Members

WACSS committee 2020

Do you wish to join the Women's Advisory Committee for Support Staff? Check this page in January 2022 for application information.

Members are eligible to serve for two, two-year terms.  If you have any questions please contact wacss@msu.edu.


 

Current Members Representing Term Date of Terms
Tina Alonzo APA 1st Term 7/1/20-6/30/22
Kathy Dorshimer APA 2nd Term 7/1/21-6/30/23
Lindsay Hasse SSTU 1st Term 7/1/20-6/30/22
Crissy Hodges-Chakrani CTU 2nd Term 7/1/20-6/30/22
Mary Keyes CTU 1st Term 7/1/21-6/30/23
Emily Khan APA 2nd Term
7/1/21-6/30/23
Ashley Lathrop APSA 2nd Term 7/1/20-6/30/22
Shannon McGaughey APA 2nd Term 7/1/21-6/30/23
Anslee Norris CTU 2nd Term 7/1/21-6/30/23
Arianna Perrien CTU 1st Term 7/1/20-6/30/22
Lindsey Rose APSA 1st Term 7/1/20-6/30/22
Penny Shanks APSA 2nd Term 7/1/21-6/30/23
Taren Storrs APA 1st Term 7/1/21-6/30/23
Harmony Van Valkenberg At-Large 1st Term 7/1/21-6/30/23
Alison Virag-McCann APA 1st Term 7/1/20-6/30/22
Vacant Labor 3/1/21 - TBD
Vacant Labor 3/1/21 - TBD
EX-OFFICIO Department
Jabbar Bennett Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives
Sharon Butler Human Resources
Barbara Roberts WorkLife Office

WACSS Active Member Features

  • Member Feature: Tina Alonzo

    Tina AlonzoTina Alonzo
    2020-2022 APA Member

    How long have you been with MSU?

    One year.

    Do you volunteer somewhere? Where, and why do you
    give your time there?

    I recently volunteered time to support the Capital Area United Way Community Recovery Grant as a reviewer to bring a strong equity focus to the process and support COVID-related recovery programming efforts.

    Where is your favorite place on campus?

    Basketball court!

    Where do you go for your favorite hot beverage and what do you order there?

    Wherever there is hot tea.

    When making a PB&J, which goes on the bread first?

    The peanut butter.

    Why should someone consider applying to be on WACSS?

    It's a great opportunity for professional development, to support continuous improvement in fostering a culture of equality, equity, engagement, and inclusion, network and build relationship, and make a difference by amplifying the voices of support staff.

  • Member Feature: Kathy Dorshimer

    Kathy DorshimerKathy Dorshimer
    2019-2023 APA Member

    How long have you been with MSU?

    Just over 5 years.

    Who is your hero, and why?

    Our Dept. Chair, Dr. Pamela Ruegg is my hero for multiple reasons. She is intelligent, pleasant, intuitive, sensitive, honest and gets things done. She leads by example.

    What originally got you interested in your current field of work?

    Working with Contracts and Grants is similar with preparing taxes/fixing tax issues. I find the work similar to my previous tax work and enjoy learning about contracts/grants.

    Why did you join WACSS and what are you hoping to accomplish?

    I joined WACSS to be more involved in the University. I hope to contribute however I'm needed.

    Where's the next place on your travel bucket list, and why?

    Whitbey Island, Washington for my daughter's wedding.

    Why should someone consider applying to be on WACSS?

    It is a wonderful opportunity to work with a group of women to make a difference on assorted projects that benefit those working and going to school at MSU.

  • Member Feature: Lindsay Hasse

    Lindsay HasseLindsay Hasse
    2020-2022 Labor Member

    Excerpt from Skilled Spartan Women by Nick Schraeder, IPF

    "As an umbrella term, facilities maintenance accounts for numerous fields in the skilled trades, including plumbing. The Labor Department reports that of the 509,708 plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in the country, 7,228 are women, only 1.4 percent of the total workforce.

    Lindsay Hasse, a licensed plumber..., saw an opportunity in plumbing and took it. 'I was 20 years old looking for a job. At the time I had no idea what plumbing was as a career, and I thought it wouldn’t hurt to learn,' she said. 'It was an accident, really. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.

