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2022 CPAK Hall of Fame

2022 CPAK Hall of Fame
College Personnel Association of Kentucky’s

“Hall of Fame” Gallery of Outstanding Educators and Professionals in Higher Education

The College Personnel Association of Kentucky (CPAK) is proud to establish the CPAK Hall of Fame Gallery of Outstanding Educators and Professionals to honor and recognize our colleagues in the Commonwealth who have served their respective institutions, the state, region and national associations through leadership and service. These individuals are recognized each year at CPAK’s annual meeting.

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Founded in 1994 during the presidency of Charles Schroeder, the purpose of the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation (501c3 non-profit organization) is “to enhance the student affairs profession and to generate and disseminate knowledge of college students at all levels within higher education” (Article Three of the Articles of Incorporation). The organization is now known as the ACPA Foundation to more concisely communicate its role as the fundraising arm of ACPA College Student Educators International.

The Mission - The ACPA Foundation exists to support the priorities and activities of ACPA by raising funds and developing resources that help the Association fulfill its mission. 

The Vision - The ACPA Foundation will develop sufficient assets to effectively and sustainably fund ACPA’s efforts to provide excellent professional development opportunities to members, advance knowledge in the field, and support the transformative effect of education in the lives of college students.

In order to fulfill its purpose and mission, the Foundation invites members and non-members alike to provide philanthropic support for ACPA's vital initiatives involving research, scholarship, professional development and leadership program.

Martha Sales

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As the Interim Dean of Students at Western Kentucky University (WKU) and Executive Director of WKU’s TRIO programs and the Intercultural Student Engagement Center, Dr. Martha Sales is both diligent and committed to the success of students. Her passion is evident in the 19,000 students she serves and the programs she directs, first being the TRIO programs, that are federally funded through the Department of Education and are designed to assist low-income and first-generation individuals with entering in, succeeding, and graduating from postsecondary education. The Intercultural Student Engagement Center promotes a culturally inclusive campus environment, cultural awareness and competence. This office serves as a hands-on recruitment and retention resource for the many cultural, religious/spiritual, and indemnity groups reflected within the WKU community. In addition, the center provides student support services to foster academic success and sponsors culturally based celebratory events. With her 15 years of grant writing experience, she has been awarded over 14 million for the success of students. Aside from her administrative roles, Martha also teaches and facilitates courses and trains students and her colleagues in her various areas of expertise. She serves and has served in many capacities throughout the campus, community, and nationwide sharing her knowledge in the success of students. As an educator and administrator, Martha is honored to have received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her 26-year career. Dr. Martha Sales a native from Franklin, Kentucky born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Hezekiah (Georgia) Robey. She overcame the barrier of being a low-income and first generation student herself, in which has become her career long passion. Martha obtained a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership, an Educational Specialist in Student Affairs, a Masters of Arts in Counseling, Marriage and Family, a Bachelors of Science in Social Work with a Minor in African American Studies, and a Women’s Studies graduate certificate all from Western Kentucky University. Martha not only serves professionally but sets priorities and creates the balance of home life and work, she is married to Pastor Shawn Sales and they have two children Seth and Kiah, they reside in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Martha is a member of the Loving Springs Baptist Church where she serves as one of the musicians, youth advisor, Sunday school teacher, and last but not least “the pastor’s wife.” She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Martha has the unique ability to inspire and provide insight to others, while maintaining a high level of integrity and promoting congruency among all. Her life experiences have given her deep appreciation in the value of family and blessing others but opportunity of being used by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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Marian Vasser

