2018 Officer Election Nominees

The following are nominees for TEXAAN Executive Board positions. Additional nominees will be added to this page up to the closing of the nomination period.

Positions are elected in the following order:

  1. President-Elect
  2. Treasurer
  3. Vice President of Membership
  4. Vice President of Publications

NOTE: Per the TEXAAN Constitution under Article VIII, Section 1, B, 2: "No more than two members from the same institution may serve as officers at the same time."

The winner will be the highest vote getter not resulting in more than two board members from the same institution.

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Officer Nomination Form

Last updated: Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

President-Elect - Nominees

Terrance McClain

Student Development Specialist, University College, Texas State University

Why are you interested in this leadership position? What influenced you to run for this leadership position?

I am interested in this position because I would like to further the organization in its endeavors to provide a place of involvement and professional development with the organization. As a member of the current Board and Liaison to the Region, I hope to bring more representation of the state to the Region.

What would you bring to this leadership position?

To this position I hope to bring the following initiatives: (1) Fellows program, (2) Mentoring, and (3) additional Scholarships. I have chosen these three initiatives because I believe they are most beneficial and I have seen these implemented in other state organizations that I have been part of. The Fellows program would allow for more opportunities for involvement while grooming future leaders for the organization. The mentoring program would provide more communication amongst members and allow for connection for others to gain insight, especially for new positions like directors. The final initiative will provide more opportunities to yield more scholarships than have been previously given.

What is your philosophy of academic advising?

My philosophy of academic advising includes a multicultural competence framework to develop meaningful and effective partnership between the advisor and advisee in hopes of engaging in active learning for the student.


Treasurer - Nominees

Noel Fuller

Academic Advisor I, College of Education, Texas State University

Why are you interested in this leadership position? What influenced you to run for this leadership position?
 
Having been a part of TEXAAN the last few years has given me the opportunity to see the potential that this organization possesses to become a strong resource for all advisors. I believe I can bring my previous experiences in advising and financial aid to the Treasurer role and provide a solid and reliable support to our TEXAAN officer group.
 
What would you bring to this leadership position?
 
My previous experiences in a financial aid office required management of high volume scholarships accounts and adjustments to student budgets. I also am experienced with a wide array of technology resources that can make our budgeting run smoothly.
 
What is your philosophy of academic advising?
 
I believe in catering to each students diverse needs and goals. I think it’s important for advisors to continually explore new ways to refine their processes and deliver consistently exceptional advising.

Vice President of Membership - Nominees

Lauren Fairley

Academic Counselor, Academic Counseling and Exploration, St. Edwards University
 
Why are you interested in this leadership position? What influenced you to run for this leadership position?
 
I'm interested in this position because I've been apart of TEXAAN for 5 years and find value and support in the mission and vision of TEXAAN. Over the years, I've found great support in networking with colleagues across the state and have gained a wealth of knowledge from them as well. I'd like the opportunity to work with others that are passionate about advising and TEXAAN and want to see our support network grow and to also encourage other advisors to get involved and get out there!
 
What would you bring to this leadership position?
 
As a new leader, I'd bring new ideas for membership recruitment, retention, and engagement, through the implementation of monthly news letters, TEXAAN TIPS for advising strategies, and greater collaboration with Vice-president of Publication on marketing strategies to keep TEXAAN visible throughout the year.
 
What is your philosophy of academic advising?
 
My philosophy of advising is "you can't learn if you're hungry." Life if filled with unexpected twists and turns. As a practitioner, it is my responsibility to make sure my students are supported and connected to resources that enable them to succeed both in and out of the classroom.

Casey Schumacher

Academic Advisor III, Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University

Why are you interested in this leadership position? What influenced you to run for this leadership position?
 
I have been the Central Region Rep for the last year and have been on the annual conference committee as the sponsorship co-chair as well. Through these positions I feel that I would like to run for a position where I could make a difference.
 
What would you bring to this leadership position?
 
The experience that I have learned from this last year with my two positions and over seven years of academic advising experience.
 
What is your philosophy of academic advising?
I am a more involved advisor, I like to be a part of my student's lives, getting to know them and to be very supportive through their college career.

Lucille Rivera

Advisor, Advising -Central College, Houston Community College

Why are you interested in this leadership position? What influenced you to run for this leadership position?
 
External professional networking
 
What would you bring to this leadership position?
 
