Region 5 Mentoring Program

2nd Row: Narketta myles, TyLinda Sherrod, Amanda Idema, Renee Rerko, Breana Buckner, Wendi Whitman, Meg underwood, Jennifer Bellini, Carlin Way, Rachel Pawloski, Emily McCord, Brian Aitken, Kevin Dodd, Hillary Carter, Cassie Rickenberg.
1st Row: Katie Bush-Glenn, Carrie Daut, Courtney Lewellen, Alyssa Cozad, Dana McCullough, Dawn Huckelberry, Lauren Henninger, Connie Hanson, Emmanuel Banda, Jamie Reynolds Heck, Eric Beckstrom, Ankit Shah.

Mentoring Program Overview

2018-2019 Mentoring Program Participants

2019 Mentoring Program Applications

Mentoring Program Overview

What is it?

  • Mentoring is an important aspect of one’s professional development. The NACADA Region 5 Conference Mentoring Program allows for new advising professionals to be paired with an experienced advisor within Region 5 providing a greater network and collaboration among Region 5 members.
  • Mentor and mentee pairs will meet at the NACADA Region 5 Conference for a pre-conference workshop. During the pre-conference workshop participants will review the benefits of a mentoring program and create expectations for one another. Mentoring pairs will develop an action plan that they will use throughout the year of their mentoring experience.

Benefits for the mentor

  • Mentoring as Teaching
    • Refine your advising skills
    • Try new techniques
  • Pride in Success
  • Giving Back
    • To NACADA
    • To the Advising Profession

Quotes from previous mentors

  • Mentoring a new advisor was truly a rewarding experience. It was a great way to give back to the advising profession and to see what great talent and dedication there is among young advisors.  What was especially great about the experience was that I learned just as much as my mentee and I have been advising for over 25 years! - Melinda McDonald, 2017-2018 Mentor
  • I learned that a great deal of the role of the mentor is being able to listen and support your mentee in their goals.  I knew I didn’t have all the answers, but I didn’t need to.  The experience became a journey that we took together, providing the support and encouragement went a long way in supporting my mentee in reaching her goals. - Deb Dotterer 2017-2018 Mentor
  • “Being a mentor allowed me to grow as a Servant Leader. The advice and support that was shared with my mentee served as a reminder for myself. The mentor/mentee opportunity taught me to embrace different opinions, be non-judgmental, be resourceful and be open to learning about the drive and passion within the individual” - Steven Taylor 2017-2018 Mentor

Benefits for the mentee

  • Support
    • Someone who has been in your shoes
  • Networking
    • Connection to another campus, state/province, and Region 5
  • Sounding Board
  • Mentoring as modeling
    • Learn new advising frameworks and techniques
  • Gain a greater connection to NACADA

Quotes from previous mentees

  • The mentoring process was very well thought-out and planned. My mentor helped provide me with motivation, ideas, and even how-to tips on a probation project for 3rd/4th year students. She was inspiring since she had experienced most of the issues since I was less than 3 years of having university advising experience. The mentoring program is crucial if matched with a well-rounded, experienced advisor who is willing to help and ask, "What can I do to help you to grow?" My mentor did and willingly!  This program is great if you do not have in-house resources available or need outside input for growth and development of advisors(ing). 
    I would recommend this program to newly minted and experienced advisors as an opportunity to network with other advisors while growing your skillse
    t. - Aundra Freeman, 2017-2018 Mentee
  • My mentor has helped me set goals for my professional development and holds me accountable.  My mentor also helps me think about some of challenges both I and my institution face from a different perspective. Our relationship is such that we are able to share experiences to help us both become better student affairs professionals. I have greatly enjoyed growing with and learning from my mentor.   -Brianna Burke 2017-2018 Mentee
2018-2019 Mentoring Program Participants

Each month we will spotlight one-two of the 2018-2019 Mentoring Pairs.   

This fantastic group of mentors and mentees attended the 2018 NACADA Region 5 Conference and a mentoring pre-conference workshop. During the workshop mentors and mentees got to know one another, set goals, and created an action plan for the year. They will continue their mentoring partnership until the 2019 Region 5 Conference.

June 2018 Spotlights:

Mentor: Wendi Whitman and Mentee: Breana Buckner

Wendi Whitman (Mentor):

  • Associate Director, Illinois State University in Illinois
  • What most excites you about being a mentor?
    • Being intentionally engagement with another advising professional!
  • What is a goal you have as a mentor?
    • Be consistent and honest.
  • Fun fact about Wendi:
    • I love to travel and camp.

Breana Buckner (Mentee)

  • Academic Advisor, University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College in Ohio
  • What excites you most about being a mentee?
    • I am most excited to have a new connection. As a new higher education professional just coming out of graduate school, my network was limited to my cohort and those at my institution. I am excited to get to know someone from another place and hear about their experience and what has influenced their practice over time.
  • What is a goal you have as a mentee?
    • A goal I have is to just absorb as much as I can. Wendi is a wealth of knowledge and I hope I am able to gain some of that knowledge and pass it on to future professionals. Also to expand my network.
  • Fun fact about Breana:
    • I have never been stung by a bee.

Mentor: Connie Hanson and Mentee: Hillary Carter  

Connie Hanson (Mentor)

  • Academic Advisor, Associate Level, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana
  • What excites you most about being a mentor?
    • Establishing a professional relationship with someone outside my home institution and comparing notes on our experiences.
  • What is a goal you have as a mentor?
    • To support and inspire my menteel to share my love of advising.
  • Fun fact about Connie:
    • I began my advising career before the age of computers.


Hillary Carter (Mentee)

  • Academic Counselor, The Ohio State University, Ohio
  • What most excites you about being a mentee?
    • I’m excited to learn from someone with such a wealth of knowledge in the field. I look forward to getting tips and tricks from a colleague at a different institution to see if there are programs or strategies that I may be able to implement at my home institution. I’m also looking forward to expanding my professional network.
  • What is a goal you have as a mentor?
    • My main goal is to develop a long-lasting relationship with my mentor in which there is a mutual sharing of knowledge.
  • Fun fact about Hillary:
  • I was a kicker for my undergraduate institution’s football team.

​2019 Mentoring Program Applications

General Requirements to Participate:

  • Membership Status: NACADA Member at the time of the application and throughout the year of the program.
  • Must be registered for the NACADA Region 5 2019 Conference by the Early Bird Deadline
    • If you are not registered for the conference you will be notified and dropped from  the applicant pool.
  • Must be able to attend the Pre-Conference workshop the Wednesday of the conference from 12-4pm.

 Requirements to be a Mentor:

  • Must have worked in higher education and/or advising for at least seven (7) years.

Mentor application:

  • Opens: TBD
  • Due: TBD

Requirements to be a Mentee:

  • Must have worked in higher education and/or advising for five (5) years or less.
  • Applicants do not qualify if they have worked in higher education (advising, teaching, or other areas of student affairs/academic affairs) for more than five (5) years.

Mentee application:

  • Opens: TBD
  • Due:  TBD