Lara Drewes, President

Meeting Minute Archive 2016-2017

March 2nd, 2017

Chimney Rock Inn, Bridgewater


  • SCSCA Business

    • Counselor of the County Award Update

    • Elections - nominations due April 15!

  • Presentations by:

    • Kean University Admissions

    • Bill San Fillippo, Boy Scouts of America - Exploring Careers Program (internships and job experience for middle and high schoolers)

    • Kyle Vandenberg & Chris York, Middle Earth - YES Program

    • Mariann Bruno, Community Planning Specialist - Somerset County Office of Youth Services "Roadshow:"  What services are available to your students?  

    • Dinner & Networking

(Pictured: Susan Tully, SCSCA Awards Chair, Rebecca Cordisco, 2017 Counselor of the County and Lara Drewes, SCSCA President Elect)

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016

Time: 4pm

Location: Chimney Rock Inn, Bridgewater

800 North Thompson Ave., Bound Brook, NJ 08805




1. SCSCA Business

Presentations by:

2. The Give Something Back Foundation - Kelly Dun, Executive Director, Joshua Meekins, Program Coordinator and Kathleen O'Connor, Marketing & Communications Director


3. Universal Technical Institute - Mark Faillace, Admissions Representative


4. NJDOE - Melissa Stager, Somerset County Education Specialist


5. Zufall Health Center/Sexual Assault Support Services - Arianna Cohen, Prevention Coordinator

6. SCSCA Counselor of the County Presentation


(Pictured: Susan Tully, SCSCA Awards Chair, Angela Cleveland, 2016 Counselor of the County and Jillian Shadis, SCSCA President)


Each year we ask for nominations for our Counselor of the County award, which goes to a person who lives and/or works in Somerset County, and is a great counselor who inspires and is a role model to others.


We are pleased to announce Ms. Angela Cleveland as our “Counselor of the County” for the 2015-2016 school year.


Ms. Cleveland is her schools anti-bullying specialist and helps promote a positive school climate by collecting data and developing programs to promote such. She co-chairs BoroSAFE, which is an organization who provides suicide awareness and prevention resources to the local community.


Ms. Cleveland has published articles on Edutopia and in the NJSCA newsletter about the use of technology in the counseling profession. She also presented at the NJSCA Conference on topics including “Technology Toolbox for Counselors” and “The Top 10 Apps Teens are Talking about”. She has published two therapeutic books for children, based on Diabetes and Generalized Anxiety/School Refusal. She also wrote an article titled “Using Origami in Counseling”, which was published by the American School Counseling Association last year.


Ms. Cleveland earned her Bachelor’s Degree from William Paterson University. 
She also has three Master's Degrees:

Masters of Ed. in Psychological Services from University of Pennsylvania

Masters of Ed in Instruction from TCNJ

Masters in Organizational Leadership from Rider 


In July, Ms. Cleveland will be doing a presentation about technology at the American School Counselor Association Conference in New Orleans and has also just been invited to attend the United State of Women White House Summit this month!

Many thanks to:



for sponsoring and hosting this dinner meeting!

Date: March 24, 2016


Location: Maggiano's, Bridgewater


Sponsor: Berkeley College


Professional Development Presenter: Mr. Joseph Zobel


Topic: Social Media



  • Welcome message from Jillian Shadis, President of SCSCA

    • Reminder to join and pay $25 membership fee if haven’t done so already

    • Somerset County Counselor of the Year Announced - will be given award at June meeting

  • Professional Development on Social Media

    • The importance of knowing slang to be able to better identify potential bullying situations or negative behavior

    • Different websites and apps that are important to be knowledgeable about

    • How to stay informed about different apps and websites that students may use

  • Berkeley College

    • Summer programs for students in high schools

    • Programs that they offer for schools - both onsite and at campus locations

  • Next meeting:

    • hopefully the first week in June but still waiting for confirmation

    • Universal Technical Institute will most likely be hosting

    • Any recommendations for a speaker would be appreciated



Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Maggiano's - Bridgewater

600 Commons Way

Bridgewater, NJ 08807


Dinner Sponsored by Rowan University

Presentations by:-Rowan University Admissions & Foster Adoptive Family Services


Contact Information:

Marjorie Blicharz, M.Ed
Education Specialist
Foster and Adoptive Family Services
PO Box 518, 4301 Route 1 South
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852


NJDOE Somerset County Education Specialist

Information provided on Somerset County School Counselor of the year nominations (due Feb. 1, 2016).


