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SEAHO 2018 Director of State Representatives
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Director of State Representatives Slate

The Director of State Representatives is elected for a two-year term and will work with all State Representatives. The Director of State Representatives shall perform duties and responsibilities as assigned by either the President or the Governing Council, shall serve on the SEAHO Budget Review Committee, and serves as the liaison between the Governing Council and the ten SEAHO State Representatives.

 

Kat Mortensen

Assistant Director | Coastal Carolina University

It is an honor to be considered as a candidate for the position of Director for State Reps. I am in my 6th year at Coastal Carolina University and my 10th year professionally. I currently serve as the Assistant Director for Main Campus within Residence Success. I have worked in the SEAHO region for 6 and ½ years. I started out at Savannah College of Art and Design as a Resident Director for a year before moving on to Western Illinois University for a few years where I was actively involved in GLACUHO before returning to the SEAHO region in July of 2012. Since arriving back in the SEAHO region, I have worked to be involved at the both the regional and state level by attending my first SEAHO conference at Atlanta, GA in the spring of 2013 and my first SCHOA conference in the fall of 2013. It was at SCHOA that I saw a need that I could fill in the South Carolina State Rep position. There was a serious lack of attendance at this SCHOA conference from schools beyond three institutions. I found out that it had been a problem for a few years. I was excited about the opportunity to join the Executive Board for SCHOA and serve SEAHO at the same time. Since the position was vacant, I started taking on responsibilities immediately until officially taking over at SEAHO 2014. I have worked to revitalize excitement in SCHOA by helping to bolster attendance at our annual conference. Within this boost, we are now seeing schools in attendance who have been vacant for years. I also worked with the SCHOA Executive Board to re-do the constitution and create additional positions for more state involvement. We have pushed to get involvement not only from the 4 larger public institutions but increase participation of the smaller public and private schools. In my four years, we have seen these institutions continue to increase as well as the involvement of the member on the SCHOA Executive Board.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as the SC State Rep but will relinquish that to our new SC State Rep at SEAHO 2018 for other to experience the role. I am looking to continue my involvement in SEAHO and the position of Director of State Reps makes logical sense. In my time, I have worked with the previous two directors on improvements and clarifications in the State Reps roles. I feel that my past experience in the State Rep role can be valuable in keeping the organization moving forward and continuing to make improvements. While my involvement has been short lived at this time, if given the opportunity to take on this new challenge, I will make every effort to make a positive difference for SEAHO. Additionally, I will work to serve all those in the region to the best of my ability and help to strengthen the relationships with the states. I will work to continue to help the states make progress and find out what works best for them. I will be an active and involved member of the SEAHO Executive Board and will help in any way I can to build on the strong organizational foundation that is already in place. Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

Kevin Hoult

Director of University Housing and Residence Life | Auburn University

First and foremost, I am humbled by this nomination and opportunity to serve as the Director of State Representatives. As a student affairs professional, one of my many goals is to develop our young professionals of today into leaders of tomorrow. I have consistently shared my experiences with hopes of being an educator, reference, mentor, or sounding board for any SEAHO friend I have the great pleasure of interacting with. I have found great value in the SEAHO experience. I am a strong advocate for attending and participating in the annual conference. I believe SEAHO is the best region for the housing professional. We have grown this region to be rich in traditions and a place where our professional friends gather annually. We learn and share our stories at SEAHO while searching for rejuvenation and inspiration to return home and find ways to better service our students.

My first SEAHO conference was 15 years ago. As a young professional, we traveled from UTK to LSU in a 12 passenger van. I still value that experience today. Each year I lead my team to SEAHO as I was led 15 years ago. With this approach, I see attending SEAHO as more than another professional development opportunity, but rather as a staff development adventure and a time to build a great rapport with my staff. While at SEAHO, I have sought opportunities to be a presenter, volunteer, program monitor, and participated in Pro/Am program. I have also been involved in Alabama Housing Officers (ALAHO) where I’ve served as President. During that time, we restructured our dues to fortify our financial status and connected with institutions that were not previously involved in ALAHO or SEAHO. These efforts increased our state’s overall participation.

If selected as Director of State Representatives, I hope to thrive as the liaison between the Governing Council and ten SEAHO State Representatives. This two year commitment serves offers an opportunity to bridge gaps amongst states and make SEAHO a stronger organization. I also view this position as another opportunity to extend my mentoring efforts with hopes of assisting each State Representative with their own professional development goals. In order to be successful in this position, communication must be top priority and I will take a creative approach to ensure we are effectively communicating and meeting all expectations. I view this position as more than a coordinator or facilitator, but rather as a leader of a team with goals of keeping each state well informed while ensuring everyone has an opportunity to tell their story.

If selected to serve as the Director of State Representatives it would be a great professional and personal honor. SEAHO has been an influential part of my overall professional development. I look forward to offering my services to SEAHO with hopes of working with each State Representative and the Governing Council to give back to an organization that has given me so much. I appreciate your consideration and support.

Respectfully,

Kevin Hoult, Ed.D.

 
 

Krista Boren

Director of Housing Operations | University of Florida

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It is with great honor to run for the Director of State Representatives position for 2018-2020. I was excited to learn of the opening of this position as an opportunity to serve SEAHO and the Governing Council in this increased way. I have been in the profession for over 15 years and SEAHO has been my professional home for most of that time. Over these years, I have volunteered, been part of conference host committees as well as have been the State Representative for Florida. These experiences have been invaluable. This position is the next step for me to continue to give back to SEAHO through mentoring and leading the new and current State Representatives. As a past State Representative, I am knowledgeable of the support and dedication needed by this position. The State Representatives’ are an integral role for their states and on the SEAHO Governing Council. It is important for them to have guidance and necessary information to successfully carry out their role. I look forward to continue the hard work that has been done by the past Directors of State Representatives and SEAHO Leadership, while looking for new opportunities for growth. If elected into this position, I would like to find ways to better connect the State Representatives to each other. Each state has fantastic initiatives and similar challenges throughout the year. I value the professional development and learning that takes place when connecting with colleagues. My goal would be to find valuable ways to connect this group regularly throughout the year through the use of technology. Lastly, I look forward to the opportunity to pay forward the mentorship I have received to the State Representatives.

Sincerely,

Krista Boren

 

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