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2017-2018 ACA Committees

Audit Committee
The Committee’s primary duties and responsibility are to:
In working with the auditors, review the adequacy and the reliability of ACA’s internal controls and financial reporting; review the independence and performance of ACA’s external independent auditor (“Auditor”); review the ACA’s compliance with tax requirements; review allegations of violations of the ACA’s stated policies on Business Conduct, Conflicts of Interest, and Business Ethics; and the committee will report to Governing Council and recommend appropriate actions at regularly scheduled meetings.

Awards Committee
The Awards Committee shall develop procedures and administer the awards program for the Association.

Branch Development Committee
The Branch Development Committee shall promote information sharing and mentoring at the Region and Branch level regarding a) membership recruitment and retention plans and programs that have proven effective or successful; b) sources of and ways to enhance non-dues revenue; c) leadership recruitment, retention and revitalization; d) website design, operation and maintenance; and Branch evaluation and planning for present and future technology needs.

Bylaws Committee
The Bylaws Committee shall review all proposed additions, revisions and deletions to  the ACA Bylaws and the Bylaws of branches, divisions, organizational affiliates, and forward their review to the ACA Governing Council.

Compensation Committee
The Compensation Committee recommends policies and processes to the Executive Committee and the Governing Council for the regular and orderly review of the compensation and benefits, the CEO and other senior executives (disqualified individuals).

Conference Program Selection Committee
The Conference Program Selection Committee is a group of counseling leaders who select the programs that will make up the ACA Pre-Conference Learning Institutes and Conference Education Sessions.

Ethics Committee
The Ethics Committee protects the public through the adjudication process and assists ACA with educating the membership concerning the Code of Ethics, monitoring and providing input into the revision of the Code of Ethics, and receiving and processing complaints of alleged violations of the Code of Ethics of the association. The Ethics Committee shall assist with the development of an annual statistical report of cases, which is published in an ACA publication. The Ethics Committee shall assist with the interpretation of the ACA Code of Ethics for members. 

Ethics Appeals Panel


Financial Affairs Committee
The Financial Affairs Committee shall advise the Governing Council and Executive Director on such matters as budget planning and development and financial management. The Financial Affairs Committee shall monitor the Association’s finances and fiscal health.

Graduate Student Committee
The ACA Graduate Student Committee shall promote graduate student members interest in the ACA. The committee shall work toward establishing active communication between ACA leadership, divisions, branches, and regions in order to promote graduate student involvement in the organization. The committee shall prepare an annual report detailing its activities, goals, and objectives.

Human Rights Committee
The Human Rights Committee shall promote programs that proactively address human rights, societal trends, and social issues most relevant to the profession and react to the barriers that interfere with human rights. The Committee shall administer the Human Concerns Fund and shall address human concerns as they affect the counseling profession.

International Committee
The International Committee shall promote, respect, and recognize the global interdependence among individuals, organizations, and societies. The Committee shall build bridges and promote meaningful relationships between ACA and other organizations outside the United States. The purpose of international professional collaboration shall be to promote the commonalities across these international organizations and their missions.

Investment Subcommittee

Nominations and Election Committee
The Nominations and Election Committee shall conduct the nominations and election of the Association, and annually review and recommend procedures for carrying out the annual election in accordance with the nominations and elections policies as adopted by the Governing Council.

Professional Standards Committee
The Professional Standards Committee shall promote the professionalization of counseling. The Committee shall be responsible for counselor advocacy and for monitoring graduate program accreditation, counseling center accreditation, and national voluntary counselor certification programs.

Public Policy and Legislation Committee
The Public Policy and Legislation Committee shall promote and support public policy and legislation that promotes the profession and enhances human development. The Committee shall be responsible for national and state legislative efforts related to counseling, including state licensure, and for government relations training of members.

Publications Committee
The Publications Committee shall make recommendations to the Governing Council and the Associate Publisher on such matters as media policy and procedures, planning, and development.  The Committee shall develop policies for the publication of the Journal of Counseling & Development, Counseling Today, books, and other media developed by the Association.


