Conference Presenters

Workshop Presenters 

We are excited to announce the speakers and presenters for the 2017 N4CSGA Spring Conference. Workshop categories: Student Activities, Leadership, Governance.

Student Activities

  • Title: Students come first…Activities come second. 3 areas of emphasis to direct programming.
  • Title: Planning Your Next Event “The Right Tools For the Job”
  • Title: Show up and Show OUT: How to effectively create events to engage your peers


  • Title: Leadership in the Movies
  • Title: Discovering Your Leadership Style and You
  • Title: Leadership and the Power of Choice


  • Title: Transitioning? This is how it’s done!
  • Title: “Being an Effective Lobbyist: Using Student Influence to Govern Your Campus.”

Title: Students come first…Activities come second. 3 areas of emphasis to direct programming.
Track: Student Activities
Presenter(s): Derrick Arnold & Josefvon Jones


On college campuses across the country activities come first in hopes that the students will conform to the activity, or student activity professionals cross their fingers in hopes students will participate.  We will examine how keeping 3 areas of emphasis can direct you on the path of meaningful, directed, and FUN programming!


Derrick Arnold is Coordinator of Student Engagement and Director of Athletics at Johnston Community College as well as serves as an advisor for the N4CSGA.  Derrick holds a BS degree from Salisbury University in Maryland and a MA degree from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Derrick is a former college football coach.  He has coached every level of NCAA football and most recently was a member of the 2006 National Championship coaching staff.  This team and staff was most recently inducted into the North Carolina Central University Hall of Fame.



Josefvon Jones is the Coordinator of Student Recruitment and Retention and Coordinator of the RITE mentoring program at Johnston Community College. He holds a B.A. degree from Shaw University in Raleigh NC and a MA degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg VA. Josefvon has worked in Public Education since graduating from college in 2001. He has a passion for people and their personal growth.



Workshop Title: Planning Your Next Event “The Right Tools For the Job”
Track: Student Activities
Presenters(s): Jomo Legins

Description: Feel free to bring your laptops.  This workshop will include creating professional looking flyers with Word.  After creating your eye catching advertisement, we will discuss the best forms of communicating events on your campus.  Posting Flyers, Social Media or Word of Mouth.  We will get the job done!


I am a native of Winston-Salem NC with a Bachelor of Arts from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Former UNC football player and current business owner, I can relate to both on and off the field life challenges. I am a college advisor and former high school teacher with a love for computer graphics and leadership coaching. Working with students gives me the opportunity to give back to my community, empower tomorrow’s leaders and leave a legacy that will live forever.


Title: Show up and Show OUT: How to effectively create events to engage your peers
Track: Student Activities
Presenter(s): Alicia Stokley


Join us as we explore old and new ways to effectively create events that will draw your peers to participate. We will go over a how to brand your event, create an easy timeline as well as brainstorm about future events you can take to your campus! 


Alicia has more than 5 years of experience in customer service, working with students, marketing, event planning and project management. Before College of The Albemarle, she worked at a four-year institution working closely with Student cohorts by guiding them through their college experience. While in college, she was very active with student activities by being Junior Class Vice President, Resident Assistant (RA) and a Student Mentor for incoming freshman. She is currently Coordinator of Student Life and Leadership at College of The Albemarle. Her favorite quote is “Be the Change you wish to see in the world” and She IS that change.

Workshop Title: “Leadership in the Movies”
Track: Leadership
Presenter(s): Shane Bryson


What do Big Hero 6, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Aladdin all have in common? Come find out the key components of leadership that link these movies together! This workshop discusses examples of leadership found in some of our favorite movies and relates them to John C. Maxwells “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”.


Shane Bryson is the Student Activities Coordinator at Randolph Community College. He is a former SGA President at Randolph and was hired just before he graduated to take over Student Activities. He has now worked there for 5 years and still loves it as much as the day he started. Mr. Bryson served as the Senior Advisor for N4CSGA from 2013-2015. As a student he graduated from the Student Leadership Academy at RCC and now serves as on the committee for the academy as an employee. He also graduated from the Student Leadership Institute while a student in 2011, now known as the Student Leadership Development Program. He is currently the facilitator for the SLDP red group. Mr. Bryson is currently a Student at North Carolina State University in the “Leadership In The Public Sector” program. Shane has a passion for developing student leaders and strives to foster an environment that is conducive to that passion. Shane currently lives in Thomasville, NC.

