2017 Board of Directors Elections

The following people have been nominated for positions to the NACEP Board of Directors and are appearing on the ballot. The terms for these positions begin October 11, 2017. Electronic ballots have been distributed to the designated voting representative of each NACEP-accredited concurrent enrollment program and are due on Friday, August 11, by 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time. If you are the designated voting representative of a NACEP-accredited concurrent enrollment program and have not received your ballot, please contact Eric Hoover (ehoover@nacep.org).

2-Year Institution Representative

  • Rakhshi Hamid, Director, High School Programs, Laramie County Community College

    Length of time spent working in concurrent enrollment: 3 years
    NACEP conference attendance history: I have attended three NACEP Conferences since 2014 and presented at the last two.
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP: Facilitate the concurrent enrollment (on high school campuses) and dual credit (on LCCC campus) programs. Create, maintain, and ensure annual review of all articulation agreements between LCCC and the local school districts, including individual course agreements between secondary and postsecondary teachers each year; Supervise the registration and enrollment (data entry) & provide oversight of Transitional Advising for high school students; Maintain a data management system on secondary students attending LCCC. Promote dual enrollment programs through recruitment and public information efforts with local students, parents, and educators; Attend state and national conferences as related to the duties of this position. Coordinate educational alignment efforts between secondary, postsecondary, and industry/business; Assist curriculum alignment for dual credit between secondary and postsecondary to provide a seamless education experience in all programs offered at LCCC; Supervise the creation and delivery of college prep information about admissions, financial aid, career exploration and college success strategies.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position: I am interested to continue serve on the NACEP Board. Having served as the interim representative of two year post-secondary institutions I see the value in being part of the national concurrent and dual enrollment team. My passion for helping students be successful in college can be seen in my enthusiasm to increase concurrent enrollment options; as well as to market the benefit of earning college credit while in high school to students, parents, staff, and administrators.
    Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops:

    • FALL 2015 - NACEP Annual Conference (Denver, CO – October 25-27, 2015) Over the Bridge with Transitional Advising Co-Presenter Brenda Abbott, Jasmine Varos
    • SUMMER 2016 - 2016 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference (Washington DC – July 17-20, 2016) Dueling for Academic Rigor with Dual/Concurrent Enrollment Co-Presenter Angela Massman
    • FALL 2016 - NACEP Annual Conference ( Louisville, KY – October 15-19, 2016) Best Practices & Issues for Two-Year Institutions Forum Co-Presenter Loralee Stevens
    • SPRING 2017- Educating for Careers (Sacramento, CA – March 4-5, 2017) Advancing Career Pathways through Dual and Concurrent Enrollment: Secondary and Post-Secondary Connections
    • SPRING 2017 - Western Regional NACEP Conference ( Missoula, MT – April 3-4) The Road to Oz and Westworld: The Future of Faculty Standards Co-Presenter Nate Huseman
    Any special background associated with the nominee’s responsibilities, other volunteer service, or awards and recognition:

    • 2016 Recognition of Excellence at LCCC
    • 2015 Spearheaded NACEP Accreditation
    • 2011 Certified Public Manager
    • 2000 Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Connie Poteet, Concurrent Credit Coordinator, National Park College

