Tennessee State Summit


Date and Time

Monday, October 7, 2019
8:00am – 3:00pm

State Summits are FREE, one-day events.


Location

Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville South/Cool Springs
820 Crescent Centre Dr.
Franklin, TN 37067


Schedule

8:00–8:45 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:45–9:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15–11:50 am

Breakout Sessions

11:55–12:40 pm

Lunch

12:45–2:25 pm

Breakout Sessions

2:30–3:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Presenters

Andrea Elzy

Andrea Elzy

A native of Los Angeles, Andrea "Drea” Elzy completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of California Santa Cruz, earning bachelor’s degrees in both politics and sociology. She graduated with her master’s degree at the University of Southern California (USC) in postsecondary administration and student affairs and is currently in the final stages of completing her Doctor of Education degree at USC in higher education administration and organizational leadership. In her current role as the director of Postsecondary Education Navigation at the City Colleges of Chicago, Elzy is responsible for the design, development, and programmatic management of the City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Public School (CPS), and Chicago Office of the Mayor’s collaborative Postsecondary Education Navigation Student Success Initiative, which supports postsecondary success for CPS students in networks citywide.

Andy Costanzo

Andy Costanzo

Andy Costanzo is a veteran educator and student activity adviser. He holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for leadership education for more than 35 years, he has been recognized nationally as Student Council Adviser of the Year as well as Workshop Director of the Year. As a speaker, presenter, and trainer in more than 35 states and China, Costanzo works with students and activity advisers to make a difference in their schools and communities.

Brandon Lee Stuart

Brandon Lee Stuart

Brandon Lee Stuart is the founder of ideaLogic LLc, a think-tank style start-up company that operates as an incubator and curator of compelling interdisciplinary ideas intended to yield innovative strategies, technologies, systems, products and practices. He has served in the Episcopal Service Corps in Los Angeles and helped to pilot the Collegiate Identity and Participation Model (CIPM), a college-readiness initiative created to address the educational needs of local underserved charter schools, which solidified his passion for educating students on the power of self-authorship. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Biology and East Asian Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Liberal Arts for intellectual freedom from the University of Chicago.

Karen Dawson

Karen Dawson

Karen Dawson spent 32 years as a high school art and leadership teacher and was also involved in service learning. She was named as an All-American Teacher by USA TODAY and has earned numerous awards during her career, including the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President George W. Bush for her work with Habitat for Humanity. In 2012, she co-founded a nonprofit weekly community outreach program that provides a meal for anyone in need in the St. Louis area. Since its inception, more than 66,000 meals have been served. This program is now being emulated in 54 communities. Currently she is the co-chair of the Greater St. Louis Area Homeless Task Force.

Keesha L. Coleman

Keesha L. Coleman

Keesha L. Coleman is a project manager at Georgia State University where she manages high-level initiatives centered around the university’s strategic plan as well as special projects for the office of the provost. Her current role allows her to engage with several of the university’s key working groups and programs, including the Council for the Progress of Cities; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Women Lead, an undergraduate leadership program. Keesha is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all through public service and social engagement and considers herself a champion of bridging the gap.

Hear from Keesha as she breaks down some of the points she covered in her competency presentation.

Leonel A. Diaz, Jr.

Leonel A. Diaz, Jr.

Leonel A. Diaz Jr. is a research coordinator at The University of New Mexico’s Center for Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions. His academic and professional background is interdisciplinary: fine arts, digital arts, social media, academic advisement, student leadership, academic support, marketing, organizational development, and social justice. Diaz Jr. enjoys learning several disciplines to find ways to merge ideas, bridge gaps, problem-solve, and develop new perspectives. He began his career as a photographer and digital media artist, only to follow his interest in helping mentor and support college students.

Nhi Truong

Nhi Truong

Nhi Truong is currently a 9th grade advisor at MetWest High School, a small district school in Oakland, California. Additionally, she teaches a college course to English teachers at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. She is an Advisory Board Member for AYPAL, a leadership development, community organizing and coalition building organization seeking to empower Oakland’s low-income, immigrant and refugee families to be leaders for school reform and neighborhood change. She is also a member of H.E.L.L.A., a collective that centers intersectional healing praxis in order to sustain critical organizers and educators of color throughout the Bay Area.

Hear from Nhi as she breaks down some of the points she covered in her competency presentation.

Quinton Lampkin

Quinton Lampkin

Quinton Lampkin is the founder and CEO of a capacity-building education consulting firm that works with K–12 schools, community-based organizations, and postsecondary institutions to help students complete critical milestones on their journey towards college and career success. Lampkin holds a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts in business administration specializing in international business from the American University; a Master of Arts in sociology and education from Columbia University’s Teachers College; and a Master of Philosophy in politics, development, democratic education from University of Cambridge.

Rhea Wong

Rhea Wong

Rhea has been an Executive Director of an educational nonprofit for the last 12 years in New York City and learned the business through trial and error. On day one, they handed her the keys, set up her email account and wished her well. Twelve years later, she had built a multi-million dollar nonprofit organization with a talented staff, dedicated board, strong program outcomes, passionate donors and a great reputation in the community. Since then, she has become a fanatic about helping nonprofits to become healthy, thriving environments where people can grow, learn and bring their whole selves while making the world a better place without burning out.

Roberta Hasstedt

Roberta Hasstedt

Roberta has been an active educator in Washington State for 29 years. Her passion is working with students to help learn their potential as leaders in their schools and communities. In 2013, she was honored as the Washington State High School Advisor of the Year for her work with leadership students. Roberta shares her knowledge by presenting workshops at the local, state, regional and national level. As a lifelong learner, after earning her BA/ED and MA/ED degrees, she recently completed a certificate program from Colorado State University in Student Affairs in Higher Education Administration. Roberta currently serves as an Assistant Director at a Association of Student Leaders summer camp sponsored by the Association of Washington School Principals, does work for National Student Council sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Outreach Programs with AWSL and is a Clinical Supervisor for Western Governors University, supervising student teacher candidates.

Sue Iverson

Sue Iverson

Sue Iverson was a teacher and student council adviser at Wayzata High School in Minnesota. She also served as the Gifted & Talented coordinator in the school of 3500 students and was recognized as a US Presidential Scholar Esteemed Teacher.  As the State Adviser for the MN Association of Student Council/Honor Society for 6 years, Sue had the opportunity to work with students from across the state on leadership development. In 2018, Sue and her council hosted the National Student Council Conference.  This past summer, she was named the 2019 Warren E. Shull National Adviser of the Year. Sue is passionate about helping students realize their potential and urges them to always be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

Tom Heethuis

Tom Heethuis

Tom Heethuis has been involved in advising student activities for more than 40 years. He has been a student council adviser, activity director, leadership camp director, and building principal. Heethuis is an award-winning adviser and adviser trainer and has presented at conferences and workshops across the United States and Canada. He has served on the executive boards of four national student leadership and adviser organizations. Through his workshops, attendees discover hands-on, practical leadership activities they can take back to their schools and use with their fellow student leaders as soon as they return.