President - Dr. Sharon Emerson-Stonnell
Dr. Emerson-Stonnell is a mathematics professor at Longwood University. She has served as chapter advisor there for 20 years. Dr. Emerson-Stonnell has also served as an ALD Professional Member-at-Large and Vice President for Finance & Long Range Planning. She has many great memories with Alpha Lambda Delta, which greatly contributed to her running for National President.
Originally from Port Lavaca, Texas (a small shrimping town), Dr. Emerson-Stonnell now lives in Farmville, Virginia. In her spare time, she loves visiting her grandchildren and gardening - in fact, most of the food she eats in the summer comes from her garden. The best advice she has ever received was "Never give up. Hard work and dedication will overcome almost anything."
Vice President for Finance & Long Range Planning - Deborah Manzanares
Deborah Manzanares is a senior lecturer in Spanish at Baylor University. She has served as chapter advisor at Baylor since she resurrected the chapter in 2006. She loves working with the ALD students, as well as the officers, and watching them grow and mature in their leadership abilities.
Originally from Plainfield, Indiana, Manzanares now lives in Waco, Texas. In her spare time, she likes to bake, read, do crafts, and spend time with her family. Speaking of her family - she comes from an ALD family! Her husband co-advises the chapter, her son was on the National Council, and her daughter started an ALD chapter. The best advice she has ever received was "if there's not a big effort, it won't be a big success."
Vice President for Chapter Relations - Lisa Ruch
Lisa Ruch is the Director of Academic Affairs for the Honors College at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Ruch was inducted into ALD as a freshman in 1980 and has served as advisor at IUPUI since 1998. Her favorite ALD memory was the 90th Anniversary Celebration in Chicago, IL... and smashing a cream pie on the head of her former fellow National Council member, Butch Hill.
From Mulberry, Indiana, Ruch now lives in Mooresville, Indiana. In her spare time, she likes to hang out with her dogs (Daisy and Charlie), go shopping, and travel. The best advice she ever received was not to judge anyone unless you've walked in their shoes. And even then, don't judge - just empathize.
Professional Member-at-Large - Dr. Karlea Brunelle-Joiner
Dr. Karlea Brunelle-Joiner is the Associate Dean of Student Engagement and Success at Saint Anselm College. Dr. Brunelle-Joiner's ALD chapter is in it's fourth year, but she's been familiar with ALD since the late 1990s when she worked at Western New England College (now University). Her best ALD memory was receiving the news about their first scholarship recipient.
From a small city outside Burlington, Vermont, Dr. Brunelle-Joiner enjoys spending time with her teenage sons, reading a good book, going to the movies, going to the beach, and playing tennis. The best advice she ever received was "Relax, God is in control."
Professional Member-at-Large - Tracy Hart
Tracy Hart is a Lecturer II in First Year Programs at Northern Kentucky University, and is the only full-time instructor to teach Orientation to College and Beyond. Hart has been with ALD since 2012 when she helped reactive their chapter. Her favorite ALD memory was her chapter's service project with St. Vincent de Paul, where they helped them prep a new store for opening.
Originally from Decatur, Illinois, Hart now lives outside Cincinnati, OH. In her spare time, she hangs out at coffee shops, writes, and goes to the gym. The best advice she's ever been given was that there is a time and a place for everything.
Professional Member-at-Large - Dr. Edna Steele
Dr. Edna Steele is a biology professor at Converse College, teaching Zoology, Anatomy, Medical Terminology, Principles of Biology, Research Methods, and Biology Seminar. Dr. Steele has been with ALD since the Spring of 2005. Her best ALD memory was working with awesome people during the National Council meeting in New Orleans last June 2018.
Born in the Philippines, Dr. Steele now calls Cowpens, South Carolina home. In her spare time, she loves to garden (and she's REALLY good at it!). The best piece of advice she ever received was to respond to criticism with an open mind. No matter how hurtful a criticism may be, you may find something good in it that can forever change and improve your life.
Professional Member-at-Large - Bradley Taylor
Bradley Taylor is a Success Coach for first year students at High Point University. Taylor became chapter advisor in the spring of 2016. His best ALD memory is always the amazing view from the stage at their annual induction ceremony. It is heartwarming for him to see the amazing students and scholars in the audience who are being inducted, consider what they have accomplished during their first year, and to consider what extraordinary things that lie ahead for them.
Taylor lives in Clemmons, North Carolina and was a graduate of the institution where he now works. In his spare time, Taylor is an active member of the Boy Scouts of America (has been for 20 years), and he regularly volunteers as an adult volunteer in various levels locally, regionally, and nationally. The best advice he ever received was to have passion in everything you do and it will never seem like work, but fun!
Student Member-at-Large - Mallory McConathy
Mallory McConathy is a biology major at Northwestern State University. She was inducted into ALD on April 10, 2016. She enjoys bringing the student voice to the National Council and helping to make positive decisions to improve the student experience. McConathy's best ALD memory was serving as the mediator for the large group ice breaker at the National Leadership Conference in Phoenix.
McConathy's hometown is Stonewall, Louisiana, and she attends school in Natchitoches, Louisiana. In her spare time, she likes to bake chocolate chip cookies and hide away to the couch for a good movie (like The Notebook). The best advice she's been given is don't find excuses, find a way.
Student Member-at-Large - Abiral Pandey
Abiral Pandey is a finance major at George Mason University. He was inducted into ALD on April 1, 2017. Pandey has held various leadership roles in his ALD chapter, such as Treasurer and Senior Advisor. His best ALD memory is the National Leadership Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, Pandey attends school in Fairfax, Virginia. In his spare time, Pandey likes to play tennis and chess, and hang out with friends. His favorite quote is "Believe you can and you're halfway there," by Theodore Roosevelt.