2020 Steering Committee Election

Membership and Awards

Arline Leon Guerrero | University of Guam

Hafa Adai! I am Arline Leon-Guerrero, Senior Student Academic Counselor at the University of Guam, seeking your support as I submit my name for the Membership and Awards Coordinator position. My membership with NACADA has been a driving force to heightening the quality of my academic advising skills and involvement in campus leadership roles. I currently serve as co-leader for the academic advising team, coordinator of the First Year Seminar program and Student Veterans Resource Center, and membership secretary for UOG’s PKP chapter. Inspired by NACADA’s professional development opportunities, I also hold a KSU Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising. My participation with NACADA includes attendance at annual and regional conferences and volunteer proposal reader for annual conferences, most recently for the 2020 Region 9 conference. My one word for NACADA is empowerment. If given the chance to serve in this position, I hope to help empower other advisors within the region to join NACADA and avail themselves of the wide spectrum of networking and professional development opportunities. Thank you for your consideration.

Stefany Sigler | Nevada State College

Hi, I’m Stefany and I am currently an Academic Advisor II at Nevada State College. I served as the Proposals Chair for the NACADA 2020 Region 9 Conference and am serving as the Chair of Programs & Evaluations for the 2021 Region 9 Conference. In June 2020, I contributed to Academic Advising Today; I planned to present on the same topic at the 2020 Region 9 Conference (accepted but canceled due to COVID-19). This year, I was also selected to receive a NACADA Outstanding New Advisor (primary role) award, which further motivates me to elevate my NACADA engagement. Because the opportunities I have had to engage with NACADA thus far have made a tremendous difference in my own personal and professional development, I hope to be elected for the Membership & Awards Coordinator role so I can help to recognize others who also work to contribute to the overall betterment of NACADA as a whole.


Professional Development Coordinator

Maria Domingo | California State University - San Bernardino 

Advisors help increase retention/persistence, graduation rates and build student engagement (LanLan & Fosnacht, 2019; Hatch & Garcia, 2017; Propp & Rhodes, 2006). Advisors are called upon to help students succeed, which requires several different skill sets such as mentoring, counseling, higher educational administration policies, and procedures, and report writing (Gordon, 1992). In addition to supporting our region’s current professional development offerings, I would like to create an online repository where different institutions can provide their training material to assist in onboarding and continuing education. I would also like to have quarterly article uploads, which highlights new information and knowledge in academic advising to promote different advising skills and interest in the field. I would also like to conduct a survey to determine what types of professional development topics people are interested in as a guide in planning different topics.

Sierra Long | University of California-Merced

My name is Sierra Long and I am an Academic Advisor and Career Support Coordinator at the University of California, Merced. I earned my BA in History and I later went on to earn my MA in Educational Leadership. I served as the chair for our Advising Community’s Professional Development Committee from 2017-2019. As this committee was new, I worked to establish it as a well-organized and highly productive committee. Alongside my advising colleagues, we drafted goals and values as well as a vision and mission statement that was included in our official Committee Charge. We provided several annual deliverables including NACADA webinars, advising coffee hour with scholarly article reviews, and an all-day professional development retreat. As a firm believer in the need to constantly learn and grow as individuals and as a profession, I am eager and honored to submit my self-nomination as the Professional Development Coordinator for NACADA.


Graduate Student Coordinator 

Michael Cersosimo | Loyola Marymount University

Over the last four years, I have looked for ways to become more and more involved with NACADA. I have served as a proposal reader and concurrent session volunteer as well as serving on the 2020 Region 9 Conference Committee as the Concurrent Sessions Chair. Most recently, I was appointed to the Web Events Advisory Board. This presents another opportunity to serve my professional field. I currently advise both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in education. I have seen firsthand how graduate students are overlooked on student initiatives and services especially since the needs of these two populations are different. As Graduate Student Coordinator, I want to find ways to increase presentations at both the Region 9 Conference and Sessions 2 Go focused on graduate students. I also want to find other ways to ensure graduate student issues are part of the conversation in Region 9! Thank you!


Nevada Liaison

Marcedes Butler | University of Nevada - Las Vegas

As the Nevada Liaison, I would focus my efforts on student and advisement issues that impact the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).Currently, I serve as the College Opportunity Learning Concierge for the MGM Resorts International College Opportunity Program (COP) at the University of Nevada,Las Vegas (UNLV). In my unique role, I communicate with the COP point of contact at all NSHE institutions. I will use my resources to promote and encourage participation in NACADA. I consider myself a good team player, a quick learner,and a detail-oriented person that will add value to the goals setting,strategy, and budget for Region 9. My involvement in NACADA includes presenting at the annual, regional, and international conferences, volunteering as a proposal reader, and recently my group session proposal was selected for the NACADA Sessions on Demand. I now look forward to a leadership position that allows me to contribute my time and efforts to an organization that has been instrumental to my professional growth over the last decade.  Thank you in advance for your consideration. 


Hawaii/Pacific Liaison 

Kristy Yoshikawa | Kapi'olani Community College

As current NACADA Hawaii/Pacific Liaison, I have learned and grown as a professional and a person. The professional experience I gained through my relationships built at the NACADA Conference in 2019 and in participating with the planning and reviewing the Region 9 Committee Standards of Operation I have gained an insight to what our Pacific Island region needs are and how to better serve our community.

I have been a TRIO SSS counselor at KapCC since 2016 and through this position I am a supervisor, educator, and leader to students, staff and colleagues. Being a member of NACADA, I have found a community of professionals that share experiences, knowledge and expertise in counseling, resources that have provided a professional foundation for new counselors, like myself.

With new goals set forward this term, 2020-2022, I look forward to the new experiences that will come.



This region holds elections for the steering committee on a rotating basis.  

When it is time for elections: 
1.  Nominations/applications will be solicited.
2.  Bios and platforms will be posted here.
3. Electronic ballots will go out to the state or region membership.

NOTE: The Region Chair is elected every two years through the NACADA General Election