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Melissa Murphy
Springville High School
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Term Ends: June 2021

Melissa Murphy (President) is the school counselor at Springville Secondary School, where she serves approximately 200 students in seventh through twelfth grades. She is fortunate to work with students, families, faculty, and staff who value the work of school counselors and what they do to support students. Melissa earned her M.A. in school counseling from The University of Iowa, an M.A. in English from Western Illinois University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Iowa Wesleyan College. Prior to becoming a school counselor, she taught English/language arts to middle and high school students. As advocacy chair, Melissa provides school counselors the tools they need to advocate for themselves and their students in their districts and beyond. In her free time, Melissa enjoys bicycling and tromping through the woods when the weather allows, and reading, cooking, and crossword puzzles when it doesn't.

Jaclyn Lussenhop
President Elect
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Term Ends: June 2021

Jaclyn Lussenhop (President Elect) is a school counselor at Prairie Creek in the College Community School District, and has previously worked as a counselor at Springville Elementary and Davis Elementary. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with an undergrad in psychology and a masters in school counseling. Jaclyn is very passionate about the field of school counseling and enjoys helping other school counselors with their school counseling programs and empowering them to be advocates by the use of data in school counseling. 

Courtney Cook
President Elect- Elect
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Term Ends: June 2022

Courtney Cook (President Elect-Elect) is the Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health Coordinator at Prairie Lakes AEA where she is also co-lead of School Counselor support. Beyond her role as SEBH Coordinator, she is also a certified trainer of Youth and Child Mental Health First Aid and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, and serves on the Systems Leadership and Future Ready teams. Courtney is also the Prairie Lakes - Mental Health Awareness Training Grant Project Director and serves on multiple Mental Health & Disability Services advisories. Before working at Prairie Lakes AEA, she served as the 6-12 School Counselor for Graettinger-Terril CSD in Northwest Iowa and was a Secondary English teacher in Colorado Springs prior to that. Courtney is a graduate of Adams State University (MA-School Counseling) and University of Iowa (MA-Educational Policy & Leadership Studies, BA - Communication Studies). She is a passionate advocate for school counselors becoming school leaders as more districts continue to prioritize and value social-emotional learning as part of students becoming "future ready". In her free time, Courtney enjoys being at home with her family of six and four pets. Chances are she's either playing Chickapig or other family favorite board games, or binge-watching something from Magnolia Network, Disney+, or Netflix.

Sheryl Bass
Past President
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Term Ends: June 2022

Sheryl Bass (Past President) is a College Career Transition Counselor for Linn-Mar High School and Kirkwood Community College. Sheryl is a graduate of the University of Iowa (MA-School Counseling) and Mt. Mercy College (BA-Psychology). She is passionate about college and career readiness, especially ways to introduce students to careers requiring less than a 4-year degree. Sheryl is excited about her new role as a CCTC and hopes to use data to show her impact on student success. She believes that school counselors play a key role in advocating for school counseling at all levels, which happens day-to-day in the work we do in our buildings and in collaborating with all stakeholders. In her free time, Sheryl enjoys spending time with her fiancĂ©, reading, and doing hot yoga.

Nyla Mowery
Des Moines Public Schools
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Term Ends: June 2024

Nyla Mowery (Vice President - Elementary Level) is an elementary school counselor at Studebaker Elementary in the Des Moines Public Schools district.  Nyla completed her undergraduate in elementary education in 2005 from the University of Iowa.   Prior to being a school counselor, she taught upper elementary for three years and preschool for five years.  Nyla completed her masters in school counseling in 2013 from Drake University and has been working as a school counselor for the Des Moines Public Schools since graduating.  In her free time, Nyla enjoys reading, playing video games, going for walks with her dog, Bandit and cuddling with her cats.  Nyla has a daughter, Angel, who is a senior in high school this year.


