VACE Committees

Much of the work of our organization is accomplished by dedicated, talented committees. Learn more about these opportunities for engagement in VACE through participation in standing committees.

Awards Committee:

This committee is responsible for soliciting from the membership nominations for recipients of VACE awards. Members of this committee review nominations to ensure they meet criteria for receipt of the award which is conferred at the Annual Conference.

  • 2017-2018 Chair: Scott Robert
  • 2017-2018: Catherine Lyon

Board Committees:

These committees are comprised of current VACE board members, to provide oversight for essential functions of the organization.

Board Nominations Committee:

  • 2017-2018 Chair: Catherine Copeland (Immediate Past President)

Constitution and By-Laws Committee:

  • 2017-2018: Catherine Copeland (Immediate Past President), Denise Meadows (President), and Amy Foster (Director of Operations)

Conference Committee:

This group of individuals plans the Annual Conference held each spring; develops programs and publicity, handles registration and local arrangements, and oversees finances related to the conference.

  • 2017-2018 Chairs: Ashley Crute (College Director) and Jennifer Weeks (Employer Director) 
  • 2017-2018 Members: Scott Robert (Awards Chair), Catherine Lyon (Awards), Kristi Bundick (Door Prizes), Grace de la Cruz (Door Prizes), Debbie Murray (Employer Fair/Site Visits), Carolyn Sutphin (Exhibitor Fair Co-Chair), Denise Meadows (Exhibitor Fair Co-Chair), Katie Beach (Hospitality), Roseanne Biase (Hospitality), Cristie Lucas (Local Arrangements Chair), Rachel Rodney (Local Arrangements), Rhonda Hall (Local Arrangements), Summer Steelman (Newcomer Event), Heidi McCormick (Newcomer Event), Debbie Lumpkin (PR/Marketing), Joslyn Bedell (Programs), Andy Park (Programs Chair), Dannita Trice (Programs), Amy Foster (Registration Chair), Jenna Rowlands (Registration), Wendy Buie (Registration), Kimberly Phillips (Sponsorship Chair), Melody Iannone (Sponsorship), Kyle Danzey (PR/Marketing)

Marketing and Membership Services Committee:

The Membership Committee and the Marketing Services committees are responsible for analyzing membership composition, and developing and implementing an action plan to promote VACE to non-member organizations with the goal to increase the membership and membership diversity. Will assist with developing a membership renewal campaign, contacting current members and following up with those replacing former members. VACE marketing materials will be updated and given to non-members and as well as to members to distribute through their organizations and events in order to promote membership. The Membership Orientation Committee welcomes new members to VACE through appropriate correspondence and fosters the new collegiate relationship developed through membership including welcome packets and orientation sessions at the Annual Conference. The committee’s primary goal is to promote retention and involvement in orientation, mentorship, and leadership activities. This committee will target and communicate with primarily new members, and also with inactive members, of the organization. The goal is to seek out new members while they are fresh to the organization, hopefully to encourage their involvement in activities and potential.

  • 2017-2018 Chair: Sara Greene (Director), Kelly Gooch (New Member Orientation), Morgan Vega-Gomez (Marketing), Cassidy Lawson (Membership Engagement and Retention)
  • 2017-2018 Members: Danielle Brooks, Jonathan Byers, Meagan Crews, Yamah Tabibi, Steven White

Professional Development Committee:

The Professional Development Committee works to plan regional events throughout the year to help VACE members stay connected with one another and provide continuous learning opportunities. Events such as networking receptions, webinars and one day drive-in conferences will be planned. Members of the committee will assist in finding speakers, marketing opportunities and hosting events.

  • 2017-2018 Chair: Dannita Trice
  • 2017-2018 Members: Kate Bergey, Jonathan Byers, Brianna Clark, Melody Iannone, Debbie Lumpkin, Peggy Reed, Kristin Stephens, Carolyn Sutphin, Jennifer Weeks 

Site Selection Committee:

The Site Selection Committee works to find and negotiate proposals/contracts for future Annual Conference locations.

  • 2017-2018 Chair: Toni McLawhorn
  • 2017-2018 Members: Catherine Copeland (Immediate Past President) 

Technology & Communications Committee:

This committee is comprised of members who consider and propose ways in which VACE can best use technology to communicate with members and provide services. New ideas and initiatives are welcomed and encouraged. Members of this committee oversee specific aspects of VACE’s use of technology. Because technology is used to support other VACE work, individuals work closely with other committees in order to coordinate these efforts; these include the committees that coordinate marketing and membership services, and the annual conference committee. Specific tasks of technology committee members include serving as the administrator/manager of the VACE listserv, website, LinkedIn account, Twitter account, and Instagram account.

  • 2017-2018 Chair: Christina Brooks
  • 2017-2018 Members: Lindsey Baltz (LinkedIn Manager), Morgan Vega Gomez (Newsletter Editor), Carolyn Sutphin (Listserv Manager), Steven White (Social Media Manager)

Want to get involved?

If you would like to join a committee or have questions? Email [email protected] or complete the committee interest form.

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