Executive Committee Candidates 2018-2019

WACUHO Executive Committee Candidates 2018-2019

President Elect

  • Emily T. Sandoval, Ed.D.

Vice President

  • Kyle Amore 
  • Jordan Richman
  • Justin Vacca

Secretary

  • Hailey Lopez
  • Melissa Silverman

MAL Central

  • Matthew Soto

MAL North

  • Tramaine Austin-Dillon
  • Oscar Bacio
  • Christian Doody
  • Hailey Lopez
  • Rachel Alysia Stice
  • Jenna Wright

MAL South

  • Roger Becker

 

President Elect

Emily T. Sandoval, Ed.D.

Emily SandovalPronouns:  She, Her, Hers

Current Institution: USC

Years in Profession:  14 years

 

 

WACUHO Involvement:  

  • Strategic Planning, 2014-present (current chair)
  • Women of WACUHO, 2015-2016
  • Annual Conference & Exposition, Programs 2005; Host 2010, 2014 (Co-Chair)
  • Pacific Management Institute Co-Chair, 2012
  • By-Laws 2010-2011 (Chair), 2011-2012, 2012-2013
  • Executive Committee-Member at Large, South 2006-2007, Vice President, 2010-2011
  • Academic Relations & Residential Life, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012 (Chair), 2012-2013
  • Diversity & Affirmative Action, 2007-2008, 2008-2009 (Chair)
  • Southern RAP 2004, 2005 (Chair), 2006
  • Central RAP, 2003 & 2004

 

Hello WACUHO! I am running to be your next President-Elect. WACUHO has and continues to be a vital part of my professional development.  Having attended every WACE since 2004, I have found my professional network and mentors through WACUHO. Additionally, WACUHO has helped me find my professional voice through the multiple opportunities for professional development. If elected, this will be my third time on the Executive Committee having served as Member at Large (06-07) and Vice President (10-11) previously. I have also been a member of the WACUHO Strategic Planning Taskforce since 2014 as we worked do develop direction, intentional objectives, and accountability to move our Association forward.  I would be honored to serve as President-elect and help continue to ensure the relevance of the association in the lives of every professional. Every year, I am hopeful and encouraged when I meet the next wave of New Professionals at WACE at the New Pros Welcome and through the Case Study Competition; I am challenged to keep learning by attending relevant presentations; and I value the connections that have supported me in my own career development.  I want to ensure that other professionals get the same WACUHO experience that I have been so fortunate to get while continuing to work towards a culture of assessment & research, collaboration, and learning to strengthen the work we do as individuals and at our home institutions. 

 

Vice President

Kyle Amore

Pronouns:  He, Him, His

Current Institution: California State University, Monterey Bay

Years in Profession:  2 years

WACUHO Involvement:

  • 2016-17 New Pros Committee and Social Justice Committee

 

I am interested in getting involved in WACUHO and start making a difference outside of my institution. I have passion in building opportunity for others to learn and grow. In this spirit I think I have a lot of inspiration and organization to offer the Executive Committee as the Vice President. When it comes to Committee work and the networking of professionals, I believe in a goal oriented approach that is achievable, measurable, and a little aspirational. In understanding and keeping the bylaws, I hold restorative as a core strength. I believe guiding documents are meant to be the sturdy foundation of an organization, and any changes to them need to be well understood and thoroughly examined before they touch the organizational core. As changes are proposed, it is important to learn why the bylaws were written the way they were and how the changes will strengthen WACUHO and its members. As we make progress, we much think about how this will impact others, for both good and ill, well beyond today.

