2019 NASPA Annual Conference

Planning Committee

Jason Pina, Ohio University (2019 Conference Chair)

As Ohio University’s vice president for student affairs and interim chief diversity officer, Dr. Jason Pina provides leadership and vision in administering a comprehensive range of programs and services. His purview includes 420+ staff, 3,300+ undergraduate employees, 13 departments and an annual operating budget of $127 million. Dr. Pina holds a doctoral degree from Johnson & Wales University, master’s and educational specialist’s degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Occidental College. 

Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life, Wake Forest University (Board Chair)

Dr. Penny Rue joined Wake Forest University as Vice President for Campus Life and Professor of Counseling in July 2013. She serves as Vice President for Campus Life, with a broad responsibility for the well-being and safety of our students and their commitment outside the classroom. Rue served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California San Diego for six years. She is nationally known for her creative leadership in strengthening campus communities. 

Ainsley Carry, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, University of Southern California

Ainsley Carry serves as vice president for student affairs and holds a faculty position in the USC Rossier School of Education. For 25 years, Carry has worked in college administration, serving in leadership positions at Southern Methodist University, the University of Arkansas, Temple University and the University of Florida. Prior to joining USC, Carry served as vice president for student affairs at Auburn University.

Carry holds an EdD in higher education, an MS in counselor education and a BS in food and resource economics, all from the University of Florida. He also earned an MBA from Auburn University. 

Wendy Endress, Vice President for Student Affairs, The Evergreen State College
Eric Felix, University of Southern California
Christina Gonzales, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Colorado at Boulder

Christina Gonzales, a first-generation college graduate, has been at CU Boulder since July 2012. Prior to her appointment as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Christina was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Christina has worked in higher education for almost 20 years, most recently at UC Berkeley and Arizona State University. Known as a transformational leader in anticipating the future needs of students, Christina has taken the lead in creating a new vision for the division, with a focus on how the division will evolve to lead and support transformational change on the CU campus.

Susan Longerbeam, Associate Professor, University of Louisville

Dr. Susan Diana Longerbeam is Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Louisville. She has taught in student affairs preparation programs at four public research universities. She served on the ACPA Commission on Professional Preparation, and the NASPA Faculty Fellows and Faculty Council. Dr. Longerbeam's scholarship focuses on culture, campus climate and student success in higher education. Her personal and professional goal focuses on contributing to higher education climates of inclusive excellence, where all students, staff, and faculty experience opportunities to lead and to see their cultural strengths reflected.

John Lowery, Professor & Department Chair, SAHE, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Dr. John Wesley Lowery is department chair and professor in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He previously served on the faculty and coordinated graduate preparation programs at Oklahoma State University and the University of South Carolina. He earned his doctorate at BGSU in Higher Education Administration. Before beginning his doctoral work, he was Director of Residence Life at Adrian College in Michigan and University Judicial Administrator at Washington University in St. Louis. John holds a Masters degree in student personnel services from USC and an undergraduate degree from UVA in religious studies.

Sherry Mallory, Dean of Student Affairs, Revelle College, University of California - San Diego

Dr. Sherry Mallory joined the University of California, San Diego as the Dean of Student Affairs for Revelle College in August 2012. She also serves an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education (ARPE) at San Diego State University. Sherry holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Katie O'Dair, Dean of Students, Harvard University
Wiliama Sanchez, Residential Area Director, Oregon State University
Raquel Torres-Retana, Pasadena City College

Dr. Torres-Retana is the inaugural chief administrator for the Pasadena City College satellite campus PCC Rosemead, located in the city of Rosemead, CA. As Director, she oversees academic and student support services for 3000+ students. She has been instrumental in expanding student services (launched a student center, food pantry, and 1st year program) and identified academic programs that support certificate, degree and/or transfer completion.  She also works closely with the Assistant Superintendent - Community Education on special projects for the district. Prior to joining the community college system, Dr. Torres-Retana was an Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Southern California, providing leadership to Student Judicial Affairs & Community Standards, the LGBT Resource Center and three ethnic cultural centers. Since 2012, Dr. Torres-Retana has enjoyed teaching with the USC Rossier School of Education Masters and Doctorate programs.

A first generation college graduate, Raquel attended USC (Ed.D), CSU-Dominguez Hills (MPA) and Whittier College (BA).