2024 Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee 

Membership in this committee is designated by Article IX, Section 2 of the ACHA Bylaws.

If you would like to learn more about this group or have a question related to this topic, contact the chairperson listed below. Please search by last name in the Membership Directory to locate an email address or contact them through the online member forum ACHA Connect [login required].

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Work in conjunction with the ACHA staff to plan a high quality 2024 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, with the theme of "Building Momentum for a Healthy Community". Work with ACHA staff to train and ensure all incoming program planners provide submissions that:

  • Meet the needs identified as practice gaps or educational needs as expressed by section members 
  • Are in compliance with the criteria of our accrediting bodies 
  • Meet the deadlines established by the ACHA National Office.
  • Work with the President and Chief Program Officer to identify major speakers for the meeting.
  • Encourage Section Program Planners to select educational sessions that reflects the meeting theme "Building Thriving and Inclusive Communities" theme. Encourage section planners to collaborate with relevant coalition leadership related to coalitions’ guaranteed programs to address a specific topic or identified need.
  • Encourage planners to make maximum use of section needs assessments and gap assessment information as they review programs for selection. 
  • Continue with the strategy of having section planners reserve up to two program slots to ensure “gaps” are identified and addressed during the annual Program Planning meeting in November.
  • Ensure that diversity is included as an essential aspect of the annual meeting program planning process. Consult with the Ethnic Diversity Coalition and LGBTQ+ Health Coalition for recommendations on key issues and speaker recommendations. Please ensure that the annual meeting program is reflective of the Association’s value of diversity within the field of college health. 
  • Continue with the new track-based program that began with the 2019 conference 
  • Continue implementation of the new program to encourage onsite interviews and report back on program implementation 
  • Explore opportunities for collaborative presentations with speakers from multiple disciplines. 
  • Participate in the Annual Meeting de-brief meeting that occurs at the end of the meeting to identify what worked well, what could be improved in the future, and potential new additions or ideas.

Committee Roster

Program Planning Committee Chair

Katrin Wesner-Harts, EdD, FACHA
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Program Planning Committee Chair-elect and Poster Chair


Volunteer LeaderOrganizationPositionAlpha by Last Name
Katrin A. Wesner-Harts, EdD, FACHAUniversity of North Carolina - WilmingtonChairWESNER-HARTS, KATRINAMPROGRAM
R. Ryan S. Patel, DO, FAPAOhio State UniversityBoard LiaisonPATEL, R. RYANAMPROGRAM
Susan Ainsworth, BAAmerican College Health AssociationStaff LiaisonAINSWORTH, SUSANAMPROGRAM

Section Program Planners


Erica Bumpurs, MS
Sam Houston State University

Advanced Practice Clinicians

Emily Lenz, APRN, FNP-BC
School Of The Art Institute of Chicago

Clinical Medicine

Fan Zhou, MD
Duke University

Health Promotion

Gina Orlando, MPH
Coumbia University

Mental Health

Jamie Davidson, PhD, FACHA
University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Nurse Administrators

Debbie Rosenberger, BSN, RN, BC
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor


Megan Huddleston, RN, BSN
University of Missouri-Columbia


Kendra Bookman, PharmD
Sam Houston State University 

ACHA Executive Committee

ACHA President

Dana Tasson, MD
Portland State University

ACHA President-Elect

Raphael Florestal-Kevelier, PhD, MPH
University of Illinois-Chicago

ACHA Vice President/Leadership Development Advisor

Andreea Baker, RN, BSN, MSN
Doane University

Continuing Education Advisors

Chair, Continuing Education Committee and 

Advisor for Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education for Family Physicians

Scott Henderson, MD
University of Missouri

Advisor for Continuing Education for Certified Health Education Specialists

Kathy Saichuk, MA, MCHES
Louisiana State University

Advisor for Continuing Nursing Education

Brenda Masiga-Crowell, DNP, MBA, RN, CNL
Purdue University

Advisor for Continuing Education for Psychologists

Michael Malmon, PhD
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Advisor for Continuing Education for National Certified Counselors

Kiera Walker, MA, LPC, NCC
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Advisor for Continuing Education for Social Workers

Hillary Liles, LCSW, LCAS
East Carolina University

Advisor for Continuing Education for Pharmacists

Deb Hubbell, RPh, FACHA
University of Connecticut 


ACHA Staff

Chief Program Officer

Susan Ainsworth, BA
American College Health Association

Continuing Education and Exhibits Manager

Lisa Pitrone
American College Health Association

Senior Education Coordinator

Katie Wilkins, BS
American College Health Association