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SACES 2018 Elections

SACES is looking for extraordinary leaders in the counseling profession!  Please read the nominee's statement of interest below about why they would be the perfect fit for the SACES team (nominees listed in alphabetical order).

Voting closes Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 6:00pm ET. ONLY SACES members can vote; you may cast your vote online ONE time.  After you have voted, you may login using your Google account and change your vote. 

If you have trouble accessing the Google Form, or have questions regarding the SACES nominations or elections, please contact Dr. Casey Barrio Minton at cbarrio@utk.edu.

President-Elect-Elect Nominees

Dodie Limberg

IDodie Limbergt is my pleasure to announce my interest in serving as the next SACES President. I am currently a Counselor Educator at the University of South Carolina. I worked as a school counselor and clinical mental health counselor in Florida, Switzerland, and Israel. My research interests include school counseling, research identity development, and altruism. Service to our profession is a priority to me. I currently serve as a mentor for the Counselor Education and Supervision fellows program, and as an editorial review board member of Counselor Education and SupervisionProfessional School Counseling, and Counseling and Values Journal. Additionally, I was the chair of the SACES Special Committee on Journal Development. Under my leadership, the committee developed a plan for the new SACES Journal, Teaching and Supervision in Counseling (TSC). I was a member of the ACA Research and Knowledge Committee, and I previously served on the ACA Governing Council, ACA Executive Committee, and ACA School Counseling Task Force. I was selected as a SACES Emerging Leader and as an AARC Emerging Leader. I am interested in serving the members of SACES as your president by continuing to empower and support diverse counselor educators and supervisors in scholarship, advocacy, community, education, and supervision. In this role, I intend to continue to support and develop new initiatives that are focused on research. For example, I plan to offer more opportunities for SACES doctoral student members and new professional members to enhance their understanding of research, and provide more support for SACES members to conduct research focused on client and student outcomes. I believe that my professional and service experiences, research interests, and servant leadership attributes will contribute to the SACES leadership team and membership. Thank you for your consideration!

Jeffrey Parsons

FJeffrey Parsonsellow counselor educators and supervisors, I am seeking your support as your next SACES President-Elect-Elect. As an organization, SACES plays a critical role in advancing counselor education and supervision. Its conferences, interest groups, leadership initiatives, and many other services unify and strengthen the counseling profession across its 14 state region. As a long-standing member of SACES, I’ve seen the positive impact that this outstanding organization has had on our profession and I am excited about the possibilities for future service to the southern region! Since 2004, I have served as a counselor educator at Lindsey Wilson College. In this role, I’ve had the opportunity to serve first-generation students across Appalachia in both our extended campus and traditional programs; witnessing first-hand the powerful impact we can have in the lives of our students and the communities in which they serve. In addition, I’ve held several administrative positions, including Director of Program Evaluation and Technology for the School of Professional Counseling and Director of Teaching and Technology Effectiveness for the Office of Academic Affairs. These experiences provided me with a somewhat unique perspective on counselor education, having consulted with countless faculty on the use of educational technology, course design, and instruction. Since 2014, I’ve had the opportunity to direct our doctoral program in Counselor Education & Supervision, developing future leaders for our profession. My recent service opportunities include five years as a member of the CACREP Board of Directors (2012-2017), with two years as Chair (2015-2017). Since my time on the CACREP Board, I have been serving on the SACES Distance/Online Counselor Education Interest Network, as well as the Professional Standards Committee for ACA. Should I be elected, my hope is to work collaboratively with SACES leadership and members to further organizational goals. Specific areas of interest include expanding the impact and services of Career Connections, increasing doctoral student engagement with SACES, and assessing the impact/effectiveness of existing interest networks with the goal of increasing their utility. I believe that my experiences as a counselor educator, coupled with years of leadership in a variety of academic and professional settings have prepared me for the role of SACES President-Elect-Elect and I look forward to your support in providing service to this important organization.


Caitlyn Bennett

Caitlyn BennettIt is with pleasure and excitement that I express my interest to serve as SACES Secretary for the 2019-2020 term. I am dedicated to the field of counselor education and counseling as my passions are founded in helping and serving others. I find motivation and joy in creating effective and intentional collaborations that create an atmosphere of growth, learning, and development. My commitment and interest in being part of SACES began early on in my doctoral studies. I was selected as a 2016 SACES Emerging Leader, earned a 2016 SACES Best Practice and Research Award Grant, and was selected as the 2017 SACES Outstanding Graduate Student, Doctoral Level Award. I quickly saw how these opportunities made available to graduate students demonstrated the high level of commitment SACES has in supporting and advocating for graduate students’ growth and development. I have also had opportunities to connect with executive board members of various educational organizations. In my role as Communications Chair for the Counseling and Human Development division (Division E) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), I am responsible for maintaining an open and productive lines of communication through the development and maintenance of the AERA Division E website and through social media platforms. I hope to apply this same communication style as SACES Secretary. Furthermore, as a former Co-Secretary for the Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Student Organization (CEDSO) at the University of Central Florida, I further developed an appreciation and understanding for the need of maintaining organized records. As a member of the Specialty Standards and Statements committee for the Association of Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), I contribute to making sure the standards of AARC are current and relevant for its members. Finally, as an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas, I am grateful to have the opportunity to support and mentor students through SACES’ objectives of Scholarship, Advocacy, Community, Education, and Supervision. Ultimately, in serving as your SACES secretary, I will continue to embody and encourage these very objectives that make SACES and its members a strong force within the world of counselor education. I appreciate your time and consideration for the opportunity to serve as your SACES Secretary for the 2019-2020 term. Thank you.

Andrew Burke

Andrew BurkeMy name is Dr. Andrew M. Burck, and I am an Associate Professor at Marshall and I am honored to be nominated for the secretary for SACES 2019-2022. In my time as a counselor educator I have experience in this role. In my role as the Member-at-Large (Publications) for AARC. In this role, I wrote numerous documents to publishers, journal editors, and the executive committee of AARC. I have also worked at the state level as the Treasure and President of our organization. Both of these roles required numerous written communication between the elective board members and members of the organization in order to inform and update about current operations of the organization. Thank you for your time. 

Lauren McLean

Lauren McLeanAs an emerging counselor educator and current licensed professional counselor, I look forward to continuing my career in counselor education and supervision and strengthening my leadership skills through serving as Secretary for SACES. I have served the mental health profession in various capacities for 13 years and I am eager to continue to serve the profession in a leadership role. Throughout my career I have remained diligent and committed to serving and advocating for both clients, students, and counselors-in-training. I would like to bring that passion, diligence, and dedication for equity and well-being to the members of SACES. I have served on various university committees and committees within my community and I have always remained organized, dedicated, and professional. Through that experience I have learned the balance between knowing when to manage and when to listen. In addition, I recognize the importance of completing tasks in a timely manner while still delivering a high degree of quality work. I appreciate the opportunity to be nominated for Secretary of SACES and I am confident that I would be an asset to the organization. Thank you for your consideration.  

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