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 Patti Spaniola, for more information.

Meet Our Volunteers

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.



Lisa Graves

Lisa is Manager of LSU Continuing Education’s Conference and Event Planning department and Director for the Louisiana State Science Fair at LSU. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and has worked there for over 25 years. She also serves as Advisory Council member for Standards and Ethics, International Science and Engineering Fair. Lisa has been an active ACHE South member since 2007 and served as Chair is 2014-2015

Jenny Hinely

Jenny Hinely is the Marketing and Creative Manager at the University of West Florida. She will be the conference photographer in Memphis.



Elizabeth Joel

Elizabeth Joel has held the role of Coordinator of Continuing Education at Delta State University for six years. During her time at the university, her work in non-credit programs includes personal enrichment workshops for adults, summer camps for children such as Kid's College, Youth Elite Soccer Camp, and LEGO Camp, and taught multiple children's art workshops throughout the holiday seasons. Elizabeth is serving as the host institution for this year's conference in Memphis.

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.

Rick Osborn

Rick Osborn is Dean of School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach at East Tennessee State University. A continuing educator for over 30 years, Rick has served as President of ACHE, Chair of ACHE South (then Region VII), and President of the Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education (TACHE). He is currently the Executive Secretary/Treasurer of TACHE and is very excited about this year’s South Conference in Memphis.

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.

Dianna Rust

Dianna is an Associate Professor in University College and Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Integrated Studies, Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies and Professional Studies. She is currently serving as the 2016-2017 President for MTSU’s Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Dianna is volunteering to oversee session presiders and conference evaluations.

Janeen Winters

Janeen Winters is assisting with Sponsors for the ACHE South conference in Charleston. She has been actively involved with ACHE on both the regional and international levels since 2002. During her time in ACHE, she has served on various committees and taken on several leadership and behind-the-scenes roles. Janeen has worked at Murray State University for nearly 17 years as the Coordinator of Special Programs, specializing in non-credit, youth programs, camps, and conferences. Recently, Janeen’s role at MSU has expanded to include the leadership for the University’s State Authorization and Compliance efforts.