The following members will appear on the ballot for election to NACEP's Board of Directors.
Bretton DeLaria, Assistant Dean of Early College Academics, Saint Louis University
Brief professional bio: Bretton DeLaria is the Assistant Dean for Early College Academics at Saint Louis University and has been an active voice and leader in the field of concurrent enrollment since 2014. During his tenure in concurrent enrollment, Bretton has utilized his strong background in academia and communication to transform Saint Louis University’s 1818 Advanced College Credit Program as one of the largest providers in college credit nationally and internationally. Bretton’s tenure has included doubling the size of the program, increasing access through scholarships, elevating the resources for concurrent enrollment students, and through his involvement in NACEP has advocated for continuous quality improvement. Bretton holds an MA in Communication from Saint Louis University and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration.
Brief description of your work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP: Bretton has served NACEP since getting involved in concurrent enrollment in 2014. Bretton has served as a volunteer at national conferences, presented at the national conference since 2015, presented at the Higher Learning Commission in 2019 for NACEP, serves as an Accreditation Commissioner since 2017, presented at regional NACEP conferences since 2017, led accreditation webinars, lead peer reviewer training, lead Accreditation Institutes, and has traveled with the Executive Director to present to state education departments, like Texas.
Brief statement describing your interest in the position: NACEP is at a monumental time in its history. In the past 20 years, NACEP is again is renewing its position as leader in early college education. From updates to accreditation standards, drafting new standards for new models, revitalizing the board into additional commissions, and expanding its footprint in the professional development field NACEP is poised for growth. With that growth comes challenges and opportunities. Bretton’s professional career and success in transforming Saint Louis University’s 1818 Advanced College Credit Program poises him to be an asset in helping NACEP transform for its next chapter. Bretton’s strong interpersonal communicate skills, background with NACEP, national contacts and network means Brett can bring important considerations and skills to help NACEP continue its growth.
Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops: Bretton has been involved in NACEP from the beginning of his career in the field. He has attended the national conference since 2014 and began regularly presenting at every conference since 2015. Additionally, Bretton has participated and presented at a number of NACEP regional conferences both as an accreditation commissioner and as a professional in the field. At the state level, Bretton has presented at the Missouri School Counselor Association, the Missouri Department of Higher Education, and Committee on Transfer and Articulation. Bretton since 2017 has served as an accreditation commissioner and in that capacity has presented and led Accreditation Institutes, Peer Reviewer training, and NACEP webinars. Most recently, Brett has worked with NACEP to present at other national conferences including the Higher Learning Commission and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. For more information and presentation samples, please visit https://www.brettonmdelaria.com
Any special background associated with your responsibilities, other volunteer services , or awards and recognition: – Saint Louis University 2019 Young Alumni Award – Early College Advisory Board Member, Missouri Department of Higher Education – Treasurer, Missouri Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (MoACEP) – Executive Certificate in Legal Higher Education, MAGNA Publications 2018 – Certificate in Visual Communications, Saint Louis University 2013 For more information, visit https://www.brettonmdelaria.com
Carla Mebane, Assistant Dean of Students - Director of Dual Credit, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Brief professional bio: Dr. Carla D. Mebane is entering her seventh year as the Assistant Dean, & Director of the High School/College Partnerships Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Prior to coming to UMKC, Dr. Mebane served as the Dual Credit Coordinator at Northwest Missouri State University. Previous teaching appointments included positions at William Jewell College, Baker University, Northwest Missouri State, and the North Kansas City School District. Throughout her career, Dr. Mebane has garnered awards for civic leadership, and presented on topics including diverse students, multiculturalism, diversity awareness, and outreach programs. Dr. Mebane has received her Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from University of Missouri-Columbia, a M.A. Ed. in School Leadership from Baker University, a M.S. Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Lesley University and a B.S. Ed. in Elementary Education from William Jewell College.
Brief description of your work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP: Dr. Mebane attended her first NACEP Conference in Memphis, Tennessee in 2008. It was at that point she decided this was the organization that would be beneficial to the institution. Through this partnership with NACEP and between the University and the high schools the matter of accountability would be addressed. Since 2008, Dr. Mebane has continued to attend NACEP conferences as well as attend Washington Policy Seminars. She has presented during NACEP annual conferences, webinars, and other co-sponsored NACEP events over the years as well as served as lead peer
reviewer for several years. Dr. Mebane currently serves as the NACEP’s member-at-large representative and has been very instrumental in working with the NACEP Board to create a strategic plan that is dedicated to be more inclusive of all diverse needs as the NACEP organization continues to grow and expand.
Brief statement describing your interest in the position: Carla is currently serving as the member-at-large representative. Since her appointment, she has been very involved in the hiring process of the new Executive Director, as well as working with the Board to incorporate the new strategic plan. Carla believes that while serving in this role for the past year she has new insights into the State and Regional Chapters and believes she can help leverage new resources to support and advance these organizations.
Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops: Carla has presented at three NACEP conferences on the topic of implementing processes and procedures for dual credit programs. She has presented twice as part of a NACEP panel discussion and presented on behalf of NACEP in Orlando, Florida on the topic of managing large NACEP programs. Carla has also shared insight with regard to offering concurrent enrollment programs utilizing college faculty as teachers of record, and how to begin working with international partners.
