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About PSCA

The PSCA Mission Statement

The Pennsylvania School Counselors Association responsibly promotes engagement and facilitates ethical and contemporary professional identity of school counselors across our diverse Commonwealth to ensure equitable educational outcomes for all students.

The PSCA Vision Statement

 Pennsylvania School Counselors will be educated, empowered, and elevated to successfully implement comprehensive programming to ensure equitable academic, career, and social-emotional outcomes for all students.

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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

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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 Executive Director, Emilia Peiffer at epeiffer@paschoolcounselor.org.

 The PSCA Board of Directors consists of 16 Board Directors, 2 from each of the 8 regions from across the Commonwealth and a Board appointed Secretary, who is a non-voting member. The Board elects a Chair and Assistant Chair each year from within the Board of Directors to ensure the integrity of the board process. The Board of Directors is responsible for governance, on behalf of the membership, while the Executive Director, Treasurer, staff and volunteers are responsible for the operational work to carry out the ends and policies set forth by the Board of Directors.

PSCA Leadership

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Emilia Peiffer

Executive Director

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Larissa Valonis

Chair

Janelle Reese

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Chris Bard

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Ann Jordan

Assistant Chair

Treasurer

Secretary

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PSCA Regional Map

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Board of Directors

Ann Kostiuk

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Regina Edgerton (2025)

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Michael Simmons (2025)

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Michelle Strasser (2024)

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Janelle Reese (2025)  

Northcentral Regional Unit - IUs: 9, 16, 17

Northcentral Regional Unit - IUs: 9, 16, 17

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

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

Central Regional Unit - IUs 8, 10, 11 

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Central Regional Unit - IUs 8, 10, 11 

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na'Khia Washington (2024) 
Southeast Regional Unit - IUs 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

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Heather Karmazin (2025) 

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

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David Barkovich (2024) 

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

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Lezlie DelVecchio Marks (2025)

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

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Matthew Shervington-Jackson (2025) 

Southcentral Regional Unit - IUs: 12, 13, 15

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Adam Oldham (2024)

Southcentral Regional Unit - IUs: 12, 13, 15

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Zachary Watters (2024)

Northeast Regional Unit - IUs 18, 19

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Larissa Valonis (2025)

Northeast Regional Unit - IUs 18, 19

Stephanie Steigerwalt (2024)
Northeast Regional Unit - IUs 18, 19

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Brandi McFarland (2025)

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

Graduate Ambassadors

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Casey McCloskey
Bloomsburg University

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Victoria Acosta
Eastern University

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Eva Tice
Millersville University

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Brooke Keiserman
Temple University

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Alysha Evans
Lancaster Bible College

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Michelle Norton
West Chester University

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Alexis Deshong
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Amanda Hicks (2024) 

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

na'Khia Washington

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

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