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.
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.
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.
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.
Marilyn Mackes leads an organization of more than 3,100 employing organizations and educational institutions engaged in the career development and employment process of college students and alumni. In her extensive interactions with recruiting professionals, leaders in business and education, and the media, she addresses such issues as employment, salary trends, benchmarking, best practices, candidate expectations, and effective recruiting strategies.
On behalf of the association, she advocates on issues affecting the profession. Most recently, she presented NACE’s national standards and protocols to key public policy makers, including the White House Domestic Policy Council; legislators, including the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and relevant associations, including the American Council on Education, Council on Graduate Schools, and American Society for Engineering Education.