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11/15/2017

Candidates for 2017 Election

The 2017 PSCA Election is coming soon.  Here are the candidates who are running

President Elect:

Michael Perrott:  from IU3

Education:  BS. Psychology Carnagie Mellon M.Ed Counseling in Education, University of Pittsburgh

Current Employment:  Middle School Counselor South Fayette Middle School

Previous Employment:  2000-2003 South Fayette Jr/Sr High School 7-12; 2004-2017-- South Fayette Middle School 6-8

Previous Experience: Allegheny County School Counselors Association Vice President 2008-2009, PSCA Professional Recognitions Chair 2012 - Current, Allegheny County School Counselors Association Vice President 2008-2009,

PSCA Professional Recognitions Chair 2012 - Current

Professional Membership:  ACSCA, PSCA, ASCA, NCC, NCBC

PSCA Candidate Nomination Statement:  

I am running for the office of President-Elect, because I wholeheartedly believe in the role of the school counselor and the impact that we can have on the students and families we serve. Whether it be identifying a potential learning disability (or health impairment); helping students/families navigate a difficult world of social issues;helping them achieve their academic aspirations; or the myriad of other tasks we are charged to take on, we have the ability to assist students in overcoming the obstacles that threaten their progress and help them to reach their goals and full potential.

My goal in running for President are to continue expanding our membership base, to provide more varied services and supports to our members, and to continually enhance our presence in the state and national initiatives that benefit school counselors and our students. As chair of PSCA's Professional Recognitions Committee for the past six-years, I can personally attest to the abundant number of great ideas and initiatives that the Pennsylvania School Counselors have created and I believe that these ideas can often be easily adjusted or modified for the benefit of students across different settings and environments.

In short, I believe that we can learn from each other and that through open dialogue and collaboration we can meet the challenges that lie ahead and more our organization into the future.

President - Elect/Elect

Christine Harmon:  IU 3

Educational Background:  BA: Psychology; University of Notre Dame, M.Ed Secondary Guidance and Counseling -- Slippery Rock University

Current Employment Position:  St. Joseph High School

Previous Employment Experience:  Worked as a Alcohol and Drug Educator for Westmoreland County Worked as a staff at a group home with 10-20 adolescents

Professional/Leadership Experience:  Allegheny County School Counselor Association: President, 2010, PSCA Governing Board Member (2011-2014), PSCA Treasurer (2014-Present)

Professional Membership:  ACSCA, PSCA, ASCA, PACAC, NACAC, PCA

Awards/Publications/Certifications:  St. Joseph High School Spirit of Saint Joseph Award, Coca-Cola Joseph P. Whitehead Educator of Distinction

PSCA Candidate Nomination Statement:

I have been a school counselor for 25 years, and still remember my first experience at a PSCA conference. I received a grant, and was able to attend the entire conference. I met numerous counselors that were "new" to PSCA conferences, and many experienced ones. The energy I felt was inspiring, and when I left I realized that I wanted to be bigger part of the organization. I attended conferences consistently, met more counselors and started my journey as the Scholarship Basket Raffle Chair. Since them I have completed a Unit Rep term, was elected, completed a Treasurer term, and was elected.

I want to run for the office of President-Elect because I want to continue to be a part of the PSCA Governing, and feel that I am ready for that step. Being treasurer has taught me the "ins and outs" of the organization, and I understand what is needed and what works. I am a highly organized, detail-oriented person who also enjoys interacting with other counselors. I also know that I view ideas or options in ways that help to make a clearer picture for those with whom I work. I learn from every encounter, and believe I would be a consistent, hard-working and energized President-Elect of PSCA.

