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.