CPAK Executive Committee Elections

Below are the nominees for CPAK Executive Committee for 2017. Elections will occur the week of November 28th. You must be or become a registered member of ACPA/CPAK to serve on the Executive Council and only registered ACPA/CPAK members will be able to vote.

Please contact CPAK Past-President Jacob Raderer with any questions at jacob.raderer@centre.edu.

 

President-Elect 

Olivia Feldkamp

I am the Campus Housing Coordinator for Student Rights and Responsibilities at the University of Louisville.  I have been a CPAK member since my first semester of graduate school and have remained involved since. I served as CPAK’s Graduate Student Representative for two years as CPAK transitioned to a state chapter of ACPA. I am currently the Central Region Representative, a position that was created this past election cycle to replace institution-type representative positions. This was done in hopes of more completely representing membership from across the state.

 I am running for President-Elect, because CPAK is an organization that provides a gateway to professional involvement for graduate students, young professionals, and professionals new to the state. I would lead this organization in a way that celebrates the contributions of our leaders and members and considers the impact of current events and the updated Fair Labor Standards Act. I want CPAK to provide conference opportunities and explore partnerships with state-level functional area organizations to maximize the impact of the conference. I want CPAK to capitalize on the access CPAK has to ACPA resource to create more web-based social and developmental interactions like the virtual book club. I would assist in increasing the impact of the Regional Representatives through communication efforts and localized workshops and socials held in each region as opposed to always coming together as an entire state, including the Careers in Student Affairs Conference. Finally, the expansion of CPAK Connect, the shadowing program, and fundraising efforts would be priorities.

Jen Zoller

I am honored to have been nominated for the position of CPAK President-Elect. I have served on the Executive Committee the past three years, as conference chair-elect, conference chair, and most recently as administration coordinator. As conference-chair elect, I worked closely with several key CPAK members to develop a strategic plan and navigate our transition to an officially affiliated state chapter of ACPA. The following year as the conference chair, I led a committee of CPAK members in the planning and execution of a successful conference in January 2016 in Danville.  Since then, I have served in the role of administration coordinator, in which I have implemented our monthly e-newsletter and managed the budget.

Moving forward, my goals are to: continue working closely with ACPA especially through the relationships we have established over the last year; further develop our buffet of professional development opportunities, with close consideration of more digital options; promote fiscal growth for our organization; and create and implement strategies to increase our membership.

Because I have dedicated time and energy to CPAK over the last three years, I am invested in our future. Along with a few colleagues, I have experienced a major transition with this organization and witnessed our growth as a result. I am excited to continue working hard and moving in a positive direction. I would be honored to be able to do so by serving as the President-Elect. Thank you for your consideration!

 

Administration Coordinator-Elect

Olivia Feldkamp

I am the Campus Housing Coordinator for Student Rights and Responsibilities at the University of Louisville.  I served as CPAK’s Graduate Student Representative for two years as CPAK explored and eventually transitioned to a state chapter of ACPA. I am currently serving as the Central Region Representative, which is a position that was created this past election cycle to replace institution-type representative positions. This was done in hopes of more completely representing membership from across the state.

 As Administration Coordinator-Elect, I would aim to increase our social media presence, specifically Facebook and Instagram, and work with Caitlyn Walsh to continue producing high quality newsletters and maintaining our records through our Google Drive and website. Incorporating new methods of communication, like utilizing Facebook Live during our most recent business meeting, is an important way for the Executive Committee to provide resources to members and maintain a connection with the Student Affairs professionals within the state. I would also partner with the Regional Representatives to create region specific communication opportunities to increase the feedback received from members outside of Louisville and Lexington and continue to publicize the existence of these positions. Finally, I would increase my understanding of ACPA’s web resources and provide tools to members to assist in maximizing the information available to them as CPAK and ACPA members.

Miranda Thomas

I am writing to express my interest in the Administration Coordinator-Elect position for CPAK Executive Committee. This opportunity speaks to my experiences and my diverse skill set, where I will help with creating a social media presence, engaging with the association partners, as well as an opportunity to grow within the field of student affairs. I have had an interest in getting involved with CPAK since I was a graduate student and attended my first conference seven years ago. Recently, I moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where my hope is through this position I would have the opportunity to become more engaged with other professionals in this new region as well as the state as a whole. 

