2018 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Slate

Women Leaders in College Sports voting members were asked to select three Board of Directors and five Nominating Committee members from the proposed slate below. The top representatives in each group will earn a place on their respective committees.

2018 President-Elect Nominee

Lynn Holzman, Commissioner, West Coast Conference (DI)

Lynn Holzman was named the third full-time Commissioner in the history of the West Coast Conference in June 2014. As the Commissioner, Holzman is responsible for strategically building on the historical success of the West Coast Conference within the values and philosophy of the Conference membership. Holzman works closely with  the  Presidents’  Council and Executive Council to develop and implement strategies designed to achieve the mission and vision of the Conference and ensure long-term  viability.  Holzman also  actively serves on NCAA, professional organization boards and represents the Conference at a variety of events.Prior to being appointed  Commissioner, Holzman served as the  West Coast Conference’s Executive Senior Associate Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer. In that role, Holzman  was charged with  overseeing all the Conference’s day-to-day  affairs and worked closely with the Executive and Presidents’ Councils. Holzman joined the Conference staff as the  Senior  Associate Commissioner of Governance and  Administration in 2012. She was responsible for internal operations, facilitating all Conference and NCAA governance matters,  compliance, sport administration - including the  addition of softball as the conference's 14th sport.

Before joining the West Coast Conference staff, Holzman worked at the  NCAA National Office for 16 years, last serving as a  Director of Academic and Membership Affairs (AMA). Holzman was involved in managing and facilitating membership  engagement on a multitude of Division I governance issues. In  that role, she also provided guidance to NCAA campus and conference leadership and various other organizations, such as coaches associations, in many areas including academic standards, amateurism, diversity, gender equity and Title IX, legislative matters, strategic planning, and student-athlete well-being. She was a member of the senior management team and oversaw the allocation of resources, personnel, budget and strategic planning, technology efforts and business performance management.

Holzman is a member of and has served on various Boards including Women Leaders in College Sports, National Association of Athletics Compliance, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Center for Research in Intercollegiate Athletics (CRIA). She is also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI). She was named Women Leaders' Conference/Organization Administrator of the Year in 2013.

Holzman earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Kansas State University where she was captain of the women’s basketball team and selected three times to the Academic All-Big Eight Team. She also earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University. She was awarded the Big Eight Conference’s Postgraduate Scholarship and is recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

2018 Women Leaders in College Sports Board Member Slate

Joeleen Akin, Associate Athletic Director / Student-Athlete Development / SWA, Georgia Tech University (DI-FBS)

Joeleen Akin returned to Georgia Tech as associate athletics director for student-athlete development and senior woman administrator in August 2016.

In addition to her  duties  with Georgia Tech Athletic Association’s executive leadership team, Akin chairs the GTAA’s student-athlete welfare committee, serves on the Institute’s executive  advisory  committee and is a member of the Leading Women at Georgia Tech program. Outside of Georgia Tech, she is a certified QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer)  suicide-prevention  trainer and a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s diversity and inclusion committee.

A veteran administrator with more than 20  years of experience in  college athletics, Akin rejoined Georgia Tech athletics in 2016 after 13 years at nearby Agnes Scott College. She served as Agnes Scott's athletics  director and physical education  chair for 12 years (2003-15) before being promoted to associate dean for athletics and student activities in February 2015.

During her 12  years as athletics director at Agnes Scott,  Akin oversaw a program that produced eight NCAA Division III Tournament teams and a coaching staff that earned 12 different  coach-of-the-year recognitions. In addition to her  duties as A.D. and P.E. chair, Akin was Agnes Scott's women's basketball coach from 2003-07 and was named the Great  South Athletic Conference (GSAC) Coach of the Year in  2006. She also served as commissioner of the GSAC from 2011-16.

Prior to her 13-year tenure at Agnes Scott, she  spent seven years at Georgia Tech as director of women's  basketball operations (1996-98), marketing/operations manager (1998-99) and director of marketing (1999-2003). Before her arrival at Tech in 1996, she was a sports marketing assistant at Auburn and NC State and a member of the women's basketball staffs at UNC Wilmington and Kansas State.

