Melanie Bullock received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College and her Masters of Education degree in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University. In her career Melanie has developed teams of students to plan diverse events and programs that complement the academic experience and coordinated the operations of major campus events such as Homecoming, Spring Fest, Concerts and Week of Welcome. Melanie has provided oversight and direction for Multicultural Affairs, First-Year Experience, and Leadership/Student Organization programming operations. She also served as an Executive Director of university preliminary pageant competitions for the Miss America Organization. Currently, Melanie serves as the Director of the Center for Leadership at Elon University. In her role she administers and enhances leadership programming and initiatives for Elon students and organizations. She creates peer led training curricula, facilitates leadership development workshops and builds assessment strategies for the Center for Leadership. Melanie currently serves as the Educational and Professional Development Coordinator for the 2018 NACA National Convention. Previously she has served as a NACA Leadership Fellow, Mentor, and Program Coordinator, NACA Graduate Intern Mentor, National Convention Diversity Initiatives Coordinator, and the NACA HBCU Connections Committee Co-Chair. Melanie also serves as a member of the advisory board for the Bryant Education Leadership Group, the African American Student Leadership Experience, and the Elect Her: Campus Women Win Leadership program.
Some fun and interesting facts about Melanie include: She served as her college queen, Miss Spelman College, and was featured in Ebony Magazine. Melanie also has her own handmade jewelry company called "Sweet Antointette's".
Coordinator, Student Life & Leadership; Salt Lake Community College
Brandi Mair currently serves as a Coordinator of Student Life & Leadership at Salt Lake Community College, in her role she has the opportunity to advise student clubs as they navigate the institutional policies, engage students, plan events and programs at the main and smaller campuses, she provides leadership development to student leaders across campus, and provide development and training to faculty, staff and students. She also serves as a co-chair for the LGBTQ+ Logistics and Planning Committee, a Title IX investigator, and manages all StrengthsQuest interaction of staff, faculty, and students. She also teaches Adjunct in the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Lifetime Activities. Brandi received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in Leadership from Graceland University. She earned her Masers of Science in Education- College Student Personnel Services and Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. A former National Showcase Coordinator for the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA), she has also served on the Showcase Selection at the regional level, and volunteered onsite multiple times for the association. She also has served in a variety of volunteer roles for the National Student Personnel Association (NASPA), including co-chair of the state conference. She is also a Gallup Certified Strength Coach. She has been attending or volunteering for the NACA Sumer Leadership Event at Walk Disney World since the Institute began.
Some interesting facts about Brandi are that she played both basketball and volleyball in college, played semi-professional football (full pads and tackle), her and her partner have been married for over 8 years and have a dog Squishy, owns every Disney classic and Disney/Pixar movie, and my husband looks a lot like Russell from UP.
Director, Graduate Student Life; University of Oklahoma
Clay Wesley is the Director of Graduate Student Life at the University of Oklahoma, a unit that concentrates on supporting the academic, social, and professional needs of the graduate community. His team provides a wide array of events, programs, and services, and has found great success with a “low cost, high impact” approach to resource utilization, one that emphasizes individual experiences over curb appeal.
In addition to his administrative role, Clay also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He teaches and develops courses focused on goal setting, leadership, and customer service, and facilitates training programs on effective communication. Clay has a master’s degree in Education and bachelor's in Mass Communication with a concentration in Electronic and Print Media, both from East Central University.
A few fun facts about Clay is that he is a trained fire fighter, drag races on the weekends, and is a huge Disney fanatic. He and his wife, Vanessa, have three kids (Ava, Lane, and Zoey), two dogs (Tucker and Zeke), and a cat (Prince Farkle).
- Favorite Disney Movie – Tomorrowland (there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow!)
- Favorite Disney Character – Buzz Lightyear (to infinity…and beyond!)
- Favorite Disney Park – Epcot (See the world in one place!)
Kendrick currently serves as the Assistant Dean and Director of Campus Activities at Centre College in Danville, KY. In this position he advises the Student Activities Council and Student Government Association, oversees the Campus Center, supervises the Residence Life and Greek Life departments, coordinates student conduct, and oversees the college’s leadership programs. Kendrick earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Bellarmine University, and his master’s degree from the University of South Carolina.
