Congratulations to the 2017 Region V Award Winners!

Jessika Chi

October 2, 2017

Congratulations to the following recipients of a NASPA Region V Award! Award recipients will be recognized during the Awards Luncheon at the upcoming NASPA Western Regional Conference on the Island of O’ahu, Honolulu, Hawai’i on November 6, 2017.

Undergraduate Rising Star Award
Andrea Salcedo, Weber State University

Andrea Salcedo is a proud Latinx first generation graduate of Weber State University. As an undergraduate, Andrea worked to support underrepresented students in navigating the transitions of college and academic work as a peer mentor, while also initiating the development of a program that used Latinx students' narratives to allow student to reflect on and develop their identities titled, "The Mi Verdad Project." She will be pursuing her Master's degree through the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy with an emphasis in Student Affairs at the University of Utah. Andrea remains passionate about empowering underrepresented college students throughout their educational pathways by serving as an ally and advocate for their needs. 

Graduate Rising Star Award
Sarah Garcia, Oregon State University

Sarah Garcia (she/her/hers) is a graduate student in the College Student Services Administration Master's program at Oregon State University(OSU) where she has been the driving force behind many new initiatives on campus including Beavers In It Together, the first diversity and inclusion training to be required of all incoming first-year students at OSU and the Unified Greek Council Scholars Initiative, an innovative program designed to reward undergraduate students for investing in their academic success. Her demonstrated commitment to supporting students also extends beyond her graduate program as she currently serves as the National Board Director of Academics for Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. As an equity-minded student affairs practitioner, Sarah is dedicated to creating equitable environments that allow all students to thrive. 

Outstanding New Professional Award
Ricardo Salazar, UNLV-Reno

Ricardo “Ricky” Salazar serves as a Coordinator for The Center: Every Student, Every Story at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his BA in Criminal Justice and MA in Social Work from the University and began his work within student affairs soon after. Currently, he heads the University’s Safe Zone Ally Workshops and develops programming and retention services for Latinx students through the Las Culturas Initiative, but most importantly, he strives to instill empowerment, pride and well-being through his many interactions with his community – the Wolf Pack.

Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award
Kathryn Coquemont, Salt Lake Community College

Kathryn Kay Coquemont currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Student Development at Salt Lake Community College, recently transitioning from her role as Director of New Student and Family programs at the University of Utah. She has previously worked at the University of Utah, Georgetown University, the University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the consulting firm Accenture. Her experience has spanned Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Academic Affairs with a special focus in change management. She currently serves on the Region V Board and on the 2018 Annual Conference Engagement sub-committee and has served on the Board for NASPA’s Center for Women, on two Western Regional Conference committees, as co-chair for the API KC mentoring program, as a faculty member for the Dungy Leadership Institute, and as a NUFP mentor. She is a mother of three and currently finishing her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy. 

Community College Professional Award
Chrissy L. Davis Jones, Spokane Falls Community College

Currently, Chrissy serves as the Acting Vice President of Student Services at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, WA. She has nearly 20 years of experience working at various community and technical colleges with 16 of those years focused on developing, restructuring, and implementing successful student services-related programs with an expertise in academic advisement systems.  Chrissy also serves as faculty for the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) online classes through Kansas State University and the graduate studies program at Whitworth University in the College of Education. When she is not in the “traditional classroom,” she is facilitating workshops, conducting presentations, and/or spending time researching and writing that includes serving as reviewer/Editorial Board member for NASPA’s Journal of About Women in Higher Education.   

NUFP Champion Award
Angel De Jesus Gonzalez, Shoreline Community College

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Ángel currently lives in Seattle, WA where he works at Shoreline Community College as the Assistant Director for Student Life. He has a Master of Arts in Post-secondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University and completed his undergraduate career at Whittier College. Ángel has worked as a Study Abroad Advisor, Program Coordinator for a Cultural Center, and most recently served as a Resident Director at Pacific Lutheran University. Ángel aims to underpin his work via a social justice lens in order to help support and advocate for marginalized students. His passion is working with Latinx students and young men of color in order to minimize the educational pipeline gap. He has been instrumental in creating NUFP initiatives across platforms. He helped start the NUFP curriculum at Pacific Lutheran University, served as a NUFP mentor, and participated in the Dungy Leadership Institute last summer. He is currently involved with NASPA in various roles including the Latinx Knowledge Community NUFP liaison, serves on the NUFP board, and also forms part of the CCD/Latinx/a/o Task Force. 

