The ACPA 2016 Convention in Montréal is the association’s first convention outside of the United States in its 92-year history.  Everyone attending the ACPA 2016 Convention next month should watch this convention preview episode to learn how best to plan your schedule, connect with others, and engage in new learning and experiences in Montréal. If you can’t make it to the convention in person, tune into find out how you can enter our raffle for a free ACPA 2016 Digital Pass by tweeting during this episode.

Join hosts Heather Shea Gasser and Tony Doody as they speak with several members of the ACPA Convention Team and the ACPA Executive Director about all of the events, professional development, and learning opportunities awaiting you in Montréal.

Hope you join us. As always, please email questions in advance to or tweet to #HigherEdLive during the episode and we’ll do our best to incorporate them into the conversation.


Episode Host

Heather Shea

Heather Shea

Heather Shea's career in student affairs spans nearly two decades and five different campuses, and involves experience in many different functional areas including residence life, multicultural affairs, women’s centers, student activities, leadership development, and commuter/nontraditional student services–she identifies as a student affairs generalist. Heather is currently serving as the director of Women*s Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs at Michigan State University having just completed her Ph.D. in MSU's HALE (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education) Program. She completed her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University in 2000. Connect with Heather on Twitter at @heather_shea_


Tony Doody - Co-Host

Tony Doody has over 24 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Student Engagement at Rutgers University. Over the last 4 years, Tony has presented at over twenty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He is the recent Innovation chair for the ACPA 2014 conference, serves on the ACPA Credentialing team, and is co-chair of the ACPA Presidential Task Force on Technology. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.


Chris Moody

Chris Moody (uses he/him/his pronouns) is currently employed at the Assistant Vice President of Campus Life at American University and a doctoral student in Higher Education Administration program at George Washington University, both located in Washington, DC (USA). In this role, he oversees departments responsible for on and off-campus housing, residential education, campus dining and meal plans, as well as university ID card operations for all university students, faculty and staff and the summer conference and guest housing program. Chris received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University (NC) and his Master’s degree in College Student Development from Appalachian State University (NC). Previous employment experiences include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University, the University of Memphis, and the Semester at Sea program. After serving on three prior ACPA planning teams and the Governing Board from 2011-2014, Chris currently has the distinction of being the ACPA 2016 in Montreal Convention Chair. Connect with Chris on Twitter at @chrismoody8.


Stephanie H. Chang

Stephanie is a doctoral candidate in the Student Affairs Concentration from the University of Maryland, College Park. Stephanie’s higher education and student affairs background is in LGBTQ Resource Centers and Leadership Education. Currently, she serves as the Chair of the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board on the ACPA 2016 Montreal Convention Steering Team. Connect with Stephanie on Twitter at @Mongah.


Dr. Rachel Beech

Dr. Rachel A. Beech serves as Senior Director, International Enrollment Management and Assistant Dean, Admissions at the University of Arizona and is serving as the Special Events Coordinator on the #ACPA16 team.  On campus she oversees the institution’s work with inbound international undergraduate students entering degree seeking, visiting and exchange programs through student recruitment, application and enrollment processing, and scholarship distribution.   Rachel’s experience includes academic student engagement, orientation management and first year experience programming.   She earned her Ed.D. in 2011 from Arizona State University with a dissertation focused on the early career experience of women in student service roles.  Connect with Rachel on Twitter at @rabeech


Richard Zereik

As Associate Director, Services for Students at McGill University, Richard plays a leadership role in fostering and enhancing the student experience. He contributes to the Unit’s strategic direction, objectives and plans, maintains partnerships with other University units and external partners, is responsible for developing and managing multiple concurrent projects and supports the overall functioning of the multi-dimensional Student Services. Prior to joining McGill, Richard held senior management positions in organizations concerned with humanitarian emergencies and international, youth and community development, including 12 years with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Richard is currently a member of the International Association of Student Affairs and Services’ (IASAS) Board of Management and is their Regional Coordinator for North America, Central America and the Caribbean. He is the International delegate on NASPA-Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education’s International Education Knowledge Community Leadership Team and has served on the steering committee of the NASPA International Symposium. Richard is also presently serving as the Chair of the Canadian Advisory Board for the ACPA- College Student Educators International’s 2016 Convention Steering Committee.  Connect with Richard on Twitter at @RichardZereik.


Dr. Cindi Love

Dr. Cindi Love officially assumed the role of Executive Director of ACPA—College Student Educators International in Washington, DC in July, 2014. Prior to this appointment, she was the Executive Director of Soulforce, home of the Equality Ride, an international advocacy and activist group in behalf of LGBT human rights. Dr. Love serves as a member of the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group Advising the US Secretary of State on religious oppression of LGBT persons outside the United States and she is a member of the United Nations/UUO Compass Coalition for LGBT/SOGI Human Rights. She completed her doctorate in educational administration at Texas Tech University and she is a Bohnett Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Follow Dr. Love on Twitter @DrCindiLove.