Ashley Armato

SACAC Position: Access, Inclusion & Success Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Senior Associate Director of College Counselor, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator at Palmer Trinity School (FL)
Years in Profession: 11

How did you first become involved in SACAC? My first year as a college counselor my director encouraged me to not only attend the conference but volunteer.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? SACAC aims to be ethical, but students first, and values access and inclusion.
Favorite SACAC event/program: SACAC Latinx SIG gatherings
Three words that describe SACAC: Community, Dedication, Excellence
Three words that describe me: Genuine, Hardworking, Lifelong-Learner

Stephen Brown

SACAC Position: Advancement Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Assistant Director of Outreach at Woodward Hines Education Foundation (MS)
Years in Profession: 7

 How did you first become involved in SACAC? I joined SACAC as an employee of WHEF’s Get2College program in 2013. Our company had been involved in SACAC as active participants in hosting drive-in’s, presenting at conferences, attending the Sweet Tea Tour, and serving on the governing board.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? I’m inspired by the intentional and collaborative efforts of professionals who have one common goal: to break down the barriers for students receiving the best education possible.
Favorite SACAC event/program: Sweet Tea Tour and Annual Conference.
Three words that describe SACAC: It is lit.
Three words that describe me: Creative. Curator. Character.

Katherine Buck

SACAC Position: State and Area Initiatives Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Administrator of Student Recruitment for the College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn University (AL)
Years in Profession: 7

How did you first become involved in SACAC? My first SACAC experience was Annual Conference 2013. I was less than a year into my admissions career and had no idea how quickly I would connect with the people I met in those short three days. SACAC introduced me to the people who would become my mentors and support system in this crazy world of college admissions and counseling. I am forever grateful to the people in this organization for helping me find my passion in this career field!
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? “…help all students realize their postsecondary educational goals.” This is the whole reason I go to work every day. I work in College Admissions Counseling to support students with one of the biggest decisions of their lives thus far. I find fulfilment in seeing students achieve their goals and thrive at a college that is the right fit for them. I am honored to serve an organization that puts students and their goals first!
Favorite SACAC event/program:  Dry Run! It is such an amazing program that allows admissions newbies to break the ice and learn from seasoned SACAC members. I think the program does a great job of prepping people with less than a year of experience to take on this crazy world of college and admissions counseling with excitement and confidence.
Three words that describe SACAC: Supportive. Welcoming. Inspiring.
Three words that describe me: Dependable. Passionate. Hard-working.

Ryan Cassell

SACAC Position: Past President
Title and Institution/Organization: Vice-President for Enrollment Management at Hendrix College (AR)
Years in Profession: 17 

How did you first become involved in SACAC? My first SACAC memory of SACAC involvement is making balloon columns for the conference social when SACAC partnered with Potomac & Chesapeake ACAC for a joint annual conference.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? The phrase “Collaborative Network” reminds me that we are in this profession together as an interdependent community of educators who support each other in the goal of helping students.
Favorite SACAC event/program: In my role as SACAC Treasurer from 2015-2018, the most rewarding checks to write were the ones for the Counselor Participation Fund. Knowing that our organization provides funding to professionals whose home institutions cannot provide resources for professional development demonstrates the commitment to access that SACAC has.
Three words that describe SACAC:  Family, Network, Support
Three words that describe me: Dad/Husband, Loyal, Analysis

Erin Chadwick

SACAC Position: Treasurer
Title and Institution/Organization: Coordinator of College Counseling and Academic Affairs at King’s Ridge Christian School (GA)
Years in Profession: 10

How did you first become involved in SACAC?  I attended Summer Seminar as a new college counselor
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? “…promoting ethical responsibility, professional growth, access, advocacy, and outreach…”
Favorite SACAC event/program: I love and am thankful for them ALL:)
Three words that describe SACAC: Inspiring; ethical; accessible
Three words that describe me: Kind; Hone$t, Funny (or at least I think I am)

