Meet Our National School Counselor Fellows

Anna Black-Hogins

Anna Black-Hogins (California)

Anna is a school counselor at two elementary schools in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. It has been an interesting time getting started in this profession but with lots of support from her colleagues and lots of hugs from students, she has really enjoyed the work. She has a B.S. in Child Development from Cal Poly SLO and an M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling along with a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential from San Diego State (she is very CSU Proud!). Anna worked as an Admissions Officer at Cal Poly SLO for four years and now that she is on the other side, she has loved finding ways to bridge the gaps between K-12 and postsecondary education. 

She is passionate about supporting students holistically and advocating for their individual needs by centering their voices and experiences. With an ecological counseling framework and up-to-date data-driven practices, Anna is here to support students and families equitably with early intervention and prevention in all educational domains. Outside of school counseling, she loves learning new languages, going to the beach (West coast livin' almost her whole life!), and anything that involves food (check out @hafu.the.time.eating on IG for all her food adventures!). 

Martiza Cha

Maritza Cha (California) 

Maritza Cha graduated from Garfield High School in East Los Angeles and became the first in her family to attend and graduate from college, the University of California, Los Angeles. She graduated in 2005 with two Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and History, with a minor in Education. UCLA was so nice she went there twice, earning a Master’s Degree in Education, as well as a teaching credential, from UCLA’s Teacher Education Program in 2007. She taught social studies at her alma mater, Garfield High School for 4 years.  In 2010, Mrs. Cha and several colleagues designed and launched a pilot school within the Los Angeles Unified School District – Social Justice Leadership Academy at Esteban Torres High School. Mrs. Cha then decided to work towards her lifelong dream of becoming a college counselor. Mrs. Cha earned her second Master’s Degree, a counseling credential and child welfare and attendance credential, from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2015. Mrs. Cha currently works for Alhambra Unified School District as a school counselor and is working towards her PhD at Claremont Graduate University in Education/Urban Leadership. 

Cody Dailey

Cody Dailey (Illinois)

Cody Dailey (he/him/his) is a School Counselor residing in the state of Illinois. Cody holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Knox College and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from DePaul University. Starting in the Fall of 2022, Cody will serve as the College & Career Counselor at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, IL. He has previously served in similar roles at both Victor J Andrew High School and Maine West High School, having 4 years of counseling experience. Prior to that, Cody worked in Workforce Development (at Joliet Junior College for a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grant program) and Financial Aid (with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission). He is a member of ISAC (IL School Counselor Association), IACAC (Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling) and CACCA (Chicago Area College Counselor Association). Cody grew up as a low-income, first-generation student raised by a single parent. He earned a scholarship in the 8th grade that provided funding for his college. Selecting a career or college major is a huge personal decision and Cody is passionate about helping students navigate and make that important life decision. Equity work is incredibly important to Cody as he is an ally to all. He has taken part in trainings and led student organizations relating to serving LGBTQ+ youth, undocumented youth, low-income youth, first generation students, and other marginalized groups. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, going to Chicago sporting events, and cooking.

Christine Enrico

Christine Enrico (New Jersey)

Dr. Christine Enrico is a licensed school counselor at Jose Marti STEM Academy in Union City, where she has worked for 11 years. She graduated from The George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs. She earned her master’s degree in School Counseling from Centenary University, where she also received her school counseling and associate counseling certification. She also holds certificates in substance awareness and college advising. She recently earned her doctorate of education in educational technology leadership, where her dissertation focused on school counselors' usage of technology assisting in the college admissions process during COVID-19. Dr. Enrico has earned specialist certificates in College Admissions, School Counseling Leadership, Mental Health, Anxiety & Stress, Data, Career Development, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from the American School Counselor Association. 

As a school counselor, she has had the pleasure of assisting students in grades 9-12 and overseeing alternate education and adult high school students navigating through their secondary and post-secondary academic life. Her experience includes educational planning, school use of technology, testing, overall staff professional development, and many aspects of college and career planning. 

Enrique Espinoza

Enrique Espinoza (California)

Enrique Espinoza is a first generation college student and the first in his family to earn a doctorate degree. Enrique is a practicing schools counselor in the Garden Grove Unified School District in Southern California. His research interest is  focused on issues of mental health, racism and inequity in K-12 schools, and the role of school counselors in addressing these issues. He is also an adjunct professor in the school counseling program at Cal State Long Beach.

