CANDIDATES FOR 2022-2023
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

President - Elect

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Samuel N. Jones (he/him/his)

California State University, Sacramento

Executive Director University Housing Services

 

Professional Experience

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SACRAMENTO

Executive Director                              2021 to Present

Interim Executive Director                 2020 to 2021

Director of Housing Operations and Conference Services                 2015 to 2020

Interim Director for Centers for Diversity and Inclusion                    2016 to 2017

Interim Coordinator for Student Conduct                  2015 to 2016

Senior Associate Director, Housing Operations        2014 to 2015

Senior Associate Director, Housing and Residential Life                   2011 to 2014

 

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

Associate Director for Resident Services        2008 to 2011

Assistant Director for Resident Services        2006 to 2008

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES

Collection Manager, Housing Services           2004 to 2006

Resident Director, Office of Residential Life  2000 to 2004

 

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Area Coordinator, Housing and Residential Life        1999 to 2000

Hall Director/Conduct Hearing Officer, Housing and Residential Life           1996 to 1999

SOUTHWESTERN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY HOUSING OFFICIALS

            Member, R.A. Conference Host Committee               1998   

            Member, Annual Host Conference Co-Chair, Registration                1996 to 1997

 

WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY

Hall Director, Student Services           1993 to 1996

WACUHO Experience

Co-Chair, Corporate Relations & Exhibits                   2019 to Present

Co-Chair, Exhibits                    2018 to 2019

ACUHO-I Foundation Board Representative (WACUHO)                   2018 to 2020

Tri-Chair, Annual Conference held on the campus of Sacramento State                  2016 to 2017

Member, Corporate Relations                        2013 to 2017

Member, Exhibits and Awards                        2011 to 2017

Member, Annual Host Conference – Host Committee                      2010 to 2011

 

Why are you running for this position?

It would be an honor to serve as President-Elect for WACUHO, a community I have been dedicated to for 12 years. I intend to use this opportunity to give back to the members and the association that has contributed to both my personal and professional growth. As, President-Elect, my time will be spent learning from others and developing the necessary skills and experience in preparation to assume the role as President in 2024. My hope is to continue to cultivate the innovative work we do to advance our mission and vision while expanding our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Vice-President (1-Year Commitment)

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Savanah Headstone (She, Her, Hers)

University of California, Santa Cruz

Coordinator for Residential Education

 

Professional Experience

Coordinator of Residential Education at UC Santa Cruz for 2016 - Present

Interim Assistant Director for Residential Education at UC Santa Cruz 2021

Acting Associate Director, College Student Life at UC Santa Cruz  2018

Community Director at Arizona State University 2013 - 2015

 

WACUHO Experience

Member at Large - North, 2021-2022

WACE Programs Member 2022

Student Leader Zoom-In Tri-Chair, 2020-2021

Northern Student Leadership Drive-In Committee Member, 2019-2020

 

Why are you running for this position?

WACUHO has helped my professional development tremendously, and as Vice President I want to be able to give back to an association that has helped me grow. I want to focus encouraging individuals getting involved through our committees and working with our executive committee in creating an open and safe space for all. Additionally, I look forward to working hand in hand with the Bylaws committee in ensuring that our bylaws are in line with the mission and vision of WACUHO as well as continuously working towards inclusivity.

Officer for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (2-Year Commitment)

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Kohya Lu (He/Him)

CSU San Marcos

Associate Director of Operations and Conferences

 

Professional Experience

Associate Director of Operations and Conferences (CSU San Marcos)

Director of Residential Education (University of Connecticut)

Associate Director of Living-Learning (University of Massachusetts Lowell)

Assistant Director (Florida Gulf Coast University)

Residence Life Coordinator (Rutgers University)

Resident Director (Binghamton University)

 

I have over 12 years of experience working in Housing and Residence Life and have been a part of committees and leadership positions in state, regional, and national organizations as well as advising student organizations and leading conference planning teams.  In addition to my current role as Chair for the EDI Committee in WACUHO I also serve as  Co-Chair for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force within Capstone On-Campus Management (COCM), a P3 entity. 

 

WACUHO Experience

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee Chair (2021-Present Academic Year)

 

Why are you running for this position?

Hello WACUHO!

