Staff Senate

Staff Senate

The Penn State Mont Alto Staff Senate (MASS) was established in 2011 in order to provide the campus staff a mechanism for engaging in more active roles in the functions of the campus. 

All staff (full-time, part-time, technical service, housing and food services, and exempt and non-exempt staff) are encouraged to participate as members of the Staff Senate.  Mont Alto Staff Senate convenes once per month through most months of the year.


MASS Officers


Length of Term*

Name of Officer

Terms of Office

Begin Date

End Date

Chair One Year Patty Gouchenauer** July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Vice-Chair One Year as Vice-Chair,
then serves as Chair
Frank Maira July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Executive Committee Member, Secretary Two Years Brandi Biesecker July 1, 2016 June 30, 2018
Executive Committee Member,
Policy and Planning Committee Representative
One Year Eileen Strausner July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Executive Committee Member, Alternate One Year To be determined July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018

*Terms of office were changed in the by-laws during August 2013.

**Frank Maira will become Chair July 1, 2018 until June 30, 2019.

Staff Senate By-Laws

We, the staff of the Penn State Mont Alto (PSMA) campus, believe that we are an integral and essential part of the overall function and operation of the PSMA campus.  We provide support to the students, faculty, and administration that is vital to the daily campus operation.  Therefore, these by-laws are a testament to our resolve to participate in and contribute to the well-being and decision-making of the campus community.  Under the auspices of the current administration, with the guidance of these by-laws, we are establishing the PSMA Staff Senate as an avenue of communication and information gathering and as a forum for discussion, planning, and proposing...  View by-laws in entirety

Staff Senate Current Minutes

Please peruse these minute prior to our next meeting: we'll vote to approve them at the meeting.

Upcoming Agenda

  • Announcements
  • Committee Reports
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Open Forum
  • Adjournment
  • Meetings: General Studies 208 on Nov 8 (9 - 10:30 a.m.) and Dec 6 (1:30 - 3 p.m.).

Standing Professional Development Committee

This committee was created in 2015 to discover, develop, and advise Staff Senate of professional development opportunities for staff at Penn State Mont Alto.

University Staff Advisory Council (USAC)

"The Voice for the Penn State Staff"