Deborah R. Barnett, Ph.D. has served in Non-Traditional Student Services, a Student Affairs unit at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale, since 2011. Her professional roles include more than 20 years experience in various sectors including higher education and elementary education along with a strong background in business. Dr. Barnett earned her doctoral degree in education in 2014 and holds a master's degree in education and bachelor's degree in business administration. She has been interested in and involved with assessment for more than a decade through various administrative roles. She is credited with nine publications including a 2015 NASPA Conference publication related to program assessment and evaluation.
Deborah, along with co-presenter Heather Brake, were the first administrative staff at SIU to be selected as Provost Assessment Fellows. This fellowship allowed them to work closely with SIU's Associate Provost for Academic Programs on their project to bridge the academic/co-curricular divide through the co-curricular résumé. This unique opportunity was the catalyst for what evolved into The SIU Advantage. Dr. Barnett also serves on SIU's Co-Curricular Assessment Committee (CCAC) and Campus-Wide Assessment Committee (CWAC) which includes a select group of faculty and staff committed to improving campus assessment of both classroom and out-of-classroom learning.
Martha Harper lives in Clarksville TN, where she moved to open the Adult and Nontraditional Student Center at Austin Peay. She began her second career in higher education, while attending school at Virginia Commonwealth University as a nontraditional student. Previously she was a small business owner collaborating with local and nationally renowned photographers to develop film and prints for museum and corporate display. As the digital age revolutionized photography, Martha went for something completely different and studied History, Religious Studies and Counselor Education. She holds both a B.A. and M.Ed. from VCU and spent her time there advocating for off-campus students. Martha has been a member of NASPA since 2009 and is proud to be in Region III at Austin Peay supporting the lifestyle and engagement of students who have had a few turns on their road to education.
Katy Kemp serves as Director of the Center for Academic Performance at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. The UNT Health Science Center is a small graduate professional only campus in the heart of Fort Worth’s cultural district. The focus of her work includes overseeing the staff and programming that provide academic support, disability services, writing and presentation support, and tutoring to adult learners and many student parents. Katy earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas.
Melanie Soland, MSW, LISW, is the Student Parent Counselor at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities’ Student Parent HELP Center, where she is primarily responsible for direct student service delivery. Melanie is a licensed independent social worker who has been working with student parents in higher education for close to 6 years.
James Stewart serves as Assistant Director of Adult, Veteran and Commuter Student Affairs at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Prior to DePaul, James was the assistant director of Student Development Services at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) working with commuter student resources. Prior to UIC, James served in the Campus Life office at Knox College