President- Mallory Jacobs
School District: USD 501- Whitson Elementary
Resides in Holton, Kansas
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!
President-Elect- Lyndsey Brown
School District: USD 266 Maize
Resides in Wichita, Kansas
Lyndsey is a School Counselor at Maize South high school. She received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Kansas State University and is currently completing her PhD in Counselor Education at KSU as well. (Go Cats!) Lyndsey has served as KSCA awards chair for two years and is excited to take on this new role as future President! She is excited to advocate for the role of School Counselors in Kansas!
Secretary- Laura Douglas
School District: USD 337- Royal Valley
Resides in Mayetta, KS
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- Täna Arnold
School District: Olathe Public Schools
Resides in Olathe, KS
I was an elementary school teacher for 4 years before moving to middle school where I taught 7th grade for a year. I stayed at the middle school level for 3 years as a school counselor than moved to Manhattan, KS to work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant while working on my doctorate in counselor education and supervision. I’m the most excited to work with the KSCA board as we continue to support our wonderful school counselors as they do the important work of supporting our Kansas students in our ever-changing world.
Secondary Vice-President- Ashley Wick
School District: USD 337 Royal Valley High School
Resides in Mayetta, KS
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- Chelcie Heitman
School District: USD 321 St. Marys Jr./Sr. High
Resides in Topeka, KS
This is my start of my ninth year as a school counselor and first 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! I hope KSCA can be an supportive resource for you all as we navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Elementary Level Vice-President- Alison Replogle
School District: USD 400, Smoky Valley
Resides: Lindsborg, KS
Alison has been an elementary school counselor since she graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2002. As soon as she began her graduate program at UNI, she knew she had found her calling and hasn't looked back since! Alison is passionate about helping students navigate our ever changing world, empowering them to become the happy, healthy individuals they are meant to be. In addition to working as a counselor, Alison is part of the Restorative Schools Initiative training team, training educators around the state of Kansas in Restorative Practices. She is excited to be a part of KSCA, connecting with and serving school counselors across the state!
In her spare time, Alison enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. She enjoys gardening, biking, playing games, crafting and cooking.
Vice-President of Post Secondary- Dr. Melissa Briggs PhD, LCPC, RDT, RPT-S
Assistant Professor Drama Therapy, KSU
Resides: Topeka, KS
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.
Past President- Alicia Jackson
School District: Olathe School District
Resides: Olathe, KS
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- Hannah Kemble
USD 437 - Indian Hills Elementary - Topeka
Resides in Lawrence
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.
Awards Co-Chair- Cassandra Wetzel
School District: Olathe School District
Resides in Olathe
I am former high school teacher, an elementary school counselor, a student in the PhD Counselor Education and Supervision program at K-State, and more importantly, I am a mom to two amazing humans. I am excited to connect with an incredible group of professionals and learn more so I to do better and help others do better.
Ethics Committee Chair- Dr. Judy Hughey, NCC
Kansas State University
Resides in Manhattan
Counselor educator, Coordinator of Counselor Education at Kansas State; Faculty at KSU since 1990; Prior high school counselor
It is an honor to serve on the KSCA Executive Board with an outstanding group of counselors. The Board is dedicated to supporting Kansas School Counselors. I look forward to visiting with counselors in the upcoming ASCA update of the Ethical Standards. Please contact me anytime you have a question or concern regarding an ethics or legal issue. If I don’t know, I will find out.
Membership Chair- Jean Ryan
Topeka Public Schools USD 501
Resides in Topeka
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- Melanie Scott
Dodge City School District, USD 443
Resides in Dodge City
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 previously taught 8th grade science as well as in a 6th grade ESL blended classroom. I have been a school counselor since 2003.
I have been a high school counselor at Dodge City High School since 2007 and have served as District Counselor Coordinator in the Dodge City school district for over three years. I am a certified Youth Mental Health Aid Instructor and work tirelessly along with others in our community to defeat the stigma of mental health. I am passionate about helping our students, educators, and families take care of their mental health and advocate for their own self-care. I am a DCHS Yoga Club sponsor as well as a co-sponsor for DCHS TALC, our teen Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Club. I am a member of the Ford County Suicide Prevention Coalition.
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.
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 email@example.com for more information or to apply for any of our open positions.