Our Outstanding Committees- Leadership Pipeline

Your RMASFAA Leadership Pipeline Committee has been hard at work this year!  The committee was charged to be transformational with Leadership Pipeline in a way that would allow a graduating class every year, allow members of the RMASFAA Board to participate and to find a way to make Leadership Pipeline more visible to our members.

The first challenge we encountered was little to no information on the RMASFAA website regarding this premier program.  Leadership Pipeline now has its own webpage and prominent link from the RMASFAA homepage, and you can check it out here!  Along with information regarding the program, you will see information on our graduates, find the application, and we hope to add some pictures in the near future.  I would love to hear any comments or suggestions you might have for the site.  A BIG thank you to Joe Donlay for providing content, Sara Vancil for providing the list of graduates, Ricki Jones for creating the layout, and Russ McBee, EIC Chair, for working with ATAC to make this a reality.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Our second goal was to solicit applications for the 2016-2017 Leadership Pipeline Program.  Not only are we thrilled with our applicants but are excited to see what the year will bring.  We are pleased to introduce the new 2016-2017 Leadership Pipeline Mentees:

Shelby Garner, Casper College, WY

Brenda Haseman, Northern Wyoming Community College District, WY

Darcy Johnson, Emporia State University, KS

Katie Nelson, Black Hills State University, SD

Dani Reynolds, Newman University, KS

Hayley Shipton, University of Utah, UT

Beth Vollan, South Dakota State, SD

Kelly Whittekiend, Dixie Applied Technology College


The next step was to develop a great program and this Committee has delivered!  The Leadership Pipeline agenda is packed with great speakers, including our NASFAA Chair Lisa Blazer, presentations on leadership skills, advocating for students, and much more.  The program will kick off with a welcome at the RMASFAA Conference 2016 on Sunday and we can hardly wait!

Our last completed step was finding mentors to pair with our mentees.  We have a fantastic group of mentors that are volunteering their time to share their valuable wisdom, expertise, and leadership skills.

Valerie Curtin, Helena College, MT

Pat McTee, American Indian College Fund, CO

Julie Wilson, Laramie County Community College, WY

Susan Stephenson, Eastern Wyoming College, WY

Carolyn Halgerson, South Dakota State University, SD

Peg Mason, Colorado School of Mines, CO

Brenda Hicks, Southwestern College, KS

Joe Donlay, Colorado State University, CO

We cannot thank these folks enough.

Finally, we had a few committee members that changed positions or careers and could no longer participate on our committee.  Luckily, we have great people in our association that were more than happy to help us out.  I am pleased to introduce our current Leadership Pipeline Committee:

Janet Riis, Carroll College, MT – Vice Chair

Myra Pfannenstiel, Newman University, KS

Sally Schuman, Colorado MESA University, CO

Julie Watson, Montana State University, MT

Valerie Curtin, Helena College, MT

If you would like more information regarding Leadership Pipeline, please let me know or stop any of us at the RMASFAA Conference in Rapid City.  We will be identified on our name tags!


Shauna Savage

RMASFAA Leadership Pipeline Chair

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