Gina Christel, President

Current Job: Assistant Principal for Academics and Guidance at Sacred Heart Academy

Educational History:

Bachelor of Arts, Siena College
Master of Science in Education, Hofstra University
Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership, Long Island University

After working in college admissions at Hofstra University and a 23-year career as a school counselor in the Sewanhaka Central High School District, I still enjoy helping others in my current role as Director of Guidance for Garden City Public Schools.

I have been a member of NCA since 1983 and marvel at how well this volunteer organization supports counseling interns, school counselors and college admissions officers with so many wonderful opportunities for professional development, networking, grants, scholarships and events for students for college and career awareness. I am excited about my current role for NCA as President-Elect. I have been happy to serve NCA over the past several years as Executive Board Secretary and Co-Chair of the annual CAP conference.  In addition to being a member of the Nassau County Directors of Guidance, I also represent NYSACAC as the Co-Chair of the School-College Relations Committee as well as HS Delegate to NACAC.  I host an annual webinar series for NYSACAC entitled, “A Word from Both Sides of the Desk.”

I have been married to Steve for 32 years (my high school sweetheart!) and have four daughters ranging in age from 12-27. Stephanie works in Wash. D.C. and is newly engaged to Mason!  Rebecca is a Veterinarian for horses at Park Equine in Lexington, Kentucky.  Lindsay has an exciting position in communications for Purple Strategies in Arlington, VA. Last, but not least, my bonus baby Olivia is entering 8th grade and is an enthusiastic singer and volleyball player.

When I graduated Carle Place High School, I wrote in my yearbook, “Go in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you’ve imagined.  –Henry David Thoreau”

Since that time, I continue to use that motto for my life and continue to write this quote in every yearbook I sign…