A Kansas native, Akin earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Kansas State.

Kristene Kelly, Director of Athletics and Recreation, Keene State College (DIII)

 Dr. Kristene Kelly enters her second full year as the director of athletics and recreation at Keene State College. In her brief tenure on campus, KSC athletic programs have enjoyed  prosperity on and off the playing fields and courts. The Keene State College Owls have won five Little East Conference championships including four teams that advanced to the  NCAA post season including an Elite Eight appearance by the men’s basketball team. The Owls finished ranked 78th in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings among 450 NCAA DIII institutions. In the classroom, the Owls posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.11 highlighted by 116 LEC All-Academic performers. Owl student-athletes also  topped the 2,000-hour mark in community service.

Prior to joining Keene State College, she served as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Saint  Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and as assistant professor and chair for the Department of Business, Accounting, Sport Management.

Prior to her work at Saint  Augustine’s University, Dr. Kelly served as sports information director at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) in Charlotte, and academic counselor at the University of Tennessee.

Dr.  Kelly previous NCAA committee service included the NCAA Woman of the Year Committee and the NCAA Division II Track & Field Committee. She has completed several leadership  development institutes, including the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Women (2007) and the NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Executive Institute for  Administrative Advancement (2010).

Kelly was twice awarded the CIAA Senior Woman Administrator of the Year (2011, 2013) and in 2005, she garnered the John Holley Sports Information Director of the Year award, becoming only the second female to receive that honor. She is a member several professional organizations to include the NACDA, NADIIIAA, Women Leaders in College Sports and MOAA.

Nina King, Deputy Director of Athletics/Administration, Legal Affairs and Chief of Staff, Duke University (DI-FBS)

 Nina King joined Duke Athletics in September 2008 and serves as the department's Deputy Director of Athletics for Administration/Legal Affairs and Chief of Staff. King is a  member of the executive leadership team, providing guidance and strategic direction for the department. She has oversight responsibilities for the Human Resource  operation,  the Recreation and Physical Education program, and all legal matters, including the development and execution of department contracts while serving as the  liaison to the  University Legal Counsel Office. She leads the senior staff/sport administrator group which is responsible for administration of Duke’s 27 varsity sports. In  addition, she assists with  oversight and planning for special projects within the department, coordinates strategic planning initiatives and is the primary contact between  Duke Athletics and the university  administration, including the Board of Trustees, President’s office, and senior administration. She has sport oversight for women’s  basketball, men’s and women’s cross country,  indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field.

King has served on the NCAA Division I Committee on Institutional  Performance, as well as several ACC Committees and Duke  University Committees. She also co-teaches a sports business course in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business  alongside Vice President/Director of Athletics Kevin White.

King is a 2000  graduate of the University of Notre Dame. King went on to earn a juris doctor degree from Tulane  Law School in 2005. King returned to her alma mater and served as the Director  of Rules Education from 2005-08. She is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports, Sports Lawyers Association, University of Notre Dame National Monogram Club and Florida Bar Association.

Tamica Smith Jones, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, UC Riverside (DI)

 Tamica Smith Jones was named UC Riverside’s director of intercollegiate athletics in June of 2015, and in her first year at the helm, UC Riverside Athletics enjoyed its most  productive season in its Division I history.

Fueled by league championships in Women’s Basketball, Women’s Golf and Men’s Golf, UC Riverside recorded its highest finish in  the Big  West Conference Commissioner’s Cup Standings since joining the league in the 2001-02 campaign. The Highlanders also celebrated their first national champion at  the Division I  level as Vesta Bell won the Weight Throw at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship.

With the student-athlete experience as one of her primary  focuses, Smith Jones has  already overseen a renovation and rebranding of the Highlanders home basketball and volleyball arena, and begun the process for the creation of  The Bears’ Den—a state-of-the-art locker room facility which will include team spaces, a study lounge, and a re-fueling station among other amenities, to assist UC  Riverside’s  student-athletes in their pursuit of  success on the fields of play and in the classroom.

