About PSCA

The PSCA Identity Statement

The Pennsylvania School Counselors Association is a professional organization which represents School Counseling in Pennsylvania.

The PSCA Vision Statement

The Pennsylvania School Counselors Association is the keystone that strengthens the image and influence of professional school counselors through advocacy, leadership, collaboration, and systemic change.   PSCA empowers professional school counselors with the knowledge, skills, and resources, to promote student success in the global community.

​The PSCA Core Beliefs

  • Professional School Counselors possess unique qualifications and skills to address academic, career development, and social/emotional needs of all students.

  • Professional School Counselors are leaders.

  • Professional School Counselors are agents of systemic change.

  • Professional School Counselors advocate for equity, access, and success for all students.

  • Professional School Counselors are essential to the academic mission of the school.

  • Professional School Counselors serve all students.

  • Professional School Counselors are lifelong learners.

  • Professional School Counselors use data to drive decision making.

  • Professional School Counselors recognize that school counseling is a dynamic profession

The PSCA Goals and Objectives

  1. Provide professional development relevant to the current and emerging practices of professional school counseling.

  2. Advocate for the role and programs of professional school counselors.

  3. Support and promote the implementation of evidence based practices in school counseling.

  4. Define and promote professional and ethical standards that guide the conduct and practices of professional school counselors.

  5. Identify and implement an organizational structure that facilitates the accomplishments of the mission and goals in a fiscally optimal manner.

IMG_3231_edited_edited.jpg

A Message from the PSCA Administration

PSCA’s membership of 1000+ represents school counselors, counselor educators, and graduate students from all geographic areas in Pennsylvania. Focused on providing quality professional development opportunities, supporting comprehensive school counseling programs, and giving one voice to professional school counselors, PSCA is dedicated to empowering school counselors to promote student success. Become a part of our robust and growing organization!

"Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs."

- Stephen Covey

GettyImages-1289963489.jpg

PSCA Leadership

It’s been said that leaders are born, not made. If that’s true, then we’re all born leaders. Leadership is an attitude and a state of mind, not an innate ability. Everyone has leadership qualities and the potential to lead, no matter what official position we may hold. The need for effective leaders in school counseling has never been greater. Students need school counselors to be effective educational leaders who can effect systemic change in their schools. The Pennsylvania School Counselors Association needs leaders who can guide the school counseling profession in Pennsylvania into the future.  If you have a question about PSCA, or are interested in getting more involved in PSCA, please contact PSCA Leadership at epeiffer@paschoolcounselor.org.

The PSCA Governing Board consists of the Board Chair, Assistant Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Executive Director and sixteen region representatives. The Executive Director, Treasurer and the Secretary shall be ex-officio members without a vote.  The Governing Board serves as the entity through which PSCA's general administrative and executive functions are implemented.  The Governing Board meets no less than twice a year... typically five times annually.

PSCA Administration

Emilia 2022 - medium.jpg

Emilia Peiffer

Executive Director

Jennifer Kirk.jpeg

Jennifer Kirk

Chair

Larissa Valonis.jpg

Larissa Valonis

PSCA square_Google.png

Alicia Oglesby

Instagram.PNG

Teresa Atkinson

Assistant Chair

Treasurer

Secretary

PSCA Regional Map

Northwest Region.png

Board of Directors

Noreen Wheeler.jpeg

Noreen Wheeler (2024)

Northcentral Regional Unit - IUs: 9, 16, 17

PSCA square_Google.png

Regina Edgerton (2025)

Northcentral Regional Unit - IUs: 9, 16, 17

Picture2.jpg

Michael Simmons (2025)

Northwest Regional Unit - IUs 4, 5, 6, 28

Michelle Strasser.webp

Michelle Strasser (2024)

Northwest Regional Unit - IUs 4, 5, 6, 28

Janelle Reese.jfif

Janelle Reese (2025)  

Central Regional Unit - IUs 8, 10, 11 

Tori Wilsoncroft.jpeg

Tori Wilsoncroft (2024)

Central Regional Unit - IUs 8, 10, 11 

Kelly Leibold.jpeg

Kelly Leibold (2024) 

Southeast Regional Unit - IUs 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Heather Karmazin.jpg

Heather Karmazin (2025) 

Southeast Regional Unit - IUs 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

sima mosquita.jpg

Sima Misquitta (2024) 

Southwest Regional Unit - IUs 1, 2, 3, 7, 27

Leslie Delvechio Marks.jpg

Lezlie DelVecchio Marks (2025)

Southwest Regional Unit - IUs 1, 2, 3, 7, 27

Matthew Shervingon-Jackson.jpg

Matthew Shervington (2025) 

Southcentral Regional Unit - IUs: 12, 13, 15

Adam Oldham.jpeg

Adam Oldham (2024)

Southcentral Regional Unit - IUs: 12, 13, 15

Zachary Watters.jpeg

Zachary Watters (2024)

Northeast Regional Unit - IUs 18, 19

Larissa Valonis.jpg

Larissa Valonis (2025)

Northeast Regional Unit - IUs 18, 19

Amanda Hicks.jpeg

Amanda Hicks (2024) 

Centraleast Regional Unit - IUs 14, 20, 21, 29

Picture1.jpg

Brandi McFarland (2025)

Centraleast Regional Unit - IUs 14, 20, 21, 29

Dr Judith Bookhamer photo.jpg

Dr. Judy Bookhamer

Executive Director  Emeritus