Your Kentucky Association of Housing Officers Governing Council provides leadership and oversight of the Commonwealth’s association for housing professionals to advance the organization, the members, their institutions, and the profession.
The current KAHO Governing Council:
President – Justin Leibowitz
University of Louisville
My name is Justin Leibowitz, and I am pleased to serve as the President of KAHO after completing part of a term as the President-Elect. I am the Associate Director of Residential Life at the University of Louisville, and have been at UofL since February 2016. Prior to that, I worked at New Mexico State University, the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and Denison University. I earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Denison University, a master’s degree in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Northeastern University. I am currently completing his PhD in college student personnel at UofL. Some my interests and hobbies include hiking with my partner and our dog, enjoying good food, and traveling.
As President, my goals include (1) supporting our EKU colleagues to have an excellent KAHO 2020, (2) encouraging excellent KAHO attendance at SEAHO 2020, (3) identifying a list of statewide benchmarking topics, and (4) finalize KAHO’s mission, vision, and values for approval at KAHO 2020. I look forward to benefiting from the knowledge, perspective, and passion found within our commonwealth.
President Elect – Casey Quickel
University of Kentucky
Colonel – Steve Stauffer
University of Kentucky
Treasurer – Jarayon Jackson
University of Louisville
Greetings! I am Jarayon Jackson, the new treasurer for KAHO. I am from Lithonia, Georgia, and I hold a southern belle spirit with special interests in reading, puzzles, eating, dancing, and bringing happiness to old and new friends. After graduating from Spelman College with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Management Organization, I continued my education at Middle Tennessee State University where I received my M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision with a concentration in Higher Education. Shortly after graduating, I began my Higher Education career in housing working with diverse student populations of all classifications. For four years, I worked as a hall director and area coordinator with additional tasks in student conduct, student activities, orientation, and First Year Experience instruction. As my interest grew in housing, I transitioned to the University of Louisville as the Assistant Director of Summer Operations (ADSO). As the current ADSO, I work with summer and year-round camps, conferences, and short term housing logistics. As treasurer for KAHO, I look forward to not only managing the financial assets and liabilities of this association, but also creating ways of potential fundraising and partnerships. With money and partnerships coming in, the association is bound to have more opportunities to connect, network, and share the educational resources needed throughout the Kentucky region.
Small School Rep: Brian Daniel
My name is Brian Daniel and I am excited to serve as the Small School Representative for KAHO. I received my B.A. in Elementary Education and Community and Justice Studies in 2011 from Guilford College, and earned my M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration in 2013 from Old Dominion University. I am currently a doctoral student in the Higher Education Administration program at the University of West Georgia. I have worked at small colleges since I began my higher education journey in 2011, which included experiences at: Virginia Wesleyan College in Virginia Beach, VA, Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, and Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. I am currently in my third year at Centre College serving as the Director of Residence Life. I have a passion for working at small institutions. I look forward to connecting Residence Life professionals who work at small schools from around the Commonwealth with one another through this leadership role. Please don’t ever hesitate to let me know how I can help advocate for our friends who are working at small schools in Kentucky! While I am not working, I enjoy coaching, playing, and watching basketball as well as keeping up with my two cats!
SEAHO Rep – Aaron Roberts
Greetings! I serve as Spalding University’s Director of Residence Life in downtown Louisville. A seven-year small school veteran, my campus and association accomplishments include: Graduating from the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers 2018 Regional Entry Level Institute, presenting at SEAHO 2019 and the Kentucky Association of Housing Officers 2018 and 2019 state conferences, and providing on-campus living access to students who could not afford this benefit through the Housing Service Scholarship. This student idea blossomed toward a $38,000 collaborative initiative providing ten students with an annual 50% room and board discount and a leadership role within our hall council.
As a Kentucky native, I received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Georgetown College and a Master of Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville. More importantly, I married my high school sweetheart Jessica ten years ago and we share three beautiful children. When I am not spending time with Team Roberts or practicing a rock climbing hack my horrendous dancing gets me into trouble at weddings and social gatherings. This tragedy means I will never be a hipster and featured in Portlandia.
For KAHO, I will leverage our voice toward thinking and action. In thinking, I will advocate with our state and regional governing councils toward producing scholarship accelerating organizational and student success. Concerning action, I will link the regional goals with our Commonwealth’s association. Taken together, this influence seeks improving effectiveness for our departments and – as a result – our student outcomes.
Graduate Student Rep – Kenzie Hall
Northern Kentucky University
My name is Kenzie Hall and I am excited to be involved with KAHO for the coming year as the Graduate Representative. I am currently a Graduate Assistant Hall Director at Northern Kentucky University. I completed my B.A. in Psychology at Transylvania University where I was an RA for two years and supervised a staff of RA’s in my senior year. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology while at NKU. When I am not working or studying, I enjoy trivia, spending time with my dog, Maggie, and watching Netflix.
As the Graduate Representative I have a two goals: to get more graduate student involvement in KAHO and offer learning and development opportunities for those graduates interested in pursuing a career in housing.
Secretary – Chase Coleman
University of Louisville
My name is Chase Coleman and I am excited to be your Secretary for KAHO! I am new to the state of Kentucky and I currently work as a Hall Director at the University of Louisville. Before becoming a Hall Director, I completed my B.A. in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and my M.Ed. in Counselor Education at Clemson University. While in grad school, I worked closely with faculty to explore toxic masculinity and also completed research working with student veterans to explore the role that dedicated spaces play on sense of belonging. While not working, I enjoy making cold brew, listening to Dungeons & Dragons podcasts, and spending time with my cat, Astro. As your secretary, I have two goals: I want to bring major updates to the KAHO website and I want to find ways to better connect general body members across the state. I look forward to the next two years!