The presenters at ASGA’s conferences are the nation’s premier Student Government experts.
All speakers are former Student Government officers and/or advisors. They’re specialists in SG issues, problems, and trends.
• They bring significant experience and knowledge about SG and student affairs.
• They regularly consult with and train SGs.
• They’re skilled presenters, injecting humor and passion into their workshops.
• They engage students and advisors through interactive presentations.
Click on each speaker’s profile to see a biography, social media links, videos, and photos.
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• Owner, Anthony Creative Solutions, LLC (www.drmichaelanthony.com)
• Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at Prairie State College
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D.
I’m ASGA’s strategist. I like to help participants think about the big picture and how to make it personal and actionable. I also like to develop the higher-order skills and questions within SG, and help them answer the “why” of it all.
In your roles in and out of SG, you’ll be challenged to think differently about delegation, communication, structure, and your purpose in SG. I use humor and get folks talking. I use PowerPoint, visuals, case studies, role play, and participant dialogue and interaction to make the concepts relevant to your campus and your style.
• Former Federal Law Clerk/Attorney
• President, The Harbor Institute (www.theharborinstitute.com)
• Speaker/Trainer/Consultant to over 200 colleges and universities
• Facebook: “The Harbor Institute”
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq.
I’m ASGA’s mirror. What does a mirror do? Nothing, unless you stand in front of it. That’s what we do in my sessions. Student leaders often spend so much time focusing on serving others that you lose sight of yourself. You can never really maximize your potential as a leader until you first lead yourself.
I use a very interactive style. No boring lectures. No “preachy” messages. I present through self-reflective exercises. There’s a lot of dialogue, a little shake of Powerpoint, and a dash of one or two video clips. We shed the “I got it together” facade. Think morning talk show host meets psychiatrist. You’ll laugh, you may cry, you’ll probably hurt, but in the end you will feel relief. You’ll experience a wild range of emotions but leave stronger and wiser.
• Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University
• Doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at Rowan University
• Current Director of Student Life at Raritan Valley Community, New Jersey’s #1 Community College according to www.BestColleges.com
• Life coach, yogi, vegan, animal lover, husband, educator, Foster Dad, and lover of life
Russell D Barefoot
I am ASGA’s community college specialist, assessment guy, compassionate vegan, and yogi. My workshops provide practical lessons rooted in research, theory, and best practices. They continue to evolve with new ideas and feedback from each interaction.
I keep workshops fast-paced, interactive, fun, and engaging. I help student leaders and advisors discover their strengths and build habits I look forward to to help them set and achieve meaningful goals. I look forward to helping you identify goals, develop plans, and assess your success.
• President, Magnus Solutions, Inc. “Not just good ideas, but Magnus Solutions”
• Three decades of experience in higher education, law enforcement, leadership, mentorship, civic and community engagement
• Former NFL New Orleans Saints draft pick and Montreal Machine Canadian Player
Michael A. Cadore Sr., Ed.D.
I’m ASGA’S Ambassador and Advocate. I enjoy being able to develop and strengthen campus leaders by the 3 E’s: Educate – Encourage – Empower. As we develop as leaders it is important to never forget the importance of having positive Communication, Respect, Great Attitudes, and being Professional at all times. I provide a fun interactive way to strengthen your leadership skills as well as understanding the importance of your campus policies and procedures.
• Experienced advisor for Student Government, Student Organizations Council, Residence Life, and Campus Life groups
• Seasoned Student Affairs Professional with more than 29 years of experience in higher education
• Learn more at www.thestrengthsdoc.com
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Vicky Goodin, Ed.D.
I am ASGA’s Student Development expert and advisor to the Advisors. My workshops are specifically designed to be informative and engaging.
With the use of interactive activities and visual aids, I provide topical information that will help students move to the next level in their leadership and assist Advisors in being purposeful and the best they can be in their role.
• Former Student Body President of the University of Southern California
• Experience at public relations firms in New York and San Francisco
• Former Grassroots Field Director for a failed 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign
• Photo Album • Video Interview
I’m ASGA’s image expert. My workshops focus on improving your Student Government’s image on and off campus. We primarily focus on simple, easy, mostly free tools that you can implement right away. We also spend time digging into a variety of leadership best practices. My goal for every session is to provide as many pragmatic, actionable ideas that can make an immediate observable difference on your campus and in your quest to develop your leadership skills and personal brand.
