Chassidy Cooper is a native Arkansan. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Sewanee-the University of the South, master’s degree in higher education from UA Little Rock and recently completed her doctoral program in Leadership Studies at University of Central Arkansas 

Chassidy serves as an Academic Advisor and First Year Experience Instructor at UA Little Rock. Previously, she served as Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Academic Probation (AP) Coordinator at UA Little Rock.   In all of these roles, her goals have been to increase the retention and graduation rates of UA Little Rock students. Her previous participation and current involvement in Arkansas Commitment, a non-profit program designed to institute a corps of talented, young minority persons throughout central Arkansas to serve as future state leaders, is the catalyst for her desire to continue to serve in Arkansas.  Leadership, mentoring, and advising are major aspects of her life.  She is a huge advocate for academic advising, academic support programs, and helping all students achieve success inside and outside of the classroom.

In 2012, Chassidy joined the Arkansas Academic Advising Network(ArkAAN) and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).  Previously, she served as the four-year institution representative for ArkAAN. She has also presented multiple times at regional NACADA and ArkAAN conferences.  Having worked in higher education for seven years now, “it is my obligation to lead and serve those organizations that have afforded me so many benefits and opportunities.  The future is bright for ArkAAN, I hope to continue to serve with amazing people, build lasting professional connections, promote the advising profession, and to increase awareness of the organization’s presence around the state and beyond."

Jill Wheeler earned her undergraduate and both of her graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration in Marketing Management in 2004. She went on to earn a Master's in Higher Education in 2007, a second Master's of Science in Counselor Education in 2010.

Jill is the Associate Director of Honors Studies for Fulbright College Honors Program.  She joined Fulbright Honors in January 2012 after 5 1/2 years of academic advising in the Fulbright Advising Center.  While there she worked with students of all majors in Fulbright College.  Jill was Assistant Director of Program Development and her responsibilities in addition to academic advising included heading the colleges recruiting efforts along with supervising the Fulbright College Ambassadors.  She is an active member of both the Arkansas Academic Advising Network (ArkAAN) and National Academic Advising Council (NACADA) where she is the current chair of the Webinar Advisory Board and served as a member for several years prior to being appointed as chair.  She has presented at the state, regional and national level through these two organizations.  She was named "Outstanding Academic Advisor" by ArkAAN in 2010 and her co-presentation on student veterans won Best of Region 7.  Prior to the Advising Center she was the Assistant Director of Admissions in the University's Office of Admissions.
A native of Brinkley, AR, Jill now calls Northwest Arkansas home with her husband Michael, their two little girls Emma and Ava and their fur baby Gabby. She loves to walk with her family around campus and gets excited about all things Razorback. Her favorite part of her job is that every student is different and each one of them brings something special to the advising session. Helping students discover their passions and how a Fulbright major fits them continues to make her smile daily.

Jenny Ruud is the Assistant Director of the Academic Advising Center at the University of Central Arkansas.   Jenny has worked in the  advising center since moving here from the NYC area in 2008.   Prior to coming to UCA, she worked as the Coordinator of Freshmen recruitment at Marymount Manhattan College and an Admissions consultant and the Director of Alumni Relations at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.  She also has a background in Public Relations and Advertising, working for 6 years as the PR and Advertising Associate at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (now CSFB), also in NYC.  She holds a BFA from the New School University in New York.

In her spare time, Jenny teaches piano and voice for the Red Curtain Theatre in Central Arkansas, performs and directs in the Central Arkansas area, is an avid reader, loves traveling, and is a volunteer with Arkansas Hospice in LR.  Her favorite activity is spending time with her 4 year old twins, husband and family.

Zachary Singleton is a native of Pocahontas, Arkansas. He serves as an Academic Advisor at Arkansas State University.  Prior to working as an academic advisor, he spent 4.5 years working in residence life at various institutions. He completed his Associate of Arts degree from Arkansas State University-Beebe in 2004, a Bachelor of Science in Radio/Television in Broadcast News in 2007 from Arkansas State University and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel in 2012 from Arkansas Tech University. He is working on his Ed.D. in Higher Education with an emphasis in Two-Year College Leadership.

As a student, Zachary was very involved. He worked in Upward Bound as a Tutor/Mentor, as a Lab Assistant for Physical Science, a referee for Intramural Sports and as a Volunteer Admissions Ambassador at ASU-Beebe. He was a Community Assistant in Collegiate Park at Arkansas State University.

Zachary loves watching basketball and football. He has been married to the love of his life Brittany Singleton since October 2007. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his wife, family, and friends.

​​Adrian Everett is a native of McGehee, Arkansas. Currently, he is the Director of Transfer Student Services for Arkansas State University Wilson Advising Center. He has been a higher education professional since 2013. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Secondary Education, General Science, and Health/Physical Education in August 2011, and his Master of Science in College Student Personnel Services in May 2013 both from Arkansas State University. As a student at A-State, his greatest accomplishments include being selected as Student Government Association President, traveling to Europe as a Global Student Leader, and delivering the Commencement Speech during his undergraduate graduation ceremony. 

