Leadership Education Webinar - Series Two

Questions?  Contact Damian Garcia, [email protected]

FREE and designed for admission and counseling professionals with experience who are looking to advance in the profession, this webinar series focused on what leadership in college admission counseling means and gave our members essential insights and knowledge to help them grow. 

Those who participated in five of the 2020-2021 webinars throughout the year and attend PCACAC’s virtual 56th Annual Conference in April 2021 will earn a PCACAC Leadership Certificate with recognition during the conference!


Leadership Education Certificate 2020-2021

Register for the current webinar or click on session titles below to view each webinar in the 2020-2021 series.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Leadership in the Office

What does leadership mean in its most practical sense: leading and managing other people? Hear from our expert panelists as they discuss their experiences and best practices for managing an office, "managing up" to your supervisors, and how best to tap into professional development resources to enhance your leadership skills with your co-workers.


  • Dale Bittinger, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admissions, University of Maryland-Baltimore County (MD)
  • Jake Talmage, Director of College Counseling, St. Paul's School for Boys (MD)
  • Melissa Yakabouski, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Mary Washington (VA)

Moderated by Damian Garcia, Glenelg Country School (MD)


Tuesday, March 23, 2021
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Counseling Through Crisis/Pandemic

Many college admission professionals on the high school and college side may not come from a counseling academic background. What can we learn about tips and best practices from professionals in our field with counseling experience and education. How do we work with students during high-stress or moments of crisis that may be personal as well as national? We are excited to bring this conversation into our educational series to provide us with support in serving our students and families as well as maintaining our own health.


  • Alicia Ogelsby, Director of School and College Counseling, Bishop McNamara HS (MD)
  • Maureen Ponce, Board Secondary Vice President, Maryland School Counselor Association (MD)

Moderated by Damian Garcia, Glenelg Country School (MD)


Tuesday, February 23, 2021
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Institutional Priorities

Panelists will discuss the many varying (and often conflicting) priorities that colleges face in recruiting and enrolling a class, how colleges determine and address those priorities, and how they ultimately impact how school counselors advise their students and address their own priorities as counselors.


  • Scott Anderson, Senior Director, Common Application (VA)
  • Barbara Conner, Director of College Counseling, Foxcroft School (VA)
  • Calvin Wise, Director of Recruitment, Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Doug Zander, Executive Director of Admissions, University of Delaware (DE)

Moderated by Damian Garcia, Glenelg Country School (MD)


Tuesday, January 26, 2021
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Collaborating with Community Based Organizations (CBOs)

This Leadership Education webinar will focus on community-based organizations and effective collaboration with colleges and other partners. There are often unique opportunities and access for students when college, counselors, and CBOs work together. You will learn of some effective techniques and tools to sustain working collaborations.


  • Melisa Hypolite, CollegeBound Foundation (MD)
  • Ana Kosmalski, Collegiate Directions, Inc. (MD)
  • Stephanie Stahler, McDaniel College (MD)

Moderated by Damian Garcia, Glenelg Country School (MD)


Tuesday, December 15, 2020
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Dollars & Sense: Financial Aid and College Counseling

Application and Financial Aid Template

Financial aid, in all its forms, has a major impact on all aspects of the college admission and advising process. Hear from college admission leaders on how the cost of college and financial aid impacts their recruiting and enrollment efforts, and learn how experienced counselors integrate financial concepts into their counseling discussions with families.


  • Sharon Alston, American University (DC)
  • Anthony Ambrogi, St. Catherine's School (VA)
  • David Burge, George Mason University (VA)
  • Crys Latham, Washington Latin Public Charter School (DC)

Moderated by Damian Garcia, Glenelg Country School (MD)


Tuesday, November 17, 2020
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Leading Through Change: Current Trends and Future Issues

Learn from members of our PCACAC Current Trends and Future Issues (CTFI) committee as they discuss and share important trends and issues that we should be aware of as emerging leaders. This committee is one of the many ways to get involved regionally and stay abreast of national news related to our profession. Committee members will share, among others, best practices for staying informed.

Presenters:  CTFI Committee Members

Moderated by Damian Garcia, Glenelg Country School (MD)


Tuesday, October 20, 2020
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Intersecting Views of Leadership: High School and College

Learn from two experienced PCACAC members who have worked in both high schools and colleges to learn what leadership looks like at both levels, what lessons can be learned from each, and how leaders in each world can build skills through collaboration.


  • Tish Canady, William & Mary (VA)
  • Jennifer Scott, Norfolk Academy (VA)

Moderated by Damian Garcia, Glenelg Country School (MD)


Leadership Education Certificates 2019-2020

CONGRATULATIONS! PCACAC is proud to honor the following individuals as part of its inaugural class of Leadership Education recipients. Those who participated in five webinars throughout the year and attended PCACAC's virtual 55th Annual Conference earned a PCACAC Leadership Certificate with recognition during the conference.  We appreciate their dedication to continued learning and expertise in the field of college admission. Such training helps each member grow as a professional and better counsel students and colleagues.