Brianna Porter
Vice President - Middle Level
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Term Ends: June 2023

Brianna Porter (Vice President - Middle Level) currently serves as middle school counselor(grades 6-8) with Mount Pleasant School Community School District at Mount Pleasant Middle School. This will be her 2nd year as a middle school counselor and going into her 5th year as a school counselor. She has served as a school counselor at all three levels and loves her work. Brianna has a goal of eventually RAMPing her school within the next three years.  Prior to becoming a school counselor Brianna worked in the human services field and served in a variety of positions working with at risk children and family which has greatly assisted her in her role as a school counselor. In her spare time Brianna enjoys spending time with her family, outdoors, movies, and Disney. 

Carrie Talbott
Vice President - Secondary Level
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Term Ends: June 2022

Carrie Talbott (Secondary Level VP) is the high school counselor at Center Point-Urbana High School. She has been a school counselor since 2010. Carrie is a graduate of the university of Iowa (MA-School Counseling) and Coe College (BA-Business, Education). She is passionate about helping students pursue their post-secondary goals whether that is entering the workforce, going off to college, or somewhere in between. Outside of school Carrie enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and watching Hawkeye football. 

Alyssa Cobie-Nuss
Vice President - K12 Level
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Term Ends: June 2023

Alyssa Cobie-Nuss (K12 VP) is a K-12 School Counselor serving as the At-Risk Coordinator for West Central Community School District. She grew up on a farm near Ackley, lowa and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Central College in Pella in 2012. After that she worked for a short while in schools as a paraeducator before earning her Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from the University of Northern lowa in 2016. She is passionate about mental health and trauma informed care in our schools. She enjoys being outside and exploring Northeast lowa with her husband, reading, and spending time at the gym. 

Paul Hayes
Vice President - Counselor Coordinator/Director
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Term Ends: June 2022

Paul Hayes (VP Counseling Coordinator/Director) is the Future Ready Learning and School Counseling Lead for Cedar Rapids Community Schools. He has 28 years of experience as a teacher, school counselor, and district-level administrator. Paul holds a BA in Secondary English Education and an MA in K-12 School Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa.  He also holds an endorsement in K-12 Administration from Drake University. Paul has been able to create the conditions for school counselors to implement quality, research-based and innovative practices. These efforts have been possible largely because of his participation in state and national conferences, engaging in conversations with colleagues throughout the state/nation and contributing to various professional publications. Paul has two children, Bryton and Brylie, and lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife, Bryn, who is also an educator.

Erin Lane
Vice President - Counselor Educator
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Term Ends: June 2022

Erin Lane (VP Counselor Educator) is a counselor educator at Western Illinois University – Quad Cities and feels honored to serve on the ISCA Board. Erin has worked in public and private education in Iowa for almost two decades. Prior to her position as an assistant professor, she was employed as a teacher and administrator; however, she found the most fulfillment as a school counselor in the Southeast Polk School District. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Beloit College, and her Master’s in School Counseling and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Iowa. Her professional passions consist of helping school counselors strengthen advocacy skills, enhance professional identity, and better incorporate data-driven programming. Erin’s research interests include school counselor advocacy, Post-secondary Readiness (CCR), and the needs of gifted students in the K-12 setting. Erin lives in Iowa City with her husband and three daughters. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, listening to podcasts, and attending as many Hawkeye events as possible.

Megan Barber
Bondurant-Farrar Community School District
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Megan Barber (Secretary)  is the PK-2nd Grade School Counselor at Morris Elementary School in Bondurant, IA. Prior to working for the Bondurant-Farrar Community School District, she was the elementary school counselor at West Marshall CSD (State Center, IA). Megan is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa (MAE - School Counseling) and Creighton University (BSW - Social Work). Along with her BFCSD K-12 School Counseling Team, she is a proud recipient of the ISCA District of Distinction Award, which recognizes exemplary K-12 school counseling programs. Megan is married (Josh) and has two children (Keatin and Will). She loves being in the company of kids, running, lifting weights, and listening to podcasts/audiobooks! 


