assistant under the division of University Advancement. I have supported the Director of Special Events which gave me the opportunity to interact with many other departments on campus. I have supported almost every Director in the Development Office at one time or another. Both of my sons graduated from Towson. What can I say -- I really enjoy working at TU and love helping TUSC in their endeavors.  

University Marketing


Gay Pinder

Media Relations
I am a Baltimore native and a two-time Towson graduate having received both a B.S and M.A in mass communication from TU. I work as the Director of Media Relations for the university where I use my knowledge of media production and story-telling to place TU in the news. I have a passion for my work and where I work. It is my mission to let others know how wonderful Towson is. Aside from my work in media relations, I also teach as an adjunct in the Electronic Media and Film department.  







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