2023 NASPA Annual Conference

Conference Leadership Committee

Dan Maxwell, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Houston System and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Houston (2023 Conference Chair)

Dr. Daniel Maxwell (he/him/his) has over 30 years of experience in higher education at both public and private institutions along with land grant and urban institutions. He joined the University of Houston team in January 2012 as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for the University of Houston System and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Houston. Dan served as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Houston Clear Lake for 2018-2019 academic year. In October 2021, Dan was appointed the Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for the University of Houston System and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Houston.

Armed with a great sense of humor and an engaging personality, Dan is a results-oriented professional dedicated to developing teams to achieve valuable performance results. He is experienced with leading projects in fast-paced environments, developing effective relationships in diverse environments, and building high-performance teams.

Dan is the recipient of the 2020 Robert H. Shaffer Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University’s Higher Education doctoral program. Dan is also a NASPA 2020 Pillar of the Profession and previously served on the AVP Steering Committee (2016-2020). Additionally, NASPA Region III recognized Dan with the 2018 AVP/Senior Level Student Affairs Professional Award and the 2016 James E. Scott Outstanding Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award. Dan is a past two-term national president of the Association of College Unions International and the 2019 recipient of ACUI’s Butts-Whiting Award. Locally, Dan serves on the board of trustees for St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Houston, Texas.

Dan received his Bachelor of Science in Personnel and Industrial Relations from Syracuse University, a Master of Science in Education in Higher Educational Leadership from the University of Miami, and his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs with a minor in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University.

Danita Brown Young, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2022-2023 Board Chair)

Dr. Danita M. Brown Young is currently the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before moving to Champaign, she served as Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Prior to that position, she worked in student affairs at Purdue University, including serving as the youngest and first African American (and first African American woman) Dean of Students at Purdue. Dr. Young holds a B.A. in sociology from Kent State University, an M.A. in community counseling from Loyola University Chicago, and earned her Ph.D. in higher education administration from Ohio University. Dr. Brown Young is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Links, Inc., serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois board, is a Girl Scout Troop Leader, served as the Regional Director for NASPA IV-East from 2019-2021, and was awarded the NASPA Pillar of the Profession award in 2021.

With over 20 years of experience in student affairs in higher education, Dr. Brown Young is an accomplished ambassador for students, and understands the critical role student affairs must play in successfully meeting the land-grant promises of educational access and opportunity to help create a more socially just society.

Dr. Brown Young is married to John Allen Young II and has a daughter named Sarah and a dog named Star.

Karen Chaney, Area Director, Residence Life, Boston University (2023 Conference Subcommittee Co-Chair, Boston Experience)

Karen Chaney (pronouns she, her, hers) has been involved in higher education, specifically residence life, for nearly ten years. Karen served with the Advising Corps, New York University chapter as a college advisor in New York City high schools. Her focus was to support high school students who have been historically excluded from post-secondary education. In switching focus to educational policy, Karen found herself at the higher education masters program at Boston University. Through this graduate experience, Karen found her enjoyment in residence life and student affairs. As a Black womxn in student affairs, Karen seeks to advocate and advance liberation for marginalized identities harmed by systemic oppression. Her presentations and advocacy work are centered in a womxnist framework. Thus her NASPA experiences has led to presentations focused on womxnism and celebrating the vibrancy of Black womxn and femmes. Furthermore, Karen served in the New Professional & Graduate Student Knowledge Community. Currently, Karen serves as one of the co-chairs for Social Justice and Inclusion for Womxn in Student Affairs Knowledge Community. As both NASPA and Boston are a significant part of Karen’s life, she is excited to build an inclusive and welcoming experience for those attending the NASPA Annual Conference in 2023. 

Marcella Runell Hall, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Mount Holyoke College (2023 Conference Subcommittee Co-Chair, Boston Experience)

Marcella Runell Hall, Ed.D. is the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students and Lecturer in Religion at Mount Holyoke College in Western, Massachusetts. Trained in the interdisciplinary field of social justice education as both a practitioner and scholar, Hall has authored books, articles, and curricula on topics of popular culture, friendship, race, spirituality and parenting. Hall also has a passion for amplifying opportunities for improved work life integration, especially for student affairs professionals who are also primary caregivers. Hall currently serves on the James Scott Academy Board, the 2023 Conference Leadership Committee, and has previously served as faculty for the Aspiring Vice President Institute for NASPA. Hall is Mom to two daughters, Aaliyah (12) and Ava (8) and finds joy in attending live music and performance events, creating community, taking pictures, reading fiction and traveling to new places. 

