School Counseling
Advisory Council Members
Dr. Brett Zyromski
Co-Founder & Co-Chair
Dr. Zyromski is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University. He is co-founder and co-chair of the national Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference. His scholarship focuses on investing in protective factors in educational environments that buffer the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences while working to dismantle the systems that create those traumas. He also explores the impact of evidence-based interventions in school counseling, evidence-based school counselor education, and evaluation in school counseling.
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Dr. Zyromski is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University. His scholarship focuses on how school-based counselors can enhance protective factors and positive childhood experiences for students that have experienced adverse childhood experiences. His research also explores the impact of evidence-based interventions in school counseling, evidence-based school counselor education, and evaluation in school counseling. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Professional School Counseling journal. Dr. Zyromski has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to school counseling issues, delivered over 150 international, national, regional, and local presentations and has served as numerous international and state conference keynote. He is co-author of Facilitating Evidence-Based, Data-Driven School Counseling: A Manual for Practice (Corwin, 2016). He has served as co-primary investigator or project manager for $8,000,000 worth of federal and state grants. Dr. Zyromski has been recognized for numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2018 Ohio Counseling Association Herman J. Peters Award, the 2015 Kentucky School Counselor Association Outstanding Post-Secondary Counselor, the 2014 Illinois School Counselor Association Friend of ISCA, the 2010 North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Professional Leadership Award, the 2010 Illinois School Counseling Association Presidential Award, and the 2008 North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Outstanding Professional Teaching Award.
Dr. Carey Dimmitt
Co-Founder & Co-Chair
Dr. Dimmitt is co-founder and co-chair of the National Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference. Dr. Dimmitt is the Program Coordinator and a Professor of School Counseling at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Prior to her work as a counselor educator, Dr. Dimmitt worked for 14 years with children and families in schools and community mental health settings. Dr. Dimmitt’s major scholarly interests are in the areas of outcome research, effective teaching and counseling practices K-16, school counseling curriculum development, clinical training for school counselors, and systemic change in educational institutions.
Dr. Dimmitt has provided professional development on evidence-based practice in more than 14 states/districts, done 13 invited plenary or keynote addresses and 32 national conference presentations, published 18 journal articles, and won the UMass Amherst Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011. Dr. Dimmitt is the Counseling Content Expert for the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC). She is the co-author of the books Evidence-Based School Counseling: Making a Difference with Data-Driven Practices (2007, Corwin, with Jay Carey and Trish Hatch), and The School Counseling and School Social Work Treatment Planner (2012, Wiley, with Sarah Knapp and Arthur Jongsma) and co-author of two chapters on metacognition in education for the APA Educational Psychology Handbook (2011, American Psychological Association, with Christine McCormick) and the Handbook of Psychology: Volume 7: Educational Psychology (2012, Wiley, with Christine McCormick).
Dr. Blaire Cholewa
Dr. Blaire Cholewa is an Associate Professor and school counselor educator in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. She joined Drs. Zyromski and Dimmit as a co-chair in 2020 after serving on the EBSCC Advisory Council for multiple years. Her scholarship focuses on addressing the unsettling discrepancies in academic opportunity and discipline for low-income and/or students of color by investigating ways in which we can improve the educational experiences of K-16 youth. Specifically, her research has pursued two related lines of inquiry: (1) culturally responsive educational practices and (2) interventions to enhance post-secondary access and success.
Dr. Cholewa has been a counselor educator for since 2009, focusing on preparing culturally competent, data driven, reflective school counselors. She has published over seventeen national, peer reviewed publications, and has four published book chapters. She has delivered over 40 conference presentations at the state, regional and national conferences. Her research focuses on topics such as school counselor-teacher consultation, culturally responsive school counseling, K-16 college and career readiness, and disciplinary disproportionality. In addition to her research agenda, she currently serves on the Editorial Board for Professional School Counseling, Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, and as a reviewer for Urban Education and Review of Educational Research. She also serves as a conference proposal reviewer for ACA, ACES, and the American Education Research Association, and has the honor of being the faculty advisor for UVA’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota.
Dr. John Carey
Co-Founder (emeritus)
Dr. Carey has extensive experience in instrument development and in coordinating large multi-site school counseling research projects in the public schools. He has served as Co-PI on an IES-funded grant to investigate the effectiveness of Student Success Skills on elementary school students.
In addition, he has led or co-led three recent projects that evaluated the impact of the Proactive School curriculum in five high schools in Canada and the United States; evaluated the impact of The Real Game curriculum in five school districts across the United States; and identified effective Minority Student College Readiness Counseling practices in 18 high school recognized as exemplary by the College Board. Carey has also directed statewide evaluations of the effectiveness of school counseling programs in Utah and Nebraska. Carey is a leader in the evidence-based school counseling movement. He is the former director and founder of the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, and the co-author of the book Evidence-Based School Counseling: Making a Difference with Data-Driven Practices.
Dr. Jenna Alvarez
University of Cincinnati
Dr. Jenna Alvarez is an Associate Clinical Professor at Miami University, developing a counseling training program. Before earning her doctorate, she worked as an elementary school counselor. Additionally, she worked as an intervention specialist at the same district's middle school and high school, where she became a school counselor. Dr. Alvarez has presented over 30 presentations at state, regional, and national conferences related to current and relevant topics for school counselors. She has four manuscripts under review or in development. Her passion for supporting practitioners extends to the macro-level through the publication of The Ultimate School Counselor's Guide to Assessment and Data Collection, a book she co-authored with her colleague to continue to provide practitioner-focused resources. She has published in peer-reviewed school counseling journals on disability and trauma. She has been recognized for her outstanding mentorship and teaching.
Dr. Carolyn Berger
University of Minnesota
Dr. Carolyn Berger is a Teaching Associate Professor for the Counselor Education program at the University of Minnesota. Carolyn has been a counselor educator since 2009, and prior to that she worked as a middle and high school counselor. She has served in multiple roles for school counselor associations; currently Carolyn is the Government Relations Committee co-chair for the Minnesota School Counselor Association and she is a past-president of the Florida School Counselor Association. Carolyn regularly conducts research and presents on school counseling topics at state and national level conferences. She has been published in Professional School Counseling and other counseling-focused journals on topics including school counselor advocacy, student underachievement, college and career readiness, and supporting students with chronic illness. In addition to being a licensed school counselor, Carolyn is a licensed professional clinical counselor and continues to work with children and adolescents in private practice.
