ACHE Great Plains Regional Meeting

Advocacy in Higher Education and Community

Join us at the beautiful Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma for the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) Great Plains Regional Meeting. We look forward to having you on the campus of Rose State College for some incredible ACHE-Style conversations and networking. Panel discussions from college Presidents and community advocates, as well as dynamic speakers from adult and continuing education and advocates will enlighten us on their important work. The theme this year is Advocacy in Education and Community.

Conference Registration

Date: March 7 & 8, 2019      

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Location: Rose State College Rose State College

The ACHE Region conference will be held on the Rose State College campus at the Professional Training and Education Center
1720 Hudiburg Dr, Midwest City, OK 73110. 

 Award submissions: Send award submissions to Dr. Robin Plumb at by Feb. 22, 2019.

  • Download the ACHE Award Nomination Form 2019 (pdf)
  • Keynote Speakers

    Ms. Amber England   Amber England
    Ms. England is the Founder and CEO of Strategy 77. Amber received her BA in Communication from East Tennessee State University in 1999 and her Master of Education from East Central University in 2001. She is a fifth generation Oklahoman with 15 years of political communication, policy and grassroots advocacy experience under her belt. Amber began her career in politics as Communications Director in the Oklahoma State Senate, and after six years, transitioned to the policy director for the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. From 2013 until January 2018, Amber served as Executive Director of Stand for Children Oklahoma, during which time, she also served as the campaign manager of State Question 779--an education funding initiative led by former OU President, Oklahoma Governor and US Senator, David L. Boren.
    Most recently, Amber launched her own public affairs consulting firm, STRATEGY 77, specializing in communication planning, grassroots advocacy strategy and issue campaign management. Amber’s firm advises people, organizations and coalitions on public affairs issues affecting everyday people. STRATEGY 77 focuses primarily in grassroots advocacy strategy because now more than ever, voters are rightfully demanding a seat at the table in public policy debates shaping their future. Recent projects include the community organizing and digital advocacy efforts behind the teacher walkout movement and successfully developing and executing the work behind a c4 donor table in the 2018 election cycle.

    Mr. Todd Zwolensky  
    Tasked during his military career to find solutions to multivariate problems, in environments with limited resources, retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Todd Zwolensky’s perspective parallels many of the challenges found in continuing education today. As a student and soldier in traditional college environments, online programs, continuing education and military training, his outlook on career and community programs is unique and inspiring.
    Enrolling in the ROTC program at the University of North Dakota sparked a military and education career which includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science, two Master’s Degrees (Master of Arts in History & Master of Military Arts and Science – US Army Command and General Staff College) completed course work in a traditional PhD program (Old Dominion University – International Relations) and personalized continuing/career education in the area of business leadership. During his 23 years as an active duty Army officer, Mr. Zwolensky served 4 extended, oversees deployments (Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan) and worked in both the Infantry and Logistics Corps. His military career culminated as a Military Strategist, working for The Joint Staff (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC). He is currently the owner of Northstar SCV Inc., a small company that does glazing and specialty glass sales/installation and transportation dispatching.
    Using comparative examples, experience in diverse education practices and a genuine zeal for problem-solving, Mr. Zwolensky will share some great, and not-so-great, experiences of the intersections of education, community and career planning.

    Dr.Erin Taylor
    Dr. Taylor is the Public Policy and Adult Advocacy Coordinator at the Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma (DDCOK). Dr. Taylor received a BA in British History & Women Studies from Texas A & M in 1993, a Texas teaching degree from University of Texas in 1995, Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education from University of Oklahoma in 2004, Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education from University of Oklahoma in 2006, and a Postdoctoral fellowship in Leadership and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in 2012 from University of Oklahoma. Erin is a mother to five, including Henry, who has an intellectual disability and life limiting diagnosis. She is a recent graduate of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program (OUHSC) as well as Georgetown's Academy on Intercultural Competence. At the DDCOK, Erin works on public policy and leads a nine month disability advocacy class called Partners in Policymaking. She is one of the parent facilitators for the state legislature's waiting list caucus and was appointed to the OCCY committee by Speaker Charles McCall.

    ACHE Great Plains Officers:
    Dr. Eloy Chavez, Chair – Dean, College of Extended Learning, Northeastern State University
    Dr. Robin Plumb, Chair-Elect – Coordinator for Continuing Education, Northeastern State University
    Ms. Jeni Maple, Administrative Associate to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
    Dr. Marthann Schulte, Treasurer – Academic Strategist, Pearson Online Learning Services
    Dr. Nathan Miller, Past Chair – Associate Vice President for Adult Higher Education, Columbia College

    Thanks to our Sponsors



    $80.00 USD
    Early bird for members
    until February 23, 2019

    $95.00 USD
    Early bird for non-members
    until February 23, 2019

    $115.00 USD
    Regular registration for members

    $130.00 USD
    Regular registration for non-members

    $35.00 USD
    Full-time students

    $35.00 USD
    Half-day registration


    Hotel Registration -

    Group Name: ACHE Conference 2019

    Group Code: ACE

    Check - in: 06-MAR-2019

    Check-out: 08-MAR-2019

    Hotel Name:

    Hotel Address: 1820 Center Drive

    Midwest City, Oklahoma 73110

    Phone Number: 405-610-6994

    The last day to make hotel reservations at the special group rate is March 1, 2019.


    Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    Welcome reception and opening  greeting.

    7:00 p.m. Home2Suites

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

    9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
    Dr. Eloy Chavez, Chair, ACHE Great Plains Region
    President Jeannie Webb, Rose State College

    10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion – Community Advocates
    Mr. Justin Chase, Director, RiverHawks Scholar Program, NSU
    Ms. Adrianne Covington Graham, Executive Director, Oklahoma Engineering Foundation & Central Oklahoma STEM Alliance
    Mr. Andy Moore Executive Director, Let’s Fix This
    Ms. Leasha Bull - Case Worker, Congressman Mark Wain Mullin's office.

    11:15 a.m. Lunch and Keynote address, Ms. Amber England, Founder and CEO of Strategy 77

    12:30 p.m. Break

    12:45 p.m. ACHE National Award Recipient
    University of Oklahoma (Oklahoma Systems Care of Wrap Around)
    Northeastern State University (Rebekah Doyle)

    1:30 p.m. ACHE National Update
    Dr. Rick Osborn, Executive Vice President, ACHE
    Dr. Dorothy Williams, President, ACHE

    2:00 p.m. Break

    2:15 p.m. Dr.Erin Taylor, Public Policy and Adult Advocacy Coordinator, Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma

    3:00 p.m. Todd Zwolensky, Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel

    4:00 p.m. break

    4:30 p.m. Reception at the Home2Suites Hotel

    Friday, March 8, 2019

    8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

    9:00 a.m. Day Two Welcome
    Rose State College

    9:10 a.m. Panel Discussion – Presidents

    President Jack Bryant, Redlands Community College
    President Sean Burrage, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
    President Jeannie Webb, Rose State College, UCO
    President Ron Ramming, Connors State College

    10:00 a.m. Break

    10:15 a.m. Awards and Recognition

    11:00 a.m. Regional Business Meeting

    12:00 p.m. Conference Close