Academic Counselor Senior, University of Louisville
B.A., Communications & Spanish, 2010, DePauw University
M.Ed., in College Student Personnel, 2014, University of Louisville
Jen is originally from Shelbyville, IN and received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Spanish from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. After working in Admissions for two years, she returned to school at the University of Louisville where she obtained her Master’s degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology with a concentration in College Student Personnel. She currently lives in New Albany, IN and works as an Academic Counselor at the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering. In her free time, Jen enjoys running and being outdoors.
Assistant Professor, Postsecondary Education
College of Education & Human Services, Murray State University
B.S., Business Administration, 1998, University of South Carolina Spartanburg
M.Ed., Student Personnel Services, 2000, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Higher Education, 2007, The University of Alabama
Brian moved to Murray, Kentucky in 2014 to be part of the faculty for the newly-created graduate preparation program at Murray State University. At Murray State, Brian teaches courses designed to help prepare students to enter and advance in their careers in student affairs and higher education. He often draws on his time in the field to help make connections between theory and practice. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Brian enjoys giving back to the profession through a number of service experiences, including serving as Editor of the College Student Affairs Journal, as part of the planning team for the 2016 ACPA Midwest conference, and through his involvement with CPAK. Outside of work, Brian enjoys time with his wife and daughter, cooking, drinking craft beer and bourbon, as well as spending some time in his woodworking shop.
Hannah Piechowski, Past-President
Director of Student Transitions
Parent and Family Programs, Transylvania University
B.A., Piano Performance, Music Technology, & Psychology, 2007, Bellarmine University
M.Ed., Counseling & College Student Personnel, 2010, University of Louisville
Ph.D., Education and Social Change in Higher Education, ant. 2018, Bellarmine University
A Kentucky native, Hannah currently serves Transylvania University in Enrollment Management and Student Life. She currently sits on the ACPA Ethics Committee and was recently selected as faculty for the 2017 Regional Entry Level Institute with SEAHO. Previous involvements include President of the Kentucky Association of Housing Officers, Advisor for the Kentucky Association of Residence Halls, Institutional Representative for NASPA Region III, and SEAHO Registration Chair for the 2015 Mobile Conference. With what time remains, Hannah spends as much time as possible with her dog Barley, teaching piano, embracing wanderlust, catching up on her favorite sci-fi series, and gardening. She is extremely excited to be part of the CPAK leadership as a new partnership with ACPA unfolds!
Assistant Director for Student Organizations, University of Kentucky
B.A. Economics and Business Administration, 2012, Bellarmine University
M.Ed. College Student Personnel, 2014, University of Louisville
Caitlyn is a native Kentuckian, originally hailing from Louisville, KY. She is excited to continue serving the Bluegrass and living out her passion of helping others at the University of Kentucky after working at Eastern Kentucky University. Caitlyn loves the challenges and opportunities that working at a large, public institution brings. She loves the campus community and Lexington community and is looking forward to getting more involved at the city and state level within the coming years. Most recently, Caitlyn is involved with Girls on the Run, serving for her third season as a coach.
Catherine Thompson, Administration Coordinator-Elect
Part-Time Office Assistant, Office of First Year Initiatives, University of Louisville
B.S., Graphic Communications Management, 2013, Eastern Kentucky University
M.Ed., College Student Personnel, 2017, University of Louisville
Born and raised in Versailles, Kentucky, Catherine currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky continually working towards her career goal in student affairs and seeking to land her dream job within collegiate athletics. She is currently a member of ACPA, holding several leadership roles, an active member of N4A, and the Chapter Wellness Advisor for her Alma Mater’s Alpha Gamma Delta Gamma Omicron chapter. When she is not busy with work or professional development, she is spending her time at the gym, with her large family, getting her “side hussle” on with her DJ business, crafting, going on adventures, and eating unique cuisine whenever possible. Catherine is very honored and excited to be apart of the 2018 Executive Committee and can’t wait to see what this year brings!
Ashley Gei, Conference Coordinator
Career Advisor, University of Kentucky
B.A., Gender and Women’s Studies & Political Science, 2013, University of Kentucky
MSW, Community and Social Development concentration, 2015, University of Kentucky
M.Ed., College Student Personnel, 2017, University of Louisville
Ashley Gei is the Career Advisor for the University of Kentucky’s Stuckert Career Center. She is responsible providing career exploration and development counseling for all UK students. In addition to working at UK, Ashley has worked as a Career Development Counselor and Academic Advisor for Bluegrass Community and Technical College for three years and as a recruiter in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky recruiting students to major and career in liberal arts and sciences degrees for three years. She also co-instructs Leadership and Community Development courses for student organizations on and off campus. It is from her collegiate experiences that ignited her passion to support students access to services and career options to help students succeed and achieve their higher education goals.
Program Mentor, Faculty, School of Business, Western Governors University
B.S. Marketing and Supply Chain Management, 2003, Indiana University
M.Ed, Higher Education and Student Affairs, 2010, Indiana University
M.S. Leadership and Management, 2016, Western Governors University
Lindsay has worked at Western Governors University, an online, competency based university, since 2012. At WGU, she advises business students from their first day through to graduation. Lindsay is a first-generation student who worked in the mortgage industry during the subprime mortgage crisis and found her true passion was in education and improving the lives of students after researching potential MBA programs. She began her career in higher education at IUPUI (Indianapolis, IN) as a GA and eventually as a Joint Academic Advisor for University College and the School of Liberal Arts where she gained invaluable experiences in academic and career advising, scholarships, orientation, event organization, and the importance of mentoring. Lindsay enjoys mentoring students (particularly transfer students and underserved populations) and supporting them in their journey to realize their full potential. In her spare time she enjoys trail running and traveling and podcasts.
