CPAK Executive Committee Elections

Positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Administration Coordinator-Elect
  • Conference Chair-Elect
  • Graduate Student Representative
  • Faculty Representative
  • Eastern Kentucky Regional Representative
  • Western Kentucky Regional Representative
  • Northern Kentucky Regional Representative
  • Central Kentucky Regional Representative

Nominate a colleague or submit your application here!

Timeline:
Nominations due November 16th
Applications due December 10th
Elections will take place December 12th through 21st
2019 Executive Committee announced January 25th, 2019 at CPAK Annual Conference

Contact:
Dr. Hannah Piechowski
CPAK Past-President
hpiechowski@transy.edu


Candidates

President-Elect

Danielle Sims, KCTCS

Why are you interested in this position?
When I started my career in student affairs 10 years, my mentor instilled in me the responsibility of giving back professionally and serving others through your time and talent. As I have grown in the field, it is my goal to serve and help others as people have served, mentored and helped me.
I am passionate about helping to develop competent, enthusiastic higher education professionals who are eager to influence the lives of students. The opportunity to serve, as President-Elect will allow me to continue this goal and help craft the experiences higher education professionals have in the Commonwealth and make certain that they have the tools they need to be create the best experiences for students.

How do you see yourself engaging with diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice through your work with CPAK?
As the current Equity and Inclusion Chair for the College Personnel Association of Kentucky, I am knowledgeable of the goals of the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization. In the role as President Elect, my goal would be to make sure we keep the objectives of the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization on the agenda in addition to ensuring that CPAK continues to have a focus on diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice.
An example of how I could do this is working to increase minority membership and participation. Strategies I could implement are:
 Planning a Think Tank meeting Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education
 Engaging minority graduate student organizations in the Commonwealth like Blacks Graduate Student Associations
 Challenging Regional Representatives to visit 2 student affairs/college student personnel programs per semester leading up to the Annual Conference

What is an idea you have to help promote development and education of professionals in Kentucky higher education?
An idea that I had to promote development and education of the professionals in Kentucky was the Graduate Bootcamp, which will be taking place for the first time at the annual conference next year. The goals of the Graduate Bootcamp is to prepare graduate students for the job search, but to also help graduate students recognize early the importance of joining and participating in professional organizations.

Administration Coordinator-Elect

Ashley Gei, University of Kentucky

Why are you interested in this position?
I truly believe that the leadership on CPAK believes in the ACPA mission and wants to improve opportunities for Kentucky professionals. I want to continue to help CPAK and our members grow to their truest potential.

How do you see yourself engaging with diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice through your work with CPAK?
As the 2018 – 2019 Conference Coordinator, I made a diligent effort to focus on implementing the “ACPA Equity and Inclusion” statement into our programming proposals and presentations, drafted our own version of a “Land Acknowledgement” statement to recognize the original homeland of our Kentucky tribal nations, and researched and selected conference venue sites that met our ACPA guidelines and mission including finding alternative gender inclusive bathrooms for attendees. By efforts of our Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion, we also hosted a representative from the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission and several diverse panelists from many different institution types in our efforts to engage more diversity, inclusion, and equity into our conference. If elected in this position, I plan to continue to help on the planning committee for the 2020 and 2021 conference to continue these efforts as well as increase our context in our communication on social media, newsletter, etc.

What is an idea you have to help promote development and education of professionals in Kentucky higher education?
If elected as Administration Coordinator – Elect these are the five things I want to enact to promote development and education of professionals in Kentucky higher education: 1) Promoting the ACPA Upcoming Events and important news updates to our social media accounts on a daily basis and monthly newsletter, 2) Posting job, internship and graduate assistant postings across KY from higheredjobs.com and institutions websites on social media daily and monthly newsletters, 3) Connect and actively engage on social networking and other forms of communication with KY institutions, and student and academic affair groups, 4) Coordinate/Collaborate with the Conference Coordinator, Professional Development Coordinator, Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion, and Regional Representatives to use ACPA resources and technology to host and share recorded webinars, CPAK member spotlight, talk with a CPAK Executive Committee leader days, etc. and 5) I will be co-hosting a Careers in Student Affairs conference day for students next October at the University of Kentucky, which we plan to have a CPAK representative available for this conference to meet and educate future student affairs professionals. These are only a few ideas that I plan to implement for this position.

Conference Chair-Elect

Graduate Student Representative

Faculty Representative

Dr. Aaron Hughey, Western Kentucky University

Why are you interested in this position?
I have served in the faculty role for 30 years (since 1988). I understand what today’s student affairs professionals need in order to be successful.

