Run for an Executive Committee Position

Executive Committee Members are elected by the Association on an annual basis to help provide overall leadership and direction to the Association. WACUHO members of all experience levels are encouraged to run and help lead our Association into the future.
The nomination and application process typically takes place in November of each year and candidate applications will typically be due in February of the following year.
 
Our next election will be at the annual business meeting at the annual conference, WACE, April 14 – 17, 2019, in Oakland, CA.
 
Below, please find the slate for the 2019-2020 Executive Committee Candidates!

President - Elect

Kafele Khalfani, Ed.D

  • Current Institution and Position: University of California, San Diego – Dean of Student Affairs, Warren College​​

  • WACUHO Experience: Member-at-Large, South – 2011- 2012; Co-Chair, Annual Conference Host Committee – 2009 – 2010; Chair, Time and Place Committee – 2009 – 2010; Newsletter Editor – 2007 – 2009; Member-at-Large, Central – 2006 – 2007; Chair, Central RAP – 2004 – 2005; Committee Member, Central RAP 2002 – 2004

 

Why are you interested in the above stated position? WACUHO has been my home for the last 18 years. What started as a professional development opportunity became a place where I would find colleagues who would become mentors and friends. The association has given so much to me and now is my time to give back. Servings as president-elect and president will allow me to continue to great work of my predecessors with issues ranging from ensuring that everyone feels welcome and engaged in the association to managing the fiscal health of the organization.  I am honored to be nominated and very excited to serve, if elected.

Vice President

Hailey Lopez

  • Current Institution and Position: University of California - Santa Cruz

  • WACUHO Experience: WACUHO Leadership - Northern Leadership Drive-In Committee (2 years), New Professionals Committee (2 years), Women of WACUHO Committee, Women of WACUHO Tri-Chair (2 years), and Mid-Level Professionals Co-Chair (1 year, current) WACUHO Awards - Volunteer of the Year 2016, New Professional Award 2016, Women of WACUHO Joan F. Mortell Scholarship 2019

  • Why are you interested in the above stated position? I have a strong understanding of the organization’s by-laws and operations because of my leadership roles. WACUHO is undergoing a lot of great change and our members are calling for more transparency. As Vice President or Secretary, I will work to expand literacy on by-laws for Committee Chairs so they are empowered create change without hesitation about “red-type.” I plan to assess how we use various communication platforms to increase participation in in our committees. Lastly, I want to reconvene the by-laws committee with the charge of collaboration with the Officer for Equity and Inclusion to address climate within the organization.  

Treasurer

Roger Becker

Rachel Stice

  • Current Institution and Position: Coordinator for Residential Education, UC Santa Cruz

  • WACUHO Experience: 2018-2019: Co-Chair, Northern Student Leadership Drive In Conference; 2018-2019: Women of WACUHO Committee Member; 2017-2018: WACUHO Member at Large, North; 2016-2017: WACUHO New Professionals Committee Member

  • Why are you interested in the above stated position? Through the utilization of my strengths in organization, effective communication, and passion for incorporating inclusive practices into our work, I want to focus on providing multiple opportunities for individuals to get involved in our various committees and projects. As Vice President, I want to be able to not only maintain an active committee member database, but 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 constituents through holding regular Zoom meetings to gather feedback and listen to concerns.

  • Current Institution and Position: University of California, Irvine and Residence Life Coordinator

  • WACUHO Experience: 2018-2019: Member at Large, South; 2013-2014: WACE Program Committee; 2013-2014: Southern RAP Co-Chair (2014); 2013 Western Training Institute (WTI) Attendee; 2012-2013: WACUHO Joan F. Mortell Western Training Institute Award Recipient; 2012-2013: Equity and Diversity Awareness Award Recipient; 2011-2013: Southern RAP Committee Member (2013); 2011-2013: Equity and Diversity Awareness Committee Member (2012, 2013); 2011-2013: New Professionals Committee Member (2011, 2012, 2013); 2011-2012: New Professionals ACUHO-I Annual Conference Award Recipient

Why are you interested in the above stated position? My first experience with WACUHO was Southern RAP 2008 at Cal State San Bernardino as a Resident Advisor. That SRAP helped fuel my motivation to enter into the field of Student Affairs and Residence Life. Since then, my involvement and commitment to WACUHO has continued to grow as a professional staff. WACUHO has provided me numerous opportunities to develop through committees, conferences and by currently serving as MAL South. As such, I have a strong desire to give back to WACUHO and constituents; it would be a privilege to continue on executive board as Treasurer.

Secretary

Andy Garate

Yoo Mi Choi

Hailey Lopez

  • Current Institution and Position: Assistant Director of Residential Engagement at California State University, Fullerton​

  • WACUHO Experience: I’ve been a part of various committee’s and have attended every WACE conferences since 2015 (my first year professionally). New Pros – 2016 & 2017; WACE Host - 2016; Nominations Committee – 2017; WACE Marketing and Registration – 2018; WACE Marketing and Registration Co-Chair - 2019

  • Why are you interested in the above stated position?  I would love to pay forward by the way of service to the organization that has created so many opportunities for me. WACUHO has been my professional home for the past couple of years. Since getting involved - I have made long-lasting connections, felt valued, and learned so much from my incredible regional colleagues. WACUHO is at the forefront of making change within our field and we are thriving. If elected as the WACUHO secretary, I would strive to keep our information detailed and organized but challenge in how we disseminate that to the larger WACUHO community.

