Members of the PCS


Revised and approved by PCS July 18, 2023.

Membership on Provost Committee for Staff (PCS) is voluntary and members are asked to participate from their home College, School, Department or Program. All committee members are requested to serve a two-year term beginning July 1 and ending June 30 (two years). At the end of a committee member's term, prior to the first day of the fall semester we ask them to follow up with their College, School, Department or Program to determine if they will be continuing as the representative or if there is another volunteer to serve. If there is no response provided to the PCS from that College, School, Department or Program by the first day of the fall semester the current Chair(s) of the PCS will bring this to the attention of the Provost Office for discussion and resolution.

 If the representative from the College, School, Department or Program requests to leave the committee before the end of their term, members are asked to identify someone willing to take their place to finish out the term. Chair(s) of the PCS will need to know as soon as possible.


The PCS requires all current members of the committee to participate in the selection process for the following awards:

  • Academic Support Scholarship, Fall and Spring
  • Outstanding Staff Award, Spring
  • Outstanding Workgroup Award, Spring
  • Kindness Award, Spring

To create a fair distribution of labor and review of all applicants for awards all committee members must participate in the review process by providing rankings of all nominees or applicants.  They should also make every effort to attend the subsequent committee meeting and vote on the recommendations.

Committee members should make every effort to attend the monthly committee meetings.  If they can not attend, they should notify the committee chair(s) in advance of the meeting. 

The PCS asks committee members to participate in the newly created, Spring 2023, Kindness in Bloom event held on Main Campus in the spring. However, the committee acknowledges scheduling conflicts may arise.

If a committee member is unable to fulfill their duties please inform the PCS Chair(s) as soon as possible to discuss next steps.

Provost's Committee for Staff Officers

Committee Co-Chairs

Co-Chairs - Jennifer George, Leah Hardesty

  • Set Committee Meeting Agenda (in consultation with Executive Committee)
  • Send out Meeting Reminder with Agenda
  • Conduct Meetings
  • Schedule Executive Committee Meetings
  • Monitor Member Participation
  • Consult with Grant Writing Committee for Fund Raising as needed
  • Assign Subcommittee Membership
  • Act as Provost Contact: meet with Provost; prepare Quarterly Reports including Minutes; provide Special Reports as needed
  • Maintain Archives – Archives to remain with Provost
  • Creates and distributes PCS communications to variety of groups, not limited to: Provost Communique, UNM Newsroom, Faculty & Staff Listservs, and UNM digital signage

Record Keeper


  • Take Minutes
  • Distribute Minutes with Meeting Reminder Notice at least one week prior to meeting
  • Take Attendance
  • Submit Attendance Report to Co-Chairs
  • Maintain Full Committee Membership List
  • Maintain Subcommittee Membership List
  • Room Scheduling for Meeting

Event Planner

Kate Kennedy

  • Coordinates and organizes special events for the committee.

PCS Member Listing

Current members as of July 1, 2023

Nada Abdel Hack

PCS Term: 2023 - 2025
Career Development Facilitator
Engineering Student Success Center

Aaron Blecha

PCS Term: 2023 - 2025
Library Operations Manager, Access Services
College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences

Jennifer George

PCS Term: 2021 - 2025
Department Administrator

Rachel Gift

PCS Term: 2023 - 2025
Supervisor, Student Success (UNM Taos)
Accessibility Resource Coordinator
Center for Academic Success & Achievement (CASA) 

Athena Gordon

PCS Term: 2023 - 2025
Academic Advisor, Sr.
Honors College

Leah Hardesty

PCS Term: 2021 - 2025
Department Administrator

Nathaniel Joe

PCS Term: 2023 - 2025
Academic Coordinator
School of Architecture and Planning

Kate Kennedy

PCS Term: 2022 - 2024
Events Planner
Anderson School of Management

Madrone Matishak

PCS Term: 2023 - 2025
Marketing Representative: Theatre & Dance
College of Fine Arts

Beatriz Villa

PCS Term: 2023 - 2025
Supervisor, Student Success (UNM Valencia)

Note: Terms are listed below the member's name. A member's term begins on July 1 and ends on June 30, 2 years later (e.g. July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024).