Bushra Hussain

Bushra Hussain (Michigan)

Bushra Hussain is a high school counselor at Frontier International Academy in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her education at Wayne State University which is also located in Detroit.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2011 and her Master’s Degree in Counseling Education with School Counseling specialization in 2019. This is her third year working as a licensed school counselor in the State of Michigan. Prior to becoming a high school counselor, Bushra worked as a paraprofessional for seven years at Bridge Academy, which is an elementary school and a sister school for the district she currently works at. The rewarding part of working for the same district is most of Bushra's current students were her students when they were younger. It is a blessing to continue working with them and being able to see how much they’ve grown over the years. As a counselor, she loves that her job focuses on supporting students holistically and advocating for their needs. She can help students increase their self awareness, find effective solutions to their problems and improve their abilities and skills to become the best versions of themselves.  Outside of school counseling, Bushra enjoy arts and crafts, traveling and going on food adventures with her friends. 

Lillian Martz

Lillian Martz (Montana)

Lillian Martz is finishing up her 1st year of her doctoral studies at The University of Montana. She is pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with the hopes of training future school counselors. She received her Master's in School Counseling from The University of Montana in 2009 and has worked as a high school counselor for the better part of the last decade. She is passionate about equity and social justice, crisis counseling and proper training of school counselors to handle students in crisis, and career exploration and dual enrollment opportunities for public school students. 

Lydia McNeiley

Lydia McNeiley (Indiana)

Lydia McNeiley is the Lead School Counselor at Charles N. Scott Middle School in Hammond, Indiana. She holds a Master’s of Education degree in School Counseling from Purdue University Northwest. Lydia was named the 2020 Indiana Middle School Counselor of the Year and is the recipient of the Indiana School Counselor Association’s (ISCA) inaugural Trailblazer Award. She was also recognized as the Purdue University Northwest Educational Talent Search TRIO 2021 Community Partner Award Winner. She has contributed to pieces for NPR, Ed Week, National Geographic Kids, and NBC News. She was recently chosen as a member of the ASCA DEI committee. Her goal is to help expose marginalized youth to the different college and career opportunities available to them, in turn helping prepare them for future success.

Jasmine Newton

Jasmine Newton (Oklahoma)

Jasmine Newton is a Licensed School Counselor in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Memorial Senior High School. She received her Bachelor's degree in psychology and Master's of Science in Counseling from Northeastern State University. She has worked at Memorial High School for the past three years; one year as a special education teacher and the last two years as a school counselor. She is also a member of Tulsa Public School's 2022 School Counselor Council and assists in planning and brainstorming ways to help in school counseling for her district. 

She is currently a member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Oklahoma School Counselor Association (OSCA), National Education Association (NEA) and Great Plains Association for College Admission and Counseling (GPACAC). She maintains her membership with these associations to help her stay informed about the most up to date data driven opportunities and research available, that may help her students and community to prosper. 

She has a strong desire to see students thrive and enjoys working with students from all backgrounds and walks of life. A priority focus for her for the past three years has been to provide opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and provide them with information about opportunities that may be out of reach due to lack of resources.

She is passionate about equity in schools and wants to ensure that all students can learn in a safe, welcoming, and stable environment. She believes advocating for students and their families is one of the most pivotal things about working in education as a school counselor and finds solace in assisting them with all their needs.

Sarah Kortuem

Sarah Kortuem (Minnesota)

Sarah Kortuem uses the words, “We rise by lifting others” from Robert Engersoll to guide her personally and professionally. Since 2009, Sarah has been a practicing school counselor at the secondary level. She works as a High School Counselor at Bridges Area Learning Center in Minnesota. Her mission is to lead with heart while teaching learners how to cope with life, as well as empowering them on their path to finding themselves and realizing their potential. Her vision is to create culturally responsive, trauma-informed, data-driven school counseling services within a multitiered system of support that is grounded in empowering and strengths-based supports also while centering learners’ culture and experiences and overall well being. More recently, Sarah has embarked on a new educational adventure to pursue a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is looking forward to supporting the development of aspiring school counselors to become strong advocates and change agents within their schools.  Sarah is passionate about mental health, social and emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, yoga and mindfulness, family engagement, creating systemic change with equitable practices, and fostering learning communities that are representative and inclusive.