November 12, 2015


Chimney Rock Inn, Bound Brook

800 North Thompson Avenue

Bound Brook, NJ 08805


Dinner sponsored by Montclair State University 


Presentations by:

Montclair State University Admissions Officer, Stephanie Herman & Dr. Hartke from the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders, Inc.



  • Welcome message from Jillian Shadis, President of SCSCA

    • Reminder to join and pay $25 membership fee if haven’t done so already

    • Let a member of the executive board know if you are having trouble with registration

  • Professional Development on Tourette Syndrome

    • Potential signs and symptoms

    • How school counselors can help students learn coping skills

    • The importance of advocating for student needs

  • Montclair University

    • Offer counselor tours during the week

    • New Programs and Facilities: communications, business, and nursing (relevant for current juniors)

    • Application process and deadlines

  • Next meeting scheduled for: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 4pm

    • Will announce speaker and location over the next few weeks


Clips from the presentation:

"Front of the  Class


SCSCA End of Year Meeting

June 11, 2015


Maggiano's Little Italy - Bridgewater

(600 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ 08807)

Family-style Dinner & Open Bar


Presentation on Mindfulness and Self-Care for Counselors
John Mopper from GenPsych in Bridgewater


Dinner sponsored by Berkeley College
Melissa Couden-Rappola, Admissions Associate/Community Outreach


First Meeting

March 26, 2015


Time:    4pm

Location:    Raritan Valley Community College Atrium Conference Room
    (lower level of the College Center)  Directions and Campus Map


  • Welcome and Introductions

    • Jillian Shadis, SCSCA President

      • District Supervisor of School Counseling, Bernards Township Public Schools


      • 908-204-2585, x119

    • Dr. Olcay Yavuz, SCSCA President-Elect

      • Director of Guidance, Central Jersey College Prep Charter School

      • Project Manager, Rutgers University, Graduate School Of Ed.


      • 862-262-2870

  • RVCC Welcome & Information

    • Mike McDonough, President

    • Jache Williams, Director of Admissions & Recruitment (

    • David Kring, Testing Center Director (

  • NJSCA Executive Director, Jim Lukach

    • Purpose and Benefits of the Organization

    • NJSCA/SCSCA Membership

  • Awards Programs

    • High School Scholarship

      • Deadline has passed for this year

    • Human Rights Advocate

    • Middle School Award

    • Counselor of the County

      • Seeking Nominations!

        • Online Nomination Form  

        • Nominations accepted until March 30!  (Sorry for the very short notice, but NJSCA let us know today that they would extend the deadline until April 1 so that Somerset Co. could have a recipient this year)

      • The 2015 recipient shall:

        • Be a practicing school counselor, director, and/or supervisor for at least 4 years

        • Currently work in Somerset County

        • Be an active member of NJSCA

        • Be a professional who inspires and serves as a role model for others

  • Upcoming Events/Opportunities

    • 11th Annual NJSCA Spring Conference at Kean University

    • Rutgers University Research Supported Comprehensive College and Career Readiness Model Initiative

      • Please contact Dr. Olcay Yavuz with questions (   862-262-2870)

  • SCSCA Officers:  Election

    • President-Elect-Elect:  Lara Drewes  (West Morris Mendham)

    • Treasurer:  Heather Danberry (Franklin Twp.)

    • Secretary:  Tasha Mosconi (Central Jersey College Prep)

    • Membership Co-Chairs:  Dierdra Kea (Franklin Twp.) & Jennilyn Nelson (Bound Brook)

    • Communications Chair:  Jackie Swan (Franklin Twp.)

    • Awards Chair:  Susan Tully (Warren Twp.)

  • Ideas from you!

    • PD opportunities on counseling topics (not necessarily college admissions), such as:

      • Grief counseling

      • Divorce

      • How to run group counseling sessions

    • Sharing “best practices”

  • Next steps…

    • Officers will coordinate/collaborate to plan one more meeting/PD opportunity before the end of the school year (stay tuned!)

    • Officers will work on establishing a website, member database, treasury account, etc. so that we can start fresh in September!

  • Networking