    Length of time spent working in concurrent enrollment: 4 years
    NACEP conference attendance history:
    2014 National Conference in Chicago, IL; 2015 National Conference in Denver, CO; 2016 National Conference in Louisville, KY and will attend 2017 National Conference in Washington DC
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:
    Connie is the Concurrent Credit Coordinator with National Park College (NPC). When she took this position, NPC was up for re-accreditation in the near future. To prepare for the re-accreditation process, she volunteered as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer. She found this experience to be challenging and rewarding and was able to use this experience in her preparations. Recently, Arkansas has become an affiliated state chapter with NACEP and she proudly serves as the President. In 2014-2015 she served as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer. She currently serves as the President for the Arkansas Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (AACEP), an affiliated state chapter with NACEP. She was instrumental in developing this chapter and promoting an environment of cohesiveness within the state. She also serves as a member on the NACEP State and Regional Council. She has been serving on the NPC’s Higher Learning Commission Transition Team since 2013.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position:
    Connie is interested in this position to continue the culture of student success. She strives to do all things that may improve the overall student success and the success of the concurrent program at her institution. Becoming a member of this Board will strengthen her knowledge and understanding to reinforce the benefits of being a NACEP accredited institution. This position will allow her to gain professional experience, promote personal growth and self-esteem, build lasting friendships, allow her to feel like she has made a difference and allow her to give something back to the organization that has had an impact on concurrent enrollment.
    Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops:
    In 2016, she was a panelist for “The Benefits and Challenges in Starting a State or Regional NACEP Chapter.”
    She hosted the Arkansas Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (AACEP) State Meetings Spring 2015 and 2016
    Coordinated and led Arkansas Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (AACEP) State Meetings Fall 2015, 2016 and Spring 2017
    Any special background associated with the nominee’s responsibilities, other volunteer service, or awards and recognition: In April 2016, she was recognized as the NACEP Volunteer Spotlight: http://www.nacep.org/volunteer-spotlight-connie-poteet/
  • Kayla Westra, Dean of Technology and Distance Learning, Minnesota West Community and Technical College

    Length of time spent working in concurrent enrollment: 16 years
    NACEP conference attendance history:
    2013 National Conference in Florida; 2015 National Conference in Denver; 2016 National Conference in Louisville
    Minnesota Concurrent Enrollment Institutes in 2015 and 2017
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP: Kayla has worked as both a concurrent enrollment mentor faculty (English faculty, mentor for 9 years) as well as the dean responsible for concurrent enrollment at Minnesota West CTC for the past 7 years. Minnesota West CTC has a large geographic service area in rural Minnesota (19 counties, 22,000 square miles). We have been involved in concurrent enrollment programming in area high schools since 1989, and we earned our NACEP accreditation in 2016. Program standards, yearly professional development, rigorous dual enrollment courses, and extensive communication between mentors and high schools are hallmarks of Minnesota West's REACH program. Kayla is also involved in Minnesota's Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (MnCEP) organization, which brings together NACEP institutions, public and private, across the state of Minnesota.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position: I am interested in serving for this position as a way to assist, nation-wide, with quality concurrent enrollment programs. Those involved with accreditation efforts are critical to helping raise the academic bar in many areas of higher education, and this in turn helps us better serve our students as they progress through their post-secondary pathways. Another reason that I am interested in serving in this capacity is that I have found that when I am involved and serving, I can also learn and share that information at my institution, at the state level (MnCEP), and through NACEP, across the nation. Providing a quality education that meets the needs of our students is the calling I have followed for 20+ years.
    Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops:
    June 2017, NACEP Accreditation Mini-Series, Program Evaluation Standards, webinar, presenter on Standards S1-S4
    June 2017, MnCEP / NACEP Accreditation Institute, “Concurrent Enrollment Nuts and Bolts” and “From the Eyes of a Peer Reviewer.”
    Twice yearly to Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board for REACH program at Minnesota West CTC
    August 2016, REACH (Concurrent) Enrollment and PSEO: What’s the difference and why does it matter? All faculty development day, Minnesota West CTC
    Any special background associated with the nominee’s responsibilities, other volunteer service, or awards and recognition: Kayla has been involved in concurrent enrollment as a dean, a faculty mentor, and a faculty team teacher. She has volunteered to help other schools within Minnesota State work on their accreditation applications.
  • Member At Large

