Kathleen Powell is the President of the NACE 2016-17 Board of Directors. In this role, Powell provides strategic leadership to the association as it addresses several key initiatives, including career readiness and student outcomes.
Currently, Powell is the associate vice president for career development at the College of William and Mary. Previously, she served as the institution’s assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of career development. Before joining William & Mary, Powell directed the career centers at Denison University, the University of Akron, and Grinnell College.
Since 1998, Powell has shared her leadership and vision with NACE. During that time, she has served as on the Board of Directors as a Director-College and as Vice President-College, and on numerous NACE committees and task forces, including the Leadership Advancement Program Committee (co-chair), Diversity Advancement Committee, Future Trends Committee, Conference Program Committee, First-Destination Survey Team, and Principles for Professional Practice Committee. In addition, she is on the faculty of NACE’s Management Leadership Institute, where she instructs on strategic planning for emerging leaders.
Additional leadership roles include service to the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, where she served as President and Vice President. Midwest ACE recognized her work with its Founders Distinguished Service Award, J.W. Paquette Superior Leadership Award, and High Five Award. Other honors include the Charles Sumner Harrison Award for Diversity from Marietta College and the school’s Teacher Appreciation Award.
Powell writes, presents, and consults on a range of topics, including strategic planning, professional practice, and leadership in addition to career-related subjects. In April 2016, she served as a panelist to discuss “Higher Education and Business Alliances” at the Spring Policy Conference of the Committee on Economic Development in Washington, D.C.
Powell earned a B.A. from the University of Akron and an M.S. from Miami University of Ohio, and is a graduate of the NACE Management Leadership Institute.
Glen Fowler is the President-Elect of the 2016-17 NACE Board of Directors.
Fowler is the recruiting and training manager for the California State Auditor’s office, an organization he joined in 1997. There, he not only develops strategy for the office’s recruiting program but also takes part in recruiting events to ensure strategy and practice mesh. In addition, Fowler was instrumental in initiating the organization’s mentor program to promote successful onboarding and retention.
Fowler’s service to NACE includes roles as Director-Employer on the Board and as a member of a variety of committees and teams, including the 21st Century Career Services Model Team, Conference Committee, Sourcing and Nomination Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, and the Awards and Honors Committee. In addition, Fowler has been active in developing key frameworks for the profession: In 2012, he served as part of an advisory group that developed NACE’s professional standards for university relations and recruiting, and, in 2016, he served on a team that developed competencies for university relations and recruiting professionals on behalf of NACE. Fowler is also involved in mentoring those new to the field.
Fowler has also been active at the regional level, providing leadership as President of the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers, and helping to develop the association’s 3i Program, which supports innovative programming in career services and recruiting.
Fowler earned a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in public management from the California State University, Sacramento. Also, he is a member of the National State Auditors Association.
Dawn Carter is the 2016-17 Past President of NACE, having served as President in 2015-16.
With more than 18 years of university recruiting and diversity and inclusion experience, Carter is currently director of early careers at Intuit. Previously, she was the director of global university relations at NetApp, the senior manager of global university relations and diversity at Amazon.com, and the manager of university relations and recruitment and diversity at Northrup Grumman Corporation.
Active in the association and field, Carter has served as Director-Employer on the NACE Board, and on a variety of committees, including Leadership Advancement Program Committee (co-chair) and the Conference Program Planning Committee. She also has been an active leader in the Mountain Pacific Association of College and Employers, including a term as President.
Carter is on the faculty for NACE’s Recruiters Leadership Institute, and frequently presents on recruiting-related topics at national and regional conferences. In addition, she is the 2010 recipient of the association’s Innovation Excellence Award for Student Engagement.
Carter is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, where she earned a B.S. in hotel, restaurant, and travel management; she also earned a certificate in human resources from the UCLA Extension.
Christopher Carlson will serve as the Vice President–Employer on the NACE Board of Directors in 2016-17.
Carlson is director of talent acquisition and diversity for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where he leads a team of professionals focused on delivering best-in-class recruitment and diversity solutions. Prior to TVA, he was senior manager of talent acquisition for Booz Allen Hamilton. He has also held a number of recruiting and consulting roles within the consulting, entertainment, and non-for-profit industries.
In addition to his work on the NACE Board of Directors, Carlson is active in the association and has served on several committees and teams, among them the Future Trends Committee, the NACE Conference Committee, the Career Readiness Competencies Model Team, and the Career Readiness Toolkit Tiger Team. He also blogs for NACE, has presented workshops on university recruiting at the NACE conference and other events, and serves as a mentor for new professionals. In 2011, he was the recipient of NACE’s Professional Change Maker Award.
