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Staff Council had a chance to sit down with elected members Kelly Alexander (University Communications & Marketing) and Colin Gerker (University Center & Student Activities) to ask them a few questions about backgrounds interests. Read more to see what we discovered!

Interview with Staff Council Liaison, Kelly Alexander

Kelly Alexander

What do you do now and what did you do before coming to AU?

Director of Public Relations in UCM. I was the Director of Communications at Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, Va.

How did you get into this area of work and what do you like about it?

I majored in journalism at GWU and got a job right out of school as a media relations specialist at GW’s medical center. I like telling stories and keeping people informed.

Where are you from? What did you study in University?

I am from Orange, Va. I studied at George Washington University

What is one place you'd love to go, which you haven't visited yet?

Barbados

If you could be one fictional character, which one would you be and why?

I had to think about this. One choice would be one of my favorite actresses Sanaa Lathan as career-minded and successful Kenya McQueen in the 2006 Drama/Romance Something New. She has a great career, money, great family and finds true love with an architect who builds her a wonderful backyard paradise where they get married and combine two families from different backgrounds. They live happily ever after doing the things they love to do because she opened her mind to something new. (hopeless romantic)

What has your experience been on Staff Council, and what is your favorite memory?

I enjoy being on Staff Council. I enjoyed getting to know the team during Staff Appreciation Week activities this year.

What do you hope to accomplish with Staff Council?

I would like for staff to feel more valued and more a part of the decision-making process … I want their opinions to matter. At some point, I hope that Staff Council might advocate for a Spring Break off for staff as well.

Interview with Staff Council Liaison, Colin Gerker

Colin Gerker

What do you do now and what did you do before coming to AU?

I work as the Assistant Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life in University Center & Student Activities. Previous to AU, most recently and descending, I was Greek Life Advisor at UC San Diego, Leadership Consultant/Expansion Coordinator at Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Headquarters, Manager of Dublin Pub (Top 10 Irish Pub in the USA), Service Learning Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Dayton.

How did you get into this area of work and what do you like about it?

As a member of a fraternity, I truly believe in lifelong membership and connection to my organization and its values. While in graduate school, my fraternity headquarters asked me to advise my undergraduate chapter. After three years in the volunteer role, I was hired by their headquarters and sent to California to focus on leadership development and expansion efforts. From there, I was hired at UC San Diego in Greek Life, and now I’m here! I love the ability to work with high performing students in their efforts to positively impact campus and community. When we think of “social” sororities and fraternities. What we really mean is “societal” in the scope of impact. This is the focus I love to keep in mind while empowering fantastic students.

Where are you from? What did you study in University?

I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri. I attended the University of Dayton in Ohio. My undergraduate degrees are in history and film/audio production. I have a masters degree in education (human services administration, counseling concentration).

What is one place you'd love to go, which you haven't visited yet?

My partner and I are planning a trip to Singapore, Philippines, and Vietnam!

If you could be one fictional character, which one would you be and why?

A hybrid of Leslie Knope from Parks n’ Rec and Liz Lemon from 30 Rock. Somewhere in-between. I love their energy, their drive, humor, and humility in getting the work done.

What has your experience been on Staff Council, and what is your favorite memory?

I am new on Staff Council, so jumping on Executive Board so early has been my favorite experience and host of memories. I absolutely love engaging with the community, and am most fond of Keesha and Adrian’s leadership on the board. I am learning so much about AU through doing this work, and I am thankful for HR and our support team for empowering staff to operate a council of representatives to support our colleagues.

What do you hope to accomplish with Staff Council?

One of the hallmarks of this year has been the degree to which we have been responsive to current events and issues. We hope to continue being a space for staff to come forward and express their hopes and recommendations for sustaining inclusion in our community.