Conference Planning Team

Conference Co-Chairs

Dr. Nance LucaScreen Shot 2015-11-15 at 8.54.55 PMs is the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and Associate Professor of School of Integrative Studies (formerly New Century College) at George Mason University. She received a Ph.D. in Higher Education with a concentration in Leadership Studies and Ethics at the University of Maryland. Her teaching and scholarship interests focus on positive psychology, leadership, well-being, and character development. She is co-author of a best-selling book, Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want To Make A Difference (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions) and contributing author of Leadership Reconsidered and The Social Change Model of Leadership Development. At Mason, she is the co-founder of the Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence, the Leadership Legacy Program, and MasonLeads. Nance currently is leading Mason’s Well-Being University initiative. She is an Affiliate Faculty member in Mason’s Higher Education Program.

Dr. Pam PattersoIMG_2964 (1)n is Associate Vice President at George Mason University. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Eastern Illinois University and earned her doctorate in higher education from George Mason University. Dr. Patterson is also a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program and has 25+ years of combined experience in leadership and university administration. She is an executive leadership coach certified through the International Coaching Federation with the credential of Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Her professional interests are in the science and application of individual and organizational well-being, leadership, and coaching.  Dr. Patterson received her Strengths Specialist Certification through The Gallup Organization and she is also licensed and certified by the HeartMath Institute as a Resilience Advantage Trainer. At George Mason, she is a member of a team that created and implemented a leader development curriculum for executive education and a separate program for faculty and staff. Dr. Patterson is a co-founder and co-chair of MasonLeads, the Leadership Legacy Program, and serves as a senior coaching fellow and co-director for the Advanced Coaching Program in Leadership & Well-Being.

Conference Planning Committee 

  • Jessi Adams
  • Juliet Blank-Godlove
  • Jeanne Bliss
  • Lewis Forrest
  • Michael Galvin
  • Whitney Hopler
  • Jacob Jenkins
  • Linn Jorgenson
  • Chelsie Kuhn
  • Nick Lennon
  • Lauren Long
  • Nance Lucas
  • Shernita Parker
  • Pam Patterson
  • Tiffany Sleek
  • Lisa Snyder
  • Lisa Uli
  • Karen Wolf