AHEPPP is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Board members serve for 3-year, renewable terms and represent the diversity of college and university programs, including members from public and private institutions, large and small institutions from different geographical regions. The board will elect a President-Elect, Treasurer, and Conference Liaison. The Coordinator will organize the nominations, and board members will vote, and approve future board members. 

Board of Directors

Branka Kristic, Hofstra University





Past President 
Brian Watkins, University of Maryland



President- Elect
Emily Parker, 
University of Tennessee

altConference Committee Liaison 
Laci Weeden, Georgia Institute of Technology



Shari Glaser, Western Michigan University



altBoard Member
Jamie Patton, Ohio University



altBoard Member
Chelsea Petree, Rochester Institute of Technology




altBoard Member
Amy Swank,
Gonzaga University



altBoard Member
Kesha Williams
, Johns Hopkins University




Lindsay O. McKinney, Coordinator

Laura Rogers, Accountant

AHEPPP Board of Directors Emeritae

Sheila Hrdlicka, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Founding Member)
Laura Stevens, University of Denver (Past Treasurer ~ Founding Member)
Deanie Kepler, Southern Methodist University (Founding Member)

Marjorie Savage, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Founding Member)

Nancy Hardendorf, Johnson & Wales University (Founding Member)

Jennifer Bell, North Carolina State University (Founding Member)
Cindy Beaman, Vincennes University (Founding Member)

Chad Barnhardt, Ohio University (Past Chairperson)

Dawn Bruner, University of Rochester 
Colleen O’Connor Bench, Syracuse University (Past Chairperson; Founding Member)
Kris Stewart, Miami University (Past Chairperson; Founding Member) 

Nancy Stephens, University of Kentucky

Founding Board of Directors

Founding members of the group laid a foundation for the organization by reviewing the history of parent services nationally, dating back to the 1920s; developing guidelines for best practices in the field; and identifying benchmarks for parent and family services.

Colleen O’Connor Bench, Syracuse University; Syracuse, NY  (Chairperson)
Jennifer Bell, North Carolina State University; Raleigh, NC
Cindy Beaman, Vincennes University; Vincennes, IN
Nancy Hardendorf, Johnson & Wales University; Providence RI campus; Providence, RI
Sheilda Hrdlicka, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;  Chapel Hill, NC
Deanie Kepler, Southern Methodist University;  Dallas, TX
Marjorie Savage, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities; Minneapolis, MN
Laura Stevens, University of Denver; Denver, CO
Kristine Stewart, Miami University; Oxford, OH
Sarah Schupp, University Parent Connection; Boulder, CO (Executive Director)

AHEPPP Committees

AHEPPP is always looking for volunteers. If you’re interested in getting involved or volunteering at our next event or conference, contact Lindsay McKinney at for more information.

Annual Conference Committee
Membership and Outreach
Research and Assessment
Promising Practices

AHEPPP Journal

Deanie Kepler, Ph.D., Southern Methodist University
Marjorie Savage, University of Minnesota

Journal Copy Editor

Chelsea Petree, Ph.D., University of Minnesota


The board of directors abides by the outlined bylaws, most recently amended in July 2017.

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