Region 8

Region 8 Leaders - 2013

Region 8 Leaders

Colleen Angaiak | University of Alaska - Fairbanks |
Colleen has been an academic advisor at the University of Alaska Fairbank's Rural Student Services for about 5.5 years now. That office primarily works with incoming freshmen and sophomores, although it maintains contact with as many students as possible throughout their bachelor's programs. Colleen is the advisor for the the Alaska Native Education Student Association (ANESA) which is a student club for Education and Early Childhood Education students. Colleen has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Secondary Education from UAF, and is currently in the process of applying to the Master of Education in Cross-Cultural Education program. She hopes to focus her research on the transition from high school to higher ed for Alaska Native students. Colleen has been a NACADA member since 2007. Her two-year term on the steering committee will begin at the Anchorage conference.

Ligia Arango | Montana State University – Northern |
Ligia was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She has an undergraduate degree in biology from Universidad Pontificia Javeriana, Bogota, and a master’s in general science from Montana State University – Northern. Prior to her working at MSU-Northern, she was a biology and developmental mathematics instructor and a grant writer and manager at Stone Child College. She currently serves as the Advising Center Director at MSU-Northern.

Andrew Brewick | University of Idaho |
Andrew currently serves as the Director of Academic Advising at the University of Idaho. In this capacity, Andrew represents the interests of faculty and staff advisors across eight undergraduate colleges. He focuses most of his energy on providing professional development opportunities for advisors on his campus and in the region. Andrew has been a NACADA member for four years, has co-chaired the UI/WSU Advising Symposium for the past two years, and has presented on a wide variety of topics. Andrew also devotes some time to designing and implementing early intervention programs for students at the University of Idaho, which have shown great success…and generated some confounding data. A devout assessment nerd, Andrew has implemented campus-wide advisor needs assessments, as well as a student satisfaction survey. Results from these instruments are being used to refine advising practice across campus. Andrew and his wife, Mary Ellen, travelled extensively before welcoming their daughter, Mabel, into the world in October 2010. Now, they are forced to travel in two-hour increments while maintaining a steady drone of children’s songs. Andrew enjoys every minute of these excursions. He also enjoys fly-fishing, hunting, reading, cooking, home-brewing, and watching his one-eyed cat chase quail across the yard.

Mary Chuinard | Oregon State University |
Mary is an Academic Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts Student Services at Oregon State University. She has been a NACADA member since obtaining her long-sought advising position in 2011. Beyond her utter enthusiasm for NACADA involvement, she brings detail-orientation, an analytical mind, and a business and financial aid education and background to the committee. Her position is effective immediately.

Shea Ellingham | Mt. Royal University |
Shea has been involved with Academic Advising, Student Retention and New Student Orientation in a variety of positions since 2005. She is currently the manager of Academic Advising Services at Mount Royal University and works with a team of 12 advisors and coordinators to help students transition to post-secondary education. Shea joined NACADA in 2009 and is presently serving as one of two Alberta Liaisons for Region 8. She also had the pleasure of serving as Region 8 conference chair in 2011 when the conference was in Calgary. Shea is particularly interested in the evolving role of parents in the advising relationship as well as the barriers to successful transition that students often encounter.

Sally Garner | University of Oregon |
Sally serves as the director of student services for the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. In addition to advising and supervisory responsibilities, she teaches the journalism transfer seminar and is one of the voices behind 'Quick Question: The jcomm advising podcast.' A NACADA member since 2006, she has served on regional conference planning committees and has been a proposal reader for the 2008 annual conference. In 2007, Sally led the NACADA Transfer Student Advising Commission's efforts to provide a vignette for the new Faculty Advising Resource DVD. She is a member of the 2011-2013 Emerging Leaders Program. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband trying new recipes, attending musical theater performances, visiting zoos and aquariums, and challenging each other on Sporcle.

Judi Haskins | Montana State University |
Judi works in the Academic Advising Center at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. She advises students from all majors and curriculums, focusing mostly on those who are undeclared or changing majors. She also teaches a 3-credit First Year Seminar course at MSU and serves on the campus’ Academic Advising Council. Originally from Plains, Montana, Judi received a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Idaho. A NACADA member since 1998, Judi first worked in advising at North Idaho College in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. She has presented at numerous state, regional, and national NACADA conferences, and is credited with starting up Montana’s annual NACADA conferences. She will serve as a mentor for the 2012-2014 Emerging Leaders Program. When she’s not exerting her high energy and passion for advising across the state of Montana, she enjoys the outdoors with her husband Ryan and pre-school aged daughter Shelby.

