2021 VIRTUAL

Club Leadership Conference

War Eagle everyone! We can’t wait to welcome you to our Virtual Club Leadership Conference.

Things will be a little different this year!

This page will be updated continually as new information becomes available. Be sure to check this page regularly for conference updates.

Friday, February 5, 2020
9 am – 5 pm

Saturday, February 6, 2020
9 – 11:30 am

All times are Central Standard Time

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AGENDA

All times listed are CST.

DAY 1

Friday, February 5, 2021

9:15 a.m.  Newcomer’s Session

Emma Brannon and Moira Pyle, Auburn Clubs Coordinator

9:45 a.m.  Break

10:00 a.m.  Welcome From the Auburn Alumni Association

Gretchen VanValkenburg, Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Executive Director Auburn Alumni Association
Regenia Sanders, President, Auburn Alumni Association

10:30 a.m.  COVID-19 Update

Fred Kam, M.D., Medical Director for the Auburn University Medical Clinic

11:00 a.m.  Break

11:15 a.m.  Breakout Sessions

Option One: Scholarship Fundraising Impact & Online Giving Advancements
Steve Inabinet, Scholarship Coordinator

Option Two: Athletics Compliance
Rich McGlynn, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance

Option Three: Capturing & Collecting Media
Derek Herscovici, Communications Specialist, Assistant Editor of Auburn Magazine

11:50 a.m.  Lunch Break

12:30 p.m.  Young Alumni Council Panel

Eric Dunlap, Chair, Young Alumni Council

1:10 p.m.  A Message from Dr. Jay Gogue

Dr. Jay Gogue, President, Auburn University

1:30 p.m.  Break

1:45 p.m.  Presidential Task Force for Opportunity and Equity

Gretchen VanValkenburg, Task Force Representative

2:00 p.m.  Sponsor Break

2:20 p.m.  Black Alumni Council Panel

Chacolby Burns-Johnson, Chair, Black Alumni Council
Sonya Jenkins, Vice Chair, Black Alumni Council
Keisha Dzata, Member, Black Alumni Council
Linwood Moore, Member, Black Alumni Council
Latricia “Vonnie” Stone, Member, Black Alumni Council

3:00 p.m.  Sponsor Break

3:20 p.m.  The Year of Pivot

Club Leader, Greater Houston Auburn Club

Club Leader, San Diego Auburn Club

4:00 p.m.             Auburn University Enrollment

Dr. Joffery Gaymon, Vice President of Enrollment Services

4:30 p.m.             Happy Hour & Trivia

5:00 p.m.             Final Announcements & Wrap Up

 

DAY 2

Saturday, February 6, 2020

9:15 a.m.  Campus Partner – Stay Tuned!

10:00 a.m.  Board Mentor and Club Leader Meet and Greet

10:45 a.m.  Breakout Sessions

Clubs and Chapters Roundtable Discussions

11:30 a.m.  Final Announcements & Wrap Up

SPEAKERS

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Dr. Jay Gogue
President
Auburn University

Jay Gogue returned to his alma mater on July 16, 2007, as Auburn University’s 18th president and retired as president emeritus on July 1, 2017. He was appointed by the university’s Board of Trustees to serve as interim president effective July 8, 2019, and appointed the university’s 20th president effective Feb. 7, 2020. The Waycross, Ga., native earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn and a doctorate in horticulture from Michigan State University.

During his tenure as president, the academic strength of Auburn’s student population increased, a new research center was established in Huntsville, Ala., a common book program that generates a shared academic experience was instituted, and outreach partnerships with underserved schools in surrounding communities were established. His leadership during a period of sharp reductions in state support for the university budget protected Auburn’s academic quality and prevented elimination of academic programs. During his retirement, Dr. Gogue remained engaged in the realm of academia, advising colleagues at numerous universities and teaching a course on higher education leadership to Auburn students.

Gretchen VanValkenburg

Gretchen VanValkenburg
Vice President for Alumni Affairs & Executive Director
Auburn Alumni Association

Gretchen VanValkenburg serves as vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association for Auburn University. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership, direction and support of the mission of the Auburn Alumni Association and Auburn University. VanValkenburg, a 1986 Auburn business graduate, has a distinguished career as a university advancement professional. Prior to returning to Auburn, she served as executive director of development and alumni engagement at the University of West Florida, where she provided direction for all development and alumni-related activities and operations. Over a 17-year period, she held various leadership positions with increasing areas of responsibility, including alumni event planning, alumni board management, donor relations, fiscal management, volunteer recruitment and public speaking. She also served as a major gifts officer and led capital campaign planning efforts. VanValkenburg is a native of Montevallo and attended the University of Montevallo from 1982-1984. She is married to Craig VanValkenburg ’82, and they have one daughter, Heidi. She and her husband are life members of the Auburn Alumni Association and the Circle of Excellence Society.

