Meet Your Steering Committee: William Butler-Paisley (He/His)

NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee

William Butler-Paisley, Oregon Liaison (2019-2021)

What institution do you work for and what is your role there? 

I work at Portland Community College (PCC) as the Advising Coordinator at the Sylvania Campus. Before stepping into my current role, I worked as the program advisor for Business Administration students at PCC Sylvania. Prior to that, I worked as a college success coach for Future Connect, a PCC program that serves first-generation college students. I also led an academic intervention program for three years and originally worked in higher education as an English Composition instructor at many colleges and universities along the way (before I saw the light and gravitated toward student affairs work!). 

Why did you get involved with NACADA? 

I’ve always been a huge fan of NACADA’s books, but didn’t get connected with the organization until I began working on the Oregon Academic Advising Association leadership board as the community college liaison. OAAA is a NACADA allied member and it allowed me to get a better sense of the work that NACADA was doing. I have long been a fan of NACADA’s core competencies as central to who I am as an advisor, and how I work with emerging advisors. I have extensively used NACADA as a research resource for everything from developing advising curriculum to presenting about a wide variety of topics.

What are some of the projects you’ve worked on for NACADA?

I am currently serving on the Region 8 steering committee as one of the two Oregon representatives.

How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career? 

I think to have a long and successful career in academic advising, you need to understand how important NACADA is to the profession. Simply by lots of self-directed learning via reading NACADA publications, I became a significantly better advisor.

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact. 

One of the things that I am most proud of is that I am a community college alum. When I entered college, after a brief career in graphic design and printing, community college was my only option, and it turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life. When I was in high school I genuinely never thought I was going to go to college, much less be successful in higher education. My local community college completely changed my life trajectory and I knew long ago that I wanted to find my way back to a community college as a professional. I ultimately got a doctorate from Oregon State University’s Community College Leadership Program in 2016. I am really proud of how “full circle” my career has been.

Fun fact: I aspire to one day be the world’s foremost chocolate-chip cookie critic, traveling the globe to find the perfect morsel of chocolate-chip cookie bliss. So far I haven’t even gotten all the way through Portland’s amazing bakeries, so it may take a while before I can compile the ultimate list. 

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Meet Your Steering Committee: Anne Anderson

NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee

Anne Anderson, Montana Liaison (2020-2022)

What institution do you work for and what is your role there? 

I am the Director of Student Success and Retention at Miles Community College in Miles City MT, which is a small, rural two-year college located in the eastern part of Montana.  My job is to help students succeed while they navigate through college, and one of those roles is an academic advisor.

Why did you get involved with NACADA? 

I got involved in NACADA after a co-worker introduced me to it.  I was very new to post-secondary academic advising so I started reading articles, attending webinars, and researching advising ideas.  I used NACADA to help me learn the background around advising in order to  learn enough to ask relevant questions.

What are some of the projects you’ve worked on for NACADA?

I am currently on the Region 8 Steering Committee, which will open many doors to future NACADA projects.  I recently joined a roundtable as an advisor from a two-year institution to help others learn how the pandemic affected my professional practices, what I  learned from the field, and how student success continued through difficult times. It was called “Returning to Campus: Voices from the Two Year College”. 

How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career? 

Through the Region 8 Steering Committee, I have enjoyed learning about how different colleges handle advising as well as meeting new people and sharing ideas. 

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact. 

A fun fact about me is that I own sheep and I am learning how to shear them.  I always thought it would be fun to turn my wool into a sweater!  This is larger project than one would think!

Meet Your Steering Committee: Deanna Gonnelly

NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee

Deanna Gonnelly, Alberta Liaison (2020-2022)

What institution do you work for and what is your role there? 

I work at Lethbridge College and I am the Manager, Student Success and Advising (a new role for me since September 2020)

Why did you get involved with NACADA? 

I became involved at first because my supervisor recommended it.  I quickly saw why.  It is great to belong to a professional organization to enhance your own growth and development and to see that the world of advising is bigger and more important than you sometimes realize when you’re in the day-to-day of it all. 

