2020 Executive Board Candidate Information

College Rep Description and Candidates
Secondary School Rep Description and Candidates
Delegate Description and Candidates
Treasurer-Elect Description and Candidates
President-Elect Description and Candidates

College Representatives

The duties of the College Representatives shall be to:

  1. Serve as a resource for college admission professionals and present their issues to the Executive Board.
  2. Attend NJACAC Executive Board meetings as voting members.
  3. Attend NJACAC general membership meetings.
  4. Serve on NJACAC committees and assist with events.
  5. Perform such other duties from time to time as may be prescribed by the President.

College Rep Candidates


Dr. Robert Heinrich

Current Place of Employment: Stockton University
Job Title: Chief Enrollment Management Officer
Professional Service: I have served as the co-chair for the NJEdge CIO forum for several years in addition to serving on a public school board of education including one-year as the President.
NACAC Service: Member since 2012
Has Presented Workshops at: NJACAC 2019 conference: Student Retention and Persistence Strategies.

Candidate Message:  

We are at an important inflection point within higher education in New Jersey. In light of the recent NACAC code of ethical practice modifications as a result of the DOJ consent decree, it will be important for NJACAC to provide guidance to members and I want to be part of that message. Additionally, we must work collectively to adapt to the ever changing needs of Gen Z students and assist families who struggle to afford a post secondary education in today’s economy.



Zaneb Ghanem

Current Place of Employment: Rowan College at Burlington County
Job Title: Assistant Director of Outreach and Admissions, Partnerships, & Special Populations
Professional Association Memberships: NACAC,  NJACAC, BCSCA,  MSCROA, RCBC
NJACAC Service: Scholarship Committee (2018 – present)
Other Related Professional Leadership: BCSCA Executive board (2015-present), Volunteer MSCROA conference, volunteer Collegiate Advisory Board for Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority
Has Presented Workshops at:   NJACAC conference, MSCROA conference, NASPA

Candidate Message:

As an experienced enrollment professional, I would like to serve on the Executive Board as a College Representative for NJACAC because I see value in life-long learning and professional development. I also want to give back to the community that has been instrumental in my professional growth. I also want to influence change in our post-secondary education system to allow a more inclusive welcoming learning environment that promotes opportunity. Two main issues that NJACAC should address are student inclusiveness regarding sexual orientation, religion, or citizenship, especially those experiencing a high level of microaggression including middle eastern, Asian, and other underrepresented student populations. I also want to provide more awareness to those newer to the field about professional development and membership involvement in NJACAC. I feel as though there are a lot of newer professionals in the field that would benefit from being involved and from personally experience being involved, both as a student and a professional has helped me greatly in networking and professional knowledge.



Taylor Kirkpatrick

Current Place of Employment: Bloomfield College
Job Title: Admission Counselor
Professional Association Memberships: NJACAC
NJACAC Service: College Key Logistical Support 2020

Candidate Message:

Serving as a College Representative will provide me with an opportunity to become more involved within the NJACAC. Being able to delve into this role will not only be beneficial to enhance my skills, but will be rewarding nonetheless. I’m confident this position will help me grow not only professionally, but also personally, as I continue my career within College Admissions. During this time, I believe it is essential for the NJACAC to address the changes that take place within admissions and ensure members are knowledgeable within the field.



Secondary School Representatives

The duties of the Secondary School Representatives shall be to:

  1. Serve as a resource for secondary school counselors and present their issues to the Executive Board.
  2. Attend NJACAC Executive Board meetings as voting members.
  3. Attend NJACAC general membership meetings.
  4. Serve on NJACAC committees and assist with events.
  5. Perform such other duties from time to time as may be prescribed by the President.

Secondary School Rep Candidates


Sarah Morissette

Current Place of Employment: St. Peter’s Prep
Job Title: Asst. Chair Guidance and College Counseling
Professional Association Memberships: ASCA, NJACAC, NJSCA, NACAC, Pi Lambda Theta, NJ/PA K-12 School Counselor Certification
NJACAC Service: Secondary School Rep. 2018-2020, BASICs Tri-Chair 2019 – present, College Key supporting member 2019, 2019 Graduate Advocacy Co Chair
Has Presented Workshops at: 2018 BASICs, NJACAC Conference: 2018 STEM: Trends in Education, 2019: Moderate Private School SIG, Early Decision: The Ups and Downs round table moderator. Present multiple times a year on college admissions topics at St. Peter’s Prep.