His main passion is spending time with his wife, Annie and their daughter, Kaleigh. He loves supporting the Red Wolves Athletic program and being a fan of NBA superstar LeBron James. Adrian’s special talents include being a chef in the kitchen and grill master when cooking outdoors. He is the owner of Big A’s BBQ Catering! His main goal in life is to be a positive role model, family man, and an inspiring individual to those he meets throughout his lifetime. He is looking forward to continuing to develop in the higher education profession and serving ArkANN as the four year public institution representative. Outside of his main job responsibilities, Adrian is currently serving as A-State Staff Senate Vice President.  

Qubie Greer ​Hello there! If you’re reading this, let me say, I’m happy to meet you! And in case you wanted to know a little bit about me, here it goes. I graduated from Lincoln University-Missouri with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education in 2010. While in undergrad, I had the opportunity to serve in various student leadership positions. Campus Activity Board-Chair, Orientation Leader Board, and Campus Queens, just to name a few.  My time as a student leader taught me the value of a proper schedule, and how important it is for students to form a connection with their campus. Being a student leader laid the foundation for my passion in higher education.  I received my Masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education in 2015 from Northwestern State University- Louisiana. My experience as a graduate student further cemented my resolve to work and thrive in Higher education. My  goal, is to not only help students reach their academic and life goals, but to help them realize their true potential. In many ways, I consider myself a living resource for students, no different than the library, or even the internet. It’s my goal, to enhance the college experience, so my students have a clear and comprehensive path toward graduation, and beyond.  I’m happy to serve as ArkAAN’ s VP for Diversity, and hope to have some good things coming your way soon.

​​Danielle Jolie is the Director of Academic Support for the College of Applied Science and Technology at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management and Marketing from Arkansas Tech University in 2009. She then went on to earn her Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University in 2011. While finishing up her bachelor’s degree, Danielle knew she wanted to continue her education but was not sure what area of study she wanted to pursue. She was encouraged by some of her campus mentors to meet with different department heads on campus. When she met with the department head for CSP, she fell in love with everything about the program.

Danielle worked as a graduate student in University Assessment and did practicums in Advising and Orientation. Before moving to UAFS in 2011, she worked in the Registrar’s Office at Arkansas Tech University. Since 2011, Danielle has served in several roles on campus that have always been focused around students. She started out in the Advising Center, then moved into Career Services as the Assistant Director only to be drawn back towards advising students and became the Advising Coordinator for the College of Applied Science and Technology in September of 2015.
Outside of work, Danielle enjoys music, sports, movies, good food, and being crafty.

Rita Conley is the Director of the Student Success Center in the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Success at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and has been in this post since 2015.
Before her current role at the university, she held positions in the School of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Human Sciences, including Family Resource Management Specialist, 1890 Extension Program, Instructor, Department of Human Sciences, and Instructor and Academic Advisor, Department of Agriculture.

She received a Bachelor of Science Degree and Masters of Science degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, respectively. Additionally, she has completed course work toward a Doctor of Philosophy in Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

She has several years of experience in student advisement, assisting and/or leading coordination of student support services and activities, implementing programs for limited-resource audiences, and working with faculty, staff, and community organizations on many committees, research, and outreach projects. Rita is a native of Springfield (Conway County), Arkansas. One of her favorite quotes is, “It always seems impossible until it's done.” --Nelson Mandela.  

Robert Moore is a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Currently, he is an Academic Advisor and an Adjunct Instructor for College Studies at the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Tech. He has completed his Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology in 2012 and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership in 2014 both from the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith. He also has earned a Master of Science in College Student Personnel, and Graduate Certificate in Advising both from Arkansas Tech University in 2017. He is currently working on his Ed.D in Higher Education with an emphasis in Administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. As an undergraduate, he was highly active in UAFS’s Student Government Association originally starting as a representative for the College of Applied Science and Technology then being elected into an officer position the following year serving as Chief of Staff. He was also active in the SkillsUSA chapter serving as a member, then Vice-President in his last academic year before graduating. Currently, he serves as a member of NACADA, and ArkAAN and also serves at the UAPTC Staff Senate President.

Academic Advising is important to him because of the impact it has on student’s lives. He loves being the support and motivator for students. Today, mental health is a crisis with our students, and getting the opportunity to be the one who tells a student that they can do it and that I believe in them is fulfilling for him, but more importantly, the student. His long-term goal is to move into administrative leadership and someday become a Provost. 

Nik Rowan is the Senior Assistant Director in the Fulbright Advising Center at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.  She has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in theatre and English. She also has a master’s degree in composition and rhetoric from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Born in Wyoming, Nik has lived in Fayetteville since 2012 and is a doctoral candidate in higher education.  On her campus she is a member of the Graduate Student Dean’s Advisory Board and also served for four years on the All University Academic Integrity Board. She currently serves as Arkansas's liaison to NACADA and is a member of the NACADA Region 7 Steering committee.  In her free time she has grown to enjoy riding her bicycle around town and spending time outside with her dog, Jeb.





Rita Conley

4-Year Public Institution Representative

Adrian Everett

Vice-President for Membership

Nik Rowan

NACADA liaison

Jenny Ruud

President Elect

Executive Board Members 2019-20


Private Institution Representative

Chassidy Cooper

Past President

Zachary Singleton

Vice-President for Communication

Jill Wheeler


Qubieinique Greer

Vice-President for Diversity

Danielle Jolie


Robert Moore

2-Year Public Institution Representative