How do you see yourself engaging with diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice through your work with CPAK?
I have always been a strong advocate for diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice; I see this organization as a natural way to extend my reach in these critical areas.

What is an idea you have to help promote development and education of professionals in Kentucky higher education?
Stay current. Today’s college students are qualitatively different from their predecessors from previous generations. The best strategy faculty can employ is to continually update curricular requirements to mirror current realities (no small task).

Dr. Michael Vetter, Bellarmine University

Why are you interested in this position?
It would be an honor to serve as a Faculty Representative for ACPA KY: CPAK for a second year. Having served as an adjunct faculty member for four years, I began in August of 2017 as the full time Associate Professor and Chair of the Leadership in Higher Education PhD Program at Bellarmine University. Previously, I held administrative positions in student affairs serving at small colleges, regional mid-sized universities, and a large flagship university, most recently at Transylvania University for 20 years primarily in the role of VPSA. While serving as an administrator, I also served as an adjunct graduate faculty member for 15 years at Bowling Green State University and Western Illinois University. I have been active in state, regional, and national professional associations for over 30 years including ACPA and NASPA serving in a variety of roles.
As the Faculty Representative I welcome the opportunity to serve as the liaison to the Board from all the graduate student affairs/higher education faculty at Kentucky Colleges and Universities. I am an advocate for bringing the strengths of all our programs to inform and address the issues that impact student learning and success on our campuses. I have seen CPAK as an organization grow and develop and would pledge to assist in continuing that growth to better serve those working with students whether they are new professionals or have worked in higher education for decades.

How do you see yourself engaging with diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice through your work with CPAK?
I have been a strong advocate for continued education in the area of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice throughout my career. I am currently engaged with teaching and learning in this area in the Masters and PhD programs in Leadership in Higher Education at Bellarmine University. I welcome the opportunity to partner with CPAK and to expand my knowledge and skills in this area through CPAK sponsored programs. In addition, I am a strong supporter of the Dialogue on Diversity program that is held each year at Bellarmine University and supported by CPAK.

What is an idea you have to help promote development and education of professionals in Kentucky higher education?
While several of the graduate programs in Kentucky are actively involved with CPAK, I would like to involve all the programs with the annual CPAK Conference and all the professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Eastern Kentucky Regional Representative

Western Kentucky Regional Representative

Indigo Cornelison, Kentucky Community and Technical College

Why are you interested in this position?
As a new student affairs professional, I am interested in volunteering for Kentucky’s higher education professionals through CPAK as the Western Kentucky Regional Representative because I know that this would be an amazing opportunity to network with other higher education & student affairs professionals throughout the state of Kentucky. In addition to the opportunity to network and build relationships with fellow student affairs professionals, I am also interested in volunteering as the Western Kentucky Regional Representative because I’d love the opportunity to help strengthen the CPAK network throughout the state and encourage fellow new student affairs professionals to get involved. Serving as the Western Kentucky Regional Representative would help me to engage in professional development while also helping to connect student affairs professionals to valuable resources.

How do you see yourself engaging with diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice through your work with CPAK?
If given the opportunity to serve as the Western Kentucky Regional Representative, I plan to intentionally engage with diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice by actively encouraging and recruiting new diverse professionals to get involved with CPAK. If CPAK is composed of members who represent a wide array of identities, this will strengthen the association because professionals will have the opportunity to engage and interact with individuals who are different from themselves (e.g. informal dialogue, presentations/roundtable discussions, involvement in committees, etc.). This, in turn, will also strengthen the work that CPAK members do at their individual institutions and the impact that they have on students.
Additionally, I see myself engaging with diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice by consistently bringing issues that affect underrepresented minorities and issues of social justice to the forefront. In my current role as the Assistant Director of Student Engagement at Jefferson Community & Technical College, I have the opportunity to work with a very diverse and resilient student population. As a result of my daily work with underrepresented minorities, I have an increased awareness of the needs of diverse student populations and social justice issues that affect them. By serving as the Western Kentucky Regional Representative, I plan to leverage my role at Jefferson as an opportunity to keep my colleagues up to date on these types of issues which affect students, especially as it relates to the community college student population.

