WACUHO NOMINATIONS:

Elections for  the 2020-2021 Executive Committee will be done through an online vote.

As a reminder, each member institution is allowed one vote so an email has been sent to the Senior Housing Offices to gather the name and email of the voting member.

 

Voting begins on Friday, May 8th and closes May 15th.

 

If there are no runoff elections, we expect to announce the new Executive Committee in mid-may
 

CANDIDATES FOR 2020-2021

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

President Elect

LAURA DORFMAN

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Current Institution and Position:

UC Irvine, Acting Director, Verano Place, Graduate, and Family Housing

Professional Experience

  • Acting Director, Graduate and Family Housing, University of California, Irvine (9/2018- present)

  • Analyst, Graduate and Family Housing, University of California, Irvine (7/2017 – 9/2018)

  • Director, Office of Residential Life and Student Conduct, Marymount California University (9/12 – 6/17)

  • Interim Associate Director, Residence Life, University Housing, California State Polytechnic Univ. (1/09 – 6/09 & 3/10 – 6/10)

  • Coordinator, Residential Education and Leadership, University Housing, California State Polytechnic University (7/06 - 9/12)

  • Co-Coordinator Rose Float, Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers, California State Polytechnic Univ. (7/11 – 5/12)

  • Coordinator, First Year Experience, Office of Residence Life, Chapman University (7/01 – 7/05)

  • Resident Director, Office of Residence Life, Chapman University (7/00 – 7/06)

 

WACUHO Experience

  • Finance Advisory Committee: 2019, 2013

  • Chair, Time and Place Committee/ member: 2018, present

  • Host Co-Chair, Annual Conference and Exposition: 2015 - 2016

  • Executive Board Vice-President: 2014 - 2015

  • Co-Chair, Annual Conference and Exposition: 2011 - 2012

  • Executive Board Newsletter Editor: 2009 - 2011

  • Chair, Pacific Management Institute: 2008 - 2009

  • Chair, Western Training Institute:  2005 – 2006

  • Southern RAP, New Professionals, Time and Place, Programs, Host: Before :)

 

Why are you interested in the above stated position? 

I am interested in serving as the President-Elect for WACUHO because I am proud of the association and would like to serve the membership. WACUHO helped me to find my professional home. During this uncertain and difficult time, I bring optimism, the value of connection and passion to help the association move forward. I would like to help the association continue to implement the strategic plan, explore new and innovative programming modalities and empower individuals to serve in leadership roles and help all of our members find their home, in WACUHO.

Vice President

Chris Flores

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Current Institution and Position:

Coordinator for Residential Education at UC Santa Cruz

 

Professional Experience:

Coordinator of Residential Education at UC Santa Cruz for the past 3 years, prior to that 2.5 years at New Mexico State University

 

WACUHO Experience:

 Current Member at Large North, Northern Student Leadership Drive-in Co-chair 2018-2019, WACE Programs committee member 2019

Why are you interested in the above stated position?

WACUHO has helped me terms of professional development these past few years and continues to be a place a call my professional home. I want WACUHO to feel like a professional home for our members across the region. I want to focus on providing multiple opportunities for individuals to get involved in our various committees and projects. As Vice President, I will work to strengthen further involvement in our various committees, but also engage with institutions in our region to express the professional benefits WACUHO could provide for them. As an elected representative for WACUHO, I also want to be more connected to our members through holding regular Zoom meetings to gather feedback and listen to concerns. I also want to provide space outside committees and conferences for our members to engage with each other.

Secretary

Beth Little

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Current Institution and Position:

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB)

Assistant Director of Residential Life for Care and Support

 

Professional Experience:

Program Coordinator, Union Programs, University of Kansas (KU), 2014-2015

Complex Director, Residential Life, Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU), 2015-2017

Community Director, Student Housing and Residential Life, CSUMB, 2017-2020

Assistant Director of Residential Life for Care and Support, CSUMB, 2020-Present

 

WACUHO Experience:

Task Force on Equity and Inclusion Chair, 2019-2020

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Co-Chair, 2018-2019

Equity and Diversity Awareness (EDA) Committee Member, 2017-2018

Northern Student Leadership Drive-In (NSLD) Committee Member, 2017-2018

Why are you interested in the above stated position?

WACUHO has provided me a professional home I did not know I needed until I became an active participant. It would be my honor to continue onward in my volunteer journey with WACUHO as the Secretary for the upcoming term. This position would allow me to continue serving an organization that has given so much to me while also ensuring clarity and knowledge for those to come. My ultimate hope for WACUHO is that we can continue to move our region forward in equitable ways with transparency, togetherness, and kindness. Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy!

