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2018 Conference Schedule

Main Conference welcome will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 6. Pre-conference activities will be held June 5-6.

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Location: McCann Arena

The 2018 award recipients will all be announced during the Awards Ceremony.


NEACAC is fully committed to the opportunity for all students to attend a college or university. The NEACAC IDEAL
(Inclusion, Diversity, Education, Access, and Leadership) Award seeks to recognize an individual, institution, or organization who has demonstrated a consistent and long-standing commitment to issues of access, including but not limited to: students of color, first-generation college students, low-income students, undocumented students, and LGBTQ students. This award is presented to either individuals or institutions that are actively engaged in activities associated with access. Factors considered in selecting the recipient of this award include a long-standing commitment to these principles and positive outcomes for students attending college.

The 2017 IDEAL award winner was presented to Jackie Haas, from Salem State University, Salem, MA.


The NEACAC Rising Star Award recognizes an individual or program with no more than five years of NEACAC membership that exemplifies excellence and dedication to serving the needs of students in the transition from high school to college. These individuals or programs are striving to make a difference within NEACAC through their work, utilizing nontraditional approaches to traditional challenges.

The 2017 Rising Star Award was presented to Alexandra Bellerose, from Boston University, Boston, MA.


The William S. Neal Award recognizes an individual and NEACAC member with at least five and no more than fifteen years of experience who works in the field of college admissions and counseling. William S. Neal (1936-2004) was a quintessential New Englander whose warm, steadfast leadership and guidance touched the lives of many students, families, and counselors during his thirty-two years in the profession, including twenty-four years as the chief admission officer at Norwich University and Elmira College. Bill served in many capacities of leadership at the regional and national levels. He was perhaps most recognized at our regional college fairs and during the annual conference where he mentored new college admission and high school counselors throughout New England. The William S. Neal Award passes Bill’s torch to a NEACAC member who has been engaged in association activities and who has shown particular commitment to students and the profession, with promise for continued service and leadership.

The 2017 award was presented to Erin Earle, from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.


In memory of Harry Rowland Carroll (1924-1982), NEACAC recognizes Harry R. Carroll for twenty-five years of dedicated service to the University of New Hampshire and Colby College. To honor his memory, NEACAC is proud to dedicate its Distinguished Service Award to be known as the Harry R. Carroll Distinguished Service Award. This award is presented to those individuals in the admission and counseling professions whose outstanding contributions and achievements deserve special recognition. His standards of academic excellence, his dedication to fair and impartial work on behalf of students, and his commitment to the ethical standards of the admission profession set a mark which will be remembered by school and college colleagues across the nation. With a sense of fair play and good humor, Harry Carroll, in his lifetime, provided leadership, guidance, and wise counsel to the admission profession in New England and throughout the United States.

The 2017 award was presented to Bob Bardwell, from Monson High School, Monson, MA.



Helene Morneau, Global Communications Academy, CT
Jessica Slater, Newington High School, CT
Marissa Krebs, JM Wright Technical High School, CT
Matthew Rosen, Naugatuck High School, CT
Amy Scully, Hampshire Regional High School, MA
Asim Kaban, Ace It Education, MA
Beth Fullerton, Quinsigamond Community College, MA
Christopher Evans, Stoughton High School, MA
Matthew Lee-Masiello, Malden Catholic High School, MA
Nada Bourji, Stoughton High School, MA
Naomi Brown-Jones, Urban Scholars Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, MA
Eric Ouellette, Massabesic High School, ME
Jesse Blackburn, Bowdoin College Upward Bound, ME
Zahayra Razo, Thomas College, ME
Hayley Emery, Newport Middle High School, NH
Katie Morrison, Educational Talent Search, UNH, NH
Keira Christian, Newport Middle High School, NH
Marisa DeCollibus, Brown College Advising Corps for Rogers High School, RI

The NEACAC IDEA Committee seeks to recognize candidates who have shown dedication to the field of counseling
and who, due to lack of funds, are unable to receive professional development opportunities. Please take a moment
to stop and introduce yourself to our scholars and welcome them to the conference and to NEACAC.