In May of 2016, Smith Jones was appointed to the NCAA Division I Women’s  Basketball  Championship Sport Committee which,  among other things, determines host institutions and the site of championship(s) in collaboration with the Women’s  Basketball  Oversight Committee, and selects, seeds and  brackets the NCAA Championship. Additionally, she was recognized by Assembly member Jose Medina with the 2017  61st  Assembly District Woman of Distinction Award.

Prior to  joining the Highlanders, Smith Jones served two years as the senior associate athletics director for internal affairs and senior woman administrator (SWA) at UT San Antonio. She made her way to Texas after overseeing the Clark Atlanta University Athletics Department for five years as its director of athletics.

Tonia Walker, Director of Athletics, Winston-Salem State University (DII)

 Tonia Walker, enters her 4th year as Director of Athletics and 17th season with Rams Athletics. She came to WSSU after completing a seven year stint with the Central  Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

Walker boasts over the 22 CIAA Championships claimed by Winston-Salem State University sports teams over the past seven years  of  which she’s been a part. During her tenure as Director of Athletics have posted its highest departmental cumulative grade point average over the past two decades and  continues  to reveal a graduation rate over and above the general student-body.

She completed the NCAA Fellows Leadership Development Program and is currently a  member of the  National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA), as well as the Black  Women Sports  Foundation. Walker is a 2004 graduate of the NACWAA/HERS Institute and 2005 NACWAA Executive Institute and was named the 2008 NACWAA recipient of  the Nell Jackson Award  bestowed annually to an athletic administrator who exemplifies the qualities of Dr. Nell Jackson.

Named the 2015-16 CIAA Athletic Director of the  Year  and the 2016 Administrator  of the Year for the National Association for Collegiate Athletics Administrators, she recently completed her term on the NCAA Division II  Membership Committee and currently  serves as President of the CIAA Management Council and President of the CIAA Athletic Director’s Association. Walker serves on the  board of Directors for the NCAA Division II  Athletic Directors Association, the Fulton YMCA and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Tonia earned a B.A degree from Hampton University in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and an M.S from Old Dominion University in Recreation and Sports Administration.

Tonia is married to Wayne Walker, Sr. of Petersburg, VA. They have two children, Daijah, and Wayne, Jr. and a granddaughter, Skylar.

Natalie Winkelfoos, Associate Vice President for Athletics Advancement and Delta Lodge Director of Athletics &  Physical Education, Oberlin College (DIII)

 The first female to hold the position at Oberlin College, Natalie Winkelfoos was named the Delta Lodge Director of Athletics and Physical Education in 2012 and promoted to  Associate Vice President for Athletics Advancement in 2017. Winkelfoos also serves as a member of the President's Senior Staff.

Named the Division III Administrator of the  Year by  Women Leaders in College Sports in 2015, Winkelfoos inherited a department that was in the early stages of a capital campaign during which she has collaborated  with the office  of development to raise approximately $35 million dollars to date that has built the Austin E. Knowlton Athletics Complex and a soon-to-be health and  wellness center. She has a  proven track record of generating philanthropic support for the department through her work with the Heisman Club, total number of donors  and  dollars raised continue to  increase under her leadership.

Winkelfoos served on the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Diversity Committee with conference  presidents  and Executive Director to create  a conference-wide program to mentor females and minorities. Additionally, she was part of a working group that produced  Oberlin’s first- ever varsity student-athlete transgender  inclusion policy.

A native of Bucyrus, Ohio, she graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College and earned a master’s  degree  in higher  education administration and student personnel at  Kent State University. She was inducted into the Bucyrus High School Hall of Fame along with the Crawford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

2018 Women Leaders in College Sports Nominating Committee Slate

Merlene Aitken, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance & Student Services/SWA, Clayton State University  (DII)

 Aitken joined Clayton State in December of 2013 and has served as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance since the summer of 2014. At that time, she also assumed the  duties  of Senior Woman Administrator.

