2020-2021 WSCA Elections

2020-2021 Slate of Candidates

The WSCA Board of Directors – Elections Committee met to review the applications received. After extensive consideration, the committee forwarded the following slate of candidates to the full Board of Directors for approval to put forward to the WSCA membership.

The WSCA Board of Directors is excited to present our Wisconsin School Counselor Association Board of Directors election slate for this year. The WSCA membership will vote for the slate of new Board Directors candidates with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote during the month of February.  If the membership votes are greater than 50% for “yes”, the election for our three new Board Directors will be complete. New Board Directors represent Wisconsin School Counselors for a three-year term beginning on July 1, 2020.

Before introducing more information about this year’s candidates, it’s important to review the criteria utilized by the WSCA Board to select these candidates. First, understand that the WSCA Board of Directors functions as owner representatives and servant leaders. The distinction between directors as occupational experts vs. servant leaders/owner representatives is especially important when it comes to elections. Slate candidates are not evaluated based solely on their school counseling expertise, but also their ability to serve in the role of a director. Understanding what qualities make an effective member of the WSCA Board of Directors is probably most easily accomplished by reviewing our “governing style” as defined in our Board Policy Manual:

  • Governing Style: The Board will govern lawfully with an emphasis on:
    • Outward vision rather than internal preoccupation.
    • Encouragement of diversity in viewpoints.
    • Strategic leadership more than administrative detail.
    • Clear distinction of Board and Chief Executive roles.
    • Collective rather than individual decisions.
    • Future rather than past or present.
    • Proactivity rather than reactivity.

The WSCA Board would like to thank all of this year’s applicants for making our job difficult. It was exactly the type of challenge we would hope our association would be faced with each year, and a great sign of the health of WSCA.

This year, the WSCA Board of Directors is excited to present the following slate of candidates to our owners for final approval:

Tricia Norby
Tricia Norby is a current WSCA Board member running for a second term on the Board, and is a practicing school counselor at St. James School in the Madison Diocese. A graduate of UW-Platteville, Tricia is in her 9th year of practice as a school counselor. She is also actively practicing as a private, licensed therapist. Tricia brings 3 years of experience on the WSCA Board, where she has actively participated in providing excellent leadership for the association. She is committed to the school counseling profession, holding it in high accord when stating in her application, “I believe in the voice of the school counselor as a leader in the schools, community, and government.”
Amy Olson
Amy Olson is a Lead School Counselor for the Madison Area School District, providing support and leadership for over 40 middle and high school counselors. She has been an active school counselor for the past 12 years, after graduating from the University of South Dakota in 2007. Amy is passionate about the importance of the school counseling profession, stating “we must have strong, knowledgeable leaders in the profession increasing our capacity as school counselors, increasing community awareness of our roles, and advocating on a state-wide level for all students to experience a comprehensive school counseling program during their time in K-12 education.”
Carly Roth
Carly Roth started her career as a school counselor 7 years ago at Thomas Edison HS in Fairfax County, Virginia. Since then, she has returned to Wisconsin and worked as a counselor for the Wauwatosa School District, and is currently practicing at Nicolet High School. Carly is a 2012 graduate of Marquette University. She is looking forward to serving our WSCA membership, stating in her application, “It’s important to hear from WSCA members in all school settings and placement levels in order to give the organization a strong sense of direction. Therefore, will be important to me as a leader to understand what school counselors in various settings need from their professional organization.”
All three of our slate candidates will be wearing a “candidate” ribbon at the annual conference. Please take the time to introduce yourself and ask any questions you might have of them. Then go vote!

The deadline to vote for the slate is February 29, 2020. You should have received an email allowing you to vote for the slate on February 3, 2020. If you did not receive an email, please contact the WSCA  office at 608-204-9825. 

2020-21 Election:  THE WSCA BOARD NEEDS YOU!

The Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA) needs dedicated school counselor-advocates to become members of the WSCA Governing Board of Directors.  The WSCA Board is focused on creating conditions so Wisconsin School Counselors can practice with the highest level of effectiveness. WSCA continues to play a vital role in promoting the profession of school counseling to all our stakeholders on a state, regional and national level.  It is through the dedication of the members of the WSCA Board that we ensure school counselors remain leaders in the field of education.

We strongly encourage school counselors interested in having a significant impact on our profession to serve on the WSCA Governing Board of Directors.  We are currently seeking Board of Directors candidates to represent the diverse needs and perspectives of all Wisconsin school counselors. This is a three-year commitment. The WSCA board consisted of a nine member Board of Directors. The board adheres to the Policy Governance model and works separately from the WSCA Directors of Operations leadership team.

DEADLINE EXTENDED!  Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2019, December 6, 2019, at which point the Elections Committee will vet the candidates and select a slate of three to be brought before the WSCA Board of Directors for approval to be voted upon by WSCA membership for election.

Candidate application information is provided below.  If you have questions, please contact Laura Multer, WSCA Board Election Committee Chair at laura+board@wscaweb.org or at 920-207-6707.

WSCA Board Candidate Application

Thank you for your willingness to become a candidate for the Wisconsin School Counselor Association Governing Board of Directors.  We appreciate and encourage your dedication to providing leadership for the profession of school counseling.

Each candidate must complete all of the following application items via this link https://tinyurl.com/wscaboard2020-21  no later than December 1, 2019 December 6, 2019.

The WSCA Board candidate application includes the following:

1) Resume 

2) A picture in jpeg format that is no smaller than 2 ½ “ x 3” (that looks professional in black & white or in color print)

3) Confirmation the applicant meets the requirements for board director qualifications:

WSCA member in good standing

Holds a current school counselor license from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Must have three years of experience as a professional school counselor at the time of application

4) A 250 word maximum response to the question: Why are you interested in serving as a WSCA Board Member?

5) In fewer than 500 words, share how you would incorporate your experiences and/or vision using two of the governing styles below as a WSCA Director. 

The WSCA Board governing style emphasizes the following:

Outward vision rather than an internal preoccupation

Encouragement of diversity in viewpoints

Strategic leadership more than administrative detail

Clear distinction of Board and chief executive roles

Collective rather than individual decisions

Future rather than past or present focus

Proactivity rather than reactivity

6) Two Professional References

Name, title, phone number and e-mail of References

Reason why each reference is a valuable person to contact

7) If elected, you must agree to the following:

Maintain a WSCA membership in good standing, as well as maintain an ASCA Professional Membership at your own expense. 

Attend the the following WSCA Board meetings and events in addtion to virtual meetings between face to face events.  Attendance at Board meetings and events is expected throughout the three year tem.

Board Governance Training: April 25, 2020

Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity Institute Part I:  July 28-30 2020

Board meeting: October 9-10, 2020

WSCA Conference: November 4-6, 2020

Board meeting: January 2021

Regional WSCA National School Counseling Week Events: February 2021

Board meeting: April 2021