Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

Meet The NWACUHO Board of Directors – President

Meet Janie Sacco Ed.D. (She/Her/Hers), your current NWACUHO President! We asked our NWACUHO Executive Board to share some advice and reflect on their experience volunteering with NWACUHO. See her responses here!

Where do you call home? I’m originally from Washington State. Currently, I live in Lacey, Washington.

How long have you been in the region? 6 years

How did you initially get involved in NWACUHO? When was it? I got involved with NWACUHO my first year as a residence director when I presented at the annual conference.

How did you get involved on the Board of Directors for NWACUHO? What were you feeling when you planned to run? Were there any fears, excitement, or other feelings that you had to think about before running? I got involved with the board of directors in 2016 when I was nominated to run by a colleague. After two years of service, I ran for president-elect in 2018. I was nervous when I ran both times, but excited about the opportunity to volunteer within the region and represent the membership. If you are nervous to run, but think you can make a positive impact (you can!) I would strongly encourage you to run for a position.

What is your favorite part about being involved in NWACUHO? My favorite part about being involved in interacting with fellow board members and representing members. Whenever I hear that a member had a great experience or has an idea for the association, I get filled with excitement. Those are my favorite moments.

What is some advice you’d give to someone new to the region? I would encourage someone who is new with the association to join a committee to get to know your peers.

What do you see as the value for getting involved in NWACUHO? What do you get out of being involved? NWACUHO is an amazing organization because you get to be connected with colleagues internationally. I find value in being challenged to look at higher education from a different perspective.

What is some advice you’d give to someone interested in joining a committee or getting further involved in NWACUHO? (This could be attending events virtually, going to our conferences, running for a co-chair position, running for a board position, contributing to soundings blog, etc.). Being present is being involved. Read the newsletter, follow us on social media, and attend a committee meeting. Any contribution you can make to the association is amazing.

Are you interested in learning more about Janie’s experience volunteering with NWACUHO? You can contact her at president@nwacuho.org!

Also consider donating your time or resources to NWACUHO as part of our NWACUHO 2020 Initiative!

Do you know someone who would represent the NWACUHO region well through a larger leadership role? Each year we have multiple board of directors positions open and committee leadership roles available! Learn more about our full elections process, frequently asked questions, and more here: http://nwacuho.org/elections/!

Election Process

Each January, we hold an elections process for the vacant Board of Director positions.  Similar to previous years, voting will occur remotely with the Senior Housing Officer (SHO) from each 2020 member institution casting their vote. While there will only be one ballot cast per institution, we do encourage departmental discussion in decision making.

If you are interested in running for one of our open positions, you must first complete this “intent to run” form by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Monday December 2, 2019.

If you would like to nominate a colleague to run for one (or more) of our open positions, please complete this short nomination form.  Our Past-President will reach out to the person that has been nominated and let them know that someone has nominated them and encourage them to run for the open position.

For any interested individual that completes an intent to run form by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Monday December 2, 2019; all other application materials will be due by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Friday, December 20, 2019.  Please see the “To Apply” portion of this page for information on what will need to be submitted by Friday, December 20th.

Available Positions in 2020

  • President-Elect, term expires: February 2023
  • Corporate Relations Director, term expires: February 2022
  • Washington Representative, term expires: February 2022
  • British Columbia Representative, term expires: February 2022
  • Alaska/Yukon Representative, term expires: February 2022
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