Professional Development

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

Lindsey Owens, Gustavus Adolphus College(507) 933-6363
Erik Aschenbeck, College of St. Benedict-St John’s University, (320) 363-5794
Jenna Obler, Augsburg College


Aleece DeWald, St. Olag College
Megan Ehora, North Dakota State University
Angela Erickson, Gustavus Adolphus College
Norma Gutierrez, Saint Thomas Academy
Tara Halvorson, Chaska High School
Jenna Johnson, University of St. Thomas, MN
Kate Mathison, Gustavus Adolphus College
Mai Chue Moua, St. Catherine University
Jenna Obler, Augsburg College
Krista Palmquist, University of St. Thomas, MN
Kayla Peterson, St. Mary's Univeristy of MN
Rebecca Schmitz, Washington Technology Magnet School
Katelyn Tamm, University of North Dakota


  • Admission Counselor Institute – for new college admission representatives
  • College Counseling Institute – for high school counselors
  • Financial Aid Workshop – 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 and South Dakota ACAC’s


Meetings will be held in-person every other month with a conference call-in option.  That will be emailed out prior to meetings.  The PD Committee will always meet the Tuesday before an event on-site.  Sub-committees will meet as necessary and those meetings will be set up by the corresponding PD Tri-Chair.  The following dates and times are subject to change:

  • TBD
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