Derek Cornett
Iowa City School District
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Derek Cornett (Treasurer) is currently the school counselor at Longfellow Elementary School in the Iowa City School District.  He graduated from Winona State University with his degree in Counselor Education. He has served as a K-12, 6-12, and K-6 school counselor. Derek is looking forward to his time on ISCA to learn from the other school counselors and promote the field within education. He is looking for opportunities for school counselors to support one another throughout the state and help with new ideas and techniques that are successful in various programs. He is passionate about relationships with students and how important those relationships can be in overall educational development. Derek is excited to get more involved with ISCA and learn about more opportunities to help the school counseling field and promote our importance towards student development.

Lauren Cerqueira
Cedar Rapids School District
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Lauren Cerqueira (Advocacy Chair) is currently the school counselor at Hills Elementary, Grant Elementary, and Weber Elementary in the Cedar Rapids School District. This is her first year with the ISCA board.

Trina Roos
Springville Elementary
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Trina Roos (Conference Chair) is Springville's Elementary School Counselor (K-6). Trina earned her BA in psychology and family services from the University of Northern Iowa. She worked in various roles at Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Iowa supporting mentoring relationships. Trina then returned to school to earn her MA in School Counseling from Concordia University Wisconsin. She is a member of the American School Counselor Association, in addition to the Iowa School Counselor Association. Her interests include camping, movies, and bargain shopping. She spends much of her time attending her children's activities and playing with her two dogs.

Jenna Harderson
Membership Chair
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Jenna Hardersen is a counselor in Anamosa she has been at the middle school for nine years and will be moving to the high school in Anamosa next year. She also coaches middle school volleyball and track and teaches as an adjunct professor for Buena Vista University in the Professional School Counseling Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Child Adult and Family Services her master’s in professional school counseling from the University of Northern Iowa and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Drake University. Her doctoral research focused on growth mindsets specifically in teaching students how to preserve through challenges and focusing on personal growth. She has a passion for connecting counselors with resources and strategies to help in their day to day jobs and hopes to help ISCA in supporting new members thrive in their roles as the Membership Chair. Jenna and her husband Lee welcomed their first child Thea on March 15 and are loving every minute of watching her grow and learn. She also enjoys volunteering with the local 4-H program reading baking riding horses and spending time with her family on their farm.

Shelly Brimeyer - Adams
Awards and Recognition Chair
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Shelly Brimeyer-Adams (Awards and Recognition Chair)  is a Program Administrator/Communications Specialist with ISL Education Lending in West Des Moines. Her primary responsibility is managing a free email service called SP3 – Student Planning Pointers for Parents, which delivers college and career information twice-monthly to parents of eighth through 12th grade students via articles that include tips, resources and helpful prods to trigger conversations between parents and students.

Shelly was previously a financial aid administrator at both Loras College and the University of Iowa and is very active in the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators – an organization that’s very similar to ISCA. She has a BA in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Communication Leadership at Drake University. This is her first time on the ISCA Board, and she is looking forward to getting to know school counselors across the state and recognizing the work they do with students.

When not working, Shelly enjoys gardening and home renovation projects, along with binge-watching Netflix and DIY shows with her new husband, Gary. They both enjoy spending time with their combined five adult children and spouses, along with Gary’s two grandchildren.

Sheila Kinyon-Johnson
Muscatine Community School District
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Sheila Kinyon-Johnson (Newsletter Chair)  is a school counselor with the Muscatine Community School District. Prior to her current occupation as a school counselor I was a high school AP Language and Literature instructor as well as a Speech and Debate coach.  Her educational background consists of attending the University of Northern Colorado where she received her B.A. in both Journalism Mass Communication and Secondary Education in Speech Communication. From there, she attended the University of Alabama for a M.A. in Human Communication (Rhetoric) and the U of Iowa for a M.A. in Counselor Education. Sheila looks forward to collaborating with ASCA and ISCA board members to deliver up-to-date information both educational and informative information for school counselors through the quarterly newsletter.

