Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board

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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 (2020-2022)

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Meagan Hagerty



Meagan Hagerty, Chair (2020-2022), Anthology, Inc. (Region 6) (2016-2022)
Amy Korthank, Immediate Past Chair (2018-2020), University of Iowa (Region 6) (2016-2022)
Carol Pollard, ELP Historian, University of North Texas (Region 7) (2008-2022)
Tara Maroney, New York State School Boards Association (Region 1) (2019-2023)
Domonique Carter, North Carolina State University (Region 3) (2019-2023)
Amy Brock, Auburn University (Region 4) (2019-2023)
Lindsey Byrd, Spring Hill 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)
Iyabode Okoro, Indiana University School of Medicine (Region 5) (2021-2023)
Kevin Thomas, University of Central Arkansas (Region 7) (2021-2023)
Andrea Harris, Pepperdine University (Region 9) (2021-2023)
Jared Burton, Pima County Community College (Region 10) (2017-2023)
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 / Recruitment (for 2022-2024 Class): Leonor Wangensteen, Lindsey Byrd, Jared Burton, and Kevin Thomas

 - Virtual: Tara Maroney, Andrea Harris
 - On-site (Portland): Patricia MacMillan, Domonique Carter, and Leonor Wangansteen

Outreach to non-selected applicants (for 2022-2024 Class): Lindsey Byrd and Andrea Harris

Conference Presentation Organization (for 2022 conferences): Amy Korthank and Iyabode Okoro
  Presentation template and handout may be attained from Leigh
Proposal Submitters:
Region 1 - Jen Plante, Carlota Deseda0Coon
Region 2 -  Amber King, Banks Blair
Region 3 - Suanne Early
Region 4 - Jonathan Hallford
Region 5 - Iyabode Okoro, Leonor Wangensteen
Region 6 - Jake Rudy, Amy Korthank

Region 7 - Mark Nelson, Sam Murdock, Christina Bowles, Rebecca Hapes
Region 8 - Leah Panganiban, Kyle Ross, Sally Garner

Region 9 - Winnie Tang, Matt Markin
Region 10 - Brandan Lowden, Sarah Maddox

2022 International Conference (): 
2021 Annual Conference (Cincinnati, 10/6-9): Meagan Hagerty, Amy Korthank, Jared Burton, Leigh Cunningham
2022 Annual Conference (Portland, 10/23-26)

Incoming Class Orientation (2021-2023 Class): Meagan Hagerty (Chair), Amy Korthank (Past Chair), Jared Burton, Leigh Cunningham

Emerging Leader Accomplishments


Next Meeting

The ELP-AB annual meeting took place on Monday, September 20, 2021.

Contact the EO Liaison (Leigh Cunningham) for information about future virtual meetings.