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 8 Steering Committee Election

Awards and Scholarship Coordinator

Lesley Gerein

Lesley Gerein is the Senior Specialist, Academic Advising, for the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada. She has over 18 years of experience in Academic Advising, including positions as Advisor for the Faculties of Arts and Science, Manager for Arts and Science Advising, and Manager, Learning Support Services. In her current role, Lesley is responsible for providing oversight, training, advocacy, and professional development for academic advisors and student service professionals across the University of Calgary campus. For the past 8 years Lesley has also been actively involved with NACADA Region 8 as Budget Coordinator, conference steering committee member, and most recently, as temporary Coordinator for this year’s awards and scholarship evaluations. Lesley’s involvement with NACADA over the years, has really helped to solidify her passion for the profession of advising, and for ensuring advisors are recognized for the amazing work they do!
Two-Year College Liaison

Erica Morris

Hi, my name is Erica Morris and I am the Faculty Career & Transfer Counselor at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, WA. I had the honor of an appointment to fill the remainder of the term for the Two-Year College Liaison ending in 2022, and I am running to be elected to a full-term for 2022-2024. In the next two years I will focus on: 1. Outreach to two-year colleges within Region 8 to recruit new members into NACADA. 2. Outreach to Graduate programs that are educating the next generation of two-year college advisors (both professional and faculty). 3. Professional development for two-year college advisors, including our changing role in making meaningful connections with students in a post-pandemic world. Thank you for taking the time to read my platform statement.
Alaska Liaison

Aimée Richards

With 15 years experience in student affairs, I am keenly interested in open enrolment institutions and supporting the success of rural and Indigenous students due to my background, my own challenges within higher ed, and as a guest on Lingít Aaní, (Juneau, Alaska). In addition to advising, I support students as an academic life coach and as deputy manager of our care team. I hold a MEd – Post-secondary Studies and have the unique experience of working as an advisor in both Canada and the United States. I was recently a first-time presenter at our Region 8 conference and am keen to give back to NACADA. I am well-versed in the challenges and opportunities of advising in Alaska - it’s important to me that despite our geographic isolation, we are well-represented within our professional association and region. I would greatly appreciate your support in voting for me as Region 8’s State Liaison for Alaska.
Alberta Liaison

Mike MacLean

Hello, colleagues of Region 8! My name is Mike MacLean and I request that you consider me for Region 8 liaison. I'm gradually becoming more active within NACADA and this role will supercharge my momentum towards increased involvement in this amazing organization. I’ve connected with some of you via Region 8 conference and attended the 2021 Summer Research Institute. I’ve been involved with NACADA’s writing groups. I look forward to growing with you, learning with you, and serving you as Region 8 liaison. I’ve been a Sr. Program Advisor with Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business for over 6 years, and I’ve only ever known online education in an advising capacity. My interest in the dynamics of distributed workforces has been a focus for several years now, and I hope to apply that interest and background in fulfilling Region 8 liaison duties. Thank you for your time, see you around!
British Columbia Liaison

Megan Wurster

As an advisor who has worked in both the US and Canada, across four institutions, I am excited about the prospect of serving as the BC Liaison on the NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee. I have advising experience at three BC institutions, and believe this gives me a helpful perspective, and represents a range of advising experiences, organizational structures, and student populations. I have been an active member of NACADA since 2014, and most recently have served on the steering committee for the AB/BC/YK Virtual Advising Symposium. NACADA has provided a consistent source of support and resources throughout my career, and I look forward to being more active member and serving our BC advising community.
Idaho Liaison

Mindy Harris

I am an Advising Manager at Brigham Young University-Idaho and oversee all of our professional academic advisors. I manage the technological development of our graduation planning tool and work as a liaison between advising and our campus partners. I have oversight of creating a knowledge base containing university policy as a resource for our team to improve the accuracy and quality of advising. I love to explore technological solutions to help with transactional work, so our focus can be on building relationships with our students using the Appreciative Advising framework. I am passionate about coaching, mentoring, and developing our amazing advising staff, and supporting students! I would love to serve with others in Region 8 to creatively support the work of advising and promote advising best practices in our region. I believe we can all learn from each other and grow together to help students reach their potential and succeed!

Josee Ward

My name is Josee, and I am the current Assistant Director of Student Advising and Success at College of Western Idaho. I have been working in higher education for 16 years, with 10 years being in advising. As an advisor, I feel it is important to continue to grow and learn about best practices to help the students we advise. While I have been an advisor, I have been honored to be part of NACADA and have attended various conferences, presented at an Idaho conference, reviewed proposals, and for the last 16 months have been a member of the Advising Administration Learning Committee Steering Committee. These opportunities have allowed me to network with peers and to look beyond my own institution. I hope to continue to give back and represent you in being a liaison for Idaho.

Aaron Todd

Having served in academic advising roles at Central Michigan University, the University of Tennessee, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina I am excited to get involved in my newest (October 2020) home. Recently at Idaho State University (ISU) I helped establish and launch a NACADA allied membership for the institution. Serving as an Idaho liaison is another step in creating a greater ISU connection with the profession and thus lifting the quality of academic advising for our students.
Washington Liaison

Katie Weibel

Greetings! My name is Katie Weibel and I'm currently an Academic Coordinator in the College of Arts & Sciences at Washington State University - Vancouver. I am passionate about holistic, student-centered, caring, inclusive and culturally aware approaches to advising. My thesis work to obtain my Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education Master's in Education from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse focused on holistic programming for re-entry students. I have worked for 6 years in International Education, as well as 3 years in Academic & Career Advising. With this background, I'd love to help our advising community support and develop innovative ways for integrating holistic advising practices to empower students and help them achieve academic success.