Voting Closed

Each year, we invite OSCA members to self-nominate for open Board Director positions. Voting for this year's candidates closed on May 15. We will share results by mid-June.

New Board Directors begin serving on July 1, 2024.

Meet the Candidates

For 2024, we have three candidates for three open Board Director positions.

Michelle Flores

School and School District: Indian Hills Elementary (K-6), Hillsboro School District

Candidate's School Setting: Suburban, Public

Grade Levels Candidate Serves: Elementary (including Pre-K & KG)

Michelle says, "I would be honored to be re-elected to the OSCA Board because I believe in the work of School Counselors. I feel that our role is often misunderstood and misguided, and there is so much potential for the advocacy of our position. I have been on the OSCA Board (previously as the Elementary VP) since July 2021. During my time as part of the OSCA Board, I have assisted in the transition to policy governance, helped plan/prepare/deliver three OSCA conferences, participated in our regular meetings, brought the voice of elementary school counselors to the table, and have helped move our Membership Committee work forward.

Now, almost more than ever, our students need support - emotionally, academically, and in their career and college pursuits. Now is an opportune time to dig deep, lean in, and own our position as school counselors at all levels. With so many changes coming to us from the state level, it’s imperative we have a strong team leading us in this crucial work.I believe that being an OSCA Board Member at this point in time is a critical step in moving our work forward. Continuing to be a part of that team would be an incredible opportunity. I am so inspired by the work our Board has been doing and I would be honored to continue alongside them. Partnering with other school counselors on our Membership Committee work has been an excellent experience and I would greatly appreciate being able to see that transition through.

I love the idea of growing myself professionally and using that drive to empower others in my role. Passion influences passion! I also believe this opportunity would help root myself and others back to the heart of school counseling- what ASCA sets forth as our grounding principles and what we know is right for our position. I appreciate the opportunity to put my name in the hat, and to continue supporting our phenomenal Oregon school counselors."

Kelly Goforth

School and School District: Roosevelt High School, Portland Public Schools

Candidate's School Setting: Urban, Title One, Public

Grade Levels Candidate Serves: High School

Kelly says, "As an experienced school counselor with a diverse background spanning elementary, middle, and high school settings across multiple states and districts, I am deeply invested in the betterment of Oregon's school counseling field. My journey in education has been guided by a commitment to student advocacy, social justice, and continual learning. It is with this dedication that I express my interest in the OSCA board position.

Throughout my career, I have cultivated strong relationships with students, families, and colleagues, recognizing the vital role of collaboration in fostering holistic support systems within educational communities. My advocacy efforts extend beyond individual counseling sessions to systemic change, as I firmly believe in addressing the root causes of inequity and working towards creating inclusive environments where all students can thrive.

Central to my approach is a commitment to anti-racism and social justice. I recognize the systemic barriers that disproportionately affect marginalized communities and am passionate about dismantling these barriers within the educational landscape. Through my work, I strive to empower counselors with the tools and knowledge necessary to effectively address issues of equity and inclusion within their own practice.

As a continual learner, I am committed to staying abreast of the latest research, best practices, and emerging trends in the field of school counseling. I understand the importance of professional development opportunities and would seek to ensure that counselors across Oregon have access to relevant training and resources to support their ongoing growth and development.

My decision to pursue the OSCA board position is rooted in a genuine desire to make a meaningful difference in the lives of counselors, students, and families across the state. I approach this opportunity with humility, recognizing that true progress is achieved through collective effort and collaboration. If given the privilege to serve on the board, I would leverage my skill-set, passion, and experience to advocate for policies and initiatives that prioritize the well-being and success of all Oregon students.

In closing, I am deeply committed to the values and mission of OSCA and am eager to contribute to the advancement of the school counseling profession in Oregon. Thank you for considering my candidacy for this important role."

Anna Keifer

School and School District: Warm Springs K-8 Academy in the Jefferson County School District 509J

Candidate's School Setting: Rural, Title One, Public

Grade Levels Candidate Serves: Middle School

Anna says, "I am currently serving as one of the school counselors at the Warm Springs K-8 Academy in Central Oregon with the Jefferson County School District 509J. My emphasis is on the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. I have over twenty three years of experience in the K-12 education system. I have had the pleasure of working with students of all ages. I strive on a daily basis to support all of the middle school students, parents and staff with any academic or social concerns that arise. My primary responsibilities at Warm Springs are providing crisis counseling to individual students, attending student focused meetings and facilitating the creation of the middle school master schedule. I work with students each quarter to develop a class schedule that best meets their needs. I enjoy assisting students with their planning and setting a course for their future opportunities for success. In my past employment, I have been a high school counselor. I would look forward to serving on this board to work on developing professional development for other school counselors in the state and the opportunity to network and learn from fellow professionals. I have experience with planning and leading professional development. I have been an on-site school counselor clinical supervisor for a student intern. I have the availability to attend board meetings and the conferences in the summer and be committed to attending training and workshops. I enjoy working on a team to accomplish tasks that will benefit others. Thank you for your consideration."

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