Aitken is a member of the Department of Athletics Senior Staff and serves on numerous committees, both on campus and within the  Peach Belt  Conference. Additionally, in August of 2015 she was named to the NCAA Division II Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant Selection Committee. That  group works to  provide financial assistance to DII conferences and member institutions that are committed to enhancing ethnic minority and gender representation in full-  time, entry level  administrative positions.

She has also played a key role in overseeing the initiatives of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is the advisor for the  cheerleading program. As  part of her SAAC responsibilities, she has played a direct role in the Department’s Annual Athletics Award Banquet and supported other high-  profile events such as Hall of Fame.

In  the summer of 2011, she was named the Director of Compliance at Division I power Georgia Tech. During her two years in that role  she was responsible for monitoring and  ensuring compliance with all NCAA rules and procedures. That office also handled providing interpretations and prevention of  violations of NCAA, Atlantic Coast Conference and  Georgia Tech Athletic Association (GTAA) rules. Among the individuals that were served were prospective and current student-athletes, coaches, GTAA staff, Georgia Tech faculty  and staff and representatives of athletics interests (boosters).

Also at the Division I level, Aitken joined North Carolina A&T in June 2010 before being named interim Associate Athletics Director for Compliance on November 1 of that year.

Aitken moved to the NCAA Division II level in September of 2006 when she joined Winston-Salem State for four years through 2010. During that time, she served as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and became the program’s Senior Woman Administrator in 2009.

Additionally, she also had sport oversight duties of softball, golf, bowling and men’s and women’s tennis along with the Office of Student-Athlete Academic Services and the Department of Sports Medicine. Among the procedures established during her tenure was instituting a system of checks and balances aimed at eliminating errors which helped to streamline processes.

In February of 2004 she joined prestigious Kansas University, serving as the Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance through September 2006. In that time she was responsible for all compliance duties, including processing National Letters of Intent, communicating with the Big 12 Conference and NCAA on national clearinghouse matters as well as providing both staff and student-athlete training.

As the Director of Compliance at the University of Washington, Aitken assisted with all compliance efforts for the Huskies 21 sports. Housed in the PAC-10, this included working with some of the best student-athletes in the country as well as high profile coaches.

She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Brooklyn College in 1997 and completed her Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Massachusetts in 2000. In addition to traditional classroom learning. A native of Yonkers, New York, Aitken resides in McDonough, Georgia and is the mother of 10-year old Christopher. Her and her fiancé, Kenyatta Smith, are slated to be married in June 2017.

Colleen Cannon, Assistant Director of Compliance/Senior Woman Administrator, Limestone College (DII)

Colleen Cannon is entering her third year as the Senior Woman Administrator at Limestone College and is in her sixth year as the Assistant Director of Compliance. She was  named  SWA on July 1, 2015 and has been instrumental in shaping Limestone Athletics policy and procedures as a member of the senior management team.

Cannon joined  Limestone  Athletics in August 2011 as the Assistant Director of Compliance, helping student-athletes achieve the necessary NCAA certifications for competition and practice  eligibility. Her  duties also entail regularly monitoring student-athletes and athletic teams to ensure that the respective programs remain compliant with NCAA rules and  regulations.

During her  time with the Saints, Limestone Athletics has won three straight Conference Carolinas Joby Hawn Cups; award to the conference member with the  highest rating of athletic  excellence, and cracked the top-25 of the NACDA Learfield Cup Standings.

During her tenure, Limestone has won three NCAA Division II Men’s  Lacrosse National Championships  and two individual national championships. She served as the administrator when Marshawn Scott of men’s track won a national title in  the 60-meter hurdles and DeAndre’  Johnson of the wrestling team captured a national championship in the 157-lb weight class.

Cannon is a 2016 graduate of the  NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Institute for  Administrative Advancement. She serves as the Chair of the Women Athletics Council and is the Title IX  Liaison/Investigator at Limestone. Cannon oversees the LC2 Tutoring  Program with local elementary schools, sits on the Conference Carolinas Branding Committee, and is formally a Conference Carolinas Executive Committee member.

