Date and Time

Tuesday, October 17
8:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m. (local time)


Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

State-based Issues

Global Citizenship (NASSP Student Leadership Initiative)
Service is the cornerstone of the National Honor Societies, in particular, an awareness of, concern for, and involvement in the well-being and success of others. In this session, participants will discuss global citizenship and their potential impact in schools, communities, and ultimately the world.

Improving Learning Environments
Schools remain central to a competitive workforce and productive communities. In this session, participants will discuss ways in which schools might be modernized to provide 21st-century learning environments.

Operation: Conservation
Municipalities across the country and around the world have seen even greater strain on natural resources as climate change as well as urban development and renewal transform the terrain. Participants will learn about various strategies to improve conservation efforts in homes, schools, and larger communities.


8:00-8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:55-9:35 a.m. Opening Session
9:55-11:10 a.m. Student Workshop I: Leadership Competencies
10:10-10:55 a.m. Adviser Workshop: NHS & NJHS Policies and Procedures 
11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Student Workshop II: State-based Issues and Initiatives
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Adviser Workshop: NHS & NJHS Programs and Resources
12:20-1:10 p.m. Luncheon: Speaker TBD
1:10-2:40 p.m. Collaborative Work: Student Caucus Groups
1:45-2:25 p.m. Adviser Workshop: Beyond Summit
2:45-3:30 p.m. Presentations: Student Caucus Groups
3:30-3:45 p.m. Reflective Remarks (Closing)

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Presenters and Workshop Leaders

Andrea Elzy

Andrea “Drea” Elzy has extensive experience in postsecondary education, student affairs, and student services. Her areas of expertise are residential education, diversity education, health and wellness education, paraprofessional mentoring, and innovation. Throughout her career, she has focused on helping students reach their highest academic and personal potential though mentorship and sharing her experiences. She holds a master’s in Higher Education from the University of Southern California and is a current doctoral candidate studying Higher Education Organizational Leadership at the University of Southern California.

Drew Ollero

A southern California native, Drew often finds himself in entrepreneurial roles that involve coming up with ideas, creating, and executing new programs. Currently, he serves as the associate director at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he focuses on launching new strategic initiatives. A proud community college graduate, Drew studied social work at Cal State Long Beach and continued his graduate studies in social work and public administration at the University of Southern California. In his free time, Drew is a Crossfit coach and mentors youth through an entrepreneurship program called BUILD.

Bertrand Perdomo-Ucles

Bertrand Perdomo-Ucles is a manager of family and community engagement at Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, with a specific focus on the network’s elementary public schools in South Los Angeles (LA), Watts, and Boyle Heights. He is also passionate about health care and advocates to increase health care services among California’s 246 school health centers. He is also passionate about investing in his hometown of South LA. Formerly involved with President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and recently re-elected as a delegate and executive board representative through California’s Democratic Party, he works diligently to increase civic participation.

Brandon Stuart

Brandon Lee Stuart is a 2010 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he dual-concentrated in behavioral biology and East Asian studies. As a member of the Episcopal Service Corps following graduation, Brandon spent two years in Los Angeles helping to pilot the Collegiate Identity and Participation Model, a college-readiness initiative created to address the educational needs of local underserved charter schools. Brandon’s ultimate career goal is to start a think-tank that will tactfully evaluate ways in which social innovation can evolve in tandem with technological innovation.

Carlos Vera

Carlos Mark Vera is the founder of the “Pay Our Interns” campaign. He is a strong believer in the power of storytelling and using social media to bring forth change. While in school, he founded Justice for AU Workers, one of the largest student-led labor organizations in the country that advocates for service workers of color. He served as an intern at White House, European Parliament and the House of Representatives; his writing has been featured on the Huffington Post, NBC Latino and The Hill.

Jackeline Stewart

Jackeline Stewart is a communications strategist with more than 10 years of experience in social justice work, storytelling, crisis communications, public relations, and social media outreach. She has a passion and proven track record for creating new ways to use language to inform, motivate, and persuade. She has worked closely with nonprofit and government leaders to understand their missions, diagnose challenges and opportunities, and prescribe and lead the implementation of high-level proactive and reactive communications strategies.