Melissa Cline

SACAC Position: Admission Practices Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Director of Admissions at Furman University (SC)
Years in Profession: 8

How did you first become involved in SACAC? I first became involved with SACAC when my institution held the South Carolina Drive-In Workshop and I served as on-site coordinator. Since then I have enjoyed participating in other programs sponsored by SACAC and have enjoyed the opportunities for collaboration that SACAC provides.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? I’m inspired by SACAC’s commitment to collaboration, recognizing the importance placed on creating partnerships for the benefit of our students. SACAC blends the professional development of the individual with the overarching goal of serving our students in a positive way.
Favorite SACAC event/program: I have enjoyed working with SACAC’s Horizon Award selection process over the past few years and find this to be a rewarding way to serve our organization and to work with a broader population of students outside of those with whom I work at my respective institution.
Three words that describe SACAC: Energizing, Thought-provoking, Collegial
Three words that describe me: Driven. Loyal. Balanced.

Emily Coffey

SACAC Position: Admission Practices Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: College Counselor, Mount St Mary Academy (AR)
Years in Profession

How did you first become involved in SACAC? I first became involved in SACAC when I attended Dry Run in 2014. Since then I’ve said “yes” to as many SACAC events as possible!
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? I love the collaborative nature of SACAC, and the dedication to helping us become better professionals so we can help all students achieve their post secondary plans.
Favorite SACAC event/program: I love the annual conference each year – it feels like a big reunion! 
Three words that describe SACAC:  community, knowledge, resource
Three words that describe me:  friendly, crafty, sweet tooth

Christy Conley

SACAC Position: Member Relations Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization:  School Counselor at North Oconee High School Bogart (GA)
Years in Profession: 17

How did you first become involved in SACAC?  As a member of SACAC, I have enjoyed various opportunities to connect with colleagues and grow professionally within the SACAC organization.  My SACAC involvement has primarily focused on ways to provide education and resources of the college admission process for public school counselors.  I am passionate about ALL students having access to proper college admission advisement.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you?  I connect with inclusion being the focal point of the SACAC mission statement.  By advocating for students to have access and opportunities to reach their educational goals, SACAC is improving the lives of individuals, families, and our communities.
Favorite SACAC event/program: Annual Conference!  The conference is filled with informative sessions that revitalize my spirit and motivate me to plow through the rest of the school year.  The sessions also inspire me to adjust my counseling plan for the next school year and become a better counselor for my students!
Three words that describe SACAC: Empowering, inspiring, and professional
Three words that describe me:  Dedicated, compassionate, enthusiastic

Jonathan Ferrell

SACAC Position: President
Title and Institution/Organization: Director of College Counseling at Pace Academy (GA)
Years in Profession: 13

How did you first become involved in SACAC? During my first year in admissions, my boss sent me to SACAC. I somehow was introduced to Stacey Lightfoot who then introduced me to Brandi Smith. Before that conference ended I was on the faculty for Camp College. The following year I was on the conference registration committee, and the rest is history!
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? The thing that drove me to the conference specifically is the way we promote professional growth for our members. I feel that when we know and grow more, we are able to better serve our students. Our best work can’t be done in silos, we must be collaborative professionals.
Favorite SACAC event/program: The annual conference, duh! HA
Three words that describe SACAC: Necessary, Refreshing, Impactful
Three words that describe me: Driven, Passionate, Assiduous

Sarbeth Fleming

SACAC Position: Inclusion, Access and Success Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Associate Director of College Counseling at The Westminster Schools (GA)
Years in Profession: 19

How did you first become involved in SACAC? I first became involved in SACAC when I volunteered to help with Mini Camp College in Charlotte, NC.  To see the diversity of students and their educational backgrounds coming together to learn about the ABCs of College Admissions inspired me to continue to help all students.  The program was open to everyone so it did not matter the family’s educational background, everyone walked away informed about the process.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? I am inspired by SACAC’s mission to help ALL students realize their educational goals.
Favorite SACAC event/program: Mini Camp College is my favorite program that SACAC sponsors.
Three words that describe SACAC: Professional, family, accessibility
Three words that describe me: Dedicated, student-focused, advocate

