Staff Council

The Staff Council was re-organized by Dr. Levin-Stankevich on October 2013. The council collaborates with administration to further the college's mission and goals while fostering an inclusive and transparent environment for an engaged and empowered staff community. The council's key roles are:

  • Share information from cabinet meetings with staff (grassroots)
  • Facilitate inclusion
  • Create ad-hoc committees and task forces
  • Advocate on behalf of staff

The Staff Council holds meetings once a month to discuss council business and host an open forum. Westminster staff are invited to attend and to submit topics for discussion.


Staff Professional Development

The Staff Council is dedicated to supporting the professional development of Westminster staff. Full-time staff are eligible to apply for the Staff Council's Staff Professional Development Fund to help pay for professional development activities such as workshops, conferences, trainings, and more. The council also invests in hosting periodic professional development events on campus.

Staff Groups and Staff Council Events

Get to know your peers—attend one of the council’s periodic social events, including tailgates, paint nights, and more, or bond with other staff members by joining or creating a staff group.


Staff Retreat

Each summer, the council hosts the Staff Retreat, which includes workshops, the announcement of new Staff Council members, staff recognition and awards, and more.

Staff Recognition

Staff Council recognizes the hard work and dedication of staff members in several ways:

  • Staff of the Month: Each month, Staff Council recognizes a Staff of the Month, selecting a winner from staff who are nominated by members of the campus community. You can submit a nomination or view previous winners and nominees online.
  • Staff Emeritus: The Staff Emeritus Program recognizes long-time staff contributions to Westminster and strives to maintain a connection with staff who have retired.
  • Staff Community Awards: Awards are given out each year at the Staff Retreat to winners who were nominated by their peers. A variety of categories recognize work over the past year.


You can contact Staff Council by email ( for any questions, concerns, or more information. You can also submit comments to the Staff Council by submitting a feedback form.

Alison Vasquez


As the director of international student services and study abroad, Alison Vasquez has the pleasure of advising international students on everything from immigration regulations and major requirements to navigating the US healthcare system. She also provides support to students who wish to study abroad for a semester or year and assist in managing Westminster’s May Term Study Experiences. Alison’s interest in travel and learning about life in other countries began in high school when she participated in a summer exchange to Costa Rica. She studied abroad twice as an undergraduate in Mexico and Chile and spent two years serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. Alison has always valued education, so she pursued a career in higher education administration. The field of international education is a perfect fit—she enjoys working every day to help students achieve their goals.

Erin Merrill

Vice Chair

As the Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Erin Merrill enjoys working with students to improve their research skills and more importantly, finding ways to make them happy (usually achieved by giving out free food). Erin has a bachelor in science in sociology and a master’s degree in information and library science. As an especially loud librarian, Erin is eager to put her extroverted personality to work by advocating for staff on campus. Outside of work, Erin enjoys cheering on Real Salt Lake and getting outside with her husband, Wyatt, and dog, Gus.

Hannah Thorne

Communications Coordinator

Hannah Thorne joined the Westminster community in August of 2018, shortly after moving to Salt Lake City from Montana. She works as the Manager of Advancement Events in the Office of Advancement where she plans events for Westminster Alumni and Donors. Her favorite thing about Westminster is its commitment to the success and well-being of students, and she loves that she is able to share the good work taking place on campus with a wider audience through her work. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Julian, taking her dog, Brewster, to the park, knitting, and baking.

Lauren Erlacher

Lauren Erlacher joined Westminster College in 2014. She has worked in higher education for more than 10 years, with diverse experience in enrollment and relationship management, launching new programs, event coordination, marketing strategy, developing student leaders, and fundraising campaigns. As the associate director of graduate admissions at Westminster College, Lauren works with students throughout the admissions process and connects them with Westminster’s community. She truly enjoys working in higher education and strives daily to build a community of inclusiveness. Lauren loves SLC life and can be seen at every restaurant, sporting event, and festival it has to offer.

Lisa Heiskell

Lisa Heiskell joined Westminster in 2017 after years in the financial industry in Management, Operations, PR, and other roles, including much interviewing and performance coaching. Lisa now loves empowering Westminster students and alumni to learn and leverage skills in all things career-related. She has traveled around the world, including living overseas for several years. Hobbies include attending music concerts of many genres, traveling and cooking.

Sierra Krippner

Sierra Krippner arrived at Westminster College in 2017, after completing a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Utah. She fell in love with residence life through three years in a Resident Advisor role. Sierra oversees half of Westminster’s Resident Advisors, advises the Residence Hall Association, performs Resident Director duties with a team of on-call staff members, and helps with daily matters in the Office of Residence Life. She loves Westminster’s group fitness classes and can often be found playing darts, basketball, hiking, trying out a new recipe, or taking pictures.

Sarah Lof

As Graduation Coordinator and Office Manager for the Registrar's Office, I manage our student workers and oversee the processes related to the conferring of degrees. This involves reviewing students' degree requirements and academic progress to make sure they are on track to graduate and I make sure students and advisors are aware of any deficiencies. I can answer questions about degree audits, custom majors, program requirement substitutions, and more.

Kat Thomas

Kat Thomas joined the Westminster community as the Title IX Coordinator & Equal Opportunity Officer in January 2019. At Westminster, Kat has the opportunity to work with the entirety of campus to address issues of discrimination and sexual misconduct. Kat will be going on her ninth year in higher education, and previously worked in areas including Housing and Residential Life, Student Government, Student Activities, Student Media, and Union Management and Facilities Operations. Kat enjoys traveling, snorkeling, theme parks, and spending time with her friends and family. When she is not going on adventures, Kat is spending time with her pupper, Cricket.

Josh Pittman

Josh Pittman is currently the head coach for men’s soccer. He has been a head coach at two other institutions in the RMAC, as well as an assistant coach at three other schools. Josh has worked in higher education for a total of 16 years and has been coaching for over 24 years. He lives in Sugar House with his wife, Miriel; daughter, June; and dog, Leo. They love the city life Salt Lake has to offer and are big skiers.

Traci Siriprathane

Traci Siriprathane has worked at the college for more than 12 years in the Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation Department. She loves her job and loves coming to work each day. Outside of work, Tracy is a very active person and enjoys working out and playing almost all sports, especially volleyball, basketball, tennis, and pickleball. She also likes to get outside and hike with her son and dog. During the winter, Tracy enjoys downhill and cross country skiing. When she’s not outside she love to cook and bake.