Associate 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.
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.
Lindsay Smith, President – Elect
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 is a Program Mentor and Faculty at Western Governors University, an online, competency based university and lives in Cincinnati, OH. At WGU, she advises business students from their first day through to graduation. Lindsay is a first-generation student in her second career — she found her true passion was in education after her job was eliminated during the sub-prime mortgage crisis. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degree from Indiana University (Indianapolis campus) where she also gained invaluable experiences and mentors. Lindsay enjoys trail running, traveling, podcasts and staying connected with her family in Indianapolis.
Ashley Murphy-Gei, Administrative Coordinator
B.A., Gender and Women’s Studies, and 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.
Indigo Cornelison, Administrative Coordinator – Elect
B.S. Accounting, 2015, University of Kentucky
M.Ed. College Student Personnel, 2018, University of Louisville
Born and raised in Louisville, KY, Indigo currently serves as Director of Student Engagement at Jefferson Community and Technical College. Additionally, Indigo is a current member of ACPA and enjoys taking part in various realms of professional development. As a student affairs professional, Indigo enjoys working with the community college population in order to provide them with engaging programs, events, and opportunities outside of the classroom. In her spare time, Indigo loves to travel and spend time with her fiancé, friends & family.
AJ Miller, Conference Coordinator
Coordinator, Student Engagement & Leadership Programs, Northern Kentucky University
B.A., Communication Studies, 2012, Northern Kentucky University
M.A., Communications, 2019, Northern Kentucky University
A.J. is a proud, first-generation college student. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies in 2012 and is completing his Master of Arts this May both from Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY. At NKU, he serves as the Coordinator for Student Engagement and Leadership Programs. In this role he oversees registered student organizations, leadership programming, and campus signature events. A.J. is an active member in Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and serves as a campus advisor.
Samantha La Mar, Conference Coordinator-Elect
(502) 852 – 3846
B.S. Community and Leadership Development, 2017, University of Kentucky
M.Ed. College Student Personnel, 2020, University of Louisville
Sam La Mar is a Kentucky Native and proud first gen graduate from the University of Kentucky (go cats!). Her passion for higher education and professional involvement/development is fueled by her belief in the power of education to play a transformational role in the lives of students and their families. When she isn’t working with students, volunteering with CPAK or the Commission for Student Involvement, Sam loves spending time with her partner, friends and happy-go-lucky pup, Athena. She is always down for a cup of coffee and good conversation and enjoys writing, yoga, hiking and reading.
Travis Plunkett, Professional Development Coordinator
B.S., Agricultural Science; Agronomy, 2016, Murray State University
M.A., Postsecondary Education, 2018, Murray State University
Travis Plunkett currently serves as the Employer Relations Coordinator for the Career Services department at Murray State University. Travis received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2016 at Murray State and hopes to utilize it to run his own farm in the future. He also received his Master of Arts in Postsecondary Education at Murray State in 2018. He has served as a Graduate Assistant in Career Services for two years and has now been in his current position for close to two years. He is an active member of the Young Professionals of Murray (YPM), as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE) and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). At his job, he is responsible for running the job platform for Career Services, connecting with employers, organizing career fairs, meeting with students, and much more. When he is not at work, Travis enjoys spending time with his wife and three cats, kayaking, playing disc golf, and fishing.
Ariel Snow, Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion
Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Jefferson Community & Technical College
B.A. International Business w/ Minor in Spanish, 2016, Murray State University
M.Ed. College Student Personnel, 2019, University of Louisville
Ariel Watson currently serves as the Assistant Director of Diversity & inclusion at Jefferson Community & Technical College. Originally from Lexington, KY, Ariel relocated to Louisville to pursue a Master’s Degree where she has found a passion for working in with diversity initiatives, while supporting underrepresented students through the elimination of systemic barriers. Ariel’s past student affairs history includes work with Orientation, Residence Life, Student Activities, and Diversity Education. Ariel enjoys visiting her family in Tennessee, spending time with her Husband, Anthony, and creating spaces for challenging social constructs and changing oppressive cultures.
Student Support Coordinator, Spalding University
B.A. Health Society and Populations, 2018, University of Kentucky
M. Ed College Student Personnel, In Progress, University of Louisville
A Louisville native, TaChae is a 2nd year master’s student in the College Student Personnel program at the University of Louisville where she serves as the Graduate Assistant in The Graduate School focusing on diversity, recruitment and retention. TaChae is also the Student Support Coordinator at Spalding University where she has worked for almost 2 years. In her spare time, TaChae enjoys Grey’s Anatomy, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
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
Director of Student Life & Engagement
Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College
B.A., Psychology, 1992, Alfred University
MS. Ed., College Student Development, 1994, Alfred University
Ed. D., Higher Education, 2016, Union Institution & University
David moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky the summer of 2019 to serve the students of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) as their Director of Student Life and Engagement. Utilizing Passionate Leadership as his guiding philosophy to life, David encourages, supports, and guides students to achieve success. David’s passion for the profession has driven him to give back by volunteering in various professional associations over the years, including AFA, NACA and now CPAK. Outside of work, David enjoys spending time with his wife, step-sons, grandchildren and cat. As a Foodie, David is always looking for new delicacies to try in order to tempt his palate.
Brian Daniel, Central Kentucky Regional Representative
BA: Elementary Education & Community & Justice Studies at Guilford College
M.S.Ed. Higher Education Administration at Old Dominion University
Brian serves as the Director of Residence Life at Centre College. At Centre, Brian oversees the residential program and works with the Resident Assistants and Residence Directors. Brian has served in various residence life programs at a variety of institutions in Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. In his spare time, Brian is completing his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of West Georgia. Brian also coaches middle school basketball and enjoys hiking around Kentucky.
Rick Holland, Eastern Kentucky Regional Representative
B.A., Psychology, 2018, Berea College
Ed., Higher Education: Educational Leadership, Anticipated Completion Summer 2020, Liberty University
Rick moved to Berea in the summer of 2014 as a bright-eyed undergraduate student with dreams of becoming a Medical Doctor. This quickly changed as he found a passion in working with his fellow students as their Hall Coordinator. Immediately after graduation, he began his position as an Area Coordinator working under Dr. Channell Barbour and Virgil Burnside. This is Rick’s first work for a professional development organization, but he is very excited to begin. As an Area Coordinator Rick leads the housing team on Berea College campus under the Student Life Department as well as supervises three residence halls and the shuttle service on Berea College Campus. His favorite thing about this work is supporting students in their time of need and watching them overcome what they once viewed as the impossible. Outside of work Rick is busy with classwork and being a new dad to his son, Gideon, as well as spending whatever free time he can find with his wife, Cinda.
Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Thomas More University
B.A., Communication Studies, Northern Kentucky University (2010)
M.S., College Student Personnel Administration, Illinois State University (2012)
Kevin Reynolds works as the AVP for Advancement at Thomas More University. Prior to his work in fundraising, Kevin served in many student affairs roles at both Thomas More University and Belmont University, including Fraternity & Sorority Life Advisor, Director of Student Engagement, Assistant Dean of Students and most recently as Dean of Students. Additionally, Kevin is a speaker with the agency ForCollegeForLife. Kevin’s signature programs reflect his passion for leadership development and the prevention of sexual violence and gender-based discrimination.
Kevin’s work with CPAK is an exciting blend of his professional passions, student affairs and development work. Outside of work, Kevin is active in the Northern Kentucky community, where he and his wife Christin live. Kevin is also currently working towards his Doctorate in Leadership at Spalding University and expects to complete that degree in December of 2019.