Below are the candidates for the 2018 MCPA elections. In order to vote, you must be an MCPA member. Additional information about becoming an MCPA member can be found here. If you are an MCPA member, you will receive an email from the ACPA office with directions on how to vote. Questions about the election can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher Ambrose I began my Student Affairs journey as an attendee at the Fall Maryland College Personnel Association (MCPA) Conference as a sophomore at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, MD. It was that conference, that experience, that opportunity that was my Student Affairs "aha" moment. From that point forward, I have continued to be committed not only to the Student Affairs profession, but to the state of Maryland as well. I graduated from Stevenson at the top of my class earning a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. At Stevenson, I was a student leader in Admissions, Orientation, Residence Life, SGA, and my academic department. To stay close to home, but to also step outside of my comfort zone, I committed to James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, VA for graduate school where I obtained a Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration in May 2017. At JMU, my graduate experiences included Residence Life, Student Conduct, and Admissions while staying committed to MCPA by attending and presenting at the annual fall conference both years of graduate school. Additionally, I completed a NODA internship at the University of Delaware the summer prior to my second year at JMU. When it came time for my first professional job search, I knew I wanted to come back to Maryland as well as work in a setting that allowed me to pursue my passions in residential curriculum, working with LGBTQ+ student populations/issues, first-generation students, assessment, and first-year experience, which brought me to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in June 2017, as a Residence Director. Immediately after starting my professional career at JHU, I became more involved with MCPA and was appointed Treasurer of the Association in summer 2017. My involvement with MCPA as an undergraduate student, graduate student, and now as a professional has been a tremendous honor and experience. MCPA is an association I have been and will remain committed to throughout my Student Affairs career and is one I hope to serve and lead as President-Elect!
Members at Large
Jennifer Ramsdell Jennifer Ramsdell (she/her) is completing her first year as the Assistant Director of Transitions at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she works with the Orientation program and the First Year Experience. Born and raised in New Jersey, she graduated from Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University in 2014, and continued on to earn her Masters degree in Student Development in Higher Education from the University of Maine in 2016. From there, she moved to the greater Washington, DC area and spent a year interning at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in the Campus Initiatives Department. In her time at AAUW, Jenn sat on the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) steering committee.While working in Washington, DC, Jenn presented at the annual DCCPA regional conference and attended several social events; she attended her first MCPA Fall Conference in 2017, and loved the experience. As a new professional in Student Affairs, becoming a Member at Large on the MCPA board would allow Jenn the opportunity to become more involved in a professional organization, allowing her to connect with others, learn more about the region, and contribute to its growth and success.
Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a multi-media strategist and professional creative who has built an expansive interdisciplinary career as a professional in higher education, media, student development and the arts. Her work is far-reaching. She began her professional work in higher education working in student affairs. Past positions have included serving as the Assistant Director of Residence Life and Housing, Academic Development and the Coordinator for the Center of Academic Success and Achievement (CASA) at Morgan State University. More recently, for more than five years, she has served as teaching faculty, working at colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), Prince George's Community College (PGCC) and Morgan State University (MSU). As an educator and speaker she has shared her expertise in digital media, communication studies, gender equity, African-American issues, college first-year experience and the arts. She has also worked as a facilitator with notable brands such as BlogHer, Ignite DC, DC Commission on the Arts, Capital Fringe, the National Urban League's Haysbert Entrepreneurial Center and more. In 2015 she created the brands The Creative Midwife™ and BirthYourCreativity.com to formalize her consultant and coaching work with professional and emerging literary and performance artists, presenting engaging workshops at colleges and universities across the country. As faculty advisor for student publications at Prince George's Community College (PGCC), she received an Impact Grant Award in 2015 from PGCC to produce the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Media Arts and Communication Conference (#MACMACCon) which she produces through her organization Student Media Online (formerly College Media Arts and Communication Association.) The inaugural conference attracted over 100 students in 2015 at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD. Khadijah holds an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (African-American Studies & Mass Media) from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Towson University. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Morgan State University in Community College Leadership. While completing her studies at Morgan she serves as a graduate assistant in the School of Education and Urban Studies. She also serves as a founding member of the editorial board for the Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress (JUMP).
Bella Gullia Bella Gullia is the Assistant Director of Student Engagement at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Originally from Ohio, she recently joined the MICA community after finishing her Masters at the University of Denver, where she worked in the Career Services office and designed unique programs to engage students in their personal and professional development. Many of these programs are still in place today on DU's campus. In Student Activities, Bella oversees MICA’s Student Organizations, Program Managers, and the Student Space Gallery program. She also advises the Student Life Council of the Student Voice Association. Bella has experience working with small to mid-sized organizations where she has planned, organized, and implemented various events that have ranged from coordinating students and staff for industry events to large, institutional programs, such as involvement and career fairs. She is known for her willingness to jump into any challenge and knack for creative problem-solving. When Bella is not working, you can find her singing in a community choir, perfecting her back squat, or in her hammock with a good book! To learn more about Bella’s professional and academic experience, please visit her LinkedIn pagehere.
Jacqui Rogers My name is Jacqui Rogers and I am running for the Member at Large position on the Maryland College Personnel Association Executive Board. Following graduation, I served as an Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA with Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, then as an MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA with St. Mary's College of Maryland in Southern Maryland, working on poverty fighting initiatives within higher education. After serving two-terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA, I entered residence life as an Area Coordinator at Wesley College, before moving back into Maryland. Currently, I am a Resident Director at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland, where I am also working on my Master's of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution. I have previously earned certifications in volunteer management, social media, and resource development. I also serve as the Awards Coordinator for the ACPA Graduate Students and New Professionals Community of Practice. Throughout my career, I have presented at several conferences, including the MCPA 2016 Support Staff Conference, the MCPA 2017 Fall Conference, and the upcoming MCPA 2018 Support Staff Conference. As well, I have volunteered with program and awards review for the MCPA 2017 Fall Conference. If elected, I hope bring a fresh and motivated perspective to the Maryland College Personnel Association Executive Board as the Member at Large. As well, I will be able to provide insights regarding higher education throughout Maryland, particularly the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland. I also hope to develop initiatives to recruit more graduate students and new professionals throughout Maryland to become involved in MCPA.
B. Cheree Copeland Terrell Hello! I am a Residence Life Coordinator at Towson University with a M.S.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. I have a passion for helping young adults transition into collegiate life through an impactful residential experience. I'm committed to student success and development through engaging, intentional experiences that are transformative. I strongly believe that diversity and social justice should be integrated in every aspect of Higher Education and I model that in the work I do with colleagues and students. MBTI: ESFP Strengths: Harmony | Significance| Responsibility| Relator| Self-Assurance True Colors: Orange | Gold
Tracy Fleming My name is Tracy Fleming and I work at McDaniel College in Westminster. I am currently the full-time secretary for Economics and Business Administration and Communication and Cinema as well as on call personnel for the Campus Police Unit. I have been at McDaniel for 8 years and I view myself as a person who jumps in to help in any area when necessary. I am also a Notary, Microsoft Office Specialist and graduate from the Building Bridges program, which promotes camaraderie and cooperation among local Maryland Colleges. I serve on the Staff Advisory Board at McDaniel and was recognized as the staff recipient of McDaniel’s Phenomenal Woman of the Year for 2017. I am very honored to have been nominated as member at large to MCPA. I am excited to bring energy, ideas and teamwork to the members of MCPA.