Carlson holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and obtained his Change Management Advanced Practitioner Certification through Georgetown University. He is currently pursuing a master’s in public administration from Florida Tech.
Norma Guerra Gaier
Norma Guerra Gaier is the Vice President–College on the 2016-17 NACE Board of Directors.
Guerra Gaier is the director of career services at Texas State University. Prior to her time at Texas State, she was at St. Mary's University in San Antonio as director of the university’s career center and director of the university’s school of law career center.
In addition to her roles on the NACE Board of Directors, she has served the association through a variety of committees and teams, including the Assessment Publications Review Team, Career Readiness Competencies Model Team, Finance and Audit Committee, the Principles for Professional Practice Committee, Advocacy Advisory Committee, and the First-Destinations Surveys Team. She is also a faculty member of NACE’s Management Leadership Institute, where she presents a class on ethical issues.
Guerra Gaier has further served the profession as President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SOACE), the San Antonio Colleges and Universities Career Center Association, and the Texas Association for Employment in Education. For her contributions, she has won the SOACE President's Award and the Texas State University Vice President's Award.
She is a graduate of St. Mary's University, where she earned a B.A. in English-communication arts and an M.A. in communication studies.
O. Ray Angle
O. Ray Angle is a Director–College on the 2016-17 NACE Board of Directors.
Angle is assistant vice president for career and professional development at Gonzaga University. Previously, he served as director of career services at both the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Webster University, and as the director of academic advising and career education at Cal State East Bay.
Prior to joining the NACE Board in 2015, Angle served on several NACE committees, including the National Metro Programming Committee, the Principles for Professional Practice Committee, the Professional Development Advisory Committee, and the Sourcing and Nomination Committee. In addition, he is a faculty member for NACE’s Management Leadership Institute, presenting a class on finance and budget. He has also served as President of several other organizations, such as the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, the Gateway Career Services Association, and the Missouri College Personnel Association.
Angle’s work has earned distinction. In 2014, he was inducted into the NACE Academy of Fellows. In addition, he and his colleagues won a NACE Excellence Award for Technology in 2013, and he has been honored by the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers with its Southern Star Award and by Midwest ACE with its J.W. Paquette Outstanding Leadership Award.
Angle graduated with a B.S. in business education from Southern Illinois University and with an M.S. in student personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri.
Susan Brennan is a Director–College on the 2016-17 NACE Board of Directors.
Brennan is associate vice president of university career services at Bentley University. Previous roles at Bentley include alumni career services manager, executive director of corporate relations and career services, managing director of university career services, and director of undergraduate career services. Prior to Bentley, Brennan was director of M.B.A. career services at Hult International Business School, a consultant with The Hay Group, and a development associate at Columbia University.
Brennan’s volunteer involvement with NACE includes participation in the association’s Honors and Awards Committee and Face2Face Committee.
Brennan earned a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and an Ed.M. in administration, planning, and social policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education before graduating with an M.B.A. in management from Babson College’s Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business.
Christine Cruzvergara is a Director – College on the 2016-17 NACE Board of Directors.
Cruzvergara is associate provost and executive director for career education at Wellesley College. Prior to her current position, she had been employed at George Mason University for four years in various roles, including assistant dean and executive director of university career services, director of university career services, and associate director of university career services. She has also held roles at Georgetown University, George Washington University, and the University of Maryland.
Cruzvergara has served NACE as a member of the Career Readiness Competencies Model Team, the NACE Finance and Audit Committee, the NACE Conference Committee, and the Principles for Professional Practice Committee.
She was the chair and directorate board member of the ACPA Commission for Career Development, and is a consultant for a USAID project to develop career services in the Philippines. In addition, Cruzvergara contributes articles to a variety of outlets, including the NACE Journal, and is a frequent presenter.
Cruzvergara has been honored with the 2013 NACE/SJG Rising Star Award, the 2013 Rising Star Award and the 2015 Innovation Award from the ACPA Commission for Career Development, and the Positive Impact Award from university life at George Mason University.
Cruzvergara earned a B.S. in psychology and family studies from James Madison University and an M.A. in college student personnel from the University of Maryland. She also is a graduate of the NACE Management Leadership Institute.
Caroline Cunningham is a Director–Employer on the 2016-17 NACE Board of Directors.