  • Dr. Peni Aldrich, Director of Running Start, Baker College

    Length of time spent working in concurrent enrollment: 7+ years
    NACEP conference attendance history:  I first attended the NACEP conference in 2014. I have attended every year since that conference in Chicago and will attend in October 2017 in Washington DC.
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP: Prior to my employment at Baker College, I was in a P-12 district. I was a high school and middle school teacher and held several central office positions: Director of Career & Technical Education, Director of Community Relations, Director of Secondary Education, Director of Adult & Community Education, and my last position was Assistant Superintendent Personnel & Labor Relations. I had the opportunity to work with high school teachers who were teaching college courses. During my employment at Baker, I am responsible for our high school opportunities program called Running Start. I believe I am in a unique position to understand both sides of the partnership--secondary and post-secondary having worked in both arenas. I spearheaded our NACEP accreditation team at Baker receiving accreditation this year as one of the first programs in Michigan. I am the Vice-President of the Michigan Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (MiCEP).
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position: I have a long history of involvement and passion for participating in and serving organizations that promote my professional experiences/interests. Here are just few of my leadership roles in professional organizations: National Association of Special Populations -- Board Member; American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) Co-Chair 2006 National Conference; Chair of the Housing Committee for a US Women's Open; Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators (MASPA) President; Michigan Occupational Special Needs Association, President; and District Cultural Diversity Co-Chair.

    NACEP--I am very excited about the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan and possibilities this brings to the organization/ membership. I participated in a work group to draft implementation plans for the objectives that fall under Strategic Goal 5. "Expand the Scope of the Organization to Include Other Dual Enrollment Models." I reviewed conference proposals for the 2017 Conference. I completed training for peer reviewers and submitted my name for consideration.

    Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops: At the 2017 NACEP Conference, I will serve on a panel on Sunday morning (8:10-9:10) at the concurrent enrollment 101 workshop talking about starting and running a successful concurrent enrollment program.

    At the Alliance for Innovation--Transforming Local Government 2016 conference in Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota, I presented our early middle college and concurrent enrollment partnership concentrating on the Criminal Justice (CRJ) courses and program.

    I have been involved with organizing/presenting at the MiCEP conferences.

    Any special background associated with the nominee’s responsibilities, other volunteer service, or awards and recognition:

    Background: Worked in both the P-12 system and post-secondary institution.
    Certifications/Training: Central Office Administration; K-12 counseling; Vocational Authorized Teacher; Glasser/Choice Theory; Stephen Covey/Seven Habits; Ventures for Excellence/HUMANeX Ventures.
    Recent Awards: CRJ concurrent enrollment/EMC partnership awards accommodation by governmental agencies for our program collaborating with the police chief, superintendent, and Baker College.
    Accreditations:

    • Facilitated/led Baker College to receive NACEP accreditation as one of the first in Michigan.
    • Facilitated/led the first "system" accreditation from the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for the Baker College AAS ECE program.
    • Facilitated/led the first system accreditation from the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) for the Baker College AAS and Bachelor HUS programs.

    Volunteer Service: Past President of my church council.
    I believe passion motivates people to do their best; therefore, when we are passionately engaged in what they are doing we deliver unsurpassed results.

  • Ronald Brownie, Director, Online & Continuing Education, Northern State University

    Length of time spent working in concurrent enrollment: 8 years
    NACEP conference attendance history: 2015 National Conference in Denver, CO; 2016 National Conference in Louisville, KY and will attend 2017 National Conference in Washington DC
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP: The Northern State University (NSU) Office of Online & Continuing Education (OCE) is responsible for collaborating with the College of Arts and Sciences and South Dakota High School Administrators to schedule Concurrent Enrollment (CE) courses. Additionally, OCE is responsible for registering all CE students enrolled in NSU Sponsored CE courses.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position: Ronald Brownie is a strong advocate for High School Dual Credit programs. Prior to Ronald arriving at NSU, he worked dual credit programs at Purdue University in Indiana. Ronald was the initiator and champion for NSU to apply for NACEP Accreditation. Ronald's dedication and determination lead the NSU NACEP Accreditation team to complete the application process in less than 18 months. Northern State University received the NACEP Accreditation Certificate this summer.
    Ronald Brownie continually seeks opportunities to collaborate with high school administrators to streamline processes and procedures for concurrent enrollment programs. The OCE staff reduced registration form from nine pages to two reducing HS administrative processing time from two hours per registration to approximately 15 minutes. Currently, Ronald is working with Technology staff to develop new processes to import electronic registration data directly to student information system decreasing staff processing time and expedite the registration confirmation process for registered students.
    Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops: Higher Learning Commission Annual Meeting 2016 - Impact of Dual Credit on Future Enrollments and Staffing
    Any special background associated with the nominee’s responsibilities, other volunteer service, or awards and recognition: Ronald continually volunteers to support local youth programs as a coach or mentor; softball, soccer, and junior golf.
  • Dr. Catherine Bryan, Academic Director of Cooperative Academic Partnership Program, Professor of Spanish, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