Rachel Fried

SACAC Position: Communications Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Director, Public School Initiative/College Access Strategies
Years in Profession

How did you first become involved in SACAC? I received a scholarship to attend NACAC one year, and I noticed a sign outside a room that said “Southern-something-something”. I had just moved to the South, so I asked if I was allowed in…and the rest is history. By the end of the meeting I was hugging board members and feeling the love of the SACAC family!
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? Advocacy, hands down. To me, education IS advocacy. We must teach people to come together – to stand up proudly and strategically for themselves, their neighbors, and their communities.
Favorite SACAC event/program: Any time we gather as colleagues and friends, I am humbled and inspired!
Three words that describe SACAC: Massive Equity Opportunity
Three words that describe me: Fly Fishing Fanatic

Jessica Hardy

SACAC Position: National College Fairs Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Associate Director of College Guidance at St. George’s Independent School (GA)
Years in Profession: 12

How did you first become involved in SACAC? My first introduction to SACAC was during Dry Run in Florida after I moved to Tennessee from Illinois. Here, I met some wonderful colleagues that encouraged me to get involved as soon as possible. When I registered for my first SACAC, I volunteered at the registration table during the conference because I thought that would be to quickest way to get to meet as many people as possible. I was right! Don’t ever be afraid to put yourself out there!
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? The portion of the mission that inspires me the most is our focus “to help ALL students realize their postsecondary educational goals.” I believe every child has a right to an education no matter their socioeconomic background, family history or mishaps they have overcome. It is our duty as an organization to provide support for counselors (in admission and high schools) to help every child realize their potential. We change lives every day and help create our future.
Favorite SACAC event/program: This is a tie between Dry Run and Summer Seminar because meeting people new to field always excites me! I love encouraging new professionals to take full advantage of all our profession has to offer and to remind them that even though they are new, they have the potential to make a change.
Three words that describe SACAC: Life Changing Fun
Three words that describe me: Bubbly, Happy, Passionate

Anita Hua

SACAC Position:  Annual Conference Chair
Title and Institution/Organization:  Associate Director of College Counseling at The Lovett School (GA)
Years in Profession:  11

How did you first become involved in SACAC?  The first time that I had the opportunity to serve SACAC was actually during my first SACAC annual conference in Raleigh, NC. I served on the Extend the Dream Grant committee. I had great mentors and as a result, the opportunity truly fell into my lap, but I’m more than grateful to have been considered. Extend the Dream was just the beginning and it gave me a different perspective and a different way of thinking about and approaching my place and role in the organization.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you?  “…promoting ethical responsibility, professional growth, access, advocacy, and outreach to help all students realize their postsecondary educational goals.” SACAC has always been a place for me to engage professionally in a meaningful way. I’ve had the great privilege of serving as a committee member for the Horizon Award, a Governance and Nominating committee member, Dry Run faculty member, Camp College faculty member, and eventually serving on the Board of Directors for the first time as a one of the Grants chairs. There are so many ways to get involved and ultimately to serve our members and the students that we all work hard to serve. SACAC’s mission inspires me because there is room for everyone to contribute and to get involved.
Favorite SACAC event/program:  The conference, of course! On a serious note, it will be a great new challenge and honor to lead the planning efforts for our annual conferences alongside our president-elect and Elizabeth Merritt.
Three words that describe SACAC: Social. Diverse. Adaptable.
Three words that describe me: Intentional. Attentive. Collaborative.