Candidate Message:

I have so enjoyed my time serving on the NJACAC board, but there is still more work to be done. I value the memberships I have and want to help make NJACAC a more reputable and respected chapter. Access and representation are our two biggest issues to address. Access and representation of our students at the higher education levels and access and and representation of the counselors of New Jersey in the NJACAC association.



Melissa O’Sullivan

Current Place of Employment: Immaculate Heart Academy
Job Title: Director of College Counseling
Professional Association Memberships: NJACAC, NACAC, Bergen County School Counselors
NJACAC Service: President (two cycles), Sponsorship Chair, Secondary School Rep, Assembly Delegate
NACAC Service: Member 2003-present, President Council, volunteer at the annual conference
Awards Received: Biunno-Lynes award, special services award, NACAC Rising Star
Has Presented Workshops at: NJACAC conference

Candidate Message:

NJACAC has always been a key player in my admissions and school counseling career. NJACAC helped me in networking with many professionals around the country. I would like to serve as a secondary school representative to be able to assist others in the same way and to be able to speak up for other counselors on the secondary side when issues may arise.



Fran Swift

Current Place of Employment: Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School
Job Title: Director of School Counseling
Professional Association Memberships: NACAC, NJACAC, ASCA, NJSCA, MCSCA, MCGDA
NJACAC Service: NJACAC: NACAC Assembly Delegate 2012-2014, Secondary School Representative 2008-2012, Naviance Users Group Coordinator 2010-present, Executive Board, Spring Conference Committee 2008- present, Conference Presenter 2006-2019.
NACAC Service: NACAC member 2006-present; Professional Development Committee Chair; 2015- 2017. Committee Member, 2014-15. Conference Presenter.2018, 2016, 2008, 2007. Featured speaker 2015-2017.
Awards Received: MCSCA Counselor of the County
Has Presented Workshops at: Panelist- Restoring Trust in the Admissions Process. 2020; Guidance Directors’ Roundatable: NJACAC 2019; NJACAC 2018; Tuesday’s Children 2018, 2017, NACAC Critical Components, May 2016; NJACAC September 2015, May 2013, April 2012, March, June 2011, March, June 2010; Kean University School Counselor Conference, 2013; NJACAC NCF -April 2011, 2010; NJACAC 2009, NACAC Conference 2008, NACAC/NJACAC Conferences NJACAC Conference 2006.

Candidate Message:

College Admissions is ever evolving. The Department of Justice inquiry and the resulting changes in our Code of Ethics and Professional Practice will forever change the Admissions landscape.At the same time, we need to continue to address the needs of the undeserved and underrepresented, knowing that may include students with very unique needs. Secondary School Counselors need a trusted resource for information, crucial to their ability to deliver factual, ethical and timely information. I understand the value of honest feedback and sharing among professionals with a common goal. Ours is a business of alliances, relationships that further our cause and our goals within organizations. It would be an honor and privilege to serve as Secondary School representative.


Delegates

The duties of the National Assembly Delegates shall be to:

  1. Represent the interests of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling.
  2. Attend Executive Board meetings as voting member.
  3. Attend the annual NACAC conference, and to represent NJACAC at National Assembly meetings, during their term.
  4. Perform such other duties from time to time as may be prescribed by the President.
  5. Alternate delegate(s), will be appointed by the President (with the approval of the Executive Committee) to attend the NACAC National Assembly meeting as outlined in Article IV, should an elected delegate be unable to fulfill this responsibility or another Delegate position is created by This person may or may not be a member of the Executive Board and must be a voting member of NJACAC and NACAC.
  6. Delegates must serve on, and chair, at least one committee, subcommittee, or event of the organization.