I believe my experiences with many different conferences and associations will bring a new view to CPAK. In 2014, I was the Social Media Chair for the SEAHO Conference, a member of the Programming and Development committee for GLACUHO in 2012, and I have presented multiple presentations at a variety of conferences within the state, region, and nation. 

My passion to help students is interconnected to my passion to help other college student personnel professionals and contributing to the growth of the profession. We are the people who encourage the people, and CPAK is the association that encourages us. I want to help continue to make CPAK the best association in the state.

 

Conference Chair-Elect

Olivia Feldkamp

I am the Campus Housing Coordinator for Student Rights and Responsibilities at the University of Louisville.  I served as CPAK’s Graduate Student Representative for two years as CPAK explored and eventually transitioned to a state chapter of ACPA. I am currently serving as the Central Region Representative, which is a position that was created this past election cycle to replace institution-type representative positions. This was done in hopes of more completely representing membership from across the state.

 As Conference Chair-Elect, I would be enthusiastic about assisting Pam Curtis in refining CPAK’s conference goals and establishing a Mid-Managers conference and build off of my experience from planning the 2014 Careers in Student Affairs Conference. CPAK is an amazing opportunity for graduate students and new professionals to gain exposure to the typical conference structure, present programs, and interact with more established professionals. I would make it a goal to also determine what more experienced professionals are looking for in a state conference and incorporate the CPAK Connect Program, which is a mentorship program, as an aspect of the CPAK Conference. Working to keep any CPAK sponsored conference affordable, is also important to me. Finally, as the updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act begin to impact Student Affairs professionals in the state, I will explore the possibility of CPAK partnering with state-level functional area organizations to establish a joint conference opportunity with multiple programming tracks to allow professionals to be involved in multiple state organizations without committing additional time to conference attendance.

Ashley Gei

Hello Kentucky! My name is Ashley Gei. I’m a Career Development Counselor and Academic Advisor for Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, Kentucky. I’m also finishing my second year at the University of Louisville in College Student Personnel program. CPAK has become a large factor in my growth and involvement in ACPA and Student Affairs. In the last year, I’ve been serving as the Graduate Student Representative for CPAK. I have hosted and coordinated professional development workshops for Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University, University of Louisville, and Bellarmine University higher education and student affair’s graduate programs as well as implemented CPAKConnect Mentor program for graduate students and new professionals in the state of Kentucky.

 I was nominated to move up in leadership with CPAK as the Conference Chair-Elected. Although the first year will be spent shadowing and assisting the conference chair, if elected as the Conference Chair-Elect, I would actively coordinate and communicate with the conference committee in consultation with the conference chair. I have five years’ experience in event planning for recruitment and social events, and career fairs. I think I could provide the event planning and marketing skills to help our Conference Chair to host an educational conference on the current trends, practices, and programs in Kentucky. I have fresh ideas to increase networking during the conference for graduate students, new professionals, and senior professionals such as “speed networking” session. I will use my leadership be collaborative and educational for our state.

 

Graduate Student Representative

Stephanie Enyeart

I am a second-year, part-time master’s student in college student personnel at the University of Louisville. This past year, I served on the executive board of our program’s graduate association as the Director of Educational Programming, in which I coordinated monthly professional development opportunities for our members. My part-time status has allowed me to connect with the first-year cohort through our shared classes, which would help me in recruiting new graduate students through my role.  

Additionally, I serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Louisville’s Cradle to Career initiative. My service site is at Jefferson Community & Technical College, where I am working to enhance student activities in order to increase retention and graduation rates. I have additional programming experience through my involvement in the College Transition Action Network (CTAN), which is a subgroup of 55,000 Degrees, a partner in the Cradle to Career initiative. I coordinated CTAN’s Student Panel project last year and am assisting with the coordination of their Summer Coaching project this year. I believe these experiences qualify me to be a successful Graduate Student Representative for CPAK. Thank you for your consideration!

