ACA Branches

ACA 2015 Branch Awards

 Midwest Region

Best Innovative Practice Award

American Counseling Association of Missouri
The American Counseling Association of Missouri issued an invitation to all of the graduate counseling programs in Missouri. It was a challenge to see which school could send the most students to the annual ACAM conference. It was a success since we had a 20% increase in students attending the conference this year, compared to last year! A trophy was awarded to the top school for the year. At the next conference, the trophy will be passed to the new winner. Students are encouraged to attend the conference, where we hope to impress upon them the importance of the organization affiliation and becoming involved, perhaps in leadership roles. Students are the future of ACAM!

 

Best Leadership Development Award

Ohio Counseling Association
The Ohio Counseling Association provided their first annual Leadership Institute. In attendance were 45 leaders and emerging leaders from various state chapters and divisions. Topics presented at the LI were generated based on attendees’ expressed needs, and included strategic planning, running effective meetings, and motivating volunteers. A panel of past state branch presidents served on a discussion panel and shared their lived leadership experiences with attendees. The program was universally well-received by attendees! 

 

North Atlantic Region

Best Innovative Practice Award

ACA-NY
ACA-NY created an annual event that employed a multi-dimensional experience for members to learn more about the power of grassroots legislative advocacy and how to take action for clients, the community, and the counseling profession.

Best Leadership Development Award

Connecticut Counseling Association
The Connecticut Counseling Association held a leadership institute to orient current leaders and continue addressing the organization’s strategic goals while encouraging members to become more involved. The Institute provided an opportunity for the association to connect with non-members to increase membership, foster professional development and encourage networking amongst all counselors. The LDI had over 30 attendees, most of whom expressed interest in joining CCA and becoming more involved in various projects, committees, and leadership roles. 

 

Southern Region

Best Innovative Practice Award

Florida Counseling Association
Advocacy and Public Policy Initiative:  After attending the Institute for Leadership Training (ILT) sponsored by the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) in July of 2013 and participating in the “Day on the Hill” and all “advocacy and public policy” trainings.  Upon returning to Florida, it was identified that the Florida Counseling Association (FCA) had to improve in meeting the Association’s Purpose.  Further dialogue and discussion among the leadership and members occurred along with the understanding that the 2015 ACA Convention would be held in Orlando, Florida, the following objectives were developed to meet the Association’s purpose:  1)  To promote public policy advocacy; 2) To promote public awareness of counseling and the profession; 3) To encourage partnerships with other professional stakeholders.  Four specific initiatives were developed to meet these objectives that allowed for increase in membership, increased FCAs presence in the public and develop new alliances within the counseling profession and increase our membership.

Best Leadership Development Award

Louisiana Counseling Association
LCA Leadership Academy: Up to eight LCA members are selected from applications submitted to participate in the LCA Leadership Academy. The LCA Leadership Academy was designed to train candidates (LCA members including graduate students and new professionals) to have highly significant leadership qualities/skills of: Integrity, Honesty, Humility, Courage, Commitment, Sincerity, Passion, Confidence, Positivity, Wisdom, Determination, Compassion, and Sensitivity. The ultimate goal is to identify and nurture future generations of LCA Leaders to become officers, board members, division presidents, committee chairs, etc. LCA Leadership Academy prepares candidates for future leadership roles within LCA and ACA. The candidates participate in a twelve month Leadership Action Learning Project and carry out the project with the support of members of the LCA Board of Directors. There are Leadership Academy graduates that have gone on to serve on the LCA Executive Board as well as Louisiana LPC Board of Examiners. The impact it had on the LCA membership was to provide training for the interested members to obtain knowledge regarding LCA’s history, governance process, and strategic initiatives. The LCA Leadership Academy not only prepares future leaders of LCA but the leadership skills are taken into the community promoting LCA, marketing, membership recruitment, networking with universities, schools, organizations, etc. The LCA Leadership Academy prepares future leaders of LCA as well as ACA.

 

Western Region

Best Innovative Practice Award

Idaho Counseling Association
The Idaho Counseling Association launched a “Creating Connections” campaign to empower and encourage ICA members to create connections with legislators.  With the support of all ICA divisions, the PP&L Committee developed and implemented four training workshops for counselors.  The impact of these trainings culminated when ICA hosted a meet-and-greet breakfast with Idaho Legislators at the Idaho Capitol Building.  ICA members enthusiastically supported the Creating Connections campaign and connections with Idaho Legislators are beginning. 

 

Best Leadership Development Award

Colorado Counseling Association
To develop the 2014-2015 term, CCA hosted a Leadership Summit, inviting members and governing council members to join the executive council for a day dedicated to developing an annual strategic plan. The goal was to walk away with three very concrete objectives, which included corresponding goals and tactics for bringing them to fruition. The results have included a 40% increase in membership and a sizeable increase in revenue for the organization.

