Executive Council

President: D’Najah Pendergrass

D’Najah Pendergrass Thomas (She/Her) is a practitioner whose work is centered around organizational behavior with a focus on recruitment, professional development, and career advancement. Committed to helping organizations and communities bring about transformational change in these areas, she currently serves as director of The Placement Exchange (TPE) – a partnership of ACUHO-I and NASPA, in collaboration with NACA, NODA, ASCA, and AFA. In this role D’Najah works closely with a planning committee of professionals from across the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs to drive equitable and inclusive practice and innovation to deliver transformative networking communities, knowledge resources, job search, and recruiting experiences that cultivate and sustain a diverse and robust workforce in higher education.

President-Elect: Curtis CJ Jackson (NC State)

Curtis “CJ” Jackson Jr (He/Him) is a servant leader who believes greatness and leadership are rooted in an individual’s willingness to be of service to others. CJ has served as an Assistant Director for Residence Life at North Carolina State University since January of 2015. Prior to NC State, he served as a Community Director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Community Director and completed his graduate studies at Ball State University where he served as an Assistant Residence Hall Director. He is known and been recognized locally and regionally for his contributions to the Housing organizations he has been a part of as well as his contribution to mentoring young professionals in the field. CJ has devoted a majority of his career to researching and identifying best practices to address the issues that impact the recruitment and retention of Black Males in higher education. His work architecting Black Male Initiative living learning program at NC State has attracted attention of practitioners from peer institutions. Away from the office CJ is devoted to his family and cherishes his role as a father to his two beautiful and intelligent daughters. In his free time, CJ participates in competitive contact flag football where he has earned three (3) World Championships.

As a member of the NCHO Executive Board, CJ looks forward to serving the organization that played a major role in the foundation he established while supporting our member institutions in achieving the mission and vision for their departments and institutions.

Past President: Aliana Harrison (Duke University)
Business Manager: Stephanie Rewitzer (UNC Charlotte)

Stephanie Rewitzer is the current Business Manager for NCHO and serves as an Assistant Director of Residence Life at UNC Charlotte. She previously served as an Assistant Director and Resident Director at Georgia Southern University before coming to the beautiful state of North Carolina. Outside of work, she enjoys watching reality tv or spending time outside soaking up the sun with her dog, Fitz.

Member-at-Large: Joey Gemuenden (Wake Forest University)

Joey Gemuenden is a Community Director at Wake Forest University. He received his Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Mercer University and his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Kennesaw State University. Prior to his role at Wake Forest, Joey served as a Coordinator for Residence Education at the University of Arkansas. Outside of work Joey spends his time with his dog Edie and cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals!

Senior Housing Officer Representative: Ramona Richmond (UNC School of the Arts)

New Professional Representative: Victoria Jackson (William Peace University)

Tori Jackson, Area Coordinator for First Year Communities at William Peace University, serves as the New Professional Representative for NCHO. She received her Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in December 2018. Prior to her role at William Peace, Tori served as an Area Coordinator at her alma mater, UA Little Rock.

Tori joined NCHO as the New Professional Representative because she is passionate about helping others get acclimated to their new roles in HigherEd and build strong relationships from the start of their career.

Annual Conference Co-Chair: Vacant
Professional Development Committee Chair: Erin Schneller (Wake Forest University)

Erin Schneller is a Community Director at Wake Forest University. Prior to Wake, she worked at the College of Coastal Georgia as a Residence Hall Director. She first fell in love with NCHO while working as a Graduate Hall Director at Winston Salem State University so she is excited to take on this opportunity with the NCHO Exec Board. Outside of work, Erin loves to spend time with her son Carson, her husband Austin, and their two dogs.

Professional Development Committee Chair-select:  Vacant
NCARH Liaison: Gene Washington (Wake Forest University)

Gene Washington is a current Community Director at Wake Forest University. Prior to coming to North Carolina, he served as an Interim Resident Director at West Chester University (PA) and Resident Director at Rowan University (NJ). He has a passion for student leadership and is excited to work with the Association of Residence Halls for the Carolinas. Outside of work, Gene enjoys visiting family and friends in New Jersey.

Technology Coordinator: Nick Gawlik (UNC School of the Arts)

Nick Gawlik is the current Technology Coordinator for NCHO and serves as the Director for Student Conduct & Community Standards at the University 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.

SEAHO Representative: Tyler Placeres (Elon University)

Tyler Placeres currently serves North Carolina as the North Carolina SEAHO Representative and as a Residence Education Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to being at Charlotte, Tyler served at both Elon University in Elon, North Carolina and 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 continued to support the NCHO board after his term as New Professional Representative ended by being elected as the SEAHO Representative. Tyler is excited to be serving on the SEAHO Governing Board advocating for the needs of North Carolina and the constituents in the state.

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.

HBCU Representative: Whitney Caldwell (NC A&T State University)
Assessment Coordinator: Aneshia Jerralds (Elon University)

Aneshia Jerralds currently serves as the Associate Director of Residence Life for Housing Operations and Facilities. In this role, Aneshia oversees the housing operations of Residence Life and serves as a liaison between Facilities and Residence Life. Furthermore, Aneshia will oversee the apartment communities(Oaks, Park Place, Station at Mill Point, Crest) and Loy Neighborhood. Aneshia is passionate about finding purpose in the process and working with college students to identify that purpose!

Prior to Elon, Aneshia received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of West Florida. Then, she pursued a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs at the University of South Florida. After her graduate work, Aneshia began her professional journey in Housing and Residence Life as a Residence Coordinator at Duke University. Her primary role was working with the 1st year community assisting in contributing to a positive transitional experience into college and through the 1st year. After serving as a Residence Coordinator, Aneshia was appointed as the Assistant Dean for Residence Life at Duke University overseeing the apartment and upperclass communities. Currently, Aneshia is pursuing a doctor of education at the University of Georgia in Student Affairs Leadership.

In her spare time, Aneshia enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and watching UFC.

Communications Coordinator: Jenny Sperry (Appalachian State University)

Jenny is our Communications Coordinator for NCHO. She currently serves as the Coordinator for Student Leadership at Appalachian State University. Prior to AppState, Jenny was a Community Director at Mississippi State University and completed her M.Ed from the University of West Florida.

Jenny’s goal in the role is to ensure information is being shared with purpose and that NCHO members have ways to stay connected all year around through social media and reintroducing the Signpost newsletter.

Graduate Student Representative: Gabriel Foust (Western Carolina University)
Small College & University Representative: Donovan Smith (Guilford College)