Karen Dawson

Karen Dawson spent 32 years as a high school art and leadership teacher and was also involved in service learning. She earned numerous awards during her career, including the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President George Bush for her work with Habitat for Humanity. In 2012, she received an award for a new weekly community outreach program she co-founded that provides a meal for those in need in St. Louis. For the past five years, more than 40,000 meals have been served and the program is being emulated in 54 communities.

Keesha L. Coleman

Keesha L. Coleman is a project manager at Georgia State University where she manages high-level initiatives centered around the university’s strategic plan as well as special projects for the office of the provost. Her current role allows her to engage with several of the university’s key working groups and programs, including the Council for the Progress of Cities; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Women Lead, an undergraduate leadership program. Keesha is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all through public service and social engagement and considers herself a champion of bridging the gap.

Leonel Diaz

Leonel A. Diaz is the coordinator of student leadership and engagement at the University of New Mexico. He is interested in mixing digital media with leadership development. For example, he is involved with development of a mobile app to help students track their leadership skill development through their involvement on a college campus. In his current role, he is working on creating a leadership center and a marketing campaign aimed at reducing sexual assault, discrimination, and hate bias.

Nhi Truong

Nhi Truong is currently an English teacher lead and adviser at ARISE High School, a small charter school in Oakland, CA. Prior to becoming a classroom teacher, she worked with students in many different capacities. She has been a youth organizer, workshop facilitator, tutor, and residential adviser. Her passion for working with high school students stems from working with various youth organizations like College Summit and AYPAL. She is committed to working with students toward liberating their minds and fight for social justice by making positive changes in their own lives, communities, and the world.

Quinton Lampkin

Quinton Lampkin is the founder and CEO of an early stage education organization that leverages a network of first-generation students in completing critical milestones on their journey “to and through” college. Quinton holds a BS/BA in Business Administration specializing in International Business from the American University, Washington, D.C.; a Master of Sociology and Education (MA) from Columbia University’s Teachers College, NYC; and a Master of Politics, Development, Democratic Education (MPhil) from University of Cambridge, UK.

Tom Heethuis

Tom Heethuis has been involved in advising student activities for 40 years. He has been a student council adviser, activity director, leadership camp director, and building principal. An award-winning adviser, he has been a presenter at numerous conferences and workshops. Through his workshops, attendees discover hands-on, practical leadership activities that they can take back to their schools and use with their students as soon as they return.

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Congressman Tim Walz

U.S. Congressman Tim Walz is currently serving his sixth term representing Minnesota’s First Congressional District.

Walz proudly serves the people of southern Minnesota on two committees in the United States House of Representatives. He is the Ranking Member on Veterans’ Affairs and serves on the Agriculture Committee. He also is one of nine House Members to serve on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Walz has leadership posts with the National Guard and Reserve Caucus and the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus.

Heidi Meyer

Heidi Meyer, the Executive Director of Admissions at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Ms. Meyer has been in the admissions profession more than 15 years and is a member of several regional and national admissions organizations, including the National Association of College Admissions Counseling and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Heidi is a two-time alum of the University of Minnesota; she holds an undergraduate degree from the College of Liberal Arts and a graduate degree from the Carlson School of Management.

Sareen Dunleavy Keenan

Sareen Dunleavy Keenan co-manages the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s Career Academies initiative, a $16 million portfolio of career and technical education focused grants. From founding a neighborhood Montessori school to teaching in Japan, Sareen has held a variety of positions in secondary and post-secondary education. Most recently, Sareen served as director of career and technical education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Sareen earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology and geology from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a Master’s degree in educational administration from St. Mary’s University.

James Collins

James Collins co-manages the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s Career Academies initiative, a $16 million portfolio of career and technical education focused grants. With cross sector professional experience, James came to the United Way after serving in strategic marketing and internal consulting roles at Ogilvy & Mather and the State of Minnesota. Active in the community, James has served on the boards of directors of OutFront Minnesota and North Star Rotary Youth Exchange.

James earned a Bachelor of Arts in African Studies and French from Texas State University and a Master of Public Policy and an MBA, both from the University of Minnesota.