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Moira Pyle
Alumni Programs Coordinator
Auburn University

Moira Pyle serves as an Auburn Clubs Coordinator within the Auburn Alumni Association. Alongside of her counterpart, they support over 120 Auburn Clubs and Auburn Alumni Affiliates. The goal of the Auburn Clubs program is to engage the Auburn Family and foster the Auburn spirit, raise funds to support student scholarships, and to be an extension of the Auburn Alumni Association in local communities.

Prior to her role at the Auburn Alumni Association, Moira served her national sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma, as a leadership consultant with the local chapter at Auburn University.

Moira received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing and minor in Leadership in 2018 from Emporia State University and is in the process of receiving her Certificate in Family Ministry from Highlands College.

Emma Brannon 
Alumni Programs Coordinator
Auburn University

Emma Brannon serves as an Auburn Clubs Coordinator with the Office of Alumni Affairs at Auburn University. She has worked at Auburn University for the past five years and joined Alumni Affairs one year ago. Emma and her counterpart work with over one hundred Auburn Clubs and Affiliates to foster the Auburn spirit, raise student scholarship funds, and encourage Auburn Alumni Association’s initiatives in local communities.

Regina Sanders
President for Alumni Affairs
Auburn Alumni Association

Jay Gogue returned to his alma mater on July 16, 2007, as Auburn University’s 18th president and retired as president emeritus on July 1, 2017. He was appointed by the university’s Board of Trustees to serve as interim president effective July 8, 2019, and appointed the university’s 20th president effective Feb. 7, 2020. The Waycross, Ga., native earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn and a doctorate in horticulture from Michigan State University.

During his tenure as president, the academic strength of Auburn’s student population increased, a new research center was established in Huntsville, Ala., a common book program that generates a shared academic experience was instituted, and outreach partnerships with underserved schools in surrounding communities were established. His leadership during a period of sharp reductions in state support for the university budget protected Auburn’s academic quality and prevented elimination of academic programs. During his retirement, Dr. Gogue remained engaged in the realm of academia, advising colleagues at numerous
universities and teaching a course on higher education leadership to Auburn students

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Chacolby Burns-Johnson
Chair, Black Alumni Council
Auburn University

Chacolby Burns-Johnson graduated from Auburn University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s in Business and earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. She currently serves as Chair of the Inaugural Black Alumni Council and she is also a member of the James E. Foy Loyalty Society.

Currently, Chacolby serves as a Development Major Gifts Officer with a Legal Advocacy Civil Rights Non-Profit organization focused on human rights, justice, and equity for all. She has extensive experience as an Executive Director, an appointed member of two administrations in the State of Alabama Governor’s Office, and in Higher Education with her roles in development, community outreach, marketing, and public relations.

As a student she was a Camp War Eagle Counselor, Dunkin’ Darling, National PanHellenic Council President, Student Alumni Board member, and highly involved her beloved Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Chacolby holds membership in two professional organizations- the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Alabama Chapter where she’s President and the Public Relations Council of Alabama-Montgomery Chapter. In addition, she is a Sustainer member of the Association of Junior Leagues where she served on the Junior of Montgomery’s Board of Directors.

Eric Dunlap Young Alumni Council Chair

Eric Dunlap
Chair, Young Alumni Council
Auburn University

Rich McGlynn
Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance

Steve-Inabinet

Steve Inabinet ’78
Alumni Scholarship Coordinator

Steve graduated from Auburn in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Aviation. After an extensive career in the aerospace/aviation field, he joined the Auburn Alumni Association in 2014, where he focuses on developing scholarship opportunities for our clubs, affiliates, and alumni.

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Communications Specialist, Assistant Editor of Auburn Magazine

Derek Herscovici ’14 is a communications specialist for the Office of Alumni Affairs and assistant editor of Auburn Magazine for the Auburn Alumni Association. He has published over 200 articles for Auburn Magazine, TAMPA Magazine, Birmingham Magazine, Good Grit, Georgia Southwest Living and more. Previously, he served as interim managing editor of Auburn Magazine during the 125th Anniversary of Auburn Women, which generated over 270 unique stories and features on Auburn alumnae through history.

