University Committees

The following committees were appointed by the Office of the President.

Inclusive Excellence Advisory Committee

Community Response Team

St. Catherine University has established a Community Response Team (CRT), which is a sub-group of Trauma Response Committee. This team is a core group of representatives from faculty and staff from the Inclusive Excellence committee, ready to quickly respond to rapidly developing issues in ways that align with the mission of St. Kate’s as a University with social justice at its center. The team will act as one voice, representing the University community. Communications from the CRT is just one of the methods by which the University as a whole will respond.

  • Sandra Mitchell, Human Resources
  • Nancy Heitzeg, Faculty
  • Sharon Howell, Center for Spirituality and Social Justice
  • Pa Der Vang, Faculty
  • Sarah Voigt, Communications

Safely Returning to Campus Committee

This is a subcommittee of the Incident Management Team and is charged with leading the development of our University plan, policies, and procedures for having students, faculty, staff, and guests return to campus safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


  • Lauren Peterson, MS, MPAS, PA-C, Director, Health & Wellness Center
  • Pat Pratt-Cook, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Matt Goodwin, PhD, Associate Provost of Student Affairs


  • Denise Baird, PhD, Assistant Provost for Academic Accreditation & Accountability
  • Dianne Oliver, PhD, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Jean Guezmir, Senior President and Chief Information Officer
  • Sara Keis, Communication Strategist
  • Emmelen Romer, Health Promotion Coordinator
  • Eric Stacey, Director of Athletics
  • Lindsey Whipple, Associate Dean of Students

Trauma Recovery Team

This team was created at the recommendation of the ASER task force committee to 1) create a more trauma-informed community and 2) prepare certain community members to administer psychological first aid in the immediate aftermath of a medium-scale or large-scale event as well as follow-up care in the longer aftermath of an event.

  • Matt Goodwin, Associate Provost of Student Affairs
  • Sharon Howell, Center for Spirituality and Social Justice
  • Katie Kelly, Residence Life
  • Heide Malat, Counseling Center
  • Amanda Perrin, Residence Life
  • Michael Peterson, Counseling Center
  • Sarah Schnell, Human Resources
  • Sarah Voigt, Communications
  • Amal Warsame, Multicultural and International Programs and Services
  • Lindsay Whipple, Associate Dean of Students