Leadership is a 

Way of Life

Leadership is a Way of Life.

Board of Directors

President: Chelsey Pings, M.Ed.

During her time at the University of Arizona, Chelsey Pings combined her interests in education and leadership by participating in Leadership Programs and working on her Master's in Education. After graduating, she worked in the non-profit sector until she realized how much she missed working with young adults directly. Chelsey's specific areas of interest include leadership develop for young adults and access to education for everyone. Chelsey currently teaches high school history in Southern Arizona and continues to find opportunities to teach young adults about what it means to be a leader.

Treasurer: Chris Pings

Chris is an Accounting Manager in the higher education industry focused on the booking of fixed capital assets and debt. He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona. He is a member of the Government Financial Officers and participates regularly as a volunteer teaching presentation methods and styles to college age participants throughout Southern Arizona. 

Secretary/Instructor: Linda Ellinor, M.A.

Linda Ellinor is a visionary leader and experienced facilitator.  She loves to convene and lead learning groups, facilitate participatory planning processes, coach leaders, and participate in conversations focused on high-stake social issues such as climate change. Linda holds a PhD (abd) in Jungian Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and MBA from Columbia University, and BS from NYU. Linda is best known for her pioneering work in training facilitators in "Dialogue" a communication practice based on the work of David Bohm. She is co-founder of The Dialogue Group and co-author of Dialogue: Rediscover the Transforming Power of Conversation, Wiley & Sons, 1998 which has been translated into 3 languages and is now available as an on-line text book. Linda's current interest include sustainability work and community building through sustainability. 

Member: Corey Seemiller, Ph.D.

Dr. Seemiller received her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Arizona and her Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. She has an extensive curricular, programmatic, and instructional background in leadership and social justice with youth, college student populations, community members, non-profit organizations, military, and education professionals. In addition to serving in administrative roles in higher education, Dr. Seemiller is a dedicated scholar publishing and presenting nationally and internationally on leadership. She is the author of The Student Leadership Competencies Guidebook to help college educators develop intentional curriculum that enhances leadership competency development for students. She also designed pre-set evaluation measurements for each leadership competency that can be used to assess student leadership competency acquisition and development. The book and evaluation measurements are available through Jossey-Bass. Dr. Seemiller served as the Director of Leadership Programs at the University of Arizona for more than 12 years and the Director of Research & Assessment for OrgSync, Inc., an organization management platform for collegiate leadership and involvement. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Organizational Leadership at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Seemiller serves in an advisory capacity as needed for the organization.

Member:  Miguel A Acero

A Phoenix native, Miguel has made Tucson his second home for the past nine years. He received his undergraduate degree in Sociology and Leadership Studies from the University of Arizona and was heavily involved with extracurricular activities during his time there. Many of these activities included serving in dental clinics, helping with youth programs, and traveling around the world for leadership conferences. Miguel was also known for his involvement in Greek life were he served in various capacities and was recognized as the Greek Man of the Year in 2012. He enjoys working in the realm of organizational leadership, leadership development for youth, and empowering individuals to achieve their greatest potential. Currently, Miguel is a middle school teacher and finds any opportunity to assist individuals in their leadership journey.

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