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2022 NASPA Annual Conference

Conference Leadership Committee

Mamta Accapadi, Vice Provost for University Life, University of Pennsylvania (2022 Conference Chair)

Mamta Accapadi is the vice provost for university life at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this role, Mamta served as the vice president for student affairs at Rollins College. She has held administrative and teaching positions at Oregon State University, University of Houston, and The University of Texas at Austin. She has also served as a consultant on diversity and inclusion efforts, specifically focusing on the development and empowerment of employee resource groups. Known for her service within student affairs professional associations, NASPA and ACPA, Mamta has been recognized for her sustained focus on leadership pipeline development and mentorship opportunities for historically underrepresented communities. She has received multiple awards, including the Zenobia Hikes Award for her commitment to the advancement of women in higher education, and has been recognized as a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA. She served as an ACE Fellow in 2016, specifically focusing on the pathways to best support community college and four-year institution partnerships in service of students. As a scholar practitioner, her research interests include Asian American identity development, social justice education, and issues impacting women of color. She attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, as well as a master’s and Ph.D. in higher education administration.

Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Vice President for Student Affairs, Northwestern University (2021-2022 Board Chair)

Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier is a senior student affairs professional with over 20 years of progressively responsible and expansive leadership across institutional types and functional areas. She currently serves as the vice president for student affairs at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. In this role, she leads over 30 departments and provides leadership to the division of student affairs to accomplish its goals of being full partners in the student learning experience and fulfilling the mission of educating students, engaging the community, and enriching the Northwestern experience. Julie leverages administrative connections and campus partnerships to uphold student well-being, advance social justice, and foster student learning and community. Julie earned her bachelor of science degree in genetics and her master's of education degree in student affairs administration from Texas A&M University-College Station, and her doctoral degree from Indiana State University. A recipient of state, regional, national, and international awards for her service to the profession, most recently, she was awarded the Parthenon Award from ACUHO-I, one of the association’s highest honors for her work in housing and residence life. She served as the NASPA Region IV-E Director and on the NASPA Board of Directors from 2017-2019, and now serves as Board Chair for the association for 2021-2022. Julie is currently a faculty member in the master’s program at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern.  Her research focuses on feminism and women’s issues in higher education, social media use in student affairs, and organizational management in student affairs/higher education.

Antonio Duran, Assistant Professor, Auburn University

Antonio Duran (he/him/el) is an assistant professor at Auburn University in the Administration of Higher Education program. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Antonio attended New York University for his undergraduate degree thanks to a first-generation college student scholars program. From his time at NYU, he then attended Miami University in Oxford, OH, receiving his master's degree in student affairs in higher education. It was during his time at Miami University that he discovered his passion for engaging in research about minoritized individuals in postsecondary education. He pursued this passion for research by obtaining his Ph.D. in higher education and student affairs from the Ohio State University. Now, his scholarship involves understanding how historical and contemporary legacies of oppression (e.g., racism, heterosexism, and trans oppression) influence college student development, experiences, and success.

Brenda Ivelisse, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Bellevue College

Dr. Brenda Ivelisse (Dr. B) is a transformative international educator currently based in Seattle. Since 2019, she has served as the associate vice president for student affairs at Bellevue College. She has 19 years of experience within higher education, with leadership roles at the community college and university level. Born in Puerto Rico, her family migrated between the island and the East Coast of the United States throughout her youth, allowing her to develop a diverse, distinct multicultural perspective. She has presented at universities across the nation and numerous countries on cultural competency and authentic leadership to change management. She holds a doctorate in education in community college leadership from Oregon State University. She has taught various courses ranging from Chican@/Latin@ studies to early childhood education. Her passion within student affairs at the community college has been to remove the barriers for faculty and staff to better serve students, grounded and reaffirmed by the student's voice.

Brian Medina, Program Manager of Bias Incident Support Services, University of Maryland, College Park

Brian Medina (pronouns ze/hir/hirs) has been a social justice activist within higher education for nearly 15 years. Brian has worked in New Hampshire, Maryland, Ohio, and is now the program manager of bias incident support services at the University of Maryland, College Park. As an openly queer, genderqueer, and Latinx sexual assault survivor, ze advocates for marginalized communities to center those harmed by systemic oppression and trauma. Brian also serves as a member of NASPA’s Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division, as well as a leader within several identity-based knowledge communities: Gender & Sexuality, Men & Masculinities, and Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education, and Response.