• Student Life Coordinator at Atlanta Technical College
• Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a minor in Social Media from Walden University
• Founder and director of Inspire Girls USA
• Executive director for Dessie Hall Consulting, LLC
I’m ASGA’s expert advisor. My workshops are customized for advisors and student leaders which provide solutions and best practices for meetings, planning events, budget management, elections, addressing administrators and training others to lead.
I encourage and offer team building activities in all my workshops so students and advisors can use the lessons and experiences to learn, grow, and implement on their campuses.
• Trainer in the areas of relational leadership and diversity/community building
• Former two-term SGA President at Ramapo College of New Jersey
• Doctorial Student and Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D.
I’m ASGA’s TEAM and capacity building specialist. My workshops focus on how to improve the foundation of your SGA team and increase the opportunity to grow, particularly as it relates to meetings. My passion for Student Government comes from the need to see students grow. My style is engaging and experiential at all times, incorporating the work of Emotional Intelligence in the cornerstone of all my workshops.
I can help you with questions regarding your student government training, conflict resolution, or working effectively with your administration. I have been a two term SGA President, SGA Adviser, and now a trainer helping SGA’s all around the country.
• Outstanding author of technical documents including bylaws and finance manuals
• Acclaimed expert in student government parliamentary procedure
• Chairman of two national student government workshops
• Photo Album • Video Interview
I’m ASGA’s rules and procedures specialist. My workshops focus on how to improve documents and process, particularly as it relates to meetings. My presentation style is conversational, I introduce topics and ask participants to consider the how and the why of what they do. My desire is for you to leave my workshop with tools and information that you can use immediately with your organization.
I can help you with questions regarding parliamentary procedure as well as helping to improve the language of constitutions and bylaws.
• Former student body president at Arizona State University, one of the nation’s largest campuses
• Nationally renowned speaker and trainer on leadership, personal development and organizational effectiveness
• Recognized for his leadership and public service by presidents, governors, Congress, and even foreign royalty
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Andrew Ortiz, J.D., M.P.A.
I’m ASGA’s advocacy expert. My philosophy for speaking and learning comes from the wisdom of the Ancient Greek proverb that says that, “In learning, we teach. In teaching, we learn.”
I like to learn from my audiences, while also sharing new ideas and best practices. I do use a lecture style, but with audience participation and questions are certainly encouraged. Quality content is very important, so I always ensure that students leave with great ideas and with the motivation to put them into practice on their campuses.
• Editor in Chief and Founder, Student Leader and Florida Leader magazines
• Author, So You Want to Be President…How to Get Elected on Your Campus and two other leadership books
• Professional Student Government consultant and frequent speaker at all major Student Government conferences
• Photo Album • Video Interview
I’m ASGA’s generalist. My workshops cover all aspects of Student Government. I’m a pragmatist. I focus on identifying your problems and then offering real solutions, not gimmicks.
My workshops are mainly lecture style. I use fun, easy-to follow graphics. I do not read from PowerPoints. I also ask a lot of questions, ask for volunteers to help illustrate key points, and offer several interactive exercises.
• Former SG Senator at Virginia Union University
• Former Active Duty United States Marine (Combat Iraq 2003)
• Former Student Athletic Advisory Committee Rep, and Judicial Affairs Student Rep
Ernest J. Robinson
I’m ASGA’s Leadership/Professional Development and civic engagement specialist. Regardless if you are a new student leader, athlete, entrepreneur or polished executive leading people can seem confusing and complex. The presentations and workshops offers will give a comprehensive look at how to recognize the strength of your position, gain appreciation for everyone around you and it will give you what you need to know, to maximize potential for success. The structure and operations of an organization continually challenge all leaders and the workshops offer best practices for leaders to improve efficiencies and results. Although various approaches have stressed the development of skills or behaviors, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the development of roles and responsibilities is so relevant.
• Former Student Body Executive Officer and Student Government Advisor
• Ten years as a student affairs professional
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Sarah E. Schoper, Ph.D.
I am ASGA’s professor, so get ready to learn! My workshops cover two specific aspects of Student Government. First, I spend time working with you to consider what you are bringing to your student government experience. Second, I cover how to improve the organizational structure of your Student Government. I truly believe that in order for you to take away ideas to improve your student government you need to spend time considering how to connect the workshop topics to your own experiences. My workshop style is discussion-based, which means you will interact and share your thoughts and ideas with others around you. I use PowerPoint to present visual images of discussion topics, and worksheets so that you can record your “ah ha” moments in order to take them back to your student government.
