President: Shelley Wald (UNC Greensboro)
Shelley C. Wald, is originally from Richmond, Virginia, joined the NCHO executive council in October of 2016. Prior to being President, Shelley was President-Elect and Member-at-Large. She has her Bachelor’s degree from Longwood University in Virginia and Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She has most recently worked as an Assistant Director at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Director at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She has also been an Area Coordinator at the University of Richmond and a Residence Life Coordinator at Texas Tech University. Her passion areas include: student leadership, men’s issues, LGBTQ students, and first-generation students. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, reading, and watching college sports.
In her role as President, Shelley works to oversee executive council activities and events. She is currently working to bring more visibility to NCHO, complete a review of key association documents, as well as chart a course for financial stability and growth. Shelley decided to become involved in NCHO to meet more professionals in the state as well as grow her skills and abilities. Some of Shelley’s goals for the year include creating a 5 and 10 year plan for NCHO as well as planning for future annual conferences.
President-Elect: Aliana Harrison (Elon University)
Aliana currently serves as the Associate Director of Residence Life for Residential Education and Community Development at Elon University. Originally from New York City, Aliana calls North Carolina her professional home as she received her Bachelor’s degree from Elon University and Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. Since then she has worked within housing and residence life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Virginia Tech. She is passionate about assessment, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, supervision, and the integration of academic and student life experiences.
NCHO has been Aliana’s professional home since her days in graduate school when she worked with her cohort members to plan NCHO’s first Graduate Professional Summit and served on the professional development committee prior to moving to Virginia in 2014. In her role as NCHO President-Elect, she is excited to connect with campuses across the state to continue to see how NCHO can support the needs of diverse institution types along with highlighting the amazing work that is happening across the state. Some of her goals connect to increasing NCHO’s visibility and exploring how all professional levels find meaning through their NCHO experiences. Aliana values the role professional associations like NCHO play in highlighting best practices and connecting colleagues across the state who are making North Carolina their home.
Past President: Ramona S. Richmond (UNC School of the Arts)
Ramona S. Richmond is the Sr. Associate Director of Residence Life at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In this position, she assist the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs with supervision, direction and management for the department which housing approximately 800 high school and college students in eight residence halls and two apartment complexes.
Ramona is proud to serve the state of North Carolina as a member of the NCHO Executive Council. She has been active for almost 18 years in state, regional and national professional organizations for Student Affairs Administrators. Ramona has served as co-chair of the NCHO 2016 annual conference, President-Elect of NCHO(2016-2017), President of NCHO (2017-2018). She has also served on numerous other committees with SEAHO and ACHUO-I.
Ramona has always lived in the central part of the state. She attended Shaw University where she obtained a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Public Administration. She received both of those degrees while simultaneously pursuing a career in Higher Education working at UNC School of the Arts. In her spare time, Ramona enjoys reading, spending time with family and genealogy research. Interesting fact, Ramona is an extreme couponer!
Business Manager: Adam Nichols (UNC Charlotte)
Hey NCHO! My name is Adam and I have the pleasure of serving as your Business Manager. Basically, that means I oversee NCHO’s budget and keep minutes from all our exec council meetings. I work at UNC-Charlotte (Go Niners!) as the Assistant Director for Residence Education – Conduct. In this role I supervise 4 of our full-time Residence Education Coordinators (RECs) and provide support to all of our RECs for all things student conduct and care and concern. I’m also an avid runner, foodie, and craft beer enthusiast who loves spending time with my 3.5 year old Pit/Boxer mix Desmond.
I moved to NC in 2015 and was introduced to NCHO as the co-chair of the 2016 NCHO Annual Conference. I’ve been on exec council as Business Manager ever since! I love being able to work with our new exec council members and continue to support (and fund…) all the amazing initiatives, socials, and conferences we plan for you. My goals are to establish greater measures of fiscal accountability and transparency and ensure we’re keeping NCHO financially healthy!
Member-at-Large: Aracelis Figueroa (East Carolina University)
Hello NCHO! My name is Aracelis Figueroa and I serve as your Member at Large. Currently I work at East Carolina University as a Residence Hall Coordinator. I received my master’s degree in Higher Education from UW-Whitewater and my bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Chicago. As the Member at Large, I have the privilege of working with institutions across the state to host the RA Drive-In for our lovely student staff members. Additionally, I am here to assist any of the members or other executive board members with any projects they might be working on. I decided to get involved with NCHO because I love growing as a professional and I wanted to feel more connected to our great state. Some goals I have for this position include: (1) Continue to market the RA Drive-In experience for both host institutions and participants, (2) Welcome New Professionals to our state and connect them to NCHO as quickly as possible, (3) Work to increase participation across the state through assisting other e-board members in their initiatives and programs. I look forward to serving you all during my term!
SEAHO Representative: DeAndre Howard (Mars Hill University)
As the Associate Dean of Students & Director of Housing and Residence Life, I provide supervision and support to the Housing and Residence Life program (two Assistant Directors) here at Mars Hill University. I also provide oversight for the University’s Student Conduct Processes and Student Conduct Board. Additionally, I work with Student Involvement (Greek Life, Outdoor Recreation, Intramurals, Fitness, Campus Orgs) and provide guidance and direction to the Director of Student Involvement. Lastly, I serve as the chapter advisor to the Mars Hill University Chapter, the Mu Tau of Kappa Alpha Psi and I teach adjunct courses for the Criminal Justice program and in the General Studies department. I had the opportunity to serve as an RA in college and fell in love with Student Affairs. My time in student affairs has been filled with lots of caring for our students, advocating for their needs and collaborating will my peers to ensure student success. My long term goal is to become a Chief Student Affairs Officer/Vice President of Student Affairs.
