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Conference Speakers 

Undergraduate Student Track Speaker: Mallory Bower 

Mallory Bower

Mallory Bower is on a mission to help people to find purpose in all parts of their lives. Her work in both career coaching and employer relations provides a unique perspective on skills articulation and preparing students for the continuously changing workforce. She is the associate director of career services and a faculty member in the Communication Studies Department at the SUNY–Oswego.

Bower presents nationally and regionally, most recently for ACPA, NACA, ACUI VI, NASPA Region II, and the SUNY Career Development Organization. She serves on the ACPA Commission for Career Development Directorate and the SUNY CDO executive board. After hours, you can find her volunteering with her local United Way, writing, hiking with her dogs, and podcasting with a few of her favorite creative types.

Graduate Student Track Speaker: Jeff Pelletier 

Jeff Pelletier
Jeff Pelletier is the director of Ohio Union operations and events with the Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Boston College, a master’s in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State, and a master’s in business operational excellence from Ohio State. He has been a volunteer for ACUI since 2003, currently serving on the Board of Trustees as president-elect.

Prior to returning to graduate school for higher education, Pelletier spent five years as an active duty officer in the U.S. Navy working in the submarine and intelligence communities, and three years supporting Naval Warfare Analysis as a contractor in the Washington, D.C. area. He can occasionally be seen running the streets of Columbus, Ohio, trying to improve his golf game or sampling the latest offerings from his favorite craft brewers. Not always in that order.

Professional Track Speakers: Theresa Lee and Cynthia Woolbright 

Theresa Lee

Theresa Lee

Theresa Lee is the executive director of annual giving and operations, university advancement at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. As executive director, Lee directs the strategic plan for the marketing and stewardship programs to maximize the number of donors who give to UML annually as well as directing human resources, budgeting, and strategic planning for advancement. Before joining UML, she led annual giving at Boston College, the MIT Annual Fund, the WPI Annual Fund, and served as a capital gifts officer at the College of the Holy Cross. In more than 27 years in higher education, her professional roles also included 15 years of service to MIT in annual giving and alumni relations and four years at Northeastern University in student affairs. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University.

Cynthia Woolbright

Cynthia Woolbright

Cynthia Woolbright began her career in student affairs as a graduate assistant at Long Island University, ultimately working through the ranks to become director of student activities at what is now the College of New Jersey. Her last position in student affairs was as the director of LaCava Campus Center/student activities at Bentley College from 1983–86.

She began her ACUI affiliation in 1973–74 as then Region III student delegate to the Student-Staff Assembly and on the Regional Board as student representative. She served on ACUI’s Committee on Minority Programs and chaired the Committee on Women’s Affairs. In 1978, she became an at-large member on ACUI’s then Executive Committee with a focus on volunteer leadership. She was also appointed by the Executive Committee to terms as the chair of the commission on educational programs and services and as the chair of the Future of ACUI Study. In 1983, she was elected president. She is an honorary member of the Association and in 2014 received the ACUI’s Presidential Award for Distinguished Services at the 100th Anniversary Celebration.

Updated Oct. 17, 2016