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
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 where she also gained invaluable experiences and mentors. Lindsay enjoys trail running, traveling, podcasts and staying connected with her family in Indianapolis.
Resident Director, University of Kentucky
B.A. Health Society and Populations, 2018, University of Kentucky
M. Ed College Student Personnel, 2020, University of Louisville
TaChae Sowell is from Louisville, home of the Kentucky derby, great food and the UofL Cardinals! TaChae is a resident director at the University of Kentucky engineering LLP (Woodland Glen III), home to about 786 residents and largest residence hall on campus. When TaChae isn’t working in her free time she enjoys Crossfit, scenic routes around Lexington and trying new and eclectic restaurants in the Lexington area.
Indigo Gibson, Administration Coordinator
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 husband, friends & family.
Exploratory & Transition Advising, Academic Counselor, University of Louisville
B.A. Broadcast Journalism, Western Kentucky University
M.Ed. College Student Personnel, 2020, University of Louisville
Born and raised in Louisville, Diamond proudly shouts #L1C4 (Louisville First, Cards Forever). Diamond has been working in Student Affairs for 5 years, after leaving a career in television news. She currently serves as an Academic Counselor for Exploratory & Transition Advising at the University of Louisville. In her role, she assists students in the process of declaring or preparing for their major program through advising and teaching a freshmen orientation seminar. Supporting students in their engagement, learning, and celebrating achievement fuels her joy and passion for Student Affairs. In her free time, Diamond enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching television, and reading.
Samantha La Mar, Conference Coordinator
(765) 494 – 4343
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 generation graduate from the University of Kentucky (go cats!). Currently she works with undergraduate students in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, providing academic advising to students across all majors from orientation to graduation. She enjoys working with students to help them identify goals and overcome obstacles. Outside of work Sam enjoys reading, cooking with her partner (Payton) and spending time with their dog Athena.
Student Advocate, Dean of Students, University of Louisville
B.S. Sport Administration, 2010, University of Louisville
M.Ed. College Student Personnel, 2014, University of Louisville
Ph.D. Higher Education Administration, in Progress, University of Louisville
Samantha is the Student Advocate in the Dean of Students Office at UofL. In her role, she oversees the compassionate withdrawal and student complaint processes, provides case management services for students in crisis, and provides advocacy for students in need. Samantha is finishing her last semester of classes for her Ph.D. program and looks forward to completing her dissertation on Vicarious Trauma and Case Management in Higher Education. Samantha is also passionate about suicide prevention and mental health awareness and is dedicated to her volunteer work with the Louisville Out of the Darkness Walk and the Kentucky Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys both reading and collecting books (she argues that those are two very different hobbies), as well as spending time with her three nieces.
Resident Director, University of Kentucky
B.A., Psychology, 2016, University of Kentucky
MSW, Community and Social Development Concentration, 2019, University of Kentucky
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 Snow 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.
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.
Michael Thomas, Northern Kentucky Regional Representative
Jan Goldman, Western Kentucky Regional Representative
Ashley Murphy-Gei, Central Kentucky Regional Representative
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
Graduate Certificate in Universal Design, 2021, University of Kentucky
Undergraduate Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion, 2021, University of Kentucky
Ashley Murphy-Gei is the Career Advisor and EXP Instructor for the University of Kentucky’s Stuckert Career Center. She is responsible providing career exploration and development counseling for all UK students as well as instruction for part-time and full-time experiential experiences/internships. 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 majors and careers in liberal arts and sciences degrees for three years. She also co-instructed Leadership and Community Development courses for student organizations on and off campus, and continues to serve as a Chapter Advisor and Mentor for Student Organization and several mentees. It is from her collegiate experiences that ignited her passion to support students’ access to services and career options to help students achieve their higher education goals.
Rick Holland, Eastern Kentucky Regional Representative
B.A., Psychology, 2018, Berea College
M.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. Being Eastern Kentucky Regional Representative is Rick’s first work for a professional development organization, but he is very excited to continue in this second year. As an Area Coordinator Rick is a leader on the housing team for Berea College under the Student Life Department as well as supervises three residence halls. 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.