• Former SG Advisor and Student Affairs Professional for more than 10 years
• Certified in Conflict Resolution and Mediation
• Accomplished presenter and author in risk management, political science and student leadership development
• Doctoral Candidate in Education Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Suzette Walden Cole, Ph.D.
I am ASGA’s Truth Teller and efficiency expert. There’s a difference between truth and honesty. Honesty is answering a question, and only the question (sometimes doing so in a way that paints us, or our SG, in the best light). Truth is candid, answers the totality of the question and is unfiltered. Whether in confrontations, or evaluating our progress towards achieving goals, it is imperative that you #KnowYourTruth. My style is engaging, infused with humor and recognizes that we are all on a journey to learn from one another in the space.
I can help your SG manage through the conflicts to be able to serve the student body you represent, find new ways to connect with your advisor (and vice versa), and discuss ways to be intentional about creating change on your campus. My sessions are riddled with “nuggets” of wisdom about integrating research into your plans, equipping you to work with your university’s administration, and creative suggestions to help increase efficiency and ensure transition plans allow for sustainable success.
Detailed Speaker Bios
His extensive SGA experience as a Student Senator, Student Body Treasurer, Student Senate President/Executive Vice President, and finally Student Body President and University Trustee at North Carolina State University led him to seek a career in higher education. Dr. Anthony has taught at both two and four year schools, led hundreds of workshops to thousands of students and practitioners on a range of topics, including African American student success, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, assertive communication, team development, program management, and creating and managing change within the environment. Dr. Anthony currently lives in the south suburbs of Chicago, IL.
Mr. Cromwell continued his leadership efforts in law school serving as Class President, Associate Editor of the Law Review, and was honored, by his peers, as Thurgood Marshall 3L Student of the Year for his scholastic and leadership contributions to the University. He later graduated, with honors, with a Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University. After graduation, Mr. Cromwell served as a federal law clerk in U.S. Federal District Court in the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division) and worked as an associate at a prominent intellectual property law firm in Washington, D.C. He later founded The Harbor Institute, a company based out of Washington D.C that empowers minority students to excel which he currently serves as CEO.
In addition to his leadership efforts, Mr. Cromwell has also thoroughly studied National Pan-Hellenic fraternities and sororities for the past ten years. He is currently completing his book Endangered Species: The Plight of African-American Fraternities and Sororities. His extensive legal training and academic expertise about Pan-Hellenic fraternities and sororities makes him well versed in legal issues regarding hazing in Greek fraternities and sororities and one of Harbor’s most sought after speakers, consultants, and trainers. Currently, he is a graduate member of the Kappa Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Washington, D.C.
Since 1988, Russell has served as a student leader or student affairs professional at two state universities, several private, religious-affiliated colleges; a private, business college; and a couple community colleges. Professional experience includes athletics, residence life, Greek life, programming, orientation, leadership development, first year experience, and student government. Russell has presented for NACA, APCA, and ASGA conferences on leadership and diversity as well as on many college campuses.
Russell enjoys a wonderful life with his husband, Cory; their foster son, Preston; their rescued dog, Carter; and lots of compassionate-vegan friends in Princeton, NJ.
Mr. Cadore’s background in professional football helped instill the value of teamwork, dedication, and focus. His journey began at Eastern Kentucky University, where Mr. Cadore received national recognition as a record-setting kick returner. After college, Mr. Cadore continued his football career in the National Football League when he was drafted by the New Orleans Saints. He finished his professional football career in Montreal Canada. For his athletic excellence, Mr. Cadore was inducted into the 2014 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame and the 2020 Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Seeking a way to give back to the community, Mr. Cadore became a law enforcement officer, where he served the City of Rockledge until his retirement in 2019. As founder and President of Magnus Solutions Incorporated, he continues to support the community through consulting, mentoring, life skills coaching, community service opportunities, workshops on leadership and business, and inspirational messaging.
In his continual quest for self-improvement, Mr. Cadore has earned a Doctor of Education degree from Capella University, a master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Corrections and Administration of Justice from Eastern Kentucky University. His community efforts led to him receiving the distinguished alumni award for 2021 from Eastern Florida State College.
