ASGA presenters are among the nation’s premier Student Government experts.
Please see the conference schedule for the Boston line-up of speakers.
All speakers are former Student Government officers and/or advisors. They’re specialists in SG issues, problems, and trends.
• They bring significant experience and knowledge about SG and student affairs.
• They regularly consult with and train SGs.
• They’re skilled presenters, injecting humor and passion into their workshops.
• They engage students and advisors through interactive presentations.
Click on each speaker’s profile to see a biography, social media links, videos, and photos.
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• Three decades of experience in higher education, law enforcement, leadership, mentorship, civic and community engagement
• Rockledge Florida City councilman Seat #1 (2019-Present)
• Executive Director of Community Engagement External Affairs for Eastern Florida State College
• Former NFL New Orleans Saints draft pick and Montreal Machine Canadian Player
Michael A. Cadore Sr., Ed.D.
I’m ASGA’S Ambassador and Advocate. I enjoy being able to develop and strengthen campus leaders by the 3 E’s: Educate – Encourage – Empower. As we develop as leaders it is important to never forget the importance of having positive Communication, Respect, Great Attitudes, and being Professional at all times. I provide a fun interactive way to strengthen your leadership skills as well as understanding the importance of your campus policies and procedures.
• Former Federal Law Clerk/Practicing Attorney
• President, The Harbor Institute (www.theharborinstitute.com)
• Speaker/Trainer/Consultant to over 300 colleges and universities in 45 states
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq.
I’m ASGA’s mirror. What does a mirror do? Nothing, unless you stand in front of it. That’s what we do in my sessions. Student leaders often spend so much time focusing on serving others that you lose sight of yourself. You can never really maximize your potential as a leader until you first lead yourself.
I use a very interactive style. No boring lectures. No “preachy” messages. I present through self-reflective exercises. There’s a lot of dialogue, a little shake of Powerpoint, and a dash of one or two video clips. We shed the “I got it together” facade. Think morning talk show host meets psychiatrist. You’ll laugh, you may cry, you’ll probably hurt, but in the end you will feel relief. You’ll experience a wild range of emotions but leave stronger and wiser.
• Experienced advisor for Student Government, Student Organizations Council, Residence Life, and Campus Life groups
• Seasoned Student Affairs Professional with more than 30 years of experience in higher education
• Leadership Development Consultant & Diversity Trainer (www.thestrengthsdoc.com)
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Vicky Goodin, Ed.D.
I’m ASGA’s Student Development expert and advisor to the Advisors. My workshops are specifically designed to be informative and engaging.
With the use of interactive activities and visual aids, I provide topical information that will help students move to the next level in their leadership and assist Advisors in being purposeful and the best they can be in their role.
• Executive Director of Dessie Hall (DH) Consulting, LLC and CEO of Beyond Events, LLC
• Experienced Student Affairs Professional with more than 16 years of experience in higher education; Over 14 years of experience in Student Government
I’m ASGA’s expert advisor. My workshops are customized for advisors and student leaders which provide solutions and best practices for meetings, planning events, budget management, elections, addressing administrators and training others to lead.
I encourage and offer team building activities in all my workshops so students and advisors can use the lessons and experiences to learn, grow, and implement on their campuses.
• Trainer in the areas of relational leadership and diversity/community building
• Former two-term SGA President at Ramapo College of New Jersey
• Doctorial Student and Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University
• Director of the National Student Leadership Diversity Convention (nsldc.org)
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D.
I’m ASGA’s TEAM and capacity building specialist. My workshops focus on how to improve the foundation of your SGA team and increase the opportunity to grow, particularly as it relates to meetings. My passion for Student Government comes from the need to see students grow. My style is engaging and experiential at all times, incorporating the work of Emotional Intelligence in the cornerstone of all my workshops.
I can help you with questions regarding your student government training, conflict resolution, or working effectively with your administration. I have been a two term SGA President, SGA Adviser, and now a trainer helping SGA’s all around the country.
• Outstanding author of technical documents including bylaws and finance manuals
• Acclaimed expert in student government parliamentary procedure
• Chairman of two national student government workshops
• Certified Strategic Strengths Coach
• Photo Album • Video Interview
I’m ASGA’s rules and procedures specialist. My workshops focus on how to improve documents and process, particularly as it relates to meetings. My presentation style is conversational, I introduce topics and ask participants to consider the how and the why of what they do. My desire is for you to leave my workshop with tools and information that you can use immediately with your organization.
I can help you with questions regarding parliamentary procedure as well as helping to improve the language of constitutions and bylaws.
