Carl D. Perkins Government Relations Award

Victoria E. Kress, PhD, LPCC-S, NCC, is the director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Addiction Counseling programs at Youngstown State University. She has over 20 years of experience in various clinical settings. She served two terms as a governor-appointed member of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, and served as the chair of the Counselor Professional Standards Committee. She has been the recipient of 24 professional counseling awards, most of which have been for her leadership, advocacy, and mentorship initiatives, including the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Distinguished Mentor Award, the ACES Leadership Award, the American Counseling Association (ACA) Counselor Educator Advocacy Award, and the ACA Distinguished Mentor Award. She has also received several university and Ohio Counseling Association (OCA) awards, including the OCA Counselor of the Year Award. She is a past president of Chi Sigma Iota International and OCA, and she is the ACA Midwest Region chair-elect and the chair of the ACA Branch Development Committee. She has published nearly 100 refereed articles, has written numerous book chapters, and has co-authored two books on diagnosis and treatment. She is currently working on a new book on counseling children and adolescents.