Meet the OE Team
As the director of OE, Lee partners with the University community to lead performance excellence and improvement efforts. She facilitates design sessions using Liberating Structures to provide a forum for interactive innovation. Currently, Lee continues to improve processes around Research Administration, and she consults with schools and units on improvement opportunities. Additionally, she is establishing the transition from an informal Project Alliance to the new University Project Portfolio.
Lee joined UVA in 2011 as director of process simplification. She helped found the current OE program in 2013. Prior to moving to Virginia and joining the University, Lee held a 30-year career in Biotechnology on the West Coast. There, she established the project management office and department for operational excellence with a key role in advancing the company to a world-class organization and No. 1 Biotechnology company in the world.
Lee earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from the University of Virginia. She also achieved her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and earned a Master’s certificate in IT project management from Georgetown University.
Mary Brackett joined OE as a senior associate in 2014. She provides leadership, support, and consulting for pan-institutional projects and the overall OE program. Mary also serves as the chief data analyst, interpreting and visualizing data across the portfolio. Additionally, Mary has managed several major institutional projects involving diverse stakeholder groups, most notably a benchmarking project of six administrative functions that included input from thousands of faculty, staff, and students.
Prior to her current role, Mary served as the director of HR applications and strategic planning at UVA, where she led the design and implementation of many enterprise applications. She has been with the University for seventeen years.
Mary earned her MBA and is certified in Prosci change management, Darden’s design thinking framework, ITIL IT service management, and completed the Educause Institute Management program.
Associate Vice President
Sarah founded and leads the OE initiative through work she describes as “helping the University be better.” She partners with the University community to develop strategy, implement improvements, engage stakeholders, and build organizational capacity for change to support and advance mission activities.
Sarah’s 25-year career in higher education spans diverse administrative and academic positions at several different universities. Prior to her current appointment, she served as UVA’s assistant vice president for Management and Budget/director of State Governmental Relations from 2004 to 2013.
Additionally, Sarah contributes to the broader higher education change agenda through her work with the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI). She is a former board member, a member of the advisory council, a regular presenter at the annual conference, and a mentor for other higher education quality programs. In 2015, she was honored with the NCCI Leader of Change award.
Sarah holds a Ph.D. from UVA’s Curry School of Education and is a regular lecturer in the higher education graduate program. She also enjoys assisting other non-profit organizations to enhance their effectiveness.
Stan joined OE as the portfolio associate in August 2017. He leads the coordination of select pan-institutional, administrative projects for optimal implementation and results through the University Project Portfolio [insert link to portfolio page].
Prior to UVA, Stan served as the vice president of Information Technology and chief information officer at Austin Community College for nine years. Before that, he was a program manager in the Global Services division of IBM, and the chief information officer for a state agency in Texas. He has also worked as the computer training coordinator for the University of Texas System, a freelance journalist, a systems analyst, a programmer, and a network manager.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Stan received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Texas at Tyler and his Masters in Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin.
Stan has also been an associate faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin since 2001, where he currently teaches a graduate course in database management and design.
Program Communicator & Coordinator
Morgan joined OE in July 2017. As the program communicator, she is responsible for brand management and consistency on all OE communications. From the monthly newsletter and website to poster presentations and print collateral, Morgan helps spread the word about OE partnerships around Grounds. She also helps with event management for OE’s professional development series, Quality CORE Network, and the Spotlight on Excellence peer recognition program.
Morgan transitioned to academia from UVA Health System, where she spent three years as a content strategist for Strategic Relations and Marketing. Prior to that, she received her master’s degree in Interactive Media from Elon University and an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Lehigh University.
Tim joined OE as administrative coordinator in July 2016. He is responsible for scheduling meetings with the executive sponsors and the Organizational Excellence leadership council among others. He also coordinates logistics for departmental travel, lodging, and catering. Tim is involved in coordination for the OE’s Quality CORE Network and the Spotlight on Excellence peer recognition program throughout the year.
Tim arrived at OE after spending nearly five years as an assistant to department chairs at UVA’s School of Architecture. While there, he contributed to two successful accreditation reports and related team visits. He also participated in six faculty position searches. Prior to that, he worked as a communications specialist in the music industry.
Tim received a Bachelor of Arts in English from UVA, and he is currently enrolled in UVA’s graduate certification program for Public Administration.
Emily joined OE as a project associate in August 2016. She partners with OE team members to deliver a variety of consulting services to schools and units, including facilitation, organizational design, and process improvement. Recent work includes annual retreat facilitation for unit strategic planning, action planning for an office reorganization, and process mapping current and future states for research administration.
Prior to OE, Emily managed projects in both the public health and local government sectors in Louisiana. Since 2014, she has been a certified Project Manager through the Project Management Institute. As a soon to be “double hoo,” Emily has her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and will earn her Masters in summer 2018.