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Executive Team

Melanie Gottlieb

Executive Director

Quintina Barnett Gallion

Associate Executive Director
Strategy and Planning 

Dr. Tina DeNeen

Associate Executive Director
Meetings and Partnerships

Michele Sandlin

Interim Associate Executive Director
Consulting and SEM

AACRAO Consulting

Jody Gordon

Managing Consultant
AACRAO Consulting

Mike Simmons

Strategic Projects Manager
AACRAO Consulting

Nicole Spero

Senior Associate Director
AACRAO Consulting

Content and Curriculum

Michael Sisson

Associate Director
Content and Curriculum

LeRoy Rooker

Senior Fellow

Annetta Stroud

Associate Director
Content and Curriculum

Communication & Marketing

Corinne MacIntire

Marketing and Communication

Christine Apple

Community and Volunteers

Joseph Beam


Mariana Patterson

Marketing and Communication

Heather Zimar

Managing Editor
C&U and SEM Quarterly

Corporate Partnerships

Natalia Jimenez

Assistant Director
Marketing and Exhibits


Tiffany Hsu

Executive Assistant and Board Liaison

Government Relations

William Gil

Government Relations

Michelle Mott

Associate Director
Government Relations and Communications

Information Technology

Charles Han

Information Technology

Matt MacIntire 

Associate Director
Information Technology


Julia Funaki


Drew Carlisle

Assistant Director
EDGE Development

David Mihalyi

Assistant Director

Meetings & Special Events

Becky Fowkes

Associate Director
Meetings and Special Events

Erika M. Watts

Assistant Director
Meetings and Special Events

Membership & Publications

Martha Henebry

Director of Operations
Membership & Publications

Alex Lojko

Associate Director
Membership and Awards

Orlando Mayorga

Assistant Director, Operations, Membership, & Publications


Dr. Wendy Kilgore



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Introducing AACRAO’s Interim Executive Director, Melanie Gottlieb

Mar 9, 2021

Gottlieb to serve as Interim Executive Director beginning May 1

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AACRAO Executive Director search update

Feb 23, 2021

Candidate to be announced before the 2021 (106th) AACRAO Annual Meeting.

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Meet Joseph Beam, AACRAO’s new Marketing Coordinator

Feb 23, 2021

Help us welcome him to our team.

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AACRAO approves new Strategic Plan

Jan 25, 2021

Next step: develop strategies and tactics.

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Meet Anita Nuñez Cepollaro, AACRAO’s new Director of Corporate Partnerships

Jan 11, 2021

Help us welcome her to the team.

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3 goodbye lessons: On becoming a statistic, and embracing it

Dec 12, 2020

Connect editor Brooke Barnett says goodbye to AACRAO.

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Update on AACRAO’s Strategic Planning process

Sep 5, 2020

New 10-year plan to be released in the coming months.

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AACRAO staff to present on international credential evaluation at TAICEP

Sep 5, 2020

Conference to be held virtually in October.

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Meet Jonathan Cao-Nguyen, new International Educational News Content Curator for EDGE

Sep 5, 2020

Researching and documenting education news from around the world.

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In memory of Edward Devlin

Jul 25, 2020

Ed’s groundbreaking work and advocacy enriched AACRAO and higher education.

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8 tips for keeping your team connected from the home office

Mar 23, 2020

Remote work is the new normal, but physical distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation.

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AACRAO welcomes Tina DeNeen as Associate Executive Director

Mar 17, 2019

The University Registrar, basketball aficionado, and long-time AACRAO volunteer will become the new AED of Meetings and Partnerships on May 1.

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AACRAO’s Janie Barnett to retire in 2019

Oct 29, 2018

After nearly 50 years in service to higher education, the Associate Executive Director and “heart of AACRAO” is ready for her next adventure.

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AACRAO welcomes William Gil as the Director of Government Relations

Feb 7, 2017

AACRAO's seat at the table with the presidential administration and Congress.

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Meet the AACRAO Staff: Melanie Gottlieb, Deputy Director

Aug 25, 2015

Melanie talks about the transition from institution to association and confesses to "a serious book habit."

Meet the AACRAO Staff: Nicole Spero, Assoc. Dir. of Consulting

Mar 23, 2015

She oversees the task flow of consulting projects -- and has been known to frequent throwback 80s parties.

Meet the Staff: Heather Zimar, Managing Editor, C&U and SEM Quarterly

Mar 17, 2015

Meet AACRAO's resident polo fan, yogini and C&U wordsmith.

Meet the AACRAO Staff: Dr. Tom Green, Associate Executive Director, Consulting and SEM

Jan 13, 2015

AACRAO's art and theater enthusiast, classical musician and practicing SEM doctor.

Meet the Staff: Julia Funaki, Associate Director, International Education Services

Dec 2, 2014

This issue, promenade with avid reader, chef and practiced square dancer Julia Funaki.

Meet the Staff: Charles Han, Assistant Director of Information Technology

Oct 21, 2014

Meety AACRAO's resident IT guru, pool shark, and dance pro!

Meet the AACRAO Staff: Michelle Cormier Mott

Oct 23, 2013

Meet the AACRAO Staff: Natalia Jimenez -- Asst. Director, Marketing and Exhibits

Oct 22, 2013