Melissa L. Jones | she, her, hers
University of Mary Washington
Melissa L. Jones currently serves as Associate Dean of Student Involvement at the University of Mary Washington, a small, public liberal arts institution located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. In her role, she oversees Campus Recreation, the University Center, Student Activities and Engagement, and Orientation. She also serves as instructor of record for the First-Year Seminar Peer Mentor Program, a credit-bearing course designed to pair upper-class students with first-year students to facilitate a supportive environment of transition for new students. A graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA in History and English, Melissa received her M.Ed. in Social Foundations of Education from UVA and went on to continue her education at James Madison University where she received her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in College Student Personnel Administration. Melissa has a passion for helping emerging leaders explore their own strengths to enhance their leadership style, particularly in the context of the political environments of higher education. She has stayed active in the field by serving ACPA as President of the Virginia College Personnel Association, Assembly Coordinator for State Divisions, Co-Chair of the Next Generation Conference, Directorate member for the Commission for Student Involvement, member of the Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Certification, member of the Credentialing Implementation Team, Chair of the Involvement Team, and currently serves as the Secretary for the ACPA Foundation.
Danielle Morgan Acosta | she, her, hers
Florida State University
Danielle Morgan Acosta is the Director of Student Affairs at Florida State University. She works directly with the Student Government Association, supporting oversight of the activity and service fee $13 million dollar budget and advising SGA, including the identity-based student agencies, bureaus, Class Councils, Congress of Graduate Students, Student Senate and the management of the Allies & Safe Zones program. In her role, Danielle reports directly to the Vice President of Student Affairs and supports university efforts for student advocacy, activism, leadership development and student university traditions. Danielle, a first generation college student from California, received her BA and MAT from Clark University, her M.Ed in Higher Education Student Affairs from Salem State University, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Higher Education at Florida State University. Danielle began her student affairs career in Residence Life, working as a first-year experience hall director and the assistant director charged with coordinating residential student staff training and selection and advising the Residence Hall Association at Salem State University. An active member of ACPA since graduate school, Danielle has served in ACPA leadership roles representing graduate students and new professionals, chaired the ACPA17 Annual Convention, and currently serves on the ACPA Governing Board.
Wilson Okello | he, him, his
Wilson Okello is a student of poetry, believing in the power of creative expression as a method to generate critical self-reflection, inspire confidence, and achieve agency. Son to the high expectations of an immigrant father and a mother whose love and support are the backbone of his pursuits, he desires to repay their stewardship by assisting others in the transformation of themselves and their communities. Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, he attended Youngstown State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education. From there he accepted a fellowship to attend the University of Rhode Island where he earned his Masters of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies – College Student Personnel. Currently Wilson is an instructor, research associate, and doctoral student in the Student Affairs and Higher Education program at Miami University and founder of the Truth to Power Project.