Treasurer

Teresa Atkinson:  IU3

Educational Background:  BS.Ed -- Elementary Education -- Duquesne University MS.Ed School Counseling, Duquesne University

Current Employment Position: School Counselor at Serra Catholic High School

Previous Employment Experience:  School Counselor at Ringgold High School and Career Counselor, Gifted Coordinator, and Transition Counselor at South Park High School

Professional/Leadership Experience:  PSCA Secretary 2014 - Present, PSCA Membership Chair 2011 - 2014, PSCA Conference Registar 2011-2015, Allegheny County School Counselors Association Recognitions Chair2011-2016, Allegheny County School Counselors Association Secretary 2015-2018,Mount Lebanon Junior Womens Club Welcoming/Member Chair 2015-2016.

Professional Membership:  ACSCA, PACAC,PSCA, ASCA

Awards/Publications/Certifications:  UCLA College Counseling Certificate (expected 2019) LPC (expected 2019) NCC (expected 2018) PA Certified Elementary Education (K-6) PA Certified Elementary School Counselor (K-6) PA Certified Secondary School Counselor (7-12) PA Certified Instructional Technology (K-12)

PSCA Candidate Nomination Statement:  I am running for the position of Treasurer of PSCA. I have served as Membership Chair, Conference Registar, and am currently Secretary of PSCA. All of these experiences have led me to the desire of seeking more involvement in the association. In my experiences with PSCA I have worked with various committees and Executive Committee Members to promote the mission of PSCA across the commonwealth.

PSCA has offered me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and skills as a school counselor while giving back to the profession I am so deeply passionate about. The experiences in these various roles has afforded me the opportunity to develop my own leadership skills. At this point in my career and involvement with PSCA, I am ready to become more actively involved. My qualifications combined with my strong work ethic, desire, and experiences thus far make me an ideal candidate for the position of Treasurer for PSCA.

Central Regional Representative

Erin Rebling:  IU 11

Educational Background:  BS Psychology -- Univerity of Pittsburgh @ Johnstown, MS School Counseling IUP

Current Employment Position:  School Counselor Indian Valley Elementary School

Previous Employment Experience:  Graduate Assistant -- Dept. of Ed Psychology IUP

Professional/Leadership Experience:  Co-moderator bi-weekly twitter chat for elementary school counselors

Professional Membership:  PSCA, ASCA, PSEA

Awards/Publications/Certifications:  ASCA Bullying Prevention Specialist Presented at PSCA Conference, PSEA Pupil Services Conference, and IU11 Paraeducator conference

PSCA Candidate Nomination Statement:  I am writing to express my interest in a Regional Representative Position within the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association Governing Board. As I begin my fifth year as a Elementary School Counselor, I continue to look toward the future of our profession with optimism and fresh energy. This energy and drive would help to make me an active and valued member of the PSCA Governing Board.

Instead of being a negative quality, I feel my lack of professional experience would allow me to share new ideason how to best support our students and new professional members. Additionally, it is my understanding that I would work closely with another Board Member while fulfilling the duties of this position, I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with another school counselor and know that it would be aproductive working relationship. Finally, I recently presented on technology use at the PSCA conference. I feel that my skills in this area could be useful to the leadership team as they grow their social media presence, collect data, and connect with members across the state.

Southwest Regional Representative

Sima Misquitta:  IU 3

Educational Background:  BS Business - University of Pittsburgh M.Ed School Counseling -- University of Pittsburgh

Current Employment Position:  School Counselor, Baldwin-Whitehall High School

Previous Employment Experience:  Permanent School Counselor Sub at Butler Area High School

Professional/Leadership Experience:  ACSCA -- Website Co-Editor, Southwest Regional Representative (2017-2018), Penn State Counselor Advisory Group (2017-2020)

Professional Membership:  PSCA, ACSCA

Awards/Publications/Certifications:

PSCA Candidate Nomination Statement:  For the last 25 years (since I was a student), I have been a member of ACSCA. Through this organization, I had the chance to to nework and work with many counselors across the country. I would like to do the same at the state level as the Southwest Regional Representative. I just recently started this position and would like to continue so I can use my role to serve my collegues throughout the state and be a voice for school counselors across the state and especially for the Southwest Region.

