April 29, 2022 

  1. Annual Conference Recap
  2. Conference Award Winners
  3. Virtual College Fair 
  4. Welcome New Staff
  5. Living History Series
  6. Conference Photos!

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PCACAC's Annual Conference Recap

What a time we had in Harrisonburg, VA at the 57th PCACAC Conference! It was our first time back together and was a complete sell out - thank you to our members for making that possible. This year’s theme of #StrongerTogether was evident from the planning, welcoming colleagues, conducting business, through our featured speakers and presenters and even during our social. A special thank you to Dr. Angel Perez, NACAC CEO, for being our keynote speaker at the President’s Dinner. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as President and consider it a joy to help to bring our conference back in person and all that it takes to keep our organization moving forward each day.

Thanks to the current leadership team Rebecca LaPlante, Ann Marie Strauss, Libby Weith and Melisa Hypolite! I thank each of them for their tireless efforts as we worked together to move our organization forward, keep it healthy and manage our fiscal responsibilities. The work that was done over the past year will ensure PCACAC’s success and longevity for years to come. Thank you to each person for their contribution to our association - if each person can do just one thing, our contributions and legacies live on in the continued good work of the organization.

Congratulations to our incoming President Ann Marie Strauss and to our newly minted President Elect, Rosemary Martin Edwards!  Also, a special thank you to Rebekah LaPlante for her leadership as Past President - you continue to set an excellent standard for so many of us to follow. We are truly #StrongerTogether. James B. Massey, Jr., 

 Scroll down to the bottom of the Anchor Splash to see more photos from our conference. A special thank you to Charles Salyers, Radford University, for being our conference photographer!

57th Annual Conference Award Recipients...

Congratulations to all of the award recipients at this year's conference! Award winners can also be found on the PCACAC website under Awards & Nomination.

Apperson Award - Anthony Ambrogi, St. Catherine's School (VA)

John A. "Jack" Blackburn Award - Sue Rexford, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (MD)

Emeritus Honoree - Bertrand 'Bert' Hudnall (Retired)

Counselor of the Year -
 Taylor Duvall, University of Maryland                                                     Carla Goodwin, George Mason University (VA)                                     Kathleen Martin, Wilmington Friends School (DE)                           Dwayne Patterson, Chantilly High School (VA)                               Guadalupe Sanchez, Radford University (VA)                                      Mary Madeline Webster, New River Community College (VA)
Marion Flagg - 
Sheila Alvelo, Baltimore City Community College
Robin Handler, Washington County Public Schools
Catharine Heald, Bethesda Chevy Chase High School
Delaney Hinnant, KIPP DC
Eve Montavon, Montavon Matters
Ruchelle Thornsbury, Council High School

 Virtual College Fair with StriveScan!

We are excited to partner with StriveScan to host a free virtual college fair on May 15th & 16th. Counselors and students in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia are invited to attend. 

During the fair, participants will have the chance to connect with colleges and universities across the U.S. and abroad. Choose who you'd like to network with when registering for each session. Registration information for students and families coming soon!

Welcome New PCACAC Staff!

Lynn Lyon-Vaiden, Executive Assistant - Lynn is graduate of UMBC and Carroll Community College. She was on the faculty of St. Timothy's School for 20 years and joined Garrison Forest's College Counseling Office in 2009 after working for five years in the office of Glyndon United Methodist Church. Lynn lives in Hampstead, MD and has been ringing in and directing handbell choirs since 1979. Please join us in welcoming Lynn!

Mark Polakow, Web/Tech Coordinator - Mark has been working with associations in higher education for the last 12 of his more than 25 year professional career in computer technology, programming and web development. He currently lives in the southern Maine seacoast and is the first remove staff member hired in this role with PCACAC> Please join us in welcoming Mark!

PCACAC Living History

This issue of the Anchor Splash offers another in a series of articles showcasing PCACAC’s Living History! Veteran PCACAC leaders are using this space to reflect on their years in PCACAC and our profession. They will share the fun, the joy, their involvement and the lessons learned from their long-time service to PCACAC. Continue to check out this space for future inspiring articles in the months to come. If you would like to share your PCACAC experiences with the membership, contact Sue Rexford, PCACAC Historian, to help us add your reflections to our rich history!

Check out this month's Living History article by Karl Wolf!

 57th Annual Conference Photos...



























































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