20+ years of advising
 
What is your philosophy of academic advising?
Appreciative & Holistic Advising -coaching students to reach their academic goals.

Rachel Nemets

Academic Advisor II, Political Science; Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University

Why are you interested in this leadership position? What influenced you to run for this leadership position?
 
I am interested in running for for the position of Vice President of Membership because of my passion for TEXAAN. At my first TEXAAN conference I found my home within the organization. As VP of Membership, it is my goal to help others find the same connection I have found with TEXAAN.
 
What would you bring to this leadership position?
 
One of my personal strengths is connecting with others and identifying what they need to feel included. TEXAAN is a wonderful organization that connects advisors from all regions of Texas to learn more about ideas and contributions in the field of academic advising. As VP of Membership, I would have two main goals: 1) Support and maintain relationships with current members; and 2) Identifying and implementing new strategies of recruiting new members.
 
What is your philosophy of academic advising?
The following are key points I value as an academic advisor:
 
Develop Purpose: I strive to steer students on a journey that helps them discover their true passions in college and beyond by challenging them to step outside of their comfort zones. Incredible discoveries can be found when trying something new. Challenging students to explore and take advantage of all the amazing opportunities college has to offer is a powerful mechanism that guides my practice as an academic advisor.
 
Mentorship is the Key to Success: College offers so many opportunities both academically and outside of the classroom that it can be overwhelming for students to successfully navigate and utilize resources on their own. The discovery of a student’s passions and self-identity is not meant to be worked through alone. One of the aspects I love most about being an academic advisor is my ability to lend a helping hand during students’ paths of discovering who they are by guiding them to the right resources.
 
Embrace Diversity: Interactions with students from all different backgrounds is an aspect of my profession I have learned to love and embrace. Each and every student I meet with brings a unique story of their own to tell and I value the stories they do tell because they represent students’ individuality and sense of self.
 
Understanding Transitions: Transitions throughout college can oftentimes be very challenging. As an advisor, I understand there are many different types of transitions and that students in transition need both academic and personal support (Schlossberg, 1989). Through my practice, I make it a priority for transitioning students to know they are wanted and cherished by their peers, faculty, and staff and that a variety of resources are offered to help them feel at home in college.
 
Choose Happiness: Overall, college is a very exciting time in a student’s life. Being able to discover who they are and what they are passionate about is one of the most powerful lessons students can learn throughout college. That sense of confidence will then shine through and guide students on a path where they are meant to thrive. Choose happiness because happiness leads to success.

Veronica Fernandez

Academic Advisor & Lecturer, School of Art and Design, Texas State University

Why are you interested in this leadership position? What influenced you to run for this leadership position?
 
Interested in bringing people together & making Texxan more visible on a consistent basis.
 
What would you bring to this leadership position?
 
Long time knowledge and practice in academics, administration and advising. Involvement on multiple levels with students, faculty & staff.
 
What is your philosophy of academic advising?
 
Student centered education to build student resiliency and resourcefulness.

 

Vice President of Publications - Nominees

Jason Barkemeyer

Coordinator of Academic Advising, College of Human Sciences & Humanities, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Why are you interested in this leadership position? What influenced you to run for this leadership position?

I am happy to run once again for the Vice President of Publications for TEXAAN. Over the past two years I have engaged the membership in providing scholarship not only for TEXAAN but the field of academic advising. During my first two years I developed the framework for a news and member contribution system I wish to full develop in my next term. I see advisors providing to advisors as an integral piece of the puzzle that TEXAAN helps to facilitate. I would appreciate the ability to once again be TEXAAN's VP of Publications.

What would you bring to this leadership position?

I am the current Vice President for Publications for TEXAAN. Over the last year I have worked closely with the Executive Board and advisors around Texas to enhance the resources of TEXAAN. Being the current VP of Publications would allow me to provide consistency to the Executive Board and direction of TEXAAN.

What is your philosophy of academic advising?

I am invested in teaching the resources available to a student so they may rely not only on me as the academic advisor, but have confidence in the decisions they make themselves. In addition to advising the academic side of the degree, I enjoy investing in my students and getting to know them at a level more than just a student number and a set of courses to be taken. Because I believe in empowering the student, I expect students to take the onus and complete tasks themselves rather than me doing for them. Likewise, the student can expect when I tell them I will do something for them, I will complete the task in a timely manner and communicate the result of that task to them. Through mutual understanding and respect, I hope that from first meeting until graduation a student can rely on me as a resource at the university.