Meet the Speakers

2021 Women's Leadership Forum

Laurie Burruss, Education Innovation Advisor, LinkedIn Learning

Laurie is currently the Education Innovation Advisor at LinkedIn Learning as well as an Adjunct Professor at USC Roski School of Art & Design Graduate Design Program and Otis College of Art and Design in Digital Media; in addition she is professor emeritus at Pasadena City College. Since 2009, she has consulted in education innovation for over 250 companies as well as universities. She advocates for academic initiatives, supports excellence in teaching and learning, and provides integration and implementation for systems-wide online teaching and learning solutions. As a thought leader, public speaker and writer, Laurie evangelizes all things education and learning, Before consulting, she served for 22 years as a professor in Interaction Design and as the director of the Pasadena City College Digital Media, serving the state of California as a regional resource for collaboration between education, industry, and the community. Her passion is digital storytelling. 

Lynn Valenter, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations, Washington State University Vancouver

Lynn Valenter is Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations at Washington State University Vancouver. She has responsibility for the areas of budget and accounting, capital planning and development, dining services, facilities operations, human resource services, and public safety.

Valenter holds a Master of Business Administration from Washington State University and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. She previously held resort industry management positions and was a faculty member at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. Valenter began her career at WSU Vancouver as the facilities and auxiliary services manager in 1997. She was promoted to director of finance and operations in 1999, then to Vice Chancellor in 2005 and served as Interim Chancellor from 2010-2012.  She was WACUBO President 2015-2016 and NACUBO Board Chair 2019-2020.

Ruth Johnston, Ph.D., Strategic Chief Financial Officer, New Mexico State University, WACUBO President

Ruth Johnston serves as NMSU system Vice Chancellor to help set system-wide strategy, drive operational effectiveness and continuous improvement, while creating a climate of accountability. Ruth oversees Human Resources, Audit Services, Environmental Health & Safety and Risk Management, Real Estate and Water Resources, and Data Security. Prior to this role, Ruth served as vice chancellor for University of Washington (UW) Bothell Planning & Administration where she provided leadership for administrative, financial, facilities, IT, human resource operations and governmental & community relations. Prior to UW Bothell, Johnston spent most of her career at the University of Washington Seattle in leadership roles across the institution. Johnston holds a doctorate in organizational development and higher education, a master’s degree in human relations and a bachelor’s in counseling psychology. Ruth serves as president on the Western Association of College & University Business Officers board of directors and the board of the National Association of College & University Business Officers. She teaches a variety of classes and workshops, and has consulted with higher education institutions, associations and some federal agencies.

Susan Maddux, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Furman University

Susan A. Maddux joined Furman University as vice president for finance and administration in November 2018. She came to Furman from Presbyterian College, where she had served as vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer since 2013.

As Furman’s chief financial and administrative officer, Maddux oversees all financial planning and execution, accounting operations, debt management and the endowment, as well as the departments of Budget and Resource Management, Facilities and Campus Services, and Human Resources.

Before joining Presbyterian College, Maddux spent 19 years in the finance and administration office at Converse College. She initially served the college as controller (1994-2005), and then as vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer (2005-2013).

Prior to her career in higher education, Maddux worked as a certified public accountant at Ernst & Young in Spartanburg (1991-1994). She is a graduate of Converse College and received a master’s of professional accountancy from Clemson University.

Maddux serves as Secretary on the board of the National Association of College and University Business Officers and as the President of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers. She is a volunteer coach with the Special Olympics, as well as a member of the audit committee at Spartanburg Day School.

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Nicole Trufant, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration, University of New England

Nicole Trufant serves as the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration at the University of New England (UNE). Nicole leads all functional areas of finance and general accounting, resource planning and budget, human resources, campus and facilities management, institutional research, legal affairs, student financial services, information technology services, auxiliaries, security and conference services. Before that, she has held a variety of administrative positions at UNE, including Vice President of Finance and Administration, Vice President of Fiscal Affairs, Associate Vice President of Fiscal Affairs, Interim Director of Human Resources and Associate Controller and Director of Internal Audit.  Prior to joining higher education she worked in private industry and in public accounting. 