    'But it is really rewarding,' Hasse added. 'People light up when you’re there. You get to be a hero.'

    While the national trend of women in skilled trades has increased over the years – in some cases by 20 percent – men still dominate most fields. That disparity isn’t lost on Hasse.

    'We can do it,' she said. 'And I feel like I try to prove to myself that I can, more than I do for someone else.'"

  • Member Feature: Crissy Hodges-Chakrani

    Crissy Hodges-ChakraniCrissy Hodges-Chakrani
    2018-2022 CTU Member

    What WACSS initiative or project are you most proud of?

    The WACSS/CANR Anti-Racism Insight Series, as it brings much-needed education to us at MSU. We at MSU say that we value diversity and support inclusion, and this series helps us learn how to create positive change.

    Where is your favorite place on campus?

    Red Cedar River

    Where's the next place on your travel bucket list, and why?

    Morocco - I miss my family!

    Tell us who your hero is and why.

    Fatima Al-Fihri, who, in 859 CE, founded the oldest continually operating higher learning institution in the world in Fez, Morocco.

    Why should someone consider applying to be on WACSS?

    Apply for a WACSS membership if you want to work to make tangible improvements the work and education both at MSU and the wider community.

  • Member Feature: Mary Keyes

    Mary KeyesMary Keyes (she/her)
    2021-2023 CTU Member

    Why did you join WACSS?

    I joined WACSS because I want to use my almost 20 years of university experience as a female support staff employee to be a voice for other support staff when creating a work / life balance and culture of inclusion at MSU.

    What originally got you interested in your current field of work?

    I have always found great joy in helping others accomplish their goals. Having been an MSU student, myself, I am able to relate to students in ways most other administrators cannot. Whether I am giving directions to a Freshman regarding how to navigate to a campus building or comforting an upset student who is overwhelmed with coursework, I am happy to help and "be there" for students who may feel alone in their struggles.

    Where's the next place on your travel bucket list, and why?

    I have seen so little of the world, but my absolute "DREAM" vacation is to travel to Egypt and see the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of Kings / Queens, the Bent Pyramid, the Step Pyramid, and even participate in an archeological dig.

    Tell us about your pets!

    I live in the original homestead of my family's 385-acre farm in Durand, and we have too many chickens to count...literally! In addition, we have two dogs, Bo-Bo and Bear-Bear (pictured), and they are the loves of my life...after my daughter and husband!

     

  • Member Feature: Emily Khan

    Emily KhanEmily Khan (she/her)
    2020-2021 Vice Chair, 2019-2023 CTU Member

    Where is your favorite place on campus?

    A tough choice, but probably the Gallery cafeteria and the Pillar Room (both in Sny-Phi), as I made life-long connections with my best friends there.

    Why did you join WACSS and what are you hoping to accomplish?

    A co-worker told me about WACSS, and it seemed like a great place to apply the skills and knowledge I've gained while working at MSU. I hope to use my skills in strategic planning, graphic design, and organization to continue building on what WACSS has done for MSU support staff.

    Where do you go for your favorite hot beverage and what do you order there?

    My two fave coffee shops are Blue Owl Coffee and Foster Coffee Co. My go-to at both is a vanilla latte.

    Tell us about your pets/"new co-workers."

    Working from home has been interesting with the "assistance" of our two cats, Snickerdoodle and Rolo. Snicky will occasionally help with more strategic projects (like writing Bylaw revisions). Rolo loves to be involved in more social video calls, but hides when there is work to be done.

    Why should someone consider applying to be on WACSS?

    It's a great opportunity to hone professional skills, while working with an amazing group of people. WACSS accomplishes so much in a year, and it's an awesome feeling to contribute to that work!

  • Member Feature: Ashley Lathrop

    Ashley LathropAshley Lathrop (she/her)
    2020-2021 Chair, 2018-2022 APSA Member

    Why did you join WACSS?