 

Jordan Richman

Jordan RichmanPronouns:  He, Him, His

Current Institution: UCLA

Years in Profession: 7 years

 

 

WACUHO Involvement:  

  • Executive Board – Member at Large, Central 2016-2017
  • WACE
    • Co-Chair, Programs Committee 2015-2016
    • Bid and Planning Committee 2014-2015
    • Exhibits – Committee Member 2014-2015
    • Corporate Relations – Committee Member 2017-2018
    • Volunteer – 2015-2018
    • Presenter – 2015, 2018
  • Central RAP
    • Co-Chair 2013-2014
    • Committee Member, 2012, 2013, 2017
    • Delegation Representative 2011-2012
  • Equity and Diversity Awareness – Committee Member 2017-2018
  • Academic Relations Committee – Chair 2014-2015

 

Being involved in WACUHO has been an amazing and rewarding experience. It is astounding to see how much is accomplished through volunteerism and even more remarkable how many professionals have continued to remain active in the organization throughout their entire professional career.

 

Engaging and stimulating, my experience in the past on the executive committee has enabled me to garner a more thorough understanding of WACUHO’s objectives, areas of strengths and areas that could use improvement. I mention areas of improvement out of love for the organization, not as a critique of the organization. There is a plethora of amazing attributes that WACUHO embodies. Concurrently, there are also areas that we can continue to progress, especially relating to inclusive and engagement of all members of WACUHO. It is imperative that all members, regardless of varying and overlapping social identities, feel safe to engage and feel confident their voice will be heard. Someone once told me, “Diversity is not about counting heads, it’s about making sure the head’s count.” I wholeheartedly believe this is the intention for all leaders in WACUHO, but also acknowledge this hasn’t always been the experience for all members of the organization. If elected as Vice President, I will make sure this ideology is at the forefront of each discussion in hopes of every current and future member of the organization is having a positive, robust and fulfilling experience. 

 

In addition to the work I hope to achieve, I am also excited at the prospect of being able to continue the work from of the past few Executive Boards. There are newer initiatives that we’ve begun to embark upon and I am hopeful that I can have the opportunity to play an instrumental role in the execution of these ideas. When I was on the Executive Board, we had extensive conversations around partnering with ACUHO-I for central office support and now that this has come to fruition, I am very interested in continuing to support this initiative for the betterment of WACUHO. Additionally, we’ve continued conversations around re-envisioning the RAPs. This is an area I am very invested in since Central RAP was my introduction to WACUHO and has fostered so many of my WACUHO connections and friendships.

 

As much as I’ve enjoyed my past experiences, I’m enthusiastic about the continued opportunities within WACUHO. My commitment to WACUHO energizes me in the work I do every day, because it helps me see the larger picture more clearly and connects me with different resources to bring back to my department and the students I work with. Being involved in WACUHO has helped enrich my experience as a professional and I also believe my skills as a professional would benefit me if elected to the role of Vice President. Some of my current responsibilities at UCLA include overseeing emergency and crisis response and chairing Resident Assistant and Assistant Resident Director recruitment and selection, which require a lot of organization and coordination and would assist me in efficient management of WACUHO committees and membership.

 

Regardless of the role or committee I’ve been a part of, I feel that I have grown personally and professionally and have been able to give back to the WACUHO community. I would like to serve as our organization’s Vice President, because I know I have so much more to give. I know that as I continue to serve that I continue to develop as a professional through my interactions and I hope that I am doing the same for others. I would like to be a resource to other professionals in the organization and continue to gain more and varying experiences within WACUHO.

 

I have been fortunate to have many positive role models who have encouraged me to stay active in WACUHO. While so much of the work is altruistic, they constantly speak about how WACUHO has benefited them – both by making lifelong friends and enriching their professional careers. For all these reasons and more, I hope to continue my journey in WACUHO as next year’s Vice President and build upon the relationships I’ve already built and continue to build more.

