NACAS East Board of Directors
Biographies

President

Phil Allison

Phil Allison is Deputy Director of the United States Naval Academy Business Services Division.  The division manages 18 businesses that revolve around support to the Brigade of Midshipmen and United States Naval Academy.  These businesses incorporate retail, food service and hotel functions ranging from a 40,000 square foot retail store to a robust catering operation and a large industrial laundry.

Phil has worked in the field of higher education for 17 years.  His prior experience was gained via 24 years of active duty military service in the United States Navy as a naval supply corps officer.  He earned a bachelor of political science degree from the University of Colorado in 1983, and a master of business administration degree from Michigan State University in 1994.

He has been involved in NACAS East since 2011 and currently serves as the East’s vice president.

When not working or traveling with his wife, Phil can be found on the Naval Academy golf course.

Vice President

Jason Levy

Jason Levy is Senior Director, Student Center Operations for Temple University. He is responsible for the operational management of Temple student centers, including facility operations, event management, service area management (rec center, game room, info desk, cinema, graphics media center), student staff development, budget and finance management, and the all-inclusive all-other-duties-as-assigned.

Jason has been an active NACAS member since 2012. Prior to his service on the East board, he held several volunteer roles with the conference planning team for an East regional conference. Since that was such a positive experience, he stayed involved with the region and, in 2015, joined the East board as a director on the executive track.

As a car and motorcycle fanatic, Jason spends much of his time off working on, gazing at, or otherwise somehow involved with motor vehicle pursuits. He enjoys track days, as well as long rides in the suburban Philly countryside on his motorcycle with his wife.  He is an avid basketball fan and loves almost all of the collegiate sports. He loves debate and enjoys the challenge of competitive conversation.

Year 2 Director

Melvine Walker

Melvine Walker is the director of marketing/communications for Auxiliary Services for Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  Her responsibilities include working closely with the associate vice president and directors to communicate strategically new services and programs.  She serves on several advisory committees (parking/dining/bookstore) and oversees her public relation staff, which aids in the development, implementation, collaboration, and assessment of public relations and outcomes in alignment with the university’s mission.

Melvine began her career at Old Dominion 28 years ago and has served in several capacities in housing and residence life and auxiliary services.  She earned her master’s degree in communications from Norfolk State.

Melvine has been a member of NACAS for 10 years and has held many volunteer positions: conference coordinator, diversity inclusiveness member, host institution for On the Road, and registration volunteer, nationally and regionally.

She believes success arrives the moment when you genuinely experience wholeness.  Mel often says, ” I love being an instrument in others growth.”  She is in love with teaching biblical principles and monitoring.

Year 1 Director

Stephen Barr

Stephen Barr, CASP, is the Director of Campus Services at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). VCU Campus Services includes contractual management and operational management for dining services, exclusive beverage, snack vending, two bookstores, a technology store (RamTech), graduation regalia, and a dental supply store.

Stephen joined NACAS in 2010 and has volunteered and presented at numerous regional and national conferences. Stephen holds a bachelor of arts in theatre from the University of New Orleans and a master in public administration from Louisiana State University. In 2016, Stephen received his Certified Auxiliary Services Professional (CASP) certification from NACAS and is currently working on a doctorate in higher education leadership at VCU. 

In his spare time, Stephen is a husband, father, guest lecturer, volunteer, sub-par golfer, and traveler.

Secretary

Lee Chaharyn, R.D.

Lee Chaharyn, R.D. manages collegiate licensing and special projects for Campus Services at the University of Richmond. The variety of responsibilities suits her variety of talents. She has enjoyed an eclectic career in the foodservice and higher education arenas, as baker, cook, registered dietitian, manager, event planner, writer/editor, retailer, and restaurant reviewer.

Lee has been a member of NACAS since 2011. She brings a history of related association experience in NACUFS—where she served as a member, regional and national board member, and on the association staff—and uses these skills to serve the East region.

She is a life-long learner (three degrees and professional certification), a compulsive editor, and an avid traveler, having visited all 50 states and several countries. Her next goal is to complete the seven continents, only Africa, Asia, and Australia remain on the list.

Treasurer

Kevin Mann

Kevin Mann is the Director of Operations & Planning for University Services at Carleton University, and is responsible for conference services, student and guest services, campus card, bookstore, mail services, and the print shop.  He is responsible for the financial stewardship and oversight of all University Services business units including housing and dining services.

Kevin has been with Carleton University since 2008.  Prior to joining Carleton, he spent time in public accounting and the high-tech sector.  A chartered accountant by profession, Kevin received a bachelor of commerce degree with a concentration in accounting from Carleton University. He holds the Canadian risk management designation.

Kevin and his wife are the proud parents of two wonderful boys who occupy most of their free time.  Avid travelers, the family enjoys entertaining at home and being active as a family.

Conference Coordinator

Anthony Coschignano

As Executive Director of Auxiliary Services for Swarthmore College, Anthony Coschignano oversees dining and catering, the campus and community store, the Inn at Swarthmore and Broad Table Tavern, post office, print shop,  card services, community liaison, and events office and summer programs. With more than 15 years’ management experience in food service, retail, and auxiliary services, he specializes in mid- to large-size higher education programs.  He has held leadership roles at Florida State University, University of Central Florida, University of Alabama, Mississippi State University, Saint Louis University, and Valparaiso University. Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Florida State and a master’s degree in business administration from Valparaiso University.

Anthony has been a NACAS member since 2009. He served on Central’s board of directors as business representative from 2013 to 2015. In 2015, he relocated to East region where he now serves as conference coordinator.

Originally, from Orlando, Florida, Anthony enjoys ice hockey, college football, coaching youth sports, and spending time with his family. He currently resides in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two children.

East Regional Representative

Maria Hoagland

Maria Hoagland is Acting Director of the Culinary Group with the Directorate of Cadet Activities for the United States Military Academy, West Point.  For the past 17 years, she has led a team of foodservice professionals in a retail mini marketplace/convenience store, concessions, catering, two we proudly brew coffee cafes, and a food and bar operation at the academy.

Maria has been a NACAS member since 2003 when her former boss introduced her to the association. She attended her first conference at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. Since then Maria has been very active, regionally and nationally, serving as East regional representative, an Education Foundation board member, East president (2010-2011), member of the membership and business partner committees, and as a mentor.

In her spare time, Maria enjoys reading, spending time with family, especially her three grandchildren, and traveling/cruising with her fiancé.

Past President

Stephon Knox

As Director, Contract Management for Howard University, Stephon Knox is responsible for the fiscal management of the Auxiliary Enterprise’s portfolio, comprised of contract management and operational management of dining, vending, laundry, mail, graphics and printing, and the Xerox fleet.

Stephon joined NACAS in 2011.  Encouraged by his manager to attend the regional conference that year, he recognized the value of participating. Stephon’s first volunteer assignment was on the professional development committee, and soon after was on the executive track on the East board. Now he leads the region as president.

Stephon enjoys cooking world cuisines, traveling, and wine.  When traveling he makes an effort to include these interests during his trips, and will seek out wineries or wine tasting events along with exploring upscale restaurants to sample the cuisine.  He enjoys sampling unusual and unique foods.  He makes a purposeful effort to stay away from tourist areas and focus on the local’s experience of the destination.