Our national organization offers a long list of resources founded on a vast framework of cooperative association. Cultivating alliances with each other, likeminded organizations, and universities- we offer our members a powerful venue to share professional experiences and ideas that spearhead personal successes. Listed below is a comprehensive list of services we offer our members.
  • Online Resources
  • Discussion Boards
  • Annual Conferences
  • Webinars

Benefits of Membership

Annual Conference

NAPAHE meets once each year, in March, in conjunction with the American Council on Education annual meeting. NAPAHE coordinates its schedule with ACE so that members can join with Presidents at ACE or choose to attend NAPAHE activities only.

Each year colleagues from colleges and universities around the country, and internationally, join together to network, exchange ideas in interactive sessions, explore and discuss topics of mutual interest, and have fun in a professional networking environment.

Keynote speakers have included numerous college and university presidents, trustees, vice presidents, Congressional staff, executive recruiters, communications specialists, marketing and branding experts, and humorists.

Join us at the annual conference to broaden your knowledge in:

  • Higher Education issues
  • Executive speech writing
  • Strategic planning
  • Event management
  • Relation and coalition building
  • Fundraising and advancement activities
  • University communications
  • Legislative and governmental affairs
  • Survival techniques for presidential assistants
  • Career enhancement and advancement
  • Presidential office management

Round Table Discussion Board

The value of NAPAHE comes not just from the resources you gain, but also from the relationships that are developed. Each person brings to the table unique experiences, knowledge and wisdom. That is why we are thrilled about our latest tool: the NAPAHE e-Round Table.

How to utilize the e-Round Table:

  • Ask a question to the group
  • Take a poll
  • Share resources that you found helpful
  • Get advice with challenging situations

NAPAHE Website

Membership also unlocks other member-only areas of the website, filled with useful and timely information for presidential assistants (PAs) and other professionals supporting higher education leaders.

As a member, you'll find resources such as links to sites that are of special interest, such as speech writing, job descriptions, national associations, federal and legislative issues, salary data and other hot topics. You will also find archives, contact information for our board of directors, volunteer and engagement opportunities, and information about membership renewal.

The site grows and changes each year, and new members are always welcome to contribute their work, ideas and photographs.

Ready to start reaping all the benefits of a NAPAHE membership?

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Letter from the Executive Director

Thank you for visiting the official website of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE).

NAPAHE was established to enhance the profession of presidential assistants (PAs) and other professionals supporting higher education leaders through programs, networking and information resources. Each year, NAPAHE holds an annual conference in conjunction with the American Council on Education’s Annual meeting. This conference is organized for professionals supporting higher education leaders from the United States and other countries. You join 2,121 presidential assistants listed in the Higher Education Publication (the big red book).

Recognizing that the roles and responsibilities of those in service to presidential leadership and higher education may be broad and varied, NAPAHE strives to ensure that its conference programming provides professional development opportunities for everyone. If you have not already done so, please be sure to mark this year’s conference dates of March 8-10, 2019, on your calendar, which will be held in Philadelphia, PA at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.  

Other valuable benefits of NAPAHE membership include access to the Association’s e-Round Table, which serves as a resource to our members for obtaining answers to challenging questions and dilemmas they may be encountering on their campuses and their day-to-day work. In addition to the e-Round Table and the annual conference, NAPAHE members also cite networking, free webinars on pertinent topics, and the discount on the annual conference registration fee as other great benefits of membership.

If you are currently a member of NAPAHE, thank you for your continued support and membership. We invite you to become more involved in the organization by volunteering and sharing your thoughts, ideas, and experiences. If you are considering membership, we invite you to contact us with any questions you may have about the organization or membership. Please refer to the listing below of the current NAPAHE Board of Directors. As always, thank you for all that you do for higher education and for the contributions you make to ensure student success.

Brittny Daubenheyer
NAPAHE Executive Director

Board of Directors

Chair

Chair

Barbara Sandoval
Senior Executive Assistant to the President

Western Washington University

516 High Street
Bellingham, WA  98225

(360) 650-7614

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Past Chair; Sponsorships Committee Chair

Past Chair; Sponsorships Committee Chair

Kathryn Enke
Chief of Staff & Lead Title IX Coordinator

College of Saint Benedict

37 South College Avenue
St. Joseph, MN  56374

(320) 363-5070

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Chair-Elect;  Communications Committee Chair

Chair-Elect; Communications Committee Chair

Kai Swanson
Special Assistant to the President

Augustana College

639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL  61201

(309) 230-6488

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Executive Director

Executive Director

Brittny Daubenheyer

National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE)

PO Box 10390
Conway, AR 72034

(479) 857-0871

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Secretary

Secretary

Tony Mesa
Executive Secretary to the Chancellor

The California State University

401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802

(562) 951-4700

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Treasurer; Membership & Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

Treasurer; Membership & Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

Diane Fornieri
Chief of Staff & Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Molloy College

1000 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY  11571

(516) 323-3204

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Membership & Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

Membership & Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

Kerri Green
Senior Assistant to the President & Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Hartwick College

P.O. Box 4022
Oneonta, NY 13820

(607) 431-4162

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Conference Committee Chair

Conference Committee Chair

Michelle Mulhern
Chief of Staff & Secretary, Board of Trustees

Northeast Ohio Medical University

4209 State Route 44
Rootstown, OH  44272

(330) 325-6263

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Nominating Committee Chair

Nominating Committee Chair

Stephanie Johnston
Executive Administrative Manager to the President

Georgia Institute of Technology

225 North Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30332

(404) 894-8162

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Conference Committee Vice-Chair

Conference Committee Vice-Chair

Stefani Schuette
Executive Assistant to the President

Lindenwood University

209 S. Kings Highway
St. Charles, MO  63301

(636) 949-4916

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Board Member

Board Member

Kim H. Durr
Chief of Staff

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Box 1151
Edwardsville, IL  62026

(618) 650-2475

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Board Member

Board Member

Michael Johnson
Chief of Staff

University of Houston

212 E. Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204

(703) 627-7420

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Board Member

Board Member

Kelley Mills
Chief of Staff

Tarrant County College District

1500 Houston
Fort Worth, TX 76102

(817) 515-5007

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Board Member

Board Member

Brian Shook
Chief of Staff

Biola University

13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639

562-903-4702

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Board Member

Board Member

Leshia C. Claudio
Deputy Chief of Staff

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

(415) 338-1381

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Board Member

Board Member

Will Ferbos
Assistant Vice President and
Deputy Chief of Staff

Tulane University

6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

(504) 862-8370

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Board Member

Board Member

Melissa A. Maszczak
Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board

Thomas Edison State University

111 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

(609) 984-1105

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Board Member

Board Member

Bobbi Nelson
Executive Assistant to the President

Union College

807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308

(518) 388-6101

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Board Member

Board Member

Asma Raouf
Executive Assistant to the President

Northeastern Illinois University

5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

(773) 442-5402

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Board Member

Board Member

Don-Terry Veal
Chief of Staff

Morgan State University

1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Truth Hall, Room 400
Baltimore, MD 21251

(443) 885-3200

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Board Member

Board Member

Cheryl Yuzwa
College Secretary and
Executive Assistant to the President

St. Thomas More College

University of Saskatchewan
1437 College Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W6

(306) 966-8903

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National Association
of Presidential Assistants
in Higher Education

PO Box 10390
Conway, AR 72034

Brittny Daubenheyer,
NAPAHE Executive Director Phone 479-857-0871
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