Annual Conference Committee


The Annual Conference Committee plans and implements the annual conference. It oversees and supports the Program Subcommittee.


The committee has no expressed or implied governing power or authority. As an Association committee, the committee reports to the executive director.


  • The executive director shall appoint the chair and members of the committee. The executive director will follow the volunteer recruitment process to select a chair.
  • The committee may include non-director persons whose experience may assist the committee in the performance of its duties. The committee chair will follow the volunteer recruitment process and recommend members to the executive director for appointment.

2023 Annual Conference Committee members

  • Glenn Donaldson, chair
  • Nikki Massaro Kauffman, vice chair
  • Sara Clark, executive director
  • Christine Boehler, sponsorship lead
  • Mike Henderson, AV and livestream lead
  • Sarah Ryder, catering coordinator
  • Jeff Sechler, video lead
  • Jason Woodward, eval/proposal/wifi support

Attendee relations team

  • Tom Wojciechowski, attendee relations lead
  • Colleen Brennan-Barry, events coordinator
  • Christy Cousino, online engagement coordinator
  • Meaghan Milliorn Fikes, volunteer and premiums coordinator
  • Danielle Sewell, registration coordinator

Marketing and communications team

  • Joseph DiDomizio, marcom lead
  • Natalie Brown Allen, content coordinator
  • Janice Cheng-McConnell, local recruitment coordinator
  • Simon Labonne, photo coordinator
  • Caryn Sobieski-VanDelinder, designer
  • Zoe Kaminski, social media contractor

Safety, diversity and accessibility team

  • Brenden Sparks, safety, diversity and accessibility lead
  • Terry Watson, accessibility coordinator

Platform team

  • Rachell Underhill, platform lead
  • Erin Jorgensen, platform program liaison

Program Subcommittee

  • Andy Shearouse, chair
  • Michelle Tarby, vice chair
  • Dan Demmons, track chair/room host
  • Stephen Fornal, track chair/room host
  • Paul Gilzow, track chair/room host
  • Karen Hackett, track chair/room host
  • Jim Kittle, track chair/room host
  • Dan Laird, track chair/room host
  • Sydney Jones-Wright, track chair/room host
  • Lori Packer, track chair/room host
  • Brian Piper, community groups
  • Aaron Rester, track chair/room host
  • Eric Sembrat, track chair/room host
  • Maddy Snyder, online track chair/room host
  • Jeff Stevens, track chair/room host
  • Kristin Stevens, online track chair/room host
  • Reagan Stone, online track chair/room host
  • Doug Tschopp, track chair/room host
  • John Wagner, track chair/room host
  • Isaac Williams, track chair/room host


  • Recommends annual goals to the executive director for approval.
  • Manages the budget of the annual conference.
  • Creates and implements logistical plan for annual conference.
  • Evaluates and selects social event locations.
  • Partners with venues and vendors on conference needs, in coordination with the executive director.
  • Selects keynote(s) for annual conference.
  • Provides superior professional development.
  • Develops and maintains conference website content and code.
  • Manages registration and supports attendees.
  • Solicits and supports sponsors in coordination with the Sponsorship Committee.
  • Promotes and markets the event in coordination with the Marketing and Communications Committee.
  • Coordinates AV needs, including editing recordings for membership community.
  • Coordinates with Safety, Diversity and Inclusion Committee to ensure that the event, presenters and materials are inclusive and representative of the higher education community.
  • Submits an assessment after each event to the Educational Events Committee.

Program Subcommittee responsibilities

  • Coordinates and promotes call for proposals.
  • Reviews and selects proposals for each track with a goal of providing a balanced program in terms of topic areas covered and further increasing diversity (new vs veteran presenters, underrepresented groups, etc.)
  • Promotes presenters and the program as a whole (writing Link articles to describe and promote each track, participating in discussions and sharing conference content on social media, etc.).
  • Mentors presenters on what will be needed at the conference to help make them as successful as possible.
  • Staffs tracks at annual conference, including introducing speakers, assisting with AV as needed, assisting with audience Q&A, and ensuring sessions begin and end on time.
  • Ensures evaluations are submitted by session attendees.
  • Advises prospective presenters to other volunteer opportunities with the Association (i.e., writing for Link Journal, serving on a committee).


  • Meets no fewer than 10 times per year, at the call of the chair of the committee/subcommittee.
  • Maintains minutes of all meetings.
  • Manages email inboxes for the events.
  • Reviews this charter annually and recommends changes to the executive director.
  • Follows Association policies and procedures.
  • Establishes and maintains documentation about committee roles and procedures, including how this committee collaborates with others.
  • Communicates and collaborates with other committees and Association staff to accomplish Association goals.
  • Provides monthly updates to the executive director through the committee chair.
  • Works within the overall events model.