The increase in mental health and drug issues along with the state focus on chronic absenteeism and future readiness among students, has increased demands on all school counselors. As a regional rep, one goal I have is to increase the sharing of resources and knowledge among the IU's in our region.

Southcentral Regional Representative

Adam Oldham, M.Ed, LPC, NCC:  IU 15

Educational Background:  K-12 School Counseling (M.Ed), Shippensburg University, 2013 Human Communication Studies, Business, Spanish (B.A), Shippensburg University, 2010

Current Employment Position:  High School Counselor, East Pennsboro Area High School

Previous Employment Experience:  Middle School Counselor, Mechanicsburg Area Middle School Intensive/Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Pyramid Healthcare

Professional/Leadership Experience:  K-12 Counseling Department Chair, East Pennsboro Area High School Multiple Committee Assignments (Assessment, Scheduling, Evaluation, Technology, Renovation, etc) Adjunct Professor, Department of Counseling and CSP, Shippensburg University Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) SADD Club Advisor, East Pennsboro Area High School Site Supervisor (Messiah College Department of Counseling), East Pennsboro Area High School Advisory Board Member, Cumberland-Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission

Professional Membership:  American School Counselors Association (ASCA) Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA

Awards/Publications/Certifications:  2017 SADD National Chapter of the Year Presented at ASCA (2013) and PSCA (2012) – Furlough-proof counseling: Collecting and using data to build a comprehensive program.

PSCA Candidate Nomination Statement:  

I want to be a Regional Representative for PSCA because I am passionately committed to the service school counselors provide to students. Having engaged with state and local lawmakers, the need for school counseling advocacy is more urgent than ever – with increased attention on college and career readiness, school counselors need to be equipped not only with the traditional counseling skills, but with real-time, relevant workforce information and the ability to communicate it effectively to students and parents.

PSCA can serve as a vehicle for meaningful professional development – for school counselors and for legislators – and I want to be a part of that mission. I have a proven record of school counseling leadership, having presented at PSCA (2012) and ASCA Conferences (2013), through my advocacy at the local level within my school district, and at the regional level, and through my work as an adjunct faculty member at Shippensburg University.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), which adds to the scope of my professional perspective – one that I believe fits well the mission of PSCA. It is a struggle to fit this into 200 words. That’s why I believe I am qualified to serve in this role!

Northeast Regional Representative

Renee Berry:  IU 19

Educational Background:  Bachelor of Science in Education K-6; Master of Education in School Counseling K-12; Additional 15 credits beyond Masters Degree

Current Employment Position:  Elementary School Counselor K-2 (4 years)

Previous Employment Experience:  Elementary & Middle School Counselor K-8 (4 years)

Professional/Leadership Experience:  PSCA Governing Board Member since December 2014, NEPCA (Northeast Pennsylvania Counseling Association) Executive Committee Member

Professional Membership:  American School Counselors Association Member since 2008 Pennsylvania School Counselors Association Member since 2008 Northeast Pennsylvania Counselors Association Member since 2014 School Counselors of Northeast PA Member since 2017

Awards/Publications/Certifications:  ASCA U Legal & Ethical School Counselor Specialist Certification; ASCA U Bullying Specialist Certification; ASCA U Mental Health Certification (pending)

PSCA Candidate Nomination Statement:  Networking has always been a passion of mine since I was in graduate school. Being on the PSCA Governing Board has fostered my internal drive to become the best counselor I can be. I love learning from others; therefore, I feel the Governing Board gives me a voice for school counselors in my region who may not feel as comfortable speaking up on issues, or who wish for a collaborative school counselor community. I have always been an advocate for the role of the school counselor and my current Governing Board position allows me to reach as many people as possible.

I want to keep school counselors in-the- know and want to inspire others to network by being members of local, state, and national school counselor associations. I am a natural leader in my school and district and feel my collaboration with others motivates school counselors in our region to take steps to make sure we are kept abreast of professional development opportunities and outreach. My almost 3 years on the Governing Board has created a good platform for me to represent our Northeast region in a positive way and I hope I have the opportunity to continue this work