Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board

2019 ELP-AB AnConf Louisville

Mission: The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) exists to encourage members from diverse groups to get involved in leadership opportunities within the organization; outfit participants with the skills and tools necessary to pursue leadership positions within NACADA; increase the number of leaders from diverse groups, and encourage and assist members of underrepresented populations to attend state, regional, or national conferences.

Function: The ELP Advisory Board's role is to

  • assist the Executive Office in identifying members from diverse backgrounds and encouraging them to apply to become an Emerging Leader or Mentor
  • make recommendations to the Executive Office regarding policies and procedures related to publicizing the program, the selection of ELP Classes, and funding of program participants
  • assist the Executive Office with development and implementation the programming/curriculum for the ELP Orientation sessions that take place at the Annual Conference
  • review Program progress on a regular basis and make recommendations to the Executive Office for changes or improvement

Membership: Most ELP-AB members have taken part in the program as an Emerging Leader and/or Mentor and are dedicated to utilizing their experience of the program to assist with its continuance and help improve it for future class members. ELP-AB members serve a two-year term and meet on-site yearly at the NACADA annual conference. Online meetings via the Zoom platform take place as needed throughout the year.

How to Get Involved

Those interested in becoming involved in the advisory board's work should review the "ELP-AB Member Roles & Responsibilities" document in the Member Responsibilities module in the right-hand column of this page, and then contact Executive Office ELP Coordinator, Leigh Cunningham.

Advisory Board Chair (2018-2020)

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Amy Korthank
University of Iowa





Amy Korthank, Chair (2018-2020), University of Iowa (Region 6) (2016-2022)
Meagan Hagerty, Incoming Chair (2020-2022), University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (Region 6) (2016-2022)
Carol Pollard, ELP Historian, University of North Texas (Region 7) (2008-2022)
Autumn Grant, Wheaton College (Region 1) (2016-2020)
Neena Fink, Southern New Hampshire University (Region 1) (2019-2021)
Tara Maroney, New York State School Boards Association (Region 1) (2019-2021)
Tania Alvarez, Old Dominion University (Region 2) (2018-2020)
Jared Burton, Fayetteville State University (Region 3) (2017-2021)
Domonique Carter, North Carolina State University (Region 3) (2019-2021)
Locksley Knibbs, Florida Gulf Coast University (Region 4) (2018-2020)
Amy Brock, Auburn University (Region 4) (2019-2021)
Lindsey Byrd, Coastal Alabama Community College (Region 4) (2020-2022)
Patricia MacMillan, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Region 5) (2018-2022)
Leonor Wangensteen, University of Notre Dame (Region 5) (2020-2022)
Kathy Davis, Missouri State University (Region 7) (2019-2021)
Amanda Mather, Texas A&M University-Qatar (Region 7/International) (2019-2021)
Gayle Juneau-Butler, Studer Education (Region 9) (2018-2020)
Sarah Maddox, Colorado State University (Region 10 (2018-2020)
Leigh Cunningham, ELP Coordinator, Executive Office 

Subcommittee Assignments

(NOTE: The Advisory Board Chair is a member of all subcommittees but will appoint sub-chairs as appropriate)

Marketing / Communications: Tara Maroney (co-lead), Sarah Maddox (co-lead), Locksley Knibbs, Gayle Juneau-Butler, Jared Burton, Autumn Grant, Neena Fink

Expanding Program Engagement: Autumn Grant (lead), Carol Pollard

  • Mentor Recruitment (nomination tool): (for 2020-2022 Class): Autumn and Gayle Juneau-Butler
  • 2020 all-ELP Social in Puerto Rico: Autumn and Meagan Hagerty

Connection with Sustainable Leadership Committee: Jared Burton and Neena Fink

Conference Presentation Organization (for 2020 conferences): Patricia MacMillan (Lead) and Amy Brock
  Presentation template and handout may be attained from Patricia or Leigh
Proposal Submitters:
Region 1 (Groton, CT 3/11-13): Neena Fink
Region 2 (Norfolk, VA 4/27-29):  Banks Blair
Region 3 (Lexington, KY 4/20-22): Pamela Stephens
Region 4 (Tampa, FL 3/1-3): Locksley Knibbs (accepted as poster)
Region 5 (Milwaukee, WI 3/30-4/1): Nancy Roadruck (accepted as poster)
Region 6 (Iowa City, IA 4/19-5/1): Amy Korthank
Region 7 (Springfield, MO 2/27-29): Cecilia Olivares
Region 8 (Victoria, BC 3/12-14): Sally Garner (accepted)
Region 9 (Palm Springs, CA 4/23-25): Matt Markin (accepted as poster)
Region 10 (Loveland, CO 5/20-22): Fai Howard
2020 International Conference (Hasselt, Belgium 7-8-11): Fai Howard
2020 Annual Conference (San Juan, PR 10 4-7): Amy Korthank

Application Review (for 2020-2022 Class): Amy Korthank (Chair),

Annual Conference Social (for 2020 in San Juan): Tania Alvarez (Lead), Jared Burton (assist and shadow for 2021)

Incoming Class Orientation (for 2020 in Puerto Rico): Amy Korthank (Chair), Meagan Hagerty

Mid-Termer Class Meeting (for 2020 in Puerto Rico):

Emerging Leader Accomplishments


Next Meeting

The 2020 Annual meeting will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, October 13 at noon CDT. (Please adjust for your Time Zone.)