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 Associate Director for Leadership and Student Engagement at Wake Forest University. In her role she administers and enhances leadership programming and initiatives for Wake Forest students and organizations. She creates peer led training curricula, facilitates leadership development workshops and builds assessment strategies for the Office of Student Engagement.
Melanie currently serves as the Leadership Fellows Coordinator for NACA. Previously she has served as a NACA Leadership Fellow and Mentor, NACA Graduate Intern Mentor, National Convention Diversity Activities Committee, and the NACA HBCU Connections Committee Co-Chair. Melanie also served as a member of the conference planning team 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 here role she has the opportunity to advise students as they plan events and programs at the main and smaller campuses, she provides leadership development to student leaders across campus, and advises the Publicity & Advertising board. She also serves as a co-chair for the Safe Zone curriculum committee a Title IX investigator, and manages all StrengthsQuest interaction of staff, faculty, and students. Brandi received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in Leadership from Graceland University and 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.
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 two dogs Squishy and Cooper, owns every Disney classic and Disney/Pixar movie, and my husband looks a lot like Russell from UP.
Director of Student Life & Engagement; The University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Matt Morrin is the Director of Student Life & Engagement at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP). He has over 23 years of professional experience in the field of student affairs. Matt received his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, his master’s degree in education from Carthage College, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of South Florida.
Matt has spent many years as a volunteer with the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). He was the Chair of the Board of Directors in 2013-14. He has volunteered on many levels within NACA, including serving as Association Treasurer, National Convention Program Chair, Regional Conference Chair and Diversity Activities Group Chair. Of all the volunteer positions with NACA, his favorite is serving as the Coordinator of the NACA Summer Leadership Event at Walt Disney World. He has also presented educational sessions at many of the Association’s conventions and regional conferences, at COCA, the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities, and at the International Leadership Association Conferences in London and Barcelona. In addition to his work with NACA, Matt is currently a member of, or has been involved with, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the American College Personnel Association, Learn and Serve America, and several community organizations.
A few fun facts about Matt are that he got engaged to his partner Nik in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace in 2013, and he has been to Disney World (and Disney Land) over 110 times. He also has two Dogs, Sam Adams and Trixie Lane. He will be happy to tell you the stories behind the dogs’ names.
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life; University of South Carolina, Aiken
Ahmed Samaha currently serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life at the University of South Carolina Aiken. As the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Ahmed oversees 6 professional staff members as well as the functional areas of Greek Life, Volunteerism, Judicial Affairs, Orientation, Student Organizations, International Programs, Leadership Development, and Diversity. He serves as the direct adviser to the Student Government Association and the Freshmen Orientation Leaders program.
Ahmed graduated from Mercer University with a double major in history and political science. Ahmed loved his time at Mercer and it inspired him to go into the field of higher education. He obtained a masters' at the University of Georgia in higher education and is ABD at the University of South Carolina. He is a proud Mercer Bear and Georgia Bulldog!
Ahmed has served in a number of roles with the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) including Chair of the Board of Directors from 2010-11. He has served as the Association Treasurer, Regional Conference Chair, Regional Coordinator, as well as serving as coordinator for several summer institutes. Ahmed has served on staff for the NACA Summer Leadership Event at Walt Disney World for two years. Ahmed is currently a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and was recently elected to the Aiken County School Board of Directors in 2016.
Ahmed is an avid Disney fan and loves bringing his family to Disney as often as he can. In fact, he and his wife spent their honeymoon at Disney World. Ahmed is married to Kathy Samaha and has two awesome boys, Drew who is 17 and Tucker who is 12.
Two interesting facts about Ahmed played tennis in college and was born and raised in Key West, FL.
Andrew D Wiemer
Andrew Wiemer earned his B.A. in Business Administration (Management) from Doane University and his M.S. in College Student Personnel Services and Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. He is currently working on his Ph.D. at Colorado State University in Higher Education Leadership and serves as the Director of the Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development at the University of Miami. His responsibilities include administrative oversight of 40+ Service and Leadership Organizations, Alternative Break Programs, Service and Leadership Living-Learning Communities, Campus Wide Days of Service, Clinton Global Initiative University, Leadership Retreats and Symposiums, along with engaging students to help support non-profit organizations in the Miami Dade Community and throughout the world. He also oversees the LGBTQ Task Force and Implementation Committee at the University of Miami to help foster diversity and inclusion for all students. Through this work, he has been instrumental in collaborating closely with students, faculty and community partners to develop and implement effective civic engagement and leadership programming. With a passion for student learning and civic development, Andrew continues to develop innovative and effective ways to create deeper immersion learning experiences for students to become agents of social change in an evolving global society. He is active in NASPA and represented the University of Miami as a Lead Consulting Institution through the NASPA Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement along with serving as the Co-Chair for NASPA's Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Knowledge Community Civic Engagement Working Group. While at UM, Andrew has served as the institutional co-chair for the Clinton Global Initiative University to secure and host the annual meeting for the second time. He also hosted and led the Athletic Coast Conference (ACC) Student Leadership Symposium by bringing together 80 students from across the 15 member conference to a 3-day intensive educational symposium to provide students tools and resources to enact social change within communities across the ACC.
Some interesting facts about Andrew include: 1) He was a College Mascot 2) He grew up in a small town in Nebraska 3) He has been to 8 countries in Europe and been to 45 states in the US and 4) He is the proud parent of Dixie, his 10 year old rescued Black Labrador mixed dog.
Dr. Michael Preston has served as Executive Director of the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities since July 2015 where he works with The University of Central Florida, The University of South Florida, and Florida International University on collaborative projects designed to increase retention, improve graduation rates, and ensure graduates are career ready. Previous to taking on this unique role, Dr. Preston served the students of The University of Central Florida since 2011 as the Director of the Office of Student Involvement where he oversaw a comprehensive involvement program including entertainment programming, student organizations, volunteer and service programs, and student government.
Dr. Preston has worked in higher education for nearly 20 years and is commonly asked to speak and present on topics such as student affairs assessment, personal career development, student engagement practices, and developing student leadership competencies. In addition to his work in student affairs at UCF, Dr. Preston is also a faculty member in the Higher Education and Policy Studies department where he teaches on the subject of Organization and Administration in Higher Education.
Previous to UCF, Dr. Preston worked in student affairs for 13 years at Stephen F. Austin State University where he also worked in student engagement and involvement programs. Dr. Preston is a graduate of East Carolina University and Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and earned his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration and Policy Studies at Texas A&M – Commerce in 2011. A native of Wilmington, North Carolina, Dr. Preston grew up in Homestead, Florida. When Dr. Preston is not working you can find him along with his wife Nicole and daughter Caroline at Walt Disney World, a place they call their second home.