Chris Trudell is the First-Year Experience Manager at San Francisco State University. Chris received his BA from California State University, Chico in English Language and Literacy Development and an M.Ed. at Clemson University in South Carolina in Counseling and Student Affairs. He has worked within student orientation, academic advising programs, associated students, as a college writing and counseling instructor, and currently in First-Year Experience. Chris recently returned to California in 2016 to work with a San Francisco startup “Guidebook” that consulted universities on the development of mobile apps for higher education institutions. Chris has a vested interest in the student developmental implications of technology in and out of the classroom and believes the contemporary Student Affairs Professional needs to engage their competencies in technology to meet the needs of college students today. While technology is an interest, you can find Chris exploring the outdoors, cooking, cycling, (admittedly) still an active gamer, and spending quality time with his dog, Ham.
University of Southern CaliforniaI first realized my passion for Student Affairs when I began working as a Resident Advisor in college. From there, I pursued my master’s in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University, where I also worked for Residential Programs and Services, the Office of First Year Experience Programs, and the Office of Student Life and Learning. I finally transitioned to California in 2012, and I now work as an Associate Director for the Office of Orientation Programs at the University of Southern California!
Soua Xiong | CSU, FRESNO | Past-president
Soua Xiong is currently an Assistant Professor of Student Affairs and College Counseling at California State University, Fresno. He has over 10 years of student affairs experience, primarily in academic advising, working for TRiO and other educational opportunities programs at 2- and 4-year institutions. He completed his MS in Counseling from California State University, Fresno and his PhD is in Higher Education from the Joint PhD program in Education between Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University.
Janeece m. hayes | California college of the arts | Director of professional development
I first found my love of student affairs and student leadership very early in my freshman year where my orientation leader convinced me to join the Student Program Board and I was elected to my House Council. While drinking the student affairs “kool-aid” I earned my B.S. in Human Resources with a Minor in Studio Arts at Oakland University. I was lucky to have many strong and encouraging mentors as an undergraduate student, great opportunities to see the inner workings of a university environment as well as get a lot of student leadership experience in my tool box. As a natural event planner, and with a strong belief that one’s college education experience is what they make of it, I decided to pursue this career and received my M.Ed. at the University of Central Missouri in the College Student Personnel Administration program and was an active graduate member of MCPA. I have worked in a wide variety of areas, from being an RA to being an assistant director of residential life and operations, from mentoring student affairs graduate students to student activities to new student orientation. Moving in 2005, my first California home was at the University of San Francisco and now I work at California College of the Arts as the Associate Director of Student Life. While I will always go back a few times a year to Missouri to have my beloved Kansas City barbecue, I now call the Bay Area home.
Nicole Whitner | California College of the Arts | 50th anniversary celebration chair
Nicole Whitner, Ed.D is excited to serve as the 50th Anniversary Celebration Chair for CCPA. Nicole hails from sunny San Diego, CA but now calls the Bay Area her home, residing in Oakland. Nicole has worked at California College of the Arts since 2011, starting off as an academic advisor, and now serving as the Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion. She enjoys working at an institution like CCA because of her shared experiences as an undergraduate studying Architecture at UC Berkeley. Since completing her BA at Cal, Nicole has worked in all levels of education, serving in extended-day and college-prep programming in various K-12 environments, but has found that higher-ed is her where her heart lies. After coming to this realization, Nicole went on to earn both her Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership & Administration from Capella University, and most recently her Doctorate in Education in Organizational Change & Leadership from the University of Southern California. Having previously served as Director of Professional Development and President of CCPA, she is looking forward to a continued opportunity to engage higher-ed professionals at the state level, especially around topics of equity and social justice in our educational systems.
Michael Wallace | UC Davis | Director of Communications
Hi! I’m Michael Wallace. I began my journey in student affairs as a result of my undergraduate student leader experience at East Tennessee State University. Throughout my undergraduate career, I had the privilege of being empowered by outstanding student affairs professionals to make positive change on my campus, and I wanted to return the favor for future students elsewhere. I continued my interest in student affair by completing my master’s program in counselor education at Clemson University in South Carolina, where I served as the Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership in the office of New Student & Family Programs. Currently, I am continuing my work with new students in my role as Orientation Program Coordinator at the University of California, Davis.