A Message From Our President

Ann Marie Strauss
Director of College Counseling
The Bryn Mawr School (MD)

Dear PCACAC Members,

We have some big things on the horizon--the NACAC National Conference in Houston, a member networking event and our fall Membership Meeting. Please mark your calendars and set reminders--we're excited to be together again!

  • PCACAC Social (in-person), September 22,7:00pm-8:00pm (Houston time)
    Updated Venue (The Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel Lobby Bar) 1600 Lamar, Houston, TX 77010; PCACAC will cover nibbles; drinks on your own--please join us for a bit.
  • PCACAC Membership Meeting (virtual), September 29, 11:30am-1:00pm (EST) Zoom link

While we are in Houston we have the privilege of hosting a table in the registration area to promote the 79th NACAC National Conference in Baltimore in September 2023. Visit Baltimore sent 6 boxes of goodies to the convention center for us (including Goetze Candy's caramel cremes AND a loaded Under Armour duffel to raffle). We would love for you to help us get people excited about next fall's conference by volunteering to staff the Houston table. Here is a Sign-Up Genius link to do so. THANK YOU!!!

Please join me in welcoming to the PCACAC Board two new Co-Chairs for our Professional Development Committee--Charlain Bailey (Community Bridges, Inc.) and Dan Zawacki (Towson University). Charlain and Dan bring diverse experience and great energy to our Professional Development efforts. We look forward to their fresh ideas. And a heartfelt anchor THANK YOU to Alice Whitener for her leadership of the Professional Development Committee for many years!

Finally, I am happy to share that Lynn Lyon-Vaiden helped us revive the Calendar of Events on the PCACAC website. If you have upcoming PCACAC events, please send those to [email protected] CHECK IT OUT!

I look forward to seeing many of you in Houston in a couple of weeks and many more of you at our virtual membership meeting on September 29th.

Anchors away!
Ann Marie Strauss
PCACAC President

A Message From Our Past President

James B. Massey, Jr.
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Dear PCACAC Members:
Thank you to all for such a wonderful year of great programming, opportunities to connect and of course our collective work to bring our Annual Spring Conference back in person!  Through all of our efforts, we have truly learned that we are indeed #StrongerTogether! 

It has been my pleasure to serve as President of PCACAC and I count it as one of my true professional joys and highlights of my career thus far.  It is because of the hard work of each and every one of our members that we have been able to have such a successful year.  As I have always said, any one of you can sit in this seat as President of PCACAC, and I hope that you are inspired by the work that we do as a collective and that you think about doing so in the future!  And as I also have often said, I encourage each of you to find that one thing that you can support within the organization and throw your full support behind that effort.  Who knows, you may just find or feed your passion!  Thank you to each of you for your support this year.  

As we prepare for the transition of the Presidency, I am excited to share a few updates and new appointments that we will certainly set the stage for the continued success of PCACAC in the coming year:

New PCACAC Appointments - Beginning Summer 2022
Membership Chair:  Alice Whitener, James Madison HS (VA)
Conference Chair:  Damian Garcia, Glenelg Country School (MD)
Ad Hoc Committee Chair for Membership Modeling:  Scott Mayer, St. Christopher's School (VA)
Local Advisory Committee Chairs for Baltimore NACAC 2023:  Lisa Hill, Goucher College (MD) and Jayne Fonash, JCFONASH Consulting (VA)
Appointed Delegate-at-Large:  Wendy Ayala, Collegiate Directions, Inc. (MD)

Congratulations to each of the members above and a special thank you to them for answering the call to serve!  We are so very excited to work with you.

As I transition to my new role and office of Past-President, it is with great excitement and joy that I welcome our new President, Ann Marie Strauss!  Ann Marie, we are thrilled to see you move into the role of President and we look forward to your leadership.   I am also pleased to welcome Rosemary Martin Edwards to the role of President-Elect!  Rosemary, we welcome you to the Presidential-Cycle and we look forward to working with you in your new role. 

Again, thank you to each of you for your support.  A special thank you to the best leadership team that a President could ever ask for - Rebekah, Ann Marie, Libby and Melisa - you will always be tops in my book - thank you! 

Anchors Away!
Warmest Regards, 


A Message From PCACAC Leadership

Dear PCACAC Members:

We stand with those who are outraged by the recent racially and politically motivated murders that took place in Buffalo, New York and Laguna Woods, California. We grieve for those who lost their lives and for the families and friends of the fallen. PCACAC stands with the Black and Taiwanese communities who were the targets of these hate crimes. 

We are also horrified by the devastating and senseless shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Violence anywhere threatens all of us everywhere. These horrific acts highlight the ugly challenges that we continue to face in America ― racism, hatred, and violent extremism.

We want you to know that we remain committed to our core values as an organization. We invite you to review our values statement and also recommit to our collective work, goals and values.

Together, we remain strong.  Divided, no one wins.  We wish you positive encouragement, good health and continued steadfastness as we continue our work towards a better and brighter tomorrow.  

In Solidarity, 
Ann Marie Strauss, President
James B. Massey, Jr., Immediate Past President and Nominating Chair 
Rosemary Martin Edwards, President Elect
Melisa Hypolite, Executive Vice President
Libby Weith, Vice President of Finance