Women Leaders in College Sports History & Past Leadership

In 1979, in the midst of gender-equity conflicts in intercollegiate athletics, a group of female administrators formed the Council of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (CCWAA), an organization with the goal of enhancing opportunities for women in athletics.

Since its creation, the main objective of the organization has not changed, but the roles and responsibilities have increased along with the increased exposure of women’s athletics. In 1992, in order to better represent its diversified members, the CCWAA changed its name to the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA). Expanding from its moderate beginnings, NACWAA now boasts more than 2,500 members from institutions, conferences and affiliated organizations across the country.

No longer just a forum for female administrators to exchange ideas, NACWAA has blossomed into a powerful force in college athletics, advocating for increased athletic and leadership opportunities for women, and promoting progressive and positive attitudes toward women in sports.

Below is a list of the women who have contributed to NACWAA throughout the years.

Jennifer Alley, Executive Director Emerita, 1996-2009

Over the course of her career, Jennifer Alley has been a teacher, coach, athletic administrator, marketer and fundraiser. Prior to her 13 years of service at NACWAA, Alley was Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotion at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Alley was also an administrator, coach and teacher at High Point University for five years. She was recruited to become the first full-time head women’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977, were she served for nine years, capturing the ACC Crown and guiding her teams to National Top 20 rankings and several NCAA Tournament appearances while serving as the head coach of the women’s program.

Alley served as a member of the Executive Committee of NACDA, and on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Honda Brodrick Board of Directors for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Planning Committee and Life Work Balance Task Force. She also served on the Kodak All-American Selection Committee and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee. Alley received her bachelor of science degree from Appalachian State University and her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Past Presidents

Current, Vicky Chun, Colgate University
2015-2016 Lynn Hickey, University of Texas, San Antonio
2014-2015 Joan McDermott, Metropolitan State University of Denver
2013-2014 Chris Plonsky, The University of Texas
2012-2013 Robin Harris, The Ivy League
2011-2012 Julie Hermann, University of Louisville
2010-2011 Susan Bassett, Carnegie Mellon
2009-2010 Carolayne Henry, Mountain West Conference
2008-2009 Barb Schroeder, Regis University
2007-2008 Bernadette McGlade, Atlantic-10 Conference
2006-2007 Joan Cronan, University of Tennessee
2005-2006 Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul University
2004-2005 Alfreeda Goff, Horizon League
2003-2004 Pam Gill Fisher, University of California-Davis
2002-2003 M. Dianne Murphy, University of Denver
2001-2002 Peg Bradley-Doppes, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
2000-2001 Judy Sweet, NCAA
1999-2000 Bridget Belgiovine, NCAA
1998-1999 Karol Kahrs, University of Illinois
1997-1998 Sharon E. Taylor, Lock Haven University
1996-1997 Betsy Alden, San Francisco State University/Ithaca College
1995-1996 Dee Todd, Atlantic Coast Conference
1994-1995 Cary Groth, Northern Illinois University
1993-1994 Marilyn McNeil, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo/Monmouth University
1992-1993 Marcia Saneholtz, Washington State University
1991-1992 Chris Voelz, University of Minnesota
1989-1991 Kaye Hart, Utah State University/Austin Peay State University
1987-1989 Christine Grant, University of Iowa
1983-1987 Kay Don, Texas A&M/Cal State University-Dominguez Hills
1980-1982 Barbara Hedges, University of Southern California/University of Washington

