Committees

2020-2021 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.
Thank you to our Audit Committee!

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee shall develop procedures and administer the awards program for the Association.
Thank you to our Awards Committee!

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.
Thank you to our Branch Committee!

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.
Thank you to our Bylaws Committee!

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).
Thank you to our Compensation Committee!

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.
Thank you to our Ethics Committee!

Ethics Appeals Panel

Thank you to our Appeals Committee!


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.
Thank you to our Financial Committee!

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.
Thank you to our Graduate Committee!

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.
Thank you to our Human Rights Committee!

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.
Thank you to our International Committee!

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.
Thank you to our Nominations Committee!

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.
Thank you to our Standards Committee!

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.
Thank you to our Policy Committee!

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.
Thank you to our Publications Committee!

Research and Knowledge Committee

The Research and Knowledge Committee shall promote the advancement and dissemination of research and knowledge in counseling.
Thank you to our Research Committee!


Thank you ACA 2020-2021 Volunteer Leaders

Audit Committee

Jane Rheineck, Chair
Najah Barton
Thelma Duffey
Loretta Bradley
Thelma Daley

Awards Committee

Michael Hannon, Co-chair
Jennifer Rogers, Co-chair
Neil Duchac 
Lisa Holter
Anna Koch
Fay Roseman
Marlise Lonn
Abdoulaye Diallo
Jessica Del Re
Jason Branch
Jo-Ann Lipford-Sanders
Rashunda Miller Reed
Kristen Ascencao
Madeline Duffey

Branch Development Committee

Monica Band, Co-chair
Sandra Kakacek, Co-chair
Michael DeVoll
Sadiqa Long
Hillary Press
John Randall
Susanna Capri Brooks
Derek Parker
K Lynn Pierce
David Ford
LaShonda Hampton

Bylaws Committee

Melissa Wheeler, Co-chair
Michael Chaney, Co-chair
Shon Smith
Jan Lemon
Michelle Bradham-Cousar
Barry Pickreign
Michelle Solino
Anne Brainerd Marko
Victoria Kress

Compensation Committee

Lisa Severy, Co-chair
Elizabeth Forsyth, Co-chair
Leigh Holman Falls
Edil Torres Rivera
Paul Peluso

Ethics Appeal Committee

Michael Kocet, Chair
Hannah Bayne
Jennifer Williamson
Barbara Herlihy
Donna Sherperis
Kevin Doyle
Kathy Ybanz-Llonente

Ethics Committee

Michelle Wade, Senior Co-chair
Everett Painter, Junior Co-chair
Bret Hendricks
Laura Choate
Keith Cross
Jeannette Baca
William Mulkey
Michael Jones
Seneka Arrington

Financial Affairs Committee

Cirecie West-Olatunji, Chair – Treasurer
Erik Hines, ACA Treasurer Designate
Sue Pressman, President
Heather Trepal, Past President
S. Kent Butler, President-elect
Donna Gibson
Summer Reiner

Graduate Student Committee

Shreya Vaishnav, Co-chair
Adrienne Backer, Co-chair
Emily Flynn
Jose Tapia-Fuselier
Jo Lauren Weaver
Emily Baker
Reginald Holt
Jan Gay
Kristian Robinson
Alyx MacTernan
Elizabeth Hatchuel

Human Rights Committee

Daniel Gutierrez, Co-chair
Sam Steen, Co-chair
Andrew Campbell
Judy Daniels
Lawrence Gerstein
Amney Harper
Zoya McCants
Claire Openshaw
Debbie Sturm
Kathy Hicks
Allison Dukes
Brittany Suggs
Brittany Hudson
Justina Wong
Laurel Nesbit
Jessica Mastrangelo
Molly Basta
Jennifer Joyner
Matthew Rodney
Patricia Dudley

International Committee

Paulina Flasch, Co-chair
Mariaimee Gonzalez, Co-chair
Shirlene Augustine
Daniel Balva
Jeri Ellis
Anthony McCrovitz
Daniel Williamson
Terri Howe
Alyx Beckwith
Bonnie Stice
Lisa Rudduck
Yutong Chen
Yu Pan
Benjamin Okai
Peggy Mayfield
Keiko Sano

The ACA President Sue Pressman and CEO Richard Yep serve as Ex-Officio members of all committees, with the exception of the ACA Compensation Committee (for the CEO) and the Nominations and Elections Committee (for the ACA President).

Nominations and Elections Committee

Heather Trepal, Chair and Past President
Robert Smith
Patricia Arredondo
Jane Rheineck
Jason Marotzke

Professional Standards Committee

John Harrichand, Co-chair
Sarah Zalewski. Co-chair
Cynthia Taylor
Claudia Hines
Jade Letourneau
Rosanne Nunnery
Brandon Hunt
Paige Williams
Whitney McLaughlin
Jessica Skrzypiec
Latasha Hicks-Becton
S Anandavalli

Public Policy and Legislation

Duane France, Co-chair
Matthew Wolff, Co-chair
Janelle Bettis
Elisabeth Liles-Lourick
Diana Pals
Laura Thompson
Eric Owens
Kaitlyn Bruns
Jay Tift
Laurel Shaler
Kathleen Woods
Samuel Kohlenberg
Isabel Farrell

Publications Committee

Kirk Bowden, Chair
Matthew Lemberger-Truelove, Editor, Journal of Counseling & Development
Linwood Vereen, Chair, Council of Editors (ex officio)
K. Michelle Hunnicutt Hollenbaugh
Heather Trepal, ACA Past President
Catherine Roland
G. Michael Russo
Jessica Headley

Research and Knowledge Committee

Amanda Rumsey, Co-chair
Randall Astramovich, Co-chair
Stephanie Dailey
Nina Martin
Kathryn Miller
Christopher Pisarik
Beverly Smith
Meghan Berger
Fanghui Zhao
Kaprea Johnson
Rochelle Cade
Kimberly Holtsclaw
Stanley Hoover
Amanda La Guardia

ACA Anti-Racism Action Plan Task Force – 2020-2021

S. Kent Butler, Chair
Janeé R. Avent Harris
Dannette Berksteiner
Christian Chan
Angela Coker
Judy Daniels
Amanda Evans
Eva Gibson
Krista Malott
Kathy Evans
C. Peeper McDonald
Christine Sacco-Bene
Sherritta Hughes
Richard Tyler-Walker
Katherine DeStefano
Rachel Goodman
Eva Gibson
Sofia Jasani
Jonathan Orr
Franc Hudspeth
Lakaavia Taylor
Jane Rheineck
Edil Torres Rivera
Kathy Ybanez Llorente
Jason Marotzke
Mark Scholl
Laura Pignato
Wendy Killam
Donna Gibson
Elizabeth O’Brien

International Task Force – 2020-2021

Dannette Berksteiner, Chair
Edil Torres Rivera
Jonathan Orr
Paul Peluso
Paulina Flasch
Mariaimee Gonzalez