NAACO is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by NAACO membership. The current board consists of 8 members: President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three Directors at Large whose efforts focus on Education, Communication and Membership. Learn more about each of our NAACO leaders by clicking on their photo!


NAACO committees and their members develop and manage important programs and initiatives that advance the organization’s mission and success. Committees serve to coordinate and further NAACO’s mission and are at the heart of raising the awareness and stature of the association within the North American higher education community. Active committees include the Event Experience Committee, Membership Committee, Education Committee, Communications Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Nominations and Elections Committee, and other committees as determined by the Board.


Regional directors and assistant directors are dedicated to building community, sharing commencement and convocation best practices, and discovering new ideas. These leaders can provide information on how you can host a local/regional event to network with colleagues from neighboring institutions and assist in the planning of the event. They can also help generate solutions to regional-specific issues and challenges to ceremony planning.

CANADA WEST: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut
Regional Director: Lisa Elliott, Simon Fraser University, Email


CANADA EAST: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
Regional Director: Rachel Huang, McMaster University, Email
Assistant Director: Brandy Hamilton, Fanshawe College, Email
Assistant Director: Joanne Sokolowski, Trent University,


US NORTHWEST: Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska
Regional Director: OPEN (Actively recruiting)


US SOUTHWEST: California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah
Regional Director: Whitney Smith, University of California, Davis, Email
Assistant Director: Marissa Tuchlaski, Arizona State University, Email


US NORTH CENTRAL: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky
Regional Director: Melva Karnes, University of Cincinnati, Email

Assistant Director: Lisa O’Connell, Kent State University, Email


US SOUTH CENTRAL: Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas
Regional Director: Kristin McDaniel, Texas State University, Email


US NORTHEAST: Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine
Regional Director: Peter Evans, University at Albany, Email
Assistant Director: Kelly O’Malley, University of Vermont, Email


US SOUTHEAST: Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida
Regional Director: Sarah Ciccone, James Madison University, Email

Assistant Director: Gwynne G. Guthrie, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Email