The Employee Assembly ensures staff involvement and representation in non-academic and work-life matters, identifying concerns relating to staff and working with the university Administration to seek solutions.

The Employee Assembly consists of 35 members, representing the community of Cornell employees, and is committed to providing staff with a means of continuous involvement in the governance of the University. Working closely with members of the administration, the EA encourages higher visibility for employees as community members, more equal participation with faculty and students in the policy-making process, and an increased sense of community through shared responsibilities.

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  • Jessica E. Withers

     Jessica E. Withers
    Jessica E. Withers Chair, Employee Assembly (Library and Museum Representative)

    In her role as Chair of the Employee Assembly, Jessica serves as spokesperson of the Assembly and assures its smooth and effective operation. Outside of Cornell, Jessica spends her time writing and being outside as much as possible.

  • Andrea Haenlin-Mott

     Andrea Haenlin-Mott
    Andrea Haenlin-Mott Executive Vice Chair, Employee Assembly

    Disability Representative At-Large

  • Kit Helene Tannenbaum

     Kit Helene Tannenbaum
    Kit Helene Tannenbaum Vice Chair of Operations and Finance, Employee Assembly; Non-Exempt Employee Representative At-Large

    As the Chair for Operations & Finance, Kit oversees the EA budget and works with the committee chairs with committee membership. Outside of the Assembly, Kit works in Conference & Event Services and schedules room reservations for Willard Straight Hall, Ho Plaza, Anabel Taylor Hall, and Sage Chapel. Outside of Cornell, Kit enjoys playing the NY Times Crossword, watching Tik Tok videos, and hanging with her cat, Baberrito (bay-bur-reeto).

  • Ellen T Miller

     Ellen T Miller
    Ellen T Miller Vice Chair for Communications, Employee Assembly (Research, Technology Transfer and Information Technology Representative At-Large)

    Ellen came to Cornell in September 2016 after 10-years working in the advertising and fashion industries in NYC. She is currently the Research & Administrative Manager in the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, providing pre- and post-award sponsored funding support to 12 faculty and their respective labs. Outside of Cornell Ellen volunteers with the Long Island Bulldog Rescue and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and has a classic case of FOMO, trying and joining many clubs and social activities. She has 3 English bulldogs: Nala - age 12, Bomba - age 9, and Monroe - age 1.

  • Lisa Michele Zacharias

     Lisa Michele Zacharias
    Lisa Michele Zacharias Parliamentarian, Employee Assembly

    Division of Alumni Affairs and Development Representative

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Employee Assembly Communications, Outreach and Recognition Committee

06/08/2022 11:00am

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Employee Assembly Employee Welfare Committee

Reviews and recommends proposals and initiatives related to employee health and wellness, work/life, dependent care and family support, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, transportation, compensation and any other topic deemed relevant to employee welfare.

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Employee Assembly Education Committee

The Employee Education Committee supports employee development, goals, and opportunities.

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