History of CPAK

Sine 1976, our association has held a rich history of inclusion, celebration, scholarship, and friendship.

2022CPAK held it’s annual conference on April 7, 2022. After virtual conference in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CPAK was glad to be able to return to an in-person event.

The 2022-2023 CPAK EC met for the first time on May 24, 2022 for the 2022 Transition Meeting. It was a great opportunity for our officers to get to know one another and refresh ourselves on CPAK and ACPA’s mission and purpose. Below is a list of our 2022 – 2023 Executive Committee.

President: Uriah Carter
Past-President: Lindsay Smith
Coordinator for Equity & Inclusion: Antoine Smith-Rouse
Conference Chair: Samantha MacKenzie
Professional Development Coordinator: Jan Goldman
Faculty Representative: Dr. Mike Vetter
Central KY Regional Representative: Priscilla Calvo Castillo
Northern KY Regional Representative: Jennifer Brown
Western KY Regional Representative: Chelsea Wright
2021Our annual CPAK conference and business meeting was held virtually the first week of February 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on travel during this time.  Our Hall of Fame event was not held in 2021 and no colleagues were inducted into our CPAK Hall of Fame.

President: Lindsay Smith, Western Governors University
President-Elect:  Tachae Sowell, University of Kentucky
Past President: Danielle Sims Brooks, Jefferson Community & Technical College
Equity & Inclusion Coordinator: Ariel Watson, Jefferson Community & Technical College 
Administration Coordinator: Indigo Watson, Jefferson Community & Technical College 
Administration Coordinator-Elect: Diamond Davies, Jefferson Community & Technical College 
Conference Chair: Samantha LaMar, Purdue University
Conference Chair-Elect: Samantha MacKenzie, University of Louisville 
Professional Development Coordinator: Uriah Carter, University of Kentucky
Western Kentucky Regional Representative: Jan Goldman, Owensboro Community & Technical College Central
Kentucky Regional Representative: Cydni Sloan, Jefferson Community & Technical College 
Eastern Kentucky Regional Representative: Rick Holland, Berea College
Northern Kentucky Regional Representative: Michael Thomas, Berea College
Graduate Student Representative: Anderson Reeves, Bellarmine University
Faculty Representative: Dr. Michael Vetter, Bellarmine University
2020CPAK received the award for Outstanding ACPA Chapter and LIndsay Smith (Western Governors University) received the award for Outstanding ACPA Chapter Leader at the ACPA 2020 National Convention held in Nashville, TN.

Our annual conference, business meeting and 3rd annual Hall of Fame Recognition Ceremony was held on January 26, 2020 at Northern Kentucky University. Keynote speaker was current ACPA President, Craig Elliott.

Hall of Fame Inductees: Ingrid Washington, Dr. Kim Vance, Dr. Gene Tice, Jenny Sawyer, Dr. Helen-Grace Ryan, Dr. Denny Golden, Victor Hazard, Virgil Burnside

President: Danielle Sims Brooks, Jefferson Community & Technical College 
President-Elect: Lindsay Smith, Western Governors University
Past President: Dr. Brian Bourke, Murray State University
Equity & Inclusion Coordinator: Ariel Watson, Jefferson Community & Technical College 
Administration Coordinator: Ashley Gei, University of Kentucky
Administration Coordinator-Elect: Indigo Watson, Jefferson Community & Technical College 
Conference Chair: AJ Miller, Northern Kentucky University
Conference Chair Elect: Samantha LaMar, University of Louisville
Professional Development Coordinator: Brent Marshall, Jefferson Community & Technical college
Western Kentucky Regional Representative: Dr. David L Travis, Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College
Eastern Kentucky Regional Representative: Rick Holland, Berea College
Northern Kentucky Regional Representative: Diamond Davies, University of Louisville
Graduate Student Representative: Tachae Sowell, University of Kentucky
Faculty Representative: Dr. Michael Vetter, Bellarmine University
Fundraising & Development Coordinator: Kevin Reynolds, Thomas More College
2019CPAK received the award for Outstanding ACPA Chapter at ACPA 2019 National Convention held in Boston, MAThe CPAK Executive Committee created and approved the Development & Fundraising Coordinator and appointed, Kevin Reynolds of Thomas More University. CPAK gave two presentations at the KARH Conference at Morehead State and served on the conference committee for the second year in a row for the 8th annual Dialogue on Diversity held this year at Spalding University.

