Professional Development Committee

This committee organizes and implements professional development programs for college admission (2 and 4 year), high school counseling, and independent counseling professionals as well as professionals in community based organizations that help students on their path to further their educational goals. The four programs offered each year help attendees with personal career development, professional education and growth from shared expertise and best practices, as well as networking with peers. The committee works in concert and consultation with the MACAC President and Board. 

Chair Members

Erik Aschenbeck, College of St. Benedict-St John’s University
Jenna Houser, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Ben Dufault, Augsburg University

Members

Mysee Chang, St. Catherine University
Norma Gutierrez, Saint Thomas Academy
Abby Hagel, Macalester College
Tara Halvorson, Chaska High School
Rebecca Hughes, University of St. Thomas
Bryan Jasperson, University of MN, Duluth
Carolyn Larson, University of MN, Twin Cities
Kate Mathison, University of St. Thomas
Mai Chue Moua, Hamline University
Jeff Polski, University of MN, Rochester
Rebecca Schmitz, Washington Technology Magnet School
Nathan Theunissen, University of St. Thomas
Kaelie Lund, Carleton College
Lindsay West, Bemidji State University
Amanda Peters, University of MN Crookston
Kevin Dunn, University of MN Duluth
Christine Barnhouse, University of St. Thomas


Events

  • Admission Counselor Institute – for new college admission representatives
  • Fall Forum – College Admission professionals and High School Counselors
  • Spring Conference – College Admission professionals and High School Counselors 
Alternating every other year between a MACAC conference and a multi-state conference with Iowa, Wisconsin and North & South Dakota ACAC’s.

Meetings

Meetings will be held in-person every month with a conference call-in option (call-in instructions will be emailed out prior to meetings). Our meeting dates and locations are as follows:


Tuesday, August 14 @ 1:30 p.m. at Anoka-Ramsey CC
Tuesday, September 11 @ 1:30 p.m. at Anoka-Ramsey CC
Tuesday, October 9 @ 1:30 p.m. at Anoka-Ramsey CC
Tuesday, November 6 @ 1:30 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas
Tuesday, December 11 @ 1:30 p.m. at Anoka-Ramsey CC
Tuesday, January 8 @ 1:30 p.m. at Anoka-Ramsey CC
Tuesday, February 12 @ 1:30 p.m. at Anoka-Ramsey CC
Tuesday, March 12 @ 1:30 p.m. at Anoka-Ramsey CC
Tuesday, April 9 @ 1:30 p.m. at Anoka-Ramsey CC
Tuesday, May 14 @ 1:30 p.m. at Minneapolis Marriott West
 

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