Any special background associated with your responsibilities, other volunteer services , or awards and recognition:
Service on the following Boards:
-Academie’ Lafayette Charter School (Kansas City, MO) – Board
-Missouri Alliance of Current Enrollment Partnership – NACEP
representative for 4 year- Board Member
-W.E.B DuBois Learning Center – Educational organization – Secretary
Received Awards & Recognition:
-William Jewell College – Alumni Educational Award
-Martin Luther King Diversity Award
-Northland Chamber of Commerce Award
Four-Year Public Postsecondary Institutional Representative
Chelsie Rauh, Director, Early College Program, Idaho State University
Brief professional bio: Chelsie Rauh has been the Director of the Early College Program at Idaho State University for 8 years. She started her journey at Idaho State as a student, earning both a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication-emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations in 2004 and a Master of Counseling degree with an emphasis in School Counseling in 2008. It was while serving as a school counselor and GEAR UP Coordinator that she found her niche in higher education. A tried and true Bengal, she enjoys supporting and cheering for student-athletes, giving back to the University via service to Staff Council and singing and touring with Camerata Singers, a University-affiliated symphonic choir. With a passion for higher education, she is dedicated to encouraging and inspiring high school students to continue their education post-secondary. She began her service to NACEP in 2014 shortly after the Early College Program received accreditation. Adopting and living the motto, ‘service before self’ has given her some of the best rewards in life. A native to Southeast Idaho, she enjoys all that it has to offer, especially spending time outside with family and friends, both the human and fury kind.
Brief description of your work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP: Chelsie started as a peer reviewer in 2014, just after her program was accredited. She quickly was asked to be a lead reviewer for the accreditation application process in 2015 and 2016 and was invited to fill a spot on the Commission in 2017 after resignation of a Commissioner. She served as a Commissioner through the end of her term in April 2019.
Brief statement describing your interest in the position: “I firmly believe that it is my professional obligation to give back to organizations and programs that work to better the lives of our students. NACEP is this such leader. By giving back to these professional organizations, we can learn from each other the best ways to assist our programs and in turn students. I hope to be a liaison to the Board for the needs and wants of our 4-year public institution programs and also keeping in the forefront the goals and mission of NACEP. It’s an exciting time to be a part of NACEP and the new pathways it is carving out to assist more programs and students.”
Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops: Chelsie presented at her very first NACEP conference in Mystic, Connecticut in 2011 and has not missed a national conference to date! She also presented in Chicago in 2014 and in Washington DC in 2017 and San Antonio in 2018 as well as the first NACEP regional conference in Missoula, MT in 2017. She co-presented Accreditation Institutes in Madision, WI in 2018 and Portland, OR in 2019. She enjoys presenting at state and regional conferences as well including, GEAR UP West in 2015 and 2017.
Any special background associated with your responsibilities, other volunteer services, or awards and recognition: Chelsie was recognized twice for the “Star” award, once in 2014 and again in 2015. This is a customer service award-nominated and voted on by the Academic Affairs Administration of Idaho State University.
Second Two-Year Postsecondary Institutional Representative
MaryAnne Nickle, Dean Iowa Valley Grinnell, Iowa Valley Community College District
Brief professional bio: Dean MaryAnne Zanella Nickle, M.Ed. is the Dean of Iowa Valley Community College – Grinnell Campus. She completed her Master’s degree in Adult and Community Education at Colorado State University and has spent much of her time working with industry to align training to the workplace. She was an administrator and dean for six and a half years at the Community College of Denver where she was involved in a wide variety of workforce programs to build local industry by providing well-trained workers. After serving on the Leadership Council of the National Skills Coalition in Washington, D.C., she is currently a member of the Board of the Poweshiek Iowa Development, and has served on the Board of the Greater Grinnell Chamber of Commerce. Since 2016, she has headed Academic Initiatives for the District including concurrent enrollment, NACEP, District Academic and Perkins coordination. She is currently the reporting secretary for the Iowa Valley Regional Planning Partnership, a convening of regional school district superintendents and principals with local industry and the community college.
Brief description of your work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP: Since 2016, she has had responsibility for a wide variety of Districtwide academic responsibilities including NACEP re-accreditation, awarded this Spring. She currently supervises the NACEP Coordinator position, coordinates overall partnership with 11 school districts in the District participates in the state-wide group of Concurrent Enrollment Directors, and has been a NACEP Reviewer for two years.
Brief statement describing your interest in the position: Working as a NACEP Reviewer has given me a view to the significant the benefit of concurrent enrollment overall and the need for consistency in the partnerships between secondary and post-secondary partners, and rigor in maintaining quality in programming and courses. I have learned a lot from the programs I reviewed as well as my fellow reviewers in that time. I want to contribute to the evolution of quality concurrent enrollment practices wherever I can.
Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops: None, but interested in presenting in the future.
Any special background associated with your responsibilities, other volunteer services, or awards and recognition: -2012 – 13: Graduate Certificate, Community College Leadership Consortium; Iowa State University, Ames, IA. -Leadership (varied positions) of the Statewide Arts & Sciences and CTE Deans. -Participation in Statewide Concurrent Enrollment Director group.