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Strategic Plan

Goal 1: Governance

The executive board will promote the mission of the organization while fostering the health and growth of GPACAC 

  • 1.1 Develop, maintain and execute a short-term and long-term strategic plan

  • 1.2 Develop, maintain and execute a sustainable and robust leadership board & committee structure.

  • 1.3 On-going quality control to meet our organizational and structural needs.

  • 1.4 Develop, maintain, and execute a fiscally responsible strategic plan.

Goal 2: Access

GPACAC promotes access to success for all students in the transition to postsecondary education.

  • 2.1 Help members and policymakers understand and better serve an increasingly diverse and nontraditional student population.

    1. Providing access and information about the college application process regardless of socioeconomic status, location and school type.

    2. Provide interactive programming (e.g. College Fairs) for students to have more direct access to various colleges and universities

  • 2.2 Engage members, non-members and policymakers on issues relevant to our profession at national and state efforts.

  • 2.3 GPACAC will continuously evaluate and strengthen its current programs while exploring new opportunities to meet the needs of our membership.

    1. Provide programming that is accessible to different regions of Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma through in-person professional development opportunities as well as online.

Goal 3: Branding

GPACAC will continue to develop a consistent and professional message surrounding our organization’s mission and values.

  • 3.1 Communications has consistent look and feel across all modes of communications (including consistent logo, tagline, color, & font)

  • 3.2 Use intentional and effective communication tailored to a specific audience.

  • 3.3 Develop, maintain, and execute an annual communication plan

  • 3.4 Continually update the website and technology for greater ease of use.

Goal 4: Membership

GPACAC will cultivate active members with valuable educational programming while seeking to add new members by 10% each year with an emphasis on secondary, underrepresented and rural populations.

  • 4.1 Cultivate Active Members

    1. Develop a mentorship program

    2. Develop a leadership institute

    3. Develop the online and accessibility of the online job board

    4. Travelling training/professional development sessions

  • 4.2 Reach new professionals and increase new memberships

    1. Have a GPACAC presence at Counselor luncheons

    2. Create partnerships with other related professional organizations

    3. Host Happy Hours for networking opportunities

    4. Enhance website with clear visibility of info for new members.



GPACAC Student Scholarships:

GPACAC proudly offers seven annual scholarships to students attending high school in the three GPACAC membership states, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Please see the scholarship links below for more information on each scholarship.


GPACAC Annual Student Scholarship

Paul Max Annual Service Scholarship

High School Counselor Nominated Scholarship

 To view a list of previous scholarship recipients, click here!



Congratulations to the 2019 GPACAC Scholarship Recipients!

In 2019, GPACAC Awarded $7,000 in scholarships to deserving students in the Great Plains region. 

2019 Recipients
Counselor Nominated Winners:
Kansas: Sydney Houser, Washburn Rural High School (attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Nebraska: Shelby Decker, Southern Public Schools (attending University of Nebraska-Omaha)
Oklahoma: Steely Jones, Drumright High School (attending Oral Roberts University)
Paul Max Community Service Scholarship:
Emma Ann Weis, Mercy High School (Nebraska) (attending University of Nebraska-Kearney)


Student Scholarship Winners: 
Kansas: Luisa Moreira Junqueira, Smoky Valley High School (attending University of Kansas)
Nebraska:  Molly Marie Lambert , Bridgeport Public Schools (attending Kansas State University Polytechnic)
Oklahoma: Akash Guruswamy, Edmond Santa Fe High School (attending University of Missouri-Kansas City)

Below is a list of recipients of previous years by year awarded:

2018 Recipients
Counselor Nominated Winners:
Kansas: Lesly Torices (Washburn Rural High School) nominated by Marcie Frederickson
Nebraska: Koralynn Voskamp (Tekamah-Herman Community Schools) nominated by Nishja N. Nuss
Oklahoma: Mallorie Iva Faith Humphreys (Coalgate High School) nominated by Angie West
Paul Max Community Service Scholarship:
Ann Marie Elizabeth Flusche (Bishop Kelley High School)
Student Scholarship Winners: 
Kansas: Landon Gage Butler (Mill Valley High School)
Nebraska: Rachel Kathleen Phillips (Elkhorn South High School)
Oklahoma: Sophia Nicole Berry (Bishop Kelley High School)
2017 Recipients 
Counselor Nominated Winners:
Kansas: Cameron Stussie (Lawrence High School) nominated by Natalie Konkel
Nebraska: Samantha Luehr (Wood River Rural High School) nominated by Nancy Roberts
Oklahoma: Troy Hudson (Owasso High School) nominated by Melinda Smith
Paul Max Community Service Scholarship:
Allison Keimig (Maur Hill-Mount Academy)
Student Scholarship Winners: 
Kansas: Aubrie Harris (Kingman-Norwich USD)
Nebraska: Kristen Schmitt (Papillion LaVista High School)
Oklahoma: Juan Trujillo (Ulysses S Grant High School)
2016 Recipients 
Counselor Nominated Winners:
Kansas: Rebecca Reutzel (Washburn Rural High School) nominated by Marcie Frederickson
Nebraska: Gabrielle Roberts (Papillion La Vista High School) nominated by Ann Herbener
Oklahoma: Yaseen Shurbaji (Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics) nominated by Cynthia Brown
Paul Max Community Service Scholarship:
Emily Malcom (Minden High School)
Student Scholarship Winners: 
Kansas: Ashtyn Rottinghaus (Wellsville High School)
Nebraska: Micah Klassen (South Sioux City High School)
Oklahoma: Matthew Stephens (Rejoice Christian)

