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Board of Directors

 

Katy Rush
President 

Interim Associate Director, 
Penn State Harrisburg

PennACE Member Since: 2014

Responsibilities in current Board role: Reviews & establishes organizational goals, objectives, and focus with Executive Board; oversees committees and activities; maintains regular contact, establishes agendas and meets with Executive Board and general membership; determines issues that need a general membership vote; authors President’s message for organization newsletter; appoints chairpersons of standing and ad hoc committees.

Additional PennACE Involvement:
Conference Chair:  2016-2017
Conference Committee:  2015
Keystone Award Recipient:  2015
Professional Development Chair:  2015-2016
Conference Volunteer & Scholarship Recipient:  2014 


Favorite Part of Being Involved in PennACE:  I love the lasting friendships that blossom from professional contacts through common passion, the fun and informative annual conference, and affordable professional development opportunities.  PennACE is so much more than a professional association; it's an extended family with extensive resources and connections.  I am so thankful I joined as a graduate student and have had the opportunity to grow professionally and personally through my involvement.

 

 Julie Novotny 
Vice President/President Elect 

Career Advisor, Kent State 

PennACE Member Since:  2013

Responsibilities in current Board role: Chair the 2018 Annual PennACE Conference Planning Committee.  Assist the President as needed in scheduling meetings and organizing arrangements.  Support and assist with activities and projects of Presidents, Executive Board and committees.  Serves in the absence of President 

Additional PennACE Involvement:
Conference Committee:  2015 & 2017

Favorite Part of Being Involved in PennACE:  My favorite part of being involved with PennACE are the opportunities to grow professionally. From presenting at the annual conference, to being on a committee, to networking with friends and colleagues, PennACE has consistently provided me with experiences that have helped me be a better and more thoughtful career professional.

 


Nick Praedin
Treasurer

Assistant Director, Co-Op & Experiential Education, Lehigh University

PennACE Member Since: 2012

Responsibilities in current Board role: Manage and oversee the organization’s financial accounts. Assist with budget planning and strategy. Collect dues and ensure payment of expenses.  Managing the finances and administering fiscal matters of the organization, provide annual budget to the board for members’ approval, and ensure development and board review of financial policies and procedures.

Additional PennACE Involvement:
Treasurer:  2015-2017
PennACE Annual Conference:   2013, 2014, 2015
Student Of The Year Committee 
Grants Committee
Professional Development Committee 

Favorite Part of Being Involved in PennACE: Being a part of PennACE has been such a rewarding experience for me.  Not only have I had the opportunity to meet new professionals in the field, but I have been able to strengthen and maintain current relationships with colleagues.  There is a tremendous amount of commitment to the industry and organization, as well as camaraderie and willingness to learn and share expertise, within PennACE.  It is great to be a part of such a fun organization.   Thank you for this opportunity!

Jenelle Henry
Secretary

Assistant Director, Academic and Career Planning, Kutztown University 

PennACE Member Since:  

Responsibilities in current Board role:   Record all  meeting minutes (Executive Board meeting, Annual Business Meeting) and distribute to Executive Board / Membership 

Additional PennACE Involvement: 

Favorite Part of Being Involved in PennACE: 
The opportunity to network with other colleagues and share ideas for the good of all students.

 

Lauren Watson
Membership Chair

Career Coach, Penn State University, Smeal College of Business 

PennACE Member Since: 2014

Responsibilities in current Board role: Maintain the membership database, send reminders to those whose memberships are due to expire each quarter, answer questions regarding membership and promote membership to colleagues and employers who are not current members.  Extend outreach to prospective members and organizations

Additional PennACE Involvement: 
Professional Development Committee:   2015-2016
Conference Presenter:  2014, 2015

Favorite Part of Being Involved in PennACE: I love being part of the higher education career and professional development field beyond my office.  It’s an excellent way to stay in touch with a truly fantastic group of colleagues and challenge ourselves to keep our day-to-day practice at a high level of quality.  PennACE also offers many opportunities for leadership and growth within a community of like-minded professionals who bring various institutional cultures and perspectives into conversations.

 


Krissie Doppelheuer 
Communication Chair

Assistant Director / Employer Relations,
California University of PA

PennACE Member Since: 2008

Responsibilities in current Board role: Manage the PennACE Website; E-list Administration; Conference Registration. Work closely with all Executive Board Members to ensure accurate information.   

Additional PennACE Involvement:
Communication Chair:  2015-2017
Communication Chair:  2013-2015
Employer Relations Committee:  2014-2015
Professional Development Chair:  2011-2013
Conference Site & Hospitality Committee:  2009, 2012
Conference Committee:  2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Favorite Part of Being Involved in PennACE: I love that we can share ideas, ask for advice, join committees while creating professional relationships and connecting with peers. I truly enjoy all aspects of PennACE!

