"As a first-generation college student, I understand the transformative power of higher education. As professionals we have the opportunity to positively impact the experience of our campus community and the students we serve. My professional work and research center on empowering others to create lives of meaning, purpose and focus.  Often an external consultant, speaker, or trainer can help individuals and teams create a vision for their goals and develop action steps to achieve them. My presentation style is individually tailored and rooted in the established goals of that respective group. At my core, I want each person to understand their role in their own professional development and discover how they can more meaningfully contribute to their campus and community."



Doctorate in Educational Leadership (2014), DePaul University
Masters in Women's and Gender Studies (2009), DePaul University

Masters in Student Affairs Administration (2004), Michigan State University

Bachelors in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies (2002), Grand Valley State University


Selected Publications

Book chapter, “Creativity in the Hiring Process,” from Leadership, Creativity and innovation in Administration, NASPA Press (2019)

Book chapter, "Navigating the First Year as a #2 to a Vice President," NASPA Press, (2015)

Book chapter “Human Resources Policies and Procedures” in Campus Housing Management ACUHO-I, (2013)

“Using Strengthsquest as an Agent for Departmental Change” GLACUHO, Trends Magazine, 2012

“Sexual Health Discussions at Faith-Based Universities: How Does Institutional Mission Inform Practice?” Talking Stick, 2010 & NetResults, NASPA, winter edition.

“Pricing Yourself into Business: Residence Hall Facilities,” ACUHO-I, Talking Stick, Summer 2008

“A View from the Top: SHO Perspectives,” Talking Stick, Winter Edition, 2007

“The New Retention Agent: Female Mentorship in Student Affairs” Trends publication (2005)

“Collegiate Implications for Race-Based Admissions: Working in a post-Grutter Era. Graduate Research Colloquium, Michigan State University (2004)


Professional Honors and Awards

Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean, NASPA Region II (2016)

Outstanding Contribution to the Profession Award, CSPA-NYS (2016)

ACPA's Outstanding Mentor to New Professionals Award (2015)

ACPA's Standing Committee for Women Research and Scholarship Award (2014)

Best of Conference: On-Boarding New Staff by Maximizing Wellbeing, NWASAP (2013)

Herstory Award Winner, ACUHO-I (2012)

Top Ten program presenter for GLACUHO (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Outstanding Emerging Professional Woman Award, ACPA (2007)

Vincentian Merit Recognition, DePaul University (2007, 2008, 2009)

Phi Kappa Phi academic society inductee (2004)

Finalist for the ACPA EmpowerHer Fellowship (2004)


Social Media Involvement

Frequent presenter, blogger, and podcast guest on areas of social media and higher education

“Social Media and Campus Housing Operations” ACUHO-I webinar (December 2012)

“Social Media 101” NWACUHO webinar (October 2012)

Social Media Featured Speaker at the National Association of Executive Recruiters (April 2012)

Faculty member, Women’s Leadership Institute “Engage Your Communities” (December 2012)

“Re-imagining the Way you Use Social Media as a Professional” NASPA IV-East, 2011

Podcast: "Posting about Politics, Dealing with Online Conflict & Living with No Regrets" Recorded October 10, 2016

Podcast: "Innovation and Empowerment in Fraternity and Sorority Life" Recorded January 5, 2016

Podcast: “Trusting the Job Search Process” Recorded April 24, 2011

Podcast: “Women’s Leadership in Residence Life” Recorded December 4, 2011