The CPAK Annual Conference & Business Meeting was held at Murray State University.  This year’s 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Inductees included Howard Bailey, Dr. Dale Buckles, Dr. Michael J. Cuyjet, Dr. Aaron W. Hughey, Kenna Middleton, Dr. Patricia S. Terrell

President:  Dr. Brian Bourke, Murray State University
President-Elect: Danielle Sims Brooks, Jefferson Community & Technical College 
Past President: Jen Zoller, University of Louisville
Equity & Inclusion Coordinator: Ariel Watson, University of Louisville
Administration Coordinator: Catherine Thompson, University of Louisville
Administration Coordinator-Elect: Ashley Gei, University of Kentucky
Conference Chair: Lindsay Smith, Western Governors University
Conference Chair-Elect:  AJ Miller, Northern Kentucky University
Professional Development Coordinator: Madelyn Frost, Transylvania University
Western Kentucky Regional Representative: Indigo Cornelison, Jefferson Community & Technical College
Central Kentucky Regional Representative: Brian Daniel, Centre College
Eastern Kentucky Regional Representative:  Andre Dowell, Western Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky Regional Representative:  Te’Asia Martin, Transylvania University
Graduate Student Representative: Jonathan Siason, Spalding University
Faculty Representative: Dr. Michael Vetter, Bellarmine University
2018Taylor McGovern U’Sellis (Jefferson Community & Technical College) received the award for Outstanding ACPA Chapter Leader at ACPA 2018 National Convention held in Houston, TX

The CPAK Annual Conference and Business Meeting was held at Blue Grass Community & Technical College
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Anthony. Award winners included: Fred W. Rhodes Outstanding Service Award: Pam Curtis, University of Louisville and Dr. Michael Mardis, University of Louisville; New Professional Award: Alli Lake, University of Kentucky; Innovator Award: Natasha Ramsey, Midway University; Dr. Michael Cuyjet Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Elaine Surdyke, University of Louisville.

CPAK also collaborated to assist on the conference committee with the 7th annual Dialogue on Diversity conference held in Louisville, KY.

This was the first year for our Hall of Fame ceremony recognizing higher education professionals in the Commonwealth who have served their respective institutions, the state, region and/or national association through leadership and service. This year’s inaugural Hall of Fame Recognition ceremony was held at Transylvania University and the class included: Dr. Don Gehring, Wm. Randy Hays, Dr. Fred Rhodes, Dr. Don Robertson, Dr. Laura Smith, Dr. Michael K. Vetter.  For more information on our inductees, please see https://ky.myacpa.org/cpak-hall-fame/gallery-of-inductees/ 

President: Jen Zoller, University of Louisville
President-Elect: Dr. Brian Bourke, Murray State University
Past President: Hannah Piechowski, Transylvania University
Equity & Inclusion Coordinator: Danielle Sims Brooks, Jefferson Community & Technical College Administration Coordinator: Caitlyn Walsh, University of Kentucky
Administration Coordinator-Elect: Catherine Thompson, University of Louisville
Conference Chair: Ashley Gei, University of Kentucky
Conference Chair-Elect: Lindsay Smith, Western Governors University
Professional Development Coordinator: Madelyn Frost, Transylvania University
Central Kentucky Regional Representative: Natasha Ramsey, Midway University
Eastern Kentucky Regional Representative: Tiera Mason, Georgetown College
Northern Kentucky Regional Representative: Dannie Moore, Northern Kentucky University
Western Kentucky Regional Representative: Rebecca McQueen, Kentucky Wesleyan College
Graduate Student Representative: Ayanna Ross, Eastern Kentucky University 
Faculty Representative: Dr. Michael Vetter, Bellarmine University
2017CPAK was awarded the Outstanding Membership Award for an ACPA Chapter at the ACPA 2017 Annual Convention held in Columbus, OH.This year we were excited to elect our first Equity & Inclusion Coordinator, Tamekka Cornelius of Bellarmine University.  

President: Hannah Piechowski, Transylvania University
President-Elect: Jen Zoller, University of Louisville
Past President: Taylor U’Sellis, Jefferson Community and Technical College
Equity & Inclusion Coordinator: Tamekka Cornelius Bellarmine University; Danielle Sims Brooks, Jefferson Community and Technical College
Administration Coordinator: Caitlyn Walsh, University of Kentucky
Administration Coordinator-Elect: Miranda Thomas Scurlock, University of Kentucky
Conference Chair: Pam Curtis, University of Louisville
Conference Chair-Elect: Ashley Gei, Blue Grass Community & Technical College
Professional Development Coordinator: Mackenzie Adriance, University of Louisville
Western Kentucky Regional Representative: Dr. Brian Bourke, Murray State University
Central Kentucky Regional Representative: Laura Kline, Bellarmine University
Eastern Kentucky Regional Representative: John Kaky, Morehead State University
Northern Kentucky Regional Representative: Olivia Feldkamp, University of Louisville
Graduate Student Representative: Alli Lake, University of Kentucky
Faculty Representative: Dr. Fred Rhodes, Bellarmine University
2016In 2016, the association redefined the operating values to align with ACPA.  A product of this work was CPAK’s first Strategic Plan for Equity and Inclusion.  Through this plan, the role of Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion was approved for 2017.  CPAK collaborated to host the Careers in Student Affairs conference with KAHO (Kentucky Association of Housing Officers). 

