PNACAC Call to Action
The Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling relies on its outstanding members - like you! - to help provide quality programs and resources that allow us to serve our students better.

We are currently seeking PNACAC members to share their wisdom and skills with some key initiatives. Please let us know how you’d like to contribute below.
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Current Priorities Needing Your Help
Please indicate if you are interested in any or all of the below activities.
Awards & Recognition Committee
The Awards & Recognition Committee are seeking volunteers to help review applications for awards and scholarships this next year. This is your chance to get involved and do something fun by recognizing others for all of their hard work! By joining this committee, you will have an opportunity to award $10,000 in scholarship money to college bound students, but also a chance to award some of our own fellow colleagues for their hard work and accomplishments. Questions can be directed to Jaime Barajas-Zepeda, Awards & Recognition Chair at; he will contact you directly if you indicate interest.
Community College & Transfer Advocacy
Community College Relations and Transfer Advocacy Committee is seeking representatives! You can help provide information on the community college sector and share with students the transfer opportunities around the PNACAC region. This is a new committee so our inaugural chair, Melanie Casciato, is looking for help in connecting with community colleges and growing professional development opportunities for the sector to benefit colleagues and students. Questions can be directed to Melanie at
Diversity, Equity, and Access
The Diversity, Equity, and Access (DEA) committee supports underserved and underrepresented students and the professionals working with them by creating programming and access to resources that focus on college preparation and admission practices. Regardless of whether institutions use race-conscious or race-neutral admission policies, this committee seeks to educate the community on best practices around DEA through programming, resource, and idea-sharing. The DEA Committee is seeking members interested in participating and planning member programming around DEA work, the creation, collection, and distribution of resource development materials, and those who wish to promote and/or learn more and become involved with DEA work and advocacy.
Fundraising Initiatives
Justin is looking for members with experience fundraising for their school or other non-profit organizations, or simply those who are eager to get more involved in PNACAC by assisting in fundraising initiatives that will address PNACAC's mission and strategic plan. Help is needed to establish fundraising protocol and logistics, along with the ongoing efforts to generate corporate donations and the roll-out of our member-driven fundraising initiatives. Questions can be directed to Justin Strohmeyer, Treasurer, at; he will contact you directly if you indicate interest.
Government Relations Committee
Matt is looking for members to help with monitoring state legislation that impacts access and affordability of college education in the PNACAC region. Currently the Government Relations Committee has one representative each from Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Ideally we would like representation from multiple members in all five states. Members help to monitor legislation in their state and work with the Government Relations Chair on how to take action to support college access and affordability. Questions can be directed to Matt Allen at; he will contact you directly if you indicate interest.  
Membership Committee
Stephen and the Membership Committee need your help in the coming year. If you are interested in discussing and dissecting how PNACAC serves its high school members, we want to hear your perspectives! As an organization, we seek to find better ways to meet the needs of high schools serving rural and low SES populations, as well as public high schools and schools in Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. This task force will meet remotely several times throughout the 2020-2021 school year: it's a small commitment of time that can have a huge impact on our professional community. Questions can be directed to Stephen Russell at; he will contact you directly if you indicate interest.
Professional Development Committee
Sydney, Kelsey, and the Professional Development Committee are seeking volunteers. There are three areas in which volunteers are needed: Summer Institute Planning volunteers, High School Counselors Special Interest Group Planning volunteers, and New Admissions Professionals Special Interest Group Planners.  1) The Summer Institute is an event for admission professionals with approximately 0-3 years experience. It typically includes an introduction to Admissions and Enrollment Management, sessions on relevant topics for newer admission professionals, and networking opportunities. We are looking for volunteers to help with the planning and organization of the 2022 event.  There are multiple areas towards which a volunteer can contribute (presenter, part of the organizing committee, etc.). 2.) The High School Counselors Special Interest Group is a new group the Professional Development co-chairs are hoping to launch this year.  We are looking for volunteers to help with the creation of the SIG, facilitate meetings, identify topics relevant to the high school community, and serve as mentors.  3.) The New Admissions Professionals Special Interest Group is looking for volunteers to help welcome new members, facilitate meetings, identify relevant admissions topics, and serve as mentors to new admissions professionals.  If any of these areas sound of interest to you, please consider joining one of the Professional Development committees.  Questions can be directed to Sydney Montgomery and Kelsey Mark at; they will contact you directly if you indicate interest in a committee.
Tribal Relations Committee
Foster PNACAC's relationships with Native communities throughout the region, provide support to American Indian and Alaska Native students and Nations, and increase representation of these communities in PNACAC.
Other ways to get involved...
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