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Dr. Charlie Andrews
Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education at Florida International University

Charlie is responsible for working with all of the academic colleges, schools, and departments to coordinate and support all of the academic advising initiatives for more than FIU’s 40,000+ undergraduate students. He also works with a team of individuals to supporting ensure adequate and ongoing training and professional development initiatives for more than 100 professional academic advisors. His responsibilities also include oversight for the Exploratory Academic Advising Center, Academic Advising Technology, the Center for Academic Success, and First Year Programs. Charlie has worked at FIU since 1999 in various positions including Director of the Academic Advising Center, Director of Campus Life, Director of Orientation & Commuter Services, Assistant Director of Orientation, and Academic Advisor.

Charlie has over 20 years of experience in higher education and prior to coming to FIU he has also held various positions in academic advising, student activities, Greek life, and new student orientation at several institutions including Clemson University, Bowling Green State University, and Heidelberg College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from FIU, a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from FIU. Charlie has presented at several regional and national conferences and has conducted external reviews of orientation and advising programs for institutions such as Colorado State University, Oregon State University, Pennsylvania State University-Abington, and University of Minnesota. Charlie held several leadership positions within NODA including Regional Coordinator (1999-2001), Director of Regions (2001-2004), and President (2004-2007).


Andrene Kaiwi-Lenting
Director, New Student & Transition Programs at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)

Andrene Kaiwi-Lenting coordinates orientation and transition programs for new students and their family members. Orientation at Cal Poly includes three major programs -- Open House Preview Weekend, summer orientation sessions, and the Week of Welcome (WOW).   Week of Welcome at Cal Poly is recognized for its active student leadership format and volunteerism, its community relations, it’s comprehensive program offerings, and its ability to outreach to and educate new students in transition through multimedia and technology.  Andrene has been a part-time faculty member for the School of Education Graduate Program in Counseling & Guidance for Higher Education.  In addition, she works closely with Aware, Awake, Alive, a non-profit organization that educates college students about the signs of alcohol poisoning, encourages peers to intervene when they see a person that needs help.  She is an active member and leader of NODA, the Association for Orientation, Transition & Retention in Higher Education where she has served the association in many leadership roles -- including association consulting, annual conference host, on the board of directors, as regional coordinator of four states, as faculty for the Orientation Professionals Institute and as the association's president.  She is a recipient of Cal Poly’s Student Affairs Chandler Award; was recently awarded the Outstanding Orientation Professional award for her region of NODA; and a 2016 Diamond Honoree Award from ACPA – College Student Educator’s International. 

When she is not leading, planning or mentoring, she is the “most favorite Aunty” to Emma, Mailey and Jaxxon Kekoa.  She is very passionate about her Hawaiian culture and dances the hula to keep “aloha” in her life. 

Dr. Richard Mullendore

Dr. Richard Mullendore retired in 2014 as Professor Emeritus of College Student Affairs Administration at the University of Georgia, and now lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.  During his career, Mullendore served as the vice president for student affairs at the University of Georgia and vice chancellor for student life at the University of Mississippi. He also worked at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the University of Charleston (WV), and Tusculum College (TN). He is a Fellow of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (FYE). 

Dr. Mullendore served on the NODA Board from 1987-1993, and was president 1990-1992. He is the author and/or editor of approximately 50 publications, including the first edition of Designing Successful Transitions: A Guide for Orienting Students to College, a NODA/FYE collaboration. His co-authored booklets for parents have sold over 650,000 copies, directly benefiting NODA and FYE. In addition to his service to NODA, he served on the NASPA Board of Directors, the editorial board of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the directorates of Commissions I & II of ACPA.  He has received several awards including the Pillar of the Profession (NASPA), the Bob Leach Award for Outstanding Service to Students (NASPA, Region III), the Outstanding Contributions to the Orientation Profession Award (NODA), the Outstanding Professional Contribution Award (North Carolina College Personnel Association), and the President’s Award (NODA). He is most likely to be found, however, on the nearest golf course!


Rick Sparks
Interim Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at Virginia Tech

Rick Sparks currently serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Learning Systems Innovation and Effectiveness and University Registrar at Virginia Tech.  In this role he ensures the academic integrity of the university and provides accuracy and security of all academic records of current and former students. Previously he held the position of Interim Director of Student Centers and Activities and from 2003-2015 served as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of New Student Programs.  Prior to coming to Virginia Tech he served in positions at the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, and the Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Office. Rick is originally from Pembroke, VA and currently lives in Christiansburg with his wife and two kids. 




Dr. Jeanine Ward-Roof
Vice President for Student Affairs at Ferris State University

Jeanine is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Ferris State University working with the following functional areas: admissions, career services, commencement, dean of student life, enrollment services, financial aid, health center, institutional research and testing, multicultural student services, orientation, personal counseling center, records office/registrar, student center, student conduct, student leadership and activities, student employment and university recreation. Jeanine has worked at state and private institutions ranging in student enrollment size from 1,200 to 40,000+ students.  Prior to her current role, she served as Dean of Students at Florida State University and in a variety of roles including Director of Student Development Services at Clemson University.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Communication from Ohio University, her Master's degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and her Ph.D. from Clemson University in Educational Leadership.

She has been involved in NODA since 1987 and has served as President, Director of Regions, member of the Board of Directors, editor of the Orientation Review, co-editor and chapter author for the 2003 Designing Successful Transitions: A Guide to Orientating Students to College and editor of the 2010 edition of the same publication, faculty member OPI and Interassociation Liaison.

She has received several awards including the Service Award from South Carolina College Personnel Association, the John Award for Distinguished Service to NASPA Region III and the Outstanding Research Award, President's Award and the New Professionals Award from NODA. In March 2014 she ended her term as the Regional Director for NASPA Region III and continues to present and write on the topics of orientation, parent and family relations, compassion fatigue and change management.

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