Press Release

JUNE 8, 2020

CUPA-HR Selects Seven Individuals for Association’s Emerging Leaders Program

Seven College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) members have been selected to participate in the 2020-21 Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders program.

The year-long program recognizes volunteer leaders from across the country who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and initiative within higher ed HR and desire to play an active role in advancing the profession. The unique opportunity provides peer interaction and connection with CUPA-HR leaders as an integral part of the cohort’s learning experience. Participants engage in problem-solving work groups and develop deep networks with peers while gaining an inside look at CUPA-HR’s operations and structure.

Emerging CUPA-HR leaders are identified and nominated by CUPA-HR leadership at the region and national levels, and are selected based on their knowledge, leadership skills, engagement with CUPA-HR and demonstrated willingness to advance higher ed HR.

The 2020-21 Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders are:

  • Aaron Copley-Spivey, Director of Human Resources at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • Marie DeWalt, Director of Human Resources at Shepherd University
  • Tammy Gouger, Director of Human Resources at the State University of New York College at Brockport
  • Sheri Jungman, Talent Acquisition Senior Professional in Employee Services at the University of Colorado
  • Ayesha L. Kidd, Associate Vice President of Organizational Development and Effectiveness at the College of Southern Nevada
  • Deborah Shivers, Senior Assistant Director of Shared Human Resources and Administrative Services-Illini Union, Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Natalie Trent, Human Resources Specialist at Grand Valley State University

Leanne Fuller, director of human resource services at Auburn University, facilitates the Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders program. “The program gives an amazing opportunity to higher education HR leaders to become engaged, develop new connections and contribute to the association,” says Fuller. “Given the circumstances this year, it’s even more important that HR’s role is key to all our organizations’ success, and it is critical that we continue to mentor, develop and encourage HR professionals.”

“We are pleased to welcome this year’s Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders cohort,” says CUPA-HR President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Brantley. “The national board agreed that due to the exceptional applications submitted this year, we increased the program participation from six to seven. These individuals bring a wealth of leadership experiences to CUPA-HR and to the profession and we’re so fortunate to have them in the program this year.”

The 2020-21 Emerging CUPA-HR Leader group will serve until June 30, 2021.


CUPA-HR is higher ed HR. We serve higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving more than 31,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 2,000 member organizations around the country and abroad, the association offers learning and professional development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and just-in-time regulatory and legislative information.


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