2017-18 Employee Milestones


30 Years

  • Saaed Rezai

    Saeed Rezai

    Director of Risk Management and Compliance

    Saeed Rezai is a fixture on Westminster’s campus. Throughout his journey here, he has been a student, staff member, and leader. He has been with the college for 30 years, starting as a student and student-worker in campus security. After graduating with a BS in computer science in 1990, supervisors Richard Brockmyer and Steve Morgan offered him a promotion to serve as the director of campus security. In 2017, Saeed was promoted to director of risk management, where he is recognized as an expert in all areas of risk inherent to operations of the college. Most recently, Saeed has been instrumental in establishing the Emergency Operations Center to manage all emergencies and coordinate emergency response efforts across campus.


    Saeed is a loving father who enjoys cooking Indian food and barbecue, as well as soccer, the outdoors, and going to movies with his daughter. On campus, he is known for his loyalty to the college and his desire to help others in any way he can, both during and after work. His many friends describe him as dependable and generous in both good times and difficult ones, and he is supportive and helpful to all his colleagues. He has been instrumental in shaping the legacy and growth of Westminster College.

  • Craig McLean

    Craig McLean

    Maintenance

    Thirty years is a long time to witness the changes that have occurred on campus. Craig has been here through financial ups and downs, six presidents, and the construction of most campus buildings. Craig orchestrates everything from designing and planting the campus grounds, spring campus cleanups, and planting the grounds around new construction. He works closely with environmental studies students, helping them to locate the perfect areas on campus to plant various gardens, including the organic garden, the Native American garden, and the butterfly garden. He provides expertise on which native plants would best attract wildlife and benefit insects.


    Craig enjoys the outdoors and nature. He loves to birdwatch and knows some of the best outdoor destinations in both Utah and Colorado. If you are ever interested in what species of birds call Westminster home, Craig can tell you. One of Craig’s many talents is that he grows giant pumpkins and raises monarch butterflies. Craig also knows this campus inside and out, and can tell you anything you want to know—whether underground or above—about this majestic campus.


25 Years

  • Georgi Donavin

    Georgi Donavin

    Professor, English

    Georgiana Donavin is one of the most engaged scholars at Westminster. During her time at the college she has published two individually authored books, edited four anthologies, helped found two scholarly journals, delivered dozens of conference papers, and contributed over two dozen articles, book chapters, and book reviews to journals and collections at the forefront of medieval studies and the history of rhetoric. She is currently on sabbatical completing her third individually authored book, John Gower's Rhetoric: The Virgin Mary, John the Baptist, and Classical Authority.


    Georgi has served the college and her colleagues on the Excellence in Teaching Committee, as president of the Westminster AAUP Chapter, as a faculty senator, and on numerous other committees where she promoted the quality of teaching at Westminster. At the same time, Georgi herself is a gifted professor, known for fostering a challenging and respectful learning environment, and for incorporating service learning and public performances into her classes. She particularly enjoys mentoring students in ancient languages and in their own creative scholarly projects. She has helped develop the WCore with her course Goddesses, Heroes, and Others and the curriculum of the English program by offering courses focused on gender in medieval literature.

  • Curtis Ryan

    Curtis Ryan

    Vice President of Finance

    Curtis Ryan grew up in Salt Lake and graduated from the University of Utah with a BS degree in accounting. Prior to becoming the college’s chief business officer in 1992, he was a senior auditor with Coopers & Lybrand and supervised the annual financial audit of the college for five years.


    Over his many years of service, Curtis has served on numerous task forces and ad-hoc committees that helped improve the institution. Always willing to serve, he has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to Westminster in participating in many volunteer activities and events ranging from mentoring first-year students to helping with the Midnight Breakfast.


    Curtis and his wife, Faith, have four children, three of which have graduated from Westminster. Their son-in-law Josh is an alum, and their daughter-in law, Abbey, will soon be a graduate. The Ryan’s also hold the record for owning the most Westminster license plates.


20 Years

  • Bonnie Baxter

    Bonnie Baxter

    Professor, Biology

    Most people don’t know that Bonnie Baxter uses every means possible to help make the material she is teaching understandable. Often, Bonnie is in class doing some interesting and amazing avant-garde modern dance moves to help students understand how muscles or chemicals move and interact. It’s fun, educational, and importantly, very memorable.


