Meet the Team
Lorraine Hastings, Vice President, Counselor Community Engagement
Lorraine Hastings leads the Counselor Community Engagement team and their activities with public school counselors, private school counselors, and the community that influences their actions. She has been with College Board for over 20 years. Prior to her work at College Board, Hastings served as a school counselor and director of guidance. She holds a bachelor of science and a master of education from the University of Georgia. She is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors and the American School Counselor Association.
Lauri Silas Benton, Senior Director, Counselor Community Engagement
Lauri Benton is a veteran school counselor leader and student advocate with more than 25 years in the field. In her current role she is responsible for national and international outreach, training, and engagement strategy targeting school and college counseling professionals, the coordination of national external partnerships, and implementation of comprehensive professional learning opportunities. While at College Board, she develops and leads college and career readiness initiatives and training for national and international educators, district/building-level administrators, teachers, and community stakeholders to support academic preparation, college access, and postsecondary completion for all students. Benton holds a PhD and EdS in counseling and student personnel services from the University of Georgia, an MA in counseling and human development from Clark Atlanta University, a BA in psychology from Agnes Scott College, and K–12 school counseling and administrative leadership certifications.
Lacey Bonner, Director, Counselor Community Engagement
Prior to coming to College Board in 2016, Lacey Bonner worked for 13 years as a school counselor and K–12 coordinator for school counseling services. Bonner’s experience working in public schools led to her two biggest professional passions: supporting counselors in the important role they play in their school communities and providing access and equity for all students on their journey toward college and career.
Stacey Foney, Director, Counselor Community Engagement
Stacey Foney is a director on the College Board Counselor Community Engagement team. Foney focuses on working with Georgia counselors to keep them informed about College Board products and services as well as helping them use College Board resources to help all students clear a path to owning their future. She worked as a high school counselor for over 20 years in Georgia prior to joining College Board in 2018. During her time in counseling, she has served as head counselor, director of guidance, and director of high school programs.
Vince Sasso, Director, K–12 Communications
After spending six years in public schools and four as a school counselor, Sasso now serves on the College Board Communications team, focusing on the Counselor Connection newsletter, the College Board Counselor Community, and other strategic initiatives. As a recent graduate of Purdue University’s master of science in communication program, Vince is now combining his knowledge of counseling and communications to more effectively serve counseling professionals across the globe.