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Mentee Program Activities

Program Objectives



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Adapted from the successful NCURA Leadership Development Institute designed by Gale S. Wood, Consultant, the NCURA, Region VI, Education and Professional Development (E&PD) Committee has developed a modified program to strengthen and increase the number of new and emerging leaders to serve our profession and NCURA at the regional and national levels.

The one-year program focuses on providing educational and professional development experiences to selected Mentees.

Program Plan


The “LEAD Me” Program pairs one Mentee with a Primary Mentor who serves as the main contact to assist in identifying leadership and professional development goals and objectives. They will also help the Mentee formulate a Leadership and/or Professional Development (L&PD) Plan, a critically important element of the Program. This Plan will include the identification of a Personal Best Leadership Project through which the Mentee will demonstrate use of Kouzes & Posner's 5 practices and 10 commitments of successful leaders. Lastly, the Primary Mentor helps in identifying short term Supplementary Mentors to form a Mentee's Support Team to provide specialized knowledge of skills needed for the implementation of the Mentee's L&PD Plan.

In a truly exciting development for the 2024 cohort, we are introducing a new mentorship pairing initiative. Experienced professionals and leaders are being paired with a recent mentee graduate who has shown interest in giving back by becoming a mentor. These graduates will be paired together to mentor the assigned mentee. This collaborative approach aims to create a dynamic mentorship trio, fostering a rich exchange of insights and experiences

Use of multiple mentors ensures that each Mentee is afforded an opportunity to have their needs for specialized knowledge and skills maximally addressed. No single Mentor, then, is expected to address the comprehensive range of expectations or needs of their assigned Mentee. Finally, this overall approach to mentoring should result in increased volunteer involvement and participation from NCURA, Region VI & VII members.


  • Create a supportive and interactive e-learning environment where Program participants and the membership can share knowledge to help guide selected Mentees through the leadership development process

  • Provide access to e-tools on a range of leadership and professional development topics to contribute to the development of new Region VI & VII leaders

  • Increase interest and foster long term careers in sponsored research

  • Provide opportunities to form, increase and strengthen professional contacts and relationships among the region's members

  • Further strengthen professional networks within the region's research community and beyond


Program Objectives


LeadMe Program Chair/Co-chairs (reporting to the Education & Professional Development Committee)

  • Provide overall leadership of the program

  • Ensure continuity of operations: calls, schedules, recruitment, assignment of roles and responsibilities

  • Identify leaders and experts outside the program to lead Professional Development series presentations

  • Organize and serve as Chair/Co-Chair of LeadMe Subcommittee; convene as needed to review program objectives and progress, or to resolve operational or programmatic challenges

  • Report to Chair of Education and Professional Development (EPDC) Committee on program goals, progress and challenges


  • Active participation in planned activities

  • Establish measurable and achievable leadership and/or professional development goals and objectives

  • Develop a Leadership Project, in consultation with Mentor

  • Interact with Mentor and MINT regularly

  • Minimum of two contacts per month

  • Be available, responsive and respectful of time commitments

  • Complete assignments in a timely manner

  • Proactively communicate needs to Mentor

  • Remain open to feedback

  • Seek opportunities to continually grow professionally and to contribute to NCURA


  • Assist Mentee in setting his/her goals and objectives

  • Help the Mentee devise a viable Leadership Project

  • Be accessible to Mentee based on a mutually agreed upon schedule

  • 2 times per month minimum

  • Enthusiastically share information, skills and knowledge

  • Provide constructive feedback

  • Serve as a thoughtful listener and supportive advisor

  • Encourage opportunities for professional growth within the profession and volunteer contributions to NCURA, both regionally and nationally

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Create a Leadership and/or Professional Development (L&PD) Plan

  • Read and study The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner

  • Develop a “Personal Best Leadership Project” which utilizes the 5 practices and 10 commitments espoused in The Leadership Challenge

  • Present your final Personal Best Leadership Project during the Regional Meeting

  • Submit a presentation proposal related to your completed Project for presentation consideration at an Annual Meeting

  • Maintain a personal journal to document and reflect on Program experiences

  • Engage in on-line readings and other e-discussions

Mentee Program Activities


2024 LeadMe Program Class & Pairings

LeadMe Co-Chair: Ashley Stahle, Colorado State University

LeadMe Co-Chair: Jennifer Cory, Stanford University



Yulissa Garcia, Colorado State University


Heidi Hammond, Oregon State University

Meladi Lanier, University of Idaho

Marietta Rodriguez, Oregon Health Sciences University

Kimberly Smith, Oregon State University

Jeremiah Thompson, Arizona State University



Sarah Martonik, University of Idaho

Alexus Robertson, Arizona State University

Patrick Lennon, University of Washington


Kathryn O'Hayre, Colorado State University


Amanda He, City of Hope


Shuna McMichael, Occidental College


Jen Meekhof,, University of Idaho

Carrie Childs, Southern Utah University

Program Participants


Resources and Forms
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