 

Justin Vacca

Justin VaccaPronouns:  He, Him, His

Current Institution: Holy Names University

Years in Profession: 11 years

 

 

WACUHO Involvement:  

  • Former Member-at-Large, North (2016-17)
  • 5 years as member of NRAP Planning Committee (2013 – Present)
    • 3 as committee member (working with keynote & registration)
    • 1 year as co-chair of conference
    • 1 year as advisor/liaison of committee (as Member-at-Large, North)
  • 1 year as member of Academic Relations Committee (2014-2015)
  • 1 year as member of Religious & Spirituality Committee (2016)
  • 1 year as member of New Professionals Committee (2017-Present)

Since becoming active in the WACUHO region, I experienced feeling a strong sense of community and comradery that has assisted in my professional development and passion for my work. My involvement in WACUHO has progressively increased over the past five years, and being a part of the executive committee in a new capacity would be an amazing opportunity for me. Whereas I have served on the WACUHO executive committee before, I feel that I have a lot to contribute, and a lot to learn in collaboration with my peers at other institutions that will help elevate my professional competencies and experience to the next level.

 

The area of WACUHO that I have been most involved is with the NRAP conference as a committee member for the past five years. I have had the opportunity to go from the “newbie” of the committee who was not sure what to expect, to being the veteran of the group (this past year) who was able to support the committee with my experience and knowledge. The fact that my involvement within WACUHO has allowed me to serve on this committee in as many roles as I have is evidence that this organization has been the right fit for me and my continued professional and personal growth.

 

I believe that my experiences with several WACUHO Committees and my role on my home campus have prepared me to be successful in this position. Like I previously said, my current and previous experiences with the Executive Committee, and NRAP Committees, and various other committees will help me to be the best possible resource to the 2018-2019 committees as Vice President. In addition, I look forward to working closely with ACUHO-I as our partnership develops and continues over the next year.

 

As Vice President, I would be very comfortable reaching out to members in the region to explain the benefits of being involved with the many committees within WACUHO, and I truly believe I would be able to assist in continuing the high engagement of our organization. My experience at my home institution as Co-Chair of HNU Staff Senate involves me reaching out to and welcoming new staff members. I would hope to apply these same principles of inclusion to my outreach to colleagues in the region, aiming to inspire them to become involved within the committees that WACUHO has to offer. At the very least, I hope to assist in welcoming new members and make them feel as much a part of the organization as I have for the last five years.

 

I would be humbled and privileged to have the opportunity to serve as WACUHO Vice President.  I know that I have so much to gain from such an experience, as my fellow WACUHO members have so much to offer in terms of knowledge of the field and how best to serve students and staff. Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy, and if selected, I will always positively represent WACUHO and my fellow Housing and Residence Life professionals.

 

Secretary

Hailey Lopez

Hailey LopezPronouns:  She, Her, Hers

Current Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz

Years in Profession: 3 years

 

 

WACUHO Involvement:

  • 2 years Women of WACUHO Tri-Chair, 2016-2018
    • Provide leadership and support for WoW Committee Members
    • 2018 WoW Southern-Drive-In Chair
    • 2017 WoW Northern Drive-In Chair
    • Creation of WoW Website
    • Creation of WoW Meet-Ups
  • WACUHO 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award
  • WACUHO Drive- In Conferences Strategic Planning Committee Member, 2017-2018
  • New Professionals Committee, 2017-2018, Mentorship Committee
  • WACUHO New Professionals Mentor, 2018
  • NRAP Program and Publicity Co-Chair, 2016
  • NRAP Publicity Chair, 2015
  • New Professionals Committee Member, 2015-2016
  • Women of WACUHO Committee Member, 2015-2016

Other Relevant Involvement: 

  • National Housing Training Institute (NHTI) 2018 Cohort

Three years of experience in WACUHO, including two years as Women of WACUHO Tri-Chair, provides me with necessary foundational knowledge of the organization needed to hold an Executive Officer role. As an Executive Officer, I will collaborate with the Executive Board and Committee Chairs on how to streamline or identify effective practices for WACUHO initiatives. Particularly, I want to work with former Committee Chairs to identify how the Executive Board and Committee Liaisons can effectively support Committee Chairs, including sharing intentional practices across committees. As our organization continues to grow and our members think of creative ways to serve member needs, I think it is important to continue conversations about funding sources to support our efforts. Our partnership with ACUHO-I has enabled WACUHO to broaden our infrastructure and I plan to work with our ACUHO-I Liaisons on where we can use the strengths of this partnership to enhance our work within WAUCHO.