 

 

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2014-2015 BRANCHES

ALABAMA (Southern Region)

President
Donna Clark
Donna.clark@hsv-k12.org

President-Elect
Vincent D. Hinton
vincentdhinton@yahoo.com

Past President
Nancy R. Wolfe
nancy.wolfe@hsv-k12.org

Executive Director
Ervin L. (Chip) Wood
chip@alabamacounseling.org

ALASKA (Western Region)

President
J.R. Myers
johricmye@yahoo.com

Vice President (until December 31, 2014)
Debra Russ
dpruss@uaa.alaska.edu

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Renee Georg
rgeorg@alaskapacific.edu

ARIZONA (Western Region)

President
Elizabeth Forsyth
Elizabeth.forsyth@me.com

President-Elect
Sheila Babendir
drsheila@live.com

Past President
Tad Gary
tgary7@cox.net

ARKANSAS (Southern Region)

President
Carleton Brown
Cbrown12322@gmail.com

President-Elect
Dianne Baer
mombaer@gmail.com

Past President
Cheryl Edwards
Cheryl@preferredcounseling.net

Executive
Tammy Romines
tammyromines@aol.com

CALIFORNIA (Western Region)

President Pro Tempore (until elections are final)
Sharon Bowles
airshay2@cs.com

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Evelynn Burton
eburton95@att.net

Executive Director and Corporate Secetary
Sharon Bowles
airshay2@cs.com

COLORADO (Western Region)

President
Sean Boyd
sean@coloradocounselingassociation.org

President-Elect
Bita Ashouri Rivas
brivas2@uccs.edu
bitarivas@gmail.com

Past President
Linda Osterlund
losterla@regis.edu

CONNECTICUT (North Atlantic Region)

President 
Jenna Harma
jennalharma@gmail.com

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Karla Troesser
ktroesser@hotmail.com

Executive
Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
cca_exec_dir@msn.com

DELAWARE (North Atlantic Region)

President
Marilyn R. Siebold
Marilyn61@aol.com

President-Elect
Maria Martinez
mariawithanaccent@msn.com

Past President
James Walsh
james.m.walsh@wilmu.edu

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (North Atlantic Region)

President
Brenson Long
Brenson77@aol.com

President-Elect
Neilabh Avasthi
navasthi@hotmail.com

Past President
Judy Parker-Farmer
judyfarmer8@aol.com

EUROPEAN BRANCH (North Atlantic Region)

President
Elizabeth Pardo
(stationed in Germany)
pardoe@hotmail.com 

FLORIDA (Southern Region)

President
Michelle Mitcham
dr.mitcham@gmail.com

President-Elect
Michelle Bradham
michelle.bradham@gmail.com

Past President
Shon D. Smith
shosmith@argosy.edu

GEORGIA (Southern Region)
Inactive

HAWAII (Western Region)

President
Sarah Lee Hodell
shodell@hawaii.edu

President-Elect
Kate Zane
zanek@hawaii.edu

Past President
Alan Robert Iverson
ari52632@hotmail.com

IDAHO (Western Region)

President
Susan Perkins
sperkins@nnu.edu

President-Elect
Sean Nixon
seanjnixon@gmail.com

Past President
Kendal Tucker
kendal.tucker0@gmail.com

Executive
Sue Holmes
idahocounseling@gmail.com
sueholmes@cableone.net

ILLINOIS (Midwest Region)

President
Kevin Stouffer
kstouffer@stoufferclinical.com

President-Elect
Robert Walsh
walshgasp@aol.com

Past President
Michele Kerulis
mkerulis@gmail.com

Executive Director
Ronna Heinig
icaexecdir@aol.com

INDIANA (Midwest Region)

President
Jeremy Linton
jmlinton@iusb.edu

President-Elect
TBD

Executive
Gwen Hobley Chastain
ghobley@iupui.edu

IOWA (Midwest Region)

President (until August 1, 2015)
Darcie Davis-Gage
Darcie.davis-gage@uni.edu

President-Elect
TBD

KANSAS (Midwest Region)

President
Diann Faflick
DFaflick@usd259.net

President-Elect
Kris Burkholder
burkhkri@usd408.com

Past President
Jeri Miller
Jeri.mcbeth@yahoo.com

Executive
Dana Wood
Danawood444@gmail.com

KENTUCKY (Southern Region)