Kendrick has been involved with NACA since his time as a student on his college’s programming board, and he has volunteered in several roles over the years, most recently serving as the Mid America region Conference Chair in 2015. Kendrick is also an active member of ACUI (Association of College Unions-International) and ASCA (Association for Student Conduct Administration).
Kendrick and his family (wife Jessica and sons Will and Wes) are avid Disney fans, and have visited Disney World as often as they can. Kendrick and Jessica even spent their honeymoon at Disney World and on a Disney Cruise.
Shannon Ashford currently serves as the Program Manager for Student Diversity Education at Wake Forest University in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. In her current role, she develops and facilitates workshops, trainings and programming around cultural competence and inclusive practices to students, faculty and staff.
In addition to her passion and experience with diversity and inclusion work, Shannon has higher education experience in campus activities and programming, student organization and leadership development and multicultural affairs. Prior to Wake Forest, Shannon worked at Kent State University and also in the K12 sector in the area of college access and nonprofit resource development and management. In addition to her staff role with the Student Leadership Event, Shannon has also served as a NACA Leadership Fellow and is a general member of its inaugural Diversity Advisory Group.
Shannon earned her Bachelor of Science in Journalism (Public Relations) from Ohio University and her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration & Student Personnel from Kent State University and holds a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University. If she had to choose a favorite Disney character, it would be Dory. Her mantra to "just keep swimming" keeps her motivated and positive through all situations.
Todd Olsen is thrilled to be part of the NACA Disney Summer Event team! Todd is part of the Student Leadership & Involvement team at Utah Valley University. He is the Coordinator for the Senate Branch of UVUSA. Todd has spent his entire career in higher education. He has worked in recruitment, admissions, scholarships and student leadership. While at College of Eastern Utah and Utah State University Eastern he initiated the Ambassador program that aided in campus recruitment efforts. He has also advised student government teams over the past 10 years. He has taught everything from Freshman Seminar, Student Success Skills, Intro to Theatre and Intro to Film. A former student body president himself, and as a die-hard student advocate, he brings a unique perspective to the students he advises. In his spare time he enjoys the theatre: attending productions, acting, directing and sound design. He also enjoys movies and traveling. Todd is proud to be a part of such a dynamic, uplifting and positive team and conference. He encourages everyone to engage in the conference and incorporate the strategies learned when they get back to campus.
Ruben Henderson currently serves as Assistant Director of Student Activities and advisor for the University Program Council at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership. He received his undergraduate degree in Marketing and Legal Studies from the B.I. Moody III College of Business and is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He serves on numerous boards and committees on campus and in the community including the Black Faculty Staff Association (BFSA) serving as the Immediate Past President and the Christiana Smith African American Alumni Chapter serving as the Vice President of Special Events. Ruben was a recent recipient for the Dean of Community Service Excellence in Service Award at UL Lafayette and also received the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional of the Year Award from the Louisiana Association of College and University Student Personnel Administration (LACUSPA). He also currently serves in LACUSPA as the Four-Year Institutional Representative. He is the proud advisor of the Black Male Leadership Association (BMLA) and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette Class XXIX (29) and serves on the board of directors for the705, an organization for Young Leaders in Acadiana seeking to grow professionally and personally by participating in a variety of learning and leadership development opportunities. Ruben also serves on the board of directors for Mile Perret Cancer Services (MPCS), a comprehensive resource center helping individuals fight, survive and live with cancer. His involvement in NACA includes serving as a NACA Leadership Fellow, NACA Central Regional Showcase Selection Committee, NACA Huge Leadership Weekend institute staff member and NACA Programming Board Institute (PBI) staff member. Being an involved student in college, he soon developed a passion for working with students. He started off as an Enrollment Counselor/high school recruiter for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment. Ruben has a strong passion for diversity and inclusion.
A few fun facts about Ruben include: He is a HUGE fan of comic book heroes such as X-Men and the Avengers, enjoys eating different types of cereals and his favorite Disney character is Prince Charming.