Respect, Inclusivity, Support, Education

The NAIA has long been a leader in positive change regarding social issues. As an athletic organization that was first to offer opportunities to women and to African Americans, we can be proud of our strong history of advocacy.

It is time for the NAIA to once again take the lead. With over 83,000 student-athletes, we can be a force in the fight against the inequality and injustice against people of color in our country.

Read about the NAIA's partnership with MOAA.


Through the RISE program, the NAIA will provide an avenue for membership to participate in training and programming aimed at influencing positive change in the association where all people are valued and provided equal opportunity in all aspects of life. Click here for RISE Objectives

Announcing Two New NAIA RISE Awards

NAIA RISE Leader of the Year Award
Recognizing the outstanding national
NAIA RISE Leader of the Year for the past
year efforts.

Female Trailblazer of the Year Award
Recognizing a full-time outstanding
NAIA Female Leader who has made an
exemplary impact in their current role.


NAIA RISE Team Members

Darnell Smith
Texas A&M-San Antonio (Texas)
Director of Athletics

Dr. Jaffus Hardrick
Flordia Memorial (Fla.)

Erica Baldaray
Soka (Calif.)
Assistant Director of Athletics

Ted Breidenthal
Continental Athletic Conference (Independents) Commissioner

Robert Cashell
Cascade Collegiate Conference Commissioner

Janet Eaton-Smith
Ottawa (Kansas)
Director of Athletics

Michael Feuling
Montana Western (Mont.)
Director of Athletics

Kristin Gillette
Park (Mo.)
Director of Athletics

Lisa Givan
Indiana Tech (Ind.)
Vice President - Institutional Diversity, Equity & Belonging

Mike Hall
Southern States Athletic Conference Commissioner

Stan Johnson
President at Stan Johnson & Associates
Executive Director of MOAA

Brittney Kellar
Southeastern (Fla.)
Associate Director of Athletics

Fachaitte Kinslow
Langston (Okla.)
Assistant Director of Athletics/Compliance

Donnita Rogers
Langston (Okla.)
Director of Athletics

Andrew Shim
Saint Mary (Neb.)
Program Director/ Professor Kinesiology & Exercise Science

Will Wolper
American Midwest Conference Commissioner


Dani Wright
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Director of Strategic Communications

Nathalia Harth Weingaertner

Azalea Prince
Jessup (Calif.)
ASA Representative

Li'Jon Smith
Javaris Christian (Texas)
ASA Representative


Meet MOAA - the NAIA's RISE partner


Minority Opportunities in Athletics Association (MOAA)
is an affiliate under the NACDA umbrella whose mission is to provide opportunities to exchange ideas, advocate increased participation and administrative opportunities for minorities in athletics. The MOAA also promotes generating a sports culture that supports the values necessary to teach and learn respect for self and others.

Learn more about MOAA