Dr. Jennifer Betters-Bubon
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Dr. Jennifer Betters-Bubon is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator in Counselor Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she also serves as program coordinator. She received a Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.Ed from Boston University and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin. Her work includes teaching clinical and school counseling courses and focuses on the barriers that impact K-12 student success. As the Richard and Veronica Telfer Endowed Faculty Fellow of Education, she has a particular interest in trauma and extending trauma informed approaches into teacher training programs. In addition, she is passionate about examining the role school counselors have within multi-tier models of support (e.g., RTI, PBIS) and working with public schools to help student services teams align their work within a trauma informed MTSS framework. Prior to her role in academia, Dr. Betters-Bubon spent 11 years working as a school counselor and one year as a special education teacher. She is co-editor of The School Counselor's Guide to Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (Routledge, 2019) and Making MTSS Work (ASCA, 2020) and has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Betters-Bubon is a licensed school counselor and professional counselor in Wisconsin.
Dr. Kenya Bledsoe
University of Mississippi
Dr. Kenya Bledsoe is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at The University of Mississippi. She previously worked as a secondary school counselor and possesses over 15 years’ school counseling and leadership experience. Dr. Bledsoe’s research interests include supervision of school counselors, students from underrepresented backgrounds, and anti-racist school counseling. She has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and presented at international, regional, and state/local conferences. Dr. Bledsoe is an active member of numerous professional counseling organizations and has served in various leadership roles. Presently, she is the co-chair of the School Counseling Supervision Interest Network of ACES and the co-Advisor for Chi Sigma Iota/Epsilon Mu chapter.

Dr. Bledsoe earned her PhD from The University of Alabama. She is a board-certified counselor, school counselor, and tele-mental health counselor. Additionally, Dr. Bledsoe is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervising Counselor (AL, MS). In 2020, Dr. Bledsoe expanded her counseling professional footprint and established Bledsoe Counseling, LLC where she provides counseling and clinical supervision services. Dr. Bledsoe’s favorite pastime is spending quality time with her husband and two children. When she’s not attending her kids sporting events, she enjoys socializing with family and friends.
Dr. Rawn Boulden
West Virginia University
Dr. Rawn Boulden is an assistant professor of school counseling at West Virginia University. Before becoming an assistant professor, Dr. Boulden was a school counselor in Virginia. In addition to his current academic appointment, he provides outpatient counseling services to youth and adolescents while pursuing clinical licensure in West Virginia. His research interests include culturally-sustaining practices, rural school counseling, youth mental health, and psychometric research. He has secured more than $5.6 million of federal grants as principal investigator (PI) addressing youth mental health disparities in West Virginia. Dr. Boulden is involved in numerous professional associations, including ASCA, ACES, ACA, and the West Virginia School Counselor Association. He is the proud recipient of both the 2023 College of Applied Human Sciences Outstanding Researcher award and the 2023 WVU Values Coin awarded for his research that aligns with WVU's land grant mission. Dr. Boulden is a nationally-certified counselor (NCC) and school counselor (NCSC), fully-certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor, and a provisionally licensed professional counselor in West Virginia.
Dr. Carleton Brown
University of Texas at El Paso
Dr. Carleton H. Brown is an associate professor of school counseling in the Counseling, Special Education and Educational Psychology department at the University of Texas at El Paso. He holds certifications as a school counselor, licensed professional counselor, and national certified counselor. With a rich background spanning roles as a secondary education teacher, school counselor, supervisor, workshop leader, and advisor, Dr. Brown's counseling expertise mainly targets pre-K to college-level students. He has held leadership roles including past president and board member of the state counseling associations. Dr. Brown fervently explores the school counselor's role in leadership, advocacy, and supervision. He is excited to contribute to the Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference Advisory Council.
Dr. Nancy Chae
University of San Diego
Dr. Nancy Chae is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at the University of San Diego. She earned her PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision from William & Mary, M.S. in School Counseling with a specialization in urban school counseling and Post Master's Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, and B.A. in Psychology and Studies in Women & Gender from the University of Virginia. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and certified school counselor in Maryland, an approved clinical supervisor (ACS), and a nationally board-certified counselor (NCC) and school counselor (NCSC). Nancy is a passionate school counselor and has served across the P-12 grade levels in Baltimore, Maryland, and also provided free family and group counseling services for children and parents in the Williamsburg & Hampton Roads area in Virginia. Her primary research interests include school counselors' roles in promoting equitable access to academic rigor, school counselors' advocacy for underserved P-12 students and families, and school counseling supervision.
Dr. Carol Dahir
New York Institute of Technology
Carol A. Dahir, Ed.D., has recently retired as professor and chair of the School Counseling Department at New York Institute of Technology and continues to teach part time at both NYIT and NYU. She is a specialist in comprehensive school counseling program development, implementation, and evaluation. Carol Dahir is a past president of New York State School Counselor Association and served on the governing boards for the American School Counselor Association and the National Career Development Association. For more than 25 years, she has worked extensively with numerous state departments of education, large urban , suburban, and small school systems, school counselor associations, and national organizations as a consultant. Carol has delivered more than 400 workshops in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico as well as internationally in Turkey, Japan, and the Philippines, assisting with developing comprehensive school counseling programs. Carol Dahir continues to focus her writing, research, and presentations on comprehensive school counseling program development, college and career readiness, accountability, principal-counselor relationships, cultural responsiveness, and continuous improvement for school counselors.
Dr. Peg Donohue
Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Peg Donohue is an Associate Professor and School Counseling Coordinator at Central Connecticut State University in the department of Counselor Education and Family Therapy. Dr. Donohue spent 16 years working as a school counselor in both Connecticut and California. Her primary research interests include: aligning school counselor preparation with multiple tiered systems of support (MTSS), fostering social and emotional learning, school counselor ratio, and universal screening for mental health concerns in schools. She is a co-author of The School Counselor's Guide to MTSS (Routledge, 2023) and Making MTSS Work (ASCA, 2020).