I look forward to progressing the WACUHO Strategic Plan and, especially, want to ensure that the Equity and Diversity Awareness Committee structure is sustainable, consistent, and able to provide support for our members. One method of ensuring this may be to review the roles, audiences, and initiatives of our current Affinity Groups to identity intentional practices, areas of overlap, and divergence.

Lastly, I am an avid learner and believe that staying current with education or changes within our field is important for our work. As an Executive Committee member, I plan to ask how contemporary research can benefit WACUHO and to explore how to translate this knowledge into practice for our members and institutions.  

I am dedicated to WACUHO and would love an opportunity to serve the organization as an Executive Officer! Thank you for your consideration!

Melissa Silverman

Melissa SilvermanPronouns:  She, Her, Hers

Current Institution: UC San Diego

Years in Profession: 7 years

 

 

WACUHO Involvement:  

  • 2011-2012 –  Central RAP Committee Member
  • 2012-2013 – Western Training Institute Committee Member, WACE Programs Committee Member, New Pros Committee Member
  • 2013-2014 –  Southern RAP Committee Member
  • 2014-2015 –  Women of WACUHO Committee Member,  Southern RAP Committee Member
  • 2015-2016 –  Women of WACUHO Tri-Chair
  • 2016-2017 – Women of WACUHO Tri-Chair, I stepped in to fill the position of WACUHO Secretary from January 2017-Present.
  • 2017-2018 – WACUHO Secretary and liaison to Women of WACUHO and Historian

Other Relevant Involvement:

  • UCSD Assessment and Evaluation Learning Community

 

Hello WACUHO! I am so excited to be running for the Secretary position in WACUHO! From my first WACUHO committee work as a new pro not understanding phone meeting protocol, to being a Tri-Chair of a committee and serving on the Executive Committee, this organization and the people who comprise it, have helped me develop personally and professionally.

 

While I was a WoW Tri-chair, I was able to create new initiatives such as the WoW newsletter and establishment of the WoW Scholarship & Outstanding Women of WACUHO Award model. This past year serving as their liaison, I have continued to work alongside fantastic women while innovating and advocating to serve a growing affiliate committee.

 

Having the opportunity to step into the WACUHO Secretary position has been such a privilege and enlightening to our organization’s history and inner operations. I have often heard SA Pros say that the first year in a role is to get your feet wet and learn the culture, the second year is about starting to add your own personal touch, and the third year is when you really hit your stride and can create meaningful change. While 2018-2019 would technically be my 2.5 year, I feel that the previous year and a half have been integral to my growth and understanding of non-profit operations, WACUHO’s governing laws, and navigation of what change is possible at the Executive level.

 

Something that is important to me, and has only grown in significance through working with WoW, is the necessity to recognize greatness in others and to bring those people up. I am grateful for strong WACUHO leaders who not only mentored me but also “sponsored” me into leadership positions in which I couldn’t see myself. I hope to use this WACUHO Executive position to recognize the potential in others, create access ways for them to step into leadership roles and see themselves as part of this WACUHO family community. As Secretary for the 2018-2019 year I hope to continue to grow my confidence in spaces at executive levels, advocate for a sustainable and progressive future of WACUHO, and refine my administrative skills to record business operations accurately and thoroughly.

