Kristen Carr serves as the Student Activities Involvement & Student Organization Support Programs, Services, and Initiatives Coordinator at the University of Connecticut. With 10 years of higher education experience and a Master’s Degree in Student Personnel Services from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, she works to enhance the leadership learning environment for all students. With 700 clubs and 2600 leaders, Kristen directly oversees the SOLID student organization training program at UConn. Kristen has presented nationally and regionally on student leadership training programs and technologies. Kristen was awarded the Best Conference Session award in 2017 from the national Connect Conference.
Jez Catambay-Lopez joined Georgia State University in November 2017 as the associate director of student life for Perimeter College. In her role, Catambay-Lopez leads a team of 13 professional staff providing co-curricular growth for students at the five Perimeter campuses. From speaker series and leadership development to student clubs and homecoming, student life represents the primary engagement point for students outside the classroom. Working collaboratively with academic and student services departments across the university, Catambay-Lopez has initiated a renewed focus on the educational connection between curricular and extracurricular campus life.
Prior to joining the team at Georgia State University, Catambay-Lopez served as director of the New Student Center for Miami Dade College, where she helped to establish strategic partnerships between academic departments and student services to increase campus enrollment by 4% over prior years. She served as chair of multiple steering committees, including the North Campus Commencement Team and the Ashoka Institute Changemaker Team. As director of student Llfe for Miami Dade College’s North Campus, Catambay-Lopez served as a liaison for students to connect with local, state and federal legislators and was instrumental in developing opportunities for legislative advocacy for students and staff. Her campus involvement included the oversight of 54 student organizations and management of multiple large-scale annual flagship events, including the MDC Rally to Vote, with over 15,000 students and community members in attendance. A recent transplant from Miami, Catambay-Lopez loves exploring the food, culture, and geeky-fun side of Atlanta. She spends her free time most summers competing in an international scavenger hunt to benefit Random Acts of Kindness worldwide.
Mark D’Angelo has been doing diversity education work in higher education for the last seven years. He has previously worked at Boston College doing LGBTQ+ student outreach and support and at Salisbury University as a diversity and inclusion specialist. Now, D’Angelo is at the University of Delaware, working as assistant director for student diversity and inclusion.
Prior to working in higher education, D’Angelo received his master’s in education and taught fourth and fifth grade in New Jersey public schools, before ultimately pursuing his doctorate in education in curriculum and instruction from Boston College, where he’s currently a Ph.D. candidate focusing on social justice education.
Vincent Jackson is a coordinator in the Office of Student Conduct at the University of Delaware. He currently serves as the chair for the group adjudication task force charged with evaluating and recommending changes to the organizational conduct process. He has previously served as the manager for facility and event operations with the University Student Centers.
Since 2012, Jackson has advised a variety of student organizations, such as Rubber Chickens Improv Comedy, Humans vs Zombies, and Billiards Club. Jackson has served on the ACUI Region VII Leadership Team since 2013, currently as the regional director. In 2019, Jackson completed Training in Restorative Justice for College Student Misconduct and Residence Life.
Jackson is more than willing to show up with pizza, no questions asked. He earned both a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in higher education administration from the University of Delaware.