Dr. Natalie Edirmanasinghe
Old Dominion University
Dr. Natalie Edirmanasinghe is an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach. Prior to her role as a counselor educator, Dr. Edirmanasinghe was a school counselor, predominantly serving students in the great Atlanta, GA area. Dr. Edirmanasinghe is also a co-chair for the ACES School Counseling Interest Network. She has a passion for work with immigrant populations, focusing her work on advocating with and for immigrant families. She has presented extensively and published articles using Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) within a comprehensive school counseling program. She has co-authored a book, Culturally Sustaining School Counseling: Implementing Diverse, Equitable, Inclusive Programs. Dr. Edirmanasinghe has also provided professional development related to antiracist school counseling practices. Her research agenda includes antiracism in counseling and counselor education, small group counseling, and advocacy for immigrant populations in school settings.
Dr. Sylvia Fernandez
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Dr. M. Sylvia Fernandez, CACREP President and CEO, was a counselor educator and administrator for 29 years. Dr. Fernandez has extensive professional service and leadership experience in state, national, and international counseling professional organizations. At the state level as Arkansas President of both ACA and ACES, and as Chair of the: Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling, At the national level, as the Chair of the Board of Directors of NBCC, and CACREP Board of Directors. And at the international level, as Chair of the and NBCC-International Advisory Board and in multiple capacities with the University Council of Jamaica. Dr. Fernandez's publications and presentations are in the areas of multicultural issues in counseling and related disciplines, counselor education and credentialing, professional identity and ethics, and clinical supervision.
Dr. Sejal Parikh Foxx
University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Dr. Sejal Parikh Foxx is a Professor in the Department of Counseling at UNC Charlotte. She is Founder and Director of the Urban School Counseling Collaborative. Dr. Foxx is a former elementary and high school counselor. She is co-author of School Counseling in the 21st Century, 6th ed and Post-Secondary Planning for All: Approaches to College and Career Readiness Counseling for Special Populations. In 2015, she received the Counselor Educator of the Year Award from the North Carolina School Counselors Association. Dr. Foxx is a former member and Vice Chair of the CACREP Board of Directors (2015-2020). She teaches both doctoral and master's level courses and her special areas of interest are school counseling, multicultural and social justice, urban education, and creating equity and access to college and career readiness. She has been successful working with interdisciplinary teams to obtain grant funding from external agencies such as the Department of Education and National Science Foundation. Over the course of her career, she has presented over 165 keynotes, conference presentations, and workshops at international, national, state, and local levels.
Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott
Old Dominion University
Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott (Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, School Counseling Coordinator: Old Dominion University- VA) teaches in master' and doctoral programs. Before that, she was a special education teacher, school counselor, and provided mental health counseling. Her overarching professional goal is creating more equitable and just educational systems, and bridging the bridge the gap between school counseling research and practice.
Dr. Goodman-Scott is passionate about researching school counseling, including Multi-tiered Systems of Support; school counseling roles and trends; and counseling youth with exceptionalities. She appreciates qualitative research, which centers others' voices- educators, students, and families. She has published extensively, including two books (A School Counselor's Guide to MTSS- 2023; Making MTSS Work- 2020), and over 50 peer-reviewed, national journal articles (i.e., Journal of Counseling and Development, Professional School Counseling, Counselor Education and Supervision). To date, she's authored the most peer-reviewed journal articles in Professional School Counseling, the flagship journal of the American School Counselor Association. She is also a 2023 Fellow for the American Counseling Association. Grounded in her work as a previous school counselor, she prioritizes making research accessible and useful-- through scholarly mentoring, advocacy, national and state school counseling leadership, and collaborating with schools, districts, and educational/counseling organizations.
Dr. Beth Gilfillan
Northeastern Illinios University
Dr. Beth Gilfillan is an Assistant Professor of School Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She has a doctorate degree in Counselor Education & Supervision from Penn State University, a master's degree in Counseling from DePaul University, and a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University. Prior to her role as a school counselor educator, she was an educational researcher at Northwestern University, then a high school counselor for ten years in Illinois, specializing in post-secondary counseling. She currently serves as a co-leader of the Association for Counselor Education & Supervision's School Counseling Interest Network, and served as President of the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling in 2015-16. Dr. Gilfillan provides professional development related to post-secondary counseling to school districts and school counselors across the country. Her research and advocacy interests include training school counselors, improving college access, college and career readiness, and supporting first generation college students and their families. She is currently the Project Director on a $4 million grant from the Department of Education that supports the training of school counseling students.
Dr. Catherine Griffith
University of San Diego
Catherine Griffith is an Associate Professor in the school counseling program at the University of San Diego and formerly served as an Associate Director for CSCORE. She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and earned her Master's degree and credential in School Counseling at Chapman University in Orange, CA. A passionate advocate for creating school environments that are responsive to vulnerable students and families, her primary research activities include the development and validation of strengths-based counseling interventions and assessments. She has worked with children and adolescents in school, clinical, and community settings, and specializes in the development of positive coping skills and resilience among queer youth. She has presented over 100 skills-training and research-focused workshops both nationally and internationally. Dr. Griffith also specializes in the improvement of research literacy and rigor in school counseling, and has previously co-chaired the American Counseling Association (ACA) Research and Knowledge Committee, and led the Increasing Research Quality Workgroup for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) School Counselor Interest Network (SCIN). She is currently on the board of reviewers for our profession’s flagship journal, Professional School Counseling.