Throughout all his endeavors, Mr. Cadore prioritizes faith and family. He has been happily married to his high school sweetheart, Cornelia Cadore, for 30 years, and they have three children. He strives to live by the motto “If you don’t serve your community now, don’t expect your community to serve you later.”
She received her B.S. in Psychology from Longwood University and her M.Ed. degree in Counseling and Development, Higher Education from George Mason University. She received her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. Her dissertation was titled “The Experiences of Cuban American Women Attending a Hispanic Serving Institution and the Influences on Identity Development.”
Sam continues to study the art and adventure of leadership with an emphasis on the role that good communication plays in effective leadership. More than anything else, his experience in Student Government prepared him to take on challenges in the political and corporate worlds. He aims to encourage current SG members to look critically at their leadership style, improve their communication methods and above all else, Go Big. You can reach Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dessie enjoys working in higher education and she is passionate about seeing her students succeed. She has over 15 years of experience in student affairs and over 13 years of experience as an SGA advisor. Dessie also served as a Title IX Coordinator early in her career for six consecutive years.
As an independent consultant, Dessie trains, inspires and teaches students and advisors how to work as a team, resolve issues on campus, retain members, plan and host quality programs, create a culture of caring, and reward members. Dessie knows first hand issues facing student governments on small and large campuses. This allows Dessie to effectively consult students and advisors on creating a plan of action.
Under Dessie’s leadership, she’s taught students the importance of giving back to their community by volunteering for special causes. Her students have received recognition and awards for their service. In addition, Dessie has received numerous awards to include the following:
2015 – Advisor of the Year
2015 – John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award
2018 – Spirit of Excellence Award
2019 – Advisor of the Year
2019 – Outstanding Advisor
In 2017, Dessie was diagnosed with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak, and Hydrocephalus. Since then, she has survived two brain surgeries. Today, she advocates for people with the same condition. With her support group, she motivates and provide support to patients and their families.
His first involvement in Student Government came when Chris served two terms as an President in college at Ramapo College of New Jersey. As President, he realized that it was the capacity of his team that helped to make the SGA on campus such a powerful force.
Chris’ interest in team and capacity building comes from his experience in SGA and his work as a local elected official in his home town of Paterson, NJ. Currently, Chris is serving in his second term as a member of the Board of Education in his home town. These experiences has taught Chris how important it is to have a great team that values each other’s experiences.
Professionally, Chris serves as Executive Director & CEO of the Ceceilyn Miller Institute for Leadership and Diversity in America. (CMI) is one of America’s most innovative leadership and diversity training non-profit organizations. Dedicated to the cause of social justice and leadership development, CMI programs empower participants to function more effectively as people and communities.
His first involvement in Student Government came when Chris served two terms as an off-campus senator in college, which was most-surprising since someone had nominated him without his knowledge! As a graduate student, he worked closely with an incorporated Student Association who allocated funds to all student groups in addition to operating the university bookstore.
His initial interest in parliamentary procedure was borne from necessity when he was asked to present on the topic for a newly created Student Government at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. Since that time, Chris has become even more interested in parliamentary procedure and is working toward certification through the American Institute of Parliamentarians. He has been involved in drafting bylaws, budgetary processes, and other governing documents throughout his professional career.
Professionally, Chris has served as the assistant dean of students/director of student activities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, ss the director of student activities and the student center at Salve Regina University (Newport, RI), dean of student affairs at York Technical Institute, and now is director of student leadership at Muhlenberg College.
He has been involved in the National Association for Student Activities, as well as the Association of College Unions International. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the American Institute of Parliamentarians.
While at Arizona State University, Andrew Ortiz enjoyed great success as a leader and as a scholar. Ortiz served as the Vice President of Operations with the ASU Hispanic Business Students Association, Vice President for Community Affairs with the ASU Chapter of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.) and as President of the ASU Young Democrats. For his work on social justice issues, Ortiz received the 1995 Community Service Award from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, and was bestowed with an Image Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Ortiz has also received the distinguished Northern Arizona University President’s Citation of Achievement. Ortiz was a member of the Student Admissions Relations Team (START) and the ASU Student Foundation, which are two prestigious student honoraries at Arizona State University.