    Bonnie is excellent at communicating and listening well. She possesses insights into others and values different points of view. Bonnie has empathy toward and is supportive of her colleagues (most of whom have been the recipient of this support at some time in their careers). She’s an excellent critical thinker and problem solver, and she is able to make meaningful connections across complex ideas, such as in advocating for including and incorporating art as an important aspect of the study of science.

  • Dale Bianucci

    Dale Bianucci

    Assistant Maintenance Foreman

    Dale has been with the college for 20 years. During that time, he has witnessed the construction of nine new buildings and six major additions to existing buildings. He is a big part of why Westminster College has the serene and beautiful grounds that we all enjoy. He works hard to maintain the grounds through snow, sleet, rain, and leaves. Dale has proven to be beyond amazing and indispensable.


    Dale has been a valuable partner to Kerry Case and the Environmental Center in moving environmental initiatives forward, and he is a natural at working with our students. He has served on Westminster’s Sustainability Council and helped to revamp our recycling program. Dale is always open and willing to help on campus through giving advice to his coworkers and friends.


    When he’s not at work, Dale enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and spending time with his family. Dale has a love for family history and sporting events, especially baseball. Ultimately, Dale is full of warmth and new surprises. Westminster is very lucky to have him.

  • Dan Byrne

    Dan Byrne

    Associate Professor, Computer Science

    Dan has taught at Westminster College since 2001. He teaches a variety of applied computer science topics such as databases, computer security, Linux systems, and assembly language. His interests are interdisciplinary in general, which influences his teaching of geographic information systems and geology topics.

  • Nichole Greenwood

    Nichole Greenwood

    Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness

    Nichole has worked in numerous capacities on campus, beginning as Steve Morgan’s first work-study. She then became the campus operator and, if you've been on campus as long as she has, it's guaranteed she still knows your phone extension. Nichole then became a database expert who responded to surveys on the college's behalf. She later assisted faculty in the Faculty Technology Center and went on to serve in her current position as director of institutional research, planning, and effectiveness.


    Nichole is the go-to on campus for data and is known for her willingness to pull together information at a moment's notice. Her attention to every level of detail ensures accuracy in the college's reporting. Nichole is forward-thinking, and is always analyzing data and using it to support positive changes for students. She has a laugh that's infectious and cares deeply about Westminster. Nichole has built long-lasting relationships across campus and many call her a friend.


    If she is not at work, Nichole is helping her two boys with schoolwork or cheerleading at their sporting events. They are her pride and joy.


    Nichole is an asset, leader, and innovator at Westminster College.

  • Melissa Nisonger

    Melissa Nisonger

    Transfer Coordinator

    Melissa Nisonger has been a part of the Westminster community for 20 years. She ensures quality service to students, faculty, and staff by providing attentive, timely, accurate, readable, and clear appraisals of incoming transfer credit and explanations of college policies and procedures. She manages non-routine registrations and records changes, maintains and organizes records, and prepares reports. Melissa represents Westminster College in the Utah State Articulation Committee, a statewide group that meets to discuss and improve policies and processes related to transfer credits.


    Melissa occasionally brings her dog and a pet bunny, affectionately named FERPA, into the office. Melissa is truly a renaissance woman. She grows and cans much of her own food, bakes wonderful breads, is a master knitter (involved with a knitting group that meets in Giovale Library), and makes beautiful pottery pieces. Her raised garden beds and prolific gardens are a thing of beauty. She has a soft spot for all furry and feathered friends, and has raised chickens, rabbits, dogs, and cats—many of which were rescued from deplorable conditions. Most recently, Melissa and her partner, Luke, completed five years of working with Raptor Inventory Nest Survey (RINS).

  • Collin Bunker

    Collin Bunker

    Director, Information Services

    Collin Bunker has been a part of the Westminster community for 20 years. An alum of the college (he has both a BS and an MBA), Collin serves in the capacity of the director of Information Services. Collin has shown his propensity for leadership across campus serving on various committees and is currently a member of Staff Council. However, those of us who work with him know he brings more than just experience. Collin has a high level of emotional intelligence, which is consistently demonstrated by his leadership style. His colleagues know he cares about them and that he is willing to be an advocate, confidant, and friend.