Angie Hickman
Director of Research and Marketing, American School Counselor Association
As director of research and marketing for the American School Counselor Association, Angie Hickman serves as managing editor of Professional School Counseling journal, directs the organization’s research projects, manages the ASCA grants program, and develops marketing messaging and strategy for the organization. Hickman is passionate about serving school counselors and is particularly grateful for those who have assisted her own two children. Hickman is a 30-year veteran of the publishing industry, who has spent most of her career conducting research and managing publications for nonprofit professional associations. The former vice president of Stratton Media Strategies, a well-respected Washington, DC, area consultancy to associations, and, later, as president of Hickman Brady Media, Hickman helped organizations better serve their audiences by gaining insights into their habits, preferences, and information needs. Earlier, she served as an editor for American City Business Journals (Washington Business Journal and Atlanta Business Chronicle) and as Editor of the Business Journal of Tri-Cities, TN-VA. She is a past board member of Association Media & Publishing and former editorial advisor to ASAE’s Associations Now magazine. She is the coauthor of the chapter on association publishing for the third edition of ASAE's Handbook of Professional Practices in Association Management (2015).
Hyunhee Kim
University of Tennessee
Hyunhee Kim is an Assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). Her strong commitment to improving the lives of children and adolescents has been a driving force for transformation in her professional life. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Hyunhee had professional counseling experiences to work with children, adolescents, college students, and adults in different settings. Her research interests include school connectedness, mindfulness, bullying, and career development. Hyunhee is interested in protective factors that help students thrive, regardless of the adversity that they may encounter. She is particularly interested in school counselor's roles in creating a supportive school environment where every student feels included and belongs to.
Dr. Lynn E. Linde
American Counseling Association
Dr. Lynn E. Linde is the Chief Knowledge and Learning Officer for the American Counseling Association. She received her master’s degree in school counseling and her doctorate in counseling from George Washington University. Her previous positions include Director of Clinical Experiences at Loyola University Maryland and faculty in the school counseling program; Chief of the Student Services and Alternative Programs Branch at the Maryland State Department of Education, the State specialist for school counseling, a local school system counseling supervisor, and a school counselor. She has made numerous presentations on ethics and legal issues for counselors and is the author or coauthor of a number of book chapters about these topics. She was a member of the ACA 2014 Ethics Revision Task Force.

She has held a number of leadership positions in the ACA and its entities; she was the 2009–2010 ACA president and the 2012–13 ACA treasurer. Dr. Linde is an American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow and the recipient of the ACA Carl Perkins Award, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s Program Supervisor Award, the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s Program Supervisor Award, and a 2013 and a 2015 ACA President’s Award as well as other numerous awards.
Dr. Melissa Mariani
Florida Atlantic University
Melissa Mariani, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Doctoral Program Coordinator in the Department of Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). She has published and presented on student success, school climate, school counseling interventions, outcome research, and higher education and K-12 collaboration. Dr. Mariani has served as a Project Manager on three Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants, assisting various public school districts in Kentucky to develop, implement, and maintain comprehensive school counseling programs based on the ASCA National Model, several of which have received RAMP status. She readily provides professional development and training to school staff on various topics. Dr. Mariani serves as a national trainer for Student Success Skills and is a co-developer of SSS for SEL Success. She coauthored the book Facilitating Evidence-based, Data-driven School Counseling: A Manual for Practice with Dr. Brett Zyromski (OSU) which guides school counselors through this process. In 2016, Dr. Mariani was recognized as FAU's University and College of Education's Scholar of the Year.
Dr. Renae Mayes
University of Arizona
Dr. Renae D. Mayes is an associate professor in the Department of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies at the University of Arizona where prepares masters and doctoral level students to be counselors and counselor educators. Dr. Mayes’s research agenda centers around the academic success and college readiness for gifted Black students with dis/abilities and Black girls. Mayes’ research details the experience of students and families navigating schools, while also providing recommendations for dismantling systems of oppression through policy and practice. Further, Dr. Mayes has extended this research to include implications for leadership, advocacy, and collaboration for school counselors and school administrators.
Dr. George McMahon
The University of Georgia
Dr. George McMahon is an Clinical Associate Professor and Department Head of the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at The University of Georgia. George has been a counselor educator since 2004, focusing on preparing future school counselors and working with doctoral students. Dr. McMahon's professional interests include ecological school counseling; social justice, educational equity, and privilege; supervision of school counselors' and group work. Dr. McMahon presents regularly at state, regional, and national conferences and collaborates with school districts to promote effective and sustainable school counseling policies and practices. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, George earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia and his M.Ed. in School Counseling from The University of Virginia. George also worked as a professional school counselor in New Orleans, LA. When not on the job, he enjoys parenting his two boys, Thomas and Connor, and supporting live local music.
Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Novakovic
DePaul University
Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Novakovic, Ph.D. is an associate professor of counselor education in the Department of Counseling and Special Education at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She has a master's degree in school counseling and was a high school counselor for four years before obtaining a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research interests include career development of women and special populations, college and career readiness, and counselor education. Dr. Novakovic has published in peer-reviewed journals and is a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences. She served on the board of the Illinois School Counselor Association and is a former member of the ACA Ethics Committee. Dr. Novakovic has worked with children, adolescents and adults in school, community, and residential settings. In addition to her role as a counselor educator, she enjoys working with adolescents and adult clients in private practice.
Dr. Melissa Ockerman
DePaul University
Dr. Melissa Ockerman is an Associate Professor of Counseling at DePaul University. She has written about and presented extensively both nationally and internationally on topics such as trauma-informed counseling, integrating Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) into school counseling programs, and cultivating systemic change in schools. Dr. Ockerman participated in an expert panel at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference (CBC/ALC) Anti-Bullying Braintrust where she advocated for bi-partisan school safety strategies in Washington, D. C. She was also selected to participate in White House convenings regarding the advancement of underserved populations in post-secondary settings. Dr. Ockerman is on the Board of Directors for the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago and serves on the Race & Equity Steering Committee for the Illinois School Counseling Association. She is the co-author of a text entitled, 101 Solutions for School Counselors and Leaders in Challenging Times and has received awards for her scholarship, service and leadership in the field of school counseling.
