Committees

Committee Leadership Handbook - July 2013
Committee Handbook

ACA Committee Chairs and Staff Liaisons – 2013-2014

AUDIT COMMITTEE

ACA Staff Liaison
Deb Barnes
dbarnes@counseling.org

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Caroline Wilde
cwilde4@gmail.com

ACA Staff Liaison
Holly Clubb
hclubb@counseling.org

BRANCH DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Therese Farmer
theresefarmer@aol.com

ACA Staff Liaison
Holly Clubb
hclubb@counseling.org

BYLAWS AND POLICIES COMMITTEE

Walt Frazier
walter@walterfrazier.com

ACA Staff Liaison
Amy Crank
acrank@counseling.org

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE

Pat Schwallie-Giddis

drpat@gwu.edu

ACA Staff Liaison
Deb Barnes
dbarnes@counseling.org

ETHICS COMMITTEE

Gerra Perkins
perkinsg@nsula.edu

Kirk Bowden
kbowden@gcu.edu

ACA Staff Liaison
Erin Martz
emartz@counseling.org

FINANCIAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Thelma Daley
ttd_1@msn.com

ACA Staff Liaison
Deb Barnes
dbarnes@counseling.org

GRADUATE STUDENT COMMITTEE

Chantrelle Deron Varnado-Johnson

cdvarnad@yahoo.com

ACA Staff Liaison
Danielle Irving
dirving@counseling.org

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

Yegan Pilay
pillay@ohio.edu


ACA Staff Liaison
Vikki Cooper
vcooper@counseling.org

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE

Sachin Jain
sacedu@yahoo.com

Daya Singh Sandhu
dayasandhu29@yahoo.com

ACA Staff Liaison
Robin Hayes
rhayes@counseling.org

NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

Bradley T. Erford
berford@loyola.edu

ACA Staff Liaison
Deb Barnes
dbarnes@counseling.org

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMITTEE

Jill Duba Sauerheber
jillduba.sauerheber@wku.edu

Richard Ponton
rponton@oceanhsd.org

ACA Staff Liaison
Erin Martz
emartz@counseling.org

PUBLIC POLICY AND LEGISLATION COMMITTEE

Linda Robertson
aa2271@wayne.edu

ACA Staff Liaison
Scott Barstow
Sbarstow@counseling.org

PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE

Brande Flamez-McDevitt

ndbrande@yahoo.com

ACA Staff Liaison
Carolyn Baker
Cbaker@counseling.org

RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE COMMITTEE

ACA Staff Liaison
David Kaplan
dkaplan@counseling.org

2012-2013 TASK FORCES

Ethics Revision

Perry Francis

pfrancis@emich.edu

ACA Staff Liaison
David Kaplan
dkaplan@counseling.org

ACA Staff Liaison
Erin Martz
emartz@counseling.org

Leadership Development

Jane Goodman

goodman@oakland.edu

ACA Staff Liaison
Holly Clubb
hclubb@counseling.org

National Institute for Counseling Research

Jack Culbreth

jrculbreth@uncc.edu

ACA Staff Liaison
Will Stroble
wstroble@counseling.org

School Counseling

Lynn Linde

llinde@loyola.edu

ACA Staff Liaison
Jessica Eagle
Jeagle@counseling.org

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR COUNSELING RESEARCH (NICR) TASK FORCE

Jack Culbreth
jrculbreth@uncc.edu

ACA Staff Liaison
David Kaplan
dkaplan@counseling.org

Join ACA Today

  • Maximize your Professional Development
  • Stay ahead of the educational learning curve
  • Advocate for the counseling care of tomorrow
  • Expand your networking connections

Learn More

Join Now!

Latest News

ILT 2013 Attendees Spend a Day on the Hill

by Ashwini Yelamanchili | Jul 29, 2013
More than 130 ACA leaders spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Congress and their staff to lobby for legislation in the areas of mental health, school and career counseling, and veterans affairs.


ACA members meet with Representative Steve Womak (R-AR) during ACA's 2013 Institute for Leadership Training "Day on the Hill."

Counseling leaders from around the country visited Capitol Hill on Thursday, July 25, where they lobbied for important legislation.

Participants were dropped off in front of the Capitol building where they posed for a photo on the Capitol’s historic steps before heading off to meetings with members of Congress. The first stops were the Russell, Dirksen, and Hart Senate Office Buildings, where participants had in-person meetings with their respective senators. After that, the group made its way to the Cannon, Longworth, and Rayburn House Office Buildings to meet with representatives.

During these face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and their staff, Day on the Hill participants discussed three specific policy initiatives (as well as an existing piece of legislation) that would benefit both professional counselors and Americans with mental health needs:           

  • Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program – helps school districts establish or expand school-based counseling services by providing funding to hire qualified state licensed or certified school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers in order to improve school safety and increase students’ academic achievement.
  • Counseling for Career Choice Act – a grant program that will allow professional school counselors to better prepare students for making educated decisions about post-secondary options, and will increase career planning resources and services for students through partnerships with state industries and businesses.
  • Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2013 – establishes Medicare coverage of both licensed professional counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists for the provision of medically necessary outpatient psychotherapy, at the same reimbursement rates as clinical social workers.
  • Veterans Affairs Integration – despite the fact that the Veterans First Contracting Program (which explicitly recognizes licensed professional mental health counselors as clinicians within VA facilities) was enacted in 2006, there is little evidence that many of the 1,600 newly hired mental health professionals in VA facilities are counselors.


ACA member Chad Mosher with Senator John McCain (R-AZ) during ACA's 2013 Institute for Leadership Training "Day on the Hill."