  • Current Institution and Position: UC Irvine - Associate Director of Residence Life​

  • WACUHO Experience: Equity & Diversity Awareness Team Award 2012; Placement/Career Development Committee (member, chair) 2011-2013; WACE Presenter 2012, 2013, 2014; WACE Host Committee member 2013,2014,2015, 2016; Financial Advisory Committee 2017-2018; Nominations Committee 2015-2016, 2017-2018; Awards & Recognition Committee 2016-2017, 2018-2019; WACUHO Volunteer of the Year 2017

  • Why are you interested in the above stated position? Thank you for the honor to be considered for the Secretary position for WACUHO Exec.  WACUHO is my professional home where I have learned, gained perspective, and created wonderful connections with colleagues, friends, and chosen family.  I have been active and involved with WACUHO since 2011 where I have had the opportunity to contribute through committees and show care for the organization that means so much to me.   I hope to step up this year and show my dedication and commitment to WACUHO by using my talents alongside the team that will help WACUHO continue to grow and flourish.

  • Current Institution and Position: University of California - Santa Cruz​

  • WACUHO Experience: WACUHO Leadership - Northern Leadership Drive-In Committee (2 years), New Professionals Committee (2 years), Women of WACUHO Committee, Women of WACUHO Tri-Chair (2 years), and Mid-Level Professionals Co-Chair (1 year, current) WACUHO Awards - Volunteer of the Year 2016, New Professional Award 2016, Women of WACUHO Joan F. Mortell Scholarship 2019

  • Why are you interested in the above stated position? I have a strong understanding of the organization’s by-laws and operations because of my leadership roles. WACUHO is undergoing a lot of great change and our members are calling for more transparency. As Vice President or Secretary, I will work to expand literacy on by-laws for Committee Chairs so they are empowered create change without hesitation about “red-type.” I plan to assess how we use various communication platforms to increase participation in in our committees. Lastly, I want to reconvene the by-laws committee with the charge of collaboration with the Officer for Equity and Inclusion to address climate within the organization.  

Member at Large- North

Andrew Hua

Anthony Bernardo

Christopher Flores

  • Current Institution and Position: Resident Director at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • WACUHO Experience:  I have been involved with NASPA as a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community and the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program. Although, I do not have any professional involvement with WACUHO, I started my Student Affairs career as an ACUHO-I STARS College graduate and participated in initiatives that support my ACUHO-I Professional of Color community.

  • Why are you interested in the above stated position? I am interested in the Members-At-Large, North for the WACUHO Executive Board because I would like to serve the greater community of professionals in our Residential Life and Housing Operations functional area. If given the opportunity to serve the WACUHO Northern constituency, I will not only advocate for the needs of the professionals in the region to the WACUHO and ACUHO leadership, but also provide professional development opportunities and resources that enhance our professionals’ personal and professional experiences. I am dedicated to assisting professionals with navigating and thriving in this challenging but rewarding field.

  • Current Institution and Position: Area Coordinator at Santa Clara University

  • WACUHO Experience: I have served on the new professionals committee, the WACE Marketing and Registration Committee, and the Mid-Level Professionals Committee. You may have even seen a few logos I have created!

  • Why are you interested in the above stated position? In applying this experience to this position, I feel my skills in developing and maintaining a strong lasting community and the importance of engagement are crucial to my success as the Member at Large, North. We talk about engagement with regards to our students but increasing engagement within the organization is just as necessary for our success. Just as the silo effect can be detrimental in this field, the same is valid for WACUHO. As the MAL North, I would work to promote collaboration through relationship building, increasing communication with members and evaluate the current practices and ways to improve.

  • Current Institution and Position: UC Santa Cruz, Coordinator for Residential Education

  • WACUHO Experience: Northern Student Leadership Drive-In Co-Chair (Spring 2019 Drive-in); 2019 WACE Programs Committee Member

  • Why are you interested in the above stated position? WACUHO has been a welcoming home since I was introduced to it when I arrived at UC Santa Cruz. It has allowed me to grow as a professional through leadership opportunities in committees. My time as Co-Chair for the NSLDI In showed me that our organization is strong because of our dedicated members and volunteers that worked hard in our organization. Our members are the heart and soul of WACUHO and as MAL-North I will work to make sure that WACUHO supports them. I will create opportunities to reach out to members/committees to ensure that WACUHO meets their needs.

