Amidst limited operations and a worldwide pandemic, the UNM Staff Council continues its mission of addressing issues impacting staff. Heading up that effort for the 2020-21 year are a new set of executive committee members.

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Effective June 18, Nancy Shane took over as Staff Council President. She has been involved with Staff Council for several years in various positions. She was the recipient of the 2019 Jim Davis Staff Council Award for Meritorious Service, recognizing outstanding contributions to Staff Council. Shane earned her doctorate in Political Science at UNM and currently works in program evaluation for the School of Medicine.

“These are tumultuous times for our campus, city and state,” Shane said. “But I am hopeful for the future because of the resilience I see among our staff. We have pulled together in extraordinary ways – mask-making efforts, virtual graduations, remote working and so many other means. I’m proud to be in a position to help continue these efforts while innovating new ways for UNM Staff Council to support and lead our campus community.”

In addition to Shane, the other officers elected include:

Scott Sanchez, Alumni Relations | President-elect
Tracy Wenzl, Center for Advanced Research Computing | Speaker
Angie Beauchamp, Film & Digital Media | Treasurer
Armando Bustamante, El Centro de la Raza | Grade Representative
Texanna Martin, Latin American Iberian Institute | Grade Representative
Brian Vineyard, ROTC Advisement | Precinct Representative
Grace Faustino, Office of the Vice President for Research | Precinct Representative

Past-president Ryan Gregg will continue serving in an ex-Officio roll.

“I could not be happier with this team, who are all proven leaders – with a healthy mix of Staff Council experience and fresh perspective,” Shane wrote in her first Staff Council communication. “We have so many generous, smart, dedicated Staff Councilors – as we do Staff.”

Follow UNM Staff Council on Twitter (@UNMStaff), in addition to Shane’s account (@unmscprez21), for updates.

The UNM Board of Regents approved the creation of the UNM Staff Council in Dec. 1989. It is an elected body that addresses issues of particular interest to staff. Staff Council serves as a full partner with other University constituent groups in providing input into the governance of the University.

Staff Council organizes the annual Staff Appreciation events and holds two Staff as Students events, one in April and one in Nov., which allows staff to register early for classes and waives the UNM registration fee.  Staff Council also advocates for staff each year during the legislative session.  The Staff Council President regularly meets with President Stokes, the Provost, the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration and the Regent President to discuss issues of concern for all staff.

Employees can find their Staff Council grade and precinct representative, Staff Council history, events and more at