Tell us a little about your RIT career.

I began at RIT on April 29, 2019 so I have only been here for a short time so far. I work in dining services as the farm manager.

What do you enjoy most about your role as farm manager?

This month’s Staff Highlight is Rona Skinner.  Student Auxiliary Services play an integral part to the overall landscape here at the Institute.  Their ongoing commitment to provide outstanding customer service to the entire RIT community is Legendary.  Rona is an integral part of this delivery and a terrific partner to work with as well.  Her commitment, proactive approach and great sense of humor serves her team well.


In the Spring, Staff Council invited all staff members to participate in a survey. Our primary goal was to gather suggestions and input from RIT staff about issues for us to work on as we move forward with new plans of work. We also hoped to evaluate staff members knowledge of and experience with Staff Council. Thank you to everyone who spared a little bit of time to take the survey and share your thoughts with us!

Staff Highlight – You may not realize it, but almost everything you touch or use here on campus is provided and/or supported by ITS Operations – things like the Network, Wireless, Authentication, Servers, Data Centers, Scheduling, Backups … Michelle Weiss is the Director of ITS Infrastructure & Operations.

How long have you been at RIT?

Staff Council just wrapped up the end of the year with final reports, we said goodbye to representatives whose terms were ending, and are ready to welcome new members for their first terms at our meeting this week, on June 6. Reflecting on the past year, we've made a lot of progress on some of our key initiatives. I'm so proud of our members this year and the hard work they have contributed to advancing staff at RIT. Please join me in celebrating our devoted representatives and review Staff Council's accomplishments from the 2018-19 academic year!

Staff Council is thrilled to announce the results of our recent membership elections! Please join us in congratulating your newly-elected representatives:

The spotlight for May is on one of the fabulous FMS crews supporting RIT. 

Pictured in the photo is the FMS Custodial Team in the Magic Spell Studio Lobby from left to right:

First row – Christopher Rhodes, Jeannette Rodriguez de Diaz, Messeret Tadesse, Debra Langdon, LaShonda Lovett, Najah Royal

Back Row – Ian Conway, Michele Martin, Jeff Kosel, Dave Czeck, Steven Janosko, Chuck VanMaldeghem, Mike Covington

Missing from photo: Keith Bryant, Merris Gibbs, Ozell Mikel Jr, Anastasia Porter and Alex Ramos

This month, we are pleased to bring you an interview with Lisa Koch, Associate CIO for the Institute.  Lisa was happy to allow us to introduce her on our blog.


Tell us a little about your RIT career.

I joined RIT in December of 2018 in my current role as Associate CIO.  I had been affiliated with RIT as an adjunct for the College of Business, so RIT is not new for me.  I spent 7 years at the University of Rochester and have corporate experience as well.  

I find Higher Ed to be very collaborative which aides in benchmarking and knowledge sharing. 

This month, we are pleased to bring you an interview with Jeanne Casares, Associate Vice President & CIO for the Institute.  The Office of the CIO is a fairly busy spot but Jeanne was happy to sit down for an interview.

Tell us a little about your RIT career.

I just celebrated my 10th year anniversary here at RIT (which went by in a blink – time flies so quickly!) and have held the role of CIO at the helm of the Information Technology Services team since my arrival.

What do you enjoy the most about your role here?

Staff Council is seeking nominations for representatives in Blocks 1, 3, and 5 to serve from June 2019 thru May 2021! Not sure what block you're in? Check out our Representatives page for a listing of all departments and divisions for each block. 

Staff Council is also seeking nominations from Non-Exempt employees only for Block 4 to serve for one year from June 2019 thru May 2020.