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 – Alan Rucker, Ed.D. (he/him/his)

Director of Housing & Residence Education, Morehead State University

Dr. Alan Rucker serves housing professionals across the state as the current President of KAHO. A student affairs professional for nearly 20 years, Rucker has a lengthy track record of administrative leadership for various functional units and differing types of institutions. Currently serving as the Director of Housing & Residence Education at Morehead State University, he has also served at the University of Maryland, Lynchburg University, and Ball State University.

Alan obtained his doctoral degree in adult and higher education from the Ernst and Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education at Morehead State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology, also at MSU. He earned both a master’s degree in student affairs administration in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and promotion from Ball State University. He has received numerous honors and awards, including Ball State University’s Graduate of the Last Decade, the inaugural KAHO Unbridled Spirit Award, the KAHO Ruth Ann Howard Service Award, and is a commissioned Kentucky Colonel.

Alan is originally from Louisville, one of three children, and is a first-generation college student. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, is a voracious reader and college athletics fan, and continually confirms good boy status to his golden retriever, Lancer.

President Elect – Colleen Arnett (she/her/hers)

Coordinator of Operations- Bellarmine University

Originally from Fort Belvoire, Virginia, Colleen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a Master of Arts degree in higher education administration from Boston College. 

Prior to joining the Bellarmine community in 2018, Colleen served for three and a half years as the Coordinator of Student Activities at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, with responsibility for orientation week, registered student organizations, student wellness initiatives, and special events. Her career also includes five years in the Residential Life Collegium at Berea College; and she’s held professional roles in student conduct, student leadership development, Greek affairs, and academic success. 

A proud alumna of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Colleen currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Phi Sigma Pi Foundation. She is both a yoga practitioner and an RYT 200 yoga teacher; and her hobbies include crafting, being outdoors, reading and traveling. 

Colleen and her husband share their home with a sweet cat named Cala and a boisterous young Labrador retriever named Ellie. 

Colonel – Casey Quickel (she/her/hers)

Associate Director of Student Housing- Morehead State University

I am excited to continue to serve KAHO in the role of Colonel. In the past, Casey has served as the Secretary, Treasurer, President- Elect, and President. The moment she is most proud of with KAHO was getting an amendment passed to change all language within the constitution to be gender neutral.

She spent the last six years in various roles at the University of Kentucky. She is currently the Associate Director of Student Housing at Morehead State University. Casey is excited to continue serving students at MSU in her new role. 

Originally from Ephrata, Pennsylvania she has her Bachelor of Art from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and her Master of Education from Salisbury University of Maryland. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Health Promotion from the University of Kentucky. She recently passed her qualifying exams, so she is officially a doctoral candidate. YAY! 

In her spare time, you can find her reading, watching sports, hanging out with her two cats (Mamo and Odie), or volunteering at the nearest farm animal sanctuary. 

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

I’m excited to continue to serve on the Governing Council for an additional term as your SEAHO state representative to encourage involvement within our professional regional association and support from SEAHO to KAHO.  Prior to joining the Bellarmine University Housing staff 6 years ago, I worked at Western Kentucky University for 8 years in Enrollment Management working on university wide retention initiatives and progressively within the Department of Housing and Residence Life.  I am originally from southern Illinois near the St. Louis area where I earned my Bachelors in Business Administration and Marketing before moving to Kentucky and finding my new home personally and professionally within the Commonwealth.  At WKU, I earned both my Maters of Education in Student Affairs and my Master of Public Administration before moving to Bellarmine University and earning my PhD in Leadership in Higher Education, focusing on women’s career progression in Student Affairs.

I look forward to connecting with new and old friends as we strengthen our KAHO experience to continue to support our professionals in the Commonwealth. 

Treasurer – Jacob Smith (he/him/his)

Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life- Bellarmine University

Hello! I am excited to serve as a member of the Governing Council of KAHO in the role of Treasurer. I’m originally from Benton, KY and I attended Murray State University where I received a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel/Higher Education Administration. After graduating with my degrees, my first professional position was at the University of Kentucky where I worked for five years, serving as one of the last Hall Directors of Kirwan Tower and the first Hall Director of the newly re-built Haggin Hall. In 2018 I transitioned out of the KAHO region and worked as an Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. In the fall of 2021, I returned back to the bluegrass state where I now serve as the Associate Director for Housing & Residence Life at Bellarmine University.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife Heather and our dog Willett, or playing video games, photography, baking, or homebrewing.

Graduate Student Rep – Priscilla Calvo (she/her/hers)

University of Louisville

My name is Priscilla Calvo, I am originally from Costa Rica. I moved to the US in the Fall of 2019 to pursue my Masters in Sport Administration. I am currently working as a Graduate Hall Director at the University of Louisville, and I am in the second year of the Counseling and Personnel Services Master of Education program. Prior to working with Residence Experience, I was part of the UofL Student Activities Center staff, where I helped with the Welcome Week and Family Weekend programming.

This semester, I am also serving as one of the instructors for our first-year students’ seminars at UofL.

I love working out, traveling, dancing, and reading. I am mom of a dog and a cat. When I’m not at an event on UofL campus, I am somewhere judging a cheerleading competition.

I am very excited to serve as the Graduate Assistant representative in KAHO and help create learning opportunities for our student leaders to develop professionally.

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