Charlotte Davidson, Independent Scholar

Charlotte E. Davidson is Diné and a citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes, also known as the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. Charlotte received a B.A. in American Indian studies from Haskell Indian Nations University, and earned an M.Ed. and Ph.D., respectively, in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her professional experience in higher education includes working in the areas of Indigenous student services, Native American affairs, diversity administration, and teaching in the fields of education and American Indian studies. At present, she is a clinical faculty member in the department of student affairs administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her scholarship and practice are deeply influenced by Indigenous matrilineal pedagogies and focus on political questions and epistemological concerns linked to Indigenous higher education, Indigenous womxn, and place-based relationalities. In NASPA, she is the co-director of the 2022 NASPA Power and Place Symposium, a member of the 2019-2022 NASPA SERVE Academy cohort, and was recently appointed as NASPA’s Indigenous Relations Advisor.

Carolyn Livingston, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Carleton College

Dr. Carolyn H. Livingston is the vice president for student life and dean of students at Carleton College. Best known for its academic excellence and warm, welcoming campus community, Carleton is a small, residential private liberal arts college in the historic river town of Northfield, Minnesota. Prior to coming to Carleton, Carolyn was senior associate vice president for student life and Title IX coordinator for students at Emory University. She also held positions at the University of Virginia. Carolyn has published articles and presented papers on assessment and evaluation, persistence and graduation for first-generation and low-income students, and staffing practices in higher education. She holds both a doctorate and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree from NC State University.

Daniel Maxwell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Houston System and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Houston

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 and currently serves in dual roles as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for the University of Houston System and Associate 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 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. 

Eena Singh, Assistant Director for Welcome Programs and Class Activities Boards, New York University

Eena Singh (she/her) is the assistant director for welcome programs and class activities boards at New York University (NYU) Center for Student Life. Prior to her current role at NYU, where she oversees university-wide transition programs for undergraduate students, she also has had experience in areas of orientation, academic advising, and international student programs. Her experiences in the field has led Eena ​to​ develop a passion for helping students, graduate students, and new professionals with underrepresented and marginalized identities navigate higher education. As a South Asian woman from India who is from an immigrant family and identifies as first-gen, it is of the utmost importance for Eena to carve a path in this field for herself and others that is rooted in advocacy and equity. She is thrilled to join this incredible team​ that will create a memorable and impactful experience for all NASPA members at our next annual conference.​

Emmanuel Lalande, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services, Benedict College

Dr. Emmanuel Lalande, a native of Brooklyn, New York, currently serves as the vice president for enrollment management and student services at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Lalande leads Benedict College’s strategic and dedicated enrollment management division. Dr. Lalande holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in educational leadership, both from Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware, as well as a doctorate of education degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Gracie Hood, Graduate Assistant for Student Government, North Carolina State University

Extroverted at heart and a lover of traveling, Gracie enjoys meeting new people and is excited to be on the 2022 NASPA Conference Leadership Committee! She is currently earning a master’s in higher education administration at NC State University where she is also the graduate assistant for student government in the office of student leadership and engagement. Gracie earned a B.A. in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she gained experience working with multicultural affairs, fraternity and sorority life, and leadership. Since then, she’s interned at Meredith College in their student leadership and service office and served on the Higher Education Association Executive Board as the associate vice president of professional development. In the past, she has worked with NASPA as a program reviewer for various conferences and is part of the New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community. Her future aspirations are to visit all 50 states and implement meaningful change at the institution and system-wide level.

Jenn Kosses, Assistant Dean of Students, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Jenn Kosses, Ed.D. (she/her) currently serves as the assistant dean of students at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. In her role as assistant dean, Jenn oversees student conduct, student engagement, transition programs, and divisional diversity, equity, and inclusion professional development. Prior to her role as assistant dean, Jenn served in many roles within the functional area of residence life at a variety of institutions. Jenn has been a leader in NASPA serving in multiple capacities at the regional level including co-founding the New Professional Mentoring Institute. Additionally, Jenn served as the treasurer of Region I and regional conference chair in 2010. Jenn earned her bachelor's at Merrimack College in business administration, her master's of higher education at Boston College, and her doctorate of education from Northeastern University. Jenn also serves as adjunct faculty at Merrimack College in the master's level higher education program.

John Mark Day, Director of Leadership and Campus Life, Oklahoma State University

John Mark Day currently serves as the director of leadership and campus life at Oklahoma State University, where he works with a talented staff of professionals to connect, engage, and develop students as leaders who make a difference in their communities. A fierce student advocate, John Mark has led or created initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusion at all levels, increase student leadership capacity, and address student basic needs. He is also a faculty member in OSU’s College of Education and Human Sciences where he teaches courses on leadership and advises capstone projects and dissertations. John Mark holds a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University, a master of arts degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and master of science and bachelor of arts degrees from Texas Christian University. He and his husband Jimmy, a family law attorney, live in Stillwater, OK where John Mark serves in leadership in several national and community organizations, including NASPA and the United Way of Payne County, as well as being an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). In his free time you can find him at the theatre, at the grill, or wrestling things out of the mouth of his five year-old rescue border collie named Mr. Tumnus. 