Nicole Kent | Oregon State University |
Nicole is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs for the College of Engineering at Oregon State University. She is a co-chair of the 2013 regional conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

Alex Kunkle | Western Oregon University |
Alex is an Academic Advisor at the Academic Advising and Learning Center at Western Oregon University (WOU). He graduated from WOU with double B.S. degrees in Speech Communication and in Social Science with a minor in Humanities. He started at the Academic Advising and Learning Center in 2009, although he was a peer advisor in the office as far back as 2007. Alex works with a variety of students including education, exploratory, pre-nursing, students in academic difficulty and suspended students. He also works heavily with the technology and statistic related endeavors of the office. He presented his office's digital note system at the Region 8 Conference last year in Portland. Alex has been a NACADA member since 2010. This appointment is effective immediately.

Lisa Laughter | Washington State University |
Lisa is the Director of Pre-Veterinary Advising in the Pre-Health Advising and STEM Education Office in the University College at Washington State University. Lisa earned her BA in Communication and MA in Education from WSU and has enjoyed positions as an admissions counselor, pre-pharmacy advisor, academic and career advisor in the central WSU advising office the Center for Advising and Career Development. She has been advising since 2004 and has been an active member of NACADA since 2005. She is the founding president of WSU ACADA, WSU’s professional organization allied with NACADA. Lisa attended the NACADA Leadership, Assessment, and Data Driven Decision Making Institutes in San Antonio in 2007. Recently her “Journey to Wellness – Managing Daily Stress as an Advisor” presentation was recognized as “Best in Region.” She graduated from the NACADA Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) in 2011 and is currently serving as Chair of NACADA’s Member Career Services Committee, on the ELP Advisory Board as well as a panel member of the CAS Expert Review. She has presented at almost every local, regional, and national conference she has attended as well as being a proposal reader for several regional and national conferences. Outside of her involvement with NACADA and her passion for her work with students at WSU, Lisa enjoys spending time with her daughter, friends, family and staying active doing yoga, pink gloves boxing, bike riding, camping, hiking or anything that gets her outdoors!

Brenda Lindquist | Grande Prairie Regional College |
Brenda has been an academic advisor since 2007. Prior to that, she was a career and employment counselor. In her current role, she enjoys helping individuals work through new concepts and recognize and appreciate their special abilities. She likes to encourage students to enhance their potential attributes and reach for their goals.

Sabreena MacElheron | College of New Caledonia |
Sabreena works for the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, British Columbia as an International Academic Advisor, Homestay Coordinator, and Director of the Student Leadership and Ambassadorship Program. She is the President of the BC Advising Association (BCADA), which provides leadership and learning for advisors within British Columbia. She feels fortunate to have a position where she wakes up excited, passionate, and fortunate to have the opportunity to work and be part of peoples’ dreams and life purpose every day! To her, advisors are in the “dream” business and it is an honour to have the opportunity to be part of someone's vision, hopes, and aspirations. Prior to this current position, Sabreena worked for more than ten years, at the University of Northern British Columbia, as a Record Coordinator, as a Field Practicum Coordinator for the School of Social Work, and as a Development Research Officer in the Office of University Development. She has also worked as a student at the Centre for Educational Technology at Simon Fraser University, and as a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Sabreena was also born and raised in the Yukon Territory in Canada (Kluane National Park).

Jeff Malone | Oregon State University |
Jeff is currently the Assistant Head Advisor of the University Exploratory Studies Program, the academic home for exploring/undecided students at Oregon State University. Prior to Oregon State, Jeff worked in Student Life & Development as well as Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). He earned an MS in Counseling (Student Development in Higher Education) from CSULB, and a BA in Modern Literary Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Jeff has been a member of NACADA since 2005. His past involvements with NACADA include multiple conference presentations (at both the regional and national levels), reading conference proposals for the Commission on Undecided/Exploratory Students in advance of the 2007 national conference, and serving as program chair for Regional Conferences (Honolulu, Vancouver, and Seattle). In his free time, Jeff enjoys playing saxophone, cycling, writing fiction, reading, and enjoying the good life in Corvallis with his wife and two young sons.

