Professional Development Committee

This committee organizes and implements professional development programs for college admission (2 and 4 year), high school counseling, and independent counseling professionals as well as professionals in community based organizations that help students on their path to further their educational goals. The four programs offered each year help attendees with personal career development, professional education and growth from shared expertise and best practices, as well as networking with peers. The committee works in concert and consultation with the MACAC President and Board. 

Chair Members

Emily Albright  - Minnesota State University, Mankato
John Peterson - University of Northern Iowa
Chad Terry -  Rosemount High School


Erik Aschenbeck - St. John's University - College St. Benedict
Christine Barnhouse - University of St. Thomas
Molly Bonnett - Forest Lake Area High School
Stacey Carpenter -  Carroll University
Jenna Houser - Anoka Ramsey Community College
Molly McAlister -  St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Jeff Polski -  University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
Brian Jones - MACAC Board Liaison - Minnesota State University - Mankato


  • Admission Counselor Institute – for new college admission representatives
  • Fall Forum – College Admission professionals and High School Counselors
  • Spring Conference – College Admission professionals and High School Counselors.  Alternating every other year between a MACAC conference and a multi-state conference with Iowa, Wisconsin and North & South Dakota ACAC’s.


Meetings will be the second Tuesday of the month. 

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