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2019-2020 Committee Chairs

Diana Mantey
University of Wisconsin – Parkside

Melissa Ramirez
Illinois State University

Christian Brown
Augustana College

Executive Board Liaison

Student and Family Outreach Council Team
April Ponte, Council Team Director – Secondary
Oswego High School



The mission of the College Awareness and Preparation (CAP) Committee is to provide the students and families of Illinois with practical, timely, and accurate information on the college process. The committee’s work will focus on increasing awareness of college options and accessibility through early outreach, academic preparation, and firsthand knowledge of the college search, application, and enrollment processes.  The CAP Committee will make service and outreach to underserved and underrepresented populations an emphasis of its work.


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Motivate Me is a one-day conference designed to inform, inspire, motivate and empower students from Chicago area high schools. Students engage with college counseling and higher education professionals whose goal is to strengthen the students’ focus toward the future – specifically successful completion of high school and pursuit and completion of higher education. More information about Motivate Me

IACAC Motivate Me Conference
IACAC Motivate Me 2017

Camp College provides rising seniors the unique opportunity to learn about the college search, application, and selection process from both college admission professionals and high school counselors in an immersive college experience.  Participants will learn about navigating a college fair, essay writing, identifying college fit/match, financial aid, and much more.  Students will also visit multiple colleges/universities and experience living, eating, and playing on a college campus.  More information about Camp College.

IACAC Camp College 2017

Committee Members

Faten Abdallah, Rockford Iqra School
Will Barefield, DePaul University
Guadalupe Bautista, North Park University
Rachel Brewster, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Christian Brown, Augustana College
Reuben Burnley, Dominican University
Amanda Bustamante, University of Chicago
Antandra Campbell, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Mike Dessimoz, Illinois College Access Network
Grant Egan, Marquette University
Kathy Facenda, Sallie Mae
Kathryne Gorsuch, Western Illinois University
Keena Griffin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Brian Hodges, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kira Humphrey, Kennedy King College
M. Faye Ikner, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Aimee Kackley, Ombudsman West High School
Zoe Kudla, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tedra Mewhirter, Northern Illinois University
Dorletta Payton, Valley View School District
Melissa Ramirez, Illinois State University
Meredith Rogers, Resurrection College Prep
Jill Sangl, Texas Christian University
Christina Schroeder, North Central College
Tony Torres, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Julio Trujillo, MacMurray College
Samantha Walden, Oswego High School
Ashlei White, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Terrance Young, Sacred Heart University

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