She currently serves on the board of NACUBO and is chair of EACUBO. She is a frequent speaker at NACUBO, EACUBO and other national higher education leadership summits.

She has published articles in Business Officer Magazine and been featured on NACUBO podcasts. Nicole is a CPA. She holds a BS in Accounting and BA in Sociology from the University of Southern Maine, an MSM in Management from New England College and is a graduate of Harvard's University's Graduate School of Education Institute of Executive Management.

Carina Celesia Moore, Adjunct Faculty, University of the Pacific Benerd College

Carina Celesia Moore currently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of the Pacific Benerd College, Master of Arts program in Leadership. She retired in July 2020 from University of California, Davis, Director of Talent Management and Development, where for over two decades, she was responsible for learning and development strategies and programs for over 30,000 employees at both the UC Davis campus and the UC Davis Health campus in Sacramento. Carina has extensive experience in leadership and management development, organizational learning strategies, and executive coaching. Carina has created numerous best practice programs and online resources that have received national recognition. Since 2004, Carina has been an active member of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) serving in many roles including board member, conference speaker, faculty at the Business Management Institute, chair of the Mentoring Program, and chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She served as an instructor at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education for 19 years and has served as part-time faculty at CSU Sacramento in the Graduate Career Counselor Education Department. Carina attended Stanford University’s Teaching and Learning Studio at the “” and enjoys incorporating design thinking into her work. She is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF), Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) through the Association for Talent Development (ATD), and holds a Master’s degree in curriculum and teaching from Columbia University Teachers College in New York City. 

Lisa Ordóñez, Dean, Rady School of Management, UC San Diego

Ordóñez became the dean of the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego in 2019. As dean of the Rady School, Ordóñez will apply her operational skills to lead the school and build on the strong foundation laid by founding Dean Robert Sullivan. As the second dean of the Rady School, she intends to transition the school from a start-up to focus on growth and further cement the school’s global business research prominence and impact as an innovation focused, economic engine within the San Diego business community and beyond. Previously, she was a professor in the Department of Management & Organizations and Marketing in the Eller College at the University of Arizona since 1994 and served as vice dean from 2015 to 2019. She received all of her degrees at the University of California Berkeley: Bachelor's in psychology (1988); Master's in marketing (1992); Ph.D. (1994) in quantitative psychology.

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Vice President for Cultural Affairs, Arizona State University

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, arts leader and visionary is Vice President for Cultural Affairs for Arizona State University and Executive Director of ASU Gammage. She has artistic, fiscal and administrative responsibility for the historic Frank Lloyd Wright designed ASU Gammage, ASU Kerr Cultural Center, with responsibility for Sun Devil Stadium and Desert Financial Arena for non-athletic activities. She oversees the activation and transformation of Sun Devil Stadium into a year-round hub of cultural activity as ASU 365 Community Union. Colleen was also appointed by ASU President Michael Crow to co-lead the Advisory Council on African American Affairs. The council will enhance diversity, growth and opportunity for Black undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.

She serves on The Broadway League's Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Government Relations Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors, Labor Committee and co-chairs the Legislative Council and Road Presenters/Intra-Industry Committee and is Arizona's only Tony voter. Colleen is a founding and current member of the Creative Capital Board and Senior Advisor to Women of Color in the Arts, former Association of Performing Arts Professionals board president, served on the National Council on the Arts at the bequest of President Clinton and is a Life Director of the Fiesta Bowl. She is a consultant to universities, international governments and a featured speaker at conferences. In 2020, she has served on multiple panels addressing human rights, justice, diversity, equity and inclusion and the future of Broadway; including interviews with W. Kamau Bell and Tony Awardâ director Kenny Leon related to the pandemic of racism; and participated in the TheaterMakers Summit on getting Broadway touring productions back on the road.

Colleen is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2020 National Coalition of 100 Black Women Education Legend, 2019 Valley Leadership Woman of the Year, 2019 ASU West Pioneer Award, National Society of Arts and Letters Medallion of Merit, Valle del Sol’s Mom of the Year, APAP Fan Taylor Award, Black Philanthropy Initiative Honor, The Broadway League's Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management and Arizona's Governor’s Arts Award. In 2012, The Arizona Republic recognized Colleen for Arizona’s 100th Anniversary as one of the individuals who had the greatest impact in the era.