Research and Knowledge Committee
The Research and Knowledge Committee shall promote the advancement and dissemination of research and knowledge in counseling.




Thank you ACA 2017-2018 Committee Leaders

Awards Committee

Carrie Wilde- Chair
Laurie  Bonjo
Cynthia Chandler
Kat Coy
Stella Kerl-McClain
Sandra Lopez-Baez
Kristen Moran
Harvey Peters
Kimberlee Ratliff
Lauren Shure
Shon Smith
Cassie Storlie
Stacey Waterman

Branch Development Committee

Sean Boyd- Chair
Christian Chan
Daniel Cinotti
Laura Fazio-Griffith
Tim Fields
David Ford
Lisa Henderson
Rashunda Miller Reed
Brandy Smith
Rufus (Tony) Spann
Heather Tustison

Bylaws Committee
John Crawford
Cynthia Taylor
Susan Branco
Tonya Hammer
Reshelle Marino
Karen Raymond
Cheryl Warner

Ethics Appeal Committee

Jessica  Lloyd-Hazlett- Chair
M. Janelle Disney
Kathryn Henderson
Judith Miranti
Angie Wilson

Ethics Committee

Barbara Herlihy- Senior Co-Chair
Kathy Ybanez-Llorente- Junior Co-Chair
Hannah Bayne
Richard Deaner
Kevin Doyle
Peter Emerson
Perry Francis
Latasha Hicks Becton
Allison Kramer
Elif Emir Oksuz
Monica Osburn


Financial Affairs Committee
Brad Erford
Melanie Drake Wallace
Thelma Duffey
Simone Lambert
Gerard Lawson
Lynna Meadows Morton
Jane Rheineck
Catherine Roland

Graduate Student Committee

Lawrence Richardson- Co-Chair
Ashley Waddington- Co-Chair
Michael Borenstein
Halima Dargan
Jennifer Keith
Nayoung Kim
Laura Pignato
Lukas Presley
Ariann Robino
Sade Smith
Stacy Speedlin
Elena Yee

Human Rights Committee

Verna Oliva- Chair
Sara Andrews
Nefertiti Beck
Betty Cardona
Michael Chaney
Carman Gill
John Nance
Michael L. Rockel
Shawn Spurgeon
Helena  Stevens
John Super
Nicole Trevena Flores

International Committee

Vivian Lee- Chair
Ellen Armbruster
Victoria Baah-Binney
Angela Coker
Eleni Honderich
Marcela Kepicova
Suneetha Manyam
Peggy Mayfield
Frances   McClain
Gary Robinson
Daya Sing Sandhu
M. Ann Shillingford Butler

Nominations and Elections Committee
Catherine Roland- Past President
Brooke Collison
Paige Dunlap
Michele Kerulis
Courtland Lee

Professional Standards Committee

Caroline Brackette- Co-Chair
Keith Mobley- Co-Chair
Frank  Andrisani
Richard Balkin
Eric Beeson
Margaux Brown
Jane Goodman
Amy Milsom
Jeffrey Parsons
Kim Tassinari
Heather Trepal
Aubrey Uresti

Public Policy & Legislation

Patty Nunez- Chair
Pete Boudjouk
Martin Cortez Wesley
Audry Elion
Maggie Fitzsimmons
Matt Fullen
Elisabeth Liles
Matthew Lyons
Maureen McGuire-Kuletz
Sean Newhart
Derek Robertson
Carol Sommer

Publication Committee

Kelly Wester- Chair
Richard Balkin
Matthew Glowiak
Shane Haberstroh
Nicole Pulliam
Theodore Remley
Catherine Roland
Shedeh Tavakoli
Mariah Wooldridge

Research & Knowledge Committee
Sejal Barden
Robtrice Brawner
Madeline Clark
Franco Dispenza
Catherine Griffith
Wendy Killam
Leslie Kooyman
Dodie    Limberg
Kimberly Lockwood
Allison Pow
Ana Puig
Corrine Sackett
Kelly Wester

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