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Midwest ACE is a volunteer organization made up of various committees. The committees help advance and support the association’s mission. They contribute to the success of the organization by providing major professional development opportunities; creating web-based resources and services; generating communication throughout the association; and engaging in activities aimed at maintaining and expanding membership, promoting diversity and developing leaders. It is through the activities of these committees that Midwest ACE members share their expertise and knowledge in order to enhance the overall effectiveness of our professional community. If you're interested in learning more about a committee or to join a committee, please contact the committee chair/co-chair listed below or click here to fill out the Midwest ACE committee volunteer form.

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Marketing and Communications Committee

Co-Chair: Kristin Nisbet-White, University of Illinois Springfield
Phone: 217-206-6508


Co-Chair: Zach Pavol, Denison University

Phone: 740-587-6420


Board Liaison: Kelly Harris, Director - Advancement & Communications


  • Serve as editor to maintain quality and relevance of Midwest ACE newsletter in print and on-line.
  • Serve as editorial board for Midwest ACE publications, e.g. Online Directory, brochures, etc.
  • Act as "Gatekeeper" for the Midwest ACE Web site.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Engage members virtually through various social media platforms, provoking dialogue and relationship building
  • Promote news and events, in partnership with other committees, encouraging networking and idea exchange
  • Serve as resource for external and internal communications, both creating and editing, for messaging and materials
  • Have fun! Make an impact!


Diversity Advancement Committee 

Co-Chair: Laura Kestner-Ricketts, Marquette University
Phone: 414-288-7424


Co-Chair: Charlie Ricker, Ball State University


Board Liaison: Mary Kate Garner, Past President



To promote the advancement, growth, and involvement of diverse populations in Midwest ACE not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, veteran, socioeconomic status, age, sexual orientation, and physical ability. To advocate and provide a forum for issues relating to recruitment and employment of diverse populations and implement programs focused on increasing awareness through collaborative efforts.



Experiential Education Committee

Co-Chair: Zach McGrain, Ohio University
Phone: 740-593-2909


Co-Chair: Stephen Patchin, Michigan Technological University
Phone: 906-487-2313

Co-Chair: Craig Wilkinson, Kent State University
Phone: 330-672-8351

Board Liaison: Katie Kennealy-Pierczynski, Secretary


  • Develop programs and services for members who deal with experiential learning activities, e.g. cooperative education, internships, externships, student employment, service learning, volunteer programs, etc.
  • Explore outreach to other professional organizations involved in these activities


Membership Committee

Co-Chair: Tabby Cates-Powell, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Phone: 317-757-7101


Co-Chair: Sara Burden, University of Iowa

Phone: 319-335-1023


Board Liaisons: Julie Gourley, Director - Employer Membership; Tim Scully, Director - College Membership


  • Participate in the planning of new member/welcoming programs at appropriate Midwest ACE events.
  • Collaborate with Midwest ACE Committees and partners to welcome and inform new members.
  • Engage new and current members in active involvement and networking opportunities with Midwest ACE.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Enhance College and Employer membership with new member out-reach within the first month of membership
  • Brainstorm ways to maintain current members and focus on attracting more employer members
  • Engage with new members and first time conference attendees at each conference ( Ambassador Program)
  • Continue employment referral program
  • Partnering with Marketing & Communications Committee on promotional ideas


Partnership Committee

Co-Chair:Jennifer Schepers

Phone Number: 765-658-4569



Co-Chair: Vacant


Board Liaison: Kelly Harris, Director - Advancement & Communications

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Actively seek potential partners to add additional value to organizations and increase financial resources to Midwest ACE
  • Collaborate with other committees to streamline outreach efforts and ensure a full experience for partners
  • Maintain current partnerships and help them reach full potential/ROI


Professional Development Committee

Chair: Eilis Wasserman, Ball State University

Phone: 765-285-2435


Vice-Chair: Danielle Bank, Benedictine University

Phone: 630-829-6032


Board Liaison: Jerry Donahue, Director - Professional Development


  • Promote and facilitate programs and training to enhance the professional development of new and existing members.
  • Initiatives include planning the Workshop for New Professionals at the annual conference, webinars, granting HRCI (PHR) and NBCC (NACE) continuing education units and awarding the professional development annual scholarship.


Professional Exchange Committee

Chair: Marty Gahbauer, Loyola University Quinlan School of Business

Phone: 773-508-2895


Vice-Chair: Tara Coffell, University of Michigan College of Engineering

Phone: 734- 647-7168


Board Liaison: Tim Scully, Director - College Membership



Midwest ACE offers a Professional Exchange Committee that sponsors opportunities for companies to highlight their corporate recruiting brand and campus recruiting issues to the college members of Midwest ACE. During the site visits, employers describe their companies, talk about their recruiting process, offer tours and allow exchanges of information between new hires, interns and the college members.

  • Provide membership the opportunity to learn about organizations through site visits during the Recruiting Trends Conference, Annual Conference, and other times through the calendar year.
  • Identify key employers that membership would be interested in learning more about their recruiting strategies throughout the Midwest region.


2017 Annual Conference

July 24-26, 2017

Co-Chair: Tara Coffell, University of Michigan

Phone: 734-647-7168

Co-Chair: Sarah Hurst, Plante Moran

Phone: 312-524-2422



Board Liaison: Kerri Boivin - President-Elect


Vice-Chair: Theresa Green-Ervin, NOVA

Phone: 812-327-9707



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Midwest ACE Headquarters
3601 E. Joppa Road
Baltimore, MD 21234

Contact Us

Tel: 410-931-8100
Fax: 410-931-8111

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