PACE Committees

Nomination & Elections

Promotes and coordinates annual PACE Elections process. Verifies eligibility and willingness of nominated individuals. Gathers and disperses candidate information to PACE members. Oversees voting and announces election results.

Celena Patten
Celena Patten  -  Nomination & Elections Chairperson  -

Policy Review

Coordinates PACE review of stage 2 policy drafts. Coordinates with University Policy Office related to the policy pipeline. Disperses policy drafts to PACE General Board for review. Gathers and compiles feedback from PACE General Board members and conducts a vote to accept feedback as PACE’s official comments. Submits official PACE comments to policy stewards and policy office.

Giovana Alisa
Giovana Alisa  -  Policy Review Chairperson  -

Giovana (or Gioey, pronounced the same as Joey) Alisa began working at UVU in January 2005. During her time at the university, she has worked in both Student Services and Academic Affairs. She is currently an academic advisor and adjunct faculty in the Behavioral Science department. Her degrees in Cultural Studies and Public Administration provide the perfect educational background for work in higher education. Gioey is an outspoken advocate for staff at UVU and can tell you through personal experience that UVU is the best Utah County-based university to work for. If you disagree with this statement, please contact Gioey so she can help you change your mind.


Salary, Benefits & Equity

Coordinates PACE General Board involvement in discussions and communications related to university benefits. Attends monthly and ad-hoc University Benefits Committee, as called by the Benefits Office. PACE President and President-Elect/Past President also attend University Benefits Committee. PACE has two votes on the University Benefits Committee.

Corey Callahan  -  Salary, Benefits, & Equity Chairperson  -

Corey W. Callahan came to UVSC in September 1996 from First Security Bank. In June 1999 he accepted the position of UVU Benefits Manager where he served until June 2010. As the UVU Benefits Manager, He also served as the chair of the UVU Benefits Committee and was at the forefront in moving UVU’s medical and dental plans from fully-insured to partially self-insured. Corey holds a certification from the WorldatWork Society as a Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) and is a member of the Intermountain Compensation and Benefits Association. As the PACE Salary, Benefits, and Equity Chair he is able to convey staff concerns and contribute to solutions with his broad knowledge of salary and benefits issues.

Corey grew up in American Fork and currently lives in Lehi with his wife and three children. He enjoys the outdoors, volunteering with the youth in his neighborhood, working around his home, and spending time with his family.


Employee Recognition

Promotes PACE programs for recognizing exemplary employees. In coordination with university leaders, and in accordance with university recognition policies and procedures, selects PACE Distinguished Employee Award recipients. Encourages peer recognition and selects recipients of Wolverine Sighting Awards. Coordinates with university divisions and departments to promote recognition programs and to provide meaningful awards to employees. Provides recommendations for programs to recognize great employees.

Irene Whittier
Irene Whittier  -  Employee Recognition Chairperson  -

Irene Whittier came to UVU in August of 2010 and is currently the ADA Coordinator for employees. Prior to coming to UVU she worked for MANY years at Utah State University in the Human Resources Office in a variety of positions. She graduated from Utah State University with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree and holds the SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) and the SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) certifications. She feels strongly about employees being recognized for the great work they do and hopes employees all across campus will take a few minutes to recognize their peers through Wolverine Sightings.

Irene grew up in central Idaho in a VERY rural ranching community which she dearly loves. As a result she loves the outdoors, camping and animals. She also likes movies, theatre productions, reading, being with friends and family and sports – favorite is basketball.



Maintains PACE Bylaws and Procedures documents. Aids PACE Committees and Senators in updating committee procedures, and performs at least an annual review of all procedures. Makes and receives recommendations for changes to PACE Bylaws, and explains Bylaws changes to PACE membership at the annual PACE General Meeting. Ensures PACE Executive and General Boards follow Bylaws and Procedures in all activities.

Jacob Atkin  -  Bylaws/Procedures Chairperson  -


Coordinates and promotes involvement of PACE members with the university community and encourages social interaction between employees. Oversees various social events for employees annually. Encourages involvement of university employees in social and service opportunities.

