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 (2021-2023)

Alex Kunkle, Chair, Nevada State College

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.


Carlota Deseda-Coon, Syracuse University (Incoming 2022-2024)
Thomas Beckwith, Santa Fe College (Incoming 2022-2024)
Camille Reid, University of West Georgia (Incoming 2022-2024)
Wiona Porath, Johns Hopkins University (Incoming 2022-2024)
Jonathan Hallford, Auburn University (Incoming 2022-2024)
Suanne Early, University of Kentucky (2021-2023)
Amber King, Delaware Technical Community College (2021-2023)
Allison Ewing-Cooper, University of Arizona (2021-2023)
Edna Renee Macbeth, Virginia Commonwealth University (2021-2023)
Jesse Poole, Nevada State College (2021-2023)
Leah Panganiban, University of Washington, 2022 Annual Conference Co-Chair (2021-2022)
Matt Markin, California State University-San Bernardino, 2022 Annual Conference Co-Chair (2021-2022)
Meredith Powell, Auburn University (2020-2022)
Amber Lohrey, Miami University-Middletown (2020-2022)
Lindsey Byrd, Spring Hill College (2022-2024)
Nicole Gaillard, Auburn University University, Past Advisory Board Chair (2021-2022)
Maira Meki, Southern Methodist University (2019-2022)
Farrah Turner, Executive Office Liaison
Dayna McNary, Executive Office Liaison

Next Meeting

Contact Farrah Turner at for information on future meetings.