Laquala Dixon, Dean of Students, Jackson State University (2023 Conference Subcommittee Co-Chair, Engagement & Volunteers)

Laquala C. Dixon is a proud Flint, Michigan native. Dr. Dixon takes pride in the genuine passion she has for working with students, particularly underrepresented student populations. Laquala enjoys writing and research. She recently published a journal article with Diversity Abroad, entitled, “Dear brown skin girl: You are more than enough!” Similarly, she enjoys challenging and supporting students in an effort to empower them to reach their full potential. 

Dr. Dixon has served in numerous capacities in higher education, including housing, Greek life, and student conduct, in addition to having experience outside of the field as a social worker. She is actively involved with NASPA, having been elected to be a part of the inaugural Ujima Institute in fall 2019 and currently serving as a Region III African American Knowledge Community (AAKC) Co-Representative. Additionally, she continues to volunteer as a program proposal reviewer for numerous NASPA-affiliated conferences. In 2021, Dr. Dixon was awarded the Outstanding HBCU/Minority-Serving Institution Professional in Region III Award. She is an advocate for life-long learning and mentorship. Dr. Dixon strongly believes in operating with high ethical standards, coupled with uncompromising integrity.

Laquala acquired her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a Master of Education Degree in College Student Affairs Leadership, and a doctoral degree in Higher Education. Dr. Dixon proudly serves as the Dean of Students at Jackson State University, an HBCU.

Kim Holapa, Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Washington State University (2023 Conference Subcommittee Co-Chair, Engagement & Volunteers)

Kim Holapa has called Washington State University home for nearly 30 years. When she arrived as an undergraduate student, she knew almost immediately WSU was where she wanted to be for the long term. Sharing that experience of what it is to be a Coug and the work she is doing now to make students feel at home on any WSU campus, is what makes her work as Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives so rewarding.

Her work with alumni and friends of the institution helps not only current students, but she also connects people who care deeply about this work to help them find ways to give of their time, talent, and financial resources. Leading the Student Affairs Development team as well as Student Affairs Marketing & Communication efforts are where Kim spends most of her time. She also serves as Chief of Staff to the Vice President, leading and facilitating strategic projects, participating in university-wide programs, and representing the vice president across the WSU Pullman campus.

Kim’s work includes partnering with colleagues on each campus to showcase student affairs priorities, finding ways those priorities can be adapted and scaled for each campus community, as well as facilitating strategic project work that reaches across all areas of the university.

During her time with WSU, Kim has held leadership roles in the Office of Student Financial Services, the WSU Foundation, and the College of Education. While a student pursuing a degree in English, Kim worked at the Daily Evergreen, serving as Editor in Chief her final year. Kim holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the WSU College of Education.

Shari Robinson, Assistant Vice Provost of Student Life, University of New Hampshire (2023 Conference Subcommittee Co-Chair, NASPA Communities & NASPActs)

Shari Robinson, Ph.D. is the Assistant Vice Provost of Student Life at the University of New Hampshire. She received her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University and is a licensed psychologist in New Hampshire. Her areas of professional interest include counseling issues related to equity, inclusion and diversity, working with students of color, first-generation college students, and mentoring people of color. Throughout her career, she has maintained a strong commitment to providing services and leadership development to underserved and hard-to-reach minority faculty, staff and students through a variety of service leadership opportunities, committee work, outreach and consultation. She is a member of the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) of American Psychological Association, and represented APA on the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) since 2014. She is also a current member of the Advisory Council for New Hampshire Endowment for Health and Race & Equity in NH workgroup. 

Rayna Tagalicod, Director of National Student Exchange, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (2023 Conference Subcommittee Co-Chair, NASPA Communities & NASPActs)

Dr. Rayna Akiyo Isaki Tagalicod has humbly served students and the community through a thirteen-year career in higher education. She is passionate about supporting and advocating for students and facilitating transformational experiences in college to positively impact future generations. She specializes in student success support and programming. She is currently the Director of the National Student Exchange (NSE) Program at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. In this role, she was able to successfully transform the program from the brink of extinction to become, by far, the most popular campus in the NSE Consortium. 