Claudia Jolivert

SACAC Position: Treasurer-elect
Title and Institution/Organization: Senior Associate Director of College Counseling at Ransom Everglades School (FL)
Years in Profession: 14

How did you first become involved in SACAC? In 2012 my colleague Steve Frappier and I co-presented Eight (Maybe Ten) is Enough at SACAC’s annual conference. And in 2016 I joined the Annual Conference planning team to coordinate SACAC’s 50 years in Miami.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? As a member of the Grants Committee, I have the honor and privilege of awarding funding for professional growth. I am inspired by the human resources and financial opportunities we can extend to our members in a effort to empower and help them grow in our profession.
Favorite SACAC event/program: The Annual Conference is my favorite program, but the highlight of my time as a SACAC Board member has been welcoming CPF recipients to the Annual Conference, in particular those individuals attending the conference for the first time.
Three words that describe SACAC: the real deal
Three words that describe me: spirited, kind, chocolate-lover  

Sean Kennedy

SACAC Position: Communications Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Co-Director of College Counseling at Ravenscroft School (NC)
Years in Profession: 20

How did you first become involved in SACAC? As a volunteer presenter at a Counselor Drive-In workshop!
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? I find every part of our mission inspiring, but I’d say the commitment to counselor outreach fuels my work as a Board member.
Favorite SACAC event/program: Though I love the Annual Conference and Counselor Drive-Ins, I’d have to say the Mini-Camp College program. As the Area Chair for the Raleigh Mini-Camp, I relish the opportunity to join with other SACAC colleagues to met and support students from around our area.
Three words that describe SACAC: Energy. Growth. Connection.
Three words that describe me: Friendly. Focused. Fun.

Ebonee Mahone-Todman

SACAC Position: Grants & Fiscal Oversight Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Scholarship Coordinator at Marietta High School in Marietta (GA)
Years in Profession: 18

How did you first become involved in SACAC? I first got involved with SACAC at the Annual Conference in Jacksonville in 2010.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? There is a specific part of the SACAC mission statement that is directly in line with my own personal mission statement, and that is the phrase: “…access, advocacy, and outreach to help all students realize their postsecondary educational goals”. I have always felt that I was placed on this earth for this specific purpose. To expose young people to their options in life and create opportunities for young people that have been marginalized throughout history.
Favorite SACAC event/program: I think my favorite SACAC event/program is the Annual Conference. It was hard to choose, but I think there are so many things that come out of the Annual Conference, that it is hard to not say the Conference.  There is an opportunity to connect with others in the profession of course, but then you get an opportunity to celebrate those who are doing the work and doing it well, an opportunity to have those necessary conversations that affect the work that we do day to day, and then of course there is the opportunity to get to know those on both sides on the desk and create ever-lasting friendships and partnerships. It’s like going to your family reunion ever year!
Three words that describe SACAC: Network, Collaboration, and Engaging
Three words that describe me: Passionate, Dedicated, and Amiable

Diana McAfee

SACAC Position: Executive Assistant
Years in Profession: 18 (7 in college admissions, 11 as an association executive assistant)

How did you first become involved in SACAC?  I attended the annual conference in Memphis in 2000 as an admission counselor my first year in the profession. During that conference I learned that the association needed a new exhibitor chair, so I volunteered to serve.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you?  “Supporting” and “engaging” our network of professionals. I love being able to assist and empower the members of this association to continue on their journeys to be the best professionals they can be.
Favorite SACAC event/program:  As a former member, I only ever attended the annual conference, and it was always an incredible experience. In my role as Executive Assistant, I am supporting the efforts of each and every event, so my favorite is any which our members are able to attend!
Three words that describe SACAC: Collaborative, Resourceful, Evolving
Three words that describe me: Communicator, Organizer, Joyful

Amy Moffatt

SACAC Position: Professional Development Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Assistant Director at the University of South Carolina
Years in Profession: 11

