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
University of Kentucky
President Elect – Alan Rucker
Morehead State University
Greetings, KAHO! I am thrilled to serve the housing staff members of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as the President-elect. Currently, I serve as the Director of Housing & Residence Education at Morehead State University. Prior to that, 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
University of Kentucky
I am currently the Associate Director of Residential Operations at the University of Kentucky. I oversees 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 – position available
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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.
Treasurer – Jarayon Jackson
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
Northern Kentucky University
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 – Colleen Arnett