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Marian R. Vasser is the Executive Director for Diversity and Equity at the University of Louisville, where she has served approximately 28 years in various capacities. With over sixteen years of experience as a Culture, Equity, and Antiracism Practitioner, she conducts numerous workshops annually focusing on Antiracism, Implicit Bias, Micro-aggressions, Power and Privilege, Engaging in Difficult Dialogue and more. In addition to her work within UofL, Marian has presented at numerous local and national conferences and has also worked with over 30 external partners to foster spaces that are more inclusive and equitable for all. To name a few: Presbyterian USA Volunteers of America Humana Red Cross Leadership Louisville Legal Aid Society Center for Women and Families Metro Council UPS Bellarmine University JCTC Mortenson Dental All Women OBGYN Fund for the Arts Actors Theatre and the list goes on Marian was recently nominated as a College Personnel of Kentucky (CPAK) Hall of Fame inductee for her service at the collegiate level. She was awarded the 2021 University of Louisville Student Government Association Presidential Award, which is designated as the most prestigious honor awarded by students. In 2019, Marian received the 2019 UofL Presidential Multicultural Engagement award and was also recognized as an Adult Black Achiever. She is also being featured in an upcoming documentary for PBS Frontline regarding school integration efforts in the U.S., looking back at Brown v. Board of Education and the current state of schools in the U.S. Marian was accepted into an intensive, yet rewarding Institute for Leaders in Higher Education at Harvard University. Marian serves as an expert panelist for several grants including the Presbyterian Historical Society’s Breaking Barriers and Building Knowledge grant, as well as a grant with the Louisville Seminary designed to reimagine policies and practices through an antiracist lens. Marian’s commitment to equitable access to education is evident as she conducts numerous workshops and coaching throughout JCPS and other school systems throughout the region. Additionally, she sits on a number of committees designed to improve access and true inclusion throughout JCPS. She also serves as a board member for EVOLVE 502. Marian is the proud Mom of three handsome, intelligent, and talented young men. Marian’s personal commitment to lifelong learning is demonstrated by her ability to complete a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Higher Education Administration while working 2 jobs and single-parenting. Marian is currently pursuing a PhD in College Student Personnel.

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Angela B. Taylor

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Dr. Angela B. Taylor is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Louisville. A champion for student success, Dr. Taylor has served the UofL community since January 2013. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Dr. Taylor currently assists the Vice President in providing leadership and administration to the Division of Student Affairs. Working directly with Campus Housing, Career Development Center, Disability Resource Center, Student Care and Student Conduct, Student Grievance Officer, and Student Involvement, Dr. Taylor is highly visible on campus. Committed to helping students find their sense of belonging through engagement in diverse learning opportunities, Dr. Taylor cares about students and guides through that lens. Dr. Taylor believes that public institutions of higher education have a critical responsibility in promoting inclusive excellence and serving as student-centered places of learning. Prior to joining the University of Louisville, Dr. Taylor served in various capacities at Georgetown College from 2006 to 2013 including the Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Greek Affairs and Student Accountability, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Greek Affairs, and Area Coordinator for Greek Life. In these positions, she provided leadership to the areas of Family Programming, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Judicial Affairs, New Student Orientation, Residence Life, and Student Activities. While at Georgetown College, Dr. Taylor was a strong student advocate where she worked to foster an environment where students were supported and challenged. Before working at Georgetown College, Dr. Taylor served as a Leadership Consultant (LC) with Alpha Gamma Delta International Fraternity. As an LC, Dr. Taylor met with individual collegiate chapter officers to determine chapter strengths and areas of improvements while providing guidance and assistance in helping to create a financially responsible, organized, and bonded Alpha Gamma Delta collegiate chapter. In this role, Dr. Taylor provided individualized assistance to college students that empowered them to develop into leaders on their respective college campuses. Dr. Taylor holds a PhD in College Student Personnel Services from the University of Louisville where she completed her dissertation research on “Differences in Second Year College Student Experiences that Affect Persistence and Attrition for First Generation and Continuing Generation Students.” She holds a MEd in College Student Personnel Services from the University of Louisville and a BA in Psychology and Communication Arts from Georgetown College. Dr. Taylor enjoys time with family; she and her partner of 16 years, Steve, have two great kids, a nine-year-old, Spencer, and a four-year-old, Wyatt. With a spouse as a carpenter, they enjoy the challenges of house projects which recently included, building a playset, renovating their back deck, and refurbishing several pieces of outdoor furniture.