*YOU MUST BE A NATIONAL (NACAC) MEMBER TO VOTE FOR ASSEMBLY DELEGATES

Delegate Candidates

National Assembly Delegates shall be elected and serve according to current NACAC guidelines as follows: New Jersey delegates must be voting members of NJACAC and NACAC. The requirement that Delegates need to be NACAC voting members by July 15 immediately preceding the next annual meeting of the Assembly. An incumbent delegate shall have sixty [60] days following a change in employment to become a NACAC voting member or the principal representative of another NACAC voting institution or organization member within that Affiliate without forfeiting the incumbent’s delegate status. Only one person employed by any organization, agency or institution shall serve as an elected delegate in the same assembly as a NJACAC delegate. Each elected delegate shall serve a term of three years. The President, President-Elect, and Immediate Past President shall serve as long as they hold such office. Elected delegates shall serve no more than two consecutive terms.

National Assembly Delegates must meet NACAC eligibility requirements in order to serve as a Delegate an d can only be elected by NJACAC members who are voting members of NACAC. Alternate Delegate(s) will be appointed to serve in the National Assembly as needed. The alternate delegate(s) will be appointed by the President in accordance with the Articles of Organization and NACAC requirements. When possible, the National Assembly Delegates should be equally divided between Secondary and Post -Secondary members.


Randy Stamm

Current Place of Employment: Hackensack High School
Job Title: School Counselor
Professional Association Memberships: NACAC, NJACAC, Bergen County School Counselor Association, NJEA
NJACAC Service: Secondary Representative (2018-present), College Key Co-Chair (2018-present), Scholarship Committee Member (2018-present), IAS Committee Member (2016-present), Small Group Leader Camp College (2016-17)
NACAC Service: NACAC National Conference Workshop Proposal Reviewer (2020
Has Presented Workshops at:  2017: NJACAC Conference: Counselors Roundtable panelist 2018 & 2019: NJACAC Conference: Beyond Good Intentions, Supporting LGBT students in the College Application Process (Co-Presenter) 2020: Taking Back the College Visit (Co-Presenter), Creating On Ramps to College – NJ’s State Plan for Higher Education (Co-Presenter)
Awards Received: Working Group Member: NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, Creating On Ramps to College – NJ’s State Plan for Higher Education

Delegate Experience working as a representative or in political assemblies :

 Over the past 2 years, I reviewed the NJACAC bylaws to ensure that all gender based language was removed–these updates have been approved and implemented. I would like to continue working as Co-Chair of College Key. Should others want to step into the role, I am more than happy to Co-Chair the Scholarship or IAS committee.

Candidate Message:

A hallmark of all my work is to increase access and information for under-represented populations and ensure the needs of all marginalized groups are given full consideration. Serving as a Delegate would afford me the opportunity to ensure public school students’ and counselors’ needs are reflected in the national discourse and that NACAC, as a whole, is working to become a more inclusive organization.


Treasurer-Elect

The duties of the Treasurer shall be to:

  1. be responsible for the financial records and funds of the Association.
  2. prepare and present for the approval of the Executive Board an annual budget.
  3. Chair the Fiscal Oversight Committee and work with the Fiscal Oversight Committee to review the financial plans and policies of NJACAC.
  4. be responsible for the payment of all bills.
  5. make the annual financial report to the Association.
  6. serve as an alternate delegate to the National (if needed, eligible and attending the annual NACAC conference).
  7. be elected to one three-year term, serving the first year of the term as “Treasurer-Elect,” and shall attend all meetings with the Treasurer, as a voting member of the Executive Automatically become the Treasurer in the second year of office (or if there is a vacancy during the first year) and shall assume all of the responsibilities of the position. Serve as the Treasurer in the third year of office, an d during the third year provide training for the new Treasurer-Elect. If the incumbent chooses to run for a second term and is elected, there is no treasurer -elect and the next election will take place the year before the third term expires.
  8. perform such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the President.