What are some of the projects you’ve worked on for NACADA?

I’ve had the honour of presenting at the Region 8 Conference in 2019, I’ve been a Region 8 Steering Committee member for six months, and I’ve participated in several etutorials and webinars.

How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career? 

Being involved has helped me “come out of my shell”.  I was very focused on advising at my own institution, but through NACADA I realized that much of what I do is grounded in the work of others.  The first time I was accepted to present at a smaller advising symposium, it gave me the confidence to put in a proposal for the Region 8 conference.  By attending the region conference, I realized that there were advisors out there facing the same challenges and who were just as dedicated to serving students as I was.  That common bond inspired me to become more involved and that involvement was what drove me to grow professionally.  Ultimately, it allowed me to advance in my career to a point where I’m now leading a team of advisors – something that continues to both inspire and humble me daily.

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact. 

My spouse and I are raising two little boys which keeps me on my toes.  We love our “down time” and always find fun things to do in the house or the backyard.  My fun fact is that I’ve attended six different post-secondary institutions, which cost me a fortune in transcripts when I applied to my Master of Education degree last year.

Meet Your Steering Committee: Shea Ellingham

NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee

Shea Ellingham (she/her/hers), Region Chair

What institution do you work for and what is your role there? 

I am the Manager of Academic Advising Services at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta Canada. 

Why did you get involved with NACADA? 

I first joined NACADA when I assumed the role of Manager of Academic Advising. It was a new position for me and I was hungry to learn more about the field of Academic Advising. In my previous roles, I had always been an advocate for student success and passionate about working with students.  When I joined NACADA and began to work more closely with Academic Advisors, I felt as though I had finally found my place within higher education. 

What are some of the projects you’ve worked on for NACADA?

My first project for NACADA was as Chair of the Region 8 Conference in 2011. In 2015, I transitioned off the steering committee (after serving two terms) and moved into the role of co-chair of the Canadian Advising Community for NACADA and served in that role until 2020. In 2019, I happily returned to the Region 8 Steering Committee as co-chair for the Calgary Conference, which was so much fun! I was also very pleased to have been a part of the Region Review Project which was a great opportunity to connect with NACADA members globally to find out about their thoughts about the current regional structure and the professional development opportunities that are currently offered through NACADA.  I am also serving as a member of the Region Review Implementation Committee and the NACADA Finance committee. 

How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career? 

Being involved in NACADA has given me a platform upon which to grow professionally.  My first conference presentations were at NACADA Region conferences, my first opportunities for committee membership in a global association were with NACADA.  I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with professionals from across the globe, learning about the role that advising plays in student success in diverse settings. 

My first role with NACADA was to Chair the Region 8 Conference in 2011 and then in the following years, I have also been involved in the Advising Community Division building the network for Academic Advisors across Canada.  It has been a rewarding experience thus far and I am looking forward to taking on the challenge of working with Region 8 members in the capacity of Region Chair.

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact. 

I am so lucky to be surrounded by my family and it’s never been more important than 2020. My four grandkiddies (ages 3, 4, 5, &5) are such a joy and I am happy to be able to be an active part of their lives. I also have a new addition to my work-from-home life, a rescued cat that I sometimes call Rollo, and other times Buddy (I just can’t decide which is a better fit for him).  

Meet Your Steering Committee: Erica Compton

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NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee

Erica Compton, Idaho Liaison (2020-2022)

What institution do you work for and what is your role there? 

I work for the College of Western Idaho, Idaho’s largest community college, and one of the newest (about 11 years old now). I am the Assistant Director for Student Advising & Success.

 

Why did you get involved with NACADA? 

I initially got involved in NACADA as a new advisor when I first attended the 2012 Regional Conference in Portland. For a few years, I had the opportunity to participate in several regional and state conferences as they helped set the foundation in my professional role.  

Both personal and professional duties took me away from being involved in the organization for a while until earlier this year when I had the opportunity to represent Idaho on the Region 8 Steering Committee. I am excited to find myself involved with the organization, this time working in a role that I hope I can lend some of my strengths to.

