2021 Executive Board Candidate Information

College Rep Description and Candidates
Secondary School Rep Description and Candidates
Delegate 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


Jenna Yount

Current Place of Employment: Rutgers University
Job Title: Assistant Director Recruitment & Outreach

Candidate Message:  

I have been a member of NJACAC for about 6 years, and have worked to increase my participation each year. In the past I have volunteered to help with Camp College, College Key, and the NACAC fair at the Meadowlands. I have attended every NJACAC conference since I started in admissions (except 2020, of course), and I was recently able to join the IAS committee. Being a member of NJACAC has helped me to grow both personally and professionally, and I would love to move into a more involved role so I can contribute to our growth and help get others involved.



Courtney McHenry

Current Place of Employment: Sacred Heart University
Job Title: Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Candidate Message:

I am thrilled to be considered for a College Representative position on the NJACAC Executive Board. As an organization, NJACAC has given me so much over the last four years. I have met some of my greatest mentors through NJACAC who have truly helped me grow within this profession. I do not think I would be where I am today as a college admission professional without the mentors that this organization has given me. I would like to give back to the organization that has given me so much. In addition to being a NJACAC member, I have also been a NACAC member for six years. I have been an active volunteer for NJACAC’s Camp College every summer. I actively promote NJACAC membership with followers on the NJACAC Facebook page. I have attended several NJACAC Annual Conferences and attended the NACAC Annual conference in 2019. I hope to assist in planning some of NJACAC’s professional development programs in the future. I also hope to help reluanach the NJACAC mentorship program. 




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


Faride Hernandez

Current Place of Employment: Dover High School
Job Title: School Counselor

Candidate Message:

I am interested in working alongside professional organizations to further help my students on their path of post HS education. I genuinely believe that all students can learn, given a positive learning environment that welcomes exploration and builds self-confidence. I have over 15 years of professional experience in education serving as a High School Counselor and in Higher Education in various roles. I am confident that my years of leadership, counseling, collaboration, and professional development experiences make me a strong candidate for the NJACAC Executive Board. As a member of NJACAC, ASCA, and MCPCA, I understand the value of professionals working together as we help our students overcome the obstacles that come with transition from high school to post-secondary education.


Melissa O’Sullivan

Current Place of Employment: Immaculate Heart Academy
Job Title: Director of College Counseling

Candidate Message:

I have been involved in NJACAC for over 18 years and look forward to being able to continue working with the board. I’ve previously served in the President cycle, as a secondary school rep, assembly delegate, and numerous chair positions. I believe my experience both on the board previously, and as a current college counseling professional I could add a great deal to the board as a voting member.



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.

Anthony Carnahan

Current Place of Employment: Coastal College Counseling
Job Title: Independent Counselor

Delegate Experience working as a representative or in political assemblies :

 

Candidate Message:

I have been involved with NJACAC in the past as a Committee Chair, Conference Presenter, College Fair Presenter, and regular attendee to the annual conference and I would like to get involved once again. In terms of serving as a delegate-this past cycle there were no Independent Counselors serving as delegates and I believe representation of this group is very important as we are a growing presence here in New Jersey and across the country. I believe that my 24 years a college counselor, on both the high school side and independently, positions me well to be of service to the members of NJACAC and the students we serve. As we have all experienced over the past year, the college admissions process is everchanging. I believe it is imperative that all professionals who work in college admissions have the ability to relay correct, up to date information to families. I am also focused on mental health issues, academic equity, and rebuilding motivation that has been lost to some over the past year. 

Rebecca Muraview

Current Place of Employment: Ridge High School
Job Title: School Counselor

Delegate Experience working as a representative or in political assemblies :

 

Candidate Message:

I have worked in education for the past twenty-six years. Supporting students as they explore opportunities for their future and realize their potential for personal success has been central to my career as both a classroom teacher and school counselor. Establishing relationships with a network of colleagues has proven to be vital in best serving the needs of students in their transition from high school to college. The atmosphere of college admissions is dynamic and ever changing. NJACAC has enabled me to stay abreast of those issues in the college admissions process that challenge institutions, school counselors, and students today. As an Assembly Delegate, my goal is to participate in the national conversation while representing our local concerns: to explore transitional needs from high school to college; examine state and national movements and mandates affecting our students and our profession; develop programs to adapt to the changing face and needs of our 21st century students; and generate solutions to stressors affecting all stakeholders invested in the college admissions counseling process and the success of our New Jersey students.

Dan Reigel

Current Place of Employment: Rowan University
Job Title: Associate Director of Admissions

Delegate Experience working as a representative or in political assemblies :

Candidate Message:

I have been a member of the NJACAC Board for the past 16 years. This year I completed my five year tenure as Treasurer and chair of the Fiscal Oversight Committee and previously served as Membership Chair for 10 years, mentorship co-chair, and college representative. I am an advocate for all who work in the admission counseling profession and have direct knowledge of the inner workings between regional affiliates and NACAC. I will continue to represent my colleagues in New Jersey on the national level as I have done for many years.


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

Sarah Smith

Current Place of Employment: School Counselor
Job Title: School Counselor/Career Education Program Coordinator

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?

I have served on the Board as IAS Co-Chair and as Secondary School Representative for the past 3 years and believe that attending Board meetings and retreats has allowed me to see how NJACAC is run and allowed me to better understand how to lead NJACAC.  I have been a member of our National Association (NACAC) for 2 years.  It has given me the opportunity to meet with other state affiliate IAS Chairs via conference call on several occasions to discuss what each state’s IAS committee contributes to its state affiliate.  As NJACAC IAS Co-Chair, I have met with other state affiliate IAS Chairs via conference call on several occasions to talk about what each state’s IAS committee contribute to their state affiliate.

Candidate Message:

Since becoming involved in NJACAC, I have wanted to serve the organization in some way and am lucky to serve currently as Secondary School Representative and Co-Chair of Inclusion, Access and Success Committee.  I am excited be involved in an organization that is willing to try new things and address what is going on in the world and in our field.  I would like to continue evolving and instituting new programs that NJACAC offer and growing our membership and involvement in the association. Important issues for NJACAC to address include: equity, COVID-19, and how our roles as college admissions counselors and school counselors are evolving.