Interested in assisting with the conference? It takes a big team to manage the Annual Conference and your help is needed. Here are some tasks that will get you involved in the conference and make a big difference toward its success.

  • Presider
  • Day Chair
  • Awards Committee member
  • Proposal Committee member
  • Registration Table greeter
  • Technology guru
  • PhotographerJournalist

Raise your hand and get more out of your conference investment. Contact Chris Nesmith, for more information.

Meet Our Volunteers

Gabriela ColmÁn

Gabriela Colmán is the director of Baylor Continuing Education. A Baylor alum, Gabriela returned to her alma mater in 2016 to rebuild the dormant continuing education program. Previously, Gabriela worked in continuing education and as an adjunct instructor at McLennan Community College, served as a bilingual housing counselor at Waco Community Development, and worked in refugee resettlement at Jubilee Partners in Comer, Georgia. Gabriela hold a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish and an M.S.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. She and her husband Alfredo Colmán look forward to welcoming their first child in 2018.

Dan Connell

Dan Connell is the Assistant Vice President for Adult Education and College Access at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. Dan has been involved with adult learners, credit for prior learning, distance learning, and college access and success while at Morehead State University. He has been involved with ACHE, ACHE South, and Kentucky ACHE since 2000. He is currently serving as chair of the Awards Committee for ACHE South.

Susan Elkins

Susan Elkins serves ACHE South as the host for the 2016 conference. Read more about Susan in the Member Spotlight.



Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education and is the Director of INtopFORM, East Tennessee State University’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Her scholarship has focused on the science of student learning as well as success factors for adult and non-traditional students. Amy has been active in the ACHE South region serving on conference planning committees and as Chair. She currently serves on the ACHE Board of Directors and is Chair of the Research Committee.

Audrey Johnson

Audrey Johnson works with Baylor University’s Continuing Education program designing programing and shepherding the Lifelong Learning program. Previously, she taught beginner Spanish courses at the university level. Her passion is adult learning, especially as it encourages learners to explore new perspectives. Audrey holds a B.A. in Language and Linguistics and an M.A. in Spanish from Baylor.

Marilyn Read

Marilyn is a Coordinator for Continuing Education at Delta State University. She began her higher education career in Institutional Research, but quickly moved to Continuing Education, where she found her niche. As an active member of ACHE for the past 9 years, Marilyn has served on numerous planning committees and as the 2011-2012 South Region Chair. Currently, she is volunteering for the 2016 South conference as chair of the First Timer's Breakfast.