How did you first become involved in SACAC?  I volunteered to be the evaluations chair for our Drive-in in South Carolina back in 2009.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you?  The dedication and passion of enrollment and counseling professionals have in this field never ceases to amaze me. We are lucky to have supportive, empathic, inspiring, and charismatic individuals empowering our students to reach their postsecondary goals & dreams. It is an honor to serve with wonderful colleagues in this profession and because of them they inspire me to work harder every day to see a better tomorrow.
Favorite SACAC event/program:  There are so many! I really enjoyed my time as a Dry-Run faculty & SAIL participant but I think the event that challenged me to grow the most was the creation and execution of the Coastal Georgia Legislative Day. It allowed me to face an area that I was not comfortable with and allowed me to learn more about the issues in our field and how to advocate for those who we serve. It was an inspiring, eye-opening, and powerful event and I hope everyone can experience an advocacy event in their state.
Three words that describe SACAC: Powerful, Inspiring, Advocate
Three words that describe me: Passionate, Driven, Innovative

Caroline Morris

SACAC Position: Professional Development Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Director of College Counseling at St Johns Country Day School (FL)
Years in Profession: 16

How did you first become involved in SACAC? I first volunteered for Camp College at my second ever SACAC conference. I was hooked immediately.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? Professional development, networking and promoting ethical responsibility. I have made so many connections through SACAC and learned so much over the years.
Favorite SACAC event/program: Sweet Tea Tour. Hands down being able to showcase the amazing colleges in our region to counselors around the country was an amazing experience.
Three words that describe SACAC: Networking, fun, inspiring
Three words that describe me: Outgoing, passionate, dedicated

Maria Elena Ornelas

SACAC Position: Government Relations Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Associate Director of Admissions at Vanderbilt University (TN)
Years in Profession: 12

How did you first become involved in SACAC? My first SACAC memory was assisting with the Mini Camp College in Nashville. Since then, I’ve done all I can to be involved!
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? “Advocacy” & “outreach” are two key words that speak to how I approach our profession. It’s all about the students we work with and getting them to their next step in the education pipeline.
Favorite SACAC event/program: I always look forward to the SACAC Annual Conference to reconnect with friends, share best practices, and forward the SACAC mission!
Three words that describe SACAC: Advocate, Network, Supportive
Three words that describe me: Mother, Dedicated, Mentor

Tyler Peterson

SACAC Position: President-elect
Title and Institution/Organization:  Executive Director at University of Alabama at Birmingham
Years in Profession: 20

How did you first become involved in SACAC?  As I was a younger professional, my supervisor at the time encouraged me to attend the conference.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? That we are not one type – we don’t all believe the same, look the same or talk the same, but the sum of our parts inspires me to constantly learn about supporting students and professionals in our field.
Favorite SACAC event/program: The annual conference is where it is at! The ability to grow professionally, have fun, meet new colleagues, challenge one another, culminating in the goal of make everyone better makes the annual conference a can’t miss!
Three words that describe SACAC: Engaging. Diverse. Inspiring.
Three words that describe me: Loyal, Positive, Leadership Learner

LaSean Price

SACAC Position: Advancement Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization:  Senior Admissions Counselor at Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
Years in Profession:    11

How did you first become involved in SACAC?  My colleague suggested we submit a conference proposal, which was chosen, and I’ve been inspired to stay involved ever since.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? I find the collaborative aspect of the SACAC mission most inspiring from idea sharing to our collective good will as a whole.
Favorite SACAC event/program:   Dry Run—this program not only provides practical experience for new admissions professionals but it a great professional development opportunity for its faculty
Three words that describe SACAC: Collaborative, Inspiring and Dynamic
Three words that describe me: Creative, Easy-going and Engaged

Ryan Riggs

SACAC Position: State and Area Initiatives Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Director of College Counseling at Episcopal School of Jacksonville (FL)
Years in Profession: 20+ in education, 15 in college counseling

How did you first become involved in SACAC? Through the other college counselors at my school.  They encouraged me from day one to get involved.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? The commitment to serving students.  If we ever lose sight of that, then we are in trouble.
Favorite SACAC event/program:  Annual Conference – what else?
Three words that describe SACAC: Meet. Talk. Serve.
Three words that describe me: Bald but beautiful

