Advising Communities Division Steering Committee

The Advising Communities Division (ACD) steering committee consists of two division representatives (one appointed, one elected); the Executive Office liaison to the ACD; and one member per cluster (selected by the division representatives to serve two-year, staggered terms). That one member representative per cluster is called a Cluster Rep.  All members of the steering committee must have completed at least one full term as a Chair. 

Cluster Rep Responsibilities:

  1. Are assigned a ratio of Communities
  2. Serve as single point of contact with assigned groups
  3. Work with Chairs on ALL criteria expected from group (could be different by level)
  4. Meet with assigned Chairs at the annual conference, as available
  5. Contact assigned Chairs one month after assumption of chair duties to review progress, offer assistance, reminder of deadlines, upcoming events, etc.
  6. Be pro-active vs reactive
  7. Converse with Chair about identifying potential group involvement/leaders, plan for group elections, and prepare for chair-elect announcement - work with chair to begin transition to new leadership
  8. Discuss issues/trends/challenges with other Cluster Reps (via list serve and in meetings at the annual conference).
  9. Review completed reports and provide feedback
  10. Refer to experts in and outside of Steering Committee as appropriate
  11. Filter issues of concern/consideration to Division Reps

Kyle Ross
Division Rep ('17-'19)
Washington State University

Past Chair of Undecided & Exploratory Student Commission


Areas of Expertise: Use of volunteers, forming and managing an ACD steering committee effectively, goal development
(509) 324-7472

Rebecca Hapes
Committee Member and Cluster Rep ('17-'19)
Texas A&M University

Past Chair of Advisor Training & Development Commission

Past Chair of Advising Graduate & Professional Students Commission

Areas of Expertise: Chair communication, creation of steering committees, goal setting and project planning/management, volunteer recruitment & engagement
(979) 845-9733

Wendy Schindler
Committee Member and Cluster Rep ('19-'21)
Gateway Community & Technical College

Past chair of LGBTQA Advising & Advocacy Community

Areas of Expertise: Steering committee leadership, running an effective business meeting, community engagement and communication, volunteer management, goal setting
(859) 442-1631

Dana Hebreard
Committee Member and Cluster Rep ('16-'19)
Aquinas College

Past Chair of Small Colleges & Universities Commission

Areas of Expertise: Organization and succession

Sherwin James
Committee Member and Cluster Rep ('17-'19)
Clayton State University

Past Chair of Advising Student Athletes Commission

Areas of Expertise:
- College of Business, Student-Athletes, Adult Learners.
- Connecting with, and training and development, of members.
- Strategic Planning
(678) 466-4515

Amber Kargol  
Committee Member and Cluster Rep ('19-'21)

Iowa State

Past Chair of Advising Community on Transfer Students

Areas of Expertise: steering committee formation, organizing online discussions, project management, delegation, transfer students
(515) 294-2553

Amanda Mather
Committee Member and Cluster Rep ('17-'19)
Texas A&M University
at Qatar

Past Chair of Advising Education Majors Commission

Areas of Expertise: Social Media, communication, succession planning, volunteer recruitment
(974) 3378-4627

Erin Donahoe-Rankin
Committee Member and Cluster Rep ('17-'19)
University of North Texas

Past Chair of Liberal Arts Advising Commission

Areas of Expertise:
Arts-related advising
(940) 565-2216


Rachel Kirk
Committee Member and Cluster Rep ('17-'19)
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Past Chair of High School To College Advising Interest Group

Areas of Expertise: Empowering members to advocate for themselves and others, organizational skills, defining measurable goals
(361) 825-2257

Teresa Brethauer
Walden University
Committee Member and Cluster Rep ('19-'21)

Past Chair of Advising Adult Learners Community

Areas of Expertise: Online learning, academic coaching, goal setting, working with international students, social media groups; S.T.E.M., Business, Project Management, and Healthcare Management specializations/programs.
(443) 627-7284

Lindsey Byrd
Pensacola State College
Committee Member and Cluster Rep ('19-'21)

Past Chair of Distance Advising for Online Education Community

Areas of Expertise: FTIC students, adult learners, recruitment/advisor training and professional development
(850) 484-1633

Dawn Krause
Executive Office Liaison
(785) 532-0632

Assignment of Advising Communities

Each member of the Division Steering Committee is also a Cluster Rep assigned specific Advising Communities within the Division.  They serve in a support role as a point of contact with those groups in carrying out the responsibilities mentioned above. Listed below are the assigned Cluster Reps for each group:  

Administration of Advising (3) – Wendy Schindler
Advising Administration, Advisor Training and Development, Assessment of Advising

Advising in Academic Programs I (4) – Erin Donahoe-Rankin
Advising Business Majors, Advising Education Majors, Advising Fine Arts Students, Advising Graduate and Professional Students

Advising in Academic Programs II (4) – Teresa Brethauer
Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, Health Professions Advising, Liberal Arts Advisors 

Advising Specific Populations I (5) – Sherwin James
Advising Adult Learners, Advising First-Year Students, Advising Second-Year Students, Advising High Achieving Students, Advising Student Athletes

Advising Specific Populations II (5) – Amber Kargol
Advising Students with Disabilities, Advising Transfer Students, Advising Veterans, Military Students and Family Members, Global Engagement, First-Generation College Student Advising 

Advising Specific Populations III (5) – Amanda Mather
High School to College Advising, LGBTQA Advising & Advocacy, Multicultural Concerns, Probation/Dismissal/Reinstatement Issues, Undecided and Exploratory Students 

Institutional Type (6) – Rachel Kirk
Advising at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Canada, Large Universities, Native American and Tribal Colleges, Small Colleges and Universities, Two-Year Colleges

Theory, Practice, and Delivery of Advising I (5) – Dana Hebreard
Advising and Academic Coaching, Appreciative Advising, Faculty Advising, Peer Advising and Mentoring, Theory, Philosophy & History of Advising

Theory, Practice, and Delivery of Advising II (5) – Lindsey Byrd
Career Advising, Distance Education Advising, New Advising Professionals, Technology in Advising, Orientation Advising