Association of
Leadership Educators

Guiding the Leaders of Tomorrow

Board of Directors


President

Marianne Lorensen
Specialized Teaching Faculty - Florida State University

melorensen@gmail.com

After working with me, I hope leadership learners have learned:

"The ability to understand the perspectives of others, even if you may not ultimately agree with them, is the ability most essential to effective leadership."


Immediate Past President

Justin Greenleaf
Associate Professor, Leadership Studies - Fort Hays State University

jpgreenleaf@fhsu.edu

After working with me, I hope leadership learners have learned:

"Leadership is about relationships."


Vice-President & 2021 Conference Chair

Natalie Coers
Lecturer, Global Agricultural Leadership Development -  University of Florida

ncoers@ufl.edu

After working with me, I hope leadership learners have learned:

"We have two ears and one mouth by design; listen to understand, not simply to reply. And context matters."


Secretary

Todd Wiggen
Assistant Professor, Everett Dobson School of Business and Technology- Southwestern Oklahoma State University

todd.wiggen@swosu.edu 

After working with me, I hope leadership learners have learned:

"True leaders do not waste time trying to be what they are not. Leaders come in all sizes, shapes, colors, backgrounds, and personalities. The most important thing is to be authentic and true to self."


Treasurer

L.J. McElravy
Associate Professor, Youth Civic Leadership & Associate Dean of Professional Development, Office of Graduate Studies- University of Nebraska-Lincoln

lj.mcelravy@unl.edu

After working with me, I hope leadership learners have learned:

"Leadership is a journey. Although we can't control all outcomes, the choices we make matter."

Directors At-Large


Leah Georges
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Ed.D. Program in Leadership - Creighton University

leahgeorges@creighton.edu

After working with me, I hope leadership learners have learned:

"Curiosity is a superpower. Although the gray area between 'right' and 'wrong' is often uncomfortable, leaders who spend considerable time in that space asking questions, practicing humility, and inviting others in are the leaders I will follow anywhere."


Kristie Guffey

Assistant Professor, Agricultural Science - Murray State University

kguffey@murraystate.edu 

After working with me, I hope leadership learners have learned:

"We all have the ability to make a positive difference, no matter how big or small-- so do it!"


Nyasha GuramatunhuCooper

Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies - Kennesaw State University

nguramaunhucooper@gmail.com 

After working with me, I hope leadership learners have learned:

"Teaching and learning about leadership happens in community. May our interactions gift us with both."


Gina Matkin

Professor & Coordinator of Undergraduate Leadership Programs, Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

gmatkin1@unl.edu

After working with me, I hope leadership learners have learned:

"Leadership is not about being in front of or even behind others. It is about stepping into the middle of things and holding a just and inclusive space for good work to be done in a way that recognizes our common strengths and our individual unique gifts."




Josh O'Connor

Associate Director of Residential Life -UCLA

joconnor@ucla.edu

After working with me, I hope leadership learners have learned:"

"Personal interactions with people are so important in building trust and connection. Book smart leaders can write incredible things, but how they interact with others can be more important than their words."


Michelle Steele 
Academic Director and Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Department of Urban Studies, College of Leadership and Public Service -Lipscomb University

michelle.steele@lipscomb.edu

After working with me, I hope leadership learners have learned:"

"I hope they learn the importance of authenticity in their interactions, consideration of others and the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion."


If you have a question and are not sure which member of the board can best address it, please e-mail leadershipeducatorsbod@gmail.com.

Please do not e-mail board members with speaker questions and solicitations for the ALE Annual Conference. Please direct those messages to: aleconferenceplanning@gmail.com Thank You!


Past Presidents

1990 – 1991 Elizabeth B. Bolton, University of Florida 

1991 – 1992 Ann Hancook, Purdue University 

1992 – 1993 Daryl Heasley, Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development 

1993 – 1994 Gary W. King, Kellogg Foundation

1994 – 1995 Katey Walker, Kansas State University

1995 – 1996 Christine A Langone, University of Georgia 

1996 – 1997 Martha Nall, University of Kentucky 

1997 – 1998 Steve Scheneman, Kansas University 

1998 – 1999 Karen Zotz, North Dakota State University 

1999 – 2000 Marilyn B. Corbin, Pennsylvania State University
 

2000 – 2001 Robin Orr, University of Illinois 

2001 – 2002 Larry Wilson, University of Illinois 

2002 – 2003 Jeff Miller, Innovative Leadership Solutions 

2003 – 2004 Ken Culp, University of Kentucky 

2004 – 2005 Wanda Sykes, North Carolina State University 

2005 – 2006 Rick Rudd, University of Florida 

2006 – 2007 Penny Pennington Weeks, Oklahoma State University 

2007 – 2008 Barry Boyd, Texas A&M University 

2008 – 2009 Mark Russell, Purdue University 

2009 – 2010 Carrie Stephens, University of Tennessee 

2010 – 2011 Jackie Bruce, North Carolina State University 

2011 – 2012 Nicole Stedman, University of Florida 

2012 – 2013 Tony Andenoro, University of Florida 

2013 – 2014 Eric Kaufman, Virginia Tech 

2014 – 2015 Kelleen Stine-Cheyne, Stine-Cheyne Consulting

2015 - 2016 Jennifer Moss Breen, Creighton University

2016 - 2017 Donnette Noble, Roosevelt University


2017 - 2018 Jill Arensdorf, Fort Hays State University

2018 - 2019 Barbara Altman, Texas A&M University - Central Texas

2019 - 2020 Justin Greenleaf, Fort Hays State University

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