Megan Rolf

SACAC Position: Government Relations Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Director of Recruitment at Winthrop University (NC)
Years in Profession: 16

How did you first become involved in SACAC? I first became involved in SACAC by attending SACAC Dry Run at Vanderbilt University in 2007.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? I am most inspired by SACAC’s mission to promote advocacy and access to help students reach their postsecondary goals. SACAC has provided me with numerous opportunities to volunteer and participate in Guidance Counselor workshops, mini-camp colleges, and legislative days to connect with others and support our students.
Favorite SACAC event/program: My favorite SACAC program is Legislative Day.
Three words that describe SACAC: Inclusive-Community, Thought-provoking, Inspiring
Three words that describe me: Mom/wife, Determined, Motivated

Jessica Sant

SACAC Position: Board Advisor
Title and Institution/Organization: Director of College Counseling at The Lovett School (GA)
Years in Profession: 13

How did you first become involved in SACAC? Attending Dry Run as a new admission counselor at the University of Georgia!
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you?  What called me to SACAC is our advocacy efforts to support counselors and students. Often the stories that need to be shared with legislators are those of colleagues who can’t be at the table. My hope is that we continue to foster opportunities for public school and community-based counselors to be supported, celebrated, and most importantly, heard.
Favorite SACAC event/program: Georgia Legislative Day!
Three words that describe SACAC: Inspiring, Engaging, and Passionate!
Three words that describe me: Dependable, Supportive, and Team-Oriented

Myronee Simpson

SACAC Position: Grants & Fiscal Oversight Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: Director of College Counseling at the Oak Hall School (FL)
Years in Profession: 22

How did you first become involved in SACAC? When I became a college counselor in 2005, the very first professional development program I attended as a new college counselor was the SACAC Summer Seminar. I received a complimentary SACAC membership because of my attendance, which I renewed for many years afterwards. I rejoined SACAC in 2016 when I moved to Florida to work at Oak Hall School. I immediately began to get involved, specifically in Legislative Advocacy; in March of 2017, I represented SACAC at NACAC’s Legislative Advocacy Day and the next month served as a volunteer at the Super Conference. After the conference, I was motivated to serve SACAC in other capacities, so I applied to be Co-Chair of the Counselor Participation Fund and was also appointed to serve on the NACAC Governance and Nominating Committee.
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you?  I am inspired by SACAC’s mission to foster collaboration among its members and support professionals in their work towards helping students attain their educational goals. As a multi-state affiliate organization, SACAC provides the interconnectedness for members within our region and the ability to gain valuable insight into the larger world of college admissions.
Favorite SACAC event/program: The SACAC Annual Conference! Having attended an annual conference as a member of a single state affiliate for many years, attending my first SACAC Conference was an eye-opening experience in seeing so many members representing different states and educational institutions.
Three words that describe SACAC: Dynamic, Engaging, Ethical 
Three words that describe me: Caring, Loyal, Resilient

Ashley Young

SACAC Position: National College Fairs Co-chair
Title and Institution/Organization: College Counselor at Charles R. Drew Charter School (GA)
Years in Profession: 7

How did you first become involved in SACAC? After being awarded the Extending the Dream Grant (ETD) Award at my first SACAC conference in 2014, I began serving on the committee and later transitioned to chairperson of the committee. ETD will always be my first love!
What aspect of SACAC’s mission inspires you? I am always impressed with SACAC’s focus and emphasis on outreach. We are comprised of so many movers and shakers in college access and what better way to serve our communities than through targeted outreach for populations of students who need us most? From SACAC Mini Camp to Extend the Dream Grant Committee, SACAC is making a positive difference in the lives of others each day!
Favorite SACAC event/program: I have always enjoyed participating in legislative day. There are multiple issues that impact our day-to-day work as college access educators. Legislative day is an excellent way to increase your education policy knowledge, meet other professionals and engage in impactful dialogue with legislators.
Three words that describe SACAC: Sense of Belonging
Three words that describe me Passionate, Animated & Goal-driven