Hayleigh Herrera (School Counseling Emerging Leader) is currently a middle school counselor in the Desert Sands Unified School District. Through her former work in Applied Behavioral Analysis, she discovered her passion of working with all students in the school setting. As a volunteer and attendee at both of the CASC conferences in 2016 and 2017, she saw first-hand how impactful our professional association is and felt an unwavering motivation to contribute to the incredible work that this organization does. She is beyond thrilled to be serving as a SCEL for the 2018-2019 year, and is looking forward to developing more leadership, presentation, and advocacy skills. Hayleigh is passionate about helping identify and build upon the strengths of students. When she is not reading the latest counseling-related news, she can be found dancing or spending time with her family.
Heather Lampron (Emerging Leader) had her first introduction to CASC as a new school counselor, attending one of CASC’s conference a few years ago. At that time, she picked up so many great ideas that she knew she wanted to become more involved, and consequently, when the Emerging Leader Program application became available she applied. Heather is currently a high school counselor in Fallbrook Union High School District. She also works at Palomar College, teaching in the dual-enrollment program and she recently began teaching for San Diego State University in their school counseling program. Heather is a passionate advocate for restorative practices in schools and is a volunteer and trainer with the Restorative Justice Mediation Program in San Diego. Heather and her husband have three children and love travel and snorkeling.
Courtney Lloyd (Emerging Leader 2018-2019) is currently an elementary school counselor in Poway Unified School District. Before her transition to school counseling, Courtney was an elementary school teacher for 4 years. As an elementary school counselor Courtney’s favorite part of the day is teaching class lessons about social-emotional skills and college and career readiness. While completing her graduate program at San Diego State University, Courtney become passionate about using data to inform and advocate for school counseling programs. She has presented on this topic at recent CASC and ASCA conferences. Courtney lives in Carlsbad where she enjoys listening to podcasts and riding her bike along the beach.
Lucia Alfaro (Emerging Leader 2018-19) is passionate about ensuring all students, as members of their communities and world at large, thrive academically, social/emotionally. She has served students as a school counselor at all grade levels for 10 years in the San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties. Lucia currently works as an elementary school counselor in Livingston. She enjoys mentoring future school counselors as an adjunct faculty member in the School Counseling Program at CSU, Stanislaus. Lucia’s goals as a CASC Emerging Leader are to advocate for the school counseling profession locally and at the state level. She looks forward to strengthening her leadership abilities this year. Lucia also enjoys spending time with her family, yoga, baking, and traveling!
Brittney Pacini (Emerging Leader) is a first-year elementary school counselor at Cajon Valley USD. She was drawn to the school counseling profession eager to inspire children to pursue their passion, help them overcome barriers, and encourage students to use their voice to advocate for themselves and their future. In graduate school, Brittney launched her career in school counseling by facilitating suicide trainings and through organizing mental health fairs. She became involved with CASC as a volunteer and presenter at the 2017 conference. In her free time, Brittney loves exploring the outdoors and relaxing at the beach. As an Emerging Leader, Brittney is excited to grow as an advocate, support CASC events, serve on committees, and facilitate trainings/workshops.