Finance Committee

Mission: Oversees financial operations of the Association, makes funding recommendations to the Board of Directors, and recommends policies and procedures regarding income and expenditures of Association funds.

Function: Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, this committee is charged with stewardship over NACADA funds. It works closely with the Executive Director and serves as one of the checks and balances with the Board and Council in a shared governance model. It reviews the annual budget for policy compliance, and suggests modifications and/or makes recommendations to the Board as needed.

Membership: Due to the nature of this Committee’s work, membership primarily consists of 10 diverse and experienced NACADA volunteers: (1) A past region and commission chair, (2) current and immediate past finance committee chair, (3) current president and vice-president, (4) three at-large positions, and (5) the association’s Executive Director. Additionally, we seek membership representing NACADA’s diverse composition of people and institutions; specifically this includes those from two and four-year, private and public, domestic and international institutions. This work is facilitated by NACADA’s Comptroller in collaboration with the current Finance Committee Chair, Sr. Associate Director, and Executive Director. Terms are generally two years.

How to Get Involved 

Experienced members with an interest in the financial health of the organization and whose background fits at least one of the roles previously described are encouraged to contact the current finance committee chair or NACADA Comptroller (Alan Klug) by January 31st.  New members are identified and selected each spring.  Backgrounds in finance, accounting and/or budgeting are not required.  Training provided. 

Committee Chair (2020-2022)

Nicole Kent, Oregon State University

The Chair of the Committee facilitates the work of the group by:

  • Appointing new members to the committee annually
  • Coordinating the various activities of the committee and communicating with members via the committee listserv
  • Leading committee meetings during the Annual Conference
  • Attending Division Leadership meeting at the Annual Conference
  • Submitting a post-conference Leadership report in the fall in which goals are established for the committee and activities planned for the coming year, indicating their relation to the specific missions in the NACADA Strategic Plan
  • Submitting an annual Leadership report in the summer to advise the Council and Board of the status of the completion of goals established and activities planned for the committee over the past year in relation to the NACADA missions and strategies.


Nicole Kent, Chair (2021-2022), Oregon State University
Wiona Porath, Immediate Past Chair (2018-2020), Johns Hopkins University (2015-2022)
Shea Ellingham, Member at Large, International Representative, Mount Royal University (2019-2021)
Jenny Cornet-Carrillo, Member at Large, University of California-Berkeley (2019-2021)
Nicole Kent, Past Region Chair, Oregon State University (2018-2022)
Joshua (JJ) Johnson, Past Region Chair, University of Central Florida (2019-2021)
Terry Musser, Member at Large, Penn State University-University Park (2019-2021)
Desiree Polk-Bland, Member at Large, Columbus State Community College (2020-2022)
Sally Garner, Past Region Chair, University of Oregon (2020-2022)
Amy Korthank, Member at Large, University of Iowa (2020-2022)
Cecilia Olivares, Ex Officio, NACADA President, University of Missouri
Alan Klug, NACADA Executive Office Liaison

Next Meeting

  • Friday, August 13, 2021
    11 a.m. – noon central
  • Monday, September 20, 2021
    2-3 p.m. central
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021
    2-3 p.m. central
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022
    1-2 p.m. central
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022
    2-3 p.m. central

Meeting Minutes