What are some of the projects you worked on during your time as Idaho Liaison? 

I am new to my role in the steering committee and have not yet had the opportunity to work on any projects. I am passionate about multiculturalism, with a particular interest in the refugee community. I would like to bring further professional development opportunities to the region, focusing on those themes.

How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career? 

NACADA has given me the foundation, knowledge, and best-practices to lay the groundwork in shaping my own personal advising vision, as well as the department’s structure here at CWI. I have had the opportunity to develop my professional portfolio with conference presentations as well as publishing an article in Academic Advising Today.

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact. 

Ever heard the saying, ‘If you want something done, ask a busy person’? That’s me.

I have 5 sons ranging in age from 3 to 19. Although I am proud of my professional career, my role as mom is still the most important and rewarding (albeit the most challenging); it’s a good thing I like a good challenge. 😉

Meet Your Steering Committee: Kelsey Eagen-Williams

 

NACADA Region 8 Conference Co-Chair, Kelsey Eagen-Williams (she/her/hers)

 

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What institution do you work for and what is your role there? 

I work at Pacific Lutheran University as a Senior Student Success Advisor. Next month I will be starting a new role as Assistant Director of Advising. 

 

Why did you get involved with NACADA? 

I moved to Washington about a year and a half ago after working at a large university in Florida as the undergraduate research coordinator, so I didn’t have any advising (or professional) connections up here when I started working at PLU. I wanted to get involved with NACADA so I could meet folks in my area and learn from them, as well as help develop my professional career through NACADA experiences.

  

How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career? 

I have only been a NACADA member for the last 8 months or so, but in that time I have learned so much about the NACADA community, have met really awesome people who are great connections around the area, and now have the opportunity to co-chair the NACADA R8 conference. These are all really great experiences I wouldn’t have been able to have without NACADA. 

 

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact. 

I work mostly with transfer and first generation students at PLU and I love connecting with that group of students because I was both a transfer and first generation college student. Working with these students and helping them acclimate to the college environment and be successful is the best part about my job. Outside of work, most of my time is spent chasing after my one and a half year old son with my husband. I run a blog about houseplants and baking, so when I’m not actively ‘mom-ing’ I’m either baking or taking care of my 200+ houseplants. 

Meet Your Steering Committee: Patrick Fernandez

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NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee

Patrick Fernandez, Two-Year College Liaison

 

What institution do you work for and what is your role there? 

I work for Highline College located just south of SeaTac in a city called Des Moines, Washington. Currently, I am the Interim Program Manager for Career Services. Career Services is under the larger department of Advising, Transfer and Career Services.

 

Why did you get involved with NACADA? 

My institution, Highline College, is highly supportive of professional development. In 2017, I had been at Highline for one year which meant I was eligible for out-of-state travel for professional development. My director suggested that I go to the Annual NACADA Conference to learn more best practices for policies we were trying to update regarding student success. I had such a positive experience, I wanted to know how else I could get involved. I am still here learning, growing as a person and professional and having fun! Region 8 is great! 😊

 

What are some of the projects you worked on during your time as the Two-Year College Liaison on the steering committee? 

I’ve read scholarships, helped present at the annual conference, served on the site selection committee for the 2021 Region 8 Conference and was set to present at the 2020 Region 8 Conference until it was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19. I look forward to continuing working on more projects with Region 8!

 

How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career? 

Being involved in NACADA has introduced me to great friends and mentors. These are people I look forward to learning from, collaborating with in meetings as well as working with at conferences. From a professional development standpoint, it was helped me gain the skills to become a better leader in my institution and within Region 8. I am always wanting to learn more and NACADA is great at providing the opportunity whether at the Annual Conference or at the regional level.

 

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact. 

Most of my early life, I thought I was just color blind. Later when talking to people who are color blind, I discovered that I have color anomia where I can distinguish between colors but cannot identify them by name or name the color of an object. If that may be confusing, just ask me in person and I will share lots of funny stories of how it affects my life.