    When Collin is part of a team, the whole team functions at a higher level. He cares deeply for those he works with, is a good listener, and possesses a calming influence on the office. Despite how difficult or challenging something may be, Collin is an incredible trouble-shooter who always rises to the occasion. He actively works to relieve pressure from his peers, making even the hardest tasks as stress free as possible. Collin is the type of employee that makes this college a great place to work.

  • Ronda Lucey

    Ronda Lucey

    Professor, Nursing

    Dr. Ronda Lucey is the director of the Family Nurse Practitioner program. During her time at Westminster, she has become known not only for her numerous accomplishments—such as maintaining a 100 percent student-pass rate on the nurse practitioner boards examination—but also for her kindness in the workplace.


    Among many other accomplishments at Westminster, Ronda developed the first doctorate-level program at the college, collaborated with public health faculty to enhance interdisciplinary focus of program curriculum, and maintained clinical practice as a family nurse practitioner in local clinic.


    Ronda loves to travel and has been to many places. In addition to her love for travel, Ronda loves to relax on the sunny beaches of Southern California.


15 Years

  • Alysse Morton, Professor, Management
  • Brian Avery, Professor, Biology
  • Chris Eggett, Computer Support Technician
  • Colleen Sandor, Professor, Psychology
  • Jennifer Medrano, Director of Accounting Services
  • Lesa Ellis, Professor, Psychology
  • Mark Ferne, Chief Student Affairs Officer
  • Michael Mamo, Associate Professor, Master of Business Administration
  • Robert Brinkman, Science Laboratory Supervisor
  • Robyn Hyde, Professor, Chemistry
  • Tim Carr, Assistant Professor, Education

10 Years

  • Amy Fairchild, Administrative Assistant, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Ashley Williams, Director, Graduate and International Admissions
  • Baptiste Prevot, MBA and Graduate Programs Operations Director, School of Business
  • Candice Greenwald, Director of Budget
  • Chris Hendrickson, Head Ski Coach, Men’s and Women’s Teams
  • Christine Clay, Associate Professor, Biology
  • Han Kim, Associate Professor, Master of Public Health
  • Jan Saeed, Director of Spiritual Life
  • Jessica Lind, Manager of Mail Services
  • Johanna Snow, Director, Brand Marketing and Strategy
  • Karen Hicks, Director, Disability Services and Testing Center
  • Krista DeAngelis, Director of Media and Public Relations
  • Linda Spackman, Financial Aid Counselor
  • Lisa Jones, Director of Counseling
  • Sara Demko, Assistant Provost for Global Learning
  • Scott Gust, Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Shamby Polychronis, Associate Professor, Education
  • Tony LeBlanc, Head Coach, Women’s Soccer
  • Will Deutschman, Professor, Chemistry
  • Winter Morse, Director of Academic Computing

5 Years

  • Art Shimata, Associate Professor, Master of Nurse Anesthesia
  • Ashley Kramer, Assistant Dean, Arts and Sciences
  • Brent Olson, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
  • Christine Hartman, Director, Software Engineering
  • Cliff Hurst, Associate Professor, Management
  • Curtis Newbold, Associate Professor, Communications
  • David Paskett, Assistant Director of Financial Aid
  • Ellen Behrens, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Heather Batchelor, Associate Professor, Education
  • Jamie Joanou, Associate Professor, Education
  • Jason Waterman, Eligibility Coordinator
  • Jerad Nigh, Campus Patrol Supervisor
  • Jonathan Amburgey, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Jonathan McKenzie, Coordinator, Center for Financial Analysis
  • Juanita Takeno, Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Judy Fang, Director of Corporate Giving
  • Julie Honey, Associate Professor, Nursing
  • Kenton Gregory, Maintenance Foreman
  • Leo Figueroa-Helland, Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Michael Chipman, Assistant Professor, Music
  • Roxanne Derda, Circulation Manager
  • Sara Beaudry, Assistant Athletic Trainer and Coach
  • Sheila Yorkin, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Stephanie Nagata, Director, Student Health Services
  • Tamara Stevenson, Associate Professor, Communication