 

Member At Large – Central

Matthew Soto

Matt SotoPronouns:  He, Him, His

Current Institution: California State University, Northridge

Years in Profession: 5.5 years

 

 

WACUHO Involvement:  

  • WACE Host Committee Member 2014 (Oxnard)
  • Central RAP Committee Member, 2015 (Occidental)
  • Central RAP Co-Chair, 2016 (Cal Lutheran)
  • Central RAP Committee Member, 2016 (Fresno State)
  • New Professionals Committee Member, 2016-2017
  • WACE EDA Scholarship Winner, 2017
  • WACE Top 5 Program Award Winner, 2017
  • WACE Marketing & Registration Co-Chair, 2018

 

I am running for Executive Office because of how fulfilling WACUHO has been for me in my career. I have enjoyed connecting and building relationships with colleagues in the association, and I believe it is one of the most impactful experiences I have had within a professional association. WACUHO is far from perfect, and as a person with multiple marginalized identities, I have experienced the association differently from some of my colleagues. I have not always felt included, or seen in leadership, and I know it has been the same experience for many other association members. What I value about the association, however, is our willingness to own our needed areas of improvement, and build intentional strategies to better engage all WACUHO members. I have enjoyed watching WACUHO’s growth, and I am eager to see where the next few years take us, as an association and a profession.

Lastly, I have enjoyed serving in leadership roles in the association. Chairing Central RAP was one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had as a professional, to date. Being able to build a conference to specifically celebrate our students who have a very thankless responsibility in their roles was gratifying, and pushed me to get further involved in WACUHO. Now, as one of the co-chairs for the new WACE Marketing and Registration Committee, I have gained experience in piloting a new committee, and building infrastructure that will support the goals of the association and its annual conference. I have built new inclusive marketing strategies, created outreach efforts, and worked to rebrand WACE, moving forward. I feel that I can offer the association my experience, and my voice. I am passionate about our profession and pushing our association to meet the needs of its members. I feel that I represent something much larger than myself, and I look forward to being a part of the continued growth in WACUHO. I have enjoyed working with my colleagues throughout the region, and I am excited for the opportunity to continue to do so as a candidate for MAL, Central.


Member At Large – North

Tramaine Austin-Dillon

Tramaine Austin-DillonPronouns:  He/Him/His

Current Institution: Sonoma State University

Years in Profession:  7 years

 

 

WACUHO Involvement:

  • Central Rap Spirit Committee-2011
  • Northern Rap Host Committee-2017
  • Member of WACUHO since 2011

 

I am running for Executive Office to be a resource for the northern region, and to take advantage of the professional development that the WACUHO organization promotes for housing professionals. To be honest I consider it an honor to run for Executive Office in the WACUHO Association. I am a first generation college student from Los Angeles, CA and I would have never guessed that my humble beginnings as an undergraduate student in RHA at Washington State University would have led me to have such a rewarding professional career.

 

As a housing professional, I know how important it is to build community and that is what I plan to do for the Northern Region. As MAL-North I will work to provide the most innovative, current, and relevant resources to our region in order to better serve our students. In addition, I plan on building meaningful relationships that will position the northern region to add new member institutions so we can thrive and be diverse in our membership, which will benefit the association as a whole. My professional experience includes creating and developing living learning communities, working with faculty to advance the co-curricular, educating students around the intersections of identity, and promoting a more sustainable and socially just society.  I have experience at large and mid-size public institutions and have worked with a variety of student populations including black students, international students, and student-athletes. I know my passion for the residential student experience and my desire to get more involved in the region makes me an ideal candidate for MAL-North.

 

Oscar Bacio

Oscar BacioPronouns:  He, Him, His

Current Institution: Cal State University, Monterey Bay

Years in Profession: 1 year

 

 

WACUHO Involvement:  

 

  • EDA Committee Member

 

After attending WACE as a graduate student for the past two years and having an absolute blast meeting other professionals from all over California, learning how to better support residents and how to grow professionally and personally, I believe it is time to be more involved and give back to WACUHO through a role on the executive committee.

 

By serving in the Executive Office as Member at Large North, I will strive to strengthen the connection between the association and graduate students/new professionals. Having attended WACE as a graduate student, I understand the excitement of attending the annual conference and the fear of voicing your opinions in a room full of professionals. As such I will encourage graduate students/new professionals to experience all that the annual conference has to offer, from round tables and presentations to the new professional’s night on the town. As well as becoming involved as much as possible with WACUHO through the various committees the association has to offer.

