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

Madalyn Hernandes NLC

Madalyn Hernandez

NLC Member

Madalyn is a senior studying design management and marketing at the University of North Texas. She has been a member of NSCS since 2020, has served as her chapter’s VP of Social Media and is currently the Chapter President. Outside of NSCS, Madalyn also serves as the Chapter President of UNT’s chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. In her free time, she enjoys drawing and practicing photography, cozy video games, and hiking. This is Madalyn’s first year with the NLC and she is excited to be more involved with NSCS and work with its leaders to help NSCS continue to empower its high-achieving members.

Savanna Miller NLC

Savanna P. Miller

NLC Member

Savanna is a senior study Psychology with a double minor in Criminal Justice and Human Development at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has been a member of NSCS since 2021, and is currently serving as the Chapter President of her chapter. Savanna is also a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society for Psychological Sciences, and she is a the first in her family to attend college. In her free time, she loves writing, playing video games, exploring new places, gardening, and playing violin. This is Savanna’s first year with the NLC and she is excited to be a representative for members, being more involved, and working alongside NSCS leaders to continue their mission for all NSCS members and future members to come.


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?

Contact nlc@nscs.org.