Unique Careers in Student Affairs
Recorded On: 10/24/2023
Dr. John S. Hollemon III
Director of DEI and HBCU Initiatives
National Association for College Admission Counseling
Dr. Hollemon has worked in the field of Higher Education for over a decade. As a passionate educator, he has purposefully diversified his experience by working with students at each level from K-12 through college. He completed his undergraduate degree in Communication Studies, with Minors in Black Studies and Asian Studies from Randolph-Macon College. He also holds a Master’s in Executive Leadership from Liberty University and a doctorate in Healthcare Administration (Health Equity Concentration) from the Virginia University of Lynchburg.
Dr. Hollemon previously served as the Chief Diversity Officer & Dean of Inclusive Excellence at Hampden-Sydney College. Dr. Hollemon currently serves as the Director of DEI and HBCU Initiatives for the National Association for College Admission Counseling, where he is tasked with identifying, addressing, and accessing DEI priorities throughout the association. NACAC is an organization of more than 27,000 professionals worldwide dedicated to serving students as they pursue postsecondary education. In this role, Dr. Hollemon is unapologetically committed to engaging in community work to increase access and success in higher education for students, especially those from minoritized backgrounds.
Kristeena LaRoue, M.S.
Deputy ADA Coordinator for Digital Accessibility
University of Central Florida
Kristeena currently serves as the Deputy ADA Coordinator for Digital Accessibility and Universal Design at the University of Central Florida. In this role, Kristeena is responsible for developing and implementing institution-wide policies, processes, and initiatives related to disability and accessibility. Kristeena previously served as the Associate Director of the Disability Resource Center and Access Technology Center at Missouri State University. Additionally, Kristeena serves as a consultant to various organizations on disability and accessibility concerns, including digital accessibility, disability culture, and accommodations. Kristeena holds leadership roles in many higher education organizations, including NASPA, AHEAD, and Florida AHEAD. Kristeena earned her M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education, as well as a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Interpersonal Communications from Missouri State University, and is certified through the ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program.
Samantha González is a Las Vegas native, who went on to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Johns Hopkins University.
As a first generation college student, she often felt lost and conflicted by the sudden lack of cultural connections, financial barriers, and a poor sense of belonging. Reflecting back on her time as a student, she has noticed that her greatest motivators were the faculty and staff of color at her institutions that taught her that community and aspiration are the greatest resources to have when navigating the unfamiliar. Samantha hopes to provide this same guidance to the first-generation college students at Nevada State University.
In 2021, she joined the Nepantla Program as its Program Coordinator where she recruits high school students to join Nepantla every year for its annual six-week summer bridge program. Aside from working with prospective high school students, she mentors and guides the students in the Nepantla Program by listening to their often quieted voices, celebrating their cultural wealth, and teaching them to take charge of their aspirational capital by “dreaming big and aiming high”. In her free time, Samantha finds joy in caring for her dogs, playing video games, and reading.
Alex Koehler, M.S.
Assistant Director of Wellness Resource Center
Alex serves as the Assistant Director at Temple University's Wellness Resource Center. Her work focuses on harm reduction and education around substance use and cultivating a recovery-friendly campus, as well as supporting office operations and resources. Alex holds a bachelor's degree in Public Health from Temple University and a master's degree in Higher Education Policy & Student Affairs from West Chester University. Alex has a passion for accessible education and student wellness. She also co-chairs the NASPA New Professionals and Graduate Student Steering Committee and is a NUFP Alumna.
An introduction for new professionals and grad students into some lesser known fields of student affairs. Most people go to grad school understanding the "popular"/larger subsections of student affairs, but what about the niche spaces within our field?