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73 Higher Education Professionals Selected for NACUBO Emerging Leaders Program


(Washington, DC)—The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) is pleased to announce the 2023­–24 cohort of the Emerging Leaders Program, a professional development experience for promising mid-level managers in higher education business and finance.

Seventy-three business officers at NACUBO member institutions were selected for the program, which helps participants enhance their leadership skills, expand their cross-campus relationships, and build their professional network. Designed for business officers who want to advance in higher education business and finance, the program curriculum also focuses on higher education business models and financial communications.

"The NACUBO Emerging Leaders Program has quickly become a hallmark of the association. It directly aligns with our goal of strengthening the strategic leadership capabilities of business officers and their teams,” said Kara D. Freeman, NACUBO President and CEO. “We are so glad to have these promising leaders in the program and look forward to their continued engagement with NACUBO and their leadership on campus.”

NACUBO is pleased to welcome the following business officers to the 2023–24 Emerging Leaders Program, representing 61 institutions, 30 states, and one international country:

  • Aimee Balthazar, Institute of American Indian Arts, controller
  • Karen Bassil, New York University, assistant director, reconciliation and analysis
  • Jackie Baxter, Angelo State University, executive director and controller
  • Ashley Bishop, Tulsa Community College , senior director of fiscal operations
  • Muna Bist, University of Illinois, assistant director of billing services
  • Jennifer Bonfili, Carnegie Mellon University, manager, university budget and financial planning
  • Courtney Bonnell, A.T. Still University, controller, financial reporting, budgeting and planning
  • Andrew Bowen, New Mexico State University, chief of police
  • Morgan Burnett , Western Carolina University, budget director
  • Rama Camara Spasic, University of Maryland, Baltimore, director, accounting and reporting
  • Stephanie Camp, University of Illinois, assistant director of finance
  • Jacinda Chaney, Rowan College at Burlington County, assistant director of student accounts, enrollment management and student success
  • Hao-Yu Chiu, Washington State University, director of finance
  • Eilen Conde, Parker University, manager of financial operations/associate controller
  • Jason Conley, Kennesaw State University, director, business operations and fiscal analysis
  • Ellen Connell, Pratt Institute, director of finance and operations for academic affairs
  • Cassandra Cornwell, Vanderbilt University, administrative officer
  • Angela Crosby, Florida State University, director, university budgets
  • Linda Davis, Western Carolina University, director, academic resources and business operations
  • Meyroodjy Delva, Howard University, senior director, accounting and reporting
  • Khadidiatou Dia, Madison College, senior budget and policy analyst
  • Aaron Diller, University of South Florida, assistant director, financial services
  • Blair Dunckel, Carnegie Mellon University, director of operations, University Libraries
  • Alicia Erchul, University of North Florida, research integrity coordinator
  • Jay Evans, University of South Florida, vice dean and chief operating officer, College of Public Health
  • James Ferguson, New York University, procurement operations manager
  • Catherine Fitzgerald, University of Richmond, senior budget and planning analyst
  • Carlie Fowles, Snow College, assistant controller
  • Terri Frye, West Virginia State University, controller
  • Pascha Gerni, Virginia Tech, managing director, business and administration
  • Caden Gillespie, Arizona State University, business operations manager
  • Kristin Gniazdowski, University at Buffalo, senior assistant dean, finance and administration, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Nakia Goode, New Jersey Institute of Technology, interim director, accounts payable
  • Kelly Gregory, University of Massachusetts, associate university controller
  • Elisabeth Grisham, Texas Tech University , managing director, budget
  • Mark Gu, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, director of business administration and finance
  • Crystal Gulledge, Auburn University, director, administration, business and finance, College of Education
  • Lori Harvey, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, director of finance and administration, University Libraries
  • Abigail Hatch, The Citadel, director of finance and business
  • Keith Hayes, Michigan State University, chief financial officer, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Kristy Holmes, Princeton University, senior associate director, Global Financial Services
  • Johanna Infanzon, Loyola Marymount University, budget manager, Loyola Law School
  • Jenna Kryn, Arizona State University, associate director, Office of Business and Finance
  • Rhonda Kuhn, Fairmont State University, controller
  • Christopher Lawler, Texas Christian University, director of endowment and gift accounting
  • Ben Lennander, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, director of business processes and transformation
  • Douglas Lisko, Denison University, director of student life operations
  • Nadia Maldonado-Smith, University of Texas at Austin, associate director of finance and operations
  • Donald Marrow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, associate director of budget and resource planning
  • Michael May, Georgetown University, senior director of financial operations
  • David McNulty, North Carolina State University, assistant university budget director
  • Nancy Mignanelli, Duquesne University, assistant vice president and controller
  • Emily Moran, University of Florida, associate controller
  • Adeeb Mozip, University of Michigan, executive director of business operations, Office of Enrollment Management
  • Lars Mudrak, Cornell University, finance specialist II, Office of Budget and Finance
  • Shelly Mueller, Jefferson College , payroll manager
  • Venessa Ortega, University of Colorado, Boulder, associate director of budget management
  • Jane Polizzi, New York Institute of Technology, assistant dean, administration and operations
  • Elizabeth Powers, Michigan State University, tax manager
  • Saiqa Anne Qureshi, Johns Hopkins University, adjunct faculty, Research Administration
  • Sarah Rafeh, American University of Beirut, associate comptroller
  • Maribel Saravia, New Jersey Institute of Technology, assistant director, university budget planning and analysis
  • Samantha Scott, Gonzaga University, director, student accounts
  • Yvonne Shaw, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, assistant director of finance
  • Alicia Solano, University of New Mexico, assistant vice president, Campus Business Services
  • David Stephens, University of Virginia, director of finance, Housing and Residence Life
  • Amy Stout, University of Massachusetts Amherst, senior assistant provost
  • April Tippett, University of Iowa, chief financial officer and chief operating officer, College of Engineering
  • Jacqueline Toney, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, director of finance and administration, Office of Research
  • Catherine Vakhnina Havens, University of Wisconsin—Madison, budget and finance manager, International Division
  • Polly Wagner, New Mexico State University, executive director, environmental health safety and risk management
  • Michael Wellens, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, director of financial planning and strategic finance
  • Cody Witherell, Hamilton College, manager, student accounts and associate director

The group will meet online and in person through April 2024. The Emerging Leaders Program, now in its third 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