 

Christian Doody

Christian DoodyPronouns:  He, Him, His

Current Institution: San Jose State University

Years in Profession: 2 years

 

 

WACUHO Involvement:

  • I am a new professional to the WACUHO association. This is my first year as a member of WACUHO
  • Currently serving on the WACUHO Grads and New Professionals Committee
  • Involved with the WACE Mentee/Mentor Program
  • Attended Central RAP Conference as a Graduate Assistant

 

Other Professional Association Involvement:

  • Member, ACUHO-I: July 2017
  • Member, ACCA – American College Counseling Association: August 2015
  • Participant, ACCA Emerging Leaders Conference: October 2015,
  • Member, NASW – National Association of Social Workers: August 2014
  • Active in NACURH and PACURH as a current RHA Advisor

 

I have been so motivated to get involved in WACUHO this past year and am extremely excited about my candidacy for the Member-at-Large, North position for 2018-2019. Both being a new professional this year as well as a new member to the WACHUO community, it has been a thrill to network and build lasting relationships that will help grow the field of student affairs.  

 

Currently at San Jose State University, I serve as a Residential Life Coordinator (RLC) in a building of approximately 680 first year students. I have the unique opportunity to oversee all six of our Living Learning Communities which include three academic based floors (business, engineering, and arts) and three theme floors (Global Village, Black Scholars, and Rainbow Village). As a member of our Residential Life staff my role oversees the hiring, supervision, training, and development of student staff which include both Resident Assistants and Desk Assistants. I also manage the operations for my building with assignments and facilities. Lastly, I get the joy of advising our Residential Hall Associations executive board and put together great opportunities for our students.

 

It has been a very interesting experience as a first-year professional, as our residence life department has recently undergone a large transition of all their full-time staff. As one of the department’s brand new RLCs, I have been able to bring in my previous knowledge and skills to help develop the department’s conduct structure to ensure that our students are receiving the most beneficial understanding of their own development and further help them succeed at their academics. With this major transition the new staff have been able to build the foundation of a stronger residential experience that will actively engage our students and increase retention. During this first year I have been able to take on roles normally left for an Assistant Director because of a current vacancy. This has pushed my own development and I hope to share these experiences with my peers.

 

I am so beyond proud to be able to work with and support the students at my institution as well as work alongside so many amazing colleagues in this field. I would like to continue my growth as well as the growth of my institution by becoming even more involved with WACUHO. As Member-at-Large, North I will continue to foster connections between residence life and housing departments across the region and utilize this experience to develop tools and resource to advance student support. This year I have been able to serve on the WACUHO Graduate and New Professionals committee, which has given me the opportunity to hear from other new professionals across the region and learn from them. It has been such a great experience as I have been able to work on the WACE New Professional Awards and conference events. I can’t wait to meet all the new professionals attending WACE this year and support them in getting connected. I am also participating in the WACE Mentor/Mentee program which has been a phenomenal experience and has given me new insights on connecting members in our field. The idea of planning social meet-ups, workshops, and other accessible professional development opportunities to our members is very exciting to me and I hope to connect those that normally may not have the means to attend regional or national conferences. I feel that I am ready to take on a larger role within our association and am open to all the new experience others have to offer as well as contribute my own knowledge for the region. If given the opportunity to perform in this role, I would fulfill my duties to the best of my ability through my passion, high level of work ethic, and commitment for the continued development of our field and the students we serve.

