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.

  • 2018-2019 Chair: Carolyn Sutphin

Board Committee:

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

Board Nominations Committee:

  • 2018-2019 Chair: Denise Meadows (Immediate Past President)

Constitution and By-Laws Committee:

  • 2018-2019: Denise Meadows (Immediate Past President), Peggy Reed (President), and Carolyn Sutphin (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.

  • 2018-2019 Chairs: Kristin Stephens (College Director) and Jennifer Weeks (Employer Director) 
  • 2018-2019 Members: Carolyn Sutphin (Awards Chair), Andrea Cordray (Door Prizes), Debbie Murray (Employer Fair/Site Visits Chair), Nicole Shaw (Employer Fair/Site Visits), Dannita Trice (Employer Fair/Site Visits), Alyssa Rametta (Hospitality), Summer Steelman (Local Arrangements Chair), Jenna Rowlands (Local Arrangements), Kimberly Phillips (Newcomer Event Chair), Chelsey Parsons (Newcomer Event), Megan Eckart (Newcomer Event), Steven White (PR/Marketing), Katie Beach (Programs), Angie McAdams (Programs), Andy Park (Programs Chair), Dannita Trice (Programs), Wendy Buie (Registration Chair), Angie McAdams (Registration), Melody Iannone (Sponsorship Chair), Barbara Watts (Sponsorship) 

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.

  • 2018-2019 Chair: Kelly Gooch (Director)
  • 2018-2019 Members: Amanda Grantham, Sara Greene, Carrie Hawes, Matt Myers, Jen Nelson, Rachel Rodney

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.

  • 2018-2019 Chair: Dannita Trice
  • 2018-2019 Members: Kate Bergey, 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.

  • 2018-2019 Chair: Toni McLawhorn
  • 2018-2019 Members: Denise Meadows (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.

  • 2018-2019 Chair: Jonathan Byers
  • 2018-2019 Members: Lindsey Baltz (LinkedIn Manager), Neva Bryan (Newsletter Committee), Dorothy Hayden (Newsletter Committee), Quintrel Lenore (Newsletter Committee), 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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