    Length of time spent working in concurrent enrollment: Seven years as a Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) faculty liaison, 1 year as Interim Director of CAPP, 2 years as Academic Director of CAPP
    NACEP conference attendance history: 2015 in Denver, Colorado and 2016 in Louisville, KY. In 2015, I attended pertinent sessions. I was especially interested in program development, accreditation standards information, and the new HLC requirements. During the 2015 conference, I also attended a peer review meeting with my CAPP co-director and our NACEP accreditation commissioner to discuss our re-accreditation application.
    In 2016, I presented on a panel focusing on our recent CAPP re-accreditation and our best practices regarding faculty standards. I was also a session host for a conference panel (volunteer). It was my first year as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer in 2016, so I met with my peer review team and our accreditation applicants for their review discussion at the conference. I attended a number of pertinent sessions as well.
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP: I have been a Spanish Faculty Liaison for seven years, working closely with six adjuncts at five high schools. It has been wonderful to renew contact with high schools . Due to changes in staffing, in 2014, I was offered the position of Interim CAPP Director. It happened to be the year we were putting together our reaccreditation application, so I was able to be one of the leaders of that team and learned a great deal about all levels of our program. The next year I became Academic Director of CAPP. In that position I focus on all that is related to the academic side of concurrent enrollment - course alignment, professional development, faculty liaisons, new HLC-related issues, our new 1+3 programs, among others. I'm part of a great CAPP team at UWO and have been happy to share what I have learned in NACEP presentations and webinars.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position: I am very interested in expanding my service with NACEP in a leadership role on the Board of Directors. I believe that my previous work in concurrent enrollment has prepared me to take this next step. I would look forward greatly to working with members and potential new members as they prepare to meet the new challenges in concurrent enrollment around the country. This is an important and exciting time in concurrent enrollment, a time of thoughtful change and great expansion which will provide growing opportunities for students on many different levels. The new NACEP Strategic Plan reflects and proposes leadership in that national growth, and the new National Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Standards do the same. I would be pleased contribute to this change and growth through work with the NACEP Board of Directors.
    Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops: In 2016, I presented with a panel following the Accreditation Ceremony on best practices in faculty standards at CAPP at the NACEP national convention. I was also a session host at the conference. And, last March 2017, I presented in the NACEP Accreditation Mini-Series: Faculty Standards webinar.

    One of the things I have liked best about the NACEP annual conference (as well as the NACEP webinars) is members' openness and enthusiasm to share what they have learned in their own CE work, not only their best practices, but problems that have arisen and ways of working through them, to ask questions, face issues, and creatively seek solutions. I have appreciated the collaborative environment.

    Any special background associated with the nominee’s responsibilities, other volunteer service, or awards and recognition: I am a Professor of Spanish and have been a faculty member of UW Oshkosh for 18 years. I have been a Spanish Faculty Liaison for the last seven years, and have received many previous CAPP students in my on-campus classes as UWO students over the years. The relationship with them has been a joy. They tend to be excellent students.
    In the area of university governance - and activities related to NACEP Board work - I was an elected member of the University Faculty Senate for six years (two three-year terms) and an elected member of the College of Letters and Science Faculty Committee for two years, one year as co-chair. In both cases, we worked on policy issues and policy interpretation issues, with a relatively broad constituency, and numerous campus and community related themes.
  • Memo Caldera, Director of Concurrent Enrollment, Utah Valley University

