ACE Board of Directors Candidates

Candidate for the office of ACE Vice President

ChaNaè Bradley

If elected to the position of Vice President, I desire to grow ACE membership by reaching untapped audiences who are tasked with communicating science and researched-based information to improve the lives of people globally. My goal is to open the door of professional development to new audiences from different programmatic areas, by providing them the opportunity to experience the stellar professional development programs offered through ACE. Likewise, I aim to empower ACE members to become invested in the organization and to develop as leaders involved in the progression of the organization. Furthermore, I aim to develop partnerships and secure resources to ensure the stability of the organization moving forward with the goal of broadening its capabilities.


ChaNaè Bradley is the senior communications specialist for Fort Valley State University's College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology. As a creative communications professional, she strategically plans and manages the production of annual publications focusing on Extension, research and education. She provides content for social media sites and serves as the media relations liaison by pitching news story ideas, conducting media trainings and working with print, online and broadcast media affiliates. In 2019, Bradley was inducted as ACE’s director of member services. She is the recipient of the several ACE awards, including the Pioneer Award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, a Master of Public Administration and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Georgia. In her spare time, Bradley enjoys reading, listening to praise and worship music, and spending time with family and friends.




Candidate for Treasurer

Jason D. Ellis

I’m interested in helping ACE continue its efforts to be fiscally vibrant in order to support the development of the organization and its members.

Jason Ellis is professor and head for the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education at Kansas State University. The department employs 45 faculty and staff and is home to one graduate and two undergraduate programs; a communications service unit for the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension; and University Printing, the in-house printing and production facility for Kansas State University.

 

Prior to his administrative role, Ellis was a faculty member with the Agricultural Communications and Journalism program and had an appointment with the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station, where his focus included effective communications, issues management and crisis communications to help develop, complement, and maintain a technology transfer system that communicates food safety information. He has experience working with food safety in all aspects of the food chain, from producer through foodservice to the consumer. He worked with two federal grants related to food safety. Jason also worked with a USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab on reducing grain losses post-harvest in Guatemala and Bangladesh.

 

Ellis has served ACE in multiple roles since joining the organization in 2003. He has been the North Central Region Director and Research Director on the ACE board; member and chair of the Journal of Applied Communications editorial board; and served in leadership roles for the Academic Programs and Research and Leadership and Management Learning Communities. Ellis received the ACE Pioneer Award in 2010.


Candidate for Member Services Director

Latasha Ford

I’m interested in serving as member services director to attract new and diverse members, while also retaining current members, by promoting the benefits of ACE through creative marketing and engagement opportunities.

Latasha Ford is the research communications specialist for Fort Valley State University's College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology (CAFST). With nearly five years in this position, she helps fulfill the 1890 land-grant mission by working with scientists in the college to promote the impact of their research on farmers and communities across the state, country and world. Her role also involves highlighting students, alumni and the Cooperative Extension Program. She is a member of various national and international organizations, serving on several committees.

An award-winning journalist, Ford worked in print news for seven years before transitioning to higher education. She received her bachelor's degree in English (professional writing) from Georgia Southwestern State University. In 2021, she earned her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University. In addition to spending time with family and friends, she enjoys writing poetry and volunteering for a nonprofit organization in her community.

Ford is the current chair of ACE's Diversity Learning Community. She served as vice chair in 2020-21. She has been a member of ACE for almost five years and previously served on the ACE Marketing Subcommittee and ACE Nominating Committee.


Candidate for Learning Community Director

Stacey Stearns

The learning communities are the heart of ACE and help connect members to the organization. I want to share the experiences I’ve had in the learning communities with our current and future ACE members. The strength and commitment of our learning communities can continue growing and I’m excited about the opportunity to serve on the board and deepen my involvement in that process.

Greetings, fellow ACE members! I am a Communications Specialist with University of Connecticut (UConn) Extension where I manage our communications and marketing. I earned my bachelor of science in animal science from UConn and a master of science in agricultural education and communication from the University of Florida.

I joined ACE in 2016 and attended my first ACE conference in Memphis. At the conference, I went to the social media learning community meeting and was introduced to the power of learning communities by Suzanne Street and Victor Villegas. I became involved with the LC, eventually serving as chair. I currently serve as the chair for the Media Relations and Writing Learning Community and was co-chair of the 2021 Conference Committee.

That initial introduction to ACE connected me with other communicators and continued my professional development. Learning Community involvement helped me gain the most value from ACE and develop a strong network that is a source of inspiration and friendship.


Candidate for Retiree Director

David A. King

I'd like to continue the great work that Robert Casler has done and maintain involvement by our retirees as a resource for the future of ACE.

Dave King, now a life member, joined ACE in 1976. He served as ACE President in 1991-92 and received the ACE Professional Award, the organization’s highest honor, in 2012. In 2020, he helped establish the ad hoc “Past Presidents Council,” which serves upon request to provide insights and guidance on issues that the ACE Board or president feel would benefit from the group’s experience and institutional memory.

King retired from Oregon State University in 2016 after serving as associate provost for University Outreach and Engagement and department head and professor for Extension and Experiment Station Communications. Following retirement, he served one year as special assistant to the provost for innovation. In his emeritus role, he teaches an undergraduate honors seminar on disruptive innovation. 

Early in his career, King worked as a freelance writer, photographer and filmmaker. He joined Oregon State University as a film and video producer in 1976 and held various positions before serving in leadership roles with USDA Cooperative State Research Service, the Agricultural Communication Services Department at Purdue University and the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System.

King received a bachelor's degree in mass communications from California State University at Chico and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. 

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