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Student Affairs and Academic Support

Professional Development Team

The Professional Development Program is coordinated by a team of employees from offices and departments across Student Affairs and Academic Support. Together, they are responsible for developing programs that meet the needs of staff at every career level and for producing events for audiences of 10 to 400.

PD Team members represent all units of the division and come from a variety of positions, knowledge areas and experiences. They typically serve two-year appointments.

Katherine Hilson, Co-chair

Title: Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions

Patrick Flynn, Co-chair

Title: Student Ticketing Manager and Interim Director of Communications and Marketing, Student Life

Daniel Aleksiejczyk

Title: Coordinator of Early Alerts and Initiatives, Student Success Center

Melody Boland

Title: Administrative Coordinator, Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support

Dan Colascione

Title: Assistant Director of Residence Life, University Housing

Jason Halterman

Title: Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator, Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention and Prevention

Lauren Haynes

Title: Leadership Coach, Student Life

Austin LaForest

Title: Assistant Director for the Student Care and Outreach Team, Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

Jessie McNevin

Title: Assistant Principal, Capstone Scholars Program

Chad May

Title: Living and Learning Community Operations, University Housing

Matiah Pough

Title: Assessment Coordinator, Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support

Josh Schuman

Title: Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Life

Christina Sergi

Title: Human Resources Coordinator, Student Health Services

Steven Wallace

Student Personnel Association Representative
Title: Graduate Assistant, New Student Orientation

Employees are eligible to serve on the PD Team if they:

  • are employed by the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support
  • have served at least one year in their current role.

Successful members of the PD Team possess the following:

  • excellent organization skills
  • the ability to carry out multiple tasks at once
  • good communication and people skills
  • a creative approach to problem-solving
  • strong attention to detail
  • the ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

Members of the PD Team enjoy:

  • opportunities to develop and enhance skills
  • increased connection with campus resources
  • opportunities for professional growth and progress toward career goals
  • increased sense of belonging.


Apply for the Team

Applications to join the PD Team for the 2021-22 year are due April 12. New members must attend the PD retreat in July.

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