Board of Directors

2016-2020 Lori Hendricks, Mount Holyoke College
2016-2020 Lindsay Reeves, University of North Georgia
2016-2020 Jennifer Strawley, University of Miami
2015-2019 Julie Cromer Peoples, University of Arkansas
2015-2019 Pennie Parker, Rollins College
2015-2019 Miechelle Willis, Ohio State University
2014-2018 Lisa Campos, Northern Arizona University
2014-2018 Heather Lyke, Eastern Michigan University
2014-2018 Meg Stevens, Averett University
2013-2017 Missy Conboy, University of Notre Dame
2013-2017 Jacqie McWilliams, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
2013-2017 Julie Ruppert, Northeast-10 Conference
2012-2016 Grace Calhoun, University of Pennsylvania
2012-2016 Amy Huchthausen, America East Conference
2014-2016 Julie Muller, North Atlantic Conference
2012-2016 Cathie Schweitzer, Springfield College
2011-2015 Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Drake University
2011-2015 Lori Mazza, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford
2011-2015 Erin McDermott, University of Chicago
2011-2015 Janet Judge, Sports Law Associates LLC
2010-2014 Anucha Browne, NCAA
2010-2014 Kim Chandler, Macalester College
2010-2014 Vicky Chun, Colgate University
2009-2013 Debby DeAngelis, Cal State-East Bay
2009-2013 Joan McDermott, Metropolitan State University of Denver
2009-2013 Jane Miller, University of Virginia
2010-2012 Debbie Corum, University of Connecticut
2008-2012 Barbara Osborne, University of North Carolina
2008-2012 Carolyn Schlie Femovich, Patriot League
2008-2012 Faith Shearer, Elon University
2007-2011 Darlene Bailey, William Jewell College
2007-2011 Lynn Holzman, NCAA
2007-2011 Germaine McAuley, Spelman College
2006-2010 Julie Hermann, University of Louisville
2006-2010 Kate Hickey, Rutgers University
2006-2010 Julie Soriero, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2008-2009 Tracey Ranieri, State University of New York at Oneonta
2008-2009 Roberta Page, Shippensburg University
2006-2009 Mary McElroy, Georgia State
2005-2008 Joan Cronan, University of Tennessee
2004-2008 Tina Cheatham, Southland Conference
2004-2008 Christine “Chris” Hoyles, Pacific-10 Conference
2004-2008 Roxanne Levenson, Pepperdine University
2003-2007 Monique A.J. Morgan, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
2003-2007 Susan Bassett, Carnegie Mellon University
2003-2007 Carol Reep, NCAA
2002-2006 Kathy Turpin, Barry University
2002-2006 Laurie Turner, University of California-San Diego
2002-2006 Brenda Weare, Conference USA
2001-2005 Jane Meyer, University of Iowa
2001-2005 Nona Richardson, Ball State University
2001-2005 Joyce Wong, Eastern Connecticut State University
2000-2004 Dru Hancock, Big Twelve Conference
2000-2004 Carolayne Henry, Mountain West Conference
2000-2004 Barbara Schroeder, Regis College
1999-2003 Lauren Anderson, University of Rhode Island
1999-2003 Jane Meier, Northern Kentucky University
1999-2003 Connee Zotos, Drew University
1998-2002 Barbara Bolich, Domincan University
1998-2002 Patty Viverito, Missouri Valley Conference
1998-2002 Athena Yiamouyiannis, NCAA
1997-2001 Rita Castagna, Assumption College
1997-2001 Karin Lee, University of Alabama
1997-2001 Jean Lenti, Ponsetto DePaul University
1996-2000 Carolyn Campbell-McGovern, Ivy League
1996-2000 M. Dianne Murphy, University of Denver
