SACES 2016 Elections

Congratulations to our newest members to the SACES Leadership team! Voting ended September 30, 2016. If you are interested in being a future SACES leader, our next call for nominations will be in early Fall 2017. If you have questions regarding the 2016 SACES nominations or elections, please contact Dr. Shawn Spurgeon at sspurgeo@utk.edu.


Dr. Natoya Haskins

Natoya HaskinsPrior to becoming a counselor educator in 2011, I served as a school counselor, school counseling director,  marriage and family counselor, youth minister, and U.S. Army military police officer.  These experiences have informed my current work as a counselor educator where I seek to encourage and support diversity and equity within counselor education practices.  As a first generation college student I also seek to address issues of access within my teaching and research as well as within our professional association.

In this regard I have served on the SACES board as secretary in 2015-2016 and several SACES committees with the intent to enhance and booster diversity and equity within the profession.  From 2011-2016 I served on the Emerging Leaders Selection Committee as either co-chair or member, on this committee we worked to ensure that culturally diverse students and young professions had an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and network with current leaders in the field, with the objective of helping the participants seeks leadership opportunities in the profession, whereby diversifying our current leadership.  In 2013 and 2016, I also served on the Grant Proposal Review Committee, where we sought out innovative proposals that also addressed cultural deficits within our current professional literature.  From 2011-2013 I served as a co-chair for the SACES Journal Exploration Committee, the committee focused on the development and focus of a regional journal that addressed culturally relevant supervision processes and research.   

My intent in serving as the president of SACES is to support the organization as it continues to move forward in the areas of equity and diversity in training and in the profession.  In addition, I look forward to progressing initiatives and projects such as the SACES Journal forward, which can intentional support counselor education graduate students and counselor educators to publish culturally innovative research and social justice based training and supervision content.  Furthermore, I endeavor to develop a unique mentoring program to support students and new counselor educators and supervisors.  My current research related to the equitable training and work experiences of students of color and faculty of color will lend itself to filling gaps in current dialogues and practices in the association and in the field.  I hope that my past and current experiences will serve me well in the capacity president.


Dr. Rabeena Alli

Rabeena AlliRabeena Alli is interested in serving the membership of SACES in the capacity of Secretary (2017-2018). She has an earned doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University (CACREP-accredited) and is serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Loyola University Maryland in the School Counseling Program. She has co-written peer reviewed journal articles on counseling, presented at state, regional, and national counseling association conferences, and have served on several local, state, and national counseling association committees. Rabeena was elected secretary of the:

  • Ohio Counseling Association (OCA)
  • Ohio Association for Specialist in Group Work (OASGW)
  • Kappa Sigma Upsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Kent State University
  • Elected and re-elected as secretary of the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (OACES)

She was also elected treasurer for the East Ohio Counseling Association (EOCA). These positions have offered her an opportunity to serve in leadership roles.

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