Virtual Leadership Forum Speaker Bios

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 12:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST
The Big Picture: Why Auxiliary Services are Crucial to the Campus

Elizabeth With, Ed.D., University of North Texas

Elizabeth With, Ed.D., serves at the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of North Texas, where she oversees more than 30 departments, including the Career Center, Dean of Students Office, Dining Services, Housing and Residence Life, Student Activities, Student Health, and Wellness Center and the University Union. She previously served as the Associate Vice President for Student Development, Assistant Vice President for Student Development, and Assistant Dean of Students at UNT. She also has held positions at The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Tech University.

With received her doctorate in higher education administration with an emphasis on legal issues in higher education from the University of North Texas. She received both her B.A. in English and her M.Ed. in educational psychology from Texas Tech University. A member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2006, With holds current membership in numerous professional organizations, is the chair of the Texas Council for Chief Student Affairs Officers (TCCSAO) and is a former President of the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA).

Bob Brown, University of North Texas

Bob Brown, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at the University of North Texas, has served UNT since May 2014, leading its finance and administrative operations. He is responsible for ensuring that UNT is a good steward and provides a safe, secure, and technology-rich environment for its campus community. A licensed CPA, he is a UNT alumnus and has more than 35 years of experience as the chief business officer in various higher education institutions.

Prior to joining UNT, he served as Vice President for Business and Administration at Texas A&M Commerce for eight years and previously served at Dallas County Community College District, North Harris Montgomery Community College District (now Loan Star College) in Houston and Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In 2019, Bob received the prestigious Distinguished Business Officer Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officials. He has previously received recognition as the Nation’s Outstanding Business Officer by the Community College Business Officers Association and has been recognized by the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers as a Distinguished Business Officer. He now serves as Past President of the Texas Association of State Senior College and University Business Officers.

Ed Kane, Retired, Carleton University

Recently retired, Ed Kane formerly served as a senior leader at Carleton University within the Finance and Administration division in his capacity as Assistant Vice-President (University Services), a position he held since 2004. University Services is made up of 11 units with a wide range of services from dining to student and guest services, housing, and all purchasing on campus. He also oversaw the ancillary budget of over $121-million and was a key member of the executive strategy planning team.

Currently, he is a member of the Board of Governors for Excellence Canada and is the Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the National Association of College Auxiliary Services. In 2017 Ed received the Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr Legacy Award for his leadership, commitment to volunteerism, and community service.

Ryan Greene, CASP, MBA, MMIS, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

Ryan currently works as the Director of Auxiliary Services at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. In his current position, he oversees day-to-day operations for GT Dining, the GT Bookstore, and works closely with Vending and the Buzz Card Office. He also handles marketing for Auxiliary Operations and is the interim Director of Housing Administration.

Prior to his current role, he worked at Middle Georgia State University as the Director of Auxiliary Services for three years and at Georgia College & State University as the Senior Manager of Parking and Transportation for almost five years. Ryan currently serves as the President of the NACAS National Board of Directors. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration, MBA, and Masters of Management Information Systems degrees from Georgia College & State University. He became CASP certified in 2018.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 12:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST
Tangible Applications

Casey Laurienzo, Florida State University

Casey is the Contract Administrator for Florida State University (FSU), managing the Contract Administration Program. The Program is responsible for the oversight and management of contracts for the University which includes policy and procedure development and implementation, training, and review and negotiation of contracts. Casey has worked in the public and higher education sectors for a combined 12 years, with expertise in creating and managing contract and procurement programs, lease and facilities programs, training programs, and general project management. Prior to that, Casey worked in the private industry, with expertise in the fields of retail management, sales, and marketing. Casey is a Florida Certified Contract Manager (FCCM) and has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Casey is an alum from FSU graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and English and currently pursuing a Juris Master from the FSU College of Law.

Judy Schaffer, E&I

Judy Schaffer is the Vice President of Interior and General Products/Services categories for E&I Cooperative Purchasing. Her responsibilities include overseeing the interior product and general product/services categories. Judy also has some responsibility for sustainability initiatives to serve E&I’s membership. Prior to joining the Cooperative, Judy served as the Director of Purchasing of Harford Community College for eleven years. Judy currently serves on the NAEP scholarship committee. She also served on the NAEP National Board of Directors, the NAEP Editorial Board, Sustainability Committee, Membership Committee and was President for the MD/DC/VA region.