Innovative Program Award
“Amigos Mentores” by Luz Gamarra, Salt Lake Community College

Luz Gamarra is the Multicultural Student Success Coordinator for Hispanic/Latino(a) students in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). She is also the founder, and coordinator of the Peer Mentoring Program, SLCC Amigos Mentores since 2011. After completing her Juris Doctorate at the University of San Marcos in Peru, she pursued a Master of Social Work at the University of Utah. Her outreach efforts and community involvement have been instrumental components to mentoring other students, and raising funds for academic and need based scholarships. Among many committees, she is a Member of “Generations of Latinos in Higher Education” Board of Directors, Chair of the Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month at SLCC and member of the Ethnic Minority Coalition Committee in Utah. Luz has always stressed the benefits and challenges of power relations, institutional structures, and the right to an education. She looks forward to continue advancing social justice, and access to education.

KC Award for Collaboration and Visibility
SAPAA, Jes Takla, Pacific Lutheran University

Jes Takla is in her fifth year at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, Washington as the Director of Residential Programs where she oversees the educational and leadership programs within Residential Life. Prior to PLU, Jes worked for five years at her undergraduate alma mater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as the Assistant Director and then Director of Campus Life. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Master of Arts in 2008 and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2006. Jes currently serves as the Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs (SAPAA) Knowledge Community Representative for Region V. Her work in creating SAPAA events and initiatives has elevated the visibility of the KC and is deserving of the KC Award for Collaboration and Visibility!

Scott Goodnight Outstanding Dean Award
Denzil Suite, University of Washington Seattle

Dr. Denzil Suite serves as the Vice President for Student Life at the University of Washington. He leads a comprehensive division of approximately 1,000 professionals in creating and maintaining a healthy campus environment through services, programs, and innovative learning experiences beyond the classroom and through a highly collaborative relationship with other senior UW leaders. He has worked professionally in student affairs for over 25 years and has held numerous leadership roles in various professional associations, including currently serving on the Board of Directors at NASPA.

Scott Goodnight Outstanding Dean Award
Tom Huelsbeck, Pacific Lutheran University

Tom currently serves as Associate Vice President for Campus Life at Pacific Lutheran University; however, his more than a dozen (and counting) different PLU titles - including Interim Director of Facilities Management, Interim Director of Career Connections, and two short stints as Interim Vice President of Student Life - provide a more accurate reflection of his commitment to, and contribution across, the university community. A close alignment of personal and institutional mission and values has equipped Tom to make a career of his time at PLU, enabling strong relationships with students, staff and faculty from across the breadth of the institution, and allowing him to provide perspective, voice, and effort where most needed.

Distinguished Service to the Profession
Lincoln Johnson, University of Washington Seattle

Lincoln serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Life at the University of Washington where his portfolio centers primarily on campus and student engagement. In some circles, students refer to him as “Miss Manners” due to his ever-vigilant education of professional etiquette for students. When he’s not on campus, Lincoln hikes the Cascades, supports theatre and dance in the community, and volunteers with the Pride Foundation, Roots Young Adult Shelter, Sanctuary Art Center, and NASPA.

Fred Turner Outstanding Service to NASPA
Amy Bergerson, University of Utah

Amy Aldous Bergerson, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Utah. In nearly 30 years working in higher education, Amy has developed programs, conducted research, and taught and advised students to better understand the experiences of diverse college students. Amy has mentored a growing community of higher education scholars and practitioners, has won several teaching awards, and is the Co-Editor of the NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education.

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