ACA Fellow Award
The ACA Fellow Awards are given to an ACA member of professional distinction who has been recognized for significant and unique contributions in professional practice, scientific achievement and governance, or teaching and training.
Presented to Carol Bobby, Donna Gibson, Charles F. Gressard, W. Bryce Hagedorn, Sharon Robinson Kurpius, Amy Milsom, and Chris Wood
Carol Bobby is a native Ohioan, and practicing counselor and counselor educator, who is currently the longest practicing president and CEO of any counseling organization in the U.S. She worked for the American Counseling Association, the National Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors, and in its seminal years, the National Board for Certified Counselors. She also founded and directed the Transitions Counseling Center in Virginia. Carol is married to a newly retired government contractor and they have reared two accomplished young men. She is active in her community and nobody in counseling has been more dedicated to working for counseling professionals. Carol has been president or chair of countless organizations and boards nationally and internationally. She is widely educated and traveled. Her friends in our profession number in the hundreds and her mentees are counted in the scores. Carol is a leader's leader and a counselor's counselor.
Donna Gibson, PhD, is an associate professor of counselor education at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she also serves as the coordinator of masters and doctoral programs in counselor education and supervision. In her 16 years as a counselor educator, Dr. Gibson published multiple books, book chapters, and peer-refereed publications. She has taught 30 different types of counseling classes and supervised multiple dissertations. As a member of the American Counseling Association for more than 20 years, she has served as member-at-large for membership and president of the Association for Assessment in Research and Counseling, an ACA division. She is currently serving as the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling’s representative to the ACA Governing Council and as associate editor for qualitative research for the Journal of Counseling & Development. In addition to serving on the ACA publications committee and editorial boards for several ACA division journals, she is currently the Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society Exemplar newsletter editor. Dr. Gibson received a research award from Chi Sigma Iota International and, more recently, publication and research awards related to counselor professional identity development from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Her teaching and mentorship has been recognized through university teaching awards and as a recipient of the Chi Sigma Iota International Jane E. Myers Lifetime Mentoring Award.
Charles F. Gressard, PhD, LPC, NCC, is a chancellor professor in the counseling program at the College of William & Mary and coordinator of the addictions emphasis for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty. He has over 40 years of experience as a counselor and educator, including five years as a substance abuse counselor. His many contributions include creation of the New Leaf Addiction Clinic at William & Mary. Dr. Gressard is a licensed substance abuse treatment professional in Virginia, and he holds the National Board for Certified Counselors Master Addiction Counselor certification. In 2007, Dr. Gressard received the Virginia Summer Institute for Addiction Studies' Visionary Leadership Award; in 2008, he received the Thomas J. Sweeney National Professional Leadership Award; and in 2009, he shared with CACREP Standards Revision Committee members and staff the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s Robert O. Stripling Award for Excellence in Standards.
W. Bryce Hagedorn, PhD, LMHC, NCC, MAC, is the program director of counselor education at the University of Central Florida. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Hagedorn has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including private practice, community mental health clinics, inpatient/outpatient hospitals, intensive outpatient programs, and college counseling centers. His areas of his expertise include: chemical and behavioral addictions, addicted family systems, and the integration of spirituality and counseling. A nationally and internationally recognized speaker and author, Dr. Hagedorn has written over 50 articles and book chapters, has presented over 200 times at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels, and is the coauthor of the book Counseling Addicted Families. In addition to his position at the university, Dr. Hagedorn has served the counseling profession in several leadership positions at the local, state, regional, and national levels.
Sharon Robinson Kurpius is a professor at Arizona State University (ASU) who has had a 40-year career in the profession of counseling. Sensitive to the cultural aspects of counseling in the Southwest, she gives generously of her time to provide workshops to clinical supervisors on the ethics of practice and supervision, and mentors student research on client diversity. Themes for her own research include: resilience with at-risk high school students, health factors for girls, self-efficacy of college women, and ethnic minority student success. Throughout her career, Dr. Robinson Kurpius has been active in the American Counseling Association as well as a leader in multiple divisions and state associations. She and her students have publications in a breadth of ACA journals and have presented at national, regional, and state counseling conferences. Because of her love for research and writing, she has served as research editor and associate editor for ACA’s Journal of Counseling and Development and consulting editor for the many ACA division journals. Finally, Dr. Robinson Kurpius is a leader in the ASU Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program and annually prepares students to participate in the ACA Ethics Essay competition. The counseling profession is fortunate to have her care, generosity, and commitment to training highly competent and ethical future counselors.
Amy Milsom, LPC, LPC-S, NCC, is a professor of counselor education at Clemson University, where she has trained master's and doctoral students in counselor education. A K–12 certified counselor, Dr. Milsom has written extensively and given numerous presentations at national and regional counseling conferences. She serves on the editorial board for several American Counseling Association journals, including the Journal of Counseling & Development and Counselor Education and Supervision, and she is a past editor of Professional School Counseling. Dr. Milsom was elected chair of the CACREP 2016 Standards Revision Committee, and she has served as a CACREP site team member and chair since 2002. As a member of the ACA Professional Standards Committee, she has reviewed Ross Trust Scholarship applications and conference proposals. Dr. Milsom has also used her counseling expertise by serving on regional, state, and local school counseling committees, such as the Southern Regional Educational Board’s College and Career Counseling Initiative working group.
Chris Wood, PhD, NCC, NCSC, is an associate professor in the counseling program at UNLV College of Education. Before becoming university faculty, he was a high school counselor, a counseling/guidance department chair, a counselor/group leader at a residential youth facility for adjudicated youth/troubled teens, and a career counselor at an alternative school serving grades 7-12. Dr. Wood has been principal investigator, faculty research associate, or research methodologist on over $3 million in grants, including over a dozen research projects investigating the efficacy of career development interventions in K–12 settings. Dr. Wood has authored over 30 conference presentations and 30 publications, including articles in Professional School Counseling, the Journal of Counseling & Development, the Journal of College Counseling, Counselor Education and Supervision, Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, and The Elementary School Journal. He coedited the 5th and 6th editions of A Counselor's Guide to Career Assessment Instruments. He is currently the head editor for the Professional School Counseling journal, the flagship research journal for the American School Counseling Association.