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 Mankato

Janelle Sperry - University of Iowa


Erik Aschenbeck - CSB/SJU
Jeff Polski - University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Danielle Carden - University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Christine Barnhouse - University of St. Thomas
Marie Schofer - Cornell College
Stacy Carpenter - Carroll University
Jodi Middendorf - Counseling Student at St. Cloud State
Sara Zimmerman - St. John's Prep
Jenna Houser - Alexandria Technical and Community College
Jeremy Baldwin - Holy Family Catholic High School
Norma Gutierrez - Minnetonka High School
Board Liaison - Aaron Salasek - Inver Hills Community College
Sierra Maata - Lawrence Unviersity


  • 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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