National Convention Local Organizing Committee

Behind every Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention is a dedicated Local Organizing Committee (LOC) representative of Women Leaders members from surrounding universities, colleges, conference offices, and affiliated organizations.

The LOC is charged with assisting the Women Leaders team with local contacts and volunteers, but more importantly they make it a FUN event, giving Women Leaders members an experience to remember highlighting the best each local city has to offer!

Other duties include:


  • Input and selection of key note speakers—emphasis on local industry leaders, experts, business executives, etc.
  • Input on power panel and breakout session topics and speakers 
  • Feedback on new programming ideas


  • Welcome reception venue suggestions and planning
  • Board of Directors & LOC dinner venue selection
  • Videographer and DJ suggestions


  • Registration promotion
  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Provide local vendor contacts (transportation, florist, etc.)
  • Group Dinners
  • Tour Coordination 

Local Partnerships

  • Solicitation of items for welcome bags
  • Solicitation of auction items
  • Assistance with local media coverage and event press release distribution

Committee Information & Requirements

  • Busy time: June-October
  • Familiarity with host city 
  • Up to three (3) members per institution will be selected to serve on the LOC, with some exceptions. Note: There will be plenty of additional volunteer opportunities during the event to engage and involve others on staff.

2018 Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention Committee Members

Board Liaison:  Lynn Holzman, Vice President of Women's Basketball, NCAA
Staff Liason: Kaila'Shea Menendez, Director of Leadership Programming & Events

Committee Members

  • Merlene Aitken, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance & Student Services/SWA, Clayton State University - DII
  • Joleen Akin, Associate Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Development/SWA, Georgia Institute of Technology - DI FBS
  • Beth Bass, Director of Women's Sports Marketing/NCAA, adidas America
  • Shardonay Blueford, Associate Director of Compliance, Georgia Institute of Technology - DI FBS
  • Emily Burton, Sr. Business Development Associate, Heery 
  • Whitney Burton, Associate Director of Academic Support Service, Georgia Institute of Technology - DI FBS
  • Tiffany Daniels, Associate Commissioner/SWA, Southeastern Conference - DI FBS 
  • Tim Duncan, Director of Athletics, Clayton State University - DII
  • Courtney Gay, Academic Counselor, Football & Softball, University of Georgia - DI FBS
  • Sherie Gordon Director of Athletics, Albany State University - DII
  • Darrice Griffin, Deputy Director, Administration, University of Georgia - DI FBS
  • Joyce Jaleel, Senior Director of Athletics/SWA, Emory University - DIII
  • Katari Key, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance, Morehouse College - DII 
  • Katasha Kumar, Account Manager, Dimensional Innovations
  • Kelly Lee, Director of Finance and Human Resources, Atlanta Dream 
  • Katreshia Louis-Verrett, Associate Director/SWA, University of Alabama at Birmingham - DI FBS
  • Jacqueline Nicholson, Associate Athletics Director/SWA, Albany State University - DII
  • Jayme Pendergast, Director of Athletics, Life University - NAIA
  • Lindsay Reeves, Director of Athletics, University of North Georgia - DII
  • Taunita Stephenson, Associate Athletic Director/Student-Athlete Success, Lander University - DII
  • Maureen Tremblay, Total Person Program Coordinator, Georgia Institute of Technology - DI FBS
  • Beth Vansant, Director of Athletics, Agnes Scott College - DIII