Editor’s note: Information for each candidate, including biographical information, qualifications and reasons for seeking office is published below and in the December issue of Counseling Today. Online voting for all ACA, division and region elections will begin Dec. 1. The following answers are published as the candidates submitted them. They have not been edited.
AHC DIVISION CANDIDATES
I am an associate professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. My scholarly interests and counseling experience revolve around multicultural competence, bilingual counseling, and working with Latina/o, Spanish-speaking immigrants. I have found the mission and vision of AHC to align very nicely with my personal and professional values. In 2014, a few months into my role as AHC interim treasurer, I attended the AHC Conference in New Mexico. Although I was serving on the AHC executive board at the time and had admired the division from afar for many years, I had only been a member of AHC for a few months and had had limited exposure to its leaders and members. At the conference, for reasons I could not fully comprehend at the time, I felt like I had finally found my professional home. Upon further reflection, I believe what I was looking for and what I had found was the application of humanistic principles. In every interaction, both formal and informal, I witnessed humanism, from expressions of empathy and genuineness to ingenuity and creativity. Should I receive the honor of being elected to the position of AHC president, my overarching goal would be to continue the work of past AHC leaders in promoting and expanding the influence of humanism in our communities and the profession of counseling. I hope to achieve this goal by (a) increasing resources and activities for current members, (b) continuing outreach to new and prospective AHC members, (c) and supporting scholarly efforts of the division. Although I have a lot to learn, I believe my experiences serving on the AHC Board in the role of the treasurer and on the JHC editorial review board have prepared me for this important service opportunity.
When I attend the Association for Humanistic Counseling annual conference, I feel that I am home. Wonder, exuberance, and passion pervade conversations over meals and within hallways between sessions. Humanistic counselors challenge deep-seated assumptions, explore difficult questions, and create new worlds. As president-elect of AHC, I intend to further the innovative spirit of the division. Employing a double-gesture, I will affirm time-honored traditions yet examine the status quo, engage with current trends yet think outside the box, and fulfill executive responsibilities yet goad critical thinking. I will also promote exploration into the philosophical foundations of AHC in Webinars, the Infochange newsletter, and the annual conference. Specifically, I hope to explore the following questions in a collaborative process with AHC members: What does it mean to be a self? How does a person grow and change? How are philosophical ideas relevant for the profession of counseling? These questions open up new possibilities for work with clients, students, and supervisees. I also plan to invite diverse voices to engage in the conversation. I will work with AHC members in different states to develop humanistic counseling branches. I have big dreams and high hopes for the future of this division. Although this will be my first leadership position for AHC, I believe that my enthusiasm for this division will foster reflection, questioning, and meditative thinking. I have served as an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Humanistic Counseling from 2015 to the present. Moreover, I worked with other AHC members to reformulate the mission and vision of AHC as a member of the Committee on Mission and Values. In JHC, I have published with other authors on the topics of values, deconstruction, phenomenology, and desire. As a counselor, I worked in crisis mental health settings, private practice, and residential treatment.
Marcia H. McCall
I am honored to be nominated as Treasurer of the Association for Humanistic Counseling, which has been my home ACA division since my master’s-level counseling program. I joined AHC because the humanistic theories so beautifully match my own ideas and beliefs about people and the change process. As an AHC Emerging Leader, and later as a volunteer, I have willingly served AHC in several ways, including planning and working at the annual conference; coordinating a joint ACA event with the IAAOC (addiction/offender) and ASERVIC (spirituality/values) divisions; manning the AHC booth at ACA; and enhancing AHC’s social media offerings. I frequently present on humanistic topics at AHC and other conferences. In return, I have been rewarded with meaningful and rich relationships and collaborations with AHC members. I am a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, following a lengthy career in healthcare business. As an MBA and (former) CPA, I managed corporate accounting functions at Massachusetts General Hospital, and directed two medical school departments with a combined budget of $40 million. As AHC Treasurer, my foremost goal will be to enhance the success of AHC, both financially and operationally. A key to the division’s success is increasing member engagement, so that the division feels like home to us all. Strengths I bring to engagement include experiences in effectively leading three different national volunteer associations; organizational and communication skills; and passion for humanistic counseling. Another key to AHC’s success is a visionary, focused, effective leadership team. As a veteran of many high-functioning teams, I bring operational know-how, financial expertise, goal orientation, and deep familiarity with team dynamics. I hope you will vote for me, but regardless the outcome, I will do my part to ensure AHC’s vibrancy and continue its superb legacy as one of ACA’s founding divisions.
My work with various financial positions, both employment and volunteer, started in 1999 with my employment as a Human Resources Manager. In that role, I often ran payroll for one of the companies I worked for. I have volunteered as a Treasurer for multiple organizations, the most recent being with a school organization that one of my children was a member of. I have also worked as a bookkeeper for two of my churches, which also involved working with the budget, and I am currently the Financial Administrator/Treasurer of my church. I switched careers from Human Resources Management and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2013. I am also a PhD student in Counselor Education and Supervision at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO. After multiple life transitions, I feel that I am ready to start getting more involved in my professional organizations. I chose AHC because I feel that I most identify as a Humanistic counselor, and I chose Treasurer because that is the position that I am most familiar with and enjoy doing. I read the description of duties and I feel that I would be able to fulfill each of them. Financial work is a strength of mine (I could have easily become an accountant if I didn’t think I could get too bored with it full time). I feel that my accuracy and organization skills will be an asset to the position. I am big on communication and follow up, and I am timely on responding to the needs of others. Thank you for considering me for this position. If chosen, I will continue the excellent work the current Treasurer has provided for this organization.