Cindi Love, Ed.D. Executive Director

Phone: 202-759-4828


Dr. Cindi Love officially assumed the role of Executive Director of ACPA—College Student Educators International on July 1, 2014.

“The ACPA Governing Board has unanimously selected Dr. Cynthia Love to be our next Executive Director,” said Dr. Kathleen G. Kerr, 2013-2014 ACPA President.“In 2014, as ACPA celebrates its 90th year, we need a leader who has a vision for how ACPA will build upon and advance nine decades of leadership to higher and tertiary education and the student affairs field. Dr. Love has a commitment to ACPA’s core values and mission and a capacity to strategically guide the association forward. The Governing Board has great confidence Love will develop rich and meaningful relationships with ACPA members and our partners within the higher and tertiary education community worldwide.”

Dr. Love’s background uniquely positions her to assume this post. With significant experience in higher education, for-profit and non-profit management, and social justice work, Love will advance the Association’s current strategic plan and guide our future contributions to higher education and student services globally.

Schawn Abello Expeditor, Global Community Interchange

Phone: 202-759-4830


Schawn joined the International Office staff in September 2012 as Association Services Coordinator and currently serves as the Expeditor, Global Community Interchange. She is responsible for general administration, provides office and database support to the Association, and serves as the first point of customer service to the Association’s members.

Schawn brings a wealth of experience from various administrative positions at an international school in New Jersey and Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

Schawn earned a bachelor’s in communications from Loyola University Maryland.

Tim Arth Senior Team Lead, Strategic Business & Resource Development

Phone: 202-688-1978


Tim joined the International Office team in November, 2014. As the Senior Team Lead, Strategic Business & Resource Development, Tim serves as the primary resource to ACPA's prospective institutional members on college and university campuses and strategically directs ACPA's Corporate Partnerships program.

Prior to joining ACPA, Tim worked for six years in various capacities at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) and with the Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA).    Tim earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Boston College and a master's degree in student affairs administration in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at Indiana University.    Tricia Fechter Gates Deputy Executive Director

Phone: 202-759-4825


Tricia joined the International Office staff in April 2013 as the Senior Director, Professional Development, Research, and Scholarship and currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director. Tricia leads the professional development, marketing, and membershipteams and oversees the strategy, creation, and execution of programs and products to drive the Association’s innovative efforts.

Prior to working at ACPA, Tricia served as the Director of Events & Programs at Synergos, an Association Management Company. She has previous work experience with the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values, Rockhurst University, and the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Tricia earned a bachelor’s in secondary education from Saint Louis University, a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina, and an MBA from Rockhurst University. She holds a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University. Originally from St. Louis, Tricia travels home often to visit family, especially her two nieces, Tricia and Maggie. She is also an avid traveler who enjoys exploring domestic and international locations.

Tom Gentry  Senior Team Lead, Finance, Accounting and Risk

Phone: 202-759-4834


Tom joined the International Office staff in 2008 and serves as Senior Team Lead, Finance, Accounting and Risk. He manages all fiscal and accounting functions and oversees human resources at the IO.

Before coming to ACPA, Tom spent 12 years as a U.S. Navy Officer before establishing roots in the D.C. area in 1993, and he has held administrative and financial management positions with several non-profit associations.

Tom received his bachelor’s in economics from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a master’s in financial management from The Johns Hopkins University.

Jon Gilmore Jr., MBA, PMP Senior Team Lead, Data Systems and Structure


Jon joined the International Office staff in February 2011 as a consultant to assist with Web site maintenance and e-mail communications. In May 2011, he became a full-time staff member as the Director of Information Technology. Jon is responsible for the Association’s information technology planning, administration, and infrastructure as the Senior Team Lead, Data Systems and Structure.

Jon began his IT career as a member of the U.S. Air Force while working as a military linguist in Maryland. Since then, he has held IT positions in government, legal services, non-profit, and academic settings.

Jon earned a bachelor’s in linguistic anthropology from the City University of New York (CUNY) Baccalaureate Program for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as an MBA from the University of Maryland University College.

Mel Martinez Team Lead, Impression and Impact

Phone:   202-759-4826


Mel joined the International Office Staff in January 2015 as the Impression and Impact Team Lead.  Mel is responsible for maintaining the ACPA Web sites, distributing e-mail marketing content, managing the Association’s weekly e-newsletter, and updating ACPA’s social media accounts.

Previously, Mel supported the efforts of multiple not-for-profit organizations serving local and global markets.  Mel has also provided contract support for community college development.

Mel earned a bachelor’s degree from Murray State University, and a master’s degree cum laude from Southern Methodist University.  Mel specializes in data management, marketing, and communications.  In his spare time, Mel focuses on a twofold passion for music and religious studies.