Alli Lake

I am honored to be nominated to serve as the CPAK graduate student representative. I am currently a 2nd year Masters student in the College Student Personnel program at the University of Louisville where I serve as the Graduate Assistant for Leadership and Service in the Office of Student Involvement.  My current connections and experience as President of the Graduate Association for Professionals in Student Affairs (GAPSA) at UofL provide me with unique insight into the needs and interests of the graduate student population.  Additionally, my experience as a current ACPA Graduate Ambassador makes me uniquely qualified for this position. 

 As graduate student representative, I would work to ensure that the student voice is heard and that CPAK is addressing graduate student needs.  I plan to work with the Executive Board to strengthen the CPAK Connect mentorship program and will encourage more graduate students and current professionals to participate.  By strengthening this program, I hope to create a greater support network for graduate students and new professionals within the state.  Additionally, I hope to get more graduate students involved in CPAK and ACPA by providing workshops and information sessions to help students understand the benefits these organizations provide, and by providing additional professional development workshops for graduate students to increase knowledge and discuss current issues in the field.  Finally, I hope to increase awareness of the field by encouraging undergraduate students to begin career exploration within Student Affairs.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

Faculty Representative

Brian Bourke

I am honored to have been nominated for the Faculty Representative to the College Personnel Association of Kentucky (CPAK). As a graduate program faculty member at Murray State University, and a former student affairs practitioner, I am drawn to opportunities to forge connections with other faculty, practitioners, and graduate students throughout the Commonwealth. The geographic size of Kentucky can pose challenges in fostering those connections. But, with the ever changing landscape of interactive technology, there are a number of exciting possibilities for the Faculty Representative in the year to come.

In my ten years as a faculty member, I have regularly engaged in efforts to not only make connections for myself, but to help connect others to the field of student affairs. Examples include working with NASPA’s NUFP program, serving on Careers in Student Affairs Month panels (both in person and virtually), and presenting at SACSA’s Graduate Student Symposium. As Kentucky’s institutions continue to face multiple uphill struggles in the coming year, it will be increasingly important for the Faculty Representative to serve a role in helping graduate students, new professionals, and graduate program faculty connect in meaningful ways to discuss these issues. Peer support and learning is becoming increasingly important, and as Faculty Representative, I look to serve as a conduit for those connections and to aid in that learning. I would be humbled to be elected at the CPAK Faculty Representative.

Fred Rhodes

Dr. Fred Rhodes is currently serving as Professor and Chair of the Ph.D. in Leadership in Higher Education program. He served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Bellarmine University from 1991-2014. During his tenure at Bellarmine, he also served in the roles of Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and Professor of Education prior to joining the graduate faculty full time in January 2015.

Dr. Rhodes is a seasoned student affairs professional with 35 years of senior level experience serving as a Dean of Students or Vice President for Student Affairs in both the public and private sector. He has been active in his respective professional associations serving as President of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs and the College Personnel Association of Kentucky. Dr. Rhodes was selected by his peers to be inducted into the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Pillars of the Profession. Also, he has been recognized for his leadership, service, and contributions to the field of higher education at the regional and state level.

 

Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion

Tamekka Cornelius

Ms. Tamekka Cornelius is Director, Office of Identity & Inclusion, at Bellarmine University: Responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating programs designed to educate and increase campus and community awareness and appreciation of students of color and other underrepresented groups on campus. She ensures that Bellarmine University is a welcoming place for all students, staff and faculty is an institutional goal that requires the participation and support of the entire campus community. Ms. Cornelius offers curricular and co-curricular initiatives that intentionally engage individuals in conversations where they can critically examine their beliefs and views regarding the multiple dimensions of diversity that are present on a local, national and global level.   