• Trainer in the areas of student leadership development
• Coordinator of the TP/SS MC LEADS program
• Experienced Student Affairs Professional with more than 15 years of experience in Student Government
Kimberly Jones, M.Ed.
I’m ASGA’s Teambuilding and student leader expert. My workshops are specifically designed to be informative and engaging.
Through team-building activities and collaborative discussions, I foster stronger bonds and promote effective teamwork within student groups, empowering them to achieve their goals and objectives. I contribute to the growth of students’ leadership skills and inspire them to become the best version of themselves.
• Policy advocacy consultant
• Former SGA President at Northern Michigan University
• Buzzfeed and Bank of America “50 Under 50” honoree
Kat Klawes, M.A.
I’m ASGA’s expert in advocacy, policy, and systems change. In my work with ASGA, I specialize in helping students and student governments harness their voice for impactful advocacy, providing them with the tools to navigate policy and instigate systemic reforms.
• Former student body president at Arizona State University, one of the nation’s largest campuses
• Nationally renowned speaker and trainer on leadership, personal development and organizational effectiveness
• Recognized for his leadership and public service by presidents, governors, Congress, and even foreign royalty
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Andrew Ortiz, J.D., M.P.A.
I’m ASGA’s advocacy expert. My philosophy for speaking and learning comes from the wisdom of the Ancient Greek proverb that says that, “In learning, we teach. In teaching, we learn.”
I like to learn from my audiences, while also sharing new ideas and best practices. I do use a lecture style, but with audience participation and questions are certainly encouraged. Quality content is very important, so I always ensure that students leave with great ideas and with the motivation to put them into practice on their campuses.
• Editor in Chief and Founder, Student Leader and Florida Leader magazines
• Author, So You Want to Be President…How to Get Elected on Your Campus and two other leadership books
• Professional Student Government consultant and frequent speaker at all major Student Government conferences
• Photo Album • Video Interview
I’m ASGA’s generalist. My workshops cover all aspects of Student Government. I’m a pragmatist. I focus on identifying your problems and then offering real solutions, not gimmicks.
My workshops are mainly lecture style. I use fun, easy-to follow graphics. I do not read from PowerPoints. I also ask a lot of questions, ask for volunteers to help illustrate key points, and offer several interactive exercises.
• Former Student Body Executive Officer and Student Government Advisor
• Ten years as a student affairs professional
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Sarah E. Schoper, Ph.D.
I’m ASGA’s professor, so get ready to learn! My workshops cover two specific aspects of Student Government. First, I spend time working with you to consider what you are bringing to your student government experience. Second, I cover how to improve the organizational structure of your Student Government. I truly believe that in order for you to take away ideas to improve your student government you need to spend time considering how to connect the workshop topics to your own experiences. My workshop style is discussion-based, which means you will interact and share your thoughts and ideas with others around you. I use PowerPoint to present visual images of discussion topics, and worksheets so that you can record your “ah ha” moments in order to take them back to your student government.
• Global educator, professional speaker, strategist and consultant at over 300 colleges and universities and in over 15 countries
• Team Lead and Co-Founder, Social Responsibility Speaks (srspeaks.com)
• Accomplished presenter and author in equity, inclusion, and diversity; political science; and corporate/student leadership development
• Photo Album • Video Interview
Suzette Walden Cole, Ph.D.
I’m ASGA’s Truth Teller and belonging knowledge leader. There’s a difference between truth and honesty. Honesty is answering a question, and only the question (sometimes doing so in a way that paints us, or our SG, in the best light). Truth is candid, answers the totality of the question and is unfiltered. Whether in confrontations, or evaluating our progress towards achieving goals, it is imperative that you be ready to advocate from a position of transparency. My style is engaging, infused with humor and recognizes that we are all on a journey to learn from one another in the space.
I can help your SG manage through the conflicts to be able to serve the student body you represent, find new ways to connect with your advisor (and vice versa), and discuss ways to be intentional about creating a sense of belonging on your campus. My sessions are riddled with “nuggets” of wisdom about integrating research into your plans, equipping you to work with your campus administration, and creative suggestions to help increase representation and inclusive program and practices.
