July 15, 2022 

  1. 58th Annual Conference
  2. Board Updates
  3. Professional Development 
  4. Communications Committee
  5. E-List
  6. College Fairs
  7. FCPS Upcoming Fair
  8. PCACAC Gear

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                                                                                                                                  Planning for our next in-person conference has begun and we are excited to welcome you all to our 58th Annual Conference April 2-4, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, MD

The Conference Planning Committee (CPC) is excited to bring our members down to the birthplace of Harriet Tubman. Beautifully nestled along the water in Cambridge, MD on the Choptank River, this resort property is home to a great blue heron rookery, walking trails, mini-golf, tennis, and an 18-hole golf course! We look forward to sharing additional details, rates, and logistics with you soon. This will be one you don’t want to miss. Save the Date!

Conference Web Page - More details to come!

While the CPC is underway and planning has begun, we always welcome members to join in on the planning efforts. If interested, please email Conference Planning Chair Damian Garcia or Conference Planning Vice Chair Julia Hixson.

PCACAC's Board Updates

We are excited to share some new Board Member appointments that will help us set the stage for the continued success of PCACAC in the coming year. These new PCACAC appointments begin this summer:

Membership Chair: Alice Whitener, James Madison HS (VA)
Conference Chair: Damian Garcia, Glenelg Country School (MD)
Conference Vice Chair: Julia Hixson, The Covenant School (VA)
Communications Vice Chair: Carla Goodwin, George Mason University (VA)

Ad Hoc Committee Chair for Membership Modeling: Scott Mayer, St. Christopher's School (VA). Scott will lead PCACAC in reimagining our membership fee structure to be in alignment with the new NACAC membership model. Thank you, Scott, for taking on this important work!

Local Advisory Committee Chairs for Baltimore NACAC 2023: Lisa Hill, Goucher College (MD) and Jayne Fonash, JCFONASH Consulting (VA). Lisa and Jayne will be inviting members to be a part of PCACAC’s Local Advisory Committee as we look to host the 79th NACAC national conference in Baltimore on September 21-23, 2023. We cannot wait to start our planning under the leadership of Lisa and Jayne! Thank you in advance to our members for answering the call to serve/volunteer to help us host a fantastic conference. 

Appointed Delegate-at-Large: Wendy Ayala, Collegiate Directions, Inc. (MD)

Professional Development Needs You!

PCACAC’s Professional Development Committee is undergoing some changes this summer to ensure our organization meets the needs of our region and our members. The PD Committee will continue to include these Subcommittees:

  • Conference Planning Committee (Damian Garcia and Julia Hixon)
  • Special Interest Groups (Alison Weston)
  • Summer Institute (David ‘Butch’ Hamilton and Kevin Zimmerman)
  • Leadership Education Webinar (Damian Garcia and Sanjay Mitchell)

New! The Professional Development Committee is seeking ‘Regional Captains’ to help PCACAC with outreach and supporting professional development efforts throughout our region.

What does a Regional Captain do?

  • Identify conferences within the region to which PCACAC could submit session proposals related to college admission counseling and/or send representatives on behalf of PCACAC to be an exhibitor at conferences (regional School Counselor Associations, regional College Access Networks) Serve as a point-of-contact within our region to support professional efforts of institutions, CBOs, school systems and other educational professionals, to include outreach to these institutions that are not typically involved in PCACAC
  • Assist with organization of Drive-In Workshops local to their region to support a one-day professional development event for professionals typically underrepresented in our region (public school counselors, CBOs, community colleges admissions professionals)
  • Support PCACAC Professional Development events through attendance and/or organizing and presenting sessions on various topics  

We hope to identify Regional Captains throughout the PCACAC region (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia).  

We would love for you to JOIN US! Complete this Google Form by August 1, 2022. Questions? Contact Alice Whitener, outgoing Professional Development Chair

Call for Communications Volunteers

Podcast Volunteers / Host The Anchor Exchange podcast production team is gearing up for Season 2! We would love for more members of PCACAC to get involved. Opportunities include help with episode planning and outlining, editing, social media content creation, and scouting for guests. You could even join the team as a permanent host or be a guest host for an episode or two. No particular experience is necessary.

Social Media Volunteer Help promote PCACAC events, activities, accomplishments and more to our members using your social media acumen. We are seeking a volunteer to manage the PCACAC Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. You will work closely with the Communications Chair to keep our members apprised of all the happenings within our organization. Time commitment is minimal.

To volunteer for the Communications Committee with the podcast, as the social media manager, or in any other capacity, please contact Communications Chair, Kristen Carter.


Want to get the word out to PCACAC members about an event your school/organization is holding or solicit feedback about a topic/issue/question? Use the PCACAC E-List feature located in the member section of our website. Log into the website. Hover over the Membership Tab, click on E-List(Listserv) and you’ll find instructions for use. Shout out to member Annie Tulkin, of Accessible College, who uses the E-List regularly to provide updates about program opportunities for college going students with physical disabilities and health issues.

Hosting a College Fair?

Use the College Fair Google Form to notify PCACAC Membership of your event! The form is located on the PCACAC College Fair/College Night Committee page. Contact our College Fair/College Night Chairs with any questions-- Margaret Omwenga, New College Institute (VA) and Chris Gothard, James Madison University (VA).

Save the Date for Fairfax County Public Schools' College Fair!

FCPS with George Mason University Office of Admission presents their 47th annual College Fair on Sunday, October 16, 2022 at Eagle Bank Arena, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, VA 22030 4:00-7:00 PM. Event registration will be available at the end of July. Contact FCPS School Counseling Services.

PCACAC Gear is Available!

Interested in some new PCACAC Gear? Visit the Land’s End Business Store and enjoy 20% off until July 29, 2022 on your purchases ($75 minimum). Use Code: E2075.


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