1996-2000 Laurie Priest, Mount Holyoke College
1998-1999 Jane Meyer, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
1997-1999 Denise O’Grady, University of Northern Colorado
1995-1999 Jo Ann Harper, Dartmouth College
1995-1996 Vivian Fuller, Northern Illinois University
1995-1999 Jill DeMichele, Arizona State University
1995-1999 Sandy Barbour, Tulane University
1994-1998 Bridget Belgiovine, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
1996-1998 Rosalyn Dunlap, University of Denver
1994-1998 Peg Wynkoop, Wright State University
1994-1998 Pam Gill-Fisher, University of California-Davis
1994-1997 Peggy Bradley-Doppes, University of Michigan
1993-1996 Debbie Chin, University of New Haven
1993-1996 Betsy Alden, San Francisco State University
1993-1996 Angela Taylor, University of Nevada
1994-1995 Dee Todd, Atlantic Coast Conference
1992-1995 Regina Sullivan, University of San Diego
1992-1995 Judy Kruckman WWIAC
1992-1996 Cary Groth, Northern Illinois University
1991-1994 Margie McDonald, Western Athletic Conference
1992-1995 Joan Maser, Carnegie-Mellon University
1990-1994 Lynn Dorn, North Dakota State University
1988-1993 Chris Voelz, University of Minnesota
1991-1994 Averill Haines, Boston University
1990-1995 Marilyn McNeil, Monmouth University
1991-1997 Linda Hackett, Bryant College
1988-1994 Mary Jo Warner, George Washington University
1989-1992 Jo Kuhn, Texas Women’s University
1981-1983 Libby Roqumore, Georgia State University
1980-1987 *Kay Don, Texas A&M University
1988-1991 Bonnie Morrow, NAIA
1988-1991 Eleanor Lemaire, University of Rhode Island
1988-1991 Alfreeda Goff, Virginia Commonwealth University
1987-1990 Marcia Saneholtz, Washington State University
1987-1994 Linda Moulton, Clark University
1987-1990 Ann Marie Lawler, University of Florida
1987-1990 Kaye Hart, Utah State University
1986-1987 Pamela Walker, University of Redlands
1986-1989 Martha Mullins, Eastern Kentucky University
1986-1989 Karen Fey, New Mexico State University
1986-1989 Kathy Clark, University of Idaho
1985-1988 Sharon Taylor, Lock Haven University
1985-1988 Judy Sweet, University of California-San Diego
1985-1991 Jeanne Rowlands, Northeastern University
1985-1988 Sharon Holmberg, Big Sky Conference
1984-1987 Christine Grant, University of Iowa
1984-1985 Barbara Palmer, Florida State University
1984-1987 Patty Viverito, Gateway Conference
1984-1987 Mary Jo Wynn, Southwest Missouri State University
1983-1986 Mary Ellen Cloninger, Bowling Green State University
1983-1986 Jane Betts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1983-1986 Mona Plummer, Arizona State University
1983-1986 Carole Huston, Bowling Green State University
1983-1986 Phyllis Howlett, Big Ten Conference
1983-1986 Barbara Hollmann, University of Montana
1979-1983 *Pam Strathairn, Stanford University
1979-1984 *Mary Roby, University of Arizona
1979-1983 *Judith Holland, University of California-Los Angeles
1979-1983 *Mary Alic Hill, San Diego State University
1979-1985 *Barbara Hedges, University of Southern California
1979-1980 *Sue Garrison, University of Houston
1979-1984 *Linda Estes, University of New Mexico
1979-1985 *Della Durant, Penn State University
1979-1984 *June Davis, University of Nebraska
1979-1983 *Jean Cerra, University of Missouri
1979-1984 *Phyllis Bailey, Ohio State University

