2019-2020 Commission Directorate Board
Dr. Yancey Gulley (he, him, his – pronouns) spent 15 years as a college administrator (primarily in the two-year college settings) prior to moving into a faculty role. Most of his professional administrative career was in the area of student affairs. He has worked administratively at several institutions around the country, including: Louisburg College, North Carolina State University, Long Beach City College, University of Georgia, and Athens Technical College. While Dr. Gulley has taught courses at the University of Georgia in Student Affairs, his first full-time faculty appointment was at Morgan State University where he taught in the Community College Leadership doctoral program within the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership, and Policy. He joined the faculty of the Higher Education Student Affairs program at Western Carolina University in August of 2016. In August of 2017, he was asked to be the coordinator of the Leadership Minor at Western Carolina University.
Dr. Gulley has a long history of advocating for social justice within the educational context through his scholarship, teaching, publications, presentations, trainings, and volunteer endeavors. Past research endeavors not only contributed the scholarly conversation in higher education and student affairs have led to changes in the academy, including the opening of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Resource Center at North Carolina State University. In 2010, Dr. Gulley was named as a Grand Marshal of Atlanta Pride as part of the top 40 LGBTQ educators in Georgia. He most recently completed an edited volume for which he served as lead editor, entitled Using the CAS Professional Standards: Diverse Examples of Practice. This is the first book ever jointly published by NASP, ACPA, & CAS. His largest research project to date focused on the nature of collaboration between academic and student affairs units in the community college setting. Currently, he is researching the experiences of LGBTQ community college students, as well as the experiences of White faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Other current projects include writing several book chapters on methodological and theoretical topics within higher education. He has presented his scholarship locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. He also enjoys spending time with his husband, Corey, and dog, Sedgwick.
Dr. Novak currently serves as Dean of Student Development at Butler County Community College (BC3) in Western PA. In this role, he oversees a variety of college services and programs, ranging from student conduct and crisis intervention to academic advising and support programs. Josh has served community colleges his entire professional career. He started as a an academic advisor at a small branch campus of BC3, and was appointed to his role as Dean of Student Development in 2011. He holds a BA in Communications and Media Studies from Edinboro University, an MEd in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University and a EdD in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Josh focuses professional and research attention on the mobilization of positive change in higher education organizations, and on the successful implementation of strategies that improve educational outcomes for all students.
Martha has been in higher education since 1997 taking positions in the areas of residence life and admissions at 4-year colleges. Community colleges became her focus after in internship experience while attending Springfield College and achieving a Master’s in Education, concentration in Student Personnel Administration. She has had various positions in admissions, advising, and federal Title III grants that focus primarily on student success and retention at community colleges in Massachusetts, Virginia, and Illinois. Martha gradated in May 2017 with an Educational Specialist Degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University.
Martha has been a member of ACPA for many years. In fall 2015, she joined NECPA as part of the executive board in New England. In 2018 she joined the directorate board for the Commission for 2-Year Colleges.
Torry L. Reynolds, PhD (She/Her/Hers) is developmental educator and a higher education professional who is dedicated to the personal and professional success of college students. Dr. Reynolds earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds a master of education in Student Affairs from Kutztown University and a bachelor of arts in Afro-American Studies and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include academic support programs, developmental education, community colleges, and student advocacy.
Erin Schutt (She/Her/Hers) is currently a Program Developer for the Workforce Development and Community Education Division at Delaware Technical Community College. For the past 10 years she has had various positions in housing and residence life, advising, instruction, and social work in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. She is dedicated to the holistic success of the student, both in the instruction and continuing education settings. Erin Schutt received her master of arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of science in Human Services, Education, and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.
Nicholas Tapia-Fuselier (he, him, his) is a doctoral student at the University of North Texas in the Higher Education Ph.D. program. His research investigates the ways in which higher education practices can be transformed to center the needs and lived experiences of marginalized student populations. Largely, his research is situated in the community college context. Prior to pursuing his doctoral studies, Nicholas worked as a student affairs practitioner in the areas of first year experience, college access, leadership development, and community engagement. He earned a Master’s of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Texas State University and a Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of New Orleans.
Will (He/Him/His) is currently serving as the Assistant Dean of Students at Bunker Hill Community College. He has worked as a Student Affairs professional for over 20 years having worked at a number of State and Private Higher Education institutions in the New England region. He is dedicated to the development of the whole student and working with students to engage with resources to support their success in the Community College setting and beyond. Will Cribby received his Master of Education in Counseling with a concentration in Higher Education from Bridgewater State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of New Hampshire.
Samantha (Sam) is a new professional to the higher education environment. Although her work experience includes working with military students, event planning, and managing conferences, her true passions lie in the realm of community colleges. Being a two-year college graduate from Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL, she has experienced the student side firsthand and is deeply aware of the work that needs to be done to improve the paths to success for community college students and is dedicated to achieving this. Sam received her Master of Arts in Students Affairs from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.