LEADERSHIP DIRECTORY- REGION 9

The Pacific Region consists of academic advising professionals from California, Hawaii, and Nevada. In October 2009, inaugural operating procedures were voted on and approved by region members. The Region 9 Steering Committee is the leadership team for the community. The team consists of the current and past region chair, the present and past conference chairs, 2 liaisons per state, a membership and awards coordinator, a communications coordinator, and a budget coordinator. The collective work of Region 9 is to promote the values of NACADA and accomplish progress for the academic advising profession in ways that benefit the 3 states as well as the region's success as a whole community.

Region Chair

Amber Dillon, University of California- Berkeley, (510) 664-7243

Steering Committee (2017-2019)

Julian Ledesma, University of California- Berkeley, Past Region Chair (2017-2019)
Eva Wong-Moy, University of California- San Francisco, Graduate Student Coordinator (2016-2018)
Donna Vivar, University of California- Davis, Membership and Awards Coordinator (2016-2018)
Elizabeth Wilcox, University of California- Berkeley, Professional Development Coordinator (2016-2018)
Comfort Sumida, University of Hawaii- Hilo, Hawaii State Liaison (2016-2018)
Gregrette Perry-Simmons, University of Nevada- Reno, Nevada State Liaison (2016-2018)
Avi Rosenzweig, University of California- Berkeley, California State Liaison (2017-2019)
Winnie Tang, University of California-Santa Cruz, Communications Coordinator (2017-2019)
Natasha Rudi, University of Nevada- Reno, Diversity Coordinator (2017-2019)
Lauren Prepose-Forsen, University of Hawaii- Manoa, Community College Liaison (2017-2019)
Derek Furukawa, University of Nevada- Reno, Past Conference Chair (2016-2018)
Kate Creveling, University of California- Davis, 2018 Conference Co-Chair (2017-2019)
Melissa Whaley, University of California- Davis, 2018 Conference Co-Chair (2017-2019)
Tiana Loo, Leeward Community College, 2019 Conference Co-Chair (2018-2020)
Cheri Souza, Kapi'olani Community College, 2019 Conference Co-Chair (2018-2020)

Conference Co-Chairs - 2019 

Cheri Souza, Kapi'olani Community College, (808) 734-9251
Tiana Loo, Leeward Community College, (808) 455-0430
Kelly J. Medley, Arizona State University, (480) 727-2961

Conference Steering Committee - 2019

Lauren Prepose-Forsen, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Keynote and Pre-Conference Chair 
Amy Amper, Leeward Community College, Concurrent Sessions
Daniel Jensen, Weber State University, Concurrent Sessions 
Heather Takamatsu, Leeward Community College, Concurrent Sessions 
Kaylee Roholt, Utah State University, Poster Sessions 
Shalece Nuttall, Utah Valley University, Evaluation Committee
Kalei Ruiz, Leeward Community College, Evaluation Committee
Heather Takamatsu, Leeward Community College, Evaluation Committee
Melissa Jones, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Registration Committee
Meghan Paquette, Yavapai College, Conference Program
Kristy Yoshikawa, Kapi'olani Community College, Conference Program
Reid Kuioka, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Technology
Rikki Mitsunaga, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Volunteer Committee 
Alyssa Kapaona, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Wellness
Kealohi Perry, University of Hawaii-West Oahu, Location and Food
Kelly Medley, Arizona State University, Donations and Exhibits  
Shannon Sakaue, Kapi'olani Community College, Donations and Exhibits  
Leona Anthony, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Marketing and Promotion  
Elise Ross, Colorado State University, Marketing and Promotion
Rachel Mullins Veney, Honolulu Community College, Social Events and Entertainment


Region 9 Operating Principles

Mission and Purpose

NACADA Mission: NACADA promotes student success by advancing the field of academic advising globally. We provide opportunities for professional development, networking and leadership for our diverse membership.

The Purpose of the Region: The Region’s purpose is to support NACADA’s mission by facilitating professional development activities, networking opportunities, leadership development, and member recruitment and service for the membership within their geographic area.

The regions propose activities to support academic advisors, faculty advisors and advising administrators within their geographic regions. Region members conduct annual region conferences, state, province or area drive-ins, promote NACADA membership and develop programs which fit the needs of their specific region.

Region Chairs, working with their steering committees, lead the functions of the regions. The following operating principles outline the responsibilities of the Region Steering Committee in accomplishing the work of the region and supporting NACADA’s mission.  

Here is a complete set of the Region 9 Operating Principles