*NACWAA Founding Member

Ex-Officios

Joni Comstock, NCAA (NCAA Representative)
Jane Miller, University of Virginia (NCAA Division I Board Appointee)
Tracy Warren, Ogletree Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Legal Counsel)

Executive Directors/CEO

2010-Present Patti Phillips
1996-2009 Jennifer Alley
1994-1996 Jane Betts

Interns

2016-2017 Megan Cairns & Nicole Jackson, NACWAA National Office
2015-2016 Rachel Steward & Jasmine Wilkins, NACWAA National Office
2014-2015 JJ Archibald & Katherine Williams, NACWAA National Office
2013-2014 Emily Enos & Shiang Tsao, NACWAA National Office
2012-2013 Annie Butts & Katasha Kumar, NACWAA National Office
2011-2012 Stephanie Baugh, NACWAA National Office
2010-2012 Megan Riggs, NACWAA National Office
2009-2011 Lisa Nash, NACWAA National Office
2009-2010 Heidi Fisher, NACWAA National Office
2008-2009 Jennifer Thomas, NACWAA National Office
2008-2009 Susie Williams, NACWAA National Office
2007-2008 Jacklyn Driscoll, NACWAA National Office
2007-2008 Ayana Richardson, NACWAA National Office
2007-2008 Erica Wilson, NACWAA National Office
2006-2007 Shaniqua Simmons, NACWAA National Office
2006-2007 Colleen Murphy, NACWAA National Office
2005-2006 Megan Kahn, NACWAA National Office
2005-2006 Shelana Poindexter, NACWAA National Office
2004-2005 Cynita Hoskins, NACWAA National Office
2003-2004 Natalie Moretz, NACWAA National Office
2002-2003 Lisa Danner, NACWAA National Office
2002-2002 Liz Padgett, NACWAA National Office
2001-2002 Kris Ruffo, NACWAA National Office
1996-1997 Erin McDermott, San Francisco State University
1995-1996 Dawn Darby, Atlantic Coast Conference
1994-1995 Katie Ahrens, Northern Illinois University
1993-1994 Laura Fawcette, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
1992-1993 Kelly Costello, Washington State University
1991-1992 Susan Colodny, University of Minnesota

Secretaries

Pennie Parker, Rollins College (current)
Lori Mazza, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford
Debby DeAngelis, Cal State-East Bay
Vicky Chun, Colgate University
Tracey Ranieri, SUNY at Oneonta
Mary McElroy, Georgia State University
Susan Bassett, Carnegie Mellon University
Laurie Turner, Pacific Lutheran University
Judith Holland, University of California – Los Angeles
Barbara Hollman, University of Montana
Phyllis Howlett, Big Ten Conference
Jeanne Rowlands, Northeastern University
Joan Maser, Carnegie-Mellon University
Cary Groth, Northern Illinois University
Betsy Alden, Webster University/San Francisco State University
Pam Gill-Fisher, University of California-Davis
Jo Ann Harper, Dartmouth College
Laurie Priest, Mount Holyoke College
Lauren Anderson, University of Rhode Island
Carol Reep, NCAA

Treasurers

Heather Lyke, Eastern Michigan University (current)
Missy Conboy, University of Notre Dame
Erin McDermott, University of Chicago
Kim Chandler, Macalester College
Julie Hermann, University of Louisville
Sue Willey, University of Indianapolis
Brenda Weare, Northeast Conference
Judith Holland, University of California, Los Angeles
Della Durant, Penn State University
Patty Viverito, Gateway Conference
Karen Fey, New Mexico State University
Joan Maser, Carnegie-Mellon University
Peggy Bradley-Doppes, University of Michigan
Jill DeMichele, Arizona State University
Laurie Priest, Mount Holyoke College
Barbara Schroeder, Regis University

Nominating Committee

2014

Anucha Browne, NCAA (Chair)
Julie Ruppert, Northeast-10 Conference (Vice Chair)
Tricia Turley Brandenburg, Towson University
Shonna Brown, America East Conference
Kris Kuhr Fowler, Indiana University
Loretta Lamar, United States Naval Academy
Pam Roecker, Emmanuel College
Jennifer Thomas-Williams, North Carolina A&T State University
Carla Wilson, University of Missouri-Kansas City


2013

Lori Mazza, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford (Chair)
Anucha Browne, NCAA (Vice Chair)
Tricia Turley Brandenburg, Towson University
Shelley Davis-Hill, Howard University
Kris Kuhr Fowler, Indiana University
Kiki Jacobs, Springfield College
Loretta Lamar, United States Naval Academy
Susan Peal, NCAA
Julie Ruppert, Northeast-10 Conference
Jennifer Thomas-Williams, North Carolina A&T State University

2012

Debbie Corum, University of Connecticut (Chair)
Shelley Davis, Howard University
Paula Jackson
Stacy Kelly
Julie Muller, North Atlantic Conference
Susan Peal, NCAA
Tricia Turley Brandenburg, Ohio University
Ann Walker, Nova Southeastern University