Former dancer and choreographer, Colleen is married to Dr. Kurt Roggensack, volcanologist at Arizona State University, and the proud mother of Kelsey, an All-American swimmer, a graduate of Williams College, two-time Fulbright Scholar, who earned a master’s degree from Harvard University and currently pursuing a PhD at Cornell University.

Lisa Frace, Chief Finance and Budget Officer and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, University of California, Davis 

Lisa joined the University of California, Davis in 2018 as the Chief Finance and Budget Officer and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor.  In this role, she oversees all aspects of financial and resource management for the institution, including Budget and Institutional Analysis, Accounting and Finance, Supply Chain Management, Business Transformation and the Preferred Partnership Program.  Prior to joining UC Davis, Lisa spent 13 years at Arizona State University as the Associate Vice President, Budget and Planning and Chief Budgeting Officer.

Lisa has over 30 years of experience in finance, treasury, strategic planning and budget management, and holds an MBA from The Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Planning and Administration, also from The Pennsylvania State University.  She is currently WACUBO’s First Vice President and is slated to serve as President in 2021-2022.

Allison Vaillancourt, Vice President - Organizational Effectiveness, Segal 

Allison M. Vaillancourt, Ph.D. serves as Vice President for Organizational Effectiveness at Segal, a North American human resources and benefits consulting firm. She consults with clients to increase their effectiveness and strategic impact. She is a nationally recognized expert in organizational strategy and human resources, with more than 30 years of faculty and administrative experience in universities across the United States. Prior to joining Segal in 2020, Allison was the Vice President for Business Affairs & Human Resources and an award-winning faculty member at the University of Arizona.



Dr. Anne Weisman, Director of Wellness & Integrative Medicine, UNLV School of Medicine

Dr. Anne Weisman is the Director of Wellness & Integrative Medicine with the UNLV School of Medicine. She developed wellness and integrative medicine curriculum and workshops for the medical students, faculty and residents.  Previously Dr. Weisman worked for thirteen years as a massage therapist in HIV/AIDS clinics and hospices. She was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service for this work in 2007 and was chosen to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University in Miami, FL. She has presented her research at the Nevada Public Health Association,  American Public Health Association, the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health, and The Generalists in Medical Education meetings.

Dr. Weisman earned her B.A., M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Nevada Las Vegas (Human Touch: Perceptions of Self-Efficacy from a Non-Pharmacology Treatment for Individuals Living With HIV/AIDS). Additionally, she studied at the University of Cape Town with New York University in a 4- week public health immersion course. She specializes in integrating massage therapy and other integrative modalities into the care and treatment of patients. Dr. Weisman teaches medical students, residents and community members integrative techniques and works to teach patients’, care providers and families techniques that they can use at home.

Professional: Dr. Weisman spent 13 years caring for people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as volunteering and working in hospice. During this time, she developed continuing education classes for nurses and other health care providers to help teach some techniques that are soothing for patients and non-pharmacological. Her role at UNLV School of Medicine is to introduce these and many other techniques to the medical students, faculty and residents to help them manage their own stress as well as to help provide a broader understanding of integrative treatments for their patients. Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas October 1, 2017, Dr. Weisman trained and certified with the Center for Mind Body Medicine and uses many of these modalities and approaches in her work & throughout the community. She has taught in the coroner’s office, with police, fire, first responders and in elementary schools. 

Loren Den Herder, Managing Director, Moss Adams

Loren has provided business process and information technology consulting services since 1993. As the firm's leader of business intelligence and corporate performance management solutions, he delivers leading-edge technology solutions for clients. His experience spans enterprise solutions including finance, human resources, operations, customer relations, business intelligence (BI), and corporate performance management. Loren’s principal focus is on improving business results through process and system design, business intelligence reporting, and multi-platform systems integration. He has experience leading projects utilizing both traditional and agile delivery methodologies and is certified by the Project Management Institute as an Agile Certified Practitioner.

