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NACUBO Selects Business Officers for First-Annual Emerging Leaders Program


(Washington, DC) – The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) is pleased to announce the participants of its new Emerging Leaders Program.

From a large group of applicants, 73 high-potential business officers were selected for the yearlong program. Together, they will work to enhance their personal leadership skills, examine the impact of the business office and cross-campus relationships, and gain a better understanding of the present state and future of higher education.  

Applicants were asked to demonstrate a commitment to furthering their careers in higher education finance and strong potential for advancement. The new program reflects NACUBO’s organizational priority to strengthen and diversify the chief business officer pipeline and is generously supported by TIAA.

“We are thrilled to add the Emerging Leaders Program to NACUBO’s suite of professional development offerings for promising business officers,” said Susan Whealler Johnston, NACUBO president and CEO. “We strongly encouraged candidates from under-represented groups in higher education leadership to apply, and this explicit focus on diversity comes at just the right time for the business office, as new perspectives are needed to help the entire sector continue to evolve.”

Participants represent 58 institutions and 27 states. Some of these business officers hold roles in academic or auxiliary business units, in addition to officers in central administrative roles.

NACUBO is pleased to welcome the following business officers to the 2021-22 Emerging Leaders Program:

  • Lara Alpert, University of Washington, director, finance & administration, School of Nursing
  • Benjamin C. Baer, University of Virginia, director of finance, School of Engineering
  • Erika Bagnoli, State University of New York at Buffalo, unit business officer, Graduate School of Education
  • Alyson Finley Baxter, University of Alabama, assistant vice president, finance and operations shared administrative services
  • Vanchon Brooks, University of Maryland Baltimore County, associate director, student business services
  • Christine Cabassi, University of Miami, senior finance manager, Business School
  • Catherine Carlson, Loyola University Chicago, director, finance and business operations, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jennifer Caruso, Monroe Community College, associate director, student accounts
  • Danilo Castillo, Florida International University, director of finance & administration, College of Law
  • Stacy Cataldo, Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration, manager, treasury & financial analysis
  • Kayla Christiansen, University of Texas at Tyler, manager, student accounts & collections
  • Bill Click, University of Virginia, director of finance, housing and residence life
  • Danielle Clouden, Texas A&M University-Central Texas, assistant director, financial management services
  • Rusty Lee Crawford, University of Missouri, Columbia, executive administrative dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Michael Crocker, Spartanburg Methodist College, controller
  • Melvin Felder, South Carolina State University, budget analyst
  • Adrienne Dixon Frank, Auburn University, assistant director of finance, Harbert College of Business
  • Octavio Fuentes, University of Arizona, assistant dean, finance & administration, university libraries
  • Bismarck Garcia, Southern California Institute of Architecture, accounting manager
  • J. Christopher Gray, Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College, manager, business services
  • Angela M. Hall, University of Maryland Baltimore, director, parking and transportation services
  • Michelle Gipson Hancock, Auburn University, assistant controller
  • Elaine T. Holliday, Shenandoah University, senior accountant
  • Carrie Holt, Washtenaw Community College, financial reporting, systems & accounting manager
  • Jasmine D. Hudson, Portland State University, assistant manager, student financial services
  • Matthew Kennedy, University of Arizona, manager, analysis and decision support
  • Matthew Kitzmiller, Northeast State Community College, director of budgeting and purchasing
  • Tracie R. Lemmon, University of California, Santa Cruz, senior financial analyst, dining services
  • Nickzel Lezama, Arizona Western College, financial aid accountant
  • Jessica Li, Texas A&M University , manager, business services, utilities and energy services
  • Carlos S. Lobato, New Mexico State University, IT compliance officer
  • Toya Mack, Spelman College, staff accountant
  • Amanda Malone, Auburn University, director, provost budget services
  • Jody L. Maroney, SUNY College at Cortland, executive director of finance
  • Karen Mayberry McFarlin, University of Illinois, associate director of projects & operations, university administration
  • Alexander McCafferty, Santa Clara University, university budget director
  • Bob Miller, University of Texas at San Antonio, director, budgets, division of strategic enrollment
  • Chiradeep Mukherjee, University of Maryland Baltimore , director, financial systems
  • Durriya S. Niaz, Northwestern University in Qatar, assistant director, accounting & reporting
  • Chastidy Nichols, Kansas State University, assistant budget fiscal officer, Carl R. Ice College of Engineering
  • Jordan Nixon, University of Maryland Baltimore, bursar
  • Michael Palmer, University of Maryland Baltimore County, assistant dean of finance & administration, College of Engineering & Information Technology
  • Jonallie Parra, University of the Pacific, assistant director, budget & risk management
  • Andrea H. Patrick, University of Texas at Arlington, data analyst
  • Jennifer Lynn Pesany, State University of New York at Buffalo, assistant vice president, financial management
  • Paula Ramirez, University of Colorado System Office, assistant director of business services
  • Wanda Knox Ray, Spelman College, financial reporting senior accountant
  • Christina Lee Reddoor, Idaho State University, unit business officer, College of Business, Idaho Museum of Natural History, Graduate School, and Eli M. Oboler Library
  • Kenwyn H. Richards, University of Idaho, administrative & fiscal director, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • Shandra Robertson, University of Houston – Downtown, college business administrator, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Alison Rodriguez, University of California, Riverside, business operations manager, Graduate School of Education
  • Lacey J. Rohe, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, director of accounting & finance
  • Jacqueline J. Russell, Southern Utah University, business manager, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Anne K. Santos, Rice University, human resources administrator, executive assistant to the dean, Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
  • Joseph Shroyer, University of Illinois, associate director, customer service, university, bursar, university administration
  • Simon Morgan Snyder, Auburn University, director, finance & administration, College of Sciences and Mathematics
  • Sara Spicer, University of Michigan, technical accounting director
  • Bobby Srivastava, The Ohio State University, assistant dean for research, College of Engineering
  • Jeff Stulgis, Cornell University, accounting manager
  • Latonia Thompson, Clark Atlanta University, student account manager
  • Justo Torres, North Carolina State University, director, contracts and grants
  • Brian Christopher Townsend, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, business manager, UNLV real estate
  • David Valadez, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, director, university budget & fiscal planning
  • Griselda Vazquez, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, business administrator II
  • Katherine Walker, University of Virginia, executive director of financial planning & analysis
  • Kelly Walker, Eastern Kentucky University, senior auditor
  • Michelle Ward, University of Maryland Baltimore, director, sponsored projects accounting and compliance
  • Denise Watkins, Hood College, director of accounting
  • Blake Watson, University of Virginia, director of finance, facilities management
  • Jill Wisch, Saint Xavier University, assistant controller
  • Amanda Withers, Sam Houston State University, controller
  • Xiaowen Xu, University of Arizona, assistant dean, finance & administration, College of Nursing
  • Tracie Young, Morehouse College, senior financial analyst

Founded in 1962, the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) is a nonprofit professional organization representing chief administrative and financial officers at more than 1,700 colleges and universities across the country. NACUBO’s mission is to advance the economic vitality, business practices, and support of higher education institutions in pursuit of their missions. For more information, visit


Katy McCreary

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