2015 Recipients
Kansas Student: Dylan Nicholson (Wallace County High School)
Kansas Counselor: Rebecca Jenkins (Blue Valley Northwest High School) nominated by Rebecca Coker
Nebraska Student: John Pfeifer (Grand Island Central Catholic High School)
Nebraska Counselor: Josie Jastram (Papillion-La Vista High School) nominated by Ann Herbener
Oklahoma Student: Connor White (Muldrow High School)
Oklahoma Counselor: Ana Fernandez Alvarez (Bishop Kelley High School) nominated by Cheryl Sanders
Paul Max Community Service Scholarship:
Kansas: Garrett Schulte, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
2014 Recipients 
Nebraska Student: Tia Geter (Mercy High School)
Nebraska Counselor: Elaina Eddy (Burwell Jr. Sr. High School) nominated by Julie Tetschner
Kansas Student: Elizabeth Heath (Dighton High School)
Kansas Counselor: Elizabeth Kuhlmann (Blue Valley Northwest High School) nominated by Becky Hodgson
Oklahoma Student: Nehal Patel (Union High School)
Oklahoma Counselor: Burkely Brining (Bishop Kelley High School) nominated by Cheryl Sanders

Paul Max Community Service Scholarship:
Oklahoma: William Price Valdez, Cascia Hall Preparatory School
2013 Recipients
Nebraska Student: Hana Maaiah, Westside High School
Nebraska Counselor: Colin Frye, Ralston High School
Kansas Student: Anna Gardiner, Gardner Edgerton High School 
Kansas Counselor: Cole Mowrer, Maranatha Christian Academy
Oklahoma Student: Jordan Brown, Edmond Memorial High School
Oklahoma Counselor: Autumn Smith, Holland Hall

2012 GPACAC Scholarship Recipients
Nebraska: Pei-Yu Hung, Crete High School
Kansas: Jordan Todd Wiedemann, Wichita Northwest High School
Oklahoma: Colby Gibson, Newcastle High School

2011 GPACAC Scholarship Recipients: 
Kansas: Michelle Klepper, Ellinwood High School
Nebraska: Mia Clarissa Matlock, Omaha Central High School
Oklahoma: Michael Miller, Bartlesville High School

2010 GPACAC Scholarship Recipients:
Kansas: Ryan Meyers, Olathe South High School
Oklahoma: Savannah Simon, Yukon High School

2009 GPACAC Scholarship Recipients:
Nebraska: Neleigh Frandsen, Lincoln Southwest High School
Oklahoma: Karli Hostetler, Garber High School
Kansas: Jessica Brown, Shawnee Mission North High School


GPACAC Counselor-Nominated Scholarship

GPACAC awards up to three scholarships to students in the Great Plains each year. The scholarship amount is $1,000 per student. The award is intended to help pay for tuition, housing, fees and/or books. Scholarship recipients will be notified of the decision by mid-April. This scholarship is a one-time award and will be mailed to your post-secondary educational institution of choice.  

Counselor Requirements:

  • Be an active member of Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling.
  • Only nominate one student from their high school each year.
  • Submit a maximum of 400 word recommendation on why you have chosen to nominate this student for the GPACAC scholarship.

Students must meet all the following scholarship requirements listed below:
  • Be a May/June 2020 high school graduate
  • Attend high school in Nebraska, Kansas, or Oklahoma
  • Must be planning on attending a 2 or 4 year educational institution, enrolling in the fall following their high school graduation
Counselor-Nominated Scholarship Application


The scholarship application is now open and will close on February 15, 2020. 




Great Plains ACAC Leadership Team

Tristen Black
Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator
University of Oklahoma
[email protected]
*NACAC Delegate 
Stacey Evert
Director of College Counseling, Guidance
Brownell Talbot School
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Brent Casey
Director of College Counseling
Holland Hall
[email protected]
*NACAC Delegate 

Crissy Johns
Guidance Counselor
DeSoto High School
[email protected]
Elisha Satterfield
Associate Director of Admissions
Wichita State University
[email protected]

Amanda Sisk
Regional Recruiter for Missouri, Kansas, and Southern Illinois
The University of Alabama

[email protected]

Executive Assistant
Debbie Kremers
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College Fair Coordinator
Georgia Drewes
Associate Director of Admissions
Newman University
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Admissions Practices Co-Chair
Annette Shamas
Co-Director of College Counseling
Wichita Collegiate School
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Admissions Practices Co-Chair
James Powell
Oklahoma State University
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Government Relations Chair
Vicki Schaeffer
Director of College Counseling
Heritage Hall
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Scholarship & Grants Chair 
Marcie Frederickson
School Counseling Department Chair
Washburn Rural High School
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*NACAC Delegate 

Conference Co-Chair
Amanda Booth
Co-Director of College Counseling
Wichita Collegiate School
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Conference Co-Chair

Kristle Lacy
Senior Executive Admission Counselor 
University of Tulsa
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Inclusion, Success, Access Chair
Radell Nared
Senior Assistant Director for Diversity and Community Outreach
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Communication Chair
Bryson Beck
Admissions Counselor
University of Oklahoma
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Membership Chair
Jennifer McClendon
Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Oklahoma State University

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Professional Development Chair
Ashlee Lowry
College Counselor
Holland Hall

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