Director of Admissions, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
BS, Quincy University
Saint Louis University, Associate Director (2002-2003); Assistant Director (1998-2001); Program Coordinator (1996-1998), Quincy University, Assistant Director of Admissions (1992-1996).
IACAC Professional Activities and Recognitions
Annual Conference Raffle Committee/ Registration Committee (1995); Annual Conference First Timers Committee (1996); Annual Conference Entertainment Committee chair member (1997); Annual Conference presenter (2007); Annual Conference Teller and Registration volunteer (2007); Annual Conference Teller (2008); Annual Conference Registration tri-chair (2008 and 2009); IACAC Delegate (2009-present); IACAC Executive Board member (2009-present)
NACAC Professional Activities and Recognitions
Member since 1997; NACAC Middle Management Institute (2001); NACAC Leadership Development Conference; (1999, 2003, 2004, 2005); NACAC President’s Council (2003 and 2004); NACAC Rising Star Award (for Missouri ACAC Support Staff Drive-In (2004); NACAC Legislative Conferences (2004 and 2005) ; NACAC Annual Conference tri- chair for 2010 conference (St. Louis, Missouri)
Other Professional Activities and Recognitions
Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling – MOACAC (Member since 1996); MOACAC Executive Board (1998 – 2006) – Elected President-Elect by members for 3 year term including one year as President (2003 – 2006); MOACAC Professional Development Committee member (1997-2001) – Co-chair (3 year term appointed by MOACAC president – 1998- 2001); MOACAC Strategic Plan Committee – selected member (2000-2001); MOACAC Publications Committee – Editor of the MOACAC “Missouri Messenger” newsletter/ appointed by President – 3 year term (2001- 2004); MOACAC Annual Conference Committee (2001, 2003, 2007); Annual Conference Hospitality (2003): Annual Conference Local Arrangements (2001and 2007); Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling – GPACAC (Member 1998 – 2004); Organization of Admissions and Records Officers of State Universities in Illinois – OAROSUI (Member since 2003); Served as Chair (2007) and Secretary (2006); American Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers – AACRAO (Member since 2002); “Admission Counselor 101” – Faculty member for on-line introductory course for new admission professionals (2006-present); Illinois Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers – IACRAO (Member since 2003); ACT Illinois Executive Council; Board member since 2006; Secretary (2007 to present)
The year 1992 holds many special memories for me as this was the year I graduated from college; the year I began my career; and the year I was introduced to the admission profession by many leaders within IACAC. I had the opportunity to attend the Summer Institute on the campus of Loyola University Chicago and it was here that I met with many leaders within our profession. These individuals provided me with much knowledge and insight in regards to the profession, but what I took away most was the chance to visit with them and hear the stories that make our profession unique to any other.
Now, many years later, I have an opportunity to serve the association that has given me so much. I cannot lie and say it was not without hesitancy at first that I accepted this most honorable role within the association. This position on the Executive Board is one that comes with much responsibility. This position is one that requires much time and dedication to the members. And, because IACAC is viewed prominently regionally and nationally, this position is one that others look to and turn to regarding college counseling and admission trends. Therefore, my hesitancy came from making sure that with the demands on one’s job; I could truly give of my time to the association and members.
As I pondered more this role, I thought about what I have heard so much in my involvement on the local and national level, and this was the respect IACAC and the members have nationally. Also, I thought about all of the past leaders, in particular the Past Presidents, and how I look up to them for all that they have given to the association and to me.
Their efforts have paved the way for IACAC to continue to be the voice in our profession. These leaders have set the foundation for others to follow and be able to lead effectively and efficiently. With much support within the association from many people, this nomination became an easy one to say “yes.”
As your President-Elect and future President, I challenge myself along with all members to continue the momentum. IACAC will continue to grow in regards to services we offer; outreach to all; and advocacy on the state and national level. IACAC will continue to provide the opportunity for all to get involved. And, IACAC and all that we do will allow everyone to share their stories and knowledge providing for the ultimate professional development opportunity. By sharing what we have experienced and what we know, we each will be able to help others and in turn help the students and families we work with every day.
I look forward to the opportunity if elected to serve you all; and I promise that I will give my best and represent IACAC well. Making sure we reflect on the past while embracing the challenges of the future, I am humbled to accept this nomination of President-Elect.