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.

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

Current Chair

Nicole Gaillard, Chair, Auburn University (2018-2020)

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.


Janet Spence, 2019 Annual Conference Chair, University of Louisville (2018-2020)

Aaron Brown, Central Washington University (2017-2019)

Andrea Harris, Pepperdine University (2017-2019)

Joshua Johnson, University of Central Florida (2018-2020)

Christopher Kirchhof, University of Pittsburgh (2017-2019)

Alex Kunkle, Nevada State College, (2017-2019)

Megumi Makino-Kanehiro, University of Hawaii-Manoa (2017-2019)

Maureen Schafer, University of Iowa (2017-2019)

Casey Self, Past Conference Chair, Arizona State University (2017-2019) 

Pamela Stephens, Fairmont State University (2018-2020)

Brandan Lowden, Pikes Peak Community College (2018-2020)

Amanda Idema, Michigan State University (2018-2020)

Bruce Norris, Past Advisory Board Chair, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Farrah Turner, Executive Office Liaison