Board of Directors
Katrina Caldwell, PhD
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Diversity and Equity
Katrina Myers Caldwell has 20+ years of experience in higher education. She has served in various positions including Director of Assessment at East-West University, Assistant Dean of Minority Affairs and Director of the McNair Scholars Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Director of Adult Student Affairs and the Center for Intercultural Programs at DePaul University.
In her current role as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Northern Illinois University, Dr. Caldwell is primarily responsible for the Latino Resource Center, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Asian American Center, Center for Black Studies, Off-Campus Non-Traditional Student Services, Military Student Services and Career Services.
She received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Spelman College and her masters and doctorate in English Literature from UIC. She was a 2011 recipient of Diversity/MBA Magazine’s Top 100 under 50 Emerging and Executive Leaders Award and a 2012 Who’s Who in Black Chicago honoree.
Felicia R. Bohanon
Director, Office of Precollegiate Programs
Director of Finance
Felicia R. Bohanon began working at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 1995 where she currently serves as Director of the Office of Precollegiate Programs. She has devoted her career to assisting middle and high school students in their preparation for post-secondary matriculation and first year student college success. Felicia is Executive Director of Bohanon Education, Evaluation & Grant Writing Services. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education (ICBCHE) and Chairs NIU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities (PCSM). Felicia serves as Treasurer for American College Personnel Association Foundation Board and State of Illinois Treasurer for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Felicia earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Notre Dame and her master’s degree at Indiana University. She is completing her doctorate at NIU. Felicia is a member of the Apostolic Church of God’s Sanctuary Choir and Facilitators and Grant Writers Ministry.
Danielle Lynne Burke
Assistant Director, Residence Life, Elmhurst College
Director of Records and Recognition
Danielle Lynne Burke is the Assistant Director for Programming and Education in the Office of Residence Life at Elmhurst College. She completed her undergraduate degree at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina and went on to obtain her Masters of Education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Upon graduation she moved to Chicago, Illinois where she has spent her professional career. While working in Chicagoland, Danielle has been heavily involved in the Chicago Area Student and Campus Housing Association, currently serving as President.
Assistant Professor, Counseling and Student Development
For the past four years Diane has served as a faculty member at Eastern Illinois University in the College Student Affairs program. Her main research interest areas include the development of undergraduate and graduate students, the pre-enrollment perspective of the residential experience, assessment, and reflective practice. Prior to working at Eastern Illinois University, Diane worked at different institutions around the Midwest and Southeast for over 15 years. She completed her doctorate in College Student Affairs Administration at the University of Georgia.
Associate Director of Student Engagement, National Louis University
Director of Events
Jose is the primary advisor for NLU’s registered student organizations. In addition, he oversees the yearly student awards recognition program, assists with the administration of the CTA UPASS program, and co-coordinates NLU’s commencement ceremony. Jose supervises several departmental student assistants and student interns within the NLU Student Center. Also, he volunteers as the Director of Events for the Illinois College Personnel Association and is the Greek Liaison for the Latin Network within the American College Personnel Association. Prior to NLU, Jose worked at Illinois State University and Ball State University in areas of residence life and student life. He received a B.S. degree in Law Enforcement from Western Illinois University and obtained an M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from Ball State University.
Transfer Specialist, Governors State University
Director of Communications
Kyrié Kirkland currently works as a Transfer Specialist for Governors State University Dual Degree Program. In her current role, Kyrié advises community college students in Chicago’s South Suburbs as they make the transition from the 2-year to 4-year institution. Kyrié holds a Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Classical Civilizations from the University of Illinois – Chicago. She is currently making progress towards her MBA at Governors State University.