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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2015-2016 BRANCHES

ALABAMA (Southern Region)

President
Vincent D. Hinton
vincentdhinton@yahoo.com

President-Elect
Margaret McFadzean Fox
mfox@oppboe.com

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

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

ALASKA (Western Region)
President
J.R. Myers
johricmye@yahoo.com

Vice President
Debra Russ
dpruss@uaa.alaska.edu

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Renee Georg
rgeorg@alaskapacific.edu

ARIZONA (Western Region)

President
Sheila Babendir
drsheila@live.com

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Elizabeth Forsyth
Elizabeth.forsyth@me.com

ARKANSAS (Southern Region)

President
Dianne Baer
mombaer@gmail.com
diannebaercounseling@gmail.com

President-Elect
Carol Heavin
rusinging@hotmail.com

Past President
Carleton Brown
Cbrown12322@gmail.com

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 Secretary
Sharon Bowles
airshay2@cs.com

COLORADO (Western Region)

President
Marc Coulter 
MCoulter@coloradocounselingassociation.org

President-Elect
Jaime Davila
JDavila@coloradocounselingassociation.org

Past President
Sean Boyd
sboyd@coloradocounselingassociation.org

Executive Director
Sean Boyd
sboyd@coloradocounselingassociation.org

CONNECTICUT (North Atlantic Region)

President 
Pat Giordano
patgiordano@hotmail.com

President-Elect
Louisa Foss-Kelly
fossll@southernet.edu

Past President
Jenna Harma
jennalharma@gmail.com

Executive
Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
cca_exec_dir@msn.com

DELAWARE (North Atlantic Region)

President
María Martinez
mariawithanaccent@msn.com

President-Elect
Cathy Cowin
clcowin@verizon.net

Past President
Marilyn R. Siebold
Marilyn61@aol.com

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (North Atlantic Region)

President
Neilabh Avasthi
navasthi@hotmail.com

President-Elect
TBD

EUROPEAN BRANCH (North Atlantic Region)

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

FLORIDA (Southern Region)

President
Michelle Bradham
fcabradham.cousar@gmail.com

President-Elect
Anne Flenner
Flenner.flacounseling@gmail.com

Past President
Shon D. Smith
fcapresident2013@gmail.com

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
Sean Nixon
seanjnixon@gmail.com

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Susan Perkins
sperkins@nnu.edu

Executive
Sue Holmes
idahocounseling@gmail.com

ILLINOIS (Midwest Region)

President
Robert Walsh
walshgasp@aol.com

President-Elect
Joyce Marter
joyce@urbanbalance.com

Past President
Kevin Stouffer
kstouffer@stoufferclinical.com

Executive Director
Ronna Heinig
ilcounseling.org@gmail.com

INDIANA (Midwest Region)

President
Anthony M. McCrovitz
amccrovitz@globe-star.org

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Jeremy Linton
jmlinton@iusb.edu

Executive
Dale V. Wayman
execdirector@indianacounseling.org

IOWA (Midwest Region)

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

President-Elect
TBD

KANSAS (Midwest Region)

President
Kris Burkholder
burkhkri@usd408.com

President-Elect
Val Beikmann
vbeikmann04@yahoo.com

Past President
Diann Faflick
DFaflick@usd259.net

Executive
Kim Urenda
kca.urenda@gmail.com

KENTUCKY (Southern Region)

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

Vice President 
Michelle Sircy
Michelle.sircy@jefferson.kyschools.us

President-Elect
Tammy Hurst
tammyhurst6@gmail.com

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

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

LATIN AMERICA (Southern Region)
Inactive

LOUISIANA (Southern Region)

President
W. Tim Fields
Tfield1@lsu.edu

President-Elect
Iman En-Nabut
Iman97@aol.com

Past President
John Crawford
John615549@aol.com

Executive
Diane Austin
lca_austin@bellsouth.net

MAINE (North Atlantic Region)

