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SEAHO 2019 Director of Committees Slate
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Director of Committees Slate

As noted in the SEAHO Constitution, the Director of Committees is elected for a two-year term and will work with those committees, which are not overseen by another member of the Executive Board. The Director of Committees shall perform duties and responsibilities as assigned by either the President or the Governing Council. Shall serve on the SEAHO Budget Review Committee. 

 

Maylen Aldana , PhD

Director of Residential Life | University of Lafayette

Greetings SEAHO and Executive Board,

Please accept this statement as my application for consideration for the Director of Committees position in SEAHO. I have been in the field for 26 years, including my time as a Resident Advisor. In my tenure, I have held every position available in our field, from a night desk worker to my current position as the Director of Residential Life at the University of Lafayette.  During my time as a dedicated Housing and Residence Life professional, I have never lost the passion for the work that we do, appreciation for its importance, and the reward of success we receive from our work. Our role as professionals is to keep the heartbeat of our universities active while driving the pulse of engagement, development, and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and stakeholders.

I consider my candidacy for Director of Committees for SEAHO as an opportunity to continuemy contribution the growth of our SEAHO association. I am a professional who is true to her word, and I pride myself in my strong work ethics.  My work is guided by a passion for strategic and creative thinking in an effort to stay ahead of our students’ needs and serve them in timely and innovative ways. My regional and national experiences as a faculty member for RELI, STARS, and NHTI have given me the opportunity to interact with professionals from all over the nation, which has only enhanced my professional toolkit. I plan to share my knowledge and best practices if chosen as Director of Committees for SEAHO.  The work that committee members contribute to our members’ experience is not easy. I believe that I can help guide each committee chair by providing support, development, and knowledge for the growth and success of each committee. SEAHO always reminds me of where I started in my field. If given the opportunity to serve as the Director of Committees, I will not only remember where I started, I will utilize my branches and even stronger professional roots to provide the support that the committees will need to keep us growing towards a stronger, committed association.
    
I hope to receive your support, and hope you enjoy your conference experience. I firmly believe that like me, you will find your home at SEAHO. Thank you for your consideration of my application.  Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have questions or need more information regarding my candidacy. Thank you!

 

Megan Becker, EdD

Associate Director of Residential Life | Virginia Commonwealth University

It is with great excitement and honor to be nominated for the SEAHO Director of Committees.Through my involvement in housing associations over the past 12 years, I have had the pleasure of serving on state, regional and national levels. I had been very active in the GLACUHO region since graduate school and wanted to stay involved professionally when arriving to Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. As a transplant to SEAHO, I was a bit nervous to start my professional involvement over in a new region. My concerns were immediately alleviated when I attended my first SEAHO conference in 2014, where I was welcomed with open arms into the SEAHO family. I have worked very hard ever since to serve SEAHO over the years and hope I have done so successfully.

My commitment and previous service to SEAHO includes being a member of a number of committees and taskforces, judging the case study competition, serving as a program moderator, volunteering, and regularly presenting at annual conferences. Every opportunity to give back to SEAHO and other associations has not only allowed me to help this organization but has also helped me become a better professional. Additionally, the full scope of my housing association experience is listed below:

  • SEAHO Awards Committee, Member, 2018-Present
  • SEAHO Website Review Taskforce, Member, 2018-Present
  • ACUHO-I Program Committee, Member, 2017-Present
  • SEAHO Conference Hosting Manual Task Force, Member, 2017-2018
  • SEAHO Conference Host Committee, Program Chair, 2017
  • SEAHO Program Committee, Member, 2014-2017
  • ACUHO-I Professional Standards Institute, 2016
  • National Housing Training Institute (NHTI), 2012
  • GLACUHO Campus Safety & Crisis Management Committee Member, 2011-2012
  • GLACUHO Professional Development Institute (PDI), 2011
  • GLACUHO Health & Wellness Committee Member, 2010-2011
  • GLACUHO Awards & Recognition Committee Member, 2008-2009

As the housing profession evolves, I believe there is no better time for me to serve SEAHO. I believe this position has an integral role in advancing the role of SEAHO committee membership to help the organization achieve its’ strategic goals. I value the prospect of building a team with the 2019-2021 committee chairs to espouse the SEAHO values, while strengthening relationships with colleagues to increase involvement from the region throughout the next couple of years. As the Director of Committees, I would specifically like to work toward the following goals:

  • Serve as liaison between committee membership and SEAHO Executive Board
  • Collaborate with committee chairs to evaluate committee structure for potential improvement
  • Develop a standardized structure for virtual committee meetings to ensure all committee work is equitable and accessible for all SEAHO members
  • Create a new committee membership process to engage and retain membership from all career levels
  • Provide professional development opportunities through committee participation to further develop the membership
  • Utilize committee chair feedback to align committee objectives with SEAHO values and goals in the new SEAHO strategic plan

SEAHO has become my professional home over the past six years. I have a great love for the SEAHO family that welcomed me with open arms. I treasure the relationships built, the knowledge shared, and the collaboration that comes from serving residential programs best. I am truly humbled to be a candidate for the Director of Committees position and thank you for your consideration. 

 

Jeannie Hopper

Associate Director for Residential Learning | University of Mississippi

I am incredibly honored to be nominated for the Director of Committees Executive Board position with SEAHO. My first SEAHO experience took place at the annual conference in Asheville, North Carolina back in 2006. As a first year professional, I remember being in awe of the size and scope of SEAHO and vowed to become an active member of the organization in my own way. I have served on several different committees and volunteered in numerous roles over the years, but I found my SEAHO home with our little publication, the SEAHO Report. As a writer, I found it to be a great outlet for my own voice, and I joined the editorial team shortly after. 2019 marked my 10-year anniversary working with the SEAHO Report, and I am currently serving in my second term as Editor. I have treasured the opportunity to assist others with their publication goals and show people that everyone has a valid story to tell.

That commitment to helping other people achieve their professional development goals is what I hope to continue if elected as the Director of Committees. As a Committee Chair and member of the Governing Council for 4 years now, I have seen what it takes to be successful in this role, and I am excited to take on the challenge. The SEAHO committee structure is fundamental to the success of the organization both during and outside of the annual conference, and having a director who can wrangle the details and keep committees focused and productive throughout the year is integral. The previous people in this position have done a great job growing the committees into vibrant and thriving entities, and I am excited to continue that work. I hope to assist the committee chairs to stay organized, keep the membership at large aware of the great work they do, and implement new innovative ideas. I will:

  • Continue monthly conference calls with chairs to share ideas and accountability
  • Increase marketing for committee events and initiatives
  • Make the online presence of the committees more robust and up-to-date on the SEAHO website to keep general membership better informed of committee progress

Since my first SEAHO in 2006, I have served on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Career Support Services Committee, and volunteered with the Program Committee. I am a RELI faculty member, a 7-time SEAHO program presenter, currently serve as Chair of Guidebook/Newsletters for the 2021 Host Committee, and chair of the SEAHO Report Committee. It would be a distinct privilege to parlay my years of experience and knowledge serving on SEAHO committees into being the next Director of Committees. Thank you!

 

 

 

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