Association for the Study of Higher Education

9450 SW Gemini Drive PMB 88737
Beaverton, Oregon 97008-7105
Phone: (202) 660-4106

Jason P. Guilbeau, PhD, CAE 
Executive Director

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Jason works from the lands of the Chitimacha. While Jason grew up on these lands, as with most places, there wasn't formal learning about the lands or the Chitimacha people. Jason is continuing to dive into his learning and is inspired by the continued connections to land and water that the Chitimacha have and continue to uphold.

Jason continues to be energized by ASHE members on a daily basis. Since his appointment as the Association's Executive Director in 2019, Jason has led the Association through the COVID-19 Pandemic, two strategic plans, and the continued evolution toward the Association's 50th anniversary year in 2025. Jason first attended ASHE in 2017, then presented findings from a co-edited book in 2018 at the CPPHE Pre-Con and later his dissertation work and findings in 2019. Jason is motivated each year by the homecoming which is the ASHE General Conference, with the opportunity to connect with colleagues and make new friends and connections. While the ASHE General Conference is a mix of work and fun, Jason also enjoys meeting with members at the ACPA Annual Convention, Council for the Study of Community Colleges Conference, and AERA Annual Meetings where he has a bit more free time to connect!

As a first-generation high school graduate from a rural, working-class Louisiana family, Jason is not only committed to the transformational power of education but is an example of it. Within various roles and unique experiences in academia, student life, and alumni affairs coupled with leadership in non-profit and association management, Jason possesses a powerful and versatile skill set. This is further complemented by his doctorate in higher education with a focus on public policy from Florida State University, a perfect marriage of his master’s degree in student affairs administration from Texas A&M University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Louisiana. Jason has garnered philanthropic support of more than $1 million, managed thousands of volunteers, and executed events ranging from five to 5,000 attendees. In 2021, Jason was recognized with the FSU College of Education young alumni award, the Trailblazer Award.

Jason serves on the ASAE: Center for Association Leadership Ethics Committee and previously served on the ASAE Small Staff Advisory Committee. In 2020, he earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. The CAE Program serves to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who have acquired and demonstrated knowledge essential to the practice of association management. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

If you're ever in a virtual meeting with Jason, there's a high likelihood you'll see Fancy, his adopted three-year-old cat.

Read the press release "ASHE Board of Directors announces Guilbeau as Executive Director"

Alicia Castillo Shrestha, MEd
Assistant Director, Conference and Events

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Alicia resides on the traditional homelands of the Myaamia and Shawnee people, which is currently SW Ohio. Joining the ASHE team as the Assistant Director of Conference and Events is a culmination of Alicia’s many years of experience in higher education at various institutions and in a variety of departments. Alicia started her career at Washington State University, where she began as an advisor for underrepresented students within Student Affairs, and was eventually tapped to direct a grant program for first generation students. While at WSU, Alicia earned her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration while working full time.

From there, Alicia worked in career services at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, where she worked up to the role of Associate Director for Career Development, supporting both undergraduate and graduate students. Most recently, Alicia combined her experiences in student support and development at Miami University, where she served as a Global Initiatives Coordinator, teaching an undergraduate diversity seminar, spearheading the development of a certificate credential in global readiness and overseeing a variety of departmental programming initiatives around intercultural development.

Alicia is committed to lifelong learning and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Instructional Design and Education Technology from Miami University. She is excited to apply what she is learning to this new role with ASHE, in addition to drawing from her undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon.

Alicia is proud to be a part of an association that is built on scholarly work, draws strength from diversity and inclusion, while building a community of support for educators, practitioners and policymakers. When she’s not working, Alicia loves listening to music, podcasts and spending time with her family. With three young children, Alicia can often be found acting out the latest Disney movies, pitching a baseball in the backyard, or sneaking away for a movie date with her partner, Tri.

Brianté M. Meeks, BS
Administrative Assistant

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Brianté is privileged to work on the Indigenous lands of the Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Cowlitz, Kalapuya, and the Confederate Tribes of Grand Ronde and Siletz Indians in what is contemporarily known as Oregon. Brianté is attracted to and encouraged by ASHE's progressive and actionable culture of inclusivity and diversity.

Brianté has worked in the higher education administration environment since 2018 and recently received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University. Brianté has a heart for helping and is committed to research and higher education accessibility. Brianté prioritizes the things that matter most: her talkative dog who has a big personality, friends, and spending time in the beautiful natural areas of the Pacific North West and nearby ocean.

Erin M. Satterwhite-David, MS
Membership Coordinator

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Erin currently works and resides on the Indigenous lands of the Shawnee, Potawatomi, Delaware, Miami, Peoria, Wyandotte, Ojibwe, and Cherokee peoples. She is extremely excited to enhance the membership experience and advance the strategic mission of ASHE. She earned her M.S. in Higher Education at Florida State University and a B.S. in Communication Public Relations from East Carolina University.

Erin is proud to be a member of the Nu Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and previously served as Vice Chair for the ASHE Graduate Travel Scholarship committee. Beyond the association, Erin loves singing, reading new leisure books, and hanging out with her partner Avi and their dog Artemis while watching Youtube!

Naomi Rodriguez, MA
Communications Coordinator

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Naomi currently works from the Kanza great plains territory that is the native homeland of the Kaw, Osage, Pawnee, and Wichita and the nomadic tribes of the Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, and Arapaho. She is excited about working with and supporting ASHE as a professional association orientated towards advancing equitable and inclusive research about the evolving function and role of higher education and academia. With many personal and professional experiences that emphasized the importance and value of association work to lifelong career development, Naomi is thrilled to extend servant leadership to the role of Communications Coordinator.

A Los Angeles native born and raised, she also represents part of the vibrant demographics of Latine graduates across post-secondary education, proudly holding an M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a B.A. in Graphic Design from California State University-Northridge. When not working, Naomi enjoys cooking as a home chef, dreaming of her next Disney vacation, and appreciating her family and friends.