Volunteer Spotlight

Rebecca T. Barber, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Management Analysis
Arizona State University

Rebecca works extensively with all aspects of university data for the purpose of strategic and financial planning, benchmarking, predictive modeling and econometric analysis. She also teaches within the college of education and has recently launched a 15-credit online graduate certificate in Advanced Analytics in Higher Education, which she developed, coordinates and teaches. She became actively involved in WACUBO in 2012, becoming an inaugural member of the research committee. In 2015, she created and began teaching the Predictive Analytics workshop for WACUBO, allowing her to meet finance leaders throughout the region and help them to apply analytics to solve real problems in their organizations.

Mary Frances Causey

Associate Dean, Enrollment Services and Director of Financial Aid
Prescott College

Mary Frances is the Associate Dean for Enrollment Services and Director of Financial Aid at Prescott College. Over the last three years, she has also been responsible for Institutional Research including IPEDS submissions and other external reporting. With an interest in learning – particularly about data storage, integrity, maintenance, mining, and analytics – Mary Frances put in a volunteered for WACUBO’s research committee. Coming from a small nonprofit tuition-dependent college, she saw this as an opportunity to learn how an organization with limited resources tackles these topics. Since May 2015, she has enjoyed getting to know the other volunteers over monthly conference calls and working on various projects as a team.

Some of the time spent with the research committee must have paid off, because later this year she will be transitioning to a new role at the college, as Associate Dean for Institutional Research and Compliance.

Betsy Clark

Investment and Endowment Accountant
Utah State University

Betsy is the Investment and Endowment Accountant at Utah State University. She has been with the University since 2004. She first volunteered with WACUBO in 2009 as a workshop site coordinator. In 2012, she moved up to the Professional Development Workshop Committee (PDWC) and is currently the vice co-chair of that committee. While on the PDWC, Betsy has trained new site coordinators, organized multiple professional development workshops covering various topics, and grown her leadership skills. WACUBO has given her countless opportunities to network and become lifelong friends with those she volunteers alongside. Betsy has also volunteered as the President and Treasurer of the PTA, Community Council at Ellis Elementary, the Professional Employee Association at Utah State University, and is currently a Webelos den leader with the Boy Scouts of America. Betsy and Kevin, her husband, have five children ranging in age from two to thirteen years old. She and her family love to travel together and their favorite place to go is the Oregon coast.

Lauralea Edwards

Management Analyst, Finance and Administration
Washington State University

Lauralea Edwards is a management analyst who works at the intersection of business and technology at Washington State University. She works to manage communications between university administration and academic departments in order to save university and public money. She has received awards and public recognition for securing resources in austere environments to integrate people and systems. When she is not at work Ms. Edwards sews Kofi hats; does Bayesian machine learning exercises; entertains cats; and explores the world with her partner and son. Ms. Edwards was a founding member of the WACUBO Data Analysis Committee (DAC) in 2014 and took over as Chair of the committee in 2017. She is also the instructor for WACUBO’s Communicating with Data Visualization workshop. Her volunteer activities have been instrumental in building Ms. Edwards’ professional network and has resulted in a NACUBO podcast, a spotlight in Business Officer magazine, and speaking invitations to several professional conferences.

Carina Celesia Moore

Director, Talent Management Center of Expertise
University of California, Davis

Carina Celesia Moore is the Director of the UC Davis Talent Management Center of Expertise, where she oversees comprehensive programs and resources in learning and development, leadership development, work-life and wellness, and career counseling and coaching, at both the Davis and Sacramento campuses. Carina has over 20 years of experience in higher education human resources and she promotes integrated talent strategies through developing, engaging and retaining employees. She has been involved in WACUBO since 2004 and has enjoyed serving in many roles including Business Management Institute faculty, Annual Conference speaker, workshop instructor, Professional Development Steering Committee member, Annual Conference Program Committee member (Monterey, Portland, Anchorage, Seattle), Mentoring Program chair, and professional coach. She appreciates that WACUBO is all about developing and maximizing the professional potential of its higher education membership, and that is why she gladly serves as a volunteer. In her spare time, Carina enjoys playing flute in a 20-member flute choir that performs regularly in northern California.

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