Committees

DUE Volunteer Committees—DUE members sign up to serve annually on a volunteer basis. If you are interested in serving on one of these DUE committees, please contact Leigh Williams at DUEoffice@sunydutchess.edu.


Communications: Coordinates publication of DUE Points, manages the DUE web site, and plans and coordinates campus and community public relations efforts to promote DUE.

Kevin Lang, Chair, and DUEpoints Editor

Holly McCabe, DUEpoints Design Editor

Chrisie Mitchell, Webmaster

Community Service: Creates a presence for DUE in the community by organizing community service activities and recommending organizations to receive DUE’s charitable donations.

Dinor Dhanabala, Chair

Jean-Michel Campagne, Susan Conrad, Ahmed Ismail, Samantha Langton, Maryanne Johnson, Elizabeth Justin, Mikko Manner, Michele Murasso, Scott Willmen


DUE Awards: Plans and manages annual DUE Awards selection and recognition ceremony for outstanding students nominated by DUE members.

Doris Diaz-Kelly, Chair

Barbara Dolansky, Jordan Bell, Mary Buglion, Dinor Dhanabala, Carolyn Rounds, Jane Sheeley, Susan Moore, June Pierson



Events: In consultation with the DUE Executive Assistant to the President, schedules, plans, and manages all special membership events, primarily the mid-year Party and Spring Luncheon Meeting, plus other special events that may be held throughout the year.

Jane Sheeley, Chair

Maureen Gittelman, Tina Kiernan


Legislative Outreach: Researches existing best practices and processes developed by independent organizations, similar to DUE, which have demonstrated success in building and maintaining positive relationships with county and state legislators. Creates and carries out plans for activities to strengthen connections and relationships with the Dutchess County Legislature.

Matt Murray, Chair

Cheryl Migatz, Dana Gavin, Lindsey Guile


Membership: Creates/manages a recruitment plan including recruitment letters, distribution of approved DUE information to eligible new hires, recruiting events, and provides a presence at new professional staff orientation meetings (on-line or in person.)

Danielle Williams-Bell, Melissa Carlo, Leah Akins


Professional Staff Handbook Review: Conducts annual review of PSH focused ONLY on the identification of any unreported changes or information that may impact DUE contracts. (Role of committee is not to review/recommend changes in the PSH, as a whole.)

Doris Diaz-Kelly, Jordan Bell, Jackie Goffe-McNish, Marcia Butland


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DUE Committees appointed by Academic Department—Members elected by each academic department.

Academic Department Representatives: One representative, selected by each academic department no later than the first meeting of the year, to serve as communications liaison between department members and the DUE Executive Council.

Leah Akins, Coordinator & Executive Council Liaison (assigned by DUE President)

AHBS--Elizabeth Justin, BHS--Peter Phipps, BACP--Scott Willmen, ENG/HUM--Jordan Bell, HGE—Shalon Hallager, MCS--Tammy Powell-Kopilak, NUR-- Nancy Moskowitz, PSET--Leah Akins, PVAC--Dana Weidman


Evaluation: An all-faculty committee, established by the 2016-2020 contract, specifically to conduct annual reviews of the Student Survey of Teaching form and process. Recommendations, initially approved by the DUE Executive Council and the Office of Academic Affairs, must be formally negotiated by DUE and DCC prior to implementation. While membership requires representation of a range of academic disciplines, usually by election in academic departments, the committee must include two volunteer part- time faculty, along with two full time faculty appointed by the DUE President to specifically represent DUE.

Matt Murray, Chair

DUE President FT Faculty Appointments: Leah Akins, Matt Murray

Volunteer PT Faculty representing DUE: Bill Benedetto, Alan Zucker

AHBS—Debbie Van Buren, BHS—Kathleen Greenan, BACP--Scott Willmen, ENG/HUM--, HGE—Shalon Hallager, MCS--TBA, NUR—Michele Tierney, PSET--Leah Akins, PVAC--Margeaux Lippman

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DUE NTE Committee of the Whole

Non-Teaching Educators (NTEs) - This Committee of the Whole serves as a communication liaison between NTEs and the DUE Executive Council. The committee will be chaired by the DUE VP for FT NTEs, who will work closely with VP for PT Educators.

Danielle Williams-Bell, Chair


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DUE Committees appointed by DUE President—Members appointed annually by the DUE President with the support of the Executive Council.


Board of Trustee Meeting Coverage: Individually scheduled attendance, along with the DUE President, at monthly BoT meetings.

Executive Council Members


Grievance: Appointed by the DUE President with consent of the Executive Council. Works with the President and Executive Council whenever a potential contract grievance is brought forward by a member.

Grievance Officer(s)

Karin Riedl


Negotiating Committee: Team appointed to negotiate labor-management DUE contracts.

Laura Murphy, Chair
Leah Akins, Vice-Chair

Danielle Williams-Bell (FTNTE), Wesley Lee (PTF), Linda Gaines (PTNTE)


Elections Commission:

Appointed by the DUE President, with consent of the Executive Council. Responsible for conducting elections, supervising balloting, conducting special votes, reporting results of voting to membership.

Jessica Geer, Chair

Chrisie Mitchell, Todd Wilmot


President’s Advisory Council:

Jean-Michel Campagne (FTF)

Danielle Williams-Bell (NTE)

Wesley Lee (PTF)