Dr. J.P. Oehrtman
Bowling Green University
Dr. J.P. Oehrtman is a licensed professional school counselor and an Assistant Professor in the School of Counseling, Higher Education, Leadership and Foundations at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) located in Bowling Green, Ohio. Dr. Oehrtman graduated with his Ph.D. in counselor education from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 2018. He has co-authored several articles and has numerous national and state presentations on topics ranging from school counseling supervision to micropolitics in schools. Prior to coming to BGSU, Dr. Oehrtman worked for over 20 years in K-12 education both as a school counselor and educator with students across all levels. Dr. Oehrtman's primary research interests focus on school counselors' collaboration within schools, school counselor supervision, and school counseling evidence-based practices. Dr. Oehrtman has also served on the executive board for the Ohio School Counseling Association and the Ohio Governor, School Safety Work Group.
Dr. Laura Owen
San Diego State University
Dr. Laura Owen (she, her), NCC, NCSC, is the Executive Director for the Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment at San Diego State University. A prior urban school counselor, district counseling supervisor, and district crisis team lead, she is a passionate advocate for closing postsecondary opportunity gaps. Her research focuses on evaluating the impact of practices designed to address the systems, structures and policies needed to remove barriers for historically marginalized communities. She is committed to the discovery of models that support access, retention and completion of postsecondary credentials aligned to the workforce and connected to high wage, high demand jobs. Dr. Owen received teaching awards from Johns Hopkins University and San Diego State University. She co-led the SDSU White House Convening on Strengthening School Counseling and College Advising and assisted with American University's White House Convening on Culturally Sustaining Practices in College Counseling. She serves on the California Cradle to Career Data and Tools Advisory Board, is currently a co-editor for the Journal of College Access, and co-edited the 2022 Equity-Based Career Development and Postsecondary Transitions book. Dr. Owen is the 2023 California School Counselor Educator of the Year.
Dr. Tim Poynton
University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Tim Poynton is an associate professor in the department of Counseling & School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. A former school counselor, Dr. Poynton shifted the focus of his work from practicing school counseling to school counselor education and research. He worked as a research fellow at the Center for School Counseling Outcome Research, and is the developer of the EZAnalyze tools that are designed to facilitate collection and analysis of data for school counselors. In 2011, he was selected as the ASCA Counselor Educator of the Year. His current research is focused on vocational psychology and career development, with current projects focusing on the transition from high school to college, emphasizing the role of school counselors and malleable factors that counselors may impact.
Dr. Lucy L. Purgason
Oregon State University-Cascades
Dr. Lucy L. Purgason is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Oregon State University-Cascades. With licenses and certifications as a school counselor and approved clinical supervisor, she has taught and supervised graduate counseling students for 10 years. She has five years prior experience as an elementary and high school counselor, including at a school specifically for newcomer immigrant and refugee students. Her research centers on recognizing and harnessing the cultural strengths of students and their families. In addition, she also pursues scholarship related to mentoring and supervision, with a specific emphasis on relational-cultural approaches. She is the recipient of the North Carolina Counseling Association Research Award and has been recognized by the Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy as an outstanding article recipient. She is co-director of the Department of Education grant-funded program, Promoting and Advancing the Training of High Desert School Counselors (PATH-SC), aimed to increase the number and diversity of qualified school counselors in high-needs, rural K-12 schools in the Central Oregon region. On the weekends she can usually be found adventuring (and sometimes mis-adventuring) around the Pacific Northwest with her family and their dog, Max.
Dr. Qi Shi
Loyal University Maryland
Dr. Qi Shi is an Associate Professor of School Counseling at Loyola University Maryland. Her research interests include school counselors' role in personal, social, and academic development of underrepresented student populations in K-12 schools, broadening the participation for immigrant youth and English Language Learners in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) majors and careers, and school counseling profession's development in international contexts. Moreover, she has been working on developing partnerships with local community agencies to provide Loyola school counseling students early exposure/experiential learning opportunities to work with immigrant youth and English Learners in Baltimore. Dr. Shi's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters over the last twelve years in well-regarded peer-reviewed journals. Her publications are well cited in the field of school counseling and counselor education. Dr. Shi is serving as the Associate Editor and incoming editor for the Journal of School-Based Counseling Policy and Evaluation (JSCPE), the official journal of the International Society for Policy Research and Evaluation in School-Based Counseling (ISPRESC). Also, Dr. Shi is on the research board and serves as an institutional lead for the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC), a partnership between Baltimore City Public Schools with universities in Maryland.
Dr. Stephanie Smith-Durkin
Old Dominion University
Dr. Stephanie Smith-Durkin is an Assistant Professor in the Old Dominion University Counseling and Human Services department. She is a wife, mother of two young children, and worked as a high school counselor in Virginia. In her role as a school counselor, she served on her district's Mental Health Task Force and earned the School Counselor Advocate Award from the Association of Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC). She entered the field of counselor education with nearly two decades of experience serving PK-12th grade students, staff, and school partners. Stephanie is a dedicated member of Counselors for Social Justice national organization, serving on School Counseling Task Force (CSJ) and Strategic Planning Committee. Stephanie is also the secretary for ACAC and regularly provides professional developments on the topics of student mental health, social justice, antiracism, multiculturalism, and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). Stephanie works diligently to effectively prepare future counselors for culturally affirming professional practices and ethical behaviors.
Dr. Sam Steen
George Mason University
Dr. Sam Steen is a Professor, Director of the Diversity Research Action Consortium, Division Director, at George Mason University and a licensed Professional School Counselor who specializes in school counseling, group work and cultivating Black students' academic identity development. Dr. Steen was a school counselor for 10 years and these practitioner experiences shape his research agenda, approach to teaching, and service. Currently, two objectives guide his scholarship: 1) to further develop creative and culturally sustaining school-based counseling interventions that improve student achievement; including The Achieving Success Everyday Group Model (ASE Group Model) designed to promote social emotional and academic development for students of color and 2) to explore issues related to the training and preparation of pre-service counselors and school counselors in the local, regional, and national community. Dr. Steen is a Fellow for the Association for Specialists in Group Work, a division of the American Counseling Association. Recently, Dr. Steen received the Al Dye Research Award and the Professional Advancement Award both from ASGW recognizing his outstanding efforts advancing the field of group work though research and development of a new and innovative strategies for schools, families, and marginalized communities.