Detailed Speaker Bios
Dr. Cadore’s background in professional football helped instill the value of teamwork, dedication, and focus. His journey began at Eastern Kentucky University, where he received national recognition as a record-setting kick returner. Dr. Cadore continued his football career in the National Football League when the New Orleans Saints drafted him. He finished his professional football career in Montreal, Canada. His athletic excellence led him to be inducted into the 2014 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame and the 2020 Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Seeking a way to give back to the community, Dr. Cadore became a law enforcement officer, where he served the City of Rockledge until his retirement in 2019. He now serves as a Rockledge city councilman. He continues to support the community through mentoring, community service opportunities, inspirational messaging, and workshops on leadership and business. His community efforts led to him receiving the distinguished alumni award for 2021 from Eastern Florida State College and the 2022 Distinguished Service Award from Eastern Kentucky University.
Throughout all his endeavors, Dr. Cadore prioritizes faith and family. He has been happily married to his high school sweetheart, Cornelia Cadore, for 31 years, and they have three children. He strives to live by the motto, “If you don’t serve your community now, don’t expect your community to serve you later.”
Mr. Cromwell continued his leadership efforts in law school serving as Class President, Associate Editor of the Law Review, and was honored, by his peers, as Thurgood Marshall 3L Student of the Year for his scholastic and leadership contributions to the University. He later graduated, with honors, with a Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University. After graduation, Mr. Cromwell served as a federal law clerk in U.S. Federal District Court in the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division) and worked as an associate at a prominent intellectual property law firm in Washington, D.C. He later founded The Harbor Institute, a company based out of Washington D.C that empowers minority students to excel which he currently serves as CEO.
In addition to his leadership efforts, Mr. Cromwell has also thoroughly studied National Pan-Hellenic fraternities and sororities for the past ten years. He is currently completing his book Endangered Species: The Plight of African-American Fraternities and Sororities. His extensive legal training and academic expertise about Pan-Hellenic fraternities and sororities makes him well versed in legal issues regarding hazing in Greek fraternities and sororities and one of Harbor’s most sought after speakers, consultants, and trainers. Currently, he is a graduate member of the Kappa Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Washington, D.C.
She received her B.S. in Psychology from Longwood University and her M.Ed. degree in Counseling and Development, Higher Education from George Mason University. She received her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. Her dissertation was titled “The Experiences of Cuban American Women Attending a Hispanic Serving Institution and the Influences on Identity Development.”
Dessie received her B.S. in Communications from Walden University. She has extensive experience in training and leadership development, student engagement, student life and clubs, student governments, event planning, and community partnerships. In addition, Dessie’s served on many statewide committees and have received numerous awards for her leadership roles.
His first involvement in Student Government came when Chris served two terms as an President in college at Ramapo College of New Jersey. As President, he realized that it was the capacity of his team that helped to make the SGA on campus such a powerful force.
Chris’ interest in team and capacity building comes from his experience in SGA and his work as a local elected official in his home town of Paterson, NJ. Currently, Chris is serving in his second term as a member of the Board of Education in his home town. These experiences has taught Chris how important it is to have a great team that values each other’s experiences.
Professionally, Chris serves as Executive Director & CEO of the Ceceilyn Miller Institute for Leadership and Diversity in America. (CMI) is one of America’s most innovative leadership and diversity training non-profit organizations. Dedicated to the cause of social justice and leadership development, CMI programs empower participants to function more effectively as people and communities.
His first involvement in Student Government came when Chris served two terms as an off-campus senator in college, which was most-surprising since someone had nominated him without his knowledge! As a graduate student, he worked closely with an incorporated Student Association who allocated funds to all student groups in addition to operating the university bookstore.
His initial interest in parliamentary procedure was borne from necessity when he was asked to present on the topic for a newly created student government and had no idea where to start. That experience spurred a commitment to being prepared, and led to Chris being a member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians for over a decade. He has used the knowledge gained to serve as a parliamentarian for two national meetings of fraternity/sorority advisors and to become a technical specialist in “document reconstruction” – rewriting constitutions and bylaws for student and civic groups. This has included work with alumni associations, student governments, parent-teacher associations, and a national association for the blind.
He has been interviewed several times by “Roberts Rules Made Simple” [YouTube] to explain basic parliamentary concepts in ways that are easy to understand and has also been a guest several times on the “Collegiate Empowerment” podcast.
Professionally, Chris has served as the assistant dean of students/director of student activities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the director of student activities and the student center at Salve Regina University (Newport, RI), dean of student affairs at York Technical Institute, director of student leadership and fraternity/sorority life at Muhlenberg College, and now as the director of new student programs at his alma mater, Millersville University.
Kat has a BA in Education from Northern Michigan University and an MA in Education Policy from Marquette University. Kat works with student governments, city governments, nonprofits, and state officials on programs and policy changes related to getting to the root of issues and prioritizing systems change. Kat has experience in program development, program assessment, mental health policies, supporting sexual assault survivors, and community-centered advocacy.
