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National Leadership Council

The National Leadership Council (NLC) is a student advisory board comprising of specially selected NSCS members who advise the NSCS Board of Directors and national staff. For each term, the selected members serve on the NLC from May to June. NLC members are chosen based on their dedication, service, and commitment to NSCS. Ideal candidates exhibit leadership, academic excellence, and community involvement throughout their academic careers and continue to demonstrate these skills while serving on the NLC. Two members of the NLC are selected to serve a one-year term on the NSCS Board of Directors as the President and Vice President of the NLC.

Serving on this prestigious advisory board gives each member valuable experience working with a national program and an incredible chance to contribute to the mission and overall success of NSCS.

Meet The National Leadership Council

Tara Gadoury, NLC President 2021-2022, Smith College

Tara Gadoury

NLC President

Tara is a non-traditional student majoring in classics at Smith College. She was president of her Chapter of NSCS at Florida SouthWestern State College before transferring to Smith College in Massachusetts, where she currently working to start an NSCS chapter. This is her second year on the NLC. Tara is also a member of the Active Minds Student Advisory Council. Tara loves Scuba Diving and is passionate about protecting our oceans. Tara is excited to lead the amazing talented group of NLC members this year, and to help NSCS continue to change the lives of its members.

Brooke Radcliffe, NLC Vice President 2021-2022, University of Maryland

Brooke Radcliffe

NLC Vice President

Brooke Radcliffe is a senior at the University of Maryland studying Business. This will be her third year as NSCS UMD Chapter President and second year on the NLC. She is looking forward to this year as Vice President and hopes to be a role model for the council. Brooke is very passionate about charity work and her community. Her favorite event with NSCS is March to College Day where the UMD chapter takes local high schools on a tour of the campus and answers questions about the admissions process. Brooke is looking forward to an exciting year with an amazing group of NLC members!

Kaiah Brown, NLC Member 2021-2022, Arizona State University

Kaiah Brown

NLC Member 2021-2022

Kaiah Brown is a Junior at Arizona State University studying Speech and Hearing Sciences and Family and Human Development. She has been the NSCS Chapter President on her campus for two years in addition to being a Senator for her college and a member of the prestigious Leadership Scholarship Program. She is very grateful to be on the NLC this year with other outstanding leaders from across the country.

Brittany Gardner, NLC Member 2021-2022, The University of Alaska, Anchorage

Brittany Gardner

NLC Member 2021-2022

Brittany is from Sand Point, Alaska (small island in the Aleutian Chain) and currently attends college at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She currently serves as the treasurer/club council representative for the UAA NSCS chapter. She is excited and honored to be part of the NLC this year!

Brittany Gardner, NLC Member 2021-2022, The University of Alaska, Anchorage

Simone Morelock

NLC Member 2021-2022

Simone is a sophomore at Texas Tech University. She is majoring in Marketing with a minor in Sports Media. She looks forward to getting to know the NLC this year and finding ways to better the experience of NSCS members.

Abi Omotade, NLC Member 2021-2022, The University at Albany

Abi Omotade

NLC Member 2021-2022

Abi attends the University of Albany and is honored to be a part of this year’s NSCS National Leadership Council. She is a sophomore majoring in Human Biology on the pre-med track, as well as minoring in Creative Writing.

Rachel Yoder, NLC Member 2021-2022, The University of Valley Forge

Rachel Yoder

NLC Member 2021-2022

Rachel is a senior with a bachelor in Video Production at the University of Valley Forge. She was born in Mumbai, India and then moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania when she was adopted at age three. In her free time she love dissecting symbolism in movies, music videos, and TV shows, absorbing the aesthetic of Starbucks, and furthering her knowledge and skills in content creation.

Brianna Forrey, NLC Member 2021-2022, The University of Missouri

Brianna Forrey

NLC Member 2021-2022

Brianna is a junior at the University of Missouri double majoring in English and Communication. She is excited to be a part of the NLC because it gives her the opportunity to build leadership skills that she can utilize outside of college. She can’t wait to pursue her ideas for the NLC this upcoming year and form relationships that will last a lifetime!

Brett Schwartz, NLC Member 2021-2022, The University of Tampa

Brett Schwartz

NLC Member 2021-2022

Brett is a senior at the University of Tampa pursuing a double major in finance and economics with a minor in leadership studies. He is excited to start working with the team to contribute to the goal of NSCS!


If selected to serve on the NLC, what can I expect?

If you are selected, you would advise NSCS headquarters on what our members want/need as well as advising other chapter officers across the country. In addition, you would be asked to assist with various projects throughout the year to strengthen our NSCS programs and awareness. Examples of this include social media, videos, blog posts, communicating with chapter officers, writing reviews, judging contests, and demoing new technology.

How much regional travel does the position entail?

There are two in-person meetings over the summer. One is for your training and the other is for training the incoming NLC as you transition off the board. Some NLC members travel to visit nearby chapters for New Member Induction Ceremonies or special events, but the majority of the role is done virtually.

How many hours can I expect to spend on NLC commitments?

Time commitment varies throughout the year dependent on the needs of the organization. On average, NLC members spend anywhere from 5-15 hours a month on their NLC duties. Certain members of the NLC have greater responsibilities which require more hours at times, such as the President and Vice President. The one consistent obligation is a monthly, one-hour conference call with the board.

What is the application process? What stages are there, if any?

First, submit your initial application. Finalists will be selected to move onto the phone interview stage. From that group of finalists, we choose the next NLC.

Can anyone apply?

You must be an NSCS member to apply. You do not need to be an officer to apply.

When is the NLC announced?

Announcements are typically made in late April.

Is this a paid position?

The position is a volunteer role, not a paid position.

What if I am graduating in December?

You can still apply for the NLC if you are graduating in December and willing to serve the full term.

Do you have additional questions about the NLC?