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Gloria Shepard McCall

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Dr. Gloria S. McCall serves as Vice President of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. She has over 30 years of experience in community college higher education. She received her bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from South Carolina University, her master's in Education from Western Kentucky University, and her doctorate in Education, Adult and Community College, from North Carolina State University. After completing her undergraduate training, she held a number of positions in both the academic and business worlds affording her diverse and unique experiences with the public arena. In May of 2006, she was recruited from Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio to serve as Vice Chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to lead and coordinate state wide areas of student services, global studies, enrollment management, student financial aid, transfer/dual credit and developmental education and cultural diversity and inclusion. In addition, she led special projects under the leadership of the System’s President. In 2013, Dr. McCall was promoted to serve on the President’s Executive Leadership Cabinet for KCTCS. In this role as Vice President, Dr. McCall helped to shape governing policies and procedures that impact the lives of thousands of Kentuckians across the Commonwealth. In this role she provided leadership, service, and support to all KCTCS colleges. She has officially retired from KCTCS and now resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Brian Bourke

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Dr. Brian Bourke is a professor at Murray State University, where he teaches in the Postsecondary Education Administration master’s and the P20 and Community Leadership doctoral programs. Brian discovered student affairs through his involvement in student government and campus activities as an undergraduate at the University of South Carolina Upstate. That involvement led to graduate school at the University of South Carolina, followed by several years working in residence life, along with doctoral study at The University of Alabama. Since becoming a faculty member in 2007, Brian has helped dozens of emerging professionals find their paths into student affairs. In addition to his work with graduate students, Brian engages in a number of scholarly and professional service activities. Since moving to Murray State in 2014, Brian has served CPAK in multiple roles, including his service as a past-president. Beyond CPAK, Brian has been part of ACPA’s Commission for Student Involvement, Editor of the College Student Affairs Journal, Advisory Board Chair for the Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship, Student Affairs Assessment Leaders Advancement Committee chair, and participation in a number of other committees throughout his 20+ years in the field. When he isn’t preparing future student affairs leaders, Brian enjoys camping with his wife and 9-year old daughter, and time in his woodworking shop.

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Patrick Englert

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Dr. Patrick Englert is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs providing leadership and direction for the division and the following functional areas: Campus Ministry, Campus Recreation, Intramurals & Wellness, Career Development, Community Engagement, International Student & Scholar Support, New Student Orientation and Family Programs, Office of Identity & Inclusion, Student Activities and Leadership. He also teaches Qualitative Methods and Adult & Student Development Theory courses in the School of Education doctoral programs at Bellarmine University. Prior to serving as the Associate Vice President, Dr. Englert was Bellarmine’s Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Engagement. He also has served in roles within housing and residence life at Sullivan University and Loras College. Dr. Englert is a qualitative researcher and focuses his research on LGBTQ+ topics surrounding higher education, sense of belonging, and critical inquiry of sexuality and gender. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Englert holds a degree in English Literature from Western Kentucky University, a master’s in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville, and a doctoral degree in Education and Social Change from Bellarmine University.

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Tony Leslie

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Tony Leslie is Bardstown, Kentucky where he was raised and continues to live on the family farm today. Tony earned his Bachelor’s in 1983 and Master’s in 1989 both from Western Kentucky University. Then, Tony worked for WKU as the Recreational Manager of the Downing University Center from 1986 to 1992. After leaving WKU in January 1992, Tony became the Site Coordinator/Counselor at the General Motors Corvette Plant in Bowling Green for the Kentucky Workforce Development Cabinet. This opportunity was grant funded training program partnership with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, GM and the UAW. Tony also served as a Counselor with Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee with a working range from Springfield to Livingston for four years. In August 1996 Tony was offered a job as a Service Representative with the Social Security Administration in Elizabethtown, Kentucky which allowed him to move back to Central Kentucky. The call of education was too strong and Tony accepted a Counselor’s position with Jefferson Community and Technical College in May 1999. Tony has happily been a Jefferson for almost 23 years serving as Interim Coordinator of Advising 2000-2001 and as a Counselor, Master Advisor and Assistant Professor.