What is an idea you have to help promote development and education of professionals in Kentucky higher education?
One idea that would promote development and education of professionals in Kentucky higher education would be the development of a New Professionals Institute. A New Professionals Institute would be a cohort style experience for new student affairs professionals that have 3 or less years of professional experience. This Institute would be a day long experience that would occur prior to the CPAK Annual Conference, similar to a pre-conference activity. There are a variety of ways that this sort of experience could be executed, but I think there would be value in having some overlap with the Graduate Student Bootcamp and having experienced student affairs professionals speak and present on different topics throughout the day. Overall, the New Professionals Institute would give new professionals across the state of Kentucky an opportunity to connect, form a community of support, and gain valuable resources from both new and experienced student affairs professionals. This type of activity could be organized by the Graduate Student & New Professional Subcommittee.

Northern Kentucky Regional Representative

Te’Asia Martin, Transylvania University

Why are you interested in this position?
I think this would be a great way to get involved in the Kentucky higher education sphere, and I know I would learn new information that I would want to share with other folks.

How do you see yourself engaging with diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice through your work with CPAK?
Unfortunately, I do not know how “not” to. My experiences give me a natural and learned viewpoint of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice work. Therefore, working in this position will give me an opportunity to look at things from another perspective than the one I am familiar with.

What is an idea you have to help promote development and education of professionals in Kentucky higher education?
Connecting the High School counselors to higher education practices beyond the admissions reps may be helpful!

Central Kentucky Regional Representative

Brian Daniel, Centre College

Why are you interested in this position?
I am interested in volunteering through this capacity because I have enjoyed the work thus far in my small stint as Central Kentucky Regional Representative. I have already reached out to the various constituents in central Kentucky and formed connections with them since beginning my role in October. I would like to serve as a full term representative and build upon the work I have started.

How do you see yourself engaging with diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice through your work with CPAK?
As I am a representative for all of central Kentucky, I am representing all of the higher education professionals within my region. Ignoring the diversity and inclusion that already exist is within the region means that I would not be honoring the tenets of this position. I see myself engaging with this work through this role by advocating for folx with marginalized and oppressed identities. This means to first, model inclusive practices myself whenever I interact with the constituents in central Kentucky, but also create inclusive spaces and ideas for when we begin to provide programs that allow others to connect. This means to find times that are inclusive to everyone (not hosting events on specific holidays or times that might preclude others from being able to join) and to choose a location that offers something that everyone can enjoy–whether it’s a specific event we might attend, or a specific restaurant where we might dine. Lastly, I see myself engaging in this work by learning more myself. While I have had the great fortune to learn about diversity and inclusion, I know there is much more for me to learn. Therefore, one way I can better represent the professionals in central Kentucky is by attending more professional development opportunities afforded to me, so I can learn more, and thus, be a better ally and advocate for the constituents I would represent.

What is an idea you have to help promote development and education of professionals in Kentucky higher education?
I would like to collaborate with Madelyn Frost to continue to sponsor Central Kentucky meet-ups where folx from around the region can get together and meet one another and build connections.

Ashley Gei, University of Kentucky

Why are you interested in this position?
I truly believe that the leadership on CPAK believes in the ACPA mission and wants to improve opportunities for Kentucky professionals. I want to continue to help CPAK and our members grow to their truest potential.

How do you see yourself engaging with diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice through your work with CPAK?
As the 2018 – 2019 Conference Coordinator, I made a diligent effort to focus on implementing the “ACPA Equity and Inclusion” statement into our programming proposals and presentations, drafted our own version of a “Land Acknowledgement” statement to recognize the original homeland of our Kentucky tribal nations, and researched and selected conference venue sites that met our ACPA guidelines and mission including finding alternative gender inclusive bathrooms for attendees. By efforts of our Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion, we also hosted a representative from the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission and several diverse panelists from many different institution types in our efforts to engage more diversity, inclusion, and equity into our conference. If elected in this position, I plan to continue to help on the planning committee for the 2020 and 2021 conference to continue these efforts as well as increase our context in our communication on social media, newsletter, etc.

What is an idea you have to help promote development and education of professionals in Kentucky higher education?
If elected as Central Kentucky (KY) Regional Representative these are the six things I want to enact to promote development and education of professionals in Kentucky higher education: 1) Promoting the ACPA and other local Student/Academic Affairs’ Upcoming Events and important news updates to our social media accounts on a daily basis and monthly newsletter, 2) Posting job, internship and graduate assistant postings across my region from higheredjobs.com and institutions websites on social media daily and monthly newsletters, 3) Connect and actively engage on social networking and other forms of communication with central KY institutions, and student and academic affair groups, 4) Host a central KY social to connect members before the CPAK Conferences and ACPA Convention, 5) Connect and present on association information and conference preparation for graduate students in central KY, and 6) I will be co-hosting a Careers in Student Affairs conference day for students next October at the University of Kentucky, which we plan to have a CPAK representative available for this conference to meet and educate future student affairs professionals. These are only a few ideas that I plan to implement for this position.

