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SACES 2016 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 starts September 10th and closes September 30th. ONLY SACES members can vote; you may cast your vote online ONE time.  After you have voted, you may not login and change your vote. 

If you have questions regarding the SACES nominations or elections, please contact Dr. Shawn Spurgeon at sspurgeo@utk.edu.

President-Elect-Elect Nominees

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. Pam Lassiter

Pam LassiterIt has been my honor to be a member of SACES since my years as a doctoral student at Georgia State University. SACES has been an important organization for southern region counselor educators and supervisors