Assistant Director of Residence life, Transylvania University
B.A., Psychology, 2015, Georgetown College
M.Ed., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Western Kentucky Univeristy
Graduate Certificate: Career Services, Western Kentucky University
Madelyn is a native Kentuckian from Lexington. Currently, she serves as the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Transylvania University in the heart of her hometown. Soon after graduating from Georgetown College (Georgetown, KY) she began her Masters at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. During her time at Western, Madelyn received her masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education and certificate in Career Services while serving as an instructor for University Experience (First Year Student Course), a career coach in the Center for Career and Professional Development and advisor for the Mahuirn Honors College Activities Club. Her passion lies in helping students accomplish their career goals and often provides professional development to her RA staff at Transy. In her free time she spends time with her puppy, Buddy and family.
B.S. Psychology with a Minor of Child Development, 2007, Tennessee State University
M.Ed. Education Administration and Supervision, 2009, Lipscomb University
Conflict Management and Mediation Certificate, 2010, Lipscomb University
Ed.D Higher Education Administration, In Progress, Western Kentucky University
A Tennessee native, Danielle currently serves as Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement at Jefferson Community and Technical College. Previous involvement includes SEAHO, Mississippi Association of Housing Officers, and Mid-Manager Institute participant for NASPA Region III. In her spare time, Danielle loves reality television, reading, and spending time with her soon to be husband.
Residence director- J.H. Richmond College, Murray State University
B.S Psychology minor: management and leadership, 2017, Carroll University
M.A Postsecondary Education Administration, 2019, Murray State University
Alex moved to Kentucky in the summer of 17 to become a Residence Director for Murray State’s Richmond College. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Postsecondary Education Administration to further his career in Student Affairs. Before starting his new life in Kentucky, Alex was born and raised in Wisconsin near the city of Milwaukee. As Alex has been adapting to life in the South, he partook in the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) case study and took first place with his co-worker. Alex is deeply passionate about educating and mentoring students to empower them to achieve their goals and to share their talents with others. In his free time, Alex enjoys most outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and photography.
Associate Professor and Chair of the Ph.D. in Leadership in Higher Education Program, Bellarmine University
BA., Psychology, Ohio Wesleyan University
M.Ed., College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University
Ph.D., Education Administration, University of Florida
Mike served as an adjunct faculty member in the higher education department at Bellarmine University since 2013 before joining the faculty full time in 2017. Mike has had a long career in student affairs serving at small colleges, regional mid-sized universities, and a large flagship university. He served 20 years at Transylvania University primarily in the role of Vice President of Student Affairs. His previous roles have included Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Director of Housing and Residence Life. Mike is active in state, regional, and national professional associations and served on the National Board for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) representing small colleges and universities from across the country.
Mike’s wife, Deb, and their daughter and son all are college educators in their respective fields of study.
Vacant, Northern Kentucky Regional Representative
Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion, Georgetown College
B.A., Psychology, 2015, University of Kentucky
M.S., Higher Education, 2017, University of Kentucky
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Tiera has worked in the realm of residence life throughout her graduate and undergraduate work. Working with RHA she was highly active and involved with Kentucky Association of Residence Halls, as well as the regional and national organizations respectively. She is passionate about diversity work and student support specifically with marginalized groups. In her free time, Tiera spends as much time as possible with her God- Daughter, Lillith, traveling whenever she can, watching possibly too much Netflix, and exploring anything new. She is excited to be a part of the ACPA KY leadership and to make and create new opportunities and connections within the eastern region.
Associate Dean, Student Success, Mindway University
M.Ed., Counseling and Personnel Services-College Student Personnel, 2011, University of Louisville
B.S., Agricultural Economics, 2005, University of Kentucky
Natasha Ramsey serves as the Associate Dean of Student Success at Midway University. She oversees the areas of academic support, career services, and academic advising. Natasha has been in the field of higher education for nearly nine years and enjoys cultivating young minds and exposing students to experiences outside of their norm. Much of Natasha’s interaction with students is based on her former experience with her own college career. She is a first generation college student, who had no clue about the college process, had a bout with academic probation and loves to share her story. “My goal is to help students embrace and experience college and not let college consume them.” She has two beautiful nieces, one handsome nephew and a nephew on the way, a gorgeous goddaughter and very dapper godson. In her spare time, she is either at a cheer competition, soccer game, baseball game or practice supporting her little ones.
Dean of Student Services, Kentucky Wesleyan College
B.A., Psychology, 2002, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., College Student Development, 2006, Appalachian State University
Becca came to Kentucky in 2014 to serve as the Director of the Sophomore Experience at KWC and transitioned into the Dean of Students role in 2016. As Dean, Becca oversees Residence Life, Student Activities, Greek Life, Student Conduct, Health Services, and advises the Student Government Association. Previously she worked as the Assistant Dean of Students at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina and as the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. She enjoys the challenges and opportunities that come with working at small institutions. Becca is a member of the Board of Trustees for Girls Inc of Owensboro-Daviess County, loves Tar Heel basketball, Justin Timberlake, and her dogs Eddie and Gracie.