Faculty and Staff

Committee Charge

To explore and develop opportunities to build a health-promoting environment and culture of wellness and wellbeing to support efforts to enhance faculty and staff career growth, productivity, and job satisfaction, maintain physical and mental health, facilitate the cultivation and preservation of a collaborative community, and to promote a healthy work/life balance. Key areas include:

  • Opportunities to support and enhance scholarly productivity of faculty across the multiple areas of the campus,
  • Identifying avenues for continued faculty and staff recognition of accomplishments and appreciation of service,
  • Sustaining efforts to facilitate leadership growth and potential,
  • Maintain hiring continuity where possible as well as explore efforts to engage in workplace orientations, consider strategies for retention of highly desirable faculty and staff, and examine faculty/staff promotion projections,
  • Examine avenues and opportunities for continued support to faculty and staff to promote high quality job performance in an online environment,
  • Promote opportunities for faculty and staff to enhance their own physical health and mental wellbeing as well as that of their families,
  • Consider the creation of new workplace policies that will advance the goal of creating a health-promoting environment and culture of wellness and wellbeing at UB.

Committee Membership

  • Robert Granfield, Co-Chair, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Mark Coldren, Co-Chair, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
  • Francine Battaglia, Professor and Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Tilman Baumstark, Research Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Guyora Binder, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Hodgson Russ Faculty Scholar, Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Development, School of Law
  • Oscar Budde, Associate Vice Provost and Director for Immigration Services
  • Lisa Butler, Associate Professor, School of Social Work
  • Elizabeth Cimasi, Director, Resource Management, Research and Economic Development
  • Heather Cooper, Director of Human Resources, Athletics
  • Myles Faith, Professor, Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education
  • Steven Fliesler, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Meyer H. Riwchun Endowed Chair Professor, Ophthalmology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Kim Griswold, Professor, Family Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Erin Hatton, Associate Professor, Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kelli Hennessy, Director, Organizational Development and Training, Human Resources
  • Gregory Homish, Professor and Chair, Community Health and Health Behavior, School of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Marla McBride, Director of Health Promotion, Student Life
  • Neil McGillicuddy, Employee Assistance Consultant, Employee Assistance Program
  • Amy Myszka, Director, Benefits and Work Life Balance, Human Resources
  • Patti Napoli, Assistant to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Sharon Nolan-Weiss, Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Susan Orrange, Assistant Dean for Education and Resident Services, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Michael Poulin, Associate Professor, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Samina Raja, Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, Associate Dean for Research and Inclusive Excellence, School of Architecture and Planning
  • Mary Ann Rogers, Clinical Associate Professor, Organization and Human Resources, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, School of Management
  • Annette Saraceno, Principal Clerk, Office of Financial Management
  • Nancy Smyth, Dean, School of Social Work
  • Susan Snyder, Director, Student Health Services
  • Diana Tuorto, Communications Officer, UBIT
  • Cherie Williams, Human Resources Officer, University Libraries