Glen Fowler is the President of the 2017-18 NACE Board of Directors. In this role, Fowler provides strategic leadership to the association and its nearly 12,000 members.
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.
Norma Guerra Gaier is the President-Elect of the 2017-18 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 Revised Principles Launch Team, Advocacy Advisory Committee, Assessment Publications Review Team, Career Readiness Competencies Model Team, Finance and Audit Committee, the Principles for Professional Practice Committee, and the First-Destinations Surveys Team. She also served as a faculty member of NACE’s Management Leadership Institute, where she presented 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.
Kathleen Powell is the Past President of the NACE 2017-18 Board of Directors. She served as the association President in 2016-17.
Currently, Powell is the associate vice president for career development at William & 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.
Powell has been a leader in the association since 1998. Since 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, Finance and Audit 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.
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.
Christopher Carlson is the Vice President–Employer on the NACE Board of Directors in 2017-18.
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, including the Graduate Student Member Task Force, Finance and Audit Committee, Future Trends Committee, NACE Conference Committee, 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.
Jennifer Lasater serves as Vice President–College of the 2017-18 NACE Board of Directors.
Lasater is the vice president for employer and career services for 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’s service to NACE includes roles as Director-College on the Board and as a member of a variety of NACE teams and committees, including the Face2Face Committee, Member Outreach Team, Ambassador Program Committee, Leadership Advancement Program Committee, and Leadership Development Task Force. She also serves as a facilitator for the NACE Career Coaching Intensive training program, and co-wrote the “Coaching Fundamentals” workshop, which is part of the coaching certification program.
Lasater is frequently tapped by the national media, including U.S. News & World Report and the Chicago Tribune, for insights into career support. In addition, she 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.
Susan Brennan is a Director–College on the 2017-18 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. In addition, she is a regular contributor to the NACE Blog.
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.
Fred Burke is a Director-College on the 2017-18 NACE Board of Directors.
Currently, Burke is director of the Graduate Career Management Center for the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College–City University of New York (CUNY).
Previously, he served as the executive director of the Career Center at Hofstra College and as associate director of the Office of Career Development at Vassar College. His earlier professional experiences include roles at Westfield Companies and Miami University.
Burke is a member of NACE’s career coaching faculty. In addition, his service to NACE includes co-chairing the 2017 Membership Ambassadors Committee and the 2014 Conference Committee. He also served as a member on various NACE committees, including the NACE Conference First-Timers Committee, Career Readiness Toolkit Tiger Team, Professional Development Advisory Committee, and Face2Face Committee.
Burke holds a master’s of professional studies in humanistic education from SUNY-New Paltz, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Rose. In addition, he earned a certification as a community mediator through the Albany Law School.
Caroline Cunningham is a Director–Employer on the 2017-18 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 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 served on a variety of NACE committees, among them three 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 for Human Resources Management.
Brian Guerrero is a Director-College on the 2017-18 NACE Board of Directors.
Guerrero is senior director of the Arts & Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success at The Ohio State University. Previously, he was senior associate director of the career center at the University of California, Berkeley. He also served as deputy director of student affairs administration and associate director of employer relations at UCLA.
Outside of his roles within the University of California system, Guerrero worked in various career services at New York University (NYU), at both the NYC campus and in Abu Dhabi.
Guerrero served as co-chair of NACE’s 2015 Conference Committee, co-chaired the Ambassador Program Committee, and was a member of the Sourcing and Nomination Committee and Graduate Student Membership Task Force. In addition, he took part in the Leadership Advancement Committee and is a 2014 graduate of NACE’s Management Leadership Institute. Guerrero was named NACE’s Mentor of the Year in 2015, and earned a NACE Innovation Excellence Award in Global Initiatives in 2010. Additionally, he has co-authored articles for the NACE Journal and regularly presents on a range of topics, including emerging technologies and leadership.
Guerrero earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California, a master’s in higher education administration from NYU, and an undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University.
Tim Harding is a Director-College on the NACE 2017-18 Board of Directors.
Harding is associate dean of career development and engagement at the University of Tampa, where he has been for more than 12 years. Previously, he served as director of career services at Butler University.
Prior to joining the NACE Board in 2017, Harding served on several NACE committees, including the 21st Century Model Career Center Team, which developed a three-part framework for career services in the 21st century; the First Timers Committee; and the Member Engagement Committee. He has also served as president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE) and the Career Development Professionals of Indiana state association.
Harding was awarded the SoACE Imaginative Spirit award for innovation and has earned an assortment of excellence in contribution awards from his employers and organizations with which he has worked.
Harding graduated with B.A. in religion from Anderson University and with an M.S. in education from Indiana University.
Carlena Harris is a Director–Employer on the 2017-18 NACE Board of Directors.
Harris is the new talent acqusition manager within 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 served on the 2017 Conference First-Timers Committee and as 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.
Nida Saleem is a Director-Employer on the 2017-18 NACE Board of Directors.
Saleem is the intern program manager at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Inc., the world’s largest children’s museum, where she selects, nurtures and oversees approximately 60 interns each year, aligns institutional needs with students’ talents, provides mentorship and professional development for intern mentors and interns, and facilitates bilateral goal accomplishment. Her professional focus has been the nonprofit world, and, before joining The Children’s Museum, she held roles at ISNA Development Foundation and Community Cradle.
Saleem served as both the co-chair and as a member of the NACE Principles Committee, and contributed to NACE’s effort in developing competencies for university relations and recruiting professionals, as well as joined NACE leadership in presenting the competencies during the annual conference. She was most recently a member of the NACE 2017 Conference & Expo Committee. Saleem also took part in the NACE Leadership Advancement Program.
Saleem holds an M.P.A. with a focus on nonprofit, public, and organizational management from Marist College, an M.P.H. in public health from SUNY-Albany, and a B.S. from SUNY-New Paltz.
Bruce Soltys is a Director-Employer on the 2017-18 NACE Board of Directors.
Soltys is the second vice president of talent acquisition sourcing strategies for The Travelers Companies, Inc., where he leads a team accountable for the design and delivery of the enterprise strategy for sourcing, attracting and recruiting specialized pipelines focused on College/University, Diversity, Military/Veteran and Disability. Previously, he served as director of campus recruiting for Prudential Financial and as senior HR program manager for university relations at Verizon. His career has also included various HR roles at Citigroup, EY, and Lucent Technologies.
His service to NACE includes serving as a member of the Sourcing and Nomination Committee and as co-chair for the Professional Development Advisory Committee. He also has taken part in NACE’s Mentor Program to provide guidance to others in university relations and recruiting, and is an alumnus of the Leadership Advancement Program. He currently serves as a facilitator for the "Assessing the University Relations and Recruiting Function" training offered via NACE.
Soltys earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in economics from Rutgers University.