Congratulations to the newly-elected  2022-2024 Region 3 Steering Committee members!  

Communications Coordinator | Doris Munoz | Methodist University
Awards Coordinator | Melinda Crecelius-Lanham | University of Tennessee-Knoxville
DEI Coordinator | Lauren Gellar | Medical University of South Carolina
Kentucky Liaison | Joshua Brittingham | Northern Kentucky University
North Carolina Liaison | Laura Kuizin | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
South Carolina Liaison | Holly Williams | Clemson University
Tennessee Liaison | Madeline Anderson | University of Tennessee-Knoxville
West Virginia Liaison | Nikki Loy | West Virginia University


2022 Region Steering Committee Election
February 3-14, 2022

PLEASE NOTE | This is an election for the Region Steering Committee. You'll have an opportunity to vote in the NACADA General Election beginning February 11. These are two separate elections. The general election will elect members to the NACADA Board, Region Chairs for even regions, and certain Advising Community Chairs, as well as other leadership positions. The Region Steering Committee Election will elect leaders for the positions below.

2022 Region Steering Committee Election
February 3-14, 2022
2022 NACADA General Election
February 11-24, 2022
Current NACADA members received a ballot on February 3. Please vote by February 14.  Current NACADA members as of January 31 recieved a ballot on February 11. 
Members need to follow the instructions in the email to vote. 


What is the Region Steering Committee?
The Region Steering Committee helps the Region Chair set region direction through establishing goals and outcomes, aiding in establishing the region budget, carrying out responsibilities and initiatives, and providing historical perspective during transitions of region leadership. The Region Steering Committee represents the diversity of the region, as well as represents each geographical area within the Region. All Region Steering Committee roles are two-year terms, elected by the region membership, unless otherwise explicitly stated. Newly elected members will start their term at the Region Conference.

Qualifications and Requirements for Region Steering Committee Positions
   • current member of NACADA, and maintain their membership through their term.
   • attend both the Region and Annual conferences in-person (if possible).
   • attend (in-person or virtual) all other meetings of the Region Steering Committee.
   • Region Steering Committee members may run for election in a second consecutive term.
   • After serving two consecutive terms, a member must wait two years before serving in another Region Steering Committee position.

2022 Region 3 Steering Committee Election

Awards Coordinator

Melinda Crecelius-Lanham 

It would be a privilege to serve Region 3 as the Awards Coordinator and to help further the work of student services professionals! In this role, I will make a concerted effort to ensure that submissions and recognitions are representative of the amazing institutions and professionals within Region 3. I will strive for efficiency and organization in all phases of the process from communications and the application process through to the finalization of awards, grants, and scholarships.
Communications Coordinator

Doris Jackson Munoz

New to the advising world, I am Dr. Doris Munoz. I recently transitioned from 15 years in Student Affairs over into all thing’s academics with an emphasis on retention, persistence, and academic and career advising. I have spent my higher education career working at a small, private, liberal arts university in southeastern North Carolina. I believe there is no better place to work than higher education. The field is constantly changing, so we as professionals must always learn and change with it. My strengths are I am innovative, inclusive, and strategic. The Communications Coordinator for Region 3 position would be a great opportunity for me to connect with colleagues in the region, but also give me the opportunity to share my skills with the association. I look forward to the opportunity to serve Region 3 by providing various forms of timely communication throughout the region as needed.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator

Lauren Gellar

Compassion and integrity are two fundamental aspects of increasing diversity, equity and belonging in higher education advisement. Brene Brown, Joseph Campbell, Angela Duckworth, and Buddha have taught me a lot about compassion. I have learned about shame, fear, and resistance. I have learned about grit, resilience, bravery, and self-love. I see these dichotomies everyday working with non-traditional, diverse, rural, first generation, and low-income students. Diverse students must address limiting self-beliefs, low self-confidence and often high levels of fear and anxiety. Building meaningful relationships takes time, building a sense of belonging takes time. They need to see that we are honest, and authentic. Without this, students will not feel safe or comfortable to share their truth. Thus, effective advisement requires patience, understanding, and great compassion. The extension of true compassion and integrity are necessary and important steps in developing authentic relationships and helping students reach their goals, which is my passion.
Kentucky Liaison

Joshua Brittingham

In the years that I have been part of NACADA I have had the privilege of meeting and working with many fantastic people from institutions across the Bluegrass State. Advisors in the commonwealth have a unique perspective and great ideas to share. As state liaison, I would work to provide access and maintain platforms that allow advisors in Kentucky to connect with others and share those perspectives and ideas. One part of that effort is ensuring that we are connected with each other by cultivating an active and vibrant community of advisors within Kentucky. The other part of that effort is ensuring that advisors in Kentucky are connected with the greater NACADA organization to so that out needs, concerns, and successes are seen and heard. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you and to enhance our community in both of those areas.
North Carolina Liaison

Laura Kuizin

Hello! My name is Laura Kuizin and I currently work as an Assistant Dean for the Academic Advising Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have been a member of NACADA since 2013, serving as a member in Region 7 from 2013-2017 and then joining Region 3 in 2019. I am very interested in representing North Carolina as a member of the Region 3 Steering Committee by working to identifying goals and deliverables that will strengthen our region, advocating for advising initiatives, resources, and opportunities within the region, and increasing an advising presence at UNC-CH, throughout North Carolina, and Region 3. NACADA has provided me with tremendous resources and opportunities for professional and personal growth throughout my time advising students and supervising advising staff and I would like to build upon my experiences, along with giving back to the advising community.
South Carolina Liaison

Holly Williams

I have been involved with NACADA for around 4 years now, taking on various committee roles and would love to be more involved in larger leadership roles. I have previously served on the awards committee as well as veteran's committee and would like to nominate myself to become more involved with SC liaison.