Meet Your Steering Committee: John McDonaugh

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NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee

John McDonaugh, Program Planning Committee for R8 Victoria 2020 Conference

 

What institution do you work for and what is your role there? 

I have been employed at the College of the Rockies for the past 15 years, most recently as an Education Advisor and Coordinator of Student Services.

 

Why did you get involved with NACADA? 

I got involved with NACADA due to my passion for advising. I have really enjoyed working with the past and current Region 8 chairs. NACADA provides great networking opportunities and professional development. I want to try and inspire other advisors and grow my advising knowledge.

 

What are some of the projects you worked on during your time on the Conference Planning Committee? 

I am new to NACADA. I am currently on the program planning committee for the Region 8 Victora 2020 conference. As well, I am a member of the 2 year college subcommittee.

 

How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career? 

My involvement with NACADA has helped me with networking with other advisors and allowed me to gain a better understanding of various advising models in the region. I have never been involved with planning a large scale conference and my involvement with the Victoria 2020 conference has helped me grow in this area. Being a lifelong learner, I more than ever realize there is a lifetime of learning involved with advising!!

 

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact. 

I  have a wife and three wonerful children (which keep me very busy taxi driving). During my university days, my first year classes were bigger than my home town and I never spoke to an advisor during my undergrad (I didn’t even know they existed!!)

Meet Your Steering Committee: Veronica Mendez-Liaina

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NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee

Veronica Mendez-Liaina (she/her), Inclusion & Engagement Coordinator (2019-2021)

 

What institution do you work for and what is your role there? 

I work for Spokane Falls Community College – Pullman campus.  I am the Counselor for the Pullman campus.  I work with some amazing people on my campus!  

 

Why did you get involved with NACADA? 

In my first role as an advisor about 15ish maybe more, my first supervisor in advising pushed me to get involved with NACADA to help me development my academic advising skills, my professional development, and to help me grow as a person that could be in leadership someday in higher education.  That was in 2006, and I have been active in NACADA since.  It’s really one of my favorite thing. 

 

What are some of the projects you worked on during your time as one of the Inclusion & Engagement Coordinator on the steering committee? 

I have given workshops on implicit biases and personal spaces on community college campus and at advising symposium.  I mentor advisors from other college campus. I make myself available to others when they have questions or need trainings on cultural competency and awareness.  I am working on access more materials for our members that talk about what diversity and inclusion really is on our campus and how we can be a support for our students. 

 

How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career? 

NACADA has introduced me to people and concepts that not only have made me a better advisor, but a better person.  NACADA has been the extra “tool in my box” for when I need a new strategy to complete a task for my supervisor, my co-workers, and my students.  NACADA also taught me to not be afraid of leadership positions, being committees, donating time as a mentor.  I am not always the best at what I am doing, but NACADA is a great place to learn and apply knowledge.

 

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact. 

I fancy myself as 3 things:  1 – An amazing mom to 3 boys (I can run drills for football and still pin my son in wrestling).   2 – #4 batter in any line up for a softball team (you want to pick me up for a softball tournament aka homerun hitter) 3 – A certified Karaoke Champion! (I do weddings and special events…call me!). 

Meet Your Steering Committee: Deven Lisac

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NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee

Deven Lisac, Alaska Liaison

 

What institution do you work for and what is your role there? 

I’m with the Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham Alaska, a satellite school of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. My focus is on distance learners and small colleges.

 

Why did you get involved with NACADA? 

I got involved in NACADA to learn more about the Global Advising community, to learn from other Advisors, universities, administrators, and collaborate on advising best practices. 

 

What are some of the projects you worked on during your time as one of the Alaska Liaisons on the steering committee? 

On the steering committee I’ve been involved with assessing one of the NACADA goals of Provide professional development opportunities that are responsive to the needs of advisors and advising administrators.

 

How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career? 

NACADA has helped me make connections with other universities and personal. I’ve met others in the same field/department and we’ve been able to assist each other when new problems arise. We are able to collaborate on best practices.

 

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact. 

I’m from Dillingham Alaska. I love to play and explore the great outdoors. I love to Skate Ski and hike.