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67 Business Officers Selected for NACUBO Emerging Leaders Program


(Washington, DC) –The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) is pleased to announce the 2022-23 cohort of the Emerging Leaders Program, a professional development opportunity for promising mid-level managers.

From a large group of applicants, 67 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. 

“The Emerging Leaders Program advances NACUBO’s commitment to strengthening the leadership capabilities of business officers and their teams,” said Randy Roberson, vice president of leadership development at NACUBO. “We look forward to working with these exceptional business officers as they prepare to take on greater responsibilities at their institutions.”

NACUBO is pleased to welcome the following business officers to the 2022-23 Emerging Leaders Program, representing 55 institutions and 32 states:

  • Jennifer Addison, controller, Fayetteville State University
  • Michael Barrett, director of financial reporting, Dartmouth College
  • Isaiah Behnke, director, student account operations, University of Virginia
  • Cathryn Branch, fiscal and business manager, University of South Florida
  • Grace Brown, business administrative associate (financial manager), Illinois State University
  • Gretchen Burns, senior associate controller, Arkansas State University
  • Margaret Caldwell, associate university budget director, University of the Pacific
  • Loly Cambeiro, assistant director of student affairs business and personnel operations, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—Newark
  • Robbie Campbell-Lissade, senior budget manager, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—Newark
  • Sean Clayton, assistant controller, Salt Lake Community College
  • Stacey Crowhurst, director of finance-administration, facilities services, Vanderbilt University
  • Christina Cullers, director, business systems and student accounting, St. Petersburg College
  • Julie Cupp, director, financial planning and analysis, Saint Xavier University
  • Amy DeAtley, budget manager, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Lea Erickson, director of financial information management, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Doris Fowler, assistant controller, Northwest Florida State College
  • Liz Funk Smith, associate dean for administration, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jason Galloway, associate controller, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, University of New Mexico, Main Campus
  • Christina Geweke, director, business operations, University of Northern Iowa
  • Benjamin Gibbs, executive director for operations, University of Dallas
  • Samuel Gilliam, finance program manager, Vanderbilt University
  • Becky Gonzalez, assistant bursar, University of Denver
  • Mary Jo Gray, compliance officer, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan
  • John Gruppo, director, budgeting planning and analysis, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Meredith Gugger, director of budgeting and accounting for Arts & Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Lindsay Haddad, director, financial planning and budgeting, Bentley University
  • Erin Herrick, director of accounts receivables, billing services, student loans and collection, University of Illinois University System
  • William Hughes, director, advancement accounting, Auburn University
  • Victoria Inogamova, accounting manager, University of Western States
  • April Irwin, administrative manager, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ross Justus, associate controller, New Mexico State University
  • Krista Khramov, budget manager, University of Colorado at Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Gerik Kimble, director, finance systems, Washington State University
  • Albert Loera, assistant director, financial reporting – athletics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Tina Luong, accountant III, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Heather Macaulay, director of accounting and reporting services, student affairs, California State University, Bakersfield
  • Lauren Madsen, IANR business operations director, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Erin Mattens, finance senior assistant manager, Michigan State University
  • Betsy Miller, director, financial systems and compliance, Florida State University
  • Kevin Miller, director, budget and finance, Princeton University
  • Katie Millsom, associate controller, University of Redlands
  • Catherine Munoz, financial operations manager, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Riverside
  • Dorothea Owens, director, financial analysis and planning, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Daniel Pelayo, senior assistant director, student loans and collections, University of Illinois University System
  • Olivia Pennell, senior budget analyst supervisor, University of California, Davis
  • Diego Quante, university director, student accounts, Pace University
  • Eniko Racz, assistant director, finance and academic business operations, School of Environmental Sustainability and the Loyola Preschool, Loyola University Chicago
  • Michelle Resnick, manager, accounts receivable, College of DuPage
  • Nancy Ritter, bursar, New Mexico State University
  • Melissa Rivera, senior associate dean, administration and finance, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—Newark
  • Julie Rosenberger, director of budget and finance, College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Ashley Sandy, head of financial services, library, University of Connecticut
  • Stacy Sassman, associate director, Iowa State University
  • Cathy Schaefer, director of finance and operations, civil and environmental engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ninda Shirley, associate director of finance and accounting, KCTCS Institutional Advancement, Kentucky Community & Technical College System
  • Cole Stratton, director, budget operations, position management, Kennesaw State University
  • Lisa Marie Thomas, assistant director, Institute for Racial Justice, Loyola University Chicago
  • Gwendolyn Thomas, business specialist, Express Newark, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—Newark
  • Jeff Uchida, senior accountant, University of California, San Francisco
  • Nicole Utech, associate director of finance, student services, Johns Hopkins University
  • Athanazia Varner, coordinator, cashier operations, University of Illinois University System
  • Barrett Warren, director of finance, student affairs, Auburn University
  • Dayton White, interim assistant dean, budget and finance, Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
  • Svetlana Wilding, director of financial analysis, Hawaii Pacific University
  • Katrina Williams, general accounting manager, Sinclair Community College
  • Kristin Wirtanen, assistant director of capital budget and planning, University of Connecticut
  • Jonathan Wolf, chief financial officer, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin—Madison

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

NACUBO, founded in 1962, is a nonprofit professional organization representing chief administrative and financial officers at more than 1,700 colleges and universities across the country. NACUBO works to advance the economic vitality, business practices, and support of higher education institutions in pursuit of their missions.


Katy McCreary

Director, Public Relations



Christine Simone

Director, Leadership Development