Arch Asawa
Vice President for Finance and Administration, CFO & Chief Investment Officer
Soka University of America
Aliso Viejo, CA

Arch Asawa has been Soka's Chief Business Officer since 1998. He also serves as the University's Chief Investment Officer, managing a $1.2 billion endowment. Arch began volunteering for WACUBO in 2009, starting with the Host Committee for the 2010 Annual Conference in Anaheim. He subsequently served on WACUBO's Program Committees for the 2013 Anchorage, 2015 Tucson and 2016 San Francisco Annual Conferences and is currently the Program Committee chair for the 2017 Seattle Annual Conference. He is active in the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), having served as the past Chairs of NACUBO's Small Institutions Council and Awards Committee, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for WACUBO. Coming from the private sector, Arch greatly appreciated his WACUBO and NACUBO colleagues and friends who helped him understand the unique world of higher education, so much that he wanted to give back to the field through volunteer service. In his spare time, Arch enjoys fishing, traveling and is a foodie at heart.
Brad Baca
Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer
Western State Colorado University
Gunnison, CO

Brad Baca is the Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer at Western State Colorado University. He began his service with WACUBO in 2012 as a member of the Small Institutions Committee. In 2015 Brad was appointed as interim chair of the Committee and volunteered to serve on the Program Committee for the 2016 Annual Conference in San Francisco. As interim chair of the Small Institutions Committee and a member of the WACUBO Board of Directors, he was responsible for the development and organization of the pre-conference workshop, "New to Higher Education" for the 2016 Annual Conference. Brad also serves as a member of the Volunteer Engagement Committee. "I wish I would have become engaged in WACUBO many years ago. The organization does a tremendous job in connecting people and providing excellent professional development opportunities for our members."
Linda Cordier
Program Manager, Program and Academic Services
Pima Community College
Tucson, AZ

Linda’s first introduction to WACUBO was as a participant at the Business Management Institute. She became interested in being more involved in WACUBO after attending several WACUBO annual conferences. In 2011, Linda joined the Professional Development Workshops Committee, and her first assignment was to coordinate the Tales from the Front submission process for the 2012 Annual Conference. Now committed to volunteering, Linda joined the Community College Constitutes Committee, and for the next few years she continued to coordinate Tales from the Front, plan and host workshops, and engage in issues affecting higher education. In 2014, Linda became vice-chair of the PDWC, joined the newly formed Marketing and Communications Committee, became a liaison member to the Research Committee, and served on the Host Committee for the 2015 Annual Conference in Tucson. She continues to serve on the Workshops, Community College, and the Volunteer Engagement Committees. Linda believes that being a WACUBO volunteer has provided her with valuable professional growth opportunities and exponentially expanded her leadership skills.
Teresa Costantinidis
Interim Senior Vice Chancellor - Finance and Administration
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Teresa Costantinidis has been an active volunteer for WACUBO since first participating on the Portland Annual Conference Program Committee in 2010. Since then she has served in several roles, including membership on the Program Committees for the Denver, Anchorage, and Las Vegas conferences, and as Host Committee Chair for the 2016 Annual Conference in San Francisco. She also serves as WACUBO instructor for Budgeting and Financial Management workshops and for the annual Business Management Institute in Santa Barbara, a program that she herself graduated from in 1995. Teresa is quick to point out how rewarding it has been for her to volunteer for WACUBO saying it has "expanded both her personal skillset and her network of friends and colleagues." She is currently the Interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at the University of California San Francisco having enjoyed a career in finance and administration that has spanned almost thirty years at the UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley campuses.
Melissa Dominguez
Lead of Specialized Software and Systems
Administration and Finance IT
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, CA

As the Lead of Specialized Software and Systems in the division of Administration and Finance IT, at California State University, Fullerton, Melissa Dominguez has a holistic view and experience with training management systems, scanning services, electronic document management, online training development, and electronic signature / form development. Her areas of expertise include project management and communication. With over seven years of implementation and maintenance experience, WACUBO has been a great addition to her experience and professional development. As a member of the inaugural WACUBO Marketing and Communication committee since 2014, Melissa manages the communication schedule and photo library.
Leslie Fountain Williams
Finance Manager
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

Leslie Fountain Williams has been with the University of Oregon in several financial leadership positions since 2011. She has been a WACUBO volunteer since 2013, serving on the Professional Development Workshops Committee (PDWC) and actively engaged with Comprehensive/Doctoral/Research Committee (CDRIC). She is currently the Chair of WACUBO's CDRIC Committee. Leslie describes her inaugural year as "demanding, innovative and fun!" Leslie enjoys her service with WACUBO and has made many friends as a result of her volunteer activities.
Cheryl Heath
Vice President for Administration and CFO
Northern Wyoming Community College District
Sheridan, WY

Cheryl Heath, CPA, is the Vice President for Administration and CFO at the Northern Wyoming Community College District since 2005. She began her WACUBO service joining the community college constituency committee shortly after the 2008 annual conference. She currently serves on this committee and as the Treasurer of the organization. Being involved in the board of directors as Treasurer and with the community college committee has provided new personal and professional relationships, networking, and professional growth. Cheryl knows she can always reach out to any board or committee member as a sounding board for work related issues. Being a WACUBO volunteer has made participation in the annual conference much more rewarding.
Robert G. Moore
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, Treasurer
Colorado College
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Robert G. Moore is the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at Colorado College. He previously held similar positions at the University of Colorado system office and at the Colorado School of Mines. Robert began his WACUBO service as a member of the Host Committee for the 2011 Conference in Portland and served as the Co-chair of the Host Committee for the 2012 Conference in Denver. Since that time Robert has served WACUBO as chair of the Small Institutions Committee and as a member of the Anchorage 2013 Host Committee, the Finance Committee, the Audit Committee, and the Volunteer Engagement Committee. Robert is currently serving WACUBO as the 2nd Vice President and is chairing the Program Committee for the 2016 San Francisco Conference. Service with WACUBO has given him the opportunity to greatly expand his network of friends and colleagues in both public and private higher education throughout the western states.

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