Cannon graduated in February of 2013 from Nova Southeastern University with a Master's of Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Organizational Leadership. She also holds a Bachelor's in Marketing from the University of South Florida.

Tonya Charland, Associate Commissioner/SWA, Great Lakes Valley Conference (CONF-  DII)

Tonya Charland enters her sixth year with the conference in 2017-18. She joined the league as Assistant Commissioner, Compliance in September 2012 before being  appointed to  her current role as Associate Commissioner in July 2015.

The Olympia, Washington, native oversees the conference-wide compliance program and serves as  Senior Woman  Administrator, as well as the league’s liaison to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Faculty Athletics Representatives, and Senior Woman  Administrators.   Charland also assists  with championship management, corporate sponsorships and leads community outreach initiatives for conference championships  while handling all  conference merchandise  contracts.

She currently serves on the NCAA Division II Management Council as Vice-Chair. She has served the NCAA DII  Academic  Requirements  Committee and the Committee on  Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspect of Sport (CSMAS). She currently serves on NCAA DII Planning and  Finance  Committee,  Administration Committee, Regionalization  advisory committee, Compliance Think Tank as Chair, and Championship Committee (ex-officio).  Additionally,  Charland is an active  member of the Conference Commissioners  Association of Compliance Administrators (CCACA), Women Leaders in College Sports,  National Association  for Athletic  Compliance (NAAC).

Before joining the GLVC, Charland spent four years at conference member Maryville University as the Saints’ Senior Woman Administrator and Assistant Athletics Director for NCAA Compliance and Student Services.  She was also Maryville’s Director of NCAA CHAMPS Life Skills initiative and an active member in national mentor programs.

Charland was named as a mentor for the 2012 Women Leaders in College Sports Mentor Program, and she was one of 10 women and minorities in the country selected in 2013 to participate in the NCAA & Division II Athletic Directors Association's Women & Minorities Mentoring Program titled “Mentoring Tomorrow's Leaders." The purpose of the mentoring program is to match outstanding Division II athletics administrators with current athletic directors in hopes of building a foundation that will encourage the program participants to pursue a long-term career in athletics administration - ideally in Division II.

Prior to her stint at Maryville, Charland spent seven years at NCAA Division I Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) in Birmingham, Ala. There she was the head volleyball coach for seven seasons where she guided 12 Big South All-Conference selections and had three top-four team finishes in the Big South Conference (2004, 2005 and 2006). During her tenure, her squad received the AVCA All-Academic team award four times. The volleyball program also had a 100 percent graduation rate for student-athletes finishing their degrees in four years.

Charland earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education in 1998 and Master's degree in Exercise Physiology in 2000 from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). She was named UAB's Female Athlete of the Year in 1998 and was a four-time All-Conference USA and Great Midwest selection in volleyball. Charland's name appears in numerous categories on UAB's list of career leaders, including No. 2 in kills (1,982), No. 6 in attack percentage (.259), No. 6 in service aces (210), No. 7 in games played (621) and is the all-time leader in attack attempts (5,060). Charland and her husband Scott are the parents of two children, James (10) and Julie (8)

Resa Lovelace, Director of Student-Athlete Development, University of Oregon (DI-FBS)

Resa Lovelace is in her second year as Director of Student-Athlete Development at the University of Oregon, after being promoted from Student-Athlete Development  Coordinator.  Her responsibilities include: developing programs for career and leadership development of student-athletes, creating programs of diversity and inclusion for  the department and  oversees the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Also, serves as the Director of O Heroes, a non-profit organization for community engagement programs  with the student-athletes.  Within the campus, Lovelace is the Chairperson of the Black Strategies Group, which facilitates retention of black faculty, staff and students at the  University. An advocate for  diversity & inclusion, she has been named Founders Club Chair for LGBTSportSafe organization. She has also been a speaker at the NCAA  Inclusion Forum and University of  Oregon Law School, to discuss LGBTQ issues in sport. Most recently, was invited to participate in the NCAA Common Ground discussions  with religious institutions regarding  LGBTQ topics.

