NCAA Advisory Board

The mission of the NACADA / NCAA Advisory Board is to develop and implement professional development programs and services for academic advisors, academic counselors, and academic and athletic administrators/staff who advise and provide academic support for student-athletes on college and university campuses and to support a strong and enduring partnership between NACADA and the NCAA.

Interested in joining the NCAA Advisory board?

Please complete the  NCAA Advisory Board -Member Interest Form and email it to Elisa Shaffer at the NACADA Executive Office.

Current Chair

Adrienne Ridgeway, Marquette University

The Chair of the Advisory Board facilitates the work of the group by:

  • Working with the Executive Office staff on issues that need attention or discussion.
  • Facilitating Advisory Board discussion on issues via email and/or conference calls.
  • Facilitating Advisory Board meetings during the Annual Conference.
  • Working with the Executive Office and the President on appointment of new members each year.
  • Providing written reports to the Board of Directors at least twice annually.


Adrienne Ridgeway, Chair, Marquette University (2014-2016)

Brian Russell, Past Chair, University of Tennessee (2014-2016)

Jacqueline Nicholson, Advising Student Athletes Commission Chair, Norfolk State University (2015-2017)

Brett Lurkins, Member At-Large, Illinois College (2016-2018)

Alexis McClain, Member At-Large, University of Colorado (2015-2017)

Sherese Parker, Member At-Large, Mississippi Valley State University (2014-2016)

Lisa Rubin, Member At-Large, Kansas State University (2015-2017)

Karen Schiferl, Member At-Large, (2015-2017)

Michelle Ware, Member At-Large, University of Notre Dame (2014-2016, incoming Chair 2016-2018)

Kenneth Kleppel, NCAA, Ex Officio

Charlie Nutt, NACADA Executive Office Liaison

Elisa Shaffer, NACADA Executive Office Liaison