 


Position Descriptions

President-Elect. The president-elect shall, in the absence of the president, act as president at all business meetings of the Association and at all Executive Council meetings, and otherwise substitute for the president in the discharge of official duties.  The president-elect shall serve as a co-chairperson of the Annual Conference Committee and shall seek to generate a profit to be used for other CPAK projects through conference income. The president-elect shall succeed to the office of presidency when the term as president-elect is completed.  The president-elect shall be a member of ACPA and shall attend the annual ACPA spring conference meetings for State Division leaders, in accordance with ACPA relationship duties. This position involves a three-year commitment (president-elect, acting president, and then past-president).

Administration Coordinator-Elect. The administration coordinator-elect will assist the administration coordinator in all their duties. Additionally, the administration coordinator-elect shall chair the Marketing Committee and shall be responsible for website revision and maintenance in consultation with ACPA, for maintaining an active presence for the Association on established social media platforms, for soliciting sponsorships for Association activities, and for developing marketing strategies and materials for all Association initiatives. The administration coordinator-elect will succeed to the administration coordinator when the administration coordinator-elect term is completed.  This position is a two-year commitment with one year as administration coordinator-elect; one year as administration coordinator.

Conference Chair-Elect.  This position will involve shadowing and assisting the conference chair.  The chair-elect will coordinate selection of, and communication with, the conference committee in consultation with the conference chair.  This position will involve a two-year commitment with the second year as conference chair.

Graduate Student Representative.  The Graduate Student Representative shall work with the Faculty Representative and the Professional Development Coordinator and shall be responsible for the recruitment of graduate students and new professionals, coordination of activities related to graduate students, assist with the Careers in Student Affairs program, and other opportunities for graduate students and new professionals in the field.  This position is a one-year commitment and must be a graduate student.

Faculty Representative. The Faculty Representative shall work with the Graduate Student Representative and the Professional Development Coordinator and shall be responsible for the recruitment of graduate students and new professionals, a graduate student Case Study Competition, the Careers in Student Affairs program, Graduate Student Institute for prospective graduate students, and other opportunities for graduate students, new professionals, and graduate faculty in the field.  This position is a one-year commitment.

Eastern Kentucky Regional Representative.   This position will represent the eastern Kentucky institutions and their interest in the Executive Council. To achieve this, the representative will make contact with each institution in their region quarterly.  They will promote opportunities for members in their region to engage with CPAK and ACPA, and will update the membership list for their respective region at least once. This position shall serve on the professional development committee and will provide one physical event in the region, such as a town hall or interest event. The representatives are responsible for achieving membership goals as defined by the Presidential leadership. This position is a one-year commitment.

Western Kentucky Regional Representative.   This position will represent the western Kentucky institutions and their interest in the Executive Council. To achieve this, the representative will make contact with each institution in their region quarterly.  They will promote opportunities for members in their region to engage with CPAK and ACPA, and will update the membership list for their respective region at least once. This position shall serve on the professional development committee and will provide one physical event in the region, such as a town hall or interest event. The representatives are responsible for achieving membership goals as defined by the Presidential leadership. This position is a one-year commitment.

Northern Kentucky Regional Representative.  This position will represent the northern Kentucky institutions and their interest in the Executive Council. To achieve this, the representative will make contact with each institution in their region quarterly.  They will promote opportunities for members in their region to engage with CPAK and ACPA, and will update the membership list for their respective region at least once. This position shall serve on the professional development committee and will provide one physical event in the region, such as a town hall or interest event. The representatives are responsible for achieving membership goals as defined by the Presidential leadership. This position is a one-year commitment.

Central Kentucky Regional Representative.  This position will represent the central Kentucky institutions and their interest in the Executive Council. To achieve this, the representative will make contact with each institution in their region quarterly.  They will promote opportunities for members in their region to engage with CPAK and ACPA, and will update the membership list for their respective region at least once. This position shall serve on the professional development committee and will provide one physical event in the region, such as a town hall or interest event. The representatives are responsible for achieving membership goals as defined by the Presidential leadership. This position is a one-year commitment.