    Length of time spent working in concurrent enrollment: 4 years
    NACEP conference attendance history:
    I have attended 2 NACEP conferences as well as a regional conference in Missoula, Montana. I have also presented at the conference in Louisville, KY and in the regional meeting in Missoula, MT. I will attend 2017 National Conference in Washington DC.Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position: I have been in the position for the last year as an appointee. It has been a great experience and I have enjoyed working on the board as well as part of the executive committee. I want to continue to serve on behalf of Utah Valley University (UVU) as well as be a voice for the members across NACEP. I feel that my experience and knowledge of higher education and its inner workings is what makes me very qualified for this position
     Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP: I have worked with students and concurrent enrollment for many years now. I have worked with students and their courses being an advisor for 5 years and now directly within the concurrent enrollment department for 3 years. I have advocated with students, instructors and institutions for the work of concurrent enrollment.
    Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops:
    I have presented on a panel at the NACEP conference in Louisville in 2016 as well as our regional NACEP conference in Missoula, MT.
    NACEP conference attendance history:
    Any special background associated with the nominee’s responsibilities, other volunteer service, or awards and recognition:I have worked in higher education for 10+ years now. I thoroughly enjoy it and continue to enjoy working with students and instructors. I have been a President of the Idaho Association of TRiO Professionals as well as past president. I currently serve as the member at large for NACEP.
  • Cesar Perez, Associate Dean of Extended Studies, College of Southern Idaho

    Length of time spent working in concurrent enrollment: 2 years
    NACEP conference attendance history: 2015 National Conference in Denver and 2016 National Conference in Louisville.
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP: I am currently the College of Southern Idaho's Administrator for Concurrent Enrollment. Previously, I worked closely with the Dual Credit program as the Director of Advising for the College for eight years.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position: I am passionate about NACEP's vision and mission, especially in the community college realm. My current work with U.S. regional accreditation as an accreditor for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) for the past four years gives me a strong background in providing service in leadership, strategic planning, and collaboration with colleagues and fellow members. Last, but certainly not least, I'm eager to bring a bi-cultural aspect in the great work NACEP is currently working on to bring a diverse voice in the student populations we serve in concurrent enrollment.
    Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops:
    I have been a featured presenter in a multitude of higher education conferences, which include Jenzabar, National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), and the Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund (MALDEF).
    Any special background associated with the nominee’s responsibilities, other volunteer service, or awards and recognition: As mentioned earlier in my work's description, I am currently an accredited member for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). My work has included conducting three-year and seven-year comprehensive site visits for the purposes of quality assurance and institutional improvement. I also work with the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs to promote a rich and diverse texture in the State of Idaho with various higher education initiatives. I am also a member of the Idaho Association of School Administrators which has provided me a direct avenue to work closely with superintendents, secondary principals, and curriculum directors across the state.
  • Mary Elizabeth Woolery, Concurrent Enrollment Coordinator, University of Arkansas-Little Rock

    Length of time spent working in concurrent enrollment: 9 years
    NACEP conference attendance history: Mary Elizabeth has attended 3 NACEP Conferences
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:
    Mary Elizabeth began work with Concurrent Enrollment (CE) in 2007 as a High School AP English Language teacher. Our high school didn’t offer CE, so she began researching how to add concurrent enrollment to our curriculum. In 2008, approval was granted to begin implementation of CE in our high school. At the same time, Mary Elizabeth was offered a full time appointment to teach at the community college with which she had been discussing the CE partnership. Mary Elizabeth was named the Faculty Liaison for the English and Rhetoric department at the community college. In 2013, Mary Elizabeth, became Concurrent Enrollment Coordinator at UALR-UA Little Rock. The job was much more detailed than expected, because the program had not been run to meet NACEP standards. Mary Elizabeth spent the first nine months researching it and the next 2 years implementing policies and processes to bring the program back to NACEP standards.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position: As a representative on the NACEP Board of Directions, Mary Elizabeth can continue to learn and grown in her current position, but she will also be instrumental in contributing and helping in the transition of NACEP to a professional organization for multiple dual enrollment models.
    Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops:
    None
    Any special background associated with the nominee’s responsibilities, other volunteer service, or awards and recognition:
    Mary Elizabeth is active in the Arkansas Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. She currently serves as the 4-Year Institution Representative. She attended a policy hearing in DC in spring 2014 and will present on student standards on a NACEP webinar in July 2017.