Christina Wright-Fields,

Commission Co-Chair

Dr. Christina Wright Fields is a faculty member within the Education Department at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She holds a bachelors in Biology from Millersville University, M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Drexel University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University. She has worked with numerous initiatives focusing on diversity, internationalization, student retention, and community partnerships. Her research focuses on culturally relevant pedagogy, academic access and success, and student identity development. She has presented at ASHE, NASPA, ACPA, AERA, and NCORE conferences.

Ana Castillo-Nye,

Commission Co-Chair

Ana Castillo-Nye is the Assistant Director for the Pennoni Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry (CII) at Drexel University. After receiving her BA with a concentration in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Rutgers University in 2011, she continued with graduate studies at the School of Education where she received her EdM in College Student Affairs. Ana's primary responsibilities include advising students of the Custom-Designed Major (CSDN) Program, co-teaching CSDN introductory seminars, and facilitating educational programming related to the major as well as the unit's yearly themed interdisciplinary course series, the Symposium. She believes in leadership development that approaches problem solving in the systemic mindset and tries to challenge students to learn how to move between “small lens” and “big lens” thinking. Outside of work, Ana is a trained citizen lobbyist and is particularly interested in issues regarding educational access, poverty, civic participation, and critical citizenship.


T. Lynn Hogan,

Faculty In Residence, Vice Chair for Scholarly Development & Faculty Outreach

T. Lynn Hogan is the Director of Critical Thinking Initiatives and Quality Enhancement Reviews at Florida State University. He recently served as the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services in the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance where his areas of responsibility included academic advising, academic policy interpretation, accreditation, budget management and student services. In 2008 and 2009, he served as the Interim Chair of the Department of Art. In 2012-13, he was the Interim Dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance. He has taught courses in leadership in the arts in the School of Theatre.
Dr, Hogan earned a PhD in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University, a masters degree in journalism from The University of Georgia, a bachelors degree in public relations from The University of Georgia and an associates degree in accounting from South Georgia College.
Lynn is active in ACPA. He is the Faculty-In-Residence for the Commission for Academic Affairs Administrators and is a recipient of the Commission’s Award for Service to the Commission and ACPA and for Scholarly Achievement. He has published and presented nationally on topics such as client services, career development, relationships between academic and student services and HIV/AIDS in higher education. Dr. Hogan is the editor of Student Affairs for Academic Administrators. <p>&nbsp;</p>

Eric Kennedy,

Vice Chair for Sponsored Programs

Eric Kennedy is the Assistant Director for the Honors Program at Drexel University’s Pennoni Honors College. His primary responsibilities include managing Honors advising, graduation clearance, and the probation and dismissal process. He also teaches introductory honors courses and hosts a weekly workshop for Honors Program students. Eric received bachelors degrees in Communications and History from Salisbury University in 2011 and an MA in Higher Education from The University of Michigan in 2013. He is currently working towards a Masters of Legal Studies at Drexel University, expecting to graduate in 2019.

Ceceilia Parnther,

Vice Chair for Special Project and Initiatives, Former Co-Chair

Ceceilia Parnther is a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education (CRICPE) at Western Michigan University. She currently coordinates the research efforts of the Broncos FIRST project, a First in the World student success grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Parnther is also a King Chavez Parks Future Faculty Fellow. Parnther has a decade of student affairs and academic support experience. Her research includes student success initiatives, mentoring, and academic integrity in higher education.

Gloria Howell,

Vice Chair for Commission Awards

Gloria Howell is a native of New Albany, Mississippi. She received a B.A. in broadcast journalism and M.A. in higher education student personnel from the University of Mississippi (UM) in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Gloria will receive her Ph.D. this fall in Higher Education Student and Affairs at Indiana University. Her research focuses on Black student identity development affirmation through cultural arts education. Additionally, her research interests include college readiness and success for underrepresented students, spirituality in higher education, and student activism. During her time at IU, Gloria most recently taught freshmen students in the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program in a first-year experience course on navigating the research university in addition to critical topics that affect undergraduate education. She also served as program coordinator for the Balfour Pre-College Academy, a college readiness initiative for rising high school seniors. Gloria has presented at several conferences including the Association for College Personnel Administrators (ACPA), the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE). She received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award given by the ACPA Coalition of Multicultural Affairs in 2015. She is excited to serve with the Commission.

Catherina Carlson,

Vice Chair of Membership & Recruitment, Former Co-Chair

Cathy Carlson is the Associate Dean of Academic Services at Bentley University, Waltham, MA. She directs the staff and operations of the Advising Center and works with members of the Student Affairs staff on individual student issues which affect them both academically and personally. Cathy holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont, a master's degree in Counselor Education from Penn State University and a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Muhlenberg College. Prior to joining Bentley in summer 2014, Cathy was the Assistant Dean for Student Services at the University of Vermont, School of Business Administration.

Emily Kashka,

Vice Chair for Technology & Communication

Emily Kashka is the Program Manager in the Office of Undergraduate Research at Drexel University. In this role she supports students participating in undergraduate research across all disciplines. She also manages the Drexel High School Scholars Program, a program that allows Philadelphia-area high school students to enroll in undergraduate courses at Drexel. She received her bachelor's degree in Biology in 2013 and MA in Communications in 2015 from Johns Hopkins University.

Katherine Madden,

Webinars Chair

Katherine Madden is the Master’s Program Coordinator in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) at the University of Michigan. Katie is a proud Notre Dame alumna, in addition to holding a master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) from Michigan State University. She is a past chair for the ACPA Standing Committee on Disability, now the Coalition for Disability.