Member at Large- Central

Sally Behpoornia

  • Current Institution and Position: Residential College Coordinator at University of Southern California

  • WACUHO Experience: I had really incredible mentors and supervisors who encouraged me to look into getting involved with WACUHO, so I attended my first WACE in 2016 and signed up to get involved on committees. During the 2016-2018 years, I served as a member on the Central RAP and New Professionals committees. During the 2018-2019 year, I served as a co-chair of Central SLD and a member of Women of WACUHO. This was also an exciting year for USC because we had the opportunity to host both Central SLD and the Southern WoW Drive-In!

  • Why are you interested in the above stated position? I am interested in running for Member at Large, Central because I am looking to increase my involvement with WACUHO in a larger role. I have really enjoyed serving on committees, meeting several people on committees and during WACE conferences, and now I seek to get involved with the executive board to learn more about the organization and contribute however I can, whether it be my time, thoughts, or ideas. I also look forward to working with the rest of the executive board in fulfilling the vision, direction, and goals of the Association.

Member at Large- South

Vianey Ramirez

  • Current Institution and Position: Residence Hall Coordinator at San Diego State University

  • WACUHO Experience: Central Student Leadership Drive-In​ 2017, Committee Member; Women of WACUHO 2018, Committee Member; ​WACE Marketing and Registration, Committee Member 2018, 2019

  • Why are you interested in the above stated position? I am interested in the Member At Large position for the Southern Region because it is a different way for me to get involved in the organization. I have been a part of various committees in the past and I am looking to challenge myself and expand my horizons. This position is essential to connecting campuses to the organization and I hope to have the opportunity to work with a variety of people to make WACUHO a professional organization that people at different levels find valuable.

Running for Executive Committee Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are you interested in running for an executive committee position? Not sure about it means to be on Exec?  Here are a few frequently asked questions to help navigate you through the process…. 
What is the time commitment to be on the executive committee?
It generally depends on the position. However, at the very least you will need to attend no less than five in-person (5) executive committee meetings.  These meetings include (but are not limited to): The summer transition meeting when you first take office, a fall meeting, a winter meeting, a meeting prior the day prior to WACE and the annual transition meeting in June.  Additionally, you are expected to attend WACE and participate in the annual business meeting at WACE.  Finally, depending on your position you may also attend committee meetings for those you liaise with as well as conferences (e.g. RAP).    Outside of meetings, your position will require additional work to complete the work assigned to the position, prepare for meetings, host conference calls, or attend conferences; the extent varies by position with the President and Treasurer requiring more time investment. If you are interested in finding out more about a current position, contact a member of the executive committee or the nominations chair. 
  • 1 Year Commitment Positions: Vice President, Secretary, Members at Large.
  • 2 Year Commitment:  Treasurer; Marketing/Communications Coordinator; Assistant Technology Coordinator (Year 1 is Assistant, Year 2 is Tech Coordinator); President-Elect (Year 1 is elect, year 2 serves as Association President).
Who can be on the Executive Committee?
The Executive Committee is open to those working as a Housing Officer at WACUHO Member campuses. A Housing Officer is defined by WACUHO as “any person on the staff or faculty of an institution or organization whose duties relate to the administration, facilities, fiscal/service management, educational, programming, and/or food service activities within college/university housing regardless of their particular title.”
 
Click here to learn more about each executive role as outlined in the organizational by-laws.
Does my institution have to be a WACUHO member for me to be apart of the Executive Committee?
Yes.  Annual membership for institutions is July 1-June 30 each year.  You may log into your WACUHO individual profile to determine if your institution is a member of WACUHO, or look here on the website:  
What are the costs associated with being on the Executive Committee?
WACUHO understands the commitment involved with being on the executive committee and the volunteer nature of the positions.  To that end, WACUHO covers travel expenses to all executive committee meetings (except the WACE meeting) as well as assists with a per diem of up to $150 per day to assist with accommodations and food while at said meetings.  The individual (or in many cases their host institution) is responsible for all WACE expenses including travel, registration, accommodations and meals or costs not covered by WACUHO.  Members are also responsible for travel to committee meetings for which they liaise.  Further details may be found in the WACUHO Leadership Manual.
What is the WACUHO Leadership Manual?
The Leadership Manual is a book of policy and procedure for WACUHO.  It spells out (in great deal) various operating policies and practices for a number of items such as funding awards, creating budgets, committee responsibilities and more.  It is the “go to” book for answers to many questions within the association. This document is referenced at every meeting, so it is important to keep up to date with the policies and procedures.   The Leadership Manual also includes a copy of the WACUHO By-Laws that govern how the association functions.
When I am on the Executive Committee, how does voting work?
Each elected position (with the exception of President who votes to break a tie) votes on a variety of topics and issues that help to shape and influence the association.  Although appointed members do not vote, they may contribute actively to discussion at Executive Committee meetings.  General items the EC may vote on include leadership manual changes, WACE events, and approval of appointed positions.  Outside of that, Executive committee votes are generally to support the recommendation of bylaw changes or the annual operating budget, which must be approved by the Association membership at WACE.
Still have questions?
Members of the current Executive Committee or Nominations Committee are happy to answer your questions.  Feel free to contact the nominations committee at nominations@wacuho.org
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