2011

Lynn Holzman, NCAA (Chair)
Kim Ford, NCAA
Sherri Frye, University of Northern Colorado
Ginger Fulton, Seton Hall University
Paula Jackson, Mississippi Valley State University
Julie Muller, North Atlantic Conference
Tricia Turley, Ohio University
Ann Walker, Nova Southeastern University
Debra Warren, Marymount University


2010

Lynn Holzman, NCAA (Chair)
Debbie Corum, Southeastern Conference
Kim Ford, NCAA
Diantha Ford-Kee, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Sherri Frye, University of Northern Colorado
Ginger Fulton, Seton Hall University
Diane Schumacher, Howard Community College
Tonia Walker, Winston Salem State University
Debra Warren, Hartwick College


2009

Lynn Holzman, NCAA (Chair)
Becky Ahlgren-Bedics, NCAA
Laurie Massa, John Carroll University
Delise O’Meally, NCAA
Nance Reed, Towson University
Debbie Corum, Southeastern Conference
Diantha Ford-Kee, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Diane Schumacher, Howard Community College
Tonia Walker, Winston Salem State University


2008

Chris Hoyles, Pacific 10 Conference (Chair)
Lynn Holzman, NCAA (Assisting)
Becky Ahlgren-Bedics, NCAA
Anita Barker, Chico State University
Barb Bolich, Regis University
Grace Calhoun, Indiana University
Kelly Hart, Springfield College
Laurie Massa, John Carroll University
Delise O’Meally, NCAA
Nance Reed, Towson University


2007

Chris Hoyles, Pacific 10 Conference (Chair)
Anita Barker, Chico State University
Barb Bolich, Regis University
Grace Calhoun, Indiana University
Kelly Hart, Springfield College
Jacqie Carpenter, NCAA
Lynn Holzman, NCAA
Gwen Davis Reeves, Fort Valley State University
Betsy Stephenson, Emory University


2006

Chris Hoyles, Pacific 10 Conference (Chair)
Jacqie Carpenter, NCAA
Lynn Holzman, NCAA
Gwen Davis Reeves, Fort Valley State University
Betsy Stephenson, Emory University
Helen Grant, Sun Belt Conference
Carol Iwaoka, Big Ten Conference
Germaine McAuley, Spelman College
Julie Sandoval, California State University-Dominguez Hills


2005

Jane Meyer, University of Iowa (Chair)
Helen Grant, Sun Belt Conference
Carol Iwaoka, Big Ten Conference
Germaine McAuley, Spelman College
Julie Sandoval, California State University-Dominguez Hills
Lynda Tealer, University of Florida
Sue Delaney-Scheetz, Penn State University
Lynn Dorn, North Dakota State University
Bridget Belviovine, NCAA


2004

Jane Meyer, University of Iowa (Chair)
Bridget Belviovine, NCAA
Lynn Dorn, North Dakota State University
Sue Delaney-Scheetz, Penn State Lynda Tealer, University of Florida
Pam Wettig, University of Denver
Monique “Toni” Morgan, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Lynn Imergoot, Washington University in St. Louis
Gail Barksdale, Indiana State University


2003

Jane Meyer (Chair) Chris Pohl, University of Arkansas
Regina Sullivan, University of Minnesota
Marcy Weston, Central Michigan University
Alfreeda Goff, Horizon League
Pam Gill-Fisher, University of California, Davis
Gail Barksdale, Indiana State University
Lynn Imergoot, Washington University in St. Louis
Monique “Toni” Morgan, CIAA
Pam Wettig, University of Denver


2002

Joyce Wong, Eastern Connecticut State University (Chair)
Chris Pohl, University of Arkansas
Regina Sullivan, University of Minnesota
Pam Gill-Fisher, University of California-Davis
Alfreeda Goff, Horizon League
Joan McDermott, Metropolitan State College of Denver
Sondra Norell-Thomas, Howard University
Julie Sandoval, California State University-Dominguez Hills
Marcy Weston, Central Michigan University


