Our Team

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The Commons staff is a team of energetic and skilled professionals driven to create and deliver safe, inclusive, and educational experiences for all VCU students. The Commons staff, including housekeeping and student employees, work around the clock to keep all our buildings, events, and programs running efficiently. Student employees, graduate assistants, and our housekeeping staff are not included in this directory.

David Greene
Director
dlgreene@vcu.edu
804.828.6500

Administrative/General

Finance   

George Kelly
Associate Director, Financial Management
Division of Student Affairs
gpkelly@vcu.edu
804.828.3850

Jeremy Lebling
Finance Liaison
leblingjs@vcu.edu
804.827.3928

Marketing 

Laura O'Brien
Marketing & Special Events Manager
lbobrien@vcu.edu

Tre Straughter
Marketing & Special Events 
straughtertr@vcu.edu 

Lex Coelho
Graduate Assistant, Brandcenter Student

Chris Cole
Graduate Assistant, Brandcenter Student 

Student Governance

Jenaé Harrington
Advisor to Student Government Association
jdharrington@vcu.edu
804.828.3788

Office of Civic Engagement and Fraternity & Sorority Life

Dr. LaDarius Thompson
Associate Director, Civic Engagement and Fraternity & Sorority Life
804. 828.6500
ldthompson@vcu.edu 

Nicole Patterson
Coordinator for Student Civic Engagement
nlpatterson@vcu.edu
804.828.4381

Jessica McKee
Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Life
mckeej3@vcu.edu
804.828.6606 

Riley Vespoli
Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Life
vespolir@vcu.edu
804.828.4519

Facility Operations and Event Management

Jennifer Chapman
Associate Director of Facility Operations & Event Services 
jlchapman2@vcu.edu
804.828.3527 

Facilities Operations

Rochelle Upshur
Assistant Director for Facilities and Operations
upshurrj@vcu.edu
804.828.3529 

James Gross
Technical Services Manager
grossj2@vcu.edu
804.828.3499 

Joey Gremore
MCV Facilities Coordinator
jlgremore@vcu.edu 
804-828-1459

Dylan Finney
Graduate Student Building Manager

Gene Knight
Housekeeping Manager
gaknight@vcu.edu
804.828.3980

Yolanda James
Housekeeping Supervisor
yjames2@vcu.edu
804.828.9253

"Tony" Brown
1st Shift Floor Tech

Xavier Gardner 
2nd Shift Floor Tech 

Cynthia Conyers
1st Shift Housekeeper

Marie Trent 
1st Shift Housekeeper

Diane Fraierson
2nd Shift Housekeeper

Donnell West
Housekeeper - Hunton Student Center

Event Services 

Tyler Jarrett
Assistant Director for Event Services
tljarrett@vcu.edu
804.827.2358

Kelly Kitchen
Event Coordinator 
kitchenkm@vcu.edu
804.827.3621

Ryan Pander
Event Coordinator
rbpander@vcu.edu 

Savannah J. Smith
Event and Systems Coordinator
smithsj2@vcu.edu
804.828.3143

Student Leadership & Engagement

Tommy Otterbine
Associate Director for Student Leadership & Engagement
tmotterbine@vcu.edu

Fred Tugas
Assistant Director for Student Leadership & Engagement 
fymtugas@vcu.edu 

Meghan Zapiec
Assistant Director for Student Programming & Campus Engagement
mzapiec@vcu.edu
804.828.4005 

Bria Taylor
Coordinator for Student Programming 
taylorbc7@vcu.edu

Donté Sharpe
Coordinator for Leadership & Student Organizations
dsharpe2@vcu.edu

Justin Raibolt
Coordinator for Leadership & Student Organizations
jraibolt@vcu.edu

Amanda Ferrara
Graduate Assistant for Leadership & Student Organizations

Elizabeth Engel
Graduate Assistant for Student Programming