Provost and Academic Affairs Meta-unit

General Information:

The Provost and Academic Affairs meta-unit represents the following MBUs:

  • ALT Lab
  • Global Education Office MBU
  • Graduate School MBU
  • Honors College
  • Institute for Contemporary Art MBU
  • OCPE Offc of Cont & Profess Educ
  • Offc of Strategic Enrollment Mngmnt
  • Office Of The Provost MBU
  • Online@VCU
  • Student Success
  • VCU Libraries MBU
  • Community Engagement and Impact MBU

As of 1/18/2019, the Provost and Academic Affairs meta-unit represents 409 classified and UAP employees. There are 8 representatives. These numbers will be updated prior to the nomination period. 



Current Representative(s):

This list includes the current Staff Senators that represent this meta-unit. After the elections, this list will be updated. 

  • Aisha McGriff
  • Gregory Kimbrell
  • Jamie Taylor
  • Katherine Cappuccio
  • Michelle D. Hawkins
  • Peyton Burgess
  • Samara Reynolds
  • Katina Velentzas


Election Winner(s):

These are the new representative(s) of this Meta-Unit:

  • Samara Reynolds
  • Katina Velentzas



The following individual(s) were nominated for your meta-unit:


Cynthia Agyeman

No candidate statement was provided.




Katina Velentzas

Ms. Velentzas currently serves as the Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives in SEMSS. In this role, Ms. Velentzas serves as the front end administrator of Navigate, manages the annual updating of the university's major maps initiative, and trains VCU users on using our suite of student success software. Prior to her current role, Ms. Velentzas served as a Senior Academic Advisor in the School of Business. Ms. Velentzas is a rising second year doctoral student in our School of Education and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Education. Ms. Velentzas is interested in serving on the Staff Senate to support equitable pay structures, defend workplace accessibility, and improve interoffice collaboration.



Samara Reynolds

Samara Reynolds, M.Ed., has been invested in the field of higher education for 17 years, having spent time contributing to a diverse set of institutions across Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington. She has been the Director of VCU Career Services since November 2018, and has served on a number of campus committees and task forces over the past few years. Samara recently completed her two-year term as Director of Professional Development for the Virginia Association of College & Employers (VACE), and previously served as an Associate Editor for the National Career Development Association's (NCDA) Career Convergence web magazine and President of the North Carolina Career Development Association (NCCDA). She holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Tech and a Master's in Education in Higher Education Administration from NC State University. Outside of work, Samara is a mom, wife, vegan, and occasional yogi.

I saw the open call for VCU Staff Senate participation and was immediately interested in the opportunity to connect and contribute in a new way to VCU and its employees across roles, departments, and divisions. I served on the Employee Forum (Staff Senate) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during my time there, and found it to be a very interesting and rewarding engagement opportunity. During my nearly three years at VCU, I have had the chance to proactively encourage and advocate for staff members through a number of committees and task forces, including helping create the Student Success (now SEMSS) Engagement Committee to provide social, service, and professional development activities to staff members, and the VCU Career Leadership Council which brings together career development and employer relations-focused colleagues from across campus. I have also served as a board advisor for the Career Development Collaborative (Career Community) and recently took on an executive board position supporting the Leadership Career Community through VCU HR. I have also volunteered to contribute to staff development and collaboration through the REAL initiative, Student Success Black Equity Committee (Staff Subcommittee), serving as a staff mentor through VCU HR, and serving on multiple hiring-focused search committees. I would be honored to take the next step in my contribution to and understanding of VCU as a broader institution and community as a member of the Staff Senate.


Jean Scott

Norma Jean "Jeanne" Scott began her library career as a student assistant in James Branch Cabell Library in 1973, completing her degree* in 1979 while working full time in the VCU Libraries Acquisitions Department. After a three-year post-graduation hiatus in Beaufort, N.C., Jeanne returned to VCU Libraries in 1982. She has worked in a variety of departments during her time at VCU, including Government Documents, Collection Management, Interlibrary Loan (at both Cabell and Health Sciences libraries) and Circulation and Information Services. In her current position, striving to provide the VCU community with excellent customer service is the focal point of her job. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Professional Associates Award for 2018, presented at the Virginia Library Association's Professional Associates Forum in May. She was also named as Chair of the Virginia Library Association's Professional Associates Forum 2018-2019. Norma Jean "Jeanne" Scott recently received the 2021 VCU Staff Senate Guiding Star Award for Career Achievement. *B.S. in Non-traditional Studies with an emphasis on Library Science and minors in Business and Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1979

I am interested in being a member of the VCU Staff Senate because I want to be a part of this vibrant group of individuals that focuses on advocating for staff, keeping us informed about opportunities and resources, fostering opportunities for professional development and promoting collaboration among all. I have spent the last 41 years working for VCU Libraries and taking advantage of the staff development and networking opportunities, some made possible by the VCU Staff Senate. We have to work together and do our best to make VCU a great place for our students, staff and faculty. Being a part of the Staff Senate would enable me to learn new things, network with more units and it would provide me with a wonderful opportunity for growth.



Amy Leap Miller

Amy Leap Miller joined the VCU Global Education Office in 2019 as an Education Abroad Adviser but has also worked with the living-learning community, VCU Globe and as a UNIV-191 Instructor. Amy graduated from SIT Graduate Institute with a M.A. in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management and from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Geography and Spanish. She is currently taking classes in VCU's Public Management Certificate program with the Wilder School. Amy has a variety of professional experience in the non-profit and higher education realms, as well as internationally. She loves supporting students through experiential learning opportunities to best meet their educational, professional and personal goals. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, boating, hanging out with her cats and when possible, travelling!

I would love to serve VCU in the capacity of Staff Senate to strengthen collaborations, communications and opportunities across our university systems, as well as to advocate for the needs, wants, concerns and ideas of my fellow colleagues. The work that Staff Senate does truly makes a difference on our campus and I seek to join the initiative by bringing my ideas and diligent work ethic to this work being done here at VCU.



Courtney Dressler

Entering my fourth year as a VCU staff member, I bring multiple perspectives and experiences as a professional who has worked in the Division of Student Affairs and now as an Academic Advisor in the Division of Strategic Enrollment Management. I want to help bridge connections and collaboration across the university and believe I can be an advocate for many through my diverse professional experiences. My goal is to advocate for continuous progression, safety, and support for students, staff, and faculty at the university. If elected, I would work to achieve this goal through engaged presence in the staff senate, collaboration, listening to the needs and concerns of university constituents, and active advocacy.