President Lyndsey Brown

President Elect- Jana Biery

Secretary- Laura Douglas

Treasurer- Coree Mueller

Past-President- Mallory Jacobs

Secondary Vice-President- Ashley Wick

Middle Level Vice-President- Heidi Holland

Elementary Level Vice- President- Hannah Kemble

Vice-President of Post Secondary- Dr. Melissa Briggs

Awards Co- Chair- Alicia Jackson and Casi Wetzel

Ethics Committee Chair- Melanie Scott

Membership Chair- Jean Ryan

Technology & Social Media Chair- Chelcie Heitman

Diversity Committee Co-Chair- Dr Cebrail Karayigit

Graduate Student Liaison- Kodi Shouse

President- Dr. Lyndsey Brown

School: Emporia State University

Resides in Wichita, Kansas

Email: lbrown24@emporia.edu

Dr. Lyndsey Brown is an Assistant Professor in Counselor Education at Emporia State University. She has previously served as a school counselor at the high school, middle school, and elementary levels. She received her Bachelors in Elementary Education, Masters degree in School Counseling, and PhD in Counselor Education from Kansas State University. (Go Cats!) Lyndsey served as KSCA awards chair for two years and is excited to lead the amazing team of counselors representing Kansas School Counselors! She is excited to advocate for the role of School Counselors in Kansas and to help other school counselors develop comprehensive school counseling programs in their schools.



President-Elect- Jana Biery


Secretary- Laura Douglas

School District: USD 337- Royal Valley

Resides in Mayetta, KS

Email: douglasl@rv337.org

Laura came to be a School Counselor after earning a unique educational background. In 2017 she joined KSCA & ASCA as a student, and knew she had found where she was meant to be! In the Fall of 2017, Laura became the Middle School Counselor of her Alma Mater, Royal Valley. Laura fell in love with KSCA as a grad student when she attended Mental Health day at the Capitol where she enjoyed the opportunity to advocate for mental health needs in our schools. KSCA excites Laura because it brings together amazing professionals who all share a common goal.

Laura adores working with students, her sense of humor, and warmth allow her to build amazing connections with her students & families. Laura’s favorites include, unicorns, dinosaurs, sharks, Legos, and all things Disney!

Treasurer- Coree Mueller

School District: USD 263 Mulvane High

Email: cmueller@usd263.org

After teaching high school English for 10 years, I found myself wanting to change the role I was in while still staying in education. The 2021-2022 school year will be my fourth year of school counseling, and I have actually started at a new school this school year as well. I am excited about the prospects I will have and the opportunities I will be given to enact some great change for the school’s counseling program in an effort to move it towards a comprehensive program. I am also quite excited to join the KSCA executive board to continue learning more about school counseling and how to best advocate for not only our students but our roles in schools.

Secondary Vice-President- Ashley Wick

School District: USD 337 Royal Valley High School

Resides in Mayetta, KS

Email: wicka@rv337.org

Ashley has been an educator since 2012 when she graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She taught for six years before completing a Master of Science in Counseling Degree from Fort Hays State University. She has worked as a school counselor at Royal Valley High School for the past two years. Ashley enjoys helping high school students plan for their futures, while organizing career fairs and college fairs for students to explore all of the possibilities. In the fall of 2019, the middle school counselor Laura Douglas and Ashley partnered with other staff members to host the first Royal Valley Mental Health Matters Night. The event was a huge success and will continue annually to help support students, families, and community members.

She is a current member of ASCA, KSCA and KCA. In addition to school, Ashley loves spending time with her family, playing outside with her two kids, going swimming, baking, and going on walks. The thing that Ashley adores most about KSCA is the opportunity to collaborate with other amazing school counselors from the state of Kansas.

Middle Level Vice-President- Heidi Holland

School District: USD 290, Ottawa


Resides in: Reading, KS


Email: hollandh@usd290.org


Hello! My name is Heidi Holland and I am entering my eighth year as a school counselor. I spent three years as an elementary counselor in Topeka, KS and am currently a middle school counselor at Ottawa Middle School.


I have two grown children, Brianne and Brock, and I have two adorable grandsons: Paxton, 3 and Griffin, 20 months.


I live on a farm near Reading, Kansas, which is ten miles east of Emporia. We have a huge garden that takes a lot of our time and sell our produce at the Farmer’s Market twice a week from May through October. I also love to crochet and share my work with others.


I dreamed of becoming a school counselor for years. I taught for 24 years in a small school south of Emporia and decided to go back to school to pursue my dream. I love working with middle school students and hope I can help them grow and develop into happy, successful teenagers. I want to be a voice for middle school counselors and how we can best help our kids at this level! I'm excited to be on the KSCA board!

Elementary Level Vice-President- Hannah Kemble

USD 437 - Indian Hills Elementary - Topeka

Resides in Lawrence

Email: kemblhan@usd437.net

My name is Hanna Kemble, and I am entering my 5th year as a School Counselor. I live in Lawrence, and work for USD 437 in Topeka. I enjoy getting crafty and creative to provide meaningful solutions, strategies, and life skills to my students and staff. I am excited to be a part of KSCA and give back to the professional community that has given me so much.



