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Cecilia Olivares and Heather Doyle, Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board

ELP-Heather&Cecilia.jpgNACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising is committed to ensuring that its leadership is reflective of its membership and to providing individuals the opportunity to become more involved in the association at all leadership levels. In order to assist with this goal, the NACADA Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) was developed in 2006, as an initiative from the Diversity Committee, to encourage members from diverse backgrounds to explore and get involved in leadership opportunities within the organization.  Each year, beginning with the 2007-2009 Class, 10 Emerging Leaders and 10 Mentors are selected for the two-year program. Leaders are matched with Mentors who have a wide range of experience within NACADA, from research and publication to serving on the Board of Directors. Leaders and Mentors work closely to connect the Leaders to the areas of the association they are interested in and develop a plan for continued involvement and growth within the association. Emerging Leaders receive a $1,500 stipend to assist them with travel to NACADA conferences, institutes, and seminars, helping to promote their engagement and involvement.

We are excited to be celebrating our 10th year of the ELP program, recognizing that many members of the Emerging Leaders classes have served in elected and appointed positions, as chairs of NACADA regions, commissions, interest groups, committees, advisory boards, and task forces.  ELPers have already made a lasting impression on NACADA and have a long list of accomplishments, including:

  • ELP-Rodney&Erin.jpgSpearheading the establishment of the Career Advising Interest Group and the Advising at HBCUs Interest Group. 
  • Presenting (some with their Mentors) at regional, annual, and international conferences.
  • Serving on region, CIG, or conference steering committees.
  • Participating in conferences, including serving as chairs or co-chairs of regional conferences. One Emerging Leader chaired our 2010 Annual Conference in Orlando. 
  • Writing for the NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources and NACADA books.
  • Presenting as part of Webinar broadcasts.
  • Being awarded NACADA Research Grants. 
  • Moving on to becoming Mentors in the ELP program.
  • Serving on the NACADA Council.

Several have shared their stories in Academic Advising Today articles, which may be found linked from the Program homepage.  To learn more about the contributions of our ELP Classes, visit the Accomplishments webpage.

The 2014-2016 Emerging Leaders and Mentors (pictured below), who began work at the 2014 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, have been diligently pursuing their goals over the past two years and look forward to receiving their Certificates of Completion at this year's conference in Atlanta, where they will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony.

2014-2016 ELP Class.jpg

Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board Chair Cecilia Olivares is pleased to announce the 2016-2018 NACADA Emerging Leaders and Mentors

Emerging Leaders

Quentin Alexander, Longwood University
Mehvash Ali, American University of Sharjah
Tania Alvarez. Old Dominion University
Amalauna (Amy) Brock, Young Harris College
Fabiola Mora, Colorado State University
Shantalea Johns, Wayne State University
Locksley Knibbs, Florida Gulf Coast University
Mark Nelson, Oklahoma State University
Patricia MacMillan, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Jennifer Plante, Clark University


Kathy Davis, Missouri State University
Kyle Ellis, University of Mississippi
Dawn Fettig, University of Colorado-Boulder
Sally Garner, University of Oregon
Rebecca Hapes, Texas A&M University
Theresa Hitchcock, University of Louisville
Craig McGill, Florida International University
John Paul Regalado, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Kathie Sindt, Johns Hopkins University
Mandy Stephens, Carroll University

New Emerging Leaders and Mentors will meet at the Annual Conference in Atlanta to create partnerships and begin development, conversation, and group-building. Partners will develop goals pertaining to leadership in NACADA over the next six months and continue their work together over the two-year program.

Visit the Emerging Leaders Program website for more information.

Cecilia Olivares
ELP Advisory Board Chair, 2014-2016

Heather Doyle
Incoming ELP Advisory Board Chair, 2016-2018

Cite this article using APA style as:  Olivares, C., & Doyle, H. (2016, September). NACADA emerging leaders program celebrates ten years of successful leadership development. Academic Advising Today, 39(3). Retrieved from [insert url here] 


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