Meet Our Team

Administration and Finance Team

Saleem Curry
Director, University Life Space and Events

Saleem is responsible for the overall management and operations needs related to University Life spaces. With responsibility for the strategic planning and operations of Penn’s student union at Houston Hall, Saleem establishes goals and objectives based on University Life values and priorities, and provides leadership in the implementation of services and programs for the campus community.

Additionally, Saleem leads organizational effectiveness initiatives for the department including ensuring progress toward division and department strategic and service goals, creating training and professional development curricula, engaging in on-going assessment, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and participation in division-wide efforts.

 

Clara de Bustamante Sá Fomich
Administrative Assistant/Office Manager, University Life Space and Events

Clara provides administrative support to the Director of University Life Space and Events, and provides front office, administrative and other support to managers, employees, students, and office visitors by handling a variety of administrative and clerical tasks to ensure that all interactions between the department and others are positive and productive.

Sarah Lam
Coordinator, Finance and Administration

Sarah is responsible for the day-today financial operations of University Life Space and Events Management which includes maintaining all financial records, assisting in the oversight of budgets, and ensuring the integrity and compliance of financial transactions processed within the budgetary units.

Additionally, she coordinates all event billing activities of the department, utilizes KX Event software to maintain client records, reconcile charges, and send out invoices. 

Student Engagement and Development Team

Amber Decker
Associate Director, Community Engagement & Student Development 

Amber is responsible for the overall management of student leadership, development, programs and support for University Life Space and Events (most notably Penn’s student union – Houston Hall). She leads/aides the Coordinator for Community and Student Engagement in the selection, supervision, scheduling, training, and evaluating of the student building supervisor and welcome desk ambassador staffs and provides direction and support to the Operations Coordinator team.

Amber works closely and collaboratively with University Life colleagues to ensure alignment with divisional priorities and vision around student care, student development, and student leadership.

Michael Warren II
Program Manager, Penn Student Agencies

Michael is responsible for the overall management and operation of all student-run businesses within Penn Student Agencies (PSA). He is the direct supervisor of all student leadership — which includes agency directors and the executive suite — and a full-time Financial Assistant, with indirect supervision of 100+ student staff. His role focuses on entrepreneurial/small business experiential training and mentorship for students while advising them on staff management, coaching, training, administrative and HR responsibilities (recruiting, hiring, on-boarding), marketing, customer service, and fiscal responsibility. Michael reports to the Associate Director of Community Engagement & Student Development within University Life Space and Events Management.

 

Cora Bright
Financial Assistant, Penn Student Agencies

Cora provides administrative and financial support to Penn Student Agencies (PSA) through oversight of accounts payable, payroll, purchasing, and onboarding functions. She also serves in a supplementary role providing direction and advisement to students.

Scheduling and Events Team

Sonja Tillman
Associate Director, Scheduling & Events

Sonja is responsible for supervising the scheduling and events staff in providing all aspects of scheduling and planning for events, activities, and programs held in University Life event spaces and non-academic use of central pool classrooms. She works in close collaboration with the UL Space and Events leadership to recommend, establish, and communicate scheduling priorities, procedures, and building use policies in a manner that optimizes and eases access for students to University Life spaces.

Sonja ensures a high degree of constituent service, proactive solution finding, and an overall approach that centers the undergraduate, graduate, and professional student communities.

Alexis Celotto
Assistant Manager, Scheduling and Events

Alexis assists in providing direction and advisement to scheduling/event coordinator team by making daily event assignments, in order to maximize productivity in finalizing arrangements for event services.

Additionally, Alexis coordinates various events by assisting clients in navigating the reservation system with details in reference to their planned events in University Life spaces, and throughout campus.

Bakari White
Interim Coordinator, Scheduling and Events

Bakari is responsible for managing events in Houston Hall, Irvine Auditorium, Iron Gate Theatre, Penn Commons, College Green, and non-academic events in the Central Pool Classrooms. The coordinator advises student groups and organizers on event needs, planning, and expenses; coordinates events and additional considerations with university affiliates; and works with clients external to the university to schedule and coordinate events during breaks in the academic calendar. The coordinator collaborates with the Associate Director of Scheduling & Events, other relevant staff, when events require special attention such as open expression, A/V, in-event support, and security.

Lashae Wright
Interim Coordinator, Scheduling and Events

Lashae is responsible for managing events in Houston Hall, Irvine Auditorium, Iron Gate Theatre, Penn Commons, College Green, and non-academic events in the Central Pool Classrooms. The coordinator advises student groups and organizers on event needs, planning, and expenses; coordinates events and additional considerations with university affiliates; and works with clients external to the university to schedule and coordinate events during breaks in the academic calendar. The coordinator collaborates with the Associate Director of Scheduling & Events, other relevant staff, when events require special attention such as open expression, A/V, in-event support, and security.

Operations Team

Patrick Faulk
Associate Director, Operations

Patrick oversees the operations team, which includes the execution of events and overall facilities maintenance and upkeep. He works closely with the Associate Director of Scheduling and Events to facilitate the flow of information between the event coordination and operations teams to clarify operational procedures and client expectations.

Additionally, Patrick coordinates the delivery of event support services (staffing, security, room set ups, audiovisual equipment) for events within Space and Events, non-academic events in central pool classrooms, and other University Life administered spaces.

Barthel Akins
Operations Associate

Barthel is responsible for timely setup and breakdown of events within University Life spaces, central pool classrooms, and other University Life supported venues. Provide advisement to part-time and student staff assisting with events. Barthel assists with the overall operational needs of venues managed, supported, and occupied by the University Life team.

Chris Kessler
Coordinator

Chris monitors building conditions in Space and Events managed spaces, documents, coordinates, and tracks necessary repairs and maintenance as well as supports the Operations team through professional staff coverage of the Student Union @ Houston Hall.

Dashawn Jackson
Operations Associate

Dashawn is responsible for timely setup and breakdown of events within University Life spaces, central pool classrooms, and other University Life supported venues. Provide advisement to part-time and student staff assisting with events. Dashawn assists with the overall operational needs of venues managed, supported, and occupied by the University Life team.

Julian Lawrence
Operations Associate

Julian is responsible for timely setup and breakdown of events within University Life spaces, central pool classrooms, and other University Life supported venues. Provide advisement to part-time and student staff assisting with events. Julian assists with the overall operational needs of venues managed, supported, and occupied by the University Life team.

Laron Overby
Operations Associate

Laron is responsible for timely setup and breakdown of events within University Life spaces, central pool classrooms, and other University Life supported venues. Provide advisement to part-time and student staff assisting with events. Laron assists with the overall operational needs of venues managed, supported, and occupied by the University Life team.

Facilities Team

Pete Morgans
Associate Director, University Life Facilities

Pete is responsible for oversight of all physical plant and facilities support for University Life spaces. He ensures the on-going maintenance, renovation, and upkeep of all University Life facilities, coordinates major building repair/replacement projects (including remodeling, refurbishment, and expansion), and ensures ADA and building code compliance.

Pete works closely with the University’s central facilities department, Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES), Office of the University Architect, the University Registrar, building administrators, architects, contractors, property managers, and technology consultants to continuously improve University Life spaces, offices, and centers.

Catering and Audio Visual Services

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Marvin Moore
Executive Catering Chef
Bon Appétit Management Company

Kala Williamss

Kala N. Williams
Director of Catering
Bon Appétit Management Company

Dawn Blandford

Dawn Blandford
Director, Client Services
Visual Sound at Penn