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Michael D. Covert

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Michael D. Covert currently serves as the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. The functional areas he oversees include Housing & Residence Life, Campus Center & Event Services, Campus & Community Engagement, Greek Life, Student Wellbeing, Campus Health Clinic, Counseling, Student Success & Retention, and Dining Services. Additionally, Michael frequently serves as an adjunct faculty instructor in the Educational Policies Studies and Evaluation program at the University of Kentucky. Michael received his B.A. in Psychology from Transylvania University, his M.S. in Education from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky. He has worked at Transylvania University since 1996, with previous experience at Indiana University-Bloomington and Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University, Michael had the good fortune of working with James E. McLeod, longtime Vice Chancellor for Students and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, who was fond of saying, “We stand on the shoulders of those who come before us.” It’s incredibly true that none of us stands alone or on our own. We all stand on the shoulders of someone who came before us; someone who laid the foundation, set an example, taught us, encouraged us, and mentored us. A few of the giants who helped to inspire Michael along the way and to whom he owes special gratitude include Leonard Johnson, J. Richard Thompson, Michael G. Moore, Bob Weith, Tony Nowak, Chris Loving, Jill Stratton, Randy Hays, Jane Jensen, John Thelin, and Michael K. Vetter. His colleagues at Transylvania continue to inspire him each and every day and (thankfully) tolerate his witty sarcasm and addiction to Diet Coke. Michael has also been blessed with sharing this adventure for the past 28 years with his wife, Kara Covert, a fellow Higher Education leader in Advancement. Their experience in HE, knowledge of student development theory, and chaos management has been extremely beneficial during their 17-year old son Evan’s ongoing college search process.

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Janelle Rae

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Janelle Rae serves as the Dean of Students at Spalding University, providing vision and support to the Student Development and Campus Life department, which includes housing, counseling, student leadership, service learning, campus activities, student conduct, peer support, and student health. Janelle has served Spalding for ten years with a focus on student leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the roles of Director of Residence Life and Campus Activities, Director of Student Leadership and Multicultural Services, and Director of Inclusive Engagement. She is a founding member of Spalding's Equity Collective, an ad hoc committee of faculty and staff committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the university. The daughter of Air Force veterans, Janelle has committed her career to the not-for-profit sector. After volunteering as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in her hometown of San Antonio, TX, Janelle worked as a Program Manager for LIFT in Washington, D.C., a national nonprofit that supports parents in breaking the cycle of poverty. Upon moving to Louisville in 2007, Janelle worked at Louisville Public Media, a community-supported news and entertainment hub. Janelle currently serves on the board of directors of Pandora Productions, an LGBTQ+ theatre company whose vision is to create profound relatedness and belonging by and for our diverse human community, and The Big Table, a giant community potluck designed to bring people together across culture and food. She is a founding member of the Synergy Project with Lean into Louisville, an initiative that brought police officers and community members together in facilitated conversation to share their stories and ideas on how to improve their relationships with each other. Janelle loves learning about the human experience and supporting the capacity for people to be in authentic relationship with themselves and each other. Janelle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, a Master of Social Work at Spalding University, and is pursuing her Ed. D. in Leadership. Her research interest is racial literacy and leadership.

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Jim Wims

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Jim Wims has enjoyed a career in higher education that spans over 40 years, working for three different institutions. He began his higher education journey at Kent State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. He later joined the professional staff at Kent State where he served in several leadership roles, including Area Coordinator, Assistant Director for Student Development, Director for Student and Staff Development, and Coordinator of the University Judicial System. After 15 years at Kent State, Jim transitioned to Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, where he directed both the University Judicial System and the Residence Life program. He also served as second in charge of the division of student affairs. In 1996 Jim was recruited by the University of Kentucky to serve as the Director of Residence Life. He was later promoted to Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. From there he continued to be recognized for his strong leadership skills, serving in a variety of key leadership roles including Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. As Associate Vice President, Jim had broad oversight for Dining Services, Residence Life, Campus Recreation, and the University Student Center. He was later promoted to Senior Assistant Provost for Student and Academic Life.

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