Membership Meeting Agenda

Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling | Annual Membership Meeting | via Zoom | April 21, 2021 | 10:40AM-12PM

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Call to Order

Approval of Minutes from 10/5 Membership Meeting

President's Report

Past President’s Report

Chief Delegate Report

Dawn Michel

Dawn Michel

Dawn Michel

Charlie Hungerford

Charlie Hungerford

Committee Reports

Admissions Practices 

Bus Tour



Government Relations

Inclusion, Access, & Success

International Initiatives


Professional Development

Regional College Fairs

Secondary School Outreach/MSCA



Kyle Johnson

Jennifer Tanner

Samantha Thomas

Abby Jelavich and Dixie Williams

Peggy FitzGibbon

Amber Mitchell and Monica Nickolai

Trisha Hasbrouck

Shelley Gerringer and Mary Giunta

Darren Meeker

Michelle Luraschi and Andrew Laue

Melissa Millington and Chad Sisk

Mark Nothum

Meredith Buschmann

Braxton Rethwisch Scholarship

Inclusion, Access, & Success Committee

New Business



Charlie Hungerford

Dawn Michel

Closing Remarks and Passing the Gavel

New Presidential Remarks

Meeting Adjournment

Dawn Michel

Teresa Erker Bont

Teresa Erker Bont

Past Award Recipients


President’s Service Recognition Award

Peggy FitzGibbon, Visitation Academy
Drew Griffin, University of Central Missouri
Peggy Clinton Memorial Service Award

Diane Drilling, Drury University
Rising Star Award

Crystal Everett, Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley
Phillicia Hampton, Raytown High School

Jessen Miller, Missouri State University
Gwen Tohill-Macam, Marian University-Indianapolis

President’s Service Recognition Award

Todd Burell, Southern University Illinois-Edwardsville
Karen Verstraste, Webster Groves High School
Peggy Clinton Memorial Service Award

Mary Alice Hennessy, St. Joeseph’s Academy
Rising Star Award

Ashley Beck, University of Kentucky
Kennedy Tipton, Missouri College Advising Corps

President’s Service Recognition Award

Joann Elliott, MOACAC Executive Assistant
Peggy Clinton Memorial Service Award

Chuck May, University of Missouri – Columbia

Rising Star Award

Rachel Meuser, William Jewell College

President’s Service Recognition Award

Charlie Hungerford, Southwest Baptist University
Peggy Clinton Memorial Service Award

Beth Brasel, Chaminade College Preparatory School

Rising Star Award

Katie Foley, Columbia College

President’s Service Recognition Award

Rob Lundien, Staley High School
Peggy Clinton Memorial Service Award

Alan Byrd, University of Missouri, St. Louis

Rising Star Award

D’Angelo Taylor, Western Illinois University
Rising Star Award

Kyle Strothmann, St. Louis University

Executive Board Candidate Slate



Nikki Hostnik

Saint Louis Priory School


Trent Fenwick

Murray State University

Hello! I currently serve as the Assistant Director of Recruitment at Murray State University. I completed both my undergraduate and graduate work at Murray State and have been a Racer in one form or another for almost a decade. I have worked in higher education for five years with some of that time spent working in New Student Orientation at Murray State and the University of Louisville. As someone who was a first generation college student from a low-income background, I am especially passionate about making college accessible for all students. After recruiting in five different territories, I was very excited to set down roots in St. Louis and serve our Missouri and Metro-East students as a regional representative. In my two

years living in the Show-Me state, I've found a supportive network of admissions professionals with STARR (St. Louis Area Regional Representatives) and MOACAC. During the pandemic, I bought my first home in South City where I live with

my partner Katie and our dog Batata.

NACAC Alternate Assembly Delegate - Secondary School

Abby Jelavich

St. Teresa's Academy

I come to STA with almost 10 years in college admissions at a variety of Institutions across the US. Abby participated in WACAC's 2016 Leadership Development Institute and chaired two Bay Area Share, Learn and Connect (one day, "mini-conference") events in 2017 and 2018. She has presented at WACAC and PNACAC annual conferences and WACAC Share, Learn and Connect events and was a member of the 2015 San Francisco NACAC fair planning committee. Abby also participated in College Board's 2017-2018 Western Region Enrollment Leadership Academy and presented at College Board Forum in 2018. Abby is 

currently completing her first year on the MOACAC Executive Board as Spring Conference Co-Chair. Abby is also a volunteer for ScholarMatch, an external application reader for the University of San Francisco, and Assistant Swim Coach for STA. She loves barbecue, microbrews, the Kansas City Chiefs and musical theater and lives with her husband and two herding dog mixes.

Samantha Thomas

Kansas State University

NACAC Alternate Assembly Delegate

Post - Secondary School

I am a proud born and raised St. Louisian and I'm so lucky to be the St. Louis Regional Rep for Kansas State University. After graduating from K-State, I immediately moved back to my hometown and jumped right in getting involved with MOACAC and the St. Louis Regional Representatives (STARR). At the end of my first year as a regional, I was elected the Secretary of STARR and have been in that position ever since helping to create and facilitate new events and college access opportunities including a college search series and an ACT prep workshop. I’ve served on the MOACAC Communications Committee since 2019 and currently serve as Chair. When I’m not involved in those things, I’m in classes working towards my Masters

Degree in School Counseling and hope to switch sides of the desk one day soon! Coming from a family of educators, I have a deep rooted love and respect for this work and the real impact we have on students lives every day. In my free time, you can find me outside trying my best to be a good gardener, exploring fun foods at new restaurants, or spending time on my back patio with friends and family!

I have worked on both “sides of the desk” in college admissions and now as a high school college counselor.

Being a member of MOACAC has had such a positive impact on my professional development over the years. On a personal level, I’ve met some of my favorite people as well! As a MOACAC member I have served on the Executive Board, on the conference planning committee and as the conference co-chair. I live in Town & Country with my husband, my daughter and our multiple dogs. We spend much of our free time traveling and eating good food!

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