 Workshop Title: Discovering Your Leadership Style and You
Track: Leadership
Presenter(s): Libby Patrick 


Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader … They set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role-always about the goal. In this workshop students will have the opportunity to discover their leadership style – through interactive activities students will learn how their values and leadership styles often come together to make them the best student leader they can be.


Libby Patrick serves as the Coordinator of Student Activities at Mitchell Community College. She strives to leave an impact on the students she works with by creating a safe and positive atmosphere for all. Prior to joining Mitchell she served as the Graduate Intern at Springfield Technical Community College in MA as the advisor to SGA and Student Ambassador Program. Ms. Patrick obtained her Masters of Education degree from Springfield College focusing on Student Personnel Administration in High Education in 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Community Recreation and Youth Development from Southern Connecticut State University in 2014.

Title: Leadership and the Power of Choice
Track: Leadership
Presenter(s): Lynne Watts


Life is all about choices. The same is true regarding leadership. Leadership is all about choices. The short-term, long-term, and ultimate fate of every leader is determined by his or her choices. Learn how highly successful leaders make wise, proactive choices.


Lynne Watts is a native of New Jersey and has lived in Chicago and Dayton Ohio before making North Carolina her home.  Since 2007, Lynne has been the Director of Student Life and Leadership at Davidson County Community College.  She has a Master’s degree in English and an Ed.S. in Higher Education Administration with over 15 years of higher education experience.  Lynne is grateful for the opportunity to continue to impact the lives of students by preparing them to be informed and engaged citizens. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and being involved in politics.


Workshop Title: Transitioning? This is how it’s done!
Track: Governance
Presenter(s): Michael Schneider


This workshop is to help facilitate transitioning between SGA boards (including N4CSGA). The workshop will focus on the duties and responsibilities of the outgoing board towards the transitioning process as well as the preparation and training that the incoming board has to go through. This is a generic workshop that can be shared with any SGA board or even club officers and representatives.


-Michael R. Schneider – Assistant Student Activities Coordinator for Wake Tech Community College.|
-From Hickory, North Carolina.  (Moved to Raleigh in 2010)
-Graduated from Belmont Abbey College in 2008 with a BS in Business Management concentrated in Marketing Communications and a minor in Biology as well.
-Degree in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. (2012)
– MEd – Higher Education Administration Concentration from Tiffin University (2019)
-I have been with Wake Tech and the Student Activities Department for almost a year now and I love it!  I have really been able to grow here personally and professionally as well as help create our SGA Student Leadership Program which is slated to roll out by mid-summer 2017. 

I love collaborating with other schools, students and departments so please do not hesitate to reach out to me with ideas or questions and I will make sure to do the same!

-Contact, 919.532.5573

Workshop Title: “Being an Effective Lobbyist: Using Student Influence to Govern Your Campus.”
Track: Governance
Presenter(s): Katelynn J. Speas


Have you thought about how to engage your SGA general assembly in the important conversations? Is there “checks and balances” by your general assembly regarding the spending of student activity fees? What happens when students are not engaged in the conversation on your campus? These are all questions SGA leadership teams should be asking themselves as they work to serve the general student body at their respective institution. This is a 100% group participation interactive workshop that will leave participants with a new perspective on how to be effective “lobbyists” on their campus.


Katelynn J. Speas graduated from Missouri State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in History degree, and again in 2014 with a Masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education/ Student Development. She started working at Pitt Community College in July 2014 overseeing all student engagement opportunities and the Student Government Association. Speas has a passion for working with students to connect them beyond the academic side on their campus, with the understanding that developing leadership skills will progress them from one chapter to the next in this journey called life.


Workshop Title: “Seeking the Student Voice in NC Community College System Strategic Plan”
Track: Governance
Kirsten Stovall – N4CSGA President
Jennifer Haygood – Chief of Staff
Anne Bacon – Director of Strategic Planning and Policy
Patrick Fleming – Director of the Enterprise Resource Planning Program Management Office
JJ Evans – Associate Director of Student Life


Strategic planning is an organizational management activity that is used to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that the system and other stakeholders are working toward common goals.  The NC Community College System is now developing its next strategic plan, and we are seeking input from students, who we see as key stakeholders.  During this session, we will discuss the strategic planning process, the needs of students, and the vision of our system for the future. 


Founded in 1963, the mission of NC Community College System is to provide an open door to high-quality, accessible educational opportunities that minimize barriers to post-secondary education, maximize student success, develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce, and improve the lives and well-being of individuals.  We embody Dr. Herring’s vision and philosophy of “taking people from where they are and carrying them as far as they can go.”