Andrew Ortiz was also one of two original founders of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. at Arizona State University, which has been honored for its outstanding philanthropic services. Ortiz was one of the founding members of the Arizona State University Leadership Honorary, Students Towards Educational Progress (STEP), and also founded a youth mentorship program at ASU for Tempe Elementary School kids called the VISION (Volunteers In Service In Our Neighborhoods) Program. In 1997, Andrew was selected as Man of the Year by the American Biographical Institute, and was selected as one of the top twelve graduate student leaders in America by the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students. Ortiz was also inducted into Alpha Epsilon Lambda, a national Graduate Student Honor Society.
Andrew Ortiz was a National Fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and is a member of the Congressional Award Foundation Board of Directors in Washington, DC. Andrew is also the President & CEO of Ortiz Leadership Systems, LLC, a public speaking, leadership training and management consulting firm based in Tempe, Arizona.
In 2004, Andrew was inducted into the Arizona State University College of Public Programs Hall of Fame. In 2005, Andrew was selected to receive the Arizona State University Young Alumni Achievement Award, was the “Volunteer of the Year” with the Valley of the Sun United Way, and was one of Association Trends Magazine’s “Young and Aspiring Association Professionals.” In 2008, Ortiz was selected as a recipient of the U.S. Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award.
Named in 1992 as one of the nation’s top 100 entrepreneurs under age 30 by the Association for Collegiate Entrepreneurs, Butch has been publishing student-oriented magazines, books, and web sites for nearly 30 years. He studied journalism at the University of Florida, but left school in 1984 to work full-time on his first magazine, Florida Leader.
He later launched four other publications, including the national magazine Student Leader. He travels frequently to speak and present leadership seminars and has written three books on student-leadership issues, including So You Want to Be President…How to Get Elected on Your Campus, Poster Secrets: How & Where to Hang Flyers on Your Campus, and Inspiration for Student Leaders.
Butch is married to Kathy, and they have a daughter, Leah, son Will, twins Adam and Andrew, and son Luke. Butch enjoys being a Trekker, loves Firefly, working outdoors, serving his God and church, wrestling with the young-‘uns, and cheering for the Florida Gators and Tampa Bay Rays.
Upon graduating from VUU, Ernest began working for The Department of Social Services. He transisitioned to work for a political action committee from 2011-2013 which included community outreach and engagement across six states such as; Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. Mr. Robinson’s efforts lead to nearly 1,000,000 new voters across those states.
Ernest has worked/volunteered with many organizations such as the Grassroots Campaign-Vote Vets, Children’s Defense Fund, USGLC, NO Labels, Presidential Inaugural Committee, The Congressional Black Caucus and others. When opportunities are available to participate in committee activities both local and national with Father Hood Initiatives, Youth Leadership Development, Voter Registration Education and Mobilization, he does.
Professionally Ernest has worked in the United States Marine Corps, Department of Social Services, The Department of Justice – Office of the Federal Detention Trustee and The Department of Labor. He has worked in for-profit business cultivating relationships and generating sales with remarkable success. His passion for advocating for the community led him to support the mission of the historical nonprofit YMCA. He subsequently has served with a large cadre as a National Professional Skills Trainers for the Young Men’s Christian Association. Currently Ernest is a Legislative Associate (Government Relations) for the largest Veteran Service Organization in the world.
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Sarah received her Bachelor of Science from Texas Christian University (TCU), Fort Worth, TX. She received her Master of Science degree from Miami University, Oxford, OH. Finally, Sarah received her Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park, in Counseling and Personnel Services.
Sarah is involved in ACPA—College Student Educators International, NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the Harbor Institute. She is a 2014 recipient of the Annuit Coeptis Award from ACPA. In addition to her professional work in Student Affairs, Sarah is a member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity and Mortar Board Honor Society.
With more than 15 years of experience advising and supporting student governments, she focuses on being goal-oriented, navigating through the conflict and engaging partners, allies and champions to ensure all students on campus are well-served by the student government. From auditing processes to addressing where SG’s fall short as an organization, Suzette infuses passion into every area of her work. Suzette isn’t a speaker that will sugarcoat heavy issues, instead she takes a direct, truthful approach.
Suzette resides in Parker, CO with her husband and their fur-son, Spot the dog. She is a doctoral candidate in the Education Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University, studying the factors that contribute to the development of culture in student groups. Suzette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in English and Communication from Mercer University, and a Masters of Education in College Student Personnel Administration with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Prior transitioning to this new role, Suzette worked for ten years at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, as the Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. In 2013, Suzette won the Association for Student Conduct Administration’s Student Conduct Professional of the Year Award. She served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) and is an avid volunteer with the Association for Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.