Meet the New Region VIII Leadership Team


As all 15 of ACUI’s current regions prepare to celebrate their history at the upcoming 2013 regional conferences, we are pleased announce the new Regional Leadership Team for Region VIII.These volunteers will work with the regional director, Brenda Evans, University of Massachusetts–Lowell, to provide oversight and leadership to the work of the new region.
Selected through an application and interview process, the team for your region is:

  • Student Regional Director — Justin Towner, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
  • Business Manager — Kim Schwarz, University of Connecticut
  • Communications Coordinator — Tiffany Moffo Simpson, Central Connecticut State University
  • Web and Social Media Coordinator — Tim St. John, University of New England
  • Corporate Partnerships Coordinator — Amy C. Liss, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
  • Inclusivity Coordinator — Joanne Rafferty, Wesleyan University
  • Membership Coordinator — Tasha Baclawski, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
  • Volunteer Coordinator — Laura DaRos, Tufts University
  • Awards and Scholarships Coordinator — Maria Santilli, Central Connecticut State University
  • 2014 Regional Conference Coordinator — Melissa Paradee, Castleton State College
  • 2015 Regional Conference Coordinator — Brett Gagnon, University of New Hampshire
  • Educational Programs Coordinator — Joel Pettigrew, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Online Learning Coordinator — Erin Morrell, Albertus Magnus College

Rosters for all eight new regions are available here.
With the new regions launching on Jan. 1, 2014, all eight Regional Leadership Teams will begin their planning over the next few months to prepare. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of your region’s team, and be on the lookout for additional ways to connect with ACUI.


Congrats to our Regional Director


ACUI is pleased to announce the results of the Region VIII Regional Director election:

Region VIII Director
Brenda Evans


University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Two-year term

An overview of the results in this year’s regional election can be found here. 

Congratulations to Brenda!

Regional Director Elections


Regional Director Ballots Announced

The Association of College Unions International is pleased to announce that voting is now open for the regional director positions in the newly formed eight regions. The slate of candidates for all regions can be viewed from (choose “Voting Center”).

As of Jan. 1, 2014, Region I become Region VIII.

Please take a moment to VOTE HERE

While the existing 15-region structure will remain through the end of the year, for these elections, members will vote for candidates who will represent the newly formed eight regions. The newly elected regional directors will begin their work in July to plan for 2014. The current regional directors and Regional Leadership Teams will remain active until the end of 2013. Information about the regional restructuring can be found at

Members can now view candidate profiles and vote online. Voting concludes May 3 at 11 p.m. Eastern. The individual with the most votes in each region will win the regional director position.

You must have an ACUI website username and password to access this information. If you do not have a login, go here. Visit this page if you have forgotten your username and password.

We have asked the candidates not to campaign on their behalf, and we ask the same of you. Once you have read the candidate statements, you are welcome to contact any candidate and ask any clarifying questions to help you determine for whom you will vote.

Other Regional Restructuring Updates

  • 2014 and 2015 regional conference requests for proposals and applications will be available April 30.
  • Regional Leadership Team applications will be available June 4.

If you have any trouble accessing this information, please contact the ACUI Central Office at 812.245.ACUI (812.245.2284) or