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 & Steering Committee

Name Institution Position
Amber Dillon
(510) 664-7243
University of California- Berkeley Region Chair 
Julian Ledesma University of California- Berkeley Past Region Chair (2017-2019)
Kristan Monique Venegas University of Southern California Graduate Student Coordinator (2018-2020)
Comfort Sumida University of Hawaii - Hilo Membership and Awards Coordinator (2018-2020)
Marian Gabra University of California- Los Angeles Professional Development Coordinator (2018-2020)
Jain Pak University of Hawaii- Manoa Hawaii State Liaison (2018-2020)
Aldrin Santamaria University of Nevada- Reno Nevada State Liaison (2018-2020)
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)
Kate Creveling University of California- Davis Past Conference Co-Chair (2017-2019)
Melissa Whaley University of California- Davis Past Conference Co-Chair (2017-2019)
Tiana Loo Leeward Community College 2019 Conference Co-Chair (2018-2020)
Kapi'olani Community College 2019 Conference Co-Chair (2018-2020)
Elizabeth Tisdale University of California - Riverside 2020 Conference Chair (2019-2021)

Region Conference Committee - 2019

Name Institution Position
Cheri Souza
(808) 734-9251
Kapi'olani Community College Conference Co-Chair 
Tiana Loo
(808) 455-0430
Leeward Community College Conference Co-Chair 

Kelly J. Medley

University of Florida Conference Co-Chair 
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 University of Florida 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
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