MACAC Member Committees

The MACAC Board meets four times a year, rotating meeting locations among member institutions. Board members also attend full membership meetings held twice each year: in the fall, during the annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and in the spring, during the Spring Conference or Tri-State Conference. 

Joining a committee can be both a learning experience and a way to connect with your colleagues. We invite you to learn more about these committees and the work they do. 

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Admission Practices

The Admission Practices Committee's primary function is to annually review NACAC's Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP) in relation to current practices and procedures in college admission.

Learn more about the Admission Practices Committee.

Ross Bronfenbrenner

Macalester College

Sarah Patterson


The Anti-Racism Committee will engage deeply with anti-racist ideas and materials while simultaneously working to uplift, equip, and empower those who have been historically marginalized (and thus underrepresented) in Admissions committee and leadership positions. 

Learn more about the Anti-Racism Committee.

Nigel Simmons

University of Minnesota

Garth Robertson

GR College Consulting


The Communication committee is responsible for increasing the visibility of MACAC. It is also responsible for investigating ways MACAC can enhance and expand its use of technology to support the overall goals of MACAC.

Learn more about the Communication Committee.

Madison Chuba
North Hennepin Community College

Aleece Helland
Humphrey School at UMN

Government Relations

The Government Relations Committee is the link between MACAC and what is happening with higher education and financing on the state and national levels. We invite you to become active in the legislative process. Your experiences working with Minnesota students and families makes your opinion strong and necessary at the state and federal level.

Learn more about the Government Relations Committee.

Matt Henry

Samuel Kelly

North Hennepin Community College

Grants & Development

The charge of the Grants & Development Committee involves leadership at the state level for the maintenance and enhancement of MACAC’s Legacy Grant Program and other MACAC fundraising and development initiatives.

Learn more about the Grants and Development Committee.

Jamie Menne
Orono High School

Jennifer Landy
Wayzata High School

Kaia Sherburne
Hamline University

Inclusion, Access, and Success

The purpose of the Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee is to advocate and recommend strategies that promote sensitivity to human differences and expansion of equal access to postsecondary educational opportunities for all students.

Learn more about the Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee.

Greta Simons
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

BG Tucker

College Possible

Emily Owens

Venture Academy

Member Relations

The goal of the Member Relations Committee is to maintain current membership records and encourage timely communication between its membership, its leadership board and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling.

Learn more about the Member Relations Committee. 

Jordan Castillo
St. Olaf College

Kelsey Ivancich
University of MInnesota - Duluth

Minnesota Education Fairs

The success of the Minnesota Education Fairs (MEF), is the cooperation among different systems of higher education and a shared vision for efficient and effective provision of postsecondary information to high school students throughout the state of Minnesota.

Learn more about the MEF Committee.

Christine Barnhouse
University of St. Thomas

Emma Scott

University of Minnesota

Erik Aschenbeck

National College Fair Local Planning  

The goal of the MACAC National College Fair Committee is to coordinate the various activities that take place in advance of or at the National College Fair.

Learn more about the NCF Committee.

Shonna Fulford
Augsburg University

Heidi Wessmann
Benilde-St. Margaret’s

Norma Gutierrez Shanesy

Minnetonka High School

Professional Development

This committee organizes and implements professional development programs for both college admission and high school counseling professionals.

Learn more about the Professional Development Committee.

Emily Albright
Minnesota State University, Mankato


Janelle Sperry

University of Iowa

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