Over her career, Dr. Tagalicod has served in a number of leadership roles in professional organizations at the international, national, University of Hawaii system, and campus levels. Her current leadership roles include Chair of the Diversity in Global Education International & Exchange Student Services Task Force, and Chair of the National Student Exchange Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She was also the recipient of the 2015 Global Community for Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Advising Award (Certificate of Merit-Primary Role Category); the 2015 Council of Academic Advisors Pakela Individual Award for Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year; and the 2013 Golden Key International Honour Society, Honorary Member Award for Scholarship, Leadership, and Service.

Dr. Tagalicod is a three-time alumna of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. She earned her bachelor’s degree with distinction in Psychology and a minor in Sociology, a master’s degree in Educational Administration-Higher Education, and recently earned a doctorate degree in Educational Administration-Higher Education in May 2021. She is also a proud (but tired) mother of two young children.

Kevin Lee, Academic Advisor and Adjunct Instructor, Judy Genshaft Honors College, University of South Florida (2023 Conference Subcommittee Co-Chair, SA Speaks/SA Unscripted)

C. H. Kevin Lee 이종화 (he/him) has over ten years of experience working in higher education. He currently serves as an academic advisor, coordinator of advising analytics, and adjunct instructor in the Judy Genshaft Honors College at the University of South Florida. Before this role, Kevin worked in academic advising, residential life, student conduct, and fraternity and sorority life at a variety of institutions.

Kevin started his professional development involvement with NASPA, specifically with the Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community (APIKC), where he currently supports the Research & Scholarship Committee. He recently got involved with NACADA, where he was part of the regional mentoring program and conference planning committee. At the University of South Florida, in partnership with NACADA and the Gardner Institute, Kevin was a co-chair for the Diversity & Organization Workgroup for the Excellence in Academic Advising Taskforce. In addition, he is involved in two university committees: the newly formed APIDA Council as the inaugural chair and CISOGI (Committee on Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity). He continues to support various DEI, student success, and academic advising initiatives.

As a first-generation college student and a young immigrant from South Korea, Kevin strives to be an advocate and educator, supporting others as they journey to discover their authentic selves and navigate life. Kevin is pursuing his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, concentration in Higher Education Administration at the University of South Florida. He earned his M.A. in Educational Administration, emphasis in Student Affairs from the University of the Pacific, and a B.A. in Psychology with a Sociology Minor from Eastern Illinois University.

Delmy Lendof, Vice President for Student Affairs, Pratt Institute (2023 Conference Subcommittee Co-Chair, SA Speaks/SA Unscripted)

Dr. Delmy M. Lendof is a student affairs professional with over 25 years of experience working in higher education and serving students at public and private universities. She currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Pratt Institute. As Pratt’s vice president for student affairs, she is be responsible for managing a vibrant student life program and providing dynamic and purposeful leadership steeped in a commitment to art, culture, social justice, and shared governance. Before joining Pratt, Dr. Lendof served in several key student affairs positions at New York University (NYU) Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Dr. Lendof was the school’s senior student affairs officer, including oversight of student advisement; registration services; crisis response, counseling, and wellness; and student engagement and leadership. Prior to her role at Steinhardt she served as assistant to the senior vice president for student affairs, Title IX adjudicator, and director for residential staff and programs. 

As an active voice supporting student diversity, inclusion, and social justice, she has published and co-authored several pieces on the topic, ranging from Addressing Diversity: A Multi-Pronged Approach Is Necessary to Meet the Needs of a Changing Student Body and the Staff Who Serve Them (ACUHO-I Talking Stick) to Connecting Conduct and Social Justice (In Hudson, J., Acosta, A., & Holmes, R. C. (Eds.)). In recognition of her many accomplishments, she has received several awards for her leadership, strong student-focused philosophy, and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Dr. Lendof is highly involved in regional and national organizations and has presented at a number of conferences. She currently serves as a co-chair for the NASPA Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community (LKC), Expert-in-residence at the 2021  joint Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers (NEACUHO) and Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers (MACUHO) regional conference.

Dr. Lendof is a proud first-generation college student passionate about mentoring students and professionals. She received a doctor of education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a master of science in college student development from Long Island University and earned her bachelor of arts in politics, economics, and society from the State University of New York College at Old Westbury.

Danielle DeSawal, Master's Program Coordinator and Clinical Professor for Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University (2023 Conference Subcommittee Chair, Scholarly Papers & Faculty Programming)

Danielle DeSawal is the Master's Program Coordinator and Clinical Professor for Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University. Danielle's research interests focus on professional practice in student affairs, college unions, and advising student organizations on campus. She has presented numerous educational sessions and has keynoted as well as consulted with institutions on student affairs practice, and is currently working with ACUI on a research project focused on student learning and success in the college union. She has co-edited a New Directions for Student Services monograph on the trends and issues facing the college union and co-edited a text for NASPA focused on the use of professional competencies in student affairs through supervised practice. 

