A Message From PCACAC Leadership

Ann Marie Strauss
Director of College Counseling
The Bryn Mawr School (MD)

Dear PCACAC Members:

Spring is upon us which means conference season! We look forward to our 58th annual PCACAC Conference at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Cambridge, MD, April 2-4, 2023. Our conference planning chairs, Damian Garcia and Julia Hixson, along with our “ever steady and at the ready” Executive Assistant, Lynn Lyon-Vaiden, have many fruitful conference happenings planned for us. Rosemary Martin Edwards, Conference Sessions Chair, and Charlain Bailey, Professional Development Co-Chair have a fantastic slate of educational sessions for us--some of which are eligible for Continuing Education credits (CEs). CEs are needed by our public school counselors and our National Board Certified members for their certifications. And, public thanks to Bowie State University who is sponsoring PCACAC towards our CE initiative.

We look forward to our inaugural conference Cornhole Tournament ($10/person, $20/team--Register Here or onsite). Thank you to Hampden-Sydney College for their generous sponsorship to help make this happen--the PCACAC/Hampden-Sydney Cornhole Tournament is where I’ll be at 8:00 pm on Monday evening--hope to see you there. Thank you to all of our sponsors and exhibitors for their generous support. 

One of the additions to our conference this year is a focus on mindfulness. Shanae Giles and Jack Schneider (PCACAC members) will present a session on mindfulness, and they will be leading us in opportunities for mindfulness practice several times throughout our conference. Look out for these opportunities in the WebEx app!

And, we also have important business to attend to at our conference. I look forward to our Membership Meeting on Monday afternoon where we will vote on our Bylaws changes (the removal of “delegate” and “assembly” from the bylaws) as well as an announcement of our new membership model which brings us in alignment with NACAC’s membership model. Additionally, we will announce PCACAC’s next President-Elect.


Ann Marie Strauss
PCACAC President