 

 

Nichole Lefelhoc
Marketing & Public Relations Chair

Director, Mansfield University of PA

PennACE Member Since:  2008

Responsibilities in current Board role:  Coordinate all social media and public relations efforts for the organization. Explore and present to the board a marketing and public relations strategy, including social media, with regular review of and updates to the strategy. Work collaboratively with the Communication Chair and other executive board members to carry out the adopted social media and public relations strategy effectively.   Design and delivery of Messenger newsletter.

Additional Involvement in PennACE:  
Communication Chair:  2011-2014
Conference Site & Hospitality Committee:  2010

Favorite Part of Being Involved in PennACE:
 
I started my membership in PennACE as someone new to the field of college career services and have since found my membership and the Annual Conference to be invaluable. I value the strong connection that I’ve been able to develop with professionals throughout the state. It’s comforting knowing that there’s always a group of people that I can turn to with any question I may have. The organization is open to ideas and is truly there for its membership.

 

Heather Balas
Member-at-Large/Professional Development 

Director, Hiram College

PennACE Member Since:  2010

Responsibilities in current Board role: Coordinate opportunities for relevant and affordable professional development programs for the membership of PennACE. This could include programs featuring guest speakers, round-table discussions, webinars, etc. on career and job-search topics of interest to career professionals and employers.

Additional PennACE Involvement:  
President:  2015-2016 | Past President:  2016-2017
Conference Programming Committee:  2011
Co-Chair, Conference Programming Committee:  2012
Chair, Conference Programming Committee: 2013
Secretary:  2011-2013

Favorite Part of Being Involved in PennACE:  
The positive connections I have made with my colleagues across the state.

   

Shelley Maley
Member-at-Large/Grants

Internship Coordinator,
Lehigh Carbon Community College

PennACE Member Since:  2014

Responsibilities in current Board role:  Determine timeline and adjust grant guidelines as needed, Convene a committee of volunteers to review grant proposals, Collect and review proposals with committee,  Select grant recipients and level of funding, Notify grant recipients and work with Treasurer to distribute financial award,  Interact with Communication Chair to publicize and congratulate grant recipients through the website and newsletter.

Additional PennACE Involvement:

Favorite Part of Being Involved in PennACE:  
I find the webinars and annual conference very informative and the networking opportunities are invaluable.  As a new member to the board, I’m looking forward to the new relationships that will develop, both professionally and personally.

 

Diana Brush
Member-at-Large/Student of the Year

Associate Director/Employer Relations, School of Education Liaison,
Clarion University 

PennACE Member Since: 

Responsibilities in current Board role: Promote the annual PennACE Student of the Year Awards to membership and serve as a point of contact for both nominators and student-candidates.  Meet with a group of committee volunteers to evaluate and select winners for each of the four nomination categories. Once winners are selected, their information will be forwarded to membership and all nominees. All of our winners are invited to speak at the 2017 PennACE Conference.

Additional PennACE Involvement:
 

Favorite Part of Being Involved in PennACE: 

Susan Chappell
Member-at-Large/Government Relations

Employer Engagement Manager,
Penn State University

 

PennACE Member Since:  2012

Responsibilities in current Board role:  Create innovative ways to inform and engage PennACE membership around the legislative issues that impact our industry. 

Additional PennACE Involvement:
Employer Relations Committee:  2013-2015
PennACE Eastern Region Employer Reception Co-Chair:  2015

Favorite Part of Being Involved in PennACE: 
The opportunity to share best practices across our industry 

 





Leslie Somerset 
Member-at-Large/Employer Relations

Assistant Director of Career Development
Internship Program & Outreach,
Chatham University

PennACE Member Since:  

Responsibilities in current Board role:  Recruit and increase employer relations statewide to join PennACE. Host networking receptions and other employer related events.  

Additional PennACE Involvement: 

Favorite Part of Being Involved in PennACE: 

 


Nicole Feldhues
Past President 

Director, Duquesne University

PennACE Member Since: 2009

Responsibilities in current Board role: Review & establishes organizational goals, objectives, and focus with Executive Board; oversees committees and activities; maintains regular contact, establishes agendas and meets with Executive Board and general membership; determines issues that need a general membership vote; authors President’s message for organization newsletter; appoints chairpersons of standing and ad hoc committees.

Additional PennACE Involvement:
President: 2016-2017
Conference Chair: 2015-2016  
Professional Development Chair:  2013-2015
Conference Program Committee
Grants Committee

Favorite Part of Being Involved in PennACE: Through PennACE I have the opportunity to build a network of connections across the state that are important to my own success as a career services professional. I know I can count on my colleagues for ideas, support, and inspiration when needed!

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