Jake Nelko, President
Career Development Specialist, UW Tacoma
Jake Nelko is a Pittsburgh sports fan, half Croatian, and the Career Development Specialist at the University of Washington Tacoma. In an attempt to “find himself”, Jake moved the Tacoma, WA, in 2011 after completing an MEd in Higher Education Management from his hometown University of Pittsburgh. His interests within career development lean toward innovation in work; which ranges from the changing workforce to ways to work smarter instead of harder. Jake wishes he liked reading and exercising, but instead he likes a good whiskey and talking about sports. Read tweets about the Pirates and retweets from Inc and Fast Company at @oh_hey_jake.
Rachel Rodney, President Elect
Resident Director, UW Bothell
Rachel is a Virginian at heart, but has acclimated to the Pacific Northwest lifestyle since moving to Seattle in July 2013 after completing her M.Ed at UNC Greensboro in the Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education Program. While in North Carolina, Rachel had the opportunity to get involved on the board of NCCPA as a graduate student and co-chaired the NC Next Gen conference where her passion grew for accessible and affordable professional development for student affairs professionals. Professionally, Rachel’s interests include residential learning initiatives and curriculum development, working with at-risk students, and student leadership development. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys Crossfit, watching/attending Seahawks and Mariners games, cheering on VCU Basketball and volunteering for her sorority. Follow Rachel on Twitter at @rachelerodney
Jon Stubblefield, Treasurer
Academic Advisor, UW Tacoma
Jon serves as an academic advisor at UW Tacoma and works with Urban Studies and pre-major students. Prior to his current position, he completed a counseling program and worked in First-Year Programs—both at Missouri State University. He has been involved in ACPA since the 2013 Convention and has been to two national conventions. He has also completed an international study tour that looked at Irish higher education institutions and served as a conference chair for a regional undergraduate conference. He is very excited to see WACPA develop into a meaningful professional development organization for the Pacific Northwest!
Mike Bowers, Secretary
Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Eastern Washington University
Mike has been working in higher education for seven years. The bulk of my experience has been in housing/residence life, with some experience in student activities, service learning, and orientation. Most recently, I’ve transitioned over in the world of student conduct, serving as EWU’s chief conduct officer. I’m originally from North Carolina, having lived and worked in Washington for almost five years. When not working, I enjoy music, video games, sports, and driving across the state!