Paul Harris, E&I

Paul Harris brings over thirty-five years of demonstrated success in the areas of process improvement, contract management, policy and procedure review, Procure-to-Pay implementation, and the management of organizational change. As an accomplished strategic sourcing professional with experience in both the Public and Private sectors, Paul utilizes critical thinking, consensus building, cross-functional group leadership to provide “best in class” solutions, which regularly exceed both executive goals and expectations. Paul held leadership roles as Chief Procurement Officer at Pensacola State College, VP Strategic Sourcing with a national GPO, and VP Consulting for a boutique consulting firm. Paul has a B.S. Management degree from the University of West Florida, and Masters Public Administration from Troy University. Paul is certified as an Engagement Manager, as well as both a Solution and a Technical Consultant for Jaggaer’s Source2Settle suite of applications. Currently, Paul manages E&I’s Business Partner relationships within the Athletics, Culinary, and Travel portfolios; providing contract subject matter assistance to E&I staff and members.

Becky L. Peterson, South Dakota State University

Becky Peterson has served as the Director of Housing and Residential Life at South Dakota State University since 2018. In her role, she provides leadership and oversight to the residential experiences on campus including residential education, business and administrative services, and facility services which include custodial and maintenance responsibility for over 18 residence halls and apartments, the University Student Union, and the Wellness Center. Prior to this role, Becky served as the Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where she oversaw campus student conduct and was a Title IX investigator. Becky’s passion is rooted in helping people learn, grow, and develop as a part of their experiences both on and off-campus. She lives this out through serving as a "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" volunteer, being an active gardener in training, and spending time with her family.

Tiffany Gonzales, University of Illinois at Chicago

Tiffany Gonzales (She, Her, Hers) is currently the Associate Director of Residence Life at Loyola University Chicago. A proud double Alum from Northern Illinois University (Go Huskies!), Tiffany calls Chicago home. Tiffany served in many roles within the regional housing association, GLACUHO, most recently finishing her Presidential term, and currently is on the Stewardship Committee. Tiffany strives to ensure students and staff voices are heard, especially focusing on those with marginalized identities. In her free time, Tiffany spends as much time outside (6 feet from everyone now), and cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks and Cubs (of course, now she dreams about the days when she can watch both again!) She also frequently is seen walking her 3-year-old Golden Retriever, Halsted.

Friday, June 26, 2020 | 12:30 - 3:15 p.m. EST
Empowering Your Campus: Students, Staff, Decision-Making

Stacy Connell, SLC Wellbeing, LLC

With 19 years of experience in higher education and corporate settings, Stacy Connell is a consultant, speaker, and founder of SLC Wellbeing, LLC. Wellbeing has been central to her career and watching its evolution from diet/exercise-based wellness programs to a whole-person culture strategy has deepened Stacy’s purpose and passion in her work with an end goal of using her talents to inspire healthy, thriving and resilient lives that address our nation’s severe health epidemics of mental illness and chronic disease. Stacy co-chairs the NIRSA Health and Wellbeing Task Force, serves on the Board of Directors for the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities, and serves on the Campus Wellbeing Advisory Council for the American Cancer Society, Jed Foundation and Partnership for a Healthier America. She also holds many fitness and wellness credentials including certified wellness practitioner, certified health coach, registered yoga teacher, certified strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, and fitness instructor. Stacy received a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology- Fitness & Nutrition and Biological Science from Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Georgia.

Stephen Barr, Ed.D., CASP, Virginia Commonwealth University

Stephen Barr, Ed.D., 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.

Before joining VCU, Stephen spent 7 years in Auxiliary Services at Louisiana State University and has been participating in NACAS events since 2010 where he has volunteered and presented at numerous regional and national conferences. Stephen currently sits on the NACAS East Board.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from the University of New Orleans and a Master in Public Administration from Louisiana State University and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2016, Stephen received his Certified Auxiliary Services Professional (CASP) certification from NACAS.