Josie Ahlquist, Digital Leadership Author, Consultant and Speaker

Through speaking, coaching, teaching, and consulting, Dr. Josie Ahlquist guides educational leaders, organizations, and students to practice purposeful digital leadership. Her practical, evidence-based frameworks empower clients to build and implement a digital engagement strategy that fits their life, their audience, and their purpose. Josie’s work is grounded in her grant-funded and award-winning research that has allowed her to train thousands around the globe as a speaker; provide digital engagement consulting services to institutions and companies; and coach professionals in branding, voice, and positioning. Josie received her Ed.D. in higher education leadership from California Lutheran University, an M.Ed. in counseling from Northern Arizona University, and a B.A. in sociology and human development and family studies from South Dakota State University. Prior to her independent path, Josie spent nearly 15 years on college campuses in areas of student leadership, student activities, residence life, and student affairs communications and marketing. She also currently serves as a teaching faculty and research associate at Florida State University College of Education, where her curriculum builds digital literacy and leadership skills for undergraduates to doctoral students.

Niki Rudolph, Director of Student and Academic Affairs, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, Michigan State University

Dr. Niki Rudolph has served as the director of student and academic affairs of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) at Michigan State for the past eight years. Prior to her work at RCAH, she served students at Michigan State University in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and in residence life at North Carolina School of the Arts and Alfred State College. As a member of NASPA, she has served as the co-chair of the Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community, along with various WISA committees, and served on the Region IV-East Board. Niki earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University, and both her master's in student affairs administration and her Ph.D. in higher, adult, and lifelong education from Michigan State University.

Queena Hoang, Coordinator, First Generation Plus Success Center, University of Southern California

Dr. Queena Hoang (she/her/hers) currently works at the University of Southern California leading the university’s First Generation Plus Success Center, which serves first-generation college students, undocumented immigrants, transfer students, and former foster youth. Prior to her role with FG+SC, Queena also worked within advocacy centers including the Asian Pacific American Student Services and Student Basic Needs at USC. Queena also proudly served as the NASPA Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community Co-Chair from 2017-2019. As a first-generation college student herself, Queena is a proud alumna of UC Santa Barbara where she received her B.A. in sociology with a minor in education. Queena received her master's of education in higher education student affairs administration at the University of Vermont and completed her doctorate of education in educational leadership at the USC Rossier School of Education, focusing her research on creating an equity framework towards organizational change around housing and food insecurity within higher education.

Smita Ruzicka, Dean of Student Life, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Smita Ruzicka serves as dean of student life at Johns Hopkins University, where she provides leadership to a wide portfolio of services and programs aimed to enhance the student experience from student leadership and engagement, diversity initiatives, and student resources and support. Smita brings over 15 years of experience in higher education and leadership. Prior to serving in her current role, she was the assistant vice president for campus life at Tulane University and served in various leadership positions at The University of Texas at Austin. She also served as a lecturer in the educational psychology department at UT-Austin, teaching courses on diversity and inclusion as well as leadership theories and practice. Smita earned her B.A. in psychology and English from Trinity University (TX), an M.A. in counseling psychology from Texas State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Smita’s most important role is that of being mother to Rohan (age 4) who teaches her everyday about joy and love, patience, multitasking and remembering to celebrate both big and small wins.

Tiffany D. Smith, Director of Student Engagement, Oklahoma City University

Dr. Tiffany Smith (she/her/hers) is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and a descendent Muscogee (Creek) of Oklahoma. Dr. Smith completed a B.A. in public relations/sociology, and an M.Ed. and Ph.D. in adult & higher education/student affairs, all from the University of Oklahoma. She currently works as the director of student engagement at Oklahoma City University. Previously, she worked for 14 years in various aspects of student affairs, including career development, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, student engagement, and as an instructor for a first-year experience course. Dr. Smith has presented nationally on Indigenous higher education topics for NASPA, NIEA (National Indian Education Association), NASAI (Native American Student Advocacy Institute), and ASHE (Association for the Study of Higher Education). Additionally, she serves as the Chair for NASPA’s Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community, which has served as her home and family within the greater association. Recently, she was honored as the Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year award winner at the 2021 NASPA Virtual Conference. Her scholarship focuses on utilizing Indigenous methodologies and her own Tsalagi (Cherokee) epistemology in seeking to decolonize academic spaces, particularly in STEM fields. She hopes her work will contribute to dismantling the deficit narrative and hold institutions accountable for providing culturally relevant support and space for Indigenous students. In her personal life, she is a proud partner to Zach Smith, and proud mama of two children, Tytan (6 years) and Mya (1 year).