Dr. Julia V. Taylor
University of Virginia
Dr. Julia Taylor is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia and co-directs the Virginia Partnership for School Mental Health (VPSMH) with Dr. Michael Lyons. The VPSMH is a statewide collaborative effort with the Virginia Department of Education aimed to recruit and retain school mental health professionals and improve evidence-based practices. Dr. Taylor's research, service, and advocacy efforts focus on (1) improving K-12 mental health service delivery, (2) effective data-based decision making, and (3) equity issues concerning the preparation, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive school counseling programs.

Prior to academia, Dr. Taylor worked as a school counselor and dean of student services in a variety of K-12 settings. During this time she supervised school counselors-in-training, developed district-wide counseling curricula, served on school and district-level teams, and authored several counseling-related books. She frequently presents relevant topics to school counselors, administrators, educators, and parents at the local, state, and national level.
Whitney Triplett
Hatching Results
Whitney Triplett, Executive Director at Hatching Results, provides school counseling strategy support to school districts, county offices, and state departments across the nation. Co-author of bestselling Hatching Results for Secondary School Counseling: Implementing Core Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, and Other Tier One Activities (Hatch, Triplett, Duarte, & Gomez, 2019) and Hatching Tier 2 and 3 Interventions in Your Elementary School Counseling Program (Hatch, Kruger, Pablo, & Triplett, 2019), Whitney facilitates professional learning for school counselors, building administrators, and others working to impact student outcomes in a measurable, meaningful way through comprehensive school counseling programming. Previously at Chicago Public Schools, Whitney supported over 800 school counselors and college and career coaches while serving on the board for the Illinois School Counselor Association and teaching at Loyola University Chicago. It was through these roles that she was recognized in 2018 as the Illinois School Counseling Advocate of the Year. As a school counselor, Whitney received the Oppenheimer Recognition Award for her collaborative work in raising the Freshman On Track rate at her school as well as RAMP recognition in 2011. A former Education Pioneers Visiting Fellow, Whitney is passionate about school counseling to promote equity, access, and the success of all students!
Dr. Amy Upton
University of South Alabama
Amy Upton, PhD, NCC, NCSC, is an Assistant Professor and school counseling coordinator at the University of South Alabama, Counseling and Instructional Sciences, in Mobile, AL. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Dr. Upton worked as a middle and high school counselor for 15 years in Virginia. She is a member of ASCA, ACES, and ACA and is actively involved in the executive board of the Alabama School Counseling Association. Dr. Upton's primary research interest is centered on professional identity for school counselors. In addition, she is interested in best practices in school counselor training and preparing school counselors for effective program development and implementation. In regards to student development her research interests lie in resiliency factors and the development of these factors in our youth. She passionately believes in the importance of the profession of school counseling and the impact that school counselors can have on students.
Dr. Anita Young
Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Anita Young is an associate professor in the School of Education Counseling program at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to her appointment at Johns Hopkins, she was a district school counseling leader for Fairfax County Public School Division. Dr. Young also has practitioner experience as an elementary, middle, and high school counselor. She was recognized as District School Counselor Supervisor of the Year by ASCA in 2010. Her scholarship focuses on building school counselor leadership capacity and examining data and accountability strategies that promote equitable college access, especially in urban schools. Dr. Young has been the recipient of approximately $6,800,000.00 in external federal and state funding. She is co-author of Making DATA Work (ASCA Publication) and School Counselor Leadership: The Essential Practice (ASCA Publication). Her research is published in scholarly counseling and educational journals. She has served on editorial boards and co-editor for a special issue in the Professional School Counseling Journal. Dr. Young has presented at numerous local, state, regional and national conferences specific to her research agenda.
Advisory Council Emeritus
Dr. Greg Brigman
Dr. Greg Brigman is a professor of Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Brigman has experience as a classroom teacher at the high school level and as a school counselor at all three levels. Among Dr. Brigman’s honors are two national awards as a school counselor from the American School Counseling Association. He has also been recognized as “Researcher of the Year, Associate Professor level” at the University level and “Teacher of the Year” for the College Level. Dr. Brigman’s research interests include outcome research linking school counselor interventions to improved student performance. He has co-developed and tested three programs aimed at helping students develop critical cognitive, social and self-management skills tied to school success, Student Success Skills (grades 4-10), Ready for Success (grades 2-3), and Ready to Learn (grades K-1).

Over 20 research articles have been published on the Student Success Skills, Ready for Success and Ready to Learn programs. Student Success Skills and Ready to Learn are now included in the SELect category of the CASEL Guide to Evidence-Based SEL Programs. He also has recently co-authored the textbook “Evidence-based School Counseling: A Student Success Approach”. Dr. Brigman regularly works with school districts to implement and measure the impact of school counselor lead interventions. He presents training workshops related to school counseling, and student success nationally and internationally, and is a regular presenter at professional conferences.
Dr. John Carey
EBSCC Co-Founder
Dr. Carey has extensive experience in instrument development and in coordinating large multi-site school counseling research projects in the public schools. He has served as Co-PI on an IES-funded grant to investigate the effectiveness of Student Success Skills on elementary school students. In addition, he has led or co-led three recent projects that evaluated the impact of the Proactive School curriculum in five high schools in Canada and the United States; evaluated the impact of The Real Game curriculum in five school districts across the United States; and identified effective Minority Student College Readiness Counseling practices in 18 high school recognized as exemplary by the College Board. Carey has also directed statewide evaluations of the effectiveness of school counseling programs in Utah and Nebraska. Carey is a leader in the evidence-based school counseling movement. He is the former director and founder of the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, and the co‑author of the book Evidence-Based School Counseling: Making a Difference with Data‑Driven Practices.
Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes
Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes is Professor and Program Coordinator, Counselor Education/School Counseling at Lehman College of the City University of New York. He is a former middle school, college, mental health, family, and sexuality counselor. He is School Counseling Redesign Consultant for the City of Norwalk, CT, and has consulted with school counseling transformation in districts in DE, NJ, NY & PA with the University of Pennsylvania’s Equity & Excellence Consortium. He is co-author of 101 Solutions for School Counselors and Leaders in Challenging Times (Corwin, 2014) with Drs. Melissa Ockerman and Erin Mason; author of Double Dads One Teen: A Queer Family’s Trailblazing Life in the USA and Taiwan (DIO Press, 2019), and co-authored the forthcoming Mandarin version (2020) with Dr. Lance Chen-Hayes.