At the 2017 ACPA Convention, CPAK was recognized with the Outstanding Membership Award for work during 2016.  

Annual CPAK award winners included Angela Taylor, University of Louisville (Fred W. Rhodes Outstanding Service Award); Olivia Feldkamp, University of Louisville (New Professional Award); Dr. Glenn Gittings, University of Louisville (Innovator Award); and Tiera Mason, University of Kentucky (Dr. Michael Cuyjet Outstanding Graduate Student Award)

President: Taylor U’Sellis, KCTCS
President-Elect: Hannah Piechowski, Transylvania University
Past President: Jacob Raderer, Centre College
Administration Coordinator: Jen Zoller, University of Louisville
Administration Coordinator-Elect: Caitlyn Walsh, University of Kentucky
Conference Chair: Pam Curtis, Univeristy of Louisville
Professional Development Coordinator: Mackenzie Adriance, University of Louisville
Western Kentucky Regional Representative: Dr. Brian Bourke, Murray State University
Central Kentucky Regional Representative: Olivia Feldkamp, University of Louisville
Eastern Kentucky Regional Representative: Kristina Belcher, Eastern Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky Regional Representative: Tierney Bates, University of Louisville
Graduate Student Representative: Ashley Gei, BCTCS
Faculty Representative: Dr. Fred Rhodes, Bellarmine University
NASPA Region III Representative: Charley Pride, Western Kentucky University
2015In 2015, CPAK saw its first year as an affiliated internal chapter of ACPA College Student Educators International.  The annual conference was held at Centre College on January 28 and 29, 2016, with featured speakers Jason L. Meriwether, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Indiana University Southeast, and Dr. Aaron Thompson, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.  The conference featured twenty educational sessions, a SSAO panel, and a dessert social at Cue on Main.  During this closing business meeting of the conference, the new positions of regional representatives were approved, replacing members at large. 

Annual award winners included Randy Hays, Centre College (Fred W. Rhodes Outstanding Service Award); Candace Lamb, University of Louisville (New Professional Award); Dr. Eugene Foster, University of Louisville (Innovator Award); and Hannah Steen, University of Louisville (Dr. Michael Cuyjet Outstanding Graduate Student Award).

President: Jacob Raderer, Centre College
President-Elect: Taylor McGovern U’Sellis, KCTCS
Past President: Matt Real, University of Louisville
Conference Coordinator: Sarah Ramage, Bellarmine University
Secretary and Treasurer: Hannah Piechowski, Midway College
Graduate Student Representative: Olivia Feldkamp, University of Louisville
2014The annual conference was held in conjunction with SACSA, hosted this year in Louisville, Kentucky.  During the conference, the CPAK Executive Committee officially signed the affiliation agreement with ACPA designating Kentucky as an internal chapter of the association, also now known as ACPA Kentucky.

President: Matt Real, University of Louisville
President-Elect: Jacob Raderer, Centre College
2013The annual conference was held at the Shelby Hurst Campus of the University of Louisville.

President: Elizabeth Cassady, Bellarmine University
President-Elect: Matt Real, University of Louisville
2012President: Elizabeth Liebschutz-Roettger
2011President: Destiny Harper
2010President: Elizabeth Liebschutz-Roettger
2009President: Angela Taylor
2008President: Patrick Noltemeyer
2007President: Michael Anthony
2006President: Emily Coleman
2005President: Leslie Maxie-Ashford
2004President: Kent Kelso
2003President: Christie Bing Kracker
2002President: Michael Covert
2001President: Michael Covert
2000President: Jon Burke
1999President: Judith James
1998President: Ruth Garvey
1997President: Randy Hays
1996President: Joe Brockinton
1995President: Debbie Ford
1994President: Fred Rhodes
1993President: Michael Colegrove
1992President: Linda Buchanan
1991President: Barry McArdle
1990President: Jim Ploskonka 
1989President: Nancy Lackey
1988President: Louise Stone
1987President: Carol Lunney
1986President: Ann Murray
1985President: William B. Burley Phelan
1984President: Robert Zumwinkle
1983President: James Bergman
1982President: Francis McDonie, Thomas Updike
1981President: Mary Korfhage, Joanne Story
1980President: Vernon Sheeley
1979President: Clyde James
1978President: Wayne Moore
1977President: Sondra Ford
1976President: Dan Tudor