President
Stan Pelletier
Stan.pelletier@rsu25.org

President-Elect
Tracy Corbin
tcorbin@rsu39.org

Past President
Dean Collins
dean.collins@msad59.org

MARYLAND (Southern Region)

President
Stephanie Dailey
stephanie.dailey1@gmail.com

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
R. Tony Spann
rufusspann@yahoo.com

MASSACHUSETTS (North Atlantic Region)

Inactive

MICHIGAN (Midwest Region)

President
Jim Blundo
jamesblundo@att.net

President-Elect
Melanie A. Popiolek
melanie.popiolek@gmail.com

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

MINNESOTA (Midwest Region)

President
Pete Boudjouk
jpboudj@yahoo.com

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Katie Lewandowski
klmcounseling@gmail.com

MISSISSIPPI (Southern Region)

President & President-Elect
Jayme Sullivan
Jaymesullivan@aol.com                  

Past President
Lynn Etheridge
Lynthridge41@gmail.com

Executive
Carolyn Anderson
Carolyn.anderson@mscounselor.org

MISSOURI (Midwest Region)

President
Randall DeMasters
randydem@aol.com

President-Elect
Tiffany Radcliff
Tiffany_radcliff@hotmail.com

Past President
Elizabeth Dimmitt
ekeane@nwmissouri.edu

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

MONTANA (Western Region)
Inactive

NEBRASKA (Midwest Region)

President
Daniel Tipton
dtipton@unomaha.edu

President-Elect
Jordan Loschen
jiloschen@gmail.com

Past President
Nicole Trevena Flores
Nicole.trevena@doane.edu

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

NEVADA (Western Region)

President
Yun Gardner
yunique.counseling@gmail.com

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Kitty Unthank
kwadeunthank@yahoo.com

Executive Director
Marie Wakefield
Wakefi22@unlv.nevada.edu

NEW HAMPSHIRE (North Atlantic Region)
Inactive

NEW JERSEY (North Atlantic Region)

President
Randy Clark
rclarklpc@gmail.com

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Maureen Haggerty
mlhaggerty@att.net 

Executive
Nancy Benz
executivedirector@njcounseling.org

NEW MEXICO (Western Region)

President
Rev. Bernardo Monserrat
revnardo@aol.com
bernardomonserrat@gmail.com

President-Elect
TBD

Past President
Mink Price
minkgprice@gmail.com

Executive Director
Nathan Hoge
nhoge.swfgc@gmail.com

NEW YORK (North Atlantic Region)

President
Tara Benincasa
TaraBenincasa@gmail.com

President-Elect
Cassandra Fleck
cassandramfleck@yahoo.com

Past President
Barbara Rauscher
Barb_rauscher@yahoo.com

NORTH CAROLINA (Southern Region)

President
Angela Shores
agapecounselingpllc@gmail.com

President-Elect
Angela Brooks-Livingston
angelabrookslivingston@gmail.com

Past President
Scott Glass
glassj@ecu.edu

Executive
Calvin Kirven
ckirven@nccounseling.org

NORTH DAKOTA (Midwest Region)

President
Jason Marotzke
Jason_marotzke@bismarckschools.org

President-Elect
Stacey Meehl
(701) 783-4512 (home)
jrcs@drtel.net

Past President
J. Anna Thompson
ajcobber@yahoo.com

Executive Director
Marcia Foss
marcia.foss@vcsu.edu
ndmomfoss@gmail.com

OHIO (Midwest Region)

President
Kara Kaelber
kkaelber@malone.edu

President-Elect
Martha Flemming
nscounsel@sbcglobal.net

Past President
Victoria Kress
victoriaekress@gmail.com

Executive
Rachel O'Neill
ocaexdir@outlook.com

OKLAHOMA (Midwest Region)

