Staff Council

2016-2017 Staff Council Leadership Committee

Mission Statement

The Staff Council (SC) was formed as a way to represent the concerns and interests of staff collectively. The Staff Council Leadership Committee (SCLC), composed of elected area representatives, will serve as a channel for staff input.

About Staff Council

  • Charter
  • Leadership Committee Members

    2016-2017 Staff Council Leadership Committee

    Staff Council Committee Members (pictured from left to right): Karla Dillon, Cassandra Heath, Andrew Heiligenthal, Darleen Rodgers, Heidi Harris, Kari Meyers; Not Pictured: Jennifer Fox

    • President - Jennifer Fox

      I have been at Simpson since 2013, where I started as Assessment Coordinator. The next year I moved into the role of Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, which is the position I currently hold. I am also the Accreditation Liaison Officer. I have worked in higher education since 2004. I began my journey in the field of Institutional Research as an undergraduate student, by assisting my advisor in his doctoral research, examining the relationship between faculty and students as my senior project. Three years later I discovered the field of Institutional Research and have found it to be a wonderful fit for my skills. Assessment of learning outcomes has always and increasingly been part of my role, and I find it a wonderful balance of the number-heavy task of data reporting.

      I am a Simpson graduate (BA Mathematics, 2001) and always imagined moving back to Redding, and working at my alma mater. After finding my husband in southern California, I found a job in Redding and that became reality. I am blessed to be working at Simpson, with an amazing group of caring employees. I am honored to be elected as Staff Council Vice President. It is my priority to support staff in any and all ways possible and be an avenue of communication.

    • Vice President - Sarah Bish

      I am Sarah Bish, the coordinator for the School of Adult and Graduate Professional Studies. I have been with Simpson for just a short while, but in that time I have found the staff, faculty, and students to share an incredible sense of community and love for our heavenly Father; which is why I am honored to be Vice President of the staff council.

      My first priority is to focus on staff morale; I want to know what would make your work day better! I would also like to continue supporting our focus for a Christ filled community.

    • Area Representative for Academics - Cassandra Heath
    • Area Representative for Advancement - Karla Dillon

      I have been married to my husband Sean for nearly 23 years. I have bunches of adult children: Kim, Rhonda, Krystal, Shea and Steven and am proud of each one of them! My favorite past times are vacations with a mission, having ministered in Mexico, Belize, Turkey, Bulgaria, France and Romania.

      I earned my BA in Organizational Leadership through the ASPIRE program in 2009. I have worked at Simpson for 6 years in the Advancement Department in the areas of Alumni and Parent Relations to create awareness, develop relationships, and raise resources for Simpson University. I have a passion for serving with and working alongside others toward a common goal. My current role as the Alumni Relations and Events Manager provides me with many opportunities to work with alumni, students and other departmental staff through events such as Homecoming, Senior Banquet, Celebration Weekend, Orientation and more. I am proud to represent the Advancement Department on the Staff Council Leadership Committee. It is my privilege to take forward to the larger group any ideas, concerns, and/or questions brought to me.

    • Area Representative for Business Services - Heidi Harris

      I am a fairly new recruit to Simpson U, having been hired as the Accounts Payable coordinator in August of 2014. South African by birth, but a very blessed adoptee of the USA for a decade now. I am the proud mother of four amazing children Carmen, Nicolas, Andrew and Carowyn. Also recently had the wonderful privilege of becoming Grandma to Taydon. Besides a house full, we also have 11 pets and some fish. Just call us your local Zoo...

      With the Lord's help, I hope to serve on the Staff council to the best of my ability. Coming alongside my fellow council members and hopefully together we can help make Simpson an even better place to be!

    • Area Representative for Enrollment Management – Darleen Rodgers
    • Area Representative for Student Development - Andrew Heiligenthal
  • Voting Process

    Elections for the Staff Council Leadership Committee (SCLC) will be held each April; elected representatives will take office each May. All Staff council (SC) members are eligible to run for a seat on the SCLC and vote for the President, Vice President and correlating Area Representative. Cabinet members are not eligible to participate in this process.

    Nominations for next years candidates must be received by the first week of April.

    President – The President is elected by all staff members and coordinates all SC and SCLC meetings. The President reports to Cabinet via the President of the University; he/she provides a semi-annual report to Cabinet and the Board of Trustees. The President also represents the SC at the President’s Leadership Council meetings.

    Vice President – The Vice President is elected by all staff members and is responsible for keeping SC and SCLC meeting minutes. He/She will distribute these minutes to Cabinet and the Director of Human Resources. In the event that the President cannot fulfill his/her commitment, the Vice President will assume the role of President.

    Area Representatives – The Area Representatives are elected by the staff from within their respective areas. They voice the concerns and ideas of their constituents.


  • November 30, 2017
  • January 25, 2018
  • March 22, 2018
  • May 24, 2018

Meeting Minutes

Staff Council Events

  • Additional events to be announced (TBA) at a later date

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  • How to Get Involved

    Join a Sub-Committee

    Sub-Committees create opportunities for staff members to discuss specific issues and concerns. The committees can be short-term or ongoing. Sub-Committees can be commissioned by the Staff Council Leadership Committee or initiated by any staff member.

    Current Sub-Committees
    If you are interested in joining one of these sub-committees, contact the committee chair listed.

If you are interested in starting or joining a sub-committee, please contact the SCLC at

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