Greetings, AHEA Colleagues!

As a member of the Adult Higher Education Alliance, you are invited to participate in the AHEA 2019 election for vacant positions on the Board of Directors.  The ballot contains two voting opportunities.  First, you have the opportunity to vote for two of the four nominees for At-Large Board of Director positions (three-year terms).  A short biography of each nominee may be found below the link to the ballot in this email.  The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

  • Laura Douglas
  • Jennifer Farran
  • Edith Gnanadass
  • Jane Northup
  • David San Filippo


The second voting opportunity is to cast your ballot for President-Elect (2019-2021).  The President-Elect assumes the role of AHEA President at the conclusion of the 2021 AHEA Annual Conference.  Nominated for President-Elect:

  • Lauren Murray-Lemon


You also have the opportunity to write-in a candidate for President-Elect.

Please Note: Individuals eligible to vote are attendees of the 2019 Annual Conference and individuals who did not attend this year’s conference but who has since renewed his or her AHEA annual membership.

Voting closes July 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. 


AHEA 2019  Board of Directors Ballot


President-Elect Candidate (2019-2021)

Lauren Murray-Lemon

A higher education professional with ten years of experience, Dr. Lauren Murray-Lemon serves as the Coordinator of Academic Progress, Services and Graduation in the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Central Florida.  Previously, she worked as an advisor for students from underrepresented backgrounds, those with disabilities, and advocated for hundreds of students who had the odds stacked against them.  Lauren is also an adjunct professor, educating new higher education professionals how to support these learners as well as students entering higher education for the first time.  She joined the Adult Higher Education Alliance as a graduate student in 2014 and won the organization’s Arthur Chickering Scholarship in 2015.  Lauren has proudly served as AHEA’s Director of Membership since 2017.  Lauren is committed to supporting AHEA’s growth, online presence and dedication to supporting those who advocate for adult learners.  


AHEA At-Large Board Nominations (2 available positions)
(Three-year term)

Laura Douglas

Dr. Laura Douglass is the Assistant Professor and Dean of Van Loan Undergraduate Programs, the adult learning division of Endicott College. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Fine Arts from the University of South Florida and a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies from Lesley University. Her research focuses on issues of personal and professional leadership as they are impacted by class, race, and trauma. Her publications can be found in Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention; International Journal of Yoga Therapy; Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism and Practice; Journal of Online Education; Religion & Education, and Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal among others. Her interdisciplinary scholarship is impacted by the lives of her adult students, many of whom are veterans, English language learners or have had their education interrupted by trauma or a disorienting dilemma that shapes their drive and desire to succeed. Dr. Douglass’ work is guided by a desire to develop programs where adult learners understand themselves as scholars who can make an active contribution to their discipline and community. Her interest in serving adult learners students has resulted in a robust bachelor degree completion program that is ranked #10 by U.S. News for service to veterans and active duty military.   

Jennifer Farran

Dr. Jennifer Farran is an academic advisor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. Dr. Farran has worked extensively with undergraduate adult students in her role as an academic advisor. She currently advises one of the largest majors at UCF with over 4,000 students. She earned a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in Higher Education from Florida State University. Her research interests include self-advocacy, academic advising, and examining barriers of students with disabilities.

Edith Gnanadass

Dr. Edith Gnanadass is an Assistant Professor of Higher and Adult Education at the University of Memphis. Previously, she worked at the Goodling Institute for Family Literacy and the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State. She has more than 20 years of experience in adult and higher education working with diverse populations. She has taught courses on adult education, adult and family literacy, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at the University of Memphis, Penn State, and University of Houston – Victoria. She has administered and taught in adult literacy and early childhood programs in New York City for more than 16 years. Her research interests are race and learning, Cultural Historical Activity Theory as a framework to analyze learning, DesiCrit, qualitative research, adult literacy, and inclusive online learning. She just published a book chapter on gender and feminism in distance education in the Handbook of Distance of Education.

Jane Northup

Dr. Jane Northup, Criminologist for the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory, joined the University of Rhode Island as an animal researcher in Toxicology in 1986.  She was responsible for the implementation and oversight of the toxicology research program at the College of Pharmacy.  She later transferred her professional focus to Environmental Health and Safety at URI.  As a Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer, she implemented training programs for all University personnel in Hazard Communication and Chemical Safety.  Following a ten year career in EH&S, she moved back to the College of Pharmacy as the Quality Assurance Officer and Criminalist with the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory.  That work led her to work with law enforcement officers training to become crime scene investigators, and she realized she as interested in adult education. This led to her pursuing a Master’s degree in Adult Education and later a Ph.D. in Adult Education and Higher E.  Her doctoral work focused on skill development and law enforcement officers transfer of their learning to their workplace. As an adjunct faculty member in the College of Pharmacy, Jane will continue with the educational programming conducted by the Crime Lab as a co-director of the educational program.   

David San Filippo

Dr. San Filippo is the Chair of the Human Services graduate and undergraduate programs for the College of Professional Studies & Advancement at National Louis University. He teaches courses in health care administration & management, consciousness studies, death, dying, bereavement, & near-death experiences. Dr. San Filippo earned his Ph.D. in Human Science from Saybrook University. He is a licensed mental health counselor, certified disability management specialist, and serves as the Clinical Director of BlueLine Support, a service of the Wounded Officers Initiative. Dr. San Filippo is a member of the American Board of Vocational Expert, International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, International Association of Near-Death Studies, and the National Association of Disability Representatives, and the Adult Higher Education Alliance (Past-President). Dr. San Filippo serves as a vocational expert involving workers’ compensation, personal injury, automobile, and social disability matters. He also represents disabled individuals before the Social Security Administration. Dr. San Filippo is a licensed mental health counselor, certified disability management specialist, a Florida qualified rehabilitation provider, and Quality Matters Master Peer Reviewer. Dr. San Filippo served 8 years in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman & Surgical Technician.


Thank you for being an active part of AHEA.

Dr. Jeff Aulgur
Interim Dean, College of eTech
Department Head, Department of Professional Studies
Associate Professor of Professional Studies
Arkansas Tech University
Online Learning Center
715 North El Paso, Russellville, AR 72802


Professional Studies:  479.968.0318  Direct:  479.964-3637  Fax:  479.968.0205

President, Adult Higher Education Alliance (AHEA)
Secretary, Governance Section, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)


AHEA 2019  Board of Directors Ballot