Debbie Moos | University of Idaho |
Debbie is a College Advising Specialist at the University of Idaho and has been a NACADA member for five years. She is excited to serve on the committee; the opportunity will allow her to continue to develop and share new ideas and make a difference in the professional advancement for academic advisors. Working together, she believes Region 8 will make a positive contribution to NACADA as a whole. Her two-year term on the steering committee will begin at the Anchorage conference.

Linda Morgan | University of Alaska Anchorage |
Linda is currently the Director of the Advising and Testing Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The Center’s primary responsibility is to provide academic advising to all Associate of Arts degree students and baccalaureate degree students with an undeclared major. The Center also administers placement exams for entering freshman and serves as a testing site for national standardized exams. In addition, Linda oversees UAA’s first year experience course “Creating Success in College”, which enrolls approximately 550 students each academic year. Prior to joining the University of Alaska, Linda served as the Director of Undergraduate Student Services for the College of Education at The University of Tennessee. Her membership with NACADA dates back to the 1980’s with involvement in with both national and regional conferences as a presenter and as an attendee. Linda earned a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Education and the M.S. from the University of Tennessee in College Student Personnel. Linda is currently serving as co-chair for the NACADA Region 8 2013 Conference in Anchorage.

Bil Morrill | University of Oregon |
Bil is the Assistant Director for Technology in the Office of Academic Advising at the University of Oregon. He enjoys bringing together two of his loves, technology and counseling. He has been a member of NACADA since 2009. He has worked with the Portland Regional Planning committee on social media, and also served on the 2011 NACADA National Conference Social Media Team. He was a reader for the Technology in Advising Commission for the 2012 NACADA National Conference as well. When not advising or playing with technology, Bil enjoys spending time with his family on their small farm raising alpacas, chickens, turkeys & one dairy cow.

Leah Panganiban | University of Washington | 
Leah is a lead academic counselor in the office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising at the University of Washington. She is a member of the NACADA Emerging Leaders Program and was co-founder of the Advising Second-year Students Interest Group. Leah graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Sociology and Communications and holds Masters degrees in Education and Applied Women's Studies from Claremont Graduate University. Currently Leah is in the middle of a PhD program at UW studying the social and cultural foundations of higher education. Her research is focused on Filipino American second-year students' college experiences.

Gerda Reeb | Flathead Valley Community College |
Gerda is the Advising and Retention Coordinator at the Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, MT, where she also teaches Italian and German. Gerda's organizes all new student orientations, coordinates faculty advising, manages the college's state-of-the-art homegrown Early Alert system, and loves to help students succeed. Prior to joining FVCC, Gerda taught and/or advised at the University of Oregon and at the University of Auckland, NZ. Gerda derives great inspiration from her love for travel, for other cultures and cuisines, and many outdoor pursuits.

Tamie Saffell | Western Oregon University |
Tamie Saffell is currently the Associate Director of the Academic Advising and Learning Center (AALC) at Western Oregon University. She came to Western in 2006 as a new advisor in the field. Tamie mostly advises students on academic warning, probation, or suspension. In addition to advising, she co-teaches an International First Year Experience course that she co-developed in 2009 and co-teaches the Learning Seminar with the Director of the AALC.  She earned a B.S. degree in elementary education from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, IA and an M.A. degree in Student Development in Postsecondary Education from the University of IA, Iowa City, IA. She is currently pursuing a 2nd master's in Information Technology from Western Oregon University. Her involvement with NACADA began in 2007. She has participated on the conference planning committees for numerous conferences and was the Chair for the Proposal Committee for the 2011 and 2012 conferences. In addition, she has presented at two Region 8 Conferences and was a co-presenter at the 2011 National Conference in Denver. She currently serves as the Region 8 Representative on the NACADA Membership Committee.

Nadia Williams | Simon Fraser University |
Nadia works at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus in the Faculty of Science as the Academic Advisor/Academic Program Coordinator. She's been a member of NACADA since 2008 and has attended three regional and one national conference. Last year she received a Conference Scholarship to attend the Region 8 conference in Portland.  Nadia has also completed the NACADA-partnered Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising through Kansas State.