Dr. Colette T. Dollarhide
Dr. Colette Dollarhide is a tenured Professor of Counselor Education and de-facto school counseling coordinator. Her professional experience includes alternative education, adult education, university counseling and administration, career counseling, and school counseling and consulting at all three levels. Dr. Dollarhide has authored two textbooks on school counseling (the current book is going into its third edition), and she conducts research and writes about school counseling leadership, supervision, the work of school counselors, pedagogy, and professional identity. She has authored and co-authored 2 book chapters and over 30 national peer-reviewed journal articles. Colette has presented dozens of programs at national ASCA, ACA, and ACES conferences, international conference (BACP), and over 60 programs at state conferences on topics in school counseling, supervision, leadership, professional identity, and pedagogy. She has served as the president of the national Counseling Association of Humanistic Education and Development (C-AHEAD; now the Association for Humanistic Counseling), and the president of the Ohio ACES, as well as Board positions for the Wisconsin School Counselor Association and the Ohio School Counselor Association. Her editorial work includes 3 years as the editor of the Journal of Humanistic Counseling (JHC), 3 years as associate editor of JHC, co-editor for a first-ever CES Special Section on school counselor supervision, 9 years as a reviewer for Counselor Education and Supervision, and she is currently finishing a 3-year term as a reviewer for the Journal of Counseling and Development.
Dr. Gene Eakin
Dr. Gene Eakin is the School Counseling Program Lead at Oregon State University. He has worked at Oregon State part-time or full-time for over twenty-five years. He is the proud creator of a school counseling MCoun offered in a hybrid format. This program provides individuals from all parts of Oregon, as well as Washington and Idaho, to earn a MCoun leading to licensure as a school counselor without quitting their jobs and moving to campus. Gene has twenty-eight years of full/part time experience as a school counselor with most of that time spent as Program Lead at a high school of 1400 students in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Gene is the Advocacy Chair for the Oregon School Counselor Association as well as the team lead for the Reach Higher Oregon teams that attended the 2nd and 3rd White House Convenings on Strengthening School Counseling and College Advising. He and his colleague - Dr. Kathy Biles from Oregon State University Cascades - are among the first to introduce school counselors to motivational interviewing. Gene has been a practitioner of the Three Principles for over twenty years. He is now a member of the 3 Principles Global Community Education Committee. Gene is the chair of a sub-committee aspiring to introduce school counselors and school counselor educators to the Three Principles.
Dr. Stephanie Eberts
Stephanie Eberts, is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Louisiana State University (LSU) and the coordinator of the School Counseling Concentration in the Counselor Education Program. She earned her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Georgia State University and her master’s degree from Loyola University, New Orleans. Dr. Eberts has been a counselor educator since 2010, working at Texas State University for 5 years prior to beginning her current job at LSU. Dr. Eberts has extensive experience working in schools. She worked as a school counselor (at both the elementary and middle school level) in New Orleans for six years, and during her doctoral training she worked with Safe and Drug Free Schools of Gwinnett County in Georgia for another three years. Because of her commitment to the school counseling field, she partners with local schools and educational agencies to provide continuing education and support for practicing counselors in her area. She has served as a coleader of the School Counseling Interest Network of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Dr. Eberts is a regular presenter at the regional, national, and (at times) international level. She presents on topics related to school counseling, group work, play therapy, and crisis and trauma. She has published multiple book chapters and journal articles. Her current research focuses on leadership and advocacy in school counseling.
Dr. Bradley Erford
Bradley T. Erford, Ph.D., is a professor in the human development counseling program of the Department of Human and Organizational Development in the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. He was the 61st President of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and past ACA Treasurer. He is an ACA Fellow and has received numerous awards for his service to the counseling profession. His primary areas of research include counseling outcomes and development and psychometric evaluation of counseling and educational tests. He is the author or editor of more than 30 counseling books, and has authored more than 75 scholarly articles, 100 book chapters, and 20 psycho-educational tests. He has also made more than 200 scholarly presentations. He is Editor of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development (MECD) and Senior Associate Editor of Journal of Counseling & Development (JCD). He also was a representative to the ACA Governing Council and the ACA 20/20 Visioning Committee, and has held numerous leadership positions in ACA, AARC, and the Maryland Counseling Association.
Dr. Diana Gruman
Diana Gruman, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Western Washington University (WWU) where she serves as the School Counseling Program Director. She earned a BA in Psychology from Whitman College, master’s in School Counseling from WWU and doctorate in Educational Psychology (specialization: Counselor Education and Supervision) from the University of Washington. Dr. Gruman worked in college admissions and later found her true calling as an elementary school counselor in NW Washington State. Years of work across the K-20 spectrum gave her an appreciation for developmental trajectories and the factors that influence life outcomes. Her experience with highly mobile children and families, led to a dissertation project on mobility and protective factors which was eventually published in Child Development. She currently collaborates with Mongolian researchers on projects related to school climate and secondary student wellness. Dr. Gruman is a regular presenter at state and national school counseling conferences on topics related to evidence-based school counseling strategies, student mental health, school counseling supervision, and professional identity/leadership. When she is not teaching and mentoring the next generation of school counseling professionals, Dr. Gruman enjoys parenting two young adults, cycling, and exploring the trails in the PNW region.
Dr. Trish Hatch
Trish Hatch, Ph.D., retired as a professor at San Diego State University in August of 2019, where she served as Director of the School Counseling Program (2004–2015), and as executive director of SDSU’s Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCaL).

She is the best-selling author of The Use of Data in School Counseling: Hatching Results for Students, Programs, and the Profession (Hatch, 2013), and co-author of Evidence-Based School Counseling: Making a Difference with Data-Driven Practices (Dimmitt, Carey, & Hatch, 2007), and ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs (ASCA, 2003; 2005).

