Counseling Department

Joliet Catholic Academy’s Counseling Department delivers a comprehensive, developmental, results-based school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. The Counseling Department consists of four school counselors, the Director of Diversity & Inclusion, and a counseling secretary. Our Director of Diversity and Inclusion works with our students to make sure each and every one of them feels valued at JCA. School counselors offer individual counseling and deliver a counseling curriculum focused on their students’ growth in three domains: academic, personal/social development, and college/career. The college/career counselors design and provide resources and curriculum for college/career readiness, collaborates with the school counselors, and works with students and their families throughout the college search and application process. Students are assigned a college/career counselor at the beginning of their junior year.

Counseling Department Faculty & Staff


Mickey Palmasani  

815-741-0500 ext: 225  Freshmen & Sophomores A-K
Kris Horn 


815-741-0500 ext: 264


Director of Counseling/Freshmen & Sophomores L-Z


Kerri Voltz 


815-741-0500 ext: 265


Juniors & Seniors A-K


Jackie Pullara


815-741-0500 ext: 266


Juniors & Seniors L-Z


LaKisha Cameron


815-741-0500 ext: 279


Director of Diversity & Inclusion


Annie Farnaus  


815-741-0500 ext: 267


Counseling Secretary



Counseling Center Resources

Mental Health Resources

Academic Help 

Career/Major Exploration

College Planning & Applying to College




Counseling Department Policies/Services


Conquering College Costs Q & A Session with Mr. Frank Palmasani and a College Rep Panel

An important part of planning for your child’s college experience is learning about college financial aid. To help parents navigate the process, JCA has partnered with Frank Palmasani, a local financial aid expert, who has created a very informative presentation for parents. We are inviting parents of students from all grade levels to watch his presentations via YouTube on their own time and then attend a virtual meeting for a “questions and answers” session with Frank and college financial aid panelists. The virtual Q&A session will be Wednesday, September 20th at 7pm. Even if you will not be able to virtually join the Q&A session, I suggest still watching his presentations. Here are the links to the presentations:

2023-24 Conquering College Costs Intro

2023-24 Conquering College Costs Unit 1

2023-24 Conquering College Costs Unit 2

2023-24 Conquering College Costs Unit 3

2023-24 Conquering College Costs Sponsors

Link to the Sample Documents

Here is the information for the Teams meeting Q&A session on Sep. 20th at 7pm:

Microsoft Teams meeting

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Meeting ID: 241 248 263 27
Passcode: kqaHib

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