I am involved with North Carolina Housing Officers (NCHO); Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO); Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I); National Association Student Personnel Administration (NASPA); Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated
Fun facts about me: I am a professional peach cobbler connoisseur; I am the only child; I am a first generation college student.
Currently I am the NCHO Representative to the SEAHO Governing Council. I decided to get involved with NCHO because I wanted to make an difference by serving as a liaison between our state organization and SEAHO
My goals are to keep NCHO updated in regard to what’s going on in the region, get more participation in SEAHO events from the state level, and represent the voice of NCHO on the governing council.
Communications Coordinator: Vacant
Graduate Student Representative: Janay Crosland (UNC Greensboro)
Janay Crosland is a native of Saint Matthews, South Carolina and she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and minored in Education from Clemson University. Janay is a second year master’s student in the Student Affairs Administration Program at UNC Greensboro. She currently serves an Assistant Coordinator for Residence Life at UNC Greensboro. She is actively involved on campus and in the community through serving as a First Year Experience Instructor, Vice President of the Black Graduate Student Association, a member of the Beta Iota Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha and a volunteer at the Greensboro Glenwood Community Center. Her passion areas include access and equity, student support services and non-traditional college students.
Janay has the pleasure of being the NCHO graduate representative for the 2018-2019 term.Janay became involved in NCHO, because of the strong commitment and passion of the UNC Greensboro HRL department to be actively involved within the state and the desire to keep the legacy going. In addition, she was inspired by the opportunity to serve as a liaison and advocate for the needs and concerns of the graduate students of this great state. Lastly, she saw it as a great opportunity to be mentored and supported by entry level, mid level and upper level professionals from a variety of institutions with wide ranging expertise.
Her platform and goals are centered on student engagement, student recognition and professional development. In an effort to connect graduate students across the state, she hosted monthly graduate social events and used social media outlets . During the Graduate Professional Appreciation Week she recognized the outstanding leadership and accomplishments of graduate students within their assistantships.
Janay is currently working on creating an updated database of all the Higher Education programs in North Carolina and foster virtual networking. Also, she is working on providing professional development opportunities that are tailored to the interest of first and second year graduate students.
Small College & University Representative: Vacant
Annual Conference Chairs: D’Najah Pendergrass (Wake Forest University)
Professional Development Committee Chair: Darron Jenkins (UNC Greensboro)
Darron A. Jenkins serves as the Professional Development Chair for NCHO. He started his professional career at UNC Greensboro in housing and residence life as a Coordinator for Residence Life in July 2016. Darron is from Hattiesburg, MS. He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, where he received a B.S.B.A. in Human Resource Management. During his time at Southern Miss, Darron discovered his passion for student leadership. As a result, he received his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University in 2016. While at LSU, he served as the Graduate Assistant of Leadership for the Department of Residential Life, advising LSU’s Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary. Darron has served and chaired multiple departmental, divisional, and university committees at UNCG. He is excited to serve and grow NCHO. In his free time, Darron enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying local restaurants, traveling, listening to music, and enjoying life to the fullest.
Professional Development Committee Chair-select: Theresa McKire (UNC at Chapel Hill)
Therésa McKire serves as the Professional Development Chair select for NCHO and is currently a Community Director at UNC Chapel Hill. TK comes from the beautiful Sunshine State of Florida where she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University and her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University.
TK’s interest in working in Student Affairs and specifically residence life stemmed from becoming immensely involved as an undergraduate student and acquiring personal relationships and mentorships with the professionals at her undergraduate institution. She had the magnificent opportunity to experience firsthand the impact that a professional such as the assistant dean of students or director of housing can make on the life of a college student and decided to become one of those professionals.
TK and joined the NCHO board to create supportive environments for professionals to develop and engage with their peers. She believes each person was born with the ability to change someone’s life and therefore works tirelessly to support other professionals to be the change at their institutions and engulf themselves in their work. In her free time, TK enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, traveling, and enjoying the best life has to offer.
NCARH Liaison: Ileana Garcia (NC State University)
Technology Coordinator: Nick Gawlik (UNC School of the Arts)
Nick Gawlik is the current Technology Coordinator for NCHO and serves as the Assistant Director for Occupancy Management & Hanes Student Commons at the Unviersity of North Carolina School of the Arts. Prior to his move to North Carolina, Nick oversaw first-year area programs at Dean College in Massachusetts and completed his M.A. at Boston College where he was also involved with student conduct, residence life, and summer programs.
Nick became involved in NCHO to serve his new home state and get acclimated professionally in the SEAHO region. Nick’s goals include re-vamping the website, improving the listserv, and enhancing the resources available to NCHO members through the vast network that we have to offer.
New Professional Representative: Tyler Placeres (Elon University)
Tyler Placeres currently serves North Carolina as the New Professional Representative and as a Community Director at Elon University. I oversee the largest community at Elon University with the Danieley Center Neighborhood being home to over 700 first and second year residents living within 16 different buildings. Prior to coming to Elon, Tyler served as a Resident Director at Northeastern University in Boston.
Tyler has completed his undergraduate degree in Communications Rhetoric at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. Tyler also holds a M.Ed. in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in College Student Affairs from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia.
Tyler joined the NCHO board due to his love for helping New Professionals better author their own lives within the ever changing Higher Education field. Tyler’s goals are to host a summer webinar, write an article each year focused on New Professionals and their needs, and host at least one social meetup.
Tyler is an advocate for progressive policies within institutions that benefit the all generations of higher education professionals with specific interest of New Professionals. His advocacy work comes into fruition through dialogues at conferences and at his campus along with presenting on how progressive policies can improve campus cultures. In his free time, Tyler is a writer for a blog for Liverpool Football Club based in Liverpool, England and enjoys exploring new areas in North Carolina.