ACA National Awards

Carl D. Perkins Government Relations Award

The Carl D. Perkins Government Relations Award honors an ACA member who has made a significant contribution to the counseling profession by influencing public policy at the state or national level. Nominations for this award are assessed by the ACA Public Policy & Legislation Committee.

Presented to Angela McDonald

Mcdonald, AngelaAngela McDonald, PhD, LPCS, NCC, is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling and the associate dean for the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). Her current research, scholarship, and clinical interests focus on mental health policy, counseling licensure, and accreditation issues. Prior to joining the faculty at UNCP, she counseled college students and taught as an adjunct instructor of counseling at East Carolina University. She has served as a counselor in various settings, including a women’s health clinic, a substance abuse community agency, a family counseling clinic, a college campus, and private practice. Dr. McDonald is acting president of the American Association of State Boards of Counseling and chair of the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.