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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 (2)Executive Division (2)|

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




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 TUSC and hope to promote the value of staff employees through this association.



Robin Walczak  
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


Paul Shapanus

Jessica Watson  

Bobby Zengel


Financial Services
I recently joined the Towson University staff in January 2012, working in the Financial Services department as part of the PeopleSoft Financials Team. I transferred to the university from the Harford County Department of Social Services where I examined financial documents in support of the eligibility process for long-term care assistance. Prior to my state service, I spent over seven years in service of the United States Air Force Special Forces performing the duties of an Aerospace Maintenance Technician. In addition, I’ve provided contractual appraisal services for Morgan Stanley supporting multi-million dollar property sales between financial institutions.  


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.



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.  




Julie Hall  

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

Theatre Arts

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.







Mary Hickey Mass Communication and Communication Studies
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.  

Ginger Ross


In 2006, I began my career at Towson University as the Administrative Assistant II for the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education. My extensive customer service background in the corporate world and a BS in Art from Towson University made me the perfect fit for the job. My primary responsibilities are student relations. I also represent the department to prospective students and during open houses. I really enjoy my work at Towson and it will be a pleasure and honor to serve on the council.  



Channon Young


Auxilary Services IT

I enjoyed Towson University as an undergraduate student, and now as an employee my love of Towson University has grown into a desire for me to get more involved in our TU community. So to accompany my responsibilities with TUSC, I have begun research into a Bare - Bones Operating System as part of my Master's in Computer Science study and have initiated work to facilitate the even stronger Software Engineering Program here at Towson University. My involvement in our TU community holds dear to me!



Contingent Staff



Aaron Guy


Aaron Guy serves as the Continuing Education and Technology Manager of the Center for Professional Studies (CPS). He is responsible for the overall development, continuous enhancement and implementation of the non-credit, certificate based, professional development courses administered through CPS. Aaron works with various Towson University faculty and industry professionals to further enrich the content and credibility of the continuing education courses. He is also the project manager for the Maryland State Department of Education's (MSDE) Educator Effectiveness Academy online conversion project, as well as the Safety and Transportation Knowledge Online (STKO) project funded through the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO).

Aaron began working in CPS as a graduate assistant spearheading the implementation of the ACEware Student Management system for the department. Aaron has earned a Master of Science degree in Applied Information Technology from Towson University in 2007 and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) through the University of Baltimore / Towson University joint program in 2011. Aaron is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI).



Student Affairs


Tasha Benn  


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.  


Division of Innovation and Applied Research



Nicole Schiraldi


Nicole Schiraldi is the Communications & Events Manager for the Office of External Affairs within the Division of Innovation and Applied Research. In this role, Nicole serves as the Event Manager for the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), a not-for-profit organization headquartered at Towson University. While primarily serving as the key liaison for the annual CUMU conference, she also works on marketing initiatives for the organization. Nicole is the Division's primary event planner and provides business development and marketing support for the Division's centers and partners in business and government. A native of New Jersey, Nicole graduated with a B.S. from Towson University in 2010.  








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