 

Hailey Lopez

Hailey LopezPronouns:  She, Her, Hers

Current Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz

Years in Profession: 3 years

 

 

WACUHO Involvement:

  • 2 years Women of WACUHO Tri-Chair, 2016-2018
    • Provide leadership and support for WoW Committee Members
    • 2018 WoW Southern-Drive-In Chair
    • 2017 WoW Northern Drive-In Chair
    • Creation of WoW Website
    • Creation of WoW Meet-Ups
  • WACUHO 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award
  • WACUHO Drive- In Conferences Strategic Planning Committee Member, 2017-2018
  • New Professionals Committee, 2017-2018, Mentorship Committee
  • WACUHO New Professionals Mentor, 2018
  • NRAP Program and Publicity Co-Chair, 2016
  • NRAP Publicity Chair, 2015
  • New Professionals Committee Member, 2015-2016
  • Women of WACUHO Committee Member, 2015-2016

Other Relevant Involvement: 

  • National Housing Training Institute (NHTI) 2018 Cohort

 

Three years of experience in WACUHO, including two years as Women of WACUHO Tri-Chair, provides me with necessary foundational knowledge of the organization needed to hold an Executive Officer role. As an Executive Officer, I will collaborate with the Executive Board and Committee Chairs on how to streamline or identify effective practices for WACUHO initiatives. Particularly, I want to work with former Committee Chairs to identify how the Executive Board and Committee Liaisons can effectively support Committee Chairs, including sharing intentional practices across committees. As our organization continues to grow and our members think of creative ways to serve member needs, I think it is important to continue conversations about funding sources to support our efforts. Our partnership with ACUHO-I has enabled WACUHO to broaden our infrastructure and I plan to work with our ACUHO-I Liaisons on where we can use the strengths of this partnership to enhance our work within WAUCHO.

 

I look forward to progressing the WACUHO Strategic Plan and, especially, want to ensure that the Equity and Diversity Awareness Committee structure is sustainable, consistent, and able to provide support for our members. One method of ensuring this may be to review the roles, audiences, and initiatives of our current Affinity Groups to identity intentional practices, areas of overlap, and divergence.

 

Lastly, I am an avid learner and believe that staying current with education or changes within our field is important for our work. As an Executive Committee member, I plan to ask how contemporary research can benefit WACUHO and to explore how to translate this knowledge into practice for our members and institutions.  

 

I am dedicated to WACUHO and would love an opportunity to serve the organization as an Executive Officer! Thank you for your consideration!

 

Rachel Alysia Stice

Rachel SticePronouns:  She, Her, Hers

Current Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz

Years in Profession: 2 years

 

 

WACUHO Involvement:  

  • Currently serving as Member at Large, North 2017-2018
  • New Professionals Award Recipient, WACE 2017
  • Served on the WACUHO Grads and New Professionals Committee 2016-2017
  • Served on the WACUHO Spring Drive-In Subcommittee 2017
  • Attended the Women of WACUHO Northern Drive-In Conference 2017

Other Relevant Involvement: 

  • 8 years in Housing (student leader/paraprofessional/professional) & 6 years in Residence Life
  • Delegate, Residential Curriculum Institute, Tampa, Florida: October 2016
  • Member, ACUHO-I: September 2016 – Present
  • Member, ACPA –  College Student Educators International: October 2014 –  Present
  • Participant, ACPA Next Generation Conference: March 2014
  • NACURH NRHH Services and Resources Committee: September 2014 – May 2015

 

It is with great excitement that I announce my candidacy for Member-at-Large, North for the 2018-2019 WACUHO Executive Board. As a member of the WACUHO Executive team this year, it has been an honor to serve my WACUHO community. I would love the opportunity to continue make a lasting impact with professionals within residential life and housing.

 

During my time in residential life, I have been invested in creating a transformational educational experiences for students and staff alike. I would like to continue my involvement with WACUHO as Member-at-Large, North to continue to grow in connecting residence life and housing professionals in the region with timely and informative tools and resources so they may continue to serve their student populations. This year, I had the opportunity to work with the NRAP Committee who hosted a successful conference at Sonoma State University. Through this experience, I would like to continue to work with our WACUHO schools in the region to streamline communication and create intentional plans for host sites to help support current and future NRAP committees. I am also interested in continuing to reach out to residence life professionals to listen and see what we can continue to provide as an organization. I would like the opportunity to continue to work with the WACUHO Drive-In Conference Task Force to continue to look at how we support our chairs in all drive in conferences while making intentional plans for sustaining our programs. My time as Member-at-Large, North has continued to solidify my love of planning conferences, social meet-ups, workshops, and other accessible professional development opportunities to our members who may not have the means to attend regional or national conferences. If given the opportunity to serve in this capacity for a second term, I would want to continue to build on the strong foundation set this year with our Executive Team and hope to continue to create a positive impact for the WACUHO Community. 