Anna Rogers
Graduate Student - University of Northern Iowa
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Anna Rogers (School Counseling Student Chair) is in her 3rd year of her program at the University of Northern Iowa and is currently completing her internship at Columbus Catholic High School in Waterloo. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Luther College and has since worked in Cedar Falls Public School District as a paraeducator and currently hold a graduate assistantship in Student Wellness Services at UNI. Anna is passionate about trauma-informed care and counselor self-care; she looks forward to exploring these topics further in her studies. In her free time, Anna enjoys playing with her dog (Freya) and kittens (Taco and Chalupa), reading, camping, and playing board games with friends and family.

Lauren Treiber
Graduate Student - University of Northern Iowa
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Lauren Treiber (School Counseling Student Co-Chair) is completing her program at the University of Northern Iowa. Lauren graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors in Elementary Education in 2016. She taught 4th and 5th grade at Kenwood Leadership Academy in Cedar Rapids for 4 years. Once she started grad school, she transitioned into a building support role at the same school. This role has allowed her to continue to support students in their social, emotional, and academic growth. During these past 5 years Lauren has found a passion for supporting students' social emotional growth. To further her passion she has served on the school's Multi-Tiered Systems for Support team for 5 years. She also served on the school's building leadership team for a year and facilitated an action team made up of other teachers who led work around Student Learning of the 7 Habits. She is currently the Secretary of Board of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society (CSI) at the University of Northern Iowa. Starting her second year in the school counseling program, she look forward to continuing to learn more about the profession.

Scotti Hagensick
Ex-Officio - AEA
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Scotti Hagensick (Ex-Officio - AEA) is a School Improvement Facilitator for SEBH and a Crisis Response Team member at Keystone AEA. Scotti earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and holds a Professional School Counselor K-12 license. She has served as a school counselor in Iowa at both the elementary and middle school level and is currently involved in the AEA Statewide Well-Being Task Force. Scotti lives in Waukon, IA with her husband Michael, and their twin boys, Heath and Oliver, and their twin girls, Ruth and Stella.

Brittania Morey
Ex-Officio- ICAN and Communications/Marketing Chair
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Brittania Morey (Ex-Officio - ICAN and Communications/Marketing Chair) is the Vice President, Marketing and Communications for ICAN where she spends her days creating programs to help students make informed decisions about life after high school, and assisting school counselors in their role in the Career and College process through resource and curriculum development, and professional development training opportunities. As an ICAN representative she works between the two organizations on various partnership programs including the school counselor professional development webinar series and the School Counselor Resource Guide, and chairs the Communications/Marketing committee. Brittania holds a Bachelor's degree in Art and Journalism from the University of Northern Iowa and a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from Marylhurst College, and has worked in education for more than15 years.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, movies, gardening, reading, cooking, attending concerts, and traveling to new and exciting places.

Ex-Officio - Iowa Department of Education

Jamie Covell
Ex-Officio - Iowa College Aid
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Jamie Covell (Ex-Officio - Iowa College Aid) is a Community Engagement Consultant with Iowa College Aid. She coordinates the statewide Course to College program. Course to College is an all-encompassing program to support high schools in creating a college-going culture through five steps: prepare, apply, finance, decide, and go. Previously, Jamie was the Director of the Reach and Rise Mentoring Program and Coordinator of the Foster Grandparent Program both in Dubuque, IA. Jamie is compassionate about student success, especially for underrepresented students, as she herself was a first generation student. She really enjoys her career and is honored to work with such admirable school counselors! Jamie holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Loras College and Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. In her free time, you can catch Jamie at the farmer's market, running, organizing something, or traveling. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, visiting national parks, providing belly rubs to pups, and eating pizza, tacos, and ice cream!

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