Annual Conference Advisory Board

Annual Conference Advisory Board

The purpose of the Advisory Board is to oversee the curriculum and activities of the Annual Conference in order to advance the academic advising field globally – includes keynote session, concurrent presentations, pre-conference workshops, poster sessions, and other program formats to assure a successful event.

How to Get Involved

Advisory board members serve a two-year term and meet yearly at the NACADA annual conference. Members are asked to participate in a listserv and to join subcommittees when projects arise. While keeping a diverse group in mind, the advisory board members are chosen with the intent of showing representation across all regions and globally. Current membership is a necessity. Experience as a presenter, years of attendance at the annual conference, service/leadership at the region level, and/or service on a conference planning committee are highly favored when considering an appointment. If interested in joining the advisory board, please contact Farrah Turner at

Advisory Board Chair (2018-2021)

Nicole Gaillard, Chair, Auburn University

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.


Alex Kunkle, Nevada State College (Incoming Chair 2021-2023)
Suanne Early, University of Kentucky (Incoming 2021-2023)
Amber King, Delaware Technical Community College (Incoming 2021-2023)
Allison Ewing-Cooper, University of Arizona (Incoming 2021-2023)
Edna Renee Macbeth, Virginia Commonwealth University (Incoming 2021-2023)
Jesse Poole, Nevada State College (Incoming 2021-2023)
Leah Panganiban, University of Washington, Incoming 2022 Annual Conference Co-Chair (2021-2022)
Matt Markin, California State University-San Bernardino, Incoming 2022 Annual Conference Co-Chair (2021-2022)
Meredith Powell, Auburn University (2020-2022)
Amber Lohrey, Miami University-Middletown (2020-2022)
Lindsey Byrd, Coastal Alabama Community College (2020-2022)
Donnie McGovern, University of Cincinnati, 2021 Annual Conference Co-Chair (2020-2021)
Josh Brittingham, Northern Kentucky University, 2021 Annual Conference Co-Chair (2020-2021)
Aaron Brown, Central Washington University (2019-2021)
Andrea Harris, Pepperdine University (2019-2021)
Christopher Kirchhof, University of Pittsburgh (2019-2021)
Jessica Staten, Indiana University- Bloomington (2019-2021)
Maira Meki, Southern Methodist University (2019-2021)
Farrah Turner, Executive Office Liaison
Dayna McNary, Event Coordinator