Member at Large -North

Raul Mendoza

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Current Institution and Position:

UC Davis, Assistant Director

 

Professional Experience:

I have been working in Student Affairs specifically in Student Housing since I graduated with my Master in 2015. Both my graduate and my professional experience really shaped my passion for what I do, it show me the purpose and change that I want to have in our students. I have work as a Resident Director and currently as an Assistant Director an even though the position are different the purpose is the same which is the thing that I love most about being in the Student Affairs Field.

 

WACUHO Experience:

 I have been part of WACUHO since 2015, this organization has provided me great opportunities to develop both personally and professionally. I have been part of the NRAP/NSLDI committee for three years, I have been a member of the WACUHO Professionals of color, new professionals, host committee, programming committee and EDI committee and lastly I have serve as a co-chair for New Professionals and Currently serving as the co-chair for EDI.

Why are you interested in the above stated position?

Member at Large -North Response -

Something that really marked my experience when I was an RA was NRAP in 2008, now that I work with both student and student staff I really cherish their experience and my hope is to create opportunities that truly impact who they are as individual and the experience we can offer them. For me serving and engaging in the field I am currently part of is my way of giving back to the organization that provided me with growth and experience but is also the way I keep my student affairs passion flourishing.

Officer for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Response -

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are areas that we all as professionals but also as human must always have present as tools that can really support us in shaping an experience that could be supportive, welcoming and memorable for all. I am interested in this position as I truly believed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are key concepts that we must always keep in mind in the work we do. Currently serving as the EDI co-chair, has help me appreciate the importance of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and that we must always be intentional when it comes to this.

Officer for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Officer for Equity, Diversity and Inclustion

Member at Large - North

Member at Large -North

Joshelyn Ramirez

Pronouns: She/Hers/Ella

Current Institution and Position:

Community Director at California State University, Monterey Bay

 

Professional Experience:

Community Director at CSUMB, Residence Director and Area Coordinator at University of Vermont, Graduate Hall Coordinator at Occidental College

 

WACUHO Experience:

Member of Women of WACUHO committee, Task Force for Equity and Inclusion, and Chair for Northern Student Leadership Drive-in

Why are you interested in the above stated position?

Recently, I chaired the Northern Student Leadership Drive-In committee and we faced our share of difficult obstacles. Yet, through the meaningful support and guidance from this year’s MAL North, Chris Flores, we were not only able to reach our goal, but our group truly came out as stronger professionals. This fostered my desire to pass this forward and thus, my interest in the MAL North position grew. Through this position I want to meaningfully connect with others, so they may feel a strong sense of belonging and we may unify our diverse strengths and interests for the betterment of WACUHO.

Member at Large -Central

Baylee Garland

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Current Institution and Position:

Residential College Coordinator, University of Southern California

 

Professional Experience:

Assistant Community Director, California State University, Northridge: April 2018- November 2010.

Residential College Coordinator, University of Southern California November 2019- Present.

I have also been involved in Residential Education/ Residential Life as a Resident Advisor and a student manager since 2014.

WACUHO Experience:

Central Student Leader Drive-in, Committee Member: 2018.

Central Student Leader Drive-in, Co-Chair: June 2019- Present

Why are you interested in the above stated position?

I am interested in the MAL- Central Position because I would love to continue to gain more leadership experience within our field. Additionally, as both a student and a professional, I have always looked forward to CSLD; in the MAL- Central position I will have the opportunity to liaise with the committee for this incredible conference and work with the executive board to integrate a variety of new topics and sessions to better serve the vastly different institutions in our region. Lastly, I am extrovert by nature and always enjoy meeting new people and taking on new challenges!

Member at Large -South 

Abdel Amador

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Current Institution and Position:

San Diego State University, Residence Hall Coordinator

 

Professional Experience:

I’ve served as a Residence Hall Coordinator at SDSU for this academic year.

Prior to this position, I was a Residence Life Coordinator at Humboldt State

University. Throughout my professional career, I have served in various

committees regarding topics such as diversity, inclusion and social justice. I have

presented at various conferences and summits and have served as part of Staff

Council at my previous institution as well.

 

WACUHO Experience:

This year would have been my third year attending WACE. Every year, I try to step up and share my knowledge and skills in different ways. I have presented and been part of committees; I have been part of New Professionals committee board and WACUHO Network for Professionals of Color board. This year, I served as the Co-chair for the latter.

Why are you interested in the above stated position?

As an undergraduate student, I attended Central RAP. It was a great experience

that I still cherish today. I am interested in the Member at Large position, as I am

aware that a big part of this role is being a liaison for the SLDI. Also, this is a very

exciting time to be part of the executive team, as I know a lot of changes are

coming not only to the SLDIs, but to WACUHO as a whole and I’d love to be part

of that change. My skills and knowledge could be an asset to the team.