Prior to Oregon, Lovelace was the Coordinator of Student-Athlete Affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. In her  four-year stint at George Mason, Lovelace  developed career and personal growth programs, advised the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, organized NCAA required  drug  & alcohol, gambling and other educational  programs, and represented Intercollegiate Athletics on campus.

Lovelace has been extended herself to many initiatives,  projects  and programs through the NCAA. In 2016 she  completed the NCAA Leadership Institute, in 2012 she was a facilitator of the NCAA Career in Sports Forum. For one year during 2014-15 she was a member of the NCAA Life Skills Yearly Initiatives Action Team, where she helped assist with the growing student-athlete development demands at the institution, conference and campus levels.

She has been an active member of the Women Leaders in College Sports for the past five years. As an active member of Women Leaders, she is the Co-Chair of the Academics & Student-Athlete Development circle, and had previously served for two years on the Education & Professional Development Committee. A native of College Park, MD, Lovelace holds a Master’s in Education in Sports Management from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sports Management from Hampton University. She was a NCAA Collegiate bowler for Hampton University.

Angie Morenz, Commissioner, St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, (CONF-DIII)

Angie Morenz was hired as Commissioner of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) in August of 2014. Prior to August of 2014 she was a part of the SLIAC as  a  Senior Woman Administrator and then as Athletic Director at Blackburn College, a member institution and her alma mater. At Blackburn, in addition to serving as the  Senior  Woman Administrator and Athletic Director, she taught in the Sports Management and Physical Education programs for five years. Currently she is still an adjunct  professor for the  college, teaching the fall Kinesiology class. As Commissioner, Morenz is responsible for all aspects of SLIAC day-to-day operations which include; managing  the SLIAC budget, compliance education and monitoring, organization and execution of administrative meetings and individual sport meetings, oversight of championships  and awards, monitors  the NCAA Strategic Initiatives Grant, and has oversight for the SLIAC Sports Information Director and interns.

Morenz began her career as a certified  athletic trainer and spent time  working as an equipment manager. Morenz is currently a doctoral student at the United States Sports Academy, studying sport management  with an emphasis is leadership. In 1998 she earned her master’s in athletic training from Indiana State University. Morenz earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education  Management from Blackburn College in 1997. While at Blackburn she earned 12 varsity letters, competing in volleyball, basketball, and softball. In 2012 Morenz was inducted  into the Blackburn College Athletic Hall of  Fame.

Jackie Paquette, Associate Athletics Director/SWA for Student Support & Community Engagement  (Wrestling), University of Indianapolis (DII)

Jackie Paquette enters her eleventh year as a part of the UIndy Athletics staff in 2017-18, and her third as Associate Director of Athletics for Student Support and Community  Engagement.

In her position, Paquette is the advisor to the UIndy Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which has won the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) SAAC  Challenge seven of the last nine years. She also coordinates UIndy Athletics' 23 NCAA Division II athletic programs' community service and engagement efforts. Paquette,  who has  held the Senior Woman Administrator designation since 2012, also has sport oversight of wrestling, men’s and women’s soccer and baseball. She also serves as the  primary media  contact for UIndy Wrestling. She is a member of the NCAA Division II Wrestling national committee, the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Regional Advisory  Committee, the GLVC  scheduling committee and also serves on the NCAA Division II Intern Grant committee. Paquette has served past terms on the GLVC Awards  Committee, as well as the Women  Leaders in College Sports Awards Committee.

Prior to being promoted to Assistant A.D., Paquette was Assistant Sports Information  Director for three years in the UIndy office. She  was a sports information assistant in her first two years as a Greyhound.

A member of Women Leaders in College Sports and  the National Association of Collegiate Directors of  Athletics (NACDA), Paquette has also interned in the NCAA statistics department and at the National Federation of High School Associations in her career. Paquette received bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and History, with a minor in Media Arts, from Butler University in 2007. She earned her master's degree in Sports Administration from UIndy in May of 2014, and is currently working towards her doctorate of education in Sports Management from Northcentral University.