    I joined WACSS because we are a committee that gives a voice to support staff and advises administration of issues that might not be heard otherwise. I enjoy the idea of impacting the campus community as a whole. I value the work that has been done to create a better work life and to invoke change. I am hoping to create a more inclusive work environment while creating incredible relationships all over campus and informing our respective units on issues that concern support staff. I also want to set up the next group to thrive and accomplish just as much and more. 

    Why should someone consider applying to be on WACSS?

    Individuals that want to enact change and be a leader and have real impact on the support staff should apply. We are action oriented and get a lot done in a short amount of time. You'll have incredible support of those sitting around the table with you, virtual or in person. I also feel that there's no better way to make change happen than to get involved!

    Where's the next place on your travel bucket list, and why?

    Romania is at the top of my list! I am Romanian and have always wanted to visit where my family is from. 

    Where do you go for your favorite hot beverage and what do you order there?

    My favorite place is Blue Owl Coffee and I always get the biggest Mocha possible.

  • Member Feature: Shannon McGaughey

    Shannon McGaugheyShannon McGaughey (she/her)
    2019-2023 APA Member

    What WACSS initiative or project are you most proud of?

    I am most proud of the educational assistance project that we were able to establish as a comprehensive resource for those that wish to continue with education and professional development.

    Where is your favorite place on campus?

    South Neighborhood's courtyard, in the spring it is absolutely gorgeous!

    Tell us who your hero is and why.

    My hero is my mom; she is very bright, considerate and one of the kindest people I have ever met. She knows about many subjects and reads voraciously, which is something I love to do, too. She always has said that anyone can do anything they set their mind to.

    Tell us about your pets or "new co-workers."

    I have two mini dachshunds and they are named Cooper and Parker. Cooper is black and tan, and Parker is a Piebald, which means he has black, brown and white tick marks on him. The both of them are smart and are 3 1/2 months old.

    Why should someone consider applying to be on WACSS?

    I think that employees should consider application for several reasons. The networking that you can do is amazing, getting to know the ex-officios is absolutely wonderful, and you also work on meaningful projects and initiatives.

  • Member Feature: Arianna Perrien

    Arianna PerrienArianna Perrien (she/her)
    2020-2022 CTU Member

    Why did you join WACSS?

    For my own networking, and to provide a better environment and opportunities for support staff.

    Where is your favorite place on campus?

    Anywhere with food. :)

    What WACSS initiative or project are you most proud of?

    The skills training program the TDC subcommittee is working on. I think it's an area overlooked that can provide great opportunities professionally and personally for staff.

    What is the next place on your travel bucket list, and why?

    Colorado for the scenery!

    Tell us who your hero is and why.

    My "grandparents." When I was younger, I had a horrible home life, and they took me under their wing when they didn't have to. They weren't related or obligated, but raised me as their own. They have the purest hearts.

    Why should someone consider applying to be on WACSS?

    To make a difference for your fellow support staff members and gain new friends and networks in the process.

  • Member Feature: Lindsey Rose

    Lindsey RoseLindsey Rose (she/her)
    2020-2022 APSA Member

    How long have you been with MSU?

    5 years

    Why did you join WACSS?

    I was looking to get more connected with the University and expand my networking on campus.

    Where is your favorite place on campus?

    The MSU Dairy Store or the Breslin Center.

    Where's the next place on your travel bucket list, and why?

    Anywhere warm! My honeymoon was cancelled so I'm excited to go anywhere with my husband once we're able.

    Tell us about your pets/"new co-workers"?

    I'm still working on campus, so my co-workers are of the human variety, but my fur-children are 2 wild boxers!

    When making a PB&J, which goes on the bread first?

    The peanut butter.

    Why should someone consider applying to be on WACSS?

    Make new connections and learn what is happening on campus outside of our "bubble."

  • Member Feature: Penny Shanks

    Penny ShanksPenny Shanks (she/her)
    2019-2023 APSA Member

    What was the last TV show you watched?

    The Great British Baking Show.

    Why should someone consider applying to be on WACSS?

    It's a great opportunity for professional development while also making an impact. You meet and work with an amazing group of people.

    What originally got you interested in your current field of work?