2001

Rita Castagna, Assumption College (Chair)
Beth Miller, University of North Carolina
Paula Smith, University of California, Irvine
Debbie Chin, University of New Haven
Joan Maser, Carnegie Mellon University
Sondra Norell Thomas, Howard University
Joan McDermott, Metropolitan State College of Denver
Julie Sandoval, California State University-Dominguez Hills
Marcy Weston, Central Michigan University


2000

Rita Castagna, Assumption College (Chair)
Beth Miller, University of North Carolina
Denise O’Grady, NCAA
Kathy DeBoer, University of Kentucky
Barbara Hibner, University of Nebraska
Paula Smith, University of California, Irvine
Debbie Chin, University of New Haven
Joan Maser, Carnegie Mellon University
Mary Lou Thimas, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth


1999

Rita Castagna, Assumption College (Chair)
Debbie Chin, New Haven
Kathleen DeBoer, University of Kentucky
Barb Hibner, University of Nebraska
Joan Maser, Carnegie Mellon University
Beth Miller, University of North Carolina
Paula Smith, University of California, Irvine
Mary Lou Thimas, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Denise O’Grady, NCAA


1998

Rita Castagna, Assumption College (Chair)
Kim Allen, Rutgers University, Newark
Barbara Church, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Lynn Imergoot, Washington University
Carolyn Lewis, San Jose State University
Joyce Wong, University of Rochester


1997

Jill DeMichele, Arizona State University (Chair)
Val Cushman, Vassar College
Marcy Weston, Central Michigan University
Barbara Schroeder, Regis University
Charlotte West, Southern Illinois University


1996

Pam Gill-Fisher, University of California-Davis (Chair)
Joyce Wong, University of Rochester
Sharon Taylor, Lock Haven University
Charlotte West, Southern Illinois University


1995

Judy Kruckman, Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Chair)
Helen Carroll, Mills College
Mary Ellen Cloninger, Utah State University
Carolyn Schlie Femovich, University of Pennsylvania


1994

Judy Kruckman, Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Chair)
Laurie Priest, Mount Holyoke College
Sharon Taylor, Lock Haven University
Linda Hermann, Illinois State University


1993

Linda Moulton, Clark University (Chair)
Kay Don, Long Beach State University
Barbara Schroeder, Regis University
Andrea Wickerham, Luther College


1992

Jo Kuhn, Texas Woman’s University (Chair)
Kathy DeBoer, University of Kentucky
Joanne Fortunato, Keene State
Lynn Imergoot, Washington University in St. Louis


1991

Alfreeda Goff, Virginia Commonwealth University (Chair)
Bridget Belgiovine, Springfield College
Dee Fairchild, Grinnell College


1990


Alfreeda Goff, Virginia Commonwealth University (Chair)
Janet Kittell, New England College
Deborah Yow, University of Carolina, Greensboro

1989

Alfreeda Goff, Virginia Commonwealth University (Chair)


1988

Judy Sweet, University of California, San Diego (Chair)
Sharon Holmberg, Mountain West Athletic Conference
Sharon Taylor, Lock Haven University
Jeanne Rowlands, Northeastern University


1987

Sharon Holmberg, Mountain West Athletic Conference (Chair)
Karen Fey, New Mexico State University
Judy Sweet, University of California, San Diego


1986

Mary Ellen Cloninger (Chair)
Jane Betts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jo Kuhn, Texas Woman’s University
Patty Viverito, Gateway Conference


1985

Patty Viverito, Gateway Conference (Chair)
Carole Huston, Bowling Green State University
Marcia Saneholtz, Washington State University


1984

June Davis, University of Nebraska (Chair)
Barbara Hedges, University of Southern California
Barbara Palmer, Florida State University


1983

Linda Estes, University of New Mexico (Chair)
June Davis, University of Nebraska

Barbara Palmer, Florida State University