PCACAC Leadership

From the President

Having spent nearly all of my career in education, my calendar still revolves around summer. Each summer seems busier than the last, and with all of the changes coming on the college admission horizon this year, this summer has doubled down on that maxim.

Now, our freshmen have arrived on colleges campuses - excited, bewildered, anxious, and maybe still trying to figure out what they’ve gotten themselves into. As they enter their first frenetic days as freshmen, a new group of high school seniors – also excited, bewildered, anxious, and not sure what they’re getting into – are popping into our counseling offices with a thousand questions about college applications.

And so, the circle of life continues. We spend a year shepherding students through the admission process, and then we hit the reset button and start over with the next class. This year, it may feel at times like the entire process has been reset - and more so for us than our students. A new SAT test, new application platforms, an overhauled financial aid process – so much is changing, it's easy for us to feel bewildered, anxious, wondering what we're getting into...but hopefully, also excited at the opportunity to relearn, rebuild, and rejuvenate ourselves professionally.

This is what makes your membership in PCACAC so valuable. A major part of our mission is to educate and advise our members on these incessant changes to make us more effective as we counsel our students. Our Professional Development committee kicked off the year with a great event for public high school counselors in the greater Richmond area, and they are working on additional events for later in the fall throughout our region. Our Conference committee is already gearing up for Williamsburg in April. Government Relations is advocating for legislation to help us and our students; Inclusion, Access, and Success is helping those who help our underserved populations; Current Trends is researching how these changes are affecting us…and that’s just a quick snapshot of what your organization is doing.

This is how we provide value to our members every year. If you haven’t already renewed your membership for 2016-17, now is the perfect time to do so and tap into the collective wisdom of your colleagues as we navigate the next year. If nothing else, like so many of our students, at least we’ll all go through it together!

I hope to see many of you at the NACAC conference in Columbus later this month. For those that can’t make it, we’ll catch up down the road. Happy travels!


Anthony Ambrogi
President, PCACAC
Director of Admissions, Randolph-Macon College

 


2016-2017 Full Board

Executive Committee

President:  Anthony Ambrogi, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Research, Randolph-Macon College (VA)

President-Elect:  Robyn LadyDirector of Student Services, Chantilly High School (VA)

Past President:  Mike Oligmueller, Director of College Counseling, The Potomac School (VA)

Secretary:  Heather Jeter, Director of College Counseling, The Steward School (VA)

Treasurer:  Joel Lang, Director of College Advisement and Guidance, Padua Academy (DE)

Executive Assistant (Ex Officio):  Annie Hilten, 434-989-7557
 

Delegation

Chief Delegate:  Mike OligmuellerDirector of College Counseling, The Potomac School (VA) 

Assembly Delegates - College:

Anthony Ambrogi, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Research, Randolph-Macon College (VA)

Olander Fleming, Assistant Director of Admissions, Longwood University (VA)

Rebekah LaPlante, Associate Director of Admissions, Virginia Tech (VA)

Rosemary MartinAssistant Director of Admissions, University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Sam Shoge, Assistant Director of Admissions, Washington College (MD)

Assembly Delegates - High School:

Eli Clarke, Director of College Counseling, Gonzaga College High School (DC)

Jennifer Evans, Director of College Counseling, Jemicy School (MD)

Robyn LadyDirector of Student Services, Chantilly High School (VA)

Scott Mayer, Associate Director of College Counseling, St. Christopher's School (VA)

Chris Miller, Co-Director of College Counseling, Glenelg Country School (MD)

Ann Marie Strauss, Director of College Counseling, Garrison Forest School (MD)

Jake Talmage, Director of College Counseling, St. Paul's School for Boys (MD)

Standing Committees

Admission Practices Chair:  Jake Talmage, Director of College Counseling, St. Paul's School for Boys (MD)

College Fair/College Night Chair:  James B. Massey Jr., Senior Associate Director, University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Communications Chair:  Kellie Stewart, College Counselor, Gonzaga College High School (DC)

Conference Planning Chair: Rosemary MartinAssistant Director of Admissions, University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Credentials and Bylaws Chair:  Scott Mayer, Associate Director of College Counseling, St. Christopher's School (VA)

Current Trends & Future Issues Chair:  David HamiltonDirector of College Advising, St. Mary's Ryken High School (MD) 

Finance & Budget Chair:  Joel LangDirector of College Advisement and Guidance, Padua Academy (DE)

Government Relations Chair:  Sam Shoge, Assistant Director of Admissions, Washington College (MD)

Inclusion, Access and Success Chair:  Chris MillerCo-Director of College Counseling, Glenelg Country School (MD)

Membership Chair: Eli Clarke, Director of College Counseling, Gonzaga College High School (DC)

Nominating Chair: Mike Oligmueller, Director of College Counseling, The Potomac School (VA)  

Past Presidents Chair:  Mike Carter, Director of College Counseling, St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School (VA)

Professional Development Chair:  Rebekah LaPlante, Associate Director of Admissions, Virginia Tech (VA)

Subcommittees

Fund Development Chair:  Judy Hingle, Career Connections Specialist (Retired), Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)

Marion Flagg Program Chair:  Rachel Cleaver, Admissions Counselor, George Mason University (VA)

Summer Institute Chair:  Alice Robertson, School Counselor, Chantilly High School (VA)

Student Support Grant Chair:  Lucy Duke, Assistant Director of College Counseling, McDonogh School (MD)

PCACAC Executive Office

Annie Hilten
Executive Assistant
PO Box 8308
Charlottesville, VA  22906

434-989-7557
info@pcacac.org 

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

1050 N. Highland St., Suite 400
Arlington, VA  22201

Ph:  703-836-2222
Fax:  703-243-9375
www.nacacnet.org

 

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