Spotlight on Volunteers

Elizabeth Hamilton

Elisabeth Hamilton

Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives , University of Central Florida

Number of Years in Higher Education: 16

Involvement with SACUBO

I attended my first SACUBO annual conference in April 2019 and joined the SACUBO Research Universities Constituent Committee in May 2019. I also participated in my first year of CBMI at the University of Kentucky in July 2019.

An Interesting Fact

I have a Ph.D. in Philosophy.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

Having previously worked in Academic Affairs, I became involved with SACUBO to more deeply understand the financial and administrative issues faced by higher education. SACUBO has exposed me to a broad range of ideas and trends and given me insights that I never would have had otherwise. SACUBO’s power lies in harnessing the collective knowledge of thousands of institutional leaders for the benefit of all. By participating, you are contributing to the solutions needed by higher education during unprecedented times.


Jessica Kilby

Jessica Kilby

Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance, East Central University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 16

Involvement with SACUBO

I have been attending SACUBO conferences since 2012 when I came to East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. I have enjoyed getting to know other higher education leaders in our region through SACUBO and share best practices and ideas. I currently serve on the Small Institutions Constituent Committee (serving since 2021).

An Interesting Fact

When I was a child, I played the violin and during high school performed with the “Strolling Strings” throughout the region I was raised in.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

SACUBO provides first-rate professional development and networking. As a CPA, the top-notch professional development is very important to me and my profession. By volunteering, it is my hope I can contribute to the quality professional development SAUBO is providing to business officers in our region. Those I have met through SACUBO have provided me with a valuable network I call upon often for advice and ideas. By volunteering with SACUBO, I hope to give back and help create those same experiences for others that have been afforded to me.


Jackie Lasch

Jackie Lasch

Assistant Vice President, Financial Services, Valencia College

Number of Years in Higher Education: 19

Involvement with SACUBO

I participated in the Next Generation Chief Business Officer (NCGBO) program and conference in Savannah, Georgia about 10 years ago. I was so impressed with the valuable insights and best practices shared, I made an effort to attend future Fall Workshops and Annual Meetings whenever possible. I am currently serving on the Community Colleges Constituent Committee. I have been a co-presenter for several Drive-In Workshops on various accounting standards and best practices at the Florida Council of Business Affairs (COBA) meetings.

An Interesting Fact

Both my parents received doctorate degrees in Psychology. My dad hooded my mom when she received her PhD.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

My children have grown, so I had more time to devote to volunteer. SACUBO offers valuable training, expertise, and best practices for college and university professionals regardless of your years of experience or institution’s size. I particularly enjoy the roundtable discussions at the Fall Workshop because they offer both best practices and networking opportunities in one meeting! I encourage everyone to attend a Drive-In Workshop or Fall Workshop to see for themselves the quality presentations SACUBO offers at such an affordable price.


Dawn Robinson

Dean of Finance / Chief Financial Officer, Northwest-Shoals Community College

Number of Years in Higher Education: 11

Involvement with SACUBO

I have worked with SACUBO in various capacities since 2011. I have co-chaired the Community Colleges Constituent Committee and am currently a member of that committee. I have hosted Community Colleges roundtable discussions at both the annual and fall conferences.

An Interesting Fact

When I am not working or volunteering in the accounting field, I love to play in my garden. I grow tomatoes, peppers, green peppers, squash, zucchini, string beans, okra, sweet potatoes, greens, kale, cabbage, and lettuce.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I am very interested in making a difference in higher education. I was asked to volunteer with NACUBO and SACUBO in 2010 and have been working with both organizations for years. There are wonderful colleagues nationwide who you can call on to work through issues and discuss topics such as best practices. I would encourage everyone to get involved not only for self-knowledge, but to help your institution be better.

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