Annie Rose Favreau, Manager, Moss Adams

Annie Rose helps public and social sector clients increase their impact through organizational assessments, strategic planning, and performance measurement development. With a focus on organizational development, she has a strong background in quantitative and qualitative research, strategic communications, and collaborative facilitation. Annie Rose holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a BA from Seattle University.





Christine Lovely, Associate Vice Chancellor - Chief Human Resources Officer, UC Davis 

Christine D. Lovely is a talented higher-education HR leader with extensive experience in delivering HR services and leading organizations through change initiatives. Since October  2018 she has served as the Associate Vice Chancellor - Chief Human Resources Officer at UC Davis and has responsibility for the central HR teams on both the Davis and Health campuses.

Prior to her tenure with the University, Christine served as University Counsel (2010-2012) and Vice President for Human Resources (2012-2018) for California State University, Sacramento.

Christine has worked for the Sacramento County Office of Education as Associate General Counsel, the Public Employment Relations Board as a Legal Advisor, and was in private law practice for over 10 years, representing school districts and community college districts throughout California. 

She has also served as a board member with the Greater Sacramento Urban League and was board president of the Northern and Central California Chapter of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).  

Christine’s personal passion is for mentoring.  She has mentored elementary, at-risk high school and university students through both formal and informal programs.

Christine was awarded her Juris Doctorate from University of California, Davis in 1996 and obtained her Bachelor of Arts at the University of California, Berkeley in 1991.  Christine is a native of San Jose, CA.

Christi Gilhoi, Senior Manager, Employee Engagement, Qualcomm

Responsible for the design and execution of global employee engagement and recognition programs for Qualcomm, leaders is 5G technology, with $32 billion in revenues and 35K employees located in 44 countries. Manages the recognition team including service award and discount programs. Oversees cultural arts philanthropy/ engagement programs. Promote work, family, cultural, personal development and financial health initiatives and campaigns.

Executive strategist with experience in cultural change management employee engagement, work/life, benefits management, total rewards program management and implementation, international post-secondary education, marketing, event management, organizational stewardship, social media, budget oversight, and international programs.

Demonstrated program development and coalition building experience working with diverse populations including employees, clients, faculty, administrators, volunteers, vendors, community and governmental officials. Excellent supervision, leadership, interpersonal, marketing, social networking, group facilitation and presentation skills. Practical training in education, counseling, and business management.

Specialties: academic, accounting, administration, balance, budgeting, consulting, government, leadership, listening, management, marketing, negotiation, networking, personnel, policy analysis, program design, programming, proposal writing, public speaking, purchasing, online application systems, recruiting, research, supervisory skills, presentation, training materials, web site production. 

Teri Bump, Vice President of University Relations & Student Affairs, American Campus Communities

Teri Bump is the Vice President of University Relations & Student Affairs for American Campus Communities, the first publicly traded student housing REIT. 

Teri presents nationally on university trends and issues and has delivered educational sessions and keynotes for ACE, NASPA, ACUHO-I, NACUBO, NIRSA, ACPA, NACAS, NASAP, and APPA.  She currently serves on the faculty for Chema’s Women’s Leadership Institute and SACUBO’s Chief Business Officer Institute and has presented at NASPA’s Manicur Symposium, Aspiring, Escaleras and New SSAO Institutes.  Teri is a past ACUHO-I and ACPA Foundation Board trustee and currently serves on the NACAS Education Foundation Board and the ACPA Senior Student Affairs Officer Advisory Board. She has also written for the ACUHO-I Talking Stick, NACAS Journal, the NASPA Leadership Exchange and participated in the “21st Century Project”.   In 2007 she was awarded the ACUHO-I Corporate Friend Award for service to the association, the Business Partner of the Year Award at the 2007 national NACAS conference, the 2010 ACPA and 2015 NACAS West Business Partner of the Year Awards.  In 2014 she was honored for her service to the African American Male & Female Summits at the NASPA national conference, received the 2016 Diamond Honoree Award from ACPA for her service to the student affairs profession and was named a NASPA Pillar of the Profession in 2017.

Prior to joining American Campus Communities in 1991, Teri served Boston University, Oberlin College, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Alfred University and SUNY Oswego in student affairs.  Teri received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from SUNY Oswego and her master’s in College Student Development from Alfred University.