Currently, Cunningham is the director of university relations and diversity programs for GE Digital. Previously, Cunningham served for more than eight years as the university recruiting team leader for Chevron Corporation; earlier roles include staffing manager for Johnson & Johnson, senior recruiter for Valley Media, and employment coordinator for NorthBay Healthcare.
Cunningham has led and served on a variety of NACE committees, among them two NACE Conference Committees, Employer Education and Training Task Force, Global Recruitment Symposium Committee, Face2Face Committee, and the Communities of Practice Tiger Team.
Cunningham earned a B.A. in theater arts from Occidental College. She also has her PHR certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and a SHRM-CPC certification from the Society of Human Resources Management.
Carlena Harris is a Director–Employer on the 2016-17 NACE Board of Directors.
Harris is the human resources manager of recruiting operations for National Instruments, Inc. Previously, she was the director of talent development at Terefic, and the owner of human resources consulting firm Brickhouse International. She also held several positions at IBM, including global talent development program manager, global employee IT advocate program manager, and software development manager.
In addition to her service on the NACE Board, Harris is a member of the association’s Inclusion Awareness Committee. She has also shared her time and expertise with other organizations; Harris was Vice President and President of the Society of Women Engineers – Southwest Texas, a board member of Girls on the Run – Austin, a tutor in the Leander Independent School District, and a team captain for the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure – Houston.
Harris earned a B.S. in Information Systems Technology from the University of Houston and an M.S. in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edward’s University. In addition, she earned a PHR certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and basic mediation certification from the Dispute Resolution Center in Austin, TX.
Jennifer Lasater will serve as a Director–College on the 2016-17 NACE Board of Directors.
Lasater is the vice president for employer and career services Kaplan University, where she leads a team of more than 70 career services professionals. Before being named vice president, she spent nearly five years as executive director for national career services at Kaplan. Previously, she served as vice president and career services specialist at Education Management Corporation, and as director of career services at the Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg. Her experience spans the profession, as earlier roles included staffing and recruiting.
Lasater has served on a variety of NACE teams and committees, including co-chairing both the Face2Face Committee and the Member Outreach Team, and serving on the Leadership Advancement Program Committee and the Leadership Development Task Force. She also serves as a facilitator for the NACE Career Coaching Intensive training program.
Lasater has been recognized with the Kaplan Way Leadership Award for Continuous Transformation and by TechStars as a mentor and a Kaplan Ed Tech Accelerator.
She graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in speech communication before earning an M.A.Ed. in educational leadership from Argosy University. Lasater is certified as a Career Management Fellow through the Institution of Career Certification International and holds a certificate in executive management from University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business.
Margaret Paulin is a Director–Employer on the 2016-17 NACE Board of Directors.
Currently, Paulin is manager, sector university relations and recruiting, for Northrop Grumman. Previously, she worked as a program manager for Conexant Systems.
Paulin has served on NACE committees since 2008, most notably as co-chair of both the 2013 Conference Committee and the 2014-15 National Association Strategic Relationships Action Team. She also served on Diversity Research Team, and was a participant in the association’s Leadership Advancement Program.
In addition to her contributions to NACE, Paulin was President of the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers, which recognized her with an award for her outstanding service. She also earned distinction from the Career Communications Group, which awarded her its 2009 Women of Color in Technology Award for Corporate Promotion of Education.
Paulin is a graduate of California State University, Bakersfield, from which she earned both a B.A. in English and an M.A. in education administration.
Pam Webster is serving as a Director–Employer on the 2016-17 NACE Board of Directors.
An employee of Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Enterprise Holdings for more than 30 years—starting as a management trainee—Webster is currently assistant vice president of talent acquisition for the latter.
Since 2006, Webster has held various volunteer leadership positions in NACE, including serving as co-chair of the Future Trends Committee, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the Member Outreach Team. She also served as a member of a variety of committees for the association, including Sourcing and Nomination Committee, Conference Program Review Committee, Honors and Awards Committee, and National Metro Planning Committee. Webster also was a participant in NACE’s Leadership Advancement Program.
Outside of NACE, she has served in various roles on the boards of the Western Association of Colleges and Employers and the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers, and as an advisory board member of the Missouri Chapter of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
Webster won a NACE Excellence Award for Student Engagement in 2011. In addition, she and her staff have been recognized by GIjobs.com as a Military Friendly Employer and by the State of Missouri Show Me Heroes Program with the Flag of Freedom Award.
Webster is a graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. in agribusiness marketing.
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