 

I am interested in being the Officer for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion because I am passionate about DEI advocacy and education and am excited to further the foundation that has been established by my predecessors in the role.  The organization strives to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all of its members, and I am looking forward to setting goals and creating a framework that will help move the Executive Committee into the next phase of leadership while providing support to our marginalized identity-based committees.  I sincerely appreciate your time and consideration of my candidacy!

Secretary (1-Year Commitment)

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Jennifer Ortiz (she/her/hers)

California State University, Fullerton

Senior Community Coordinator

 

Professional Experience

I have worked at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) for the last 4 years. I currently serve as a Senior Community Coordinator in Housing & Residential Engagement at CSUF. Currently, I supervise Resident Advisors, advise our Resident Hall Association & National Residence Hall Honorary, and lead student staff recruitment and selection.

 

WACUHO Experience

I served on the Southern Student Leadership Drive In Committee in 2019-2020 and the Student Leadership Zoom In Committee in 2020-2021. For this past year, 2021-2022, I have served on the WACE Programs planning committee and am looking forward to attending WACE 2022!

 

Why are you running for this position?

I’m interested in serving as the Secretary for the WACUHO 2022-2023 Executive Committee as I would like to be more involved in the region. For the last 3 years, I have had the opportunity to get more involved within WACUHO. This has allowed me to build on my teamwork abilities and expand my network. I believe my strengths of communication and organization will help me be successful in this position. I will ensure that the work of the Executive Committee is documented to maintain transparency and records. I’m looking forward to a new challenge and continuing my time in WACUHO

Member-at-Large, North

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Willie Lee (He, him, his)

CSU, Monterey Bay

Associate Director of Operations and Finance

 

Professional Experience

Director of Residence Life, Interim Director of Residence Life, Assistant Director of Residential Education, Saint Peter’s University, September 2017 – September 2021;

Area Coordinator, Nova Southeastern University, December 2013 – August 2017;

Housing Assignments & Operations Coordinator, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, May 2013 – December 2013;

Assistant Area Coordinator, Nova Southeastern University, July 2011 – May 2013;

Area Coordinator/Coordinator for Multicultural & Int’l Student Services, Muskingum University, August 2008 – July 2011

 

WACUHO Experience

I relocated to California from the East Coast in September 2021 and have been a WACUHO member since joining Student Housing and Residential Life at CSU, Monterey Bay.

 

Why are you running for this position?

I am excited for an opportunity to get involved in a professional organization, which is focused on personal and professional growth through meaningful connections and strengthening professional competencies amongst housing professionals in higher education. I see value in each individual member and value in the organization as a whole as it is the individual members who make up WACUHO. After working in higher education, professionally, for over 13 years, I have begun focusing on giving back to the field of housing in higher education. This position would afford me an opportunity to contribute to our field in a meaningful way with professionals outside of my institution and on a larger scale.

Member-at-Large, North

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Lake Luther (She/Her)

Cal Poly Humboldt

Residence Life Coordinator

 

Professional Experience

- Residence Life Coordinator at Cal Poly Humboldt (Present)

- Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Director at Northern Arizona University (July 2019-June 2021)

- Title IX Intern (July 2020-June 2021)

 

WACUHO Experience

- Committee Chair for Cal Poly NSLDi chapter (Present)

 

Why are you running for this position?

Supporting and engaging students in living communities designed for learning is critical for personal growth, retention, and increased graduation rates. Ultimately, I aim to create a supportive space for students and work on reducing inequity. I believe that transparency, care, and trust are immensely important to creating a community that works together. WACUHO has the same values and goals that match mine that would work well in complementing one another. Being on the WACUHO Executive Committee would allow me to learn from other colleagues and work together in creating opportunities to best serve our students

Member-at-Large, South

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Jason Souriolle (He/Him/His)

University of La Verne

Residence Life Coordinator

 

Professional Experience

Community Coordinator at California State University, Fullerton (1/19 - 6/19 & 1/20 - 6/20)

Residential College Coordinator at the University of Southern California (2/21 - 11/21)

Residence Life Coordinator at the University of La Verne (11/21 - Present)

 

WACUHO Experience

Attended Virtual WACE 2021

 

Why are you running for this position?

My name is Jason Souriolle, and I am interested in being your next Member-at-Large, South. I hope to use this position to connect professionals, thus allowing them to share knowledge and resources that will lead to the application of best practices at our home institutions. The pandemic has altered the landscape of our work and the way students view and utilize our services. I hope to help us come together as one to think of creative and new ways to provide services that allow our students to get the most out of their experience.