Feature Liaison Profiles

Staff Council had a chance to sit down with elected members Steve Kelly (OIT) and Anna Castro (SPA) to ask them a few questions about backgrounds interests. Read more to see what we discovered!

Interview with Staff Council Liaison, Steve Kelly

Steve Kelly

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

I am currently the Directory of Customer Support Services in the Office of Information Technology at AU. I am responsible for overseeing the IT Help Desk, and the OIT Technology Support Desk in the Library among other things. I have worked at AU since 2008. Before coming to AU I worked in the IT department for the Public Relations firm Burson-Marsteller.

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

I studied IT in school, and worked for JPMorgan Chase in their IT department in Sydney, Australia when I lived there. I was then a bartender for a few years in Dublin, then Bethesda, MD for Ri Ra Irish Pub. I got back into IT in 2007 when I worked for Burson-Marsteller. I like IT because its a skill you can bring to most places in the world, just like bartending, and being a musician which I do from time to time.

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

I am from Dublin, Ireland. I came to the US in 2004. I studied Computer Science at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght in Dublin. I am currently taking classes at AU to finish my undergraduate degree.

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

I would love to go to New Zealand, I never made it over there when I lived in Australia.

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

Doctor Who. Because time travel.

What do you hope to accomplish with Staff Council?

I hope to continue the mission of making AU the best place possible to work for all AU staff. I also hope to network and establish new relationships around campus.

Interview with Staff Council Liason, Anna Castro

Anna Castro

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

I am the administrative assistant for the Dept. of Justice, Law and Criminology. I used to own and manage a cafe in Annapolis, Md.

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

My daughter who is an AU Alumn introduced me to this job, I am so glad she did ! I love working with advisers and students, I like to see children learning everyday and heading towards a great and bright future!

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

I am from Manila, Philippines. Mass Communications

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

Santorini, Greece

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

The super heroine, Wonder Woman, I love the way she looks! Lasso of Truth, indestructible bracelets and a tiara, what's there not to like? It's great to fight for justice, love and peace :-)

What do you hope to accomplish with Staff Council?

A voice that can actually be heard . A change for the better for staff and the university as a whole. A happy working place!

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

Meeting amazing people from the different departments. Giving my time to help with book and media swaps, clothing and food drives. It feels good to give and to share our treasures to our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

Favorite memory on Staff Council?

The staff lunches where all the staff get together as one and celebrate good food and great company.