Leadership Development Institute

Started in 2012, WACAC’s Leadership Development Institute (LDI) is designed to develop emerging leaders on the post-secondary side. Participants serve in a middle management position (4+ years of experience preferred) and are nominated by their Dean or Director. LDI is a yearlong commitment during which participants attend a two day workshop in January and are paired with a mentor. That mentoring relationship continues throughout the year with additional meetings during the WACAC and NACAC conferences. The expectation is that once a person goes through the LDI, they will commit to some leadership role within WACAC.

We are thrilled to host LDI once again January 27-28, 2023 in Claremont, California. Many thanks to Scripps College and Claremont McKenna for hosting our group. Nominations are now open and are due by November 28. Please click here to submit the nomination form.

If you have any questions, please contact Elena Wong.

Class of 2020


Robin Hamilton, Occidental College
Amanda Hottinger, Texas Christian University (regional)
Stefan Montouth, UC Berkeley
Jon Rice, University of San Francisco
Yaneli Ruiz, Claremont McKenna College
Brittany Slaughter, Elon University (regional)
Jai Ulrich, Whittier College
Connie Wu, UC Los Angeles 


Cuca Acosta, UC Santa Barbara
Raissa Diamante, Harvey Mudd College
Becky Chassin, University of Southern California
Brian O’Rourke, Mt. St. Mary’s University
Adam Sapp, Pomona College
Corinne Schell, Marist College
Carin Smith, DePaul University
Belinda Sandoval, University of Redlands 

Class of 2019


Tina Brooks, Pomona College
Brennan Burnett, University of California, Los Angeles
Jamie Groff, University of Redlands
David Mills, Arizona State University (regional)
Megan Poston, Whittier College
Tyler Rose Veguez, University of Southern California
Maureen Ruiz-Sundstorm, Harvey Mudd College


Chris Ferguson, Associate Vice President, Occidental College, 
Erika Yamasaki, Director of Admission, Mount Saint Mary’s University
Falone Serna, Director of Admission, Pepperdine University
Mike Devlin, Director of Admission, Stanford University  
Phil Moreno, Regional Director of Admissions, Dickinson College  
April Crabtree, Assistant Vice President, University of San Francisco 
Jennifer Sandoval-Dancs, Assistant Vice President, Claremont McKenna College 

Class of 2018


Esperanza Bernal, UC Berkeley
Marie Bury, Chapman University
Annie Frizzell Mills, DePaul University (regional)
Marcus Mason-Vivit, University of San Francisco
Alex Ruiz, UC Riverside
Morgan Volkart, Lehigh University (regional)
Mike Walden, Pomona College

Mike Drish, UCLA
Michael Elgarico, Cal Lutheran
Robynne Lofton, Mills College
Kieron Miller, Whittier College
Dan Nannini, Santa Monica College
Lisa Rhone, University of Southern California
Laura Stratton, Scripps College