Academic Advising Consultant and Speaker Services (AACSS) Advisory Board

AACSS Mission: 
The AACSS supports and guides the global advancement of quality academic advising to higher education institutions and organizations through its network of scholar-practitioner speakers and consultants.

AACSS Goals:
  • Proactively identify and strategically engage institutions and organizations that may benefit from the services of the AACSS.
  • Provide an individual or team of consultants to undertake a comprehensive program review of academic advising at a system, institution, or unit level.
  • Provide expert academic advising scholar-practitioners to deliver keynote addresses, motivational speeches, and workshops. 

How to Get Involved 

Those interested in becoming an AACSS Advisory Board member should contact Cathy Swartz, at the NACADA Executive Office. 

Advisory Board Chair (2019-2021)

Jayne Drake  (Temple University, retired)

The Chair of the Advisory Board facilitates the work of the group by:

  • Working with the Executive Office staff on issues that need attention or discussion.
  • Facilitating Advisory Board discussion on issues via email and/or conference calls.
  • Facilitating Advisory Board meetings during the Annual Conference.
  • Working with the Executive Office and the President on appointment of new members each year.
  • Providing written reports to the Board of Directors at least twice annually. 


Mark Taylor, Armstrong State University (2014-2020)
Justin Gerstenfield, University of Massachusetts-Lowell (2015-2021)
Andy Alt, Bowling Green University (2015-2021)
Jennifer Hodges, New Mexico State University (2016-2020)
Kimberly SmithVirginia Tech University (2018-2020)
Dana Zahorik, Fox Valley Technical College (2019-2021)
Joanne Damminger(2019-2021)
David Spight, (2020-2022)
Charles (Chuck) Lepper, Salt Lake Community College (2020-2022)
Deb Dotterer, Michigan State University (2020-2022)
Jermain PipkinsLos Angeles Valley College (2020-2022)
Jolene Stegath, Fox Valley Technical College (2020-2022)
Kathy Stockwell, (2020-2022)
Sean Chism, Tennessee Board of Regents (2020-2022)
Susan Poch, Washington State University (2020-2022)
Terry Musser, Penn State University-University Park (2020-2022
Cathy Swartz, Executive Office Liaison 

Next Meeting

Zoom meeting will take place periodically as determined by the Chair

Next on site meeting will take place during the 2020 Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Meeting Minutes

  • 2019 Annual Meeting
  • 2018 Annual Meeting
  • 2017 Annual Meeting
  • 2016 Annual Meeting
  • 2015 Annual Meeting