Some of her achievements include:

  • Oversight of a new physical space was created for the campus community which now houses the Office of Identity & Inclusion. 
  • Creation of a new pre-orientation retention initiative in the summer of 2016 after Bellarmine announced it would welcome the largest incoming class of underrepresented and first general students in its history. 
    • Created the #BUDialogue series to allow the entire campus to come together and discuss challenges facing Bellarmine and to facilitate difficult conversations around race, ethnicity, inclusion, identity & multiculturalism
  • Conference chair for the 2016 and 2017 Dialogue on Diversity Conference held on Bellarmine’s campus open to the community bringing business, education, and health care leaders to campus to enter into dialogue.
  • Facilitate workshops and trainings for faculty, staff, and students at Bellarmine University and for community organizations such as Hosparus of Louisville

 

Eastern Kentucky Regional Representative

 

Western Kentucky Regional Representative*

Brian Bourke

I am honored to have been nominated for the Western Kentucky Regional Representative to the College Personnel Association of Kentucky (CPAK). As a graduate program faculty member at Murray State University (MSU), and a former student affairs practitioner, I am drawn to opportunities to forge connections with other faculty, practitioners, and graduate students throughout this region of Kentucky. Even within this region, there are challenges to fostering those connections. For example, the nearest 2-year institution is 45 minutes away from Murray, and the nearest 4-year institution is 2 hours away. But, with the ever changing landscape of interactive technology, there are a number of possibilities to connect despite physical differences.

Since serving in this position as a mid-year appointment in 2016, I have developed a great affinity for CPAK, and the people who engage with the Association’s efforts. When I arrived at Murray State in 2014, I surprised to learn of minimal engagement from current MSU graduate students and staff in CPAK. I remembered that one of the vehicles for promoting engagement in professional associations is through modeling that very engagement. There are a number of opportunities to model engagement in CPAK across the western region, but most important of all is making personal connections, and then using those connections to help other people connect with each other, and ultimately become engaged with CPAK. There are tremendous opportunities to bring people together in western Kentucky, and I look forward to the opportunities ahead.

 

Northern Kentucky Regional Representative*

Ashley Gei

Hello Kentucky! My name is Ashley Gei. I’m a Career Development Counselor and Academic Advisor for Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, Kentucky. I’m also finishing my second year at the University of Louisville in College Student Personnel program. CPAK has become a large factor in my growth and involvement in ACPA and Student Affairs. In the last year, I’ve been serving as the Graduate Student Representative for CPAK. I have hosted and coordinated professional development workshops for Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University, University of Louisville, and Bellarmine University higher education and student affair’s graduate programs as well as implemented CPAKConnect Mentor program for graduate students and new professionals in the state of Kentucky.

I wish to stay on and move up in leadership with CPAK as the Northern Regional Representative. If elected as the Northern Regional Representative, I would actively search and post job openings among the Northern institutions, free professional development webinars, and conferences being hosted in Kentucky. Similar goals as my Graduate Student Representative position, I would increase networking, communication, and professional development opportunities in our region. I would like to host an evening meet and greet to allow members to meet other members in the organization over dinner. Lastly, I would like to host several monthly “Lunch and Learn” events at different restaurants on current trends, programming, and practices in student and academic affairs, and student services in the Northern Region. I will use my leadership be informative for the region.

Miranda Thomas

I am writing to express my interest in the Northern Kentucky Regional Representative position for CPAK Executive Committee. This opportunity speaks to my experiences and my diverse skill set, where I will help with connect and engage with institutions and individuals around the region by creating opportunities of professional development events. Having recently moved to Lexington, Kentucky, I would like to have an opportunity to become more engaged with other professionals in this new region as well as the state as a whole. 

My passion to help students is interconnected to my passion to help other college student personnel professionals and contributing to the growth of the profession. We are the people who encourage the people, and CPAK is the association that encourages us. I want to help continue to make CPAK the best association in the state.

 

Central Kentucky Regional Representative*

Laura Kline

My name is Laura Kline, and I’m the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry at Bellarmine University. I received my BA in Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University in 2002 and my MA in College Student Personnel at University of Louisville in 2007. I returned to Bellarmine in my current role in August of this year, also returning to higher ed after a 10 year hiatus while I raised my family. I was a part of the CPAK executive board years ago, when I worked in Student Activities, also then at Bellarmine. I’m anxious to get involved again in CPAK because of all the great support and idea-sharing that it provides, and because I want to share my enthusiasm for working in Student Affairs with other like-minded professionals. I look forward to meeting and getting to know other members in the coming years!

 

*A breakdown of these regions is available here.