Danielle has held leadership positions within national professional associations. She was recognized by ACPA as a Diamond Honoree, and has been honored by Indiana University with the faculty award from the Commission on Multicultural Understanding and the Gordon Faculty Award through the Division of Student Affairs. She has also been recognized for her outstanding teaching and received the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award. She is currently part of a team of professionals working on establishing a certification process for the profession and served on the NASPA Future of Student Affairs Task Force.

Prior to joining the faculty, Danielle worked on a federally-funded grant investigating Latino/a college students collegiate experiences, served as the Educational Program Coordinator for ACUI, and worked with the First Year Experience program at the University of Arkansas. She currently teaches courses in higher education administration, student development, and professional development in student affairs, student organization advising, and leadership development. Danielle holds her B.S. in Consumer and Family Studies Education from Colorado State University, her M.ED in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and her Ph.D. from Indiana University in Higher Education Administration.

Gia Born, Graduate Hall Director, Eastern Michigan University (2023 Conference Subcommittee Co-Chair, Virtual Experience)

Gia Born is currently a first year Graduate Hall Director at Eastern Michigan University and masters student in the Social Foundations and Community Education, concentrating in Teaching Diversity and Democracy. Additionally, Gia received her BA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and BS in Public Health Education, concentrating in Community Health Education in Spring 2021 from UNC Greensboro. Furthermore, Gia is a Certified Health Education Specialist and is passionate about the intersection of equity, wellness, and education. 

Outside of her role as a Graduate Hall Director, Gia is a very active member of Greek Life. She is a member of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc, where she serves as Vice President of Undergraduate Affairs. Additionally she is a member of the National Multicultural Greek Council, serving as the Research Chair. 

As a student affairs practitioner, Gia operates from an intersectional lens, under empowerment-based leadership and values-creating inclusive communities where students can learn and grow. Gia is also a very proud Transfeminist having research interests in Trans Health and Educational Disparities. 

Sattik Deb, Senior Director of Enrollment & Recruitment, Atlantic Cape Community College (2023 Conference Subcommittee Co-Chair, Virtual Experience)

Dr. Sattik Deb has spent the past 15 years in higher education and student affairs where his portfolio of responsibilities has included admissions and enrollment, orientation, academic advising, career services, curriculum development, and strategic planning. Sattik joined Atlantic Cape Community College as their Senior Director of Enrollment in 2021, where he oversees the admissions, enrollment, and placement departments. He also serves as an adjunct for the Department of Liberal Studies. Sattik previously served at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, and at Rutgers University’s School of Management & Labor Relations. 

Sattik has previously served in a number of leadership roles and is in the current NASPA SERVE (Supporting, Expanding, and Recruiting Volunteer Excellence) Academy cohort. His student affairs research was recently published in a book chapter in Square Pegs and Round Holes: Alternative Approaches to Diverse College Student Development Theory.

Sattik is a three-times alum from Rutgers University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, his Ed.M. in College Student Affairs, and his doctorate of education in 2019.  

Cedric Howard, Vice President of Student Affairs, University of Northern Colorado (2023 Conference Subcommittee Chair, VPSA Initiatives)

Cedric Howard has more than 25 years of higher education experience, much of that in senior-level administrative positions, including Vice President and Vice Chancellor of Enrollment and Student Services and Dean of Student Affairs, where he has helped deliver measurable results while prioritizing student achievement.

As a senior student affairs officer, Dr. Howard’s accomplishments include increasing student housing occupancy, completing upgrades to several student services facilities, and developing a restorative justice sanctioning process for student conduct. 

Dr. Howard has also had great success at his previous institutions in helping to increase donor engagement, securing more than $40 million through external and community fundraising efforts for student scholarships and student-related programs. Under his leadership at a previous institution, the university completed a 25-year campus life master facilities plan in six academic years. A seasoned administrator with experience in program development, strategic planning, accreditation and teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Howard brings a breadth of experience in higher education and a collaborative leadership style focused on bringing long-term success.

His professional honors and awards include the NASPA Pillar of the Profession Award (2019), the national NASPA Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Dean/VP (2018), and the regional NASPA Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Dean/VP Region V (2014). 

Dr. Howard earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology, his master’s in education in Educational Administration, and his doctorate in education in Educational Leadership and Management.