Meet Our New Staff

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Melissa Heaton

Manager, Faculty Affairs Operations

Melissa Heaton, Manager, Faculty Affairs Operations, joined SJSU in January of 2014. Prior to joining SJSU, Melissa worked in Human Resources at The University of Arizona. She enjoys assisting faculty in all stages of employment. She moved from Arizona with her family, and she is originally from Wisconsin. Melissa enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and discovering more about the local area.

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Lesley Seacrist

Recruitment, Sabbatical, & TF Evaluations Coordinator

Lesley joined the Office of Faculty Affairs December of 2013. A San Jose native, she is excited to be back home to begin her career at SJSU. Previously, she worked for three years at SFSU in account receiving. With a strong administrative background and a love of customer service, she is excited to help SJSU faculty. With a never-ending curiosity, Lesley is a life-long learner who enjoys participating in a multitude of activities-- which makes interacting with 50+ academic disciplines the ideal environment for her.

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Michele Brister

Faculty Relations Analyst

Michele has worked in San Jose State University’s Alumni Association and Advancement before making her way to Faculty Affairs.  She holds an A.A. in Paralegal Studies, a B.A. in Behavioral Science, & a B.A. in Sociology. When she is not here on campus you’ll most likely find her on the little league baseball or softball fields. She also loves cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.

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John Hanley

Faculty Affairs Assistant

John Hanley is a newcomer to San Jose, having moved down from Seattle on a long-term basis in October of 2014. He operates the front office in the afternoons on Mondays-Thursdays and also helps out with processing incoming fee waivers. He previously volunteered at the Development Office in Clark Hall and at 90.5 KSJS and worked with San Jose State Research in Mountain View. He's eager to help out, any way he can.

When he's out of the office, he likes playing classic PC games and watching Netflix, Mariners baseball, and Seahawks football.

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Christie Martinez

Faculty Affairs Coordinator

Christie Martinez has recently joined Faculty Affairs at San Jose State University. In the Office Faculty Affairs, she is currently assisting with Temporary Faculty Appointments, Evaluations, Range Evaluations and Faculty Additional Employment. In Spring 2015, she will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies and hopes to continue her education and career here at San Jose State University. Christie has many hobbies such as running, traveling and spending time with her family.

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Tracy Vuong

Faculty Appointment Coordinator





Winter 2014 Newsletter | In MemoriamNew Staff in Faculty AffairsNew Tenure-Track Faculty | Newly Tenured and Promoted | Our Role in Campus Diversity | Sabbatical Awards | Spring Fling