President
Dawn Rowe
dawn.rowe@pikeville.kyschools.us

Vice President 
Tammy Hurst
healingheartsandhappiness@gmail.com

President-Elect
Naomi Brahim
naomi.brahim@jefferson.kyschools.us

Past President
Carol Montgomery
carol.montgomery@jefferson.kyschools.us

Executive Director
Karen Cook
karen.cook.kca@gmail.com

LATIN AMERICA (Southern Region)
Inactive

LOUISIANA (Southern Region)

President
John Crawford
John615549@aol.com

President-Elect
W. Tim Fields
Tfield1@lsu.edu

Past President
R. Bruce Galbraith
gotoschoolman@yahoo.com

Executive
Diane Austin
lca_austin@bellsouth.net

MAINE (North Atlantic Region)

President
Dean Collins
dean.collins@msad59.org

President-Elect
Stan Pelletier
Stan.pelletier@rsu25.org

Past President
Jill Bouchard-Cairns
jillb@maine.edu

MARYLAND (Southern Region)

President
R. Tony Spann
rufusspann@yahoo.com

President-Elect
Stephanie Dailey
stephanie.dailey1@gmail.com

Past President
Marsha Riggio
marsha@riggioconsulting.com

MASSACHUSETTS (North Atlantic Region)
Inactive

MICHIGAN (Midwest Region)

President
Jim Blundo
jamesblundo@att.net

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Christine Nace
nacemca@yahoo.com
christine.nace@yahoo.com

Administrative Assistant
Beverly Humphrey
michigancounselingassociation@gmail.com

MINNESOTA (Midwest Region)

President
Katie Lewandowski
klmcounseling@gmail.com

President-Elect
Pete Boudjouk
jpboudj@yahoo.com

Past President
Peg Truax
pegtruax@gmail.com

MISSISSIPPI (Southern Region)

President
Lynn Etheridge
Lynthridge41@gmail.com

President-Elect
Hollie McCollister
maaluka@cableone.net                       

Past President
Dawn Hosey
dawnmhoseylpc@gmail.com

Executive
Carolyn Anderson
itlbok6016@aol.com

MISSOURI (Midwest Region)

President
Elizabeth Dimmitt
ekeane@nwmissouri.edu

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Nancy Forth
nforth@ucmo.edu

Executive Director
Deanna “Dee” Kinder
Balancednow2002@yahoo.com
email@counselingmissouri.org

 

MONTANA (Western Region)
Inactive

NEBRASKA (Midwest Region)

President
Nicole Trevena Flores
Nicole.trevena@doane.edu

President-Elect
Daniel Tipton
dtipton@unomaha.edu

Past President
Christine Chasek
chasekc1@unk.edu

Executive
J. Kipp Lanning
Kipp.lanning@necounseling.org

NEVADA (Western Region)

President
Kitty Unthank
kwadeunthank@yahoo.com

President-Elect
Allie Pashley
allie.pashley@phoenix.edu

Executive Director
Marie Wakefield
Wakefi22@unlv.nevada.edu

NEW HAMPSHIRE (North Atlantic Region)
Inactive

NEW JERSEY (North Atlantic Region)

President
Maureen Haggerty
mlhaggerty@att.net 

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Jason Heymer
jh11u@hotmail.com

Executive
Nancy Benz
executivedirector@njcounseling.org

NEW MEXICO (Western Region)

President
Mink Price
minkgprice@gmail.com

President-Elect
Laura Dawson
Laura.Dawson@enmu.edu

Past President
Randall Berner
randallberner@msn.com

Executive Director
Nathan Hoge
nhoge.swfgc@gmail.com

NEW YORK (North Atlantic Region)

President
Barbara Rauscher
Barb_rauscher@yahoo.com

President-Elect
Tara Benincasa
TaraBenincasa@gmail.com

Past President
Heather Robertson
robertsh@stjohns.edu

NORTH CAROLINA (Southern Region)

President
Scott Glass
glassj@ecu.edu

President-Elect
Angela Shores
Ashores1@gardner-webb.edu

Past President
Jeffrey Warren
jeffrey.warren@uncp.edu

Executive
Calvin Kirven
ckirven@nccounseling.org

NORTH DAKOTA (Midwest Region)

President
Anna Thompson
ajcobber@yahoo.com

President-Elect
Jason Marotzke
Jason_marotzke@bismarckschools.org

Past President
Jennifer Lunde
Jennifer.L.Lunde@sendit.nodak.edu

Executive Director
Marcia Foss
marcia.foss@vcsu.edu

OHIO (Midwest Region)

President
Victoria Kress
victoriaekress@gmail.com

President-Elect
Kara Kaelber
kkaelber@malone.edu

Past President
Meghan Fortner
Mjfortner05@hotmail.com

Executive
Rachel O'Neill
ocaexdir@outlook.com

OKLAHOMA (Midwest Region)