    As a volunteer, I had opportunities to build finance, publishing, writing, public speaking and lobbying skills. That opened the door to my first career as an executive director in the non-profit world. I retired from that career and after a short sabbatical, the 2016 election happened and I felt that things I strongly value were in jeopardy. I didn't know how to help, but I do have a tool kit that can help others do the front line work supporting diversity, global awareness, and social justice.

    Why did you join WACSS and what are you hoping to accomplish?

    To become better informed on MSU issues, share communications with my college support staff and to fight racism and bias.

    Tell us about your pets/"new co-workers."

    Jean Luc and Lily are rescue cats, a bonded pair, that we adopted 10 years ago. Jean Luc is big and fluffy and very needy for attention. Lily is trim, serious and yells at me if I don't "go to work" on time. Even on the weekends. She sits with me during the day. She's a tough supervisor.

  • Member Feature: Taren Storrs

    Taren StorrsTaren Storrs (she/her)
    2021-2023 APaA Member

    Why did you join WACSS?

    I want to share a voice/perspective for regional staff who are outside of the greater East Lansing area, make a difference for support staff women at MSU, as well as support my own professional development by making connections outside of my unit.

    What originally got you interested in your current field of work?

    I am VERY passionate about Michigan State, it's a part of my professional and personal identity. I enjoy being able to connect alumni back to MSU in ways that are most meaningful to each Spartan I work with, and helping them make an impact for current and future Spartans.

    I'd never admit it, but I secretly love...

    ...hot dogs from the stadium. Not the all beef kind they brag about at Costco, but the ones that I'm sure are like basically cat food, but taste so good with ketchup and mustard and onions at Spartan Stadium watching a home football game! It's gross and terrible, but yet awesome and delicious all at once.

    Where's the next place on your travel bucket list, and why?

    Fiji and Australia--life goal is visiting all 7 continents and as many countries as possible. Australia is my final continent.

    When making a PB&J, which goes on the bread first?

    The peanut butter.

  • Member Feature: Harmony Van Valkenberg

    Harmony Van ValkenbergHarmony Van Valkenberg (she/her)
    2021-2023 At-Large Member

    Why did you join WACSS?

    I joined WACSS to try to make a difference for women support staff in any way that I can. I hope to make a difference in hearing voices of all women across all campuses.

    What originally got you interested in your current field of work?

    My passion is building strong teams and helping people. I thrive when I have many different projects going. I love that not one day is the same in my work!

    Where is your favorite place on the main MSU campus? If you work outside of main campus, what's your favorite place around your place of work?

    If you know me you know I love coffee! I work in Grand Rapids, so my favorite meeting place is Starbucks attached to the Secchia Center. I love to meet my colleagues there (pre-COVID)!

    What was the last TV show you watched?

    Friends. My husband and I started from the first season and are watching all the way through!

    Tell us who your hero is and why.

    My hero is my mom. Unfortunately, we lost her to breast cancer 10 years ago but she was amazing. She was strong, funny and fought cancer for over 20+ years without complaint. She taught me that above all else be a good kind person.

  • Member Feature: Alison Virag McCann

    Alison Virag McCannAlison Virag McCann
    2021-2023 APA Member

    Do you volunteer somewhere? Where, and why do you
    give your time there?

    Capital Area Humane Society, because I love animals and can't have them at home; Laingsburg Community Schools as my children attend and I love helping in the classroom; and at First Christian Church I was a former Deacon and member of Senior Pastor Search Committee.

    What WACSS initiative or project are you most proud of?

    As a mom, I appreciate the nursing rooms. As an employee, I appreciate the Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award. As a woman, I appreciate the opportunity to have options to participate on campus, and just being a part of WACSS.

    What originally got you interested in your current field of work?

    Realized I enjoyed technology at a young age (11). Was given an opportunity in college and ran with it. Now I have 17 years experience doing what I love. Technology just makes sense to me!

    Why should someone consider applying to be on WACSS?

    The support is amazing. Even if people don't agree, all opinions are respected. It's a great way to try something new, try a different experience, and meet new people. If you were never part of a sorority, this feels pretty close. The bonds and relationships you create may be some of the most valuable to you.