Meet the 2021-2022 cohort of the McKelvey Staff Council.

Samantha Lacy


Samantha Lacy, a manager with Information Management Services, has worked for the university for 23 years overall, — 17 of those years in the McKelvey School of Engineering. As her role throughout the university has been mainly technical, she is currently focused on project management and the strategic direction for academic and research for the McKelvey School of Engineering. In 2017, she successfully completed the MOR Leadership program, sponsored by the CIO’s office at the university, and is currently serving on the Danforth Staff Council.

Outside of work, she served as president of the Women’s Auxillary for the Fairview Height Fire Department and helped to manage fundraising activities for the Illinois Burn Camp. She enjoys spending time with her family and loves the outdoors.

Kourtney Shaw

Vice Chairperson

Kourtney Shaw is an administrative assistant for the office of Graduate Student Services. She joined WashU in 2015, working for Alumni and Development in Parent Programs.

Kate Whitaker


Kate Whitaker works in the Engineering Undergraduate Student Services Office as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator. She has been at Washington University since spring of 2015 where she worked in the Physics Department and joined the McKelvey School of Engineering in the summer of 2016. She is also a member of the Alcohol and Other Drugs subcommittee through the Habif Health and Wellness Center.

Outside of work, Kate enjoys watching and playing sports, photography, traveling and eating delicious food.

Karen Teasdale

Bylaws Subcommittee Chair

Karen Teasdale, has worked for the university for more than 11 years. She started as the assistant to the department chair and graduate student coordinator in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, eventually shifting her role to full-time support for the department chair.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, travel, music of all varieties, cycling and Blues hockey.

Huyen (Gwen) Nguyen

Staff Member

Huyen (Gwen) Nguyen was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. Since 2012, Nguyen has been the administrative coordinator for the Cardiac Bioelectricity & Arrhythmia Center (CBAC) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Her duties include seminar programming, budgets and purchasing, website maintenance and NIH grant preparation. With 35 faculty members spread throughout the university, CBAC is the largest center that bridges the Danforth Campus and the Medical School with the joint mission of studying, diagnosing, and treating heart rhythm disorders.

She is fluent in two languages (Vietnamese and English), enjoys kickboxing and dance classes, cooking Vietnamese food, eating and music.

Nicole Voumard

Staff Member

Nicole Voumard has worked at Washington University since 2017, joining the School of Engineering in 2018. She currently serves as the Assistant to the Chair for Electrical and Systems Engineering. Nicole also serves as the Green Office liaison for the department. Nicole is pursuing her Master’s in Project Management through the Sever Institute at Washington University.

Outside of work, Nicole enjoys spending time with her dogs, family, and friends.