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I am the Associate Registrar for Degree Progress & Audit at Stanford University. I started at Stanford in 2016 as a Degree Progress Specialist overseeing the coterm and transfer admit populations, and in my time at Stanford: co-created the Coffee With Your Colleagues student services staff training and collaboration initiative, proliferated internal job aids, created and revamped Registrar Office webpage content to provide better and more student-friendly language, was responsible for interpreting and reassessing complex policies/practices (and, in some cases, presenting these policy recommendations to faculty and administrative bodies),launched a University-wide transfer articulation database (TES), worked with partners across campus (including the Institutional Reporting, Student Information Systems, and University IT’s Business Intelligence divisions) to develop reporting and auditing resources. I currently serve on the AACRAO Transfer & Articulation Committee and am participating in PACRAO’s inaugural Leadership Development Institute. I want to serve on PACRAO’s Nominations and Elections Committee because I would like to get more involved with PACRAO, have more opportunities to network within PACRAO, and because serving on this committee would be an important aspect of my PACRAO LDI participation. Thank you for your consideration.
Katherine Cable spends her working hours as the Academic Records Coordinator at Southern Oregon University, which means she's equal parts archivist and doer of things that defy categorization. She comes to higher education from what could easily be called a variety of career choices in her past, including Emergency Medicine, Search and Rescue, a term in the Marines, and a number of other odds and ends. She spends her off hours as an independent filmmaker, transgender activist and community volunteer, helping students with matters surrounding gender transition and LGBTQ+ support.
Chelsea Kay-Wong was born and raised in Hawaii. Coming from a low income first generation family and choosing to start a family during freshmen year in college, the odds of success were improbable. However, Chelsea persevered and pursued a degree in Business Administration at the University of Hawaii at Hilo graduating with honors and as a member of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. Chelsea has served in multiple roles within the Office of the Registrar over the past nine years including Records Specialist, Office Manager, Assistant Registrar and most recently Registrar. Chelsea has received numerous awards for her professional work including being awarded the UH Hilo S.T.A.R "Work Smarter" Award being an advocate for increasing efficiency and striving for consistency within UH Hilo and the University of Hawaii System. Most recently, Chelsea has been accepted in the University of Hawaii Presidential Executive Leadership Program (PELP) for the 2018-2019 cohort. Chelsea's experiences have been focused in and around Hawaii, however she hopes to continue her learning and impact positive change on the profession of Registrars and Admissions Officers by serving as a part of the Nominations & Elections committee. Chelsea's hope is to gain a better understanding of larger organizations within her profession and take on leadership roles in the future.
Ruben Lubers is the Associate Director of Operations for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of California at Merced (UC Merced). In his 15 year career with admissions in the UC system, starting first at the Davis campus, he has taken roles in public admissions advising, event coordinating, regional recruiting and currently oversees the evaluation, articulation and systems teams. As a mathematician, he enjoys solving problems especially when it involves technology, or groups of modulo 5. He enjoys working at UC Merced as he gets to help build a still growing institution by implementing new technologies and processes.
He is excited to be joining the Nominations and Elections Committee (N&E) as a way of networking within the PACRAO organization. Also, it gives him the chance of being more active in the professional organization that guides Registrar and Admissions offers. In addition to networking, he is interested in learning more about how the association works and how he might be able to contribute to the development and growth of newer members.
I found my “north star” when I started working in higher education although it took a circuitous route before I landed here. After high school I served 4 years in the U.S. Navy, and grew tremendously both personally and professionally from my time in the military. Afterwards, I began taking classes at night while working full time during the day for a utility company. Over the course of 7 years, I slowly chipped away at my bachelor’s degree and finally graduated with a Business Administration degree. Turned out to be good timing because the utility company merged with another and many departments offered severance packages as they did not need duplicate departments. I took the leave and after some soul searching found myself drawn to a job posting at my alma mater (Regis University in Denver Co.) to become an admissions recruiter for their School for Professional Studies. Non-traditional learners felt like kindred spirits and alas, I had found my way into this wonderful and sometimes wacky profession! Several years later I earned my graduate degree from Regis; a Master of Science in Management with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership.
I was fortunate to have many opportunities to work in admissions recruiting, marketing and outreach, along with a few years in alumni relations while at Regis University. I then made a move to Salt Lake City and the University of Utah in the Registrar’s Office. Once again I feel lucky to have worked with classroom scheduling, registration and records, graduation, transcripts, and last but not least athletic and veteran certification. The variety has been fulfilling and challenging, however, the opportunity to continue learning is the best aspect of all. I also truly enjoy the development of staff and offering encouragement and guidance whenever I’m able to.
Attending PACRAO conferences over the past 4 years has been a highlight of my professional journey, and I would be thrilled to serve as one of the six participants on the Nominations & Elections committee! The opportunity to give back to this dedicated organization in a tangible manner by recruiting other “PACRAONS” to consider serving in upcoming board positions – as well as future N& E committees seems like a terrific way to be more involved. It would be my privilege to serve in this capacity!
Kory Riddle is the Assistant Registrar at UC San Diego where she services the Enrollment Services team which handles NCAA certifications, VA benefits, special programs, residency for tuition purposes, transcripts and verifications, and enrollment. Kory has been in higher education for 9 years and holds a Bachelor degree in Philosophy Pre-Law and a Masters of Business Administration. She is the chair for the university’s Electronic Information Committee, the Enrollment Authorization System Workgroup, and is involved in several campus-wide projects and initiatives aimed to improve the student and staff experience. Kory is a champion of continuous improvement and enjoys presenting training and informational sessions to groups large and small. Kory views the Nominations and Elections Committee as a way to contribute to the profession and introduce others to leadership opportunities.
Chynna is the NSHE Specialist in the Admissions and Records office at Truckee Meadows Community College. She has a Master degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor degree in Psychology. She is passionate about advocating for students and making higher education an achievable goal. Chynna would like to service on the Nominations and Elections Committee to help grow the presence of Community College members in PACRAO as well as become involved in the great work PACRAO does.
My first time at PACRAO ignited a new passion to strive to be a better contingent of the Registrar’s Office, and left the conference with burning tasks to advance my professional skills. I would like to return and be a part of PACRAO to contribute to this wonderful organization that has affected me more than expected, and to participate in helping continue build more opportunities to others in the same career path as mine.