President
Devan Brotherton
Devan.brotherton@va.gov

President-Elect
Laressa Beliele
pennbel@aol.com

Past President
Georgene Dwyer
gdshrink@cox.net

Executive
Marilyn Kincade
marilynkincade@gmail.com

OREGON (Western Region)

President
Marney Hoffman
marneyhoffman@mac.com

President-Elect
Ryan Melton
rymelton@pdx.edu

Past President
Matt Morscheck
matt@mattmorscheck.com

PENNSYLVANIA (North Atlantic Region)

President
Michelle Bruno
Michelle.bruno@iup.edu

President-Elect
Paul Datti
Paul.datti@scranton.edu

Past President
Brian Wlazelek
brianwlazelek@gmail.com
wlazelek@kutztown.edu

PHILIPPINES (Western Region)

Benedicta Lascano
bolascano@gmail.com

PUERTO RICO (North Atlantic Region)

President
Guetzaida Núñez Ortiz
guetzaidanunez@yahoo.com

President-Elect
Ida Alvarado Collazo
ialvarado@yahoo.com

Past President
José L. Orriola Rivera
orriola.counseling@gmail.com

Office Administrator
Héctor López
hlopez.consejeriapr@gmail.com

RHODE ISLAND  (North Atlantic Region)
Inactive

SOUTH CAROLINA (Southern Region)

President
Doris Nelson
dorisandbuddy@gmail.com

President-Elect
David Scott
Dscott2@clemson.edu

Past President
Wanda P. Briggs
briggsw@winthrop.edu

SOUTH DAKOTA (Midwest Region)

President
Rebecca Christiansen
Rebecca.Christiansen@k12.sd.us

President-Elect
Stacy Solsaa
stacysolsaa@gmail.com

TENNESSEE (Southern Region)

President
Roosevelt Faulkner
Faulkner9179@comcast.net

President-Elect
Audrey Elion
dr.audreyelion1@gmail.com

Past President
Michael Bundy
mbundy@cn.edu

TEXAS (Southern Region)

President
Le’Ann Solmonson
lsolmonson@sfasu.edu

President-Elect
B.J. Barksdale
barksdalebj@yahoo.com

Past President
Bret Hendricks
bret.hendricks@ttu.edu

Executive
Jan Friese
jan@txca.org

UTAH (Western Region)

Jamison Law
jamisondouglaslaw@gmail.com

Stephen Kiuri Gitonga
stephen.gitonga@phoenix.edu

VERMONT (North Atlantic Region)

President
Anthony Parmenter
anthony.parmenter@gmail.com

President-Elect
Holiday Eames
toholiday@hotmail.com

VIRGIN ISLANDS (North Atlantic Region)

President
Edward Browne
Brow8039@hotmail.com

President-Elect
Rosemond Creighton
rosemondlc@hotmail.com 

Past President
Arverille Maillard
ajmaillard@gmail.com

VIRGINIA (Southern Region)

President
Linda Leitch-Alford
drlavca@gmail.com

President-Elect
Hillary Press
hillarypress@aol.com

Past President
Edward Magalhaes
emagalhaes81@gmail.com

Executive Director
Vicky J. Wheeler
vcaoffice@cox.net

WASHINGTON (Western Region)

Co-President
Mollie Schweigert
schweige@gmail.com
mschweigert@zagmail.gonzaga.edu

Co-President
Ashley Sylvester
(307) 272-8506
asylvester@zagmail.gonzaga.edu

President-Elect
Becky Rudd
rrudd@ewu.edu 
drbeckyrudd@gmail.com

Past President
Suzanne Apelskog
sapelskog@msn.com  

WEST VIRGINIA (Southern Region)

President
Carol M. Smith
mitchellsmi1@marshall.edu

President-Elect
Jonathan Lent
Lentj@marshall.edu

Past President
Marilyn Smith
laughsmith2009@yahoo.com

WISCONSIN (Midwest Region)

President
Kelly J. Smith
kelly.j.melvin@gmail.com

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Cindy L. Anderton
andertoc@uww.edu

WYOMING (Western Region)

President (until October 31, 2015)
Janet de Vries
devries@caspercollege.edu

President-Elect
(until October 31, 2015)
Candise Leininger
candiseleininger@aol.com

Past President (until October 31, 2015)
Patricia R. Nesbit
patnesbit@vcn.com

 

ACA Branch Awards

It's that time of year again to be recognized for all you do on behalf of your members and the counseling community.

The ACA Branch Awards competition recognizes those branches who significantly advance and enhance the counseling profession through excellent programs, increased membership, quality communications, and community involvement. Read more...