Janeen Giusti, Office Manager, Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean
Janeen leads the administrative team in the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Sciences and is the assistant to Steve Olson, senior associate dean for finance and administration for the school. Janeen began her career at Stanford in 2006 in the H&S Dean's Office. In 2008, she moved to a role supporting the Stanford Arts Institute and helped support the opening of the Bing Concert Hall in January of 2013. She returned to H&S in November of 2013. Outside of work, Janeen enjoys running, reading, and watching sports.
Denise Ellestad, Associate Dean for External Relations
Denise Ellestad began serving as associate dean for external relations in 2017. She oversees the School of Humanities and Sciences development, public relations, and alumni relations efforts. Denise has worked at H&S for seven years, most recently as the senior director of development. Prior to joining H&S, Denise worked as a development officer at the School of Medicine. Denise has a bachelor's degree in Greek and Latin from Stanford. Denise is an avid trail runner and cyclist and has two very athletic dogs that keep her busy.
Julie Hardin-Stauter, Director, Facilities and Capital Planning
Julie is the director of Facilities and Capital Planning. She is responsible for facilities planning; space management; health, safety, and security; and renovation and construction activities in the School of Humanities and Sciences. Julie leads a staff of six professionals and focuses on growing their talent and professional development.
Julie's successes share a common theme: balancing stability with clarity and vision and developing productive partnerships through excellent communication with colleagues. These relationships both at Stanford and externally have contributed to a rewarding career of more than 20 years at the university and the successful completion of many noteworthy projects.
During her personal time, Julie enjoys cooking, gardening, fly fishing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Tina Kass, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Tina manages the Faculty Affairs group, which is responsible for faculty affairs and general support of the school's cluster deans. The group include manages all academic council faculty appointment and promotion processes, all teaching appointments, and academic council faculty sabbaticals and leaves. Staff associates to each dean maintain records of all senior associate dean decisions and provide support in faculty recruitment and retention, in addition to academic department oversight.
Jim Henry, Director, Finance
The Dean’s Office Finance team provides strategic decision support to H&S leadership through financial analysis and management, reporting, and strategic planning. The team supports departments and programs through the annual accounting cycle and also works closely with central university offices on financial matters.
Graduate and Undergraduate Studies
Susan Weersing, Associate Dean, Graduate and Undergraduate Studies
In her role as associate dean, Susan oversees the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies (GUS). The work of GUS is wide ranging, encompassing areas as diverse as initiation of new degree programs, curricular review and assessment, graduate aid and fellowships, student academic grievances and mediation, and graduate diversity and retention.
Prior to stepping into her current position, Susan managed the Department of Sociology and the Program in Urban Studies at Stanford. She also worked extensively in the nonprofit world, providing and managing services that support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
When not in meetings or dealing with a thorny issue, Susan is either walking, reading a new book, or trying to do both at the same time.
Sumitra Krishnan, Human Resources Director
Sumitra manages the School of Humanities and Sciences human resources function. She leads a team of HR professionals and serves as a strategic advisor on all areas of HR. In her role, she helps define H&S HR initiatives by understanding the school's goals, issues, and needs.
Prior to her current position, Sumitra was at the School of Medicine for over 10 years where her efforts focused on developing and implementing strategic initiatives around workforce planning, talent acquisition, process improvement, and faculty development programs. Her experience previous to Stanford also includes student services and operations management before dedicating her career to HR.
Outside of work, Sumitra enjoys traveling, running and spending time with her family and friends.
Jonathan Pilat, Director, Information Technology
Jon leads the IT team in the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Sciences and is responsible for setting strategic direction and advocating for the H&S community on IT matters. He also participates in a variety of committees and working groups at the university level, including the chief information officer council and the identity management steering committee. Jon has been at the university for almost 20 years as a student in the History Department and as a staff member in university IT; he joined H&S in April of 2015. Outside of work, Jon sings in the all-vocal band Hookslide [http://www.hook-slide.com].
Ellie Fischbacher Maldonado, Director, Planning and Administrative Effectiveness
Ellie is responsible for managing an effective planning process for H&S; maintaining information resources in support of the school’s research and educational mission and its administrative operations; enhancing research operations; and serving as the primary advocate for departments and programs in support of administrative processes and systems implementations.
Joy Leighton, Director of Public Relations
Joy manages the communications and stewardship teams, which are part of H&S External Relations. Both teams support Dean Satz and school-wide priorities and initiatives.
The communications team provides strategy and production support around all messaging as well as collaborates with campus partners to advance the school and university's mission. The stewardship team shares with donors the impact of their gifts on faculty, graduate students, and research and teaching. Joy also manages media requests and sets the strategy for the school's website.
Previously, Joy worked in Students Affairs at Stanford and, before that, at UC Berkeley Extension in Marketing and Communications. She has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and in English, and a master's and doctorate in English, focusing on nineteenth-century U.S. literature.
Sonia Barragan, Director of Research Administration
Sonia provides guidance and expertise to solve complex problems in research administration throughout H&S. Sonia and her team are a key resource in proposal development, award management, research compliance, quarterly certification of expenditures, conflict of interest management, and policy interpretation. They collaborate with department research administrators to develop recommendations for system enhancements and process improvements that increase staff effectiveness and reduce administrative burden in the realm of research administration. Additionally, they represent the school on a number of university committees and serve as primary H&S contact with the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research and the Office of Research Administration.