Governing Council

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. See the profiles below to learn more about the people that serve you!

President – Casey Quickel (she/her/hers)

University of Kentucky

President Elect – Alan Rucker (he/him/his)

Director of Housing & Residence Education, Morehead State University

Greetings, KAHO! I am thrilled to serve the housing staff members of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as the President-elect. Prior to my current role, I spent the first decade of my higher education career at University of Maryland, College Park in numerous capacities in both housing and transportation services. I have seen first-hand the benefit and transformative power of an active and committed state council and am looking forward to continuing to build on the achievements and legacies of prior councils and leadership. Ultimately, our organization can only be as strong as we, the collevtive members, make it. So let’s make it an excellent one!

Originally from the Louisville metro, I received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration, both from Ball State University. I have also earned a Master of Business Administration from Morehead State and will complete my Doctor of Education degree from MSU in the Spring of 2021.

In whatever limited free time comes my way, you can catch me at an MSU event, watching whatever sport may be in season (Go Cubs!), or just hanging out with my golden retriever Theo and confirming his good boy status frequently.

Colonel – Steve Stauffer (he/him/his)

Associate Director of Residential Operations, University of Kentucky

In my current role,  I oversee departmental operations, supervising staff members in the areas of risk management, student conduct and student staff selection.  In addition, I directly oversee the full-time staff selection process.  I co-chair the Housing Operations committee, serve as a member of the Housing & Dining Marketing committee, and coordinate departmental marketing efforts and website updates.  I help coordinate new staff orientation and various presentations throughout staff training.  Previously, I also served as an Area Coordinator and Assistant Director at the University of Kentucky.

Prior to working at UK, I worked as Hall Director and Area Coordinator at Eastern Kentucky University as well as an undergraduate Resident Assistant at Transylvania University.  I have served KAHO in a variety of roles, including conference host, SEAHO State Representative, and President, and I look forward to aiding the current Governing Council and provide insight to move the organization forward. 

My lovely wife April and I have two sons, Caleb (6th grade) and Samuel (4th grade), who are in the Spanish Immersion Program in Lexington. 

Small School Representative – Kevin Reese (he/him/his)

Director of Residence Life, Centre College

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Kevin is a proud graduate of Kentucky State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and a graduate of North Park University with a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration. He is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Higher Education Administration program at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Prior to his current role, Kevin served as a Program Coordinator in the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS) at The University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Because of his previous work in Diversity and Inclusion, Kevin was awarded the 2019 Inspiring Excellence through Inclusion Award presented by The Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at The University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Kevin is the founder of The Vision of Excellence Scholarship Program geared to African American males graduating from high school and attending college for the first time, and the Founder of Soul II Sole Line Dancers, a soul line dance group. He is also a 2018 graduate of The Leadership Lincoln Advocates Program and immediate past Vice President of the Kentucky State University National Alumni Association. In March 2020, Kevin was named to the Kentucky State University National Alumni Association Inaugural 40 Under 40 Society which recognizes and celebrates the personal, civic and professional achievements of alumni under 40.

He is a proud financial and active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and a charter member and Vice President of the Rho Upsilon Sigma Alumni Chapter. Some of his hobbies include acting, reading, traveling, line dancing and karaoke.

He lives by the motto that in whatever you do that you strive to be excellent without excuse!

SEAHO Rep – Lindsey Gilmore, PhD (she/her/hers)

Director of Housing & Residence Life, Bellarmine University

Treasurer – Jarayon Jackson (she/her/hers)

Assistant Director of Summer Operations, University of Louisville

Greetings! 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.

Graduate Student Rep – Kenzie Hall (she/her/hers)

Northern Kentucky University

I am excited to be involved with KAHO for the coming year as the Graduate Representative.  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 – Colleen Arnett (she/her/hers)

Coordinator of Operations, Bellarmine University

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