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Welcome AFLV Board Members

Saturday, March 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Starks-Corbin


Please join us in welcoming Sonja Ardoin, Ph.D., Lindsay Sell, and Geof Brown, CAE to Team AFLV! They will be joining the AFLV Board of Directors beginning on July 1, 2018. For more information about each addition, please view their bios below.





Sonja Ardoin, Ph.D., is an author, learner, educator, and facilitator. She originates from "Cajun country" - the small, rural community of Vidrine, LA specifically - and is proud of her first generation college student to Ph.D. educational journey, with degrees from Louisiana State University, Florida State University, and North Carolina State University. Currently serving as Assistant Professor of College Student Development at Appalachian State University, Sonja's career path includes experience in student activities, leadership development, community engagement, fraternity and sorority life, student conduct, and academic advising. She made the move from full-time practitioner to full-time faculty member in 2015, but continues to view her professional role as that of a scholar-practitioner.


Sonja studies social class identity in higher education; college access and success for first generation college students and students from rural areas; student and women's leadership; and professional preparation and career pathways in higher education and student affairs. She is the author of three books and several book chapters and journal articles. Sonja stays engaged in the higher education field through presenting, facilitating, and volunteering with national organizations such as ASHE, NASPA, ACPA, LeaderShape, Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Gamma, and College Summit. Sonja is also a contributor to the NASPA Center for First-generation Student Success advocacy group and the NASPA Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community. To learn more about Sonja, click here.





Lindsay Sell serves as the Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life at Colorado State University, leading an office that supports over 3,000 fraternity and sorority members. Before serving in this role, Lindsay worked in University Advancement at CSU and in the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life at the University of Connecticut. A two-time graduate of CSU, Lindsay holds a B.A in Speech Communication and an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education.


Lindsay serves as the volunteer Director of Extension for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity as well as in a volunteer leader capacity for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). Lindsay has particular personal and professional interest in student conduct and conflict resolution, sexual assault prevention, and social justice and inclusion issues.





Geoffrey E. Brown, CAE , is the chief executive officer of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). In this role, he is responsible for the association's strategic direction, external relations, and ensuring its operational success.


He has worked in the association management industry since 2000. Prior to joining NAPFA 2013, Brown had been an account executive with Sentergroup, a Chicago-based management consultancy specializing in associations and other nonprofit organizations. At Sentergroup, he was responsible for overseeing client relationships, managing day-to-day operations for multiple associations, coordinating the execution of strategic initiatives and participating in the firm's business development efforts. Prior to his time at Sentergroup, Brown served as an association manager for SmithBucklin Corp., the world's largest association management company based in Chicago. While there, he managed client strategies and operations, provided counsel to association leaders, and managed delivery of client services across multiple business units.


Brown received his Bachelor of Arts degree in government & politics from the University of Maryland and his Certificate in fundraising management from Indiana University. He is a member of American Society of Association Executives and received his Certified Association Executive designation in (CAE) 2010. He is also a member of the Association Forum of Chicagoland.



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