2014-2015 Board Members
Sanela Bejdic, Chair
Born and raised in Dubrovnik Croatia, I came to US as a war refugee with my family in September of 1995 and we settled in St. Louis. I received my undergraduate degree in Journalism from Webster in 2004 and my Masters in Media Communications from Webster in 2005. After graduation I worked at Washington University and then St. Louis Community College, and in August 2010 I came back to work at Webster as the Academic Resources Coordinator.
Dana Parker, Associate Chair
Dana L. Parker is a Coordinator in the Academic Resource Center at Webster University.
Dana is a current Ph. D. Candidate for Higher Education Administration and Leadership
at Saint Louis University. She also holds two Master of Arts degrees in Management
and Leadership and Human Resource Management from Webster University, and a Bachelors
of Business Administration from Fontbonne University.
Dana is passionate about education and serves on the International Student Success Committee at Webster University and the College Reading and Learning Association Scholarship reading committee. She’s co-taught Learning Strategy’s courses and in the Transitions Summer Program at Webster University. Dr. Elizabeth Stroble recently appointed Dana to the United Way Women’s Society-Education Market representing Webster University. Dana traveled internationally with the George Herbert Walker School of Business Technology as a student/professor liaison in the US/European Law course.
A native St. Louisan Dana is active in alumni and social interest groups that support equal education opportunities for students in the St. Louis area. Dana volunteers with Food Outreach, Crisis Nursery, and Junior Achievement. Her hobbies include wine tasting, shopping, and hanging out with her family and friends. Dana is a mother of two Kiara and Jordan, and has a fabulous granddaughter Madison.
Christina Gilbert, Secretary
I have worked for the University for almost 4 years as the transfer and articulation coordinator, and part of the undergraduate admissions team in the Office of Admission. In that role, I work on updating transfer guides, developing new articulation agreements, engaging with our community college partners, and managing our online transfer equivalency database. I graduated in May 2014 with a master’s degree in Management & Leadership, so I am happy to be a part of the wonderful group of Webster alumni. I live in New Haven, MO with my husband Jason and our two boys, Benjamin (4) and Matthew (2). I enjoy spending time with family, traveling (road trips!), reading, and scrapbooking.
Debra Ingles, Extended Campus Chair
As a former extended campus director near Boston, Mass for 3 years, then in San Antonio, Texas for the next 3 years, and arriving back home in the St. Louis area at our WingHaven Campus for the last 3 years as Academic Advisor, I have tremendously enjoyed my journey with Webster University! My Higher Education experience also includes working 8 years at local universities and colleges in MO and IL. Earning a BS in Education, Training, and Development, and combining it with my MA in International Relations have proven to be valuable assets in coordination, communication, recruitment, mentoring, and marketing among students, faculty, organizations, educational institutions, the U.S. Military, and Webster’s most important asset, our STAFF!
Elizabeth Condon-Oakberg,Compensation Chair
In my role as Student Employment Coordinator, I manage the Federal Work-Study program, including a 1.2 million dollar budget from the Department of Higher Education. For the past fifteen months, I have worked on the Automatic Data Processing Payroll Conversion Implementation Team. In doing so, I learned more about the increasing needs of our unique human resources.
Eileen Thomas, Associate Compensation Chair email@example.com
I am new staff member this year as the Representative of the Legal Studies Department. I am a proud alumni of Webster University with a BA in Legal Studies and a Paralegal Certificate. Currently, I am very excited to be pursuing my master’s degree in Management and Leadership here at Webster. So many kind people have reached out a helping hand to me and I look forward to the opportunity to serve by encouraging the growth of Webster University staff members professionally and personally. My time is filled with all things I am passionate about: being a mother to my amazing children, enjoying my sweet dogs, eating good food, exercise, laughter, and empowering women through my pro bono work with The Willow Project (led by Associate Professor Anne Geraghty-Rathert), a nonprofit organization that provides legal support for women who are victims of abuse and oppression. I look forward to the amazing things we will be able to achieve together as Webster University staff members.
Blerina Polovina, Membership Chair
My name is Blerina Polovina, International Credential Specialist in the Office of Admission. I have been with Webster a little over 5 years in the Office of Admission. I received my undergraduate degree from Webster University on 2002 and currently working on Management and Leadership graduate program.
Patricia Baygents, Special Events Chair
I have worked for Webster University for almost 6 years. I have been the Admission Events Coordinator for the past four years in the Office of Admission. I organize and coordinate over 90 different recruitment events each year, including Open Houses, over 400 Fine Arts Auditions, and other conferences held on campus. I graduated in 2012 with a BA in Social Science. I have an AA in Deaf Communication Studies. My son and daughter both attend Webster and they will be graduating in 2014 and 2015 respectively. I have two stepdaughters; one lives in Australia and the other is getting married in September 2013. I have three dogs! I enjoy gardening, reading, and boating.
Jaime Stecker, Associate Special Events Chair
I have worked for Webster University for almost three years in the Office of Admission. I have my Bachelor’s from Webster University in Human Resource Management, currently working towards my Master’s in Human Resource Development. Standing up for issues and being a voice to serve the staff members of Webster University is a passion of mine and I have always been very intrigued with how well WSA does this for us. With this position I look forward to finding new and more effective ways to bring Professional Development opportunities and topics that we as Webster Staff members care about.