2021-2022 WSCA Elections


2021-2022 Slate of Candidates

The WSCA Board of Directors is excited to present our Wisconsin School Counselor Association Board of Directors election slate for this year. WSCA members will be asked to vote In the month of February to approve these candidates.

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:

Aria Krieser

Aria Krieser is an elementary school counselor for the Hudson School District. A graduate of UW-Stout, Aria is in her 11th year of practice as a school counselor. She is no stranger to the operations of WSCA, having served for 3 years as the Education and Professional Development Director from 2016-2018. Aria is a self-proclaimed “go getter”, known for her passion for her students and for the school counseling profession.

Jennifer Holle

Jennifer Holle serves as a 4K-8 school counselor in the Burlington Area School District. She has been an active school counselor for the past 20 years, after graduating from UW-Whitewater. Jenny is passionate about the importance of the school counseling profession, stating that as a WSCA Board member, she will be, “a committed, enthusiastic, future-focused and collaborative professional who works to be sure WSCA member needs are met and that the voices of school counselors across our state are heard.”

Katie McCormick

Katie McCormick started her career as an elementary school counselor 6 years ago in the Kimberly Area School District after graduation from Concordia University. She is looking forward to serving our WSCA membership, stating in her application, “I am interested in serving because I believe strongly in the necessity of this profession. School Counselors are needed now more than ever and we need dedicated and passionate people advocating for the counseling role.”

The deadline to vote for the slate is February 28, 2021.  You should have received an email allowing you to vote for the slate on February 9, 2021. If you did not receive an email, please contact the WSCA office at 608-204-9825. 

2021-22 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.

Applications will be accepted until December 18, 2020, 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 Steve Schneider, WSCA Board Election Committee Chair at steve+board@wscaweb.org or at 920-980-2822.

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://forms.gle/zptYFbJtGmTT5xq1A no later than December 18, 2020.

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 50 word maximum response to the question: Why are you interested in serving as a WSCA Board Member?

5) Respond to the following prompt in fewer than 300 words: “Picture yourself as a proud member of the WSCA Board of Directors.  What are some of the skills that you possess that would contribute to the success of the Board of Directors team?”

6)  Respond to the following prompt in fewer than 300 words: “What values are most important to you that contribute to a positive and effective leadership team?”

7)  Throughout your professional practice, please describe an experience where you demonstrated your leadership skills.

8) Two Professional References

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

9) 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 addition to virtual meetings between face to face events.  Attendance at Board meetings and events is expected throughout the three year term.
    • Board Governance Training: April 17, 2021
    • Board meeting: October 15-16, 2021
    • WSCA Conference: November 10-12, 2021
    • Board meeting: January 22, 2022
    • Regional WSCA National School Counseling Week Events: February 2022
    • Board meeting: April 2022