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About Us

As a result of her 2019 Listening and Learning Tour, President Neufeldt announced the CSUSM Staff Center (“Center”) as a campus care initiative. The Center is a key component in the campus’s efforts to ensure staff have access to peer support, opportunities for professional development and advancement, and referrals to on- and off-campus resources.

The Staff Center opened virtually on September 1, 2020


To foster a community that inspires belonging, encourages personal and professional development, and connects staff to holistic services and support.  


To createan environmentwhereall staff feel valued andsupported and are given the tools to thrive in their personal and professional lives contributing to the culture of care embraced by the entire campus. 


Inclusive - We are committed to fostering a sense of belonging where each member of our diverse staff feels valued, respected, and encouraged to bring their authentic selves to work. 

Caring- We are committed to nurturing a compassionate atmosphere where we look out for one another in support of personal and professional success and well-being for all staff.  

Collaborative-  We are committed to building meaningful partnerships that connect our staff to the many resources available on and off our campus. 

Empowering- We are committed to supporting our staff, creating a space where their voices are heard, and providing the resources and encouragement for them to advocate for themselves. 

Staff Center Committee (SCC)

The Staff Center Committee is made up of a broad representation of staff groups on campus. Feel free to direct questions and feedback to your staff representative or to the Staff Center directly at

The CSUSM Staff Center Committee has three primary charges: 

  1. Define the mission and vision of the Center.
  2. Recommend Center services and resources to meet current staff needs to begin September 2020. Services/resources may include providing opportunities for social interaction, peer support and professional development, wellbeing programs, and referrals to on-campus and off-campus resources.
  3. Develop a plan with recommendations for long-term service delivery.

Current Committee Members

Center/Committee Representatives


Committee Member


Staff Center Susan O'Connor Director
CSUSM Corporation Representative
Representing Committee Member Title
 CSUSM Corp Human Resources  Marcia Agnew  Human Resources Generalist
Division Representatives
Representing Committee Member Title
Academic Affairs Kayla Hardin Academic Scheduler, Planning & Academic Resources
Finance & Administrative Services Noella Richer Operations & Work Control Analyst,
Facilities Development and Management
Office of the President Melinda Jones Executive Assistant, Community Relations and University Engagement (CRUE)
Student Affairs Jill Flaa Student Services Specialist, Dean of Students Office
University Advancement Christa Koen Executive Assistant to the Vice President
Faculty Staff Association Representatives
Representing Committee Member Title
BFSA Talisha St. John President
LAFS Perla Rivas Secretary
Staff Union Representatives
Representing Committee Member Title
CSUEU Vanessa Vincent President
Mike Geck Chief Steward
APC Leo Melena President
Teamsters Jayce Yardley Shop Steward
SUPA Timothy Dow President
Human Resources
Representing Committee Member Title
Office of Human Resources Courtney Tamone HR Analyst
AVP Human Resources Erika Gravett AVP, HR & Payroll Services