Chris MoodyChris Moody

Executive Director

Phone: 202-759-4828

Chris Moody is currently the Acting Executive Director of ACPA and has served in this role since December 2017. Prior to coming to ACPA, Chris was the Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Campus Life at American University and a doctoral student in Higher Education Administration program at George Washington University, both located in Washington, DC (USA). In this role as AVP, he provided strategic and managerial supervision and leadership to three university departments: Housing & Residence Life, One Card & Dining Services, and University Conferences & Guest Services. Chris was employed at American University in various roles of increasing responsibility from 2004 to 2017.

Chris received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University (NC) and his Master’s degree in College Student Development from Appalachian State University (NC). Prior employment experiences include staff roles at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University, the University of Memphis, and the Semester at Sea program. 

Over his twenty years of membership with American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Chris has been a program presenter, job employer and candidate, charter chairperson for the District of Columbia College Personnel Association (DCCPA), president of DCCPA, Director of Membership Development on the Governing Board, and a four-time annual convention team member (2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016 annual conventions. His most treasured professional experience to date was serving as chairperson for the ACPA 2016 Convention in Montreal, Canada, the first comprehensive student affairs in higher education organization to host its annual meeting outside of the United States. 

Chris is originally from North Carolina, but now considers the D.C. area home after living in the District for over 14 years.

Schawn Abello

Director of Association Services and Administration

Phone: 202-759-4830

Schawn joined the International Office staff in September 2012 as Association Services Coordinator and currently serves as the Expeditor, Global Community Interchange. She is responsible for general administration, provides office and database support to the Association, and serves as the first point of customer service to the Association’s members.

Schawn brings a wealth of experience from various administrative positions at an international school in New Jersey and Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

Schawn earned a bachelor’s in communications from Loyola University Maryland.

Tim ArthTim Arth

Senior Team Lead, Strategic Business & Resource Development

Phone: 202-688-1978

Tim joined the International Office team in November, 2014. As the Senior Team Lead, Strategic Business & Resource Development, Tim serves as the primary resource to ACPA's prospective institutional members on college and university campuses and strategically directs ACPA's Corporate Partnerships program.

Prior to joining ACPA, Tim worked for six years in various capacities at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) and with the Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA). 
Tim earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Boston College and a master's degree in student affairs administration in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at Indiana University. 

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Jeremy Daugherty

Director, Data Systems and Technology

Phone: 202-835-2272

Jeremy joined the International Office staff in November 2018 as the Director of Data Systems and Technology. He is responsible for the strategic direction, implementation, and management of the ACPA’s technology infrastructure, security, and data practices.

Prior to joining ACPA, Jeremy worked with Michigan State University and the State of Michigan where he designed and implemented technology solutions focused on customer interaction, data management, and workplace collaboration.

Jeremy holds an M.A. in Educational Technology from Western Michigan University’s educational leadership program. He also maintains multiple project management certifications in both traditional and agile methodologies.

When not immersed in technology, Jeremy enjoys cooking, playing board games, and spending time with his family.


Tricia FechterTricia Fechter Gates

Deputy Executive Director

Phone: 202-759-4825


Tricia joined the International Office staff in April 2013 as the Senior Director, Professional Development, Research, and Scholarship and currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director. Tricia leads the professional development, marketing, and membershipteams and oversees the strategy, creation, and execution of programs and products to drive the Association’s innovative efforts.

Prior to working at ACPA, Tricia served as the Director of Events & Programs at Synergos, an Association Management Company. She has previous work experience with the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values, Rockhurst University, and the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Tricia earned a bachelor’s in secondary education from Saint Louis University, a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina, and an MBA from Rockhurst University. She holds a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University. Originally from St. Louis, Tricia travels home often to visit family, especially her two nieces, Tricia and Maggie. She is also an avid traveler who enjoys exploring domestic and international locations.

Brenda Fogg, CAE, IOM

Director of Membership

Phone: 202-759-4831

Brenda Fogg joined the International Office staff in August 2017 as the Director of Membership. She is responsible for the overall strategic direction, management and advancement of ACPA’s membership program, including recruitment, renewal and retention.

Prior to working at ACPA, Brenda worked on the campuses of University of Richmond and the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University in their alumni programs. She also served as Member Relations Director for the Virginia Society of CPAs in Glen Allen, VA.

Brenda received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Richmond. In addition, she has also earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Institute for Organization Management (IOM). She is currently a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Tom GentryTom Gentry 

Senior Team Lead, Finance, Accounting and Risk

Phone: 202-759-4834


Tom joined the International Office staff in 2008 and serves as Senior Team Lead, Finance, Accounting and Risk. He manages all fiscal and accounting functions and oversees human resources at the IO.

Before coming to ACPA, Tom spent 12 years as a U.S. Navy Officer before establishing roots in the D.C. area in 1993, and he has held administrative and financial management positions with several non-profit associations.

Tom received his bachelor’s in economics from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a master’s in financial management from The Johns Hopkins University.

Bethany Tognocchi

Director, Marketing & Communications

Phone: 202-897-3902
Bethany Tognocchi joined the International Office in September 2017 as the Director of Marketing & Communications. She is responsible for all ACPA related marketing materials, targeted communication efforts and social media campaigns. She oversees ACPA marketing volunteers and ensures that all event materials utilize a captivating visual brand. 
Bethany earned a bachelor's degree in graphic design from Towson University and master's degree in student affairs from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has previously held positions in Residence Life at Frostburg State University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and served as a Residential Living Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Georgetown University. Her dual passions for visual communication and student affairs makes ACPA the perfect professional home! As a Baltimore native, Bethany enjoys being in the DC area close to family and friends but loves to travel as often as possible with her dog, Magnolia.