Pam White
San Diego Auburn Club President

Cam Fulton
Greater Houston Auburn Club President

Dr. Fred Kam

Fred Kam, M.D.
Medical Director

Dr. Kam is a board-certified Internist. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and graduated with his Medical Degree from the University of Miami in 1986. He has over thirty years of experience in medical service delivery which includes positions as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and many Directorships – including Director of the Student Health Center – at the University of Miami. Dr. Kam was chosen by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America (1996-97 & 1997-98), and he is in Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa and Iron Arrow Honor Societies. He is also a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He served as President of his medical school class, was voted as the Best House Staff Member of the Year (1988) and received the coveted Eric Reiss Award for Outstanding Teaching. He currently holds professorships at Auburn in the Department of Political Science, School of Nursing, and the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Kam was born in Trinidad and went to high school in England. He and his family live in Auburn. He enjoys traveling, fishing, tennis, and watching college football.

Dr. Joffrey Gaymon

Dr. Joffery Gaymon
Vice President Enrollment Services

Joffery Gaymon received a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in public administration from Georgia College and State University and a doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University. She also completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at the Harvard School of Education.

Dr. Gaymon brings significant expertise to Auburn. Her career in university enrollment and student recruitment began at Georgia College and State University. She held enrollment positions of increasing responsibility at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, from 2008 to 2013. She served as the University of West Florida’s vice president for enrollment and student affairs since 2017, where she has held similar positions since 2013.
Dr. Gaymon was named Vice President of Enrollment in March 2019 and oversees the areas of communications, recruitment, and admissions for future students as well as scholarships for future and current students.

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Keisha Dzata
Member, Black Alumni Council

Keisha Dzata is the Supply Chain Finance Manager for the Power Tools department at the Home Depot in Atlanta. In this role, she is responsible for the reporting, forecast, and planning of inventory, receipts, and turns for $7B+ in annual sales, as well as all associated supply chain expenses.

Prior to this role at the Home Depot, Keisha has supported the Operations Finance organization. Before Home Depot, Keisha has worked in finance for The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, and Serta Simmons Bedding, all in Atlanta.

Keisha earned her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business in 2010. Outside of work, she is very involved in her local alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She currently lives in metro Atlanta, GA with her husband Bernard.

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Linwood Moore
Member, Black Alumni Council

Linwood Moore is a 1977 graduate of the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. A graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, Linwood served 30 years as an active duty and reserve army officer achieving the rank of full Colonel. He is a native of Phenix City, Alabama and currently resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Linwood is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist who served as the Associate Chief and Chief of Pharmacy at the Washington DC VA Medical Center from 2000 until retirement in July 2018. In this capacity he was responsible for the daily operations of the Pharmacy Department at this comprehensive teaching medical center which provides pharmaceutical care for more than 100,000 veteran patients.

While at Auburn Linwood was the first African-American Plainsman and the first African-American Cheerleader. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc, and was a member of Kappa Psi Pharmacy Fraternity and the Pershing Rifle Drill Team. Linwood was also selected “Who’s Who among students in American Universities and Colleges” while at Auburn.

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Sonya Jenkins
Vice Chair, Black Alumni Council

Sonya Jenkins lives in Warner Robins, Georgia and earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Auburn in 1992.

She is the Chief of Operations at Advanced Project Consulting, a defense support contractor and is the proud mother of Jeremy, Josh, and Aria. Josh is continuing the Auburn Legacy as a sophomore in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

In 2012, she worked with Middle Georgia Alumni to revitalize the Middle Georgia Auburn Club and served as interim president. She also assisted with re-chartering MGAC in 2017 and has served as a Club board member since 2019.

Sonya also serves on the AU Student Affairs Development Board, COSAM Dean’s Leadership Council, and Black Alumni Council. She is a Sustaining Life Member of the Auburn Alumni Association and is a member of the James E. Foy Loyalty Society with more than 10 years of continual giving to Auburn.

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Vonnie Stone
Member, Black Alumni Council

My name is Vonnie Stone. I am a Future Ready Institute of Health Sciences Teachers at Tyner Academy in Chattanooga, TN. I became a Registered Nurse (RN) in 1995 when I graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. I continued my education by receiving a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in 1998 from Troy University and a Master of Education (M.Ed) degree from Concordia University in 2015.

I am currently a Post-Masters Certificate student in the Auburn University School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Graduation is May 1, 2021.

I worked as a RN in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Erlanger Hospital from 2010 to 2020. I worked for both the Chattanooga State Community College and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Schools of Nursing as a Professor of Nursing. I was hired by Hamilton County Department of Education to teach at Tyner Academy in the Health Science program on August 1, 2011.

While attending Auburn University, I was a Student Recruiter, a Pre-College Orientation Counselor, an Admissions Office Tour Guide, a Tigerette, an SGA Senator for the AUSON, an SGA Representative at Large, and a member of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Black Student Union and the Gospel Choir.

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Contact

For questions about the event, please contact Moira Pyle or Emma Brannon at AUClubs@auburn.edu.

 


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