Government Relations Committee

Welcome to WSCA Advocacy

The WSCA Board of Directors believes school counselors are visionary leaders who impact the state and national agenda surrounding education and student success. WCSA works at the state level through Afternoon on the Hill and our partnerships with the Department of Public Instruction.


The Government Relations Committee is committed to providing members with up-to-date information regarding state and federal legislation which affects school counselors in our state. This site allows WSCA members to learn about pending bills, find out who represents them in the Wisconsin legislature and Washington, DC, and gain access to web pages that track legislation.

The committee encourages all members to advocate for Wisconsin’s children and the school counseling profession by actively engaging in the political process.



What: 8th Annual “Afternoon On The Hill”

Where: Monona Terrace, Madison, WI
When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Time:  1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

One of the ways you can get started would be to participate in WSCA Day on the Hill. This exciting event has become a cornerstone of the annual conference. WSCA would love to have you participate! Come learn how to effectively advocate for the profession you love and put it to practice under the dome! This inspiring session will provide an overview of how to get your message out to your legislators about what you do, the difference you make, and how they can help support our mission. Following the interactive training session, we will walk to the Capitol where you will be scheduled to meet your respective legislators. This event is an outstanding opportunity for professional leadership and advocacy. Over the years, our presence on the Hill has paid, and will continue to pay, dividends for WSCA and all school counselors statewide! Join us, and keep the positive momentum growing!!

If you would like to serve on the Government Affairs Committee and/or be added to our growing statewide network of school counselors who would be willing to reach out to their elected officials in the future, please contact us right away at Thank you for your time and best wishes for a rewarding school year.

Directors of Operations:

Rachel Pufall

Government Relations

Washburn School District
PO Box 730
305 W. 4th Street
Washburn, WI  54891
715-373-6199 ext 245


Kelly O’Connell 

Government Relations

Watertown School District


Stephanie Boncher
Counselor for McKinley Academy & Personalized Learning Programs
Manitowoc Public School District


Katie Cahoon-Sukow
Howe Elementary School
Green Bay Public Schools
920 246-9851


Gary Campbell
Meyer Middle School
230 N 9th St
River Falls, WI  54022


James McMullen, Ph.D., NCC, LPCA
University of Wisconsin-Stout (MS in School Counseling Program Director)


Mary Nilsestuen
Arcadia Middle School
358 E River St
Arcadia, WI  54612
608-323-7500 ext 2116


Nate Rice
West Allis Central HS


Karolyn Taylor
Scholarship Coordinator |College & Career Readiness
Milwaukee Public Schools
5225 W. Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
Office: 414-475-8761

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