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2017-2018 Committee Chairs

Zachary George
(815) 531-7984

Mayra Lagunas
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(217) 333-0302

Luis Narvaez
Chicago Public Schools
(773) 553-2077

Executive Board Liaison

Professional Development Council Team
Mike Ford, NACAC Delegate Director
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart
(847) 234-4300 x.408


The Inclusion, Access and Success Committee shall advance the association’s commitment to inclusion for underserved students and the educational professionals who guide them. The IAS Committee strives to heighten awareness, consciousness and sensitivity to the issues of culture, race, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender, age and other differences as they pertain to post-secondary access. The IAS committee develops educational programs for counseling professionals working with students who, for reasons of disadvantaged experiences, are often denied access to post-secondary educational opportunities.


  1. Submit IACAC newsletter articles relating to IAS committee or IAS subcommittee topics.
  2. Continue to promote and publicize Step by Step guides (specifically to graduate students in counseling programs, middle schools, and outside Chicago)
  3. Create College Advising Guides and/or resources for Homeless Students
  4. Create College Advising Guides and/or resources for LGBTQ community
  5. Offer a session at IACAC annual Conference on LGBTQ students.
  6. Each subcommittee to expand their goals and efforts on targeted underrepresented populations.


There are no upcoming events at this time.

College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students

The Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee has published a guide designed to provide assistance to the high school counselors in Illinois who work with undocumented students. There are approximately 1.6 million undocumented students under the age of 18 are currently living in the United States, 65,000 of whom will graduate each year from high school. Learn more about the College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students.

Step by Step Guides

For the past two years, the Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee has trained college admissions counselors on how to present to underrepresented student populations using the NACAC Step by Step Guides to College.

Below is a list of admissions counselors who attended the trainings and are able to present on a variety of topics using the guides as a resource, pending counselor availability. If you would like to contact a counselor to see if they are interested and available to present, please use the contact information below. Please note: presentations are based solely on the counselor’s availability and interest and should be scheduled directly through the counselor using their contact information below.

Kelli Allen, Iowa State University
Audrey Barrientos, Western Illinois University,
Aaron Boettcher, University of Illinois Springfield,
Aubriex Cason, The Ohio State University,
Sarah Daugherty, Bradley University,
Michelle Defranco, Elmhurst College,
Meghan Fore, Hope College,
Kari Garcia, Northern Michigan University,
Rayya Ghusein, Elmhurst College,
Christine Grotzke, Michigan Tech University,
Brian Hodges, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Kathleen McSherry, retired from Eastern Illinois University
Karina Padilla, Ashford University,
Jess Root, Hope College,
Jennifer Saunders, DePauw University,
Courtney Wallace, Augustana College,
Mary Ward, Truman State University,
Gina Williams, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville,

DeVone Eurales, Knox College,
Ben Huntington, Scott Community College,
Kari Koster, Black Hawk College,
Heather Mohler, Clinton Community College,
Lori Perez, Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences,
Mike Pettis, Augustana College,
Erin Snyder, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges,
Katie Watson, Muscatine Community College,
LaDrina Wilson, Scott Community College,

Committee Members

Audrey Barrientos, Western Illinois University
Ziggy Blackwell, Illinois College
Brenda Chavez, DePaul University
Caris Daily, IUPUI
Katie Doucette, Marquette University
Farrah Ellison-Moore, Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago
Andriana Esparza, Oakton Community College
Sara Espinosa, ISAC
Traci Flowers, Loyola Academy
Evelyn Fraga, Cristo Rey
Alicia Funes, Easy Leyden High School
Rachel Georgakis, Fenton High School
Aliza Gilbert, Highland Park High School
Allegra Giulietti-Schmitt, Niles North High School
Sarah, Goldman, Albion College
Jeremy Holmes, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Toney Howell, Illinois Wesleyan University
Rosy Lugo, University of Illinois Graduate Student
Dave Marcial, Golden Apple Foundation
Jackie Marthouse, Northwestern University
Luis Narvaez, Chicago Public Schools
Eric Ruiz, University of St. Francis
Heather Saylor, York High School
Julianne Shufri, IEC
Sheena Shukla, Chicago Public Schools
Stephanie Szczepanski, Saint Louis University
Josephine West, The Ohio State University

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