Professional Development and Training

The Professional Development and Training Committee provides professional development opportunities for entry level, mid level and upper level professionals in the association on topics of business/financial administration, residence life, food service, facilities management, and central administration.


The purpose of the Professional Development and Training committee is to design, implement and review a comprehensive professional development curriculum through annual conference programs and other sponsored venues.


  • To maintain the Professional Development Curriculum which reflects association mission, values, and goals.
  • To provide training opportunities for all level professionals in the major functional areas of college and university housing: residence life, business/financial management, facility management, food management, and central administration. Educate and offer resources in areas of recruitment and retention of the housing profession.
  • To foster personal and professional development to professionals of all levels.
  • Solicit and sponsor two keynote speakers.
  • Host annual Case Study competition for entry level professionals.
  • Solicit and provide four webinars throughout the year
  • Communicate information to the membership through regular submissions to the magazine, website, et al.

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2016 PD&T Committee Members:

  • Hannah Bendroth, Minnesota State University - Mankato, Committee Chair
  • Bonny Sucherman - Lawrence University
  • Evan Knoespel - Iowa State University
  • Holly Gerke - Kansas State University
  • John Wachal - University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Katrina Wheeler-Floyd - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kenney White - University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • Mandy Rae Fairbrother - Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Megan Nemec - University of Kansas
  • Nicole Wilburn - Missouri State University
  • Sara Bowlin - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MJ Stewart - Bemidji State

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