President
Laressa Beliele
pennbel@aol.com

President-Elect
Karen Linstrum
kslinstrum@nwosu.edu

Past President
Devan Brotherton
Devan.brotherton@va.gov

Executive
Marilyn Kincade
marilynkincade@gmail.com

OREGON (Western Region)

President
Ryan Melton
rymelton@pdx.edu

President-Elect
Raina Hassan
hassanraina@gmail.com

Past President
Marney Hoffman
marneyhoffman@mac.com

PENNSYLVANIA (North Atlantic Region)

President
Paul Datti
pdatti@yahoo.com

President-Elect
Charles Jacob
La Salle University
Jacob@lasalle.edu

Past President
Michelle Bruno
Michelle.bruno@iup.edu

PHILIPPINES (Western Region)

Benedicta Lascano
bolascano@gmail.com

PUERTO RICO (North Atlantic Region)

President
Ida Alvarado Collazo
ialvarado@yahoo.com

President-Elect
Jetzabel Morales Pastrana
Jetzabel.morales@gmail.com

Past President
Guetzaida Núñez Ortiz
guetzaidanunez@yahoo.com

Office Administrator
Héctor López
hlopez.consejeriapr@gmail.com

RHODE ISLAND  (North Atlantic Region)
Inactive

SOUTH CAROLINA (Southern Region)

President
David Scott
Dscott2@clemson.edu

President-Elect
John Nance
nancej@winthrop.edu

Past President
Doris Nelson
dorisandbuddy@gmail.com

Executive Secretary/Director
Jennifer Jordan
jordanje@winthrop.edu

SOUTH DAKOTA (Midwest Region)

President
Stacy Solsaa
stacysolsaa@gmail.com

President-Elect
Erin Stolsmark
estolsmark@gmail.com

Past President
Rebecca Christiansen
Rebecca.Christiansen@presentation.edu

TENNESSEE (Southern Region)

President
Audrey Elion
dr.audreyelion1@gmail.com

President-Elect
Kat Coy
kcoy@knoxvillecatholic.com

Past President
Roosevelt Faulkner
Faulkner9179@comcast.net

TEXAS (Southern Region)

President
B.J. Barksdale
barksdalebj@yahoo.com

President-Elect
Pamela (Pam) Love-White
plove-white@collin.edu

Past President
Le’Ann Solmonson
lsolmonson@sfasu.edu

Executive 
Jan Friese
jan@txca.org

UTAH (Western Region)

Interim President
Stephen Kiuri Gitonga
stephen.gitonga@phoenix.edu

Interim Vice President
Jamison Law
jamisondouglaslaw@gmail.com

VERMONT (North Atlantic Region)
Inactive (regrouping)

VIRGIN ISLANDS (North Atlantic Region)

President
Berlina Wallace
berlinawallace@yahoo.com

President-Elect
Shurla Jeffers
jshurla@hotmail.com

Past President
Edward Browne
Brow8039@hotmail.com

VIRGINIA (Southern Region)

President
Hillary Press
hillarypress@aol.com

President-Elect
Wendy Eckenrod-Green
weckenrodgre@radford.edu

Past President
Linda Leitch-Alford
drlavca@gmail.com

Acting Executive Director
Vicky J. Wheeler
vcaoffice@cox.net

WASHINGTON (Western Region)

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

President-Elect
TBD

Past Presidents
Mollie Schweigert
schweige@gmail.com
mschweigert@zagmail.gonzaga.edu

Ashley Sylvester
asylvester@zagmail.gonzaga.edu

WEST VIRGINIA (Southern Region)

President
Jonathan Lent
Lentj@marshall.edu

President-Elect
Marilyn Smith
Laughsmith2009@yahoo.com

Past President
Carol M. Smith
mitchellsmi1@marshall.edu

WISCONSIN (Midwest Region)
President
Debra Murray
damurray@viterbo.edu

President-Elect
Deborah Bilzing
bilzingdj@lakeland.edu

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

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...