Marianna Henry  -  Social/Involvement Chairperson  -

Marianna is an academic advisor in the Digital Media department. She is a first-generation American; her family hails from Poland. She graduated from UVU with a bachelor's degree in Communication and is currently pursuing a Master's in Professional Studies: Social Entrepreneurship (social innovation/nonprofit administration). Marianna enjoys singing, planning events, eating international foods, and traveling in the U.S. and abroad. She's married to Tom, an associate professor at UVU. Marianna loves working with the staff, students, and faculty. She is thrilled to help PACE members get involved in their work community.



Provides tools and guidance for communications from PACE and PACE Committees with PACE membership. Maintains PACE web and social networking sites. Makes recommendations to PACE Executive Board on communication best practices.

Brianna Larson
Brianna Larson  -  Communication Chairperson  -

I began my career here at Utah Valley University in 2010, I just hit my 5 year mark! I started out in Prospective Student services as the Transfer Coordinator. I began working on my Master’s degree in Academic Advising and became an Academic Advisor for School of the Arts, advising Dance & Theatre, in March of 2014. I love working with students one on one in helping them make goals and plans to achieve those goals in their personal, academic, and professional lives. I look forward to serving on the PACE committee as the Communications Chair in helping all the staff here at UVU be informed and connected to the purpose and mission of PACE.



Promote and encourage PACE member involvement in the legislative process. Coordinate PACE legislative efforts with university legislative liaisons and efforts. Coordinate PACE legislative efforts with those of the Utah Higher Education Staff Association (UHESA).

Kim Rollins  -  Legislative Chairperson  -

I am the Assistant Director, Public Services in the UVU Library, with responsibilities in management, reference, instruction, marketing, and collection development. I have a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Public Relations.


Staff Education/Dev Fund

Promotes Staff Education and Staff Development Fund programs to employees. Gathers and compiles requests for funding. Selects funding recipients according to policies and guidelines. Coordinates budgets for Staff Education and Staff Development, including check requests for funding recipients, according to policies and guidelines.

Ursula Sorensen
Ursula Sorensen  -  Staff Education/Development Chairperson  -


Approves Service Leave requests by all employees according to university policy and guidelines. Compiles reports received about service performed by employees. Coordinates PACE service opportunities and projects. Coordinates with university scholarship offices on all details related to the PACE Scholarship program. Promotes PACE Scholarship to employees to solicit donations. Selects and recognizes scholarship recipients according to policies and guidelines.

David Phillips  -  Scholarship/Service Chairperson  -

David Phillips began to serve on PACE in July 2013 as the Service/Scholarship Committee Chair. He is the Bursar in the Business Services Department. David grew up in Farr West, Utah. He earned a BA in Accounting from Weber State University and an MBA from Utah State University. David is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

David is married with six children and resides in Spanish Fork. As a family, they enjoy camping (travel trailer style) and ATV riding. They are active in their church and presently serve as Cub Scout leaders in their neighborhood. He has no problem admitting that he is a “Den Mother”.


Wolverine Pride

Promotes school pride among employees, especially staff, through activities, communication, and spirit building. Coordinates with students, faculty, departments, and administration to promote and enhance employee attendance at athletics, the arts, and other university sponsored events, provides leadership and support to the University Wolverine Pride Committee. Chairs the University Wolverine Price Executive Committee. To stay up to speed on current Wolverine Pride events, take the pledge at

Jim Condie
Jim Condie  -  Wolverine Pride Chairperson  -

Jim works at UVU as the Director of IT Infrastructure Operations. He has worked in the IT industry for many years and also brings substantial experience in personnel management, sales/marketing, training & project management. He has been at UVU for over 8 years. For PACE he has served as a Finance and Administration Senator, served on the Communication committee, chaired an Athletics committee, and is currently chairing the Wolverine Pride Committee.

Jim is originally from Springville but now lives in Orem. He and his wife Krysti have four daughters (two of which are married), and an 11 year old son. At UVU he has studied Electronics Engineering, Aviation, and Tech Management. Hobbies include building stuff, good movies and afternoon rides on a noisy bike with a large motor. Favorite Quote, "It better be a pretty good meeting to be better than no meeting at all, or food is provided".