Vice-President of Post Secondary- Dr. Melissa Briggs PhD, LCPC, RDT, RPT-S

Assistant Professor Drama Therapy, KSU

Resides: Topeka, KS

mbriggs@ksu.edu

My name is Dr. Melissa Briggs and I am the KSCA VP of Post-Secondary. I am an Assistant Professor at Kansas State University in Drama Therapy. I teach courses that include Counselor Education, Creative Arts Therapy, Internship and Play Therapy. I am a Vice President of Residential and Treatment Services at Pathway Family Services. I love the opportunity to grow counselors and create environments that promote empowerment, nurture and skills development. I love being involved in KSCA because of the amazing leadership and consistent advocacy for the field.

President- Mallory Jacobs

School District: USD 501- Whitson Elementary

Resides in Holton, Kansas

Email: mjacobs@tps501.org

Hello Rockstar School Counselors! My name is Mallory Jacobs and I am your KSCA president for the 2020-2021 school year! I am in my ninth year as a counselor; I am currently one of the school counselors at Whitson Elementary in Topeka Public Schools, where I am also the lead elementary counselor. I am very excited for this opportunity to be on the KSCA board. As our world is changing, I am confident that we will create our path and encourage, shape, and empower students, families, and staff. I am excited to give back to our profession that has given me so much. Thank you and I look forward to working with you! Don’t forget to be awesome!

KSCA Chairs

Awards Co-Chair- Alicia Jackson

School District: Olathe School District

Resides: Olathe, KS

Email: aajackson@olatheschools.org

Hello! I am honored to support KSCA as past-president for the 2020-21 school year. Being a school counselor fills my heart with joy and we are needed now more than ever. I began my journey as a high school counselor 16 years ago and currently serve as the school counseling coordinator for Olathe Public Schools. I love connecting with school counselors from across our state as we support each other and work to meet our students' needs.



Awards Co-Chair- Cassandra Wetzel

School District: Olathe School District

Resides in Olathe

Email: cawetzel@olatheschools.org

My name is Cassandra but I prefer to be called Casi (pronounced KC). I am currently an elementary School Counselor and a PhD Candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at K-State. Being a School Counselor and mentoring others going into the profession is a great passion of mine. The work we do matters! KSCA is a great organization that has allowed many opportunities. Join us and start connecting with other passionate, change makers (aka School Counselors).

Ethics Committee Chair- Melanie Scott

I am thankful for the opportunity to serve on KSCA and be the advocacy voice of our diverse southwest Kansas population and needs! Our district has grown professionally and benefited greatly from collaborating with other KSCA members as well as attending KSCA sponsored professional learning conferences from across the state.

I am starting my PhD in Counseling Supervision and Education at K-State in the fall of 2021. I have completed the Legal and Ethics Specialist Training through ASCA U. I look forward to working with SCA members, revising our ASCA ethical standards over the course of the next year. If you have ethical questions, please contact me and I will do my best to help you find answers.

In my spare time, I am a single mom raising a teen and mini queen. We love to be out in nature, seeing who can catch the most fish or hiking new places. For my self-care, I enjoy yoga, gardening, and reading.

Membership Chair- Jean Ryan

Topeka Public Schools USD 501

Resides in Topeka

Email: jryan@tps501.org

I am proud to be serving on the KSCA board this year especially as we work together to grow the strength of our profession during the upcoming changes in education.

Technology and Social Media Chair- Chelcie Heitman

School District: USD 321 St. Marys Jr./Sr. High

Resides in Topeka, KS

Email: chelcieheitman@gmail.com

This is my start of my tenth year as a school counselor and second year as 7-12 counselor at St. Marys Jr./Sr. High! I have previously worked in the Seaman School District as the freshman school counselor and as a middle school counselor. I truly love being a counselor and working with adolescent students. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, cooking, reading, and going to K-State sporting events. I'm super excited for what KSCA has planned this year!

Co-Chair Diversity Committee- Dr. Cebrail Karayigit


It is an honor to serve on the KSCA board as co-chair of the Diversity Committee. I am currently the director for the School Counseling program and a faculty member in the Department of Psychology & Counseling at Pittsburg State University. Prior to teaching in higher education, I gained extensive counseling experience with diverse groups of students in various geographical locations. I am committed to public service and working with members of diverse populations, and I hope to help the KSCA further highlight issues that are critical in advocating for educational equity and social justice in schools. I am a proud father of two awesome kids (a second-grade dragon and a little gorilla preschooler). In my free time, I enjoy going on a family hike, traveling, reading, and playing soccer.


KSCA membership is growing! We need visionary, emerging leaders in the school counseling profession to help us expand so that we can provide greater services to our members and stakeholders. Please email ksschoolcounselor@gmail.com for more information or to apply for any of our open positions.