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Staff Advisory Council


The mission of the Duquesne University Staff Advisory Council (DUSAC) is to provide active and direct communication to appropriate University officials on matters of interest or concern to University non-faculty, non-union employees. DUSAC is a forum for input and discussion of issues important to staff members, supporting the Duquesne University Mission. DUSAC does not address subjects within the purview of existing University committees or individual complaints/grievances.


Dr. Joe DeCrostaChair: Dr. Joe DeCrosta
Serving the Mission Since: 1998
Department: Office of International Programs
Title: Director, International Programs
University Role: Oversees and manages operations and programs that are related to international student admissions and recruitment, immigration and regulation, and student services and works closely with study abroad operations and programs as well as the English as a Second Language program.
Sub-Committee: Chair, DUSAC
Random/Fun Fact: Visited 50 countries; has met former President Obama.

Rita McCaffreyVice Chair: Rita McCaffrey
Serving the Mission Since: 2009
Department: Communication & Rhetorical Studies
Title: Administrative Assistant
University Role: Works closely with the Department Endowed Chair to ensure the department runs smoothly and meets all deadlines. Responsible for budget management, scheduling, undergraduate and graduate recruitment, time entry, graduate application files (assisting applicant and review committee), annual report compilation, conference and department event planning, travel arrangements, purchasing card maintenance, assisting with debate and department honor society activities, and assisting the Chair in his duties as Executive Director of the state Communication Association.
Sub-Committee: Vice-Chair
Random/Fun Fact: Avid Notre Dame fan who enjoys running, biking, CrossFit classes, skiing and sailing with her husband and children.

Marlo AyresMarlo Ayres
Serving the Mission Since: 2000
Department: Enrollment Management Group
Title: Operations and Business Manager for the Enrollment Management Group
University Role: Oversees the audit and financial management operations of EMG including Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions, Enrollment Systems, Financial Aid, Office of the Registrar, retention and advisement and the Office of Military and Veteran Students.
Sub-Committee: Best Practices
Random/Fun Fact: Loves to spend time with her family and friends and also enjoys running in her spare time.

Mary Beth CalorieMary Beth Calorie
Serving the Mission Since: 2008
Department: Center for Spiritan Studies
Title: Administrative Assistant
University Role: Provides administrative support to the Director and Associate Director of the Center for Spiritan Studies, a collaborative venture of Duquesne University and the Congregation of the Holy Spirit.
Sub-Committee: Best Practices
Random/Fun Fact: Taught ballet and tap for over 25 years.

Sean FlahertySean Flaherty
Serving the Mission Since: 2013
Department: Nursing
Title: Director of Operations
University Role: Responsible for day-to-day operations of the nursing division with specific attention to online academic operations.
Sub-Committee: Staff Survey
Random/Fun Fact: Lived in Austin, Texas for five years before returning to Pittsburgh.

Anthony KaneAnthony Kane
Serving the Mission Since: 2013
Department: Residence Life
Title: Resident Director, The Duquesne Towers
University Role: Promotes a diverse and inclusive living environment that supports the academic growth and success of over 1,000 students. In addition, maintains a building community that is committed to spiritual and moral development.
Sub-Committee: Best Practices
Random/Fun fact: Loves a good underdog story, is a die hard Cleveland Browns fan.

Chase LoperChase Loper
Serving the Mission Since: 2013
Department: Shared Services
Title: Director, Shared Services
University Role: Oversees the Department of Shared Services, a department with a charge of providing financial oversight (i.e. financial modeling, forecasting, human resources, contracts, purchasing, and University chargebacks) to Facilities Management (FM) and Computing and Technology Services (CTS).
Sub-Committee: DUSAC Website
Random/Fun Fact: Die hard Green Bay Packers fan

Bobbi PenzBobbi Penz
Serving the Mission Since: 2006
Department: Controller; Student Accounts
Title: Manager
University Role: Oversees the Student Accounts Office. The department is in charge of billing and collection of tuition.
Sub-Committee: DUSAC Website
Random/Fun Fact: Second time being an employee of DU. Worked at Duquesne for nine years; stayed home for 11 to raise a daughter (who became a Duquesne graduate in 2017) then returned in 2006.

Mike ScerboMike Scerbo
Serving the Mission Since: 2005
Department: Athletics
Title: Assistant Athletic Director
University Role: Oversees sports administration, facilities, equipment services and contracts. Also serves as the department liaison to the Office of Admissions.
Sub-Committee: Surveys
Random/Fun Fact: Spent 11 years coaching the Women's Lacrosse team at Duquesne and is a member of the reigning DU Golf League Championship Team.

Amy StroyneAmy Stroyne
Serving the Mission Since: 2007
Department: School of Pharmacy
Title: Assistant to the Dean
Sub-Committee: DUSAC Mission
Random/Fun Fact: Half-marathon runner

Paula SweitzerPaula Sweitzer 
Serving the Mission Since: 2001
Department: Environmental Health and Safety
Title: Director
University Role: Monitors local, state, and federal laws/regulations/codes, maintainins policies/procedures, implements numerous safety trainings, evacuation drills and inspections of buildings and equipment. As part of the EHS department, oversees/monitors the University safety committees: University Safety Committee, Laboratory Safety Committee, and the Labor/Management Safety Committee.
Sub-Committee: DUSAC Mission
Random/Fun Fact: Spends her free time being a mom of two awesome girls (Audrey, 11 and Julia, 4); loves taking small trips and enjoying family time.

Taylor TobiasTaylor Tobias
Serving the Mission Since: 2004
Department: Office of Marketing and Communications
Title: Senior Graphic & Multimedia Designer
University Role: Responsible for creating design concepts, graphics, photos, and other visual materials for a variety of print and digital media, including advertisements, brochures, posters, magazines, animations and video, to strengthen the University brand and image.
Sub-Committee: DUSAC Website
Random/Fun Fact: Has a rescue dog that is half German Shepherd, half Chihuahua (yes, really!)

Terri WidenhoferTerri Widenhofer
Serving the Mission Since: 2015
Department: Biological Sciences
Title: Financial Coordinator
University Role: Responsible for managing the daily financial operations of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Sub-Committee: DUSAC Mission
Random/Fun Fact: Owns a bar/restaurant/music venue in Butler County.