SACES 2017 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.

Voting closes October 4th at 5:00pm CT. ONLY SACES members can vote; you may cast your vote online ONE time.  After you have voted, you may  login and change your vote. 

If you have questions regarding the SACES nominations or elections, please contact Dr. Melanie Iarussi at mmi0004@auburn.edu.

President-Elect-Elect Nominees

Dr. Dodie Limberg

IDodie Limberg am currently a Counselor Educator at the University of South Carolina. I am a certified school counselor, and 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. 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 Supervision, Professional School Counseling, and Counseling and Values Journal. Additionally, I am the chair of the SACES Special Committee on Journal Development, and I am a member of the ACA Research and Knowledge Committee. I previously served on the ACA Governing Council and the ACA Executive Committee. 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 scholarship. For example, I plan to offer more opportunities for SACES doctoral student members to enhance their understanding of research, and provide more support for SACES professional members to conduct research focused on client and student outcomes. I hope that my professional and service experiences, research interests, and servant leadership attributes will contribute to the SACES leadership team and membership.

Dr. Elizabeth Villares

Elizabeth VillaresGreetings SACES membership! It is with great pleasure that I am formally sharing my interest in serving as your next SACES President-Elect-Elect. I have spent the past 20 years working in the field of education. At the heart of my career has been the unswerving desire to help students and clients determine and reach their full potential. My journey began as a classroom teacher, a school counselor, and director of a school counseling program. In 2005, I began working as a counselor educator at Florida Atlantic University where I now serve as a professor and doctoral program coordinator in the Department of Counselor Education. Throughout my career, I have been passionate about helping others and in recent years I have taken on more active roles in the areas of mentoring, research, and leadership. My frequent collaborations with students on peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and involvement on dissertation committees demonstrate my commitment to mentoring. I have established a line of research that focuses on the development and implementation of evidence-based counseling interventions, yet it is the relationships I have formed through my partnerships with counselor educators and practitioners that continue to be most rewarding. Finally, a few of my recent leadership roles include serving as the 2016 AARC Conference Coordinator, chairing the ACES Awards committee, and serving the Florida School Counselor Association as the Chair-Elect. As a member of the SACES community, a former Emerging Leader, and the immediate past SACES Newsletter co-editor, I have had the pleasure of working with and alongside dedicated counselor educators and graduate students. I believe our association must serve all its members and thereby indirectly impact their clients across the 14 states in our region and beyond. If elected as the next SACES President-Elect-Elect, I would continue to support the executive board’s initiatives of establishing an association journal and expanding professional development opportunities. In addition, I would seek to add Evidence-based counseling, Mentoring, and Research to our current list of Special Interest Networks so that our members have the opportunity to connect with others with the desire to enrich their knowledge, skills, and practices in these areas. I believe my background makes me an excellent fit to serve as your next SACES President-Elect-Elect and I thank you in advance for your support.


Dr. Janelle Bettis

Janelle BettisWith great pleasure I am seeking the position of Secretary on the executive board of SACES. I am seeking this position because I am committed to my professional identity as a counselor educator as well as professional counselor. The mission and values SACES align with my own. I am a professional counselor and recent graduate as a counselor educator. I am currently the Secretary for Maryland Counseling Association. In this role, I assist the executive board by keeping record of events at board/executive board meetings and disperse pertinent information to our members. I also coordinate times/days to ensure division and committee members are in attendance at our board meetings. Lastly, I complete other administrative duties as requested by the President, and President-Elect, within scope of knowledge of secretary. I am familiar with the responsibilities and duties needed for the position of secretary. I am also a 2017- 2018 ACES Emerging Leaders, NBCC Foundation Mentor and have been for the past two years and involved with SACES as co-chair of the graduate student committee for the second year. I have found working with SACES welcoming and open to providing opportunities to strengthen counselor education and supervision by encouraging support of research, knowledge, and skills within the education of counselors. Regarding my credentials, I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Maryland. I obtained my Masters of Arts in Community Counseling from Argosy University, Northern Virginia. I recently completed my Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision at Argosy University, Northern Virginia. I have 4 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a myriad of diagnoses such as bipolar, depression, anxiety, ODD, ADHD. I have worked in a variety of settings such as school, in-home, clinic and within the community. I would love to serve SACES as Secretary during the 2018-2019 year. Thank you, for your time and consideration.

Dr. Kellie Camelford

Kellie CamelfordCounselor education and supervision are two of my passions and that is why I am seeking to serve on the SACES board as the Secretary (2018-2019). I am an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling Department at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center — New Orleans, as well as a clinician at the Child and Family Counseling Clinic at LSU HSC — New Orleans. I originally started my career in counseling as a secondary school counselor and once I received my doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans, I continued my clinical services through private practice. While in private practice, I began teaching part-time at Loyola University New Orleans, as well as LSUHSC — New Orleans where I then transitioned to a full-time position at LSUHSC — New Orleans. As a counselor educator, I have taught courses such as Foundations, Ethics, Crisis, Career, Practicum, and Internship, and as a clinician I specialize in adolescent and women ’ s counseling. In addition, I supervise students in fieldwork, as well as provisionally licensed professional counselors seeking licensure. In addition, I am active in research through publishing and presenting at local, regional, and national levels. I participate in service work through my university, department, professional organizations, and community. Currently, I serve on the Louisiana Association of Counselor Education and Supervision executive board as the President-Elect-Elect and in previous years have served on the board as Treasure and Member- at -Large — Supervisor. In addition, in the community, I serve on the executive board for the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals. These positions have created both advocacy and learning opportunities for growth; and therefore, I feel confident that I am qualified to hold a leadership position for SACES and I am excited for the potential opportunity to serve

Dr. Hsin-Ya Tang

Hsin-Ya TangHello fellow SACES members. I am an Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator in the Counseling Program at Louisiana State University in Shreveport (LSUS). I left my life in Taiwan to study in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program at Old Dominion University (ODU) and graduated in 2014. From the very beginning, I enjoyed making strong and positive connections with people and became involved in professional , university, and community service. In doctorate school, I had the good fortune to serve as Treasurer of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), Omega Delta Chapter, at ODU, and later as the President. With my knowledge of and passion for training future counselors , I established and maintained the Lambda Sigma Upsilon Chapter of CSI and served as Faculty Advisor at LSUS since 2016. Prior to coming to America, I served as President of Graduate Student Institute. Also, as a school counselor and university counselor in Taiwan, I had the privilege to interact with culturally and linguistically diverse students of all ages. Additionally, I am fluent in speaking and writing 3 languages, including English, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese. Being fluent in different languages enables me to think outside the cultural box and view the world with diverse frames of reference. At this point in my career, I am eager to continue my growth and service as a leader in the counselor educator field by taking a step forward to serve as Secretary of SACES.

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