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WNMU Staff Senate Members
Margaret Soucy, Staff President
Hello! I have been with WNMU since January 1997. I have worked in Miller Library, Extended University, including the Deming Campus, and now I am a student advisor and the testing coordinator. I have served as a Senator at various times in my 17 years here and was Staff Senate President 2006/2007, 2007/2008. I look forward to this upcoming year and advancing the efforts on behalf of all staff members.
Ken Leupold , Staff Senator
I am a relative newcomer as a staff member to WNMU and very pleased to have been selected to be on the staff senate. I have been here in Deming as the director of WNMU Deming for 2 Ĺ years, but I taught computer science, English and tennis for WNMU here in Deming from 1990-2000. I grew up in Deming, graduated from Deming High and then graduated from NMSU. I consider myself blessed to have been able to get my Masterís degree from Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, VT.
I taught high school for two years in Animas, nine years in Socorro and then 14 years back in my fatherís old room at Deming High School, teaching a combination of English, PE, journalism and computer science. I then spent 10 1/2 years in Florida teaching high school English and reading, along with some online college reading classes. I coached volleyball, basketball and tennis for all ten years in Florida and for many of those in New Mexico. I am a desert rat and glad to be back in Deming on my two-acre mini-farm.
Donna Rees, Staff Senator / Vice President
Donna Rees transferred to WNMU in 1979 and earned two degrees from WNMU, a bachelorís of business administration and a masterís of business administration. She has been employed at WNMU since 1984.
Laura Adcock, Staff Senator
Greetings! I have been working at WNMU since July 2006 and officially as a full time permanent employee with the university since Feb. 2007. I worked in the Business Office initially and am now Executive Secretary in Academic Affairs. My mottos are: there are no dumb questions and treat people the way you would like to be treated. Every person who walks into our office deserves the best service they can get. I try to have that same philosophy throughout my life.
When not working at the university, I am devoted to my husband, two children and 3 soon to be 4 grandchildren, our 2 dogs and 2 cats. I am also an avid reader, gardener, knitter, quilter and a lifelong seamstress.
I look forward to serving as Staff Senator representing the clerical staff.
Jody Alderman, Staff Senator
Christine (Chris) Staley, Staff Senator
Hello! Christine (Chris) Staley, honored to be stepping into a position on the Staff Senate. I am currently serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for External Affairs. I moved to Silver City in 1997 from Las Cruces, via Texas, via Indiana where I worked as a dispatcher coordinator for a national trucking company for 14 years. I am currently working on a degree in business administration at WNMU where I have worked for the last 10 years. I am always interested in volunteering for 'anything' that happens at WNMU, especially if it supports students and staff.
Phillip Cave, Staff Senator
Hello! I have been with WNMU for 7.5 years. Currently, I am the Assistant Director, Curator of Education and History for the WNMU Museum. I grew up in the big town of Cliff, New Mexico before earning my Bachelor and Master degrees in Secondary Education. From 2001 to 2007, I taught and coached in Morenci, Arizona. This is my first time to serve on the Staff Senate and I am pleased to serve staff members of WNMU.
Susan Garland, Staff Senator
Hi all! I have lived in Silver City since 1982. I obtained my bachelorís degree in Computer Science & Sociology from Western New Mexico University in 1992. While obtaining my degree, I worked as a work study and have dedicated many years of service to hold my current position of Assistant Registrar. I enjoy cooking, especially outside on the grill, camping, fishing (although I am not very good at it), and just hanging out on the back porch on a sunny day. I have one daughter and 2 grandchildren and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Kim Woodard, Staff Senator
Hi! My name is Kim Woodard. I have worked at WNMU for 10 years, beginning after receiving my bachelor’s degree in Psychology/ Sociology. I earned by MAIS in Counseling and Chemical Dependency while working for WNMU with New Mexico Works.
I have worked for Extended University/ Virtual Campus as an online advisor and now am the advisor for the School of Nursing. My husband is a WNMU Alumni/ employee as well, and my son is taking dual enrollment classes and will soon be WNMU alumni as well.