Treasurer Candidate


Alisa Hogan

Current Place of Employment: Stockton University
Job Title: Assistant Director of Admissions Recruitment & Outreach
Professional Association Memberships: NACAC, NJACAC, College Board, American Federation of Teachers
NJACAC Service: President Elect/President/Immediate Past President 2013-2015, Secretary 2010-2013, College Rep (2 terms), Chief Delegate 2015, Committee Chair/service (FOC 2010-2019, NJSTEM 2019, Professional Development, Conference Planning, Communications, By Laws, ABCs, Nominations, Basics, National College Fairs, Regional College Fairs, IAS), NCF NJ & AC committee and workshop presenter,
NACAC Service: Member 20 years, SIG workshops leader, Nat’l College Fair local arrangements committee/session presenter, Presidents’ Council
Has Presented at: NACAC SIG meeting (PA, NJ), NJACAC Conference, NJ SCA Conference, NCF NJ, Good Ideas Conference, Atlantic County Library, Rotary International Youth Leadership, NJ Boys State, Girl Scouts of NJ Leadership Summit, Multiple HS College Application Boot Camps; NJ Dept. of Education College & Career Planning for MS
Awards:  NJACAC – President’s Award, Rowan University/Rowan Radio – Hall of Fame, Higher Education Marketing – Gold/Silver/Bronze awards, Philadelphia Press Association – Grand Award, National Headliners Awards – First Place

Candidate Message:

The college admission process constantly changes due to current financial and socio-economic unease, changing academic, emotional and behavioral student issues, parental attitudes, national tragedies and even natural disasters. For a small state, New Jersey envelopes the full range of social, economic and educational advantages and disadvantages when it comes to its students, and presents a challenge in assisting them in achieving post secondary pursuits. I am privileged to be a part of NJACAC with its membership of consummate professionals dedicated to helping all of New Jersey’s students achieve their goals. I will use the position of Treasurer Elect to maintain the financial integrity of the organization and enhance opportunities for both the professionals and students we serve.


President-Elect

The duties of the President -Elect shall be to:

  1. Preside at any meeting of the Association in the absence of the President and to assist the President as requested.
  2. Succeed to the office of President in the event of a vacancy in that office;
  3. Chair the Conference Planning Committee and coordinate the activities of the Conference Planning Committee.
  4. Serve as a delegate to the National Assembly of the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
  5. Perform such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the President, attend and assist in leading the NJACAC Summer Leadership Retreat.
  6. With the President, represent the Association at the following forums:
    1. NACAC Leadership Development Retreat (LDI) (mid -summer)
    2. Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. (usually March)
    3. NACAC National Conference (late September/early October)

President-Elect Candidates


Michael Cartusciello

Current Place of Employment: Adelphi University
Job Title: Associate Director of Admissions
Professional Association Memberships: NACAC, NJACAC,  NYSACAC
NJACAC Service: Social Media Sub-Committee Chair 2017-present; Communications Co-Chair 2018-present; College Representative 2018-present; NJACAC Basics Tri-Chair 2019-present; College Key Workshop Leader 2018, 2019 & 2020
NACAC Service: Member for 5 years
Has Presented Workshops at:  NJACAC Conference 2017, 2018, 2019, approved for NJACAC Conference 2020
Awards: NJACAC Admissions Representative of the Year 2019

How have your previous roles in NJACAC have prepared you to take on the presidential role & responsibilities? How have your experiences with NACAC prepared you?

NJACAC’s open and welcoming culture has allowed me to achieve a rather well-rounded experience within our organization. Over the years, I have helped coordinate NJACAC Basics and have presented at multiple events including one of our signature events, College Key. I have actively participated in the Annual Conference, Inclusion Access and Success (IAS) and Membership committees. As a result of leading the organization’s social media initiatives, I eventually became the co-chair of the Communications Committee. As an out-of-state member, and primary New Jersey recruiter for my institution, I have held a strong attendance record for meetings and retreats and have a strong understanding of the higher education landscape in New Jersey.

Candidate Message:

NJACAC is ready for change. We need to be more accessible for all college counseling professionals in the state of New Jersey and we need to amplify diverse voices in our meetings and within our Executive Board. I am running for President-Elect, with the primary goal of increasing member engagement and participation. I want to expand the size and reach of our organization while streamlining our internal processes and positioning the organization for success in future years. Our membership should know that NJACAC is a place where you can make an impact on our profession and the students we serve as well as a place where their voices can be heard.