These texts, along with the recent Hatching Results for Elementary School Counseling: Implementing Core Curriculum and Other Tier One Activities (Hatch, Duarte, & De Gregorio, 2018), and Hatching Results for Secondary School Counseling: Implementing Core Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, and Other Tier One Activities (Hatch, Triplett, Duarte, & Gomez, 2019), are used throughout the world in the professional development and preparation of school counselors.

As president and CEO of Hatching Results®, Dr. Hatch provides professional development and training to school districts throughout the country. A former school counselor, site and central office administrator, state association president and ASCA vice president, Dr. Hatch has received numerous national awards, including ASCA’s Administrator of the Year award and their highest honor, the Mary Gehrke Lifetime Achievement Award. She also served as a national consultant to the Obama administration and co-led the “invitation only” White House Convening on School Counseling at San Diego State University.
Dr. Tyler Kimbel
Dr. Tyler M. Kimbel currently serves as an adjunct professor in counseling and formerly served as the Director of Research and Information Services at the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). A graduate of Geneva College (B.S., Human Services) and Youngstown State University (M.S.Ed., School Counseling), Kimbel earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Northern Colorado where he spent three years developing and validating the School Counseling Program Report Card – Student Version to assist high school counselors with program evaluation. He has a background in school counseling as well as experience in a variety of clinical settings working with adults and at-risk populations. Dr. Kimbel is an active member of ASCA, ACA, and ACES and continues to support the school counseling profession through scholarly research, presentations, editorial board work, and serving as a member of the advisory council for the national Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference. He is also the author of the book “A Guide to Graduate Programs in Counseling” with his co-author Dana Heller Levitt.
Dr. Rich Lapan
Dr. Lapan is focusing on college and career readiness and decision making. He currently is conducting a longitudinal study on the postsecondary transitions and college outcomes for youth in Massachusetts. In addition, he is beginning a new national study on informed college decision making. Further, Dr. Lapan has expanded his work to include at-risk and incarcerated youth. In all of these efforts, a primary emphasis is the role of school counselors. Ensuring that all young people receive value-added high quality counseling services continues to be a central emphasis of Dr. Lapan's work.
Dr. Ian Martin
Ian Martin in an Associate Professor of Counseling at the University of San Diego. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Ian was an elementary and middle school counselor. He has published and presented on such topics as school counseling program development, evaluation, and school counseling policy. Recently he has become increasingly involved in international school counseling, has taught four classes abroad, and completed a visiting scholar position at the University of Verona, Italy. Ian highly values service and maintains both local and national service responsibilities. He is a Center Fellow at the Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (CSCORE), an Advisory Board member for the National Evidenced-Based School Counseling Conference, a Faculty Senator for the University of San Diego, on the Board of Directors for San Diego YMCA Camps, a volunteer water polo coach, and an active parent volunteer at his children’s elementary school. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Ian was an elementary and middle school counselor.
Dr. Erin Mason
Erin Mason is an Assistant Professor in the School Counseling (M.Ed., Ed.S) and Counselor Education and Practice (Ph.D.) programs at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Erin has published in scholarly journals and texts, and her research agenda focuses on topics including professional identity, action research, and technology. Erin has also had national and international opportunities to present on these topics as well. Erin served as one of the chairs of the School Counseling Interest Network of ACES, and as an associate editor of the Professional School Counseling journal, and she is a research fellow with the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation. Before joining the faculty at GSU, Erin was an Associate Professor at DePaul University in Chicago, where she served in department and college leadership roles, and also as the President of the Illinois School Counselor Association in 2012-2013.

Erin has provided district and state level trainings on comprehensive school counseling programs, RAMP, and technology, and has been the keynote for several state school counseling conferences. Given her interest in technology's influence on the field, Erin particularly enjoys connecting and learning with those in the profession through social media and in 2011 she co-founded the now widely used hashtag for school counselors on Twitter, #scchat. Along with colleagues Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes and Dr. Melissa Ockerman, she is also the co-author of the 2013 book, 101 Solutions for School Counselors and Leaders in Challenging Times.
Dr. Brandie Oliver
Dr. Brandie Oliver is an Associate Professor in the School Counseling Program at Butler University. Prior to her current role, she worked most recently as a middle school counselor but also has experience at the elementary and high school levels. Brandie has served families at Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People as a support group facilitator for grieving teens and also as an individual grief counselor in the Therapy Services program. She is very involved within her state and has served on the Indiana School Counselor Association’s Executive Board for the past 7 years and continues to write for the Indiana Association of School Principals’ Indianagram to help bring awareness of the school counseling profession to Indiana school leaders. Brandie sees her role as a resource and support for school counselors as well as an advocate and source of positive change for the entire school community. To do this work, she presents at state, regional, and national conferences, provides professional development to educators, and collaborates with other educational fields to emphasize the importance of working across disciplines for compelling and long-term change. Her specific areas of interest include the development of comprehensive school counseling programs, effective administrative and school counseling relationships, school culture and restorative practices, college and career readiness, and advocating for an increased focus on culturally responsive education.
Dr. Chris Sink
Chris Sink served as a school counselor educator for over 30 years. Most recently he was a professor of counseling and Batten Chair at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. Prior to his academic positions, Chris was a secondary and post-secondary counselor. He has been involved with the conference since its beginning and served on the Advisory Committee since then. Chris has also served as one of the keynote speakers, and led many practitioner and researcher-focused sessions. For additional information on Chris’s involvement in counselor education, see his professional web page at
Dr. Elizabeth Villares
Dr. Elizabeth Villares is a Professor and Doctoral Program Coordinator in the Department of Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Villares has worked as a teacher, school counselor, and guidance director at the secondary level. Her areas of specialization include integrating technology in school counseling programs to improve data-driven practices, and collaborating with school counselors to develop action and outcome research and program evaluation projects. Her current research focus includes implementing school counselor-led evidence-based programs to improve the academic achievement and social-emotional development of students in grades K-12. Dr. Villares has published more than 15 publications in national/international peer reviewed journals and done over 40 refereed presentations. She has received numerous awards including the 2011 Association for Assessment in Counseling and Evaluation, Outstanding Outcome Research Article of the Year award, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leader Fellow, and the Florida Atlantic University, College of Education, Associate Professor Scholar of the Year.