Glen E. Hubele National Graduate Student Award
Melanie Varney is a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Practice at Georgia State University.
Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award
Seungbin Oh, MA, LPC, NCC is a doctoral candidate in the counselor education program at the University of Central Florida.
Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award
Jennifer Gerlach is a counselor educator at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, where she serves as the school counseling coordinator.
Best Practices Award
Michael K. Schmit, PhD, LPC is an assistant professor at the University of North Texas (UNT).
ACA Counselor Educator Advocacy Award
Shawn Spurgeon, PhD, LPC, is an associate professor of counselor education at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, currently serving as Coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.
ACA Extended Research Award
Kelly Wester is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a counselor at Family Solutions.
ACA State Branch Advocacy Award
The Mississippi Counseling Association has advocated consistently and effectively for the furtherance of counseling in the State of Mississippi. The award is presented to Jayme Sullivan, Stephen Stafford, Karla Weir, and Lynn Ethridge on behalf of the Mississippi Counseling Association.
Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award
Victoria Kress, Ph.D./LPCC-S, NCC, CCMHC is the director of the clinical mental health and addictions counseling programs at Youngstown State University and the Director of Advocacy at NBCC.
Carl D. Perkins Government Relations Award
Dr. Kirk Bowden served Arizona’s Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AzBBHE) for more than 13 years. His efforts resulted in significant public policy changes for the state's counseling profession and improved communication among counselors, the general public, and state government agencies.
David K. Brooks, Jr. Distinguished Mentor Award
Catherine (Catharina) Chang, PhD, LPC, NCC, CPCS is a professor at Georgia State University and the director of International Programs for the College of Education and Human Development.
Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award
John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD is an author, speaker, and University of Montana professor.
Dr. Judy Lewis Counselors for Social Justice Award
Dr. Randy J. Davis is an assistant professor of counselor education at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award
Dr. Robert Smith is professor and chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Counselor Education.
Gilbert & Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian & Caring Person
Dr. Terry McGlasson is an associate professor in the CMU counseling program.
Robert H. Rencken Emerging Professional Leader Award
Christian D. Chan, PhD, NCC, is an assistant professor of counseling at Idaho State University, Member-at-Large for the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA), and Past-President of the Maryland Counseling Association.
Thomas J. Sweeney Award for Visionary Leadership and Advocacy
Craig S. Cashwell is a professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Samuel T. Gladding Unsung Heroes Award
Dr. Cathy Woodyard, LPC-S has been in private practice for 20+ years; taught at high school, community college, and university levels; and led workshops and retreats throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Kitty Cole Human Rights Award
Laura Shannonhouse is an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University.
ACA Research Award
Gülşah Kemer is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Old Dominion University.
ACA Professional Development Award
Melinda Paige, EdS, PhD, NCC, LPC, LPCA is a founding director of the Trauma Competency Institute, LLC and an assistant professor and subject matter expert for trauma counseling curriculum at Argosy University.
2018 ACA Fellows
Darcy Haag Granello