Chancellor’s Executive Team & Staff

Sandra Haynes

Chancellor Sandra Haynes provides overall leadership for WSU Tri‑Cities, represents the campus within the University system, and serves as a liaison with local communities, organizations and industries.

Her Executive Team provides leadership in the primary areas across campus to support faculty, staff and student success.

Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration

Damien Sinnott
Damien SinnottInterim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
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Rebecca GubserPrincipal AssistantEast 242
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Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

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Kathleen McAteerVice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs; Associate Professor (Career Track), BiologyFloyd 263E
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Cheryl JensenAssistant to the Vice ChancellorFloyd 263F

Kathleen McAteer earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina. Before she came to WSU Tri-Cities as a clinical assistant professor of biological sciences, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. 

Her research has three focus areas: 

1) Analysis of metabolism in pathogen bacteria to gain a better understanding of the infection process, 2) Analyzing metabolic changes in filamentous fungi mutants to determine their utility in bioprocessing, and 3) Characterization of immobilized enzymes in hydrogels to determine the optimal properties for these solutions as threat-detection agents. 

As the vice chancellor for academic affairs, Dr. McAteer is the chief academic officer for the campus and leads the AVID for Higher Education student success initiative. She received the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for non-tenure track faculty at Washington State University in 2015.

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Senior Director of Development

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Jaime HepplerSenior Director of Development

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Outreach


Dr. Chris Meiers previously served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Services at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His experience in higher education includes positions as a registrar, admissions counselor, financial aid director, fitness center director, ombudsman, and clinical assistant professor.

He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Kansas in 2010 with a dissertation on “Item Response Theory Scaling of an Academic Medical Center Student Satisfaction Survey.” Dr. Meiers received his Master of Science in Educational Administration and his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Fort Hays State University.

As the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Meiers provides visionary leadership and strategic direction to our comprehensive services and programs in enrollment management and student affairs, including recruitment, retention, financial aid, registration, career services, counseling services, and student involvement.

Area Human Resource Administrator

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Debra McCormickArea HR AdministratorEast 262A

Director of Marketing & Communication

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Leslie StreeterDirector of Marketing & Communication
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