Director of Student Life
Nicky Damania began his career at Bakersfield College in August 2014. He hails from the rocky mountain state, Colorado. He attended Colorado College where he doubled majored in biology (emphasis in pre-med and electron microscopy) and drama (emphasis in technical theatre and directing). He earned his Master's Degree in Career and Technology Education, Training and Development of College Students, at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and completed his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His focus areas are on developing student leadership and creating effective and efficient student organizations. Other than long hikes in the mountains, he enjoys college life and everything that life has to offer him. He lives his life by a motto that was shared with him in high school, "Once the flame of one's desires touches your heart, it will never go away. So let your heart be your guide."
University of Utah
Associate Director of Housing & Residential Education
Director of Student Activities
Maryland Institute College of Art
Karol Martinez-Doane is on her 10th year at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) where she currently serves as the Director of Student Activities. Karol earned her Bachelor in Mathematics Education from Florida State University and a Master in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland. She serves on the governing board of ACPA College Student Educators International as the Member-at-Large, Mid-Level. In addition, Karol is involved with the Maryland College Personnel Association, LeaderShape, the Baltimore Collegetown Network, the Baltimore County Board of Elections, and a proud sister of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated. Karol is happily married to her wife Candace, and they live in Baltimore Maryland with their 2 strong, smart, and beautiful daughters (and 3 cats).
Western Michigan University
Bryan Austin is currently an Area Coordinator at Western Michigan University. Prior to that position, Bryan Austin was a Hall Director at Bowling Green State University for four years. Bryan also is working on a PhD in Higher Education and Administration at Bowling Green State University focused on the development of a critical thinking disposition within a residential environment.
Associate Director of Residence Life
Alex was born in Michigan and moved to Connecticut when he was 10. He attended Bentley University and graduated in 1991 with an accounting degree. He worked as a bank auditor for a year before heading to the University of South Carolina where he graduated with a Med with a concentration in Higher Education in 1994. He has worked in Housing and Residence Life at Loyola University New Orleans, the University of Connecticut and Georgia Tech.
Director of Pharmacy Student Affairs
Ohio Northern University
As an Ohio native, Sheila is glad to be back in her home state and working at Ohio Northern University. Although her professional background has been with housing and residence life, Sheila is truly enjoying the variety her current position at ONU provides. Sheila's mid-level professional experiences have been at several institutions: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Southern Connecticut State University, and, now, Ohio Northern University. Sheila earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Akron, her Master of Science in Counseling and Student Personnel from Oklahoma State University and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University.
Director, Leadership Institute
Central Michigan University
Dan Gaken has more than ten years of professional experience in leadership programming and has served as the director of the Central Michigan University Leadership Institute since 2009. Dan is the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principal’s Level III leadership curriculum director, is the lead facilitator for the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute, and serves as a co-lead for sessions of the LeaderShape Institute. Kendall/Hunt published Dan’s first book, Leadership & Service: An Introduction, which he co-authored with Senator George McGovern and Dr. Donald Simmons, in 2008. In addition to leadership, Dan has a strong interest in serving his community and is on the United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties Board of Trustees and is a member of the Games Committee for Special Olympics Michigan.
Director, Office of Leadership and Student Involvement
The University of Southern Mississippi
Emily Holmes currently serves as the director of the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement at the University of Southern Mississippi. With over eight years of student affairs experience, Emily has experience in first year programs, students in transition and orientation in addition to her current role in leadership programming and student involvement. Here she oversees student involvement on campus which includes event registration, training/development and management as well as leadership development for around 200 student organizations and 1,500 events each year. She is an active member of ACPA, NACA and ACUI. Her professional interests include student leadership and development, campus engagement and women in leadership.
Assistant Dean of Students
Nikki Laird is the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life at Salem College. She recently completed her PhD at the University of Georgia and her research interests include socialization of new professionals, gender socialization in college students, and the self-care pursuits of women professionals in student affairs. Nikki enjoys all the sports and is particularly a fan of the Duke Blue Devils, Texas Longhorns, Georgia Bulldogs, and Chicago Cubs. She is a Hufflepuff and recently rescued a kitten named Wrigley.
Associate Director, Student Life & Events
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology-DC
Matt has been actively involved with MLCOP for the past two years having served as the Vice-Chair, Professional Development he has assisted with the coordination and implementation of webinars for MLCOP and ACPA. Prior to his involvement in MLCOP Matt served as the President of DCCPA the DC Chapter of ACPA as well as numerous board positions prior to that. In his day to day work he oversees Student Life at the Washington DC Campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is an adjunct faculty in the Industrial/Organizational master’s program. Matt has worked at a number of institutions up and down the east coast and his spare time is spent reading comic books, of which he has over 7000.
Assistant Director of Residence Life for Risk Management and Personnel Administration
University of Kentucky
Growing up as an Army brat (she moved 8 times before graduating high school) served as a solid foundation for a career in Student Affairs. Serving in various residence life positions for the past 20 years, she has been an Assistant Director with the Office of Residence Life at the University of Kentucky since 2004. She has a B.A from Hope College in German and a M.S. in College Student Personnel from Miami University. Her current work involves Student Staff selection, coordinating the departmental RA Class for new hires, Risk Management coordination and staff training, and social media for the department. In addition she serves on a University Women’s Forum and teaching UK 101.
Assistant Director of Residential Education
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Kaleigh Mrowka is an Assistant Director of Residential Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She completed her undergraduate degree at Ithaca College, and her Masters degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at SUNY Buffalo State. She has been involved in ACPA in variety of roles, including as a presidential intern, an ACPA Ambassador, and a member of the ACPA17 Steering Team
Assistant Dean of Student Life for Inclusive Campus Engagement
Washington & Jefferson College
Ketwana Schoos currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Life for Inclusive Campus Engagement at Washington & Jefferson College. Over the past 10+ years she has progressively worked in the area of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and has simultaneously taught sociology, diversity, social justice and college orientation themed courses during that time as well. She enjoys every opportunity to help students develop and shape their out of the classroom experiences as well as provide support to underserved students. Ketwana is also a doctoral student in the University of Pittsburgh Higher Education Management program, with research interests in supporting foster care youth and other historically underserved student populations. She hails from Albion, Michigan and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Central Michigan University and two Master’s degrees from Indiana University in African Americana and African Diaspora Studies and Higher Education and Student Affairs.
University of San Diego
Terrence is a Wisconsin native from Milwaukee, WI. He earned his BA in Communication and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and MSED in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has six years of full-time Housing and Residential Life experience at Saint Louis University and the University of San Diego.