While at Arizona State University, Andrew Ortiz enjoyed great success as a leader and as a scholar. Ortiz served as the Vice President of Operations with the ASU Hispanic Business Students Association, Vice President for Community Affairs with the ASU Chapter of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.) and as President of the ASU Young Democrats. For his work on social justice issues, Ortiz received the 1995 Community Service Award from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, and was bestowed with an Image Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Ortiz has also received the distinguished Northern Arizona University President’s Citation of Achievement. Ortiz was a member of the Student Admissions Relations Team (START) and the ASU Student Foundation, which are two prestigious student honoraries at Arizona State University.
Andrew Ortiz was also one of two original founders of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. at Arizona State University, which has been honored for its outstanding philanthropic services. Ortiz was one of the founding members of the Arizona State University Leadership Honorary, Students Towards Educational Progress (STEP), and also founded a youth mentorship program at ASU for Tempe Elementary School kids called the VISION (Volunteers In Service In Our Neighborhoods) Program. In 1997, Andrew was selected as Man of the Year by the American Biographical Institute, and was selected as one of the top twelve graduate student leaders in America by the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students. Ortiz was also inducted into Alpha Epsilon Lambda, a national Graduate Student Honor Society.
Andrew Ortiz was a National Fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and is a member of the Congressional Award Foundation Board of Directors in Washington, DC. Andrew is also the President & CEO of Ortiz Leadership Systems, LLC, a public speaking, leadership training and management consulting firm based in Tempe, Arizona.
In 2004, Andrew was inducted into the Arizona State University College of Public Programs Hall of Fame. In 2005, Andrew was selected to receive the Arizona State University Young Alumni Achievement Award, was the “Volunteer of the Year” with the Valley of the Sun United Way, and was one of Association Trends Magazine’s “Young and Aspiring Association Professionals.” In 2008, Ortiz was selected as a recipient of the U.S. Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award.
Butch was SGA vice president and editor-in-chief of the college newspaper (serving at the same time) at Lake City Community College (now Florida Gateway College), then served as SG press secretary and editor of The Campus Leader at the University of Florida.
Named in 1992 as one of the nation’s top 100 entrepreneurs under age 30 by the Association for Collegiate Entrepreneurs, Butch has been publishing student-oriented magazines, books, and web sites for nearly 40 years. He studied journalism at the University of Florida, but left school in 1984 to work full-time on his first magazine, Florida Leader.
He later launched four other publications, including the national magazine Student Leader. He travels frequently to speak and present leadership seminars and has written three books on student-leadership issues, including So You Want to Be President…How to Get Elected on Your Campus, Poster Secrets: How & Where to Hang Flyers on Your Campus, and Inspiration for Student Leaders.
Butch is married to Kathy, and they have a daughter, Leah, son Will, twins Adam and Andrew, and son Luke. Butch enjoys being a Trekker, loves Firefly, working outdoors, serving his God and church, wrestling with grandsons Shiloh and Gideon, and cheering for the Florida Gators, Tampa Bay Rays, and Vanguard High Knights.
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Sarah received her Bachelor of Science from Texas Christian University (TCU), Fort Worth, TX. She received her Master of Science degree from Miami University, Oxford, OH. Finally, Sarah received her Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park, in Counseling and Personnel Services.
Sarah is involved in ACPA—College Student Educators International, NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the Harbor Institute. She is a 2014 recipient of the Annuit Coeptis Award from ACPA. In addition to her professional work in Student Affairs, Sarah is a member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity and Mortar Board Honor Society.
With more than 15 years of experience advising and supporting student governments, she focuses on being goal-oriented, navigating through the conflict and engaging partners, allies and champions to ensure all students on campus are well-served by the student government. From auditing processes to addressing where SG’s fall short as an organization, Dr. Suzette infuses passion into every area of her work. Suzette isn’t a speaker that will sugarcoat heavy issues, instead she takes a direct, truthful approach.
Suzette resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband and their fur-kiddos, Spot and CoCo. She has a Ph.D. in Education Administration and Foundations from Illinois State University, where she focused on the factors that contribute to the development of culture in student groups. Suzette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in English and Communication from Mercer University, and a Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Prior transitioning to this role, Suzette worked for ten years at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, as the Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. In 2013, Suzette won the Association for Student Conduct Administration’s Student Conduct Professional of the Year Award. She is a Co-Founder and Team Lead for Social Responsibility Speaks, an equity, inclusion, justice and accountability consulting and coaching firm.