 

Jenna Wright

Jenna WrightPronouns:  She, Her, Hers

Current Institution: California State University, Chico

Years in Profession:  7 years

 

 

WACUHO Involvement:  

  • President’s Task Force on Equity and Inclusion
  • WACE Programs Committee
  • Equity and Diversity Awareness Committee (3 years)
  • WACE Presenter (2 years)
  • NRAP Host Committee Co-Chair (2015)

Other Relevant Involvement: 

  • SWACUHO Program Committee (2 years)

 

Like many of us in the field, becoming an RA and attending RA conferences changed the entire trajectory of my life.  What I gained through mentorship, continued development, and networking with other RAs provided me with invaluable experiences and professional development.  When I served as NRAP Co-Chair, the Member at Large- North played a vital role in the success of the conference. Now, I want to give back to this region in the same way by connecting with other professionals to create an unforgettable experience for our RAs. Additionally, my experiences working with different types of committees in multiple roles has given me strong communication and networking skills allowing me to effectively collaborate with member and non-member institutions.  I would like to utilize my past and current experiences and further my commitment to WACUHO as Member at Large- North.

 

Member At Large – South

Roger Becker

Roger BeckerPronouns:  He, Him, His

Current Institution: University of California, Irvine

Years in Profession: 7 years

 

 

WACUHO Involvement:  

  • 2013-2014: WACE Program Committee
  • 2013-2014: Southern RAP Co-Chair (2014)
  • 2011-2013: Southern RAP Committee Member (2013)
  • 2011-2013: Equity and Diversity Awareness Committee Member (2012, 2013)
  • 2011-2013: New Professionals Committee Member (2011, 2012, 2013)

Other Relevant Involvement: 

  • 2011-Current: NASPA Member
  • 2016-Current: NUFP Mentor
  • 2013 Western Training Institute (WTI) Attendee
  • 2012-2013: WACUHO Joan F. Mortell Western Training Institute Award Recipient
  • 2012-2013: Equity and Diversity Awareness Award Recipient
  • 2011-2012: New Professionals ACUHO-I Annual Conference Award Recipient

 

My first experience with WACUHO, was Southern RAP 2008 at Cal State San Bernardino as a Resident Advisor. The energy, excitement, passion and ability to learn from peers made it a wonderful experience. That SRAP furthered my motivation to enter into the career of Student Affairs and Residence Life.

 

As a new professional in 2011, I wanted to get involved in WACUHO and joined New Professionals and Southern RAP to connect with my peers as a professional. Through these committees, I was provided opportunities for growth, be that through experiences or financial scholarships to attend conferences which helped to support my professional development in the Housing field.

 

In 2013-2014, I had the opportunity to serve as a co-chair for SRAP at Cal Poly Pomona. This SRAP committee focused on trying new innovative ideas, such as a “Choose Your Own Adventure” and an “unplug” zone to support the mental health needs of students. Working alongside passionate and caring colleagues who had a desire to serve students, provided a space for personal reflection on my values and goals.

 

While serving as SRAP co-chair, the MAL South that year provided mentorship and guidance. Not only regarding the inner workings of WACUHO but also acted as a trusting ear to process about life and other professional endeavors. My goal as MAL South would be to do similar for others: to foster connections, build trust and hopefully act a support system.

 

I have a strong desire to give back to WACUHO, an organization that has invested time, energy and financial support into my success as a person and professional. It would be a privilege to represent the Southern region on the executive board as MAL South. A major “thank you” to everyone who has supported me to get to this point.

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