Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board

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Mission: The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) exists to encourage members from diverse groups to get involved in leadership opportunities within the organization; outfit participants with the skills and tools necessary to pursue leadership positions within NACADA; increase the number of leaders from diverse groups, and encourage and assist members of underrepresented populations to attend state, regional, or national conferences.

Function: The ELP Advisory Board's role is to

  • assist the Executive Office in identifying members from diverse backgrounds and encouraging them to apply to become an Emerging Leader or Mentor
  • make recommendations to the Executive Office regarding policies and procedures related to publicizing the program, the selection of ELP Classes, and funding of program participants
  • assist the Executive Office with development and implementation the programming/curriculum for the ELP Orientation sessions that take place at the Annual Conference
  • review Program progress on a regular basis and make recommendations to the Executive Office for changes or improvement

Membership: Most ELP-AB members have taken part in the program as an Emerging Leader and/or Mentor and are dedicated to utilizing their experience of the program to assist with its continuance and help improve it for future class members. ELP-AB members serve a two-year term and meet on-site yearly at the NACADA annual conference. Online meetings via the Zoom platform take place as needed throughout the year.

How to become involved in the ELP-AB. Those interested in becoming involved in the advisory board's work should review the "ELP-AB Member Roles & Responsibilities" document in the Member Responsibilities module in the right-hand column of this page, and then contact Executive Office ELP Coordinator, Leigh Cunningham.

Current Chair

Heather Doyle, 2016 Chair



Heather Doyle

Dalhousie University



Heather Doyle, Chair (2016-2018), Dalhousie University (2013-2019)
Cecilia Olivares, Immediate Past Chair (2014-2016), University of Missouri (2010-2018)
Carol Pollard, University of North Texas (2008-2018)
Ana Frega, University of Massachusetts-Boston (2014-2018)
Anna Chow, Washington State University (2015-2019)
Rebecca Daly Cofer, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (2015-2019)
Amy Korthank, University of Iowa (2016-2018)
Kyle Ross, Washington State University (2016-2018)
Meagan Hagerty, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (2016-2018)
Autumn Grant, Northeastern University (2016-2018)
Susan Poch, Washington State University (2016-2018)
Michelle Ware, University of Notre Dame (2016-2018)
Sally Garner, University of Oregon (2017-2019)
Fai Howard, University of South Florida (2017-2019)
Breanne Flores-Contreras, Texas A&M University (2017-2019)
Jared Burton, Emporia State University (2017-2019)
Brandan Lowden, Pikes Peak Community College (2017-2019)
Leigh Cunningham, ELP Coordinator, Executive Office