Employee Council Members 2014-2015

Danielle Laferriere, Dining Services, Chair

Cassie Funke-Harris, Physical Education, Co-Chair

Jessica Bonzek, Alumni & Parent Programs, Note Taker

Bridget Dahill, IT, Secretary/Treasurer


Sarah Barr, Center for Community Engagement

Peter Batura, Custodial Services

Kate Doria, Institutional Research

Kevin Gladu, Mechanical

Jessica Gorman, Writing Center

Tiffani Hooper, Admissions

Cindy Lepage, Library

Beth Ollson, Alumni & Parent Programs

Tracie Rubeck, Biology

Paul Sorrentino, Religious Life

Working Groups

Below are the names of each Working Group, its charge, and members.

If you have a question or comment that you would like to direct to a particular group, please feel free to contact a member of the group by phone, email, or in person.


Designs and implements Employee Council events like Open Houses and campus wide meetings.
Beth Ollson, chair, Cindy Lepage, Sarah Barr


Reconciles constituent groups to ensure equal representation across campus, seeks nominations for positions on the Employee Council, Conducts elections, recommends staff members for college committees who will be voted on by the full Employee Council, and promotes participation in the Employee Council and college committees.
Kate Doria, chair, Jessica Gorman, Cassie Funke-Harris and Bridget Dahill, Rod Squire (associate member)


HR Working Group
Meets regularly with Human Resources, recommends changes in and offer feedback about benefits, personnel policies and all aspects of the employment environment, and advocates for staff and seek ideas from constituents.  The HR working group will bring constituent concerns to Human Resources but will not negotiate individual grievances.
Tiffani Hooper, chair, Cassie Funke-Harris, Jessica Gorman, Bridget Dahil, Tracie Rubek, Cindy Lepage, Paul Sorrentino



Reviews the bylaws and recommend changes as appropriate, develops and conduct an orientation program for new Employee Council members, and creates and maintain a guide for Employee Council members.

Tracie Rubek, chair, and SarahBarr


Maintains the Employee Council website and manages the council's web-based information.
Bridget Dahill and Cassie Funke-Harris

Amherst College Staff Committee Nominations

Amherst College Staff Committee Nominations

A goal of the Employee Council is to provide greater opportunities for a wide variety of employees to become engaged in the governance of the college.  Periodically the Employee Council is asked to recommend staff members to serve on college committees including search and policy committees.  If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague to be considered for service, please fill out the nomination form.  Being nominated in no way obligates an individual to serve on any particular committee.

Mission Statement

The Amherst College Employee Council, a representative body of non-faculty employees, works to increase staff involvement in the governance of the College by broadening and strengthening lines of communication within the entire college community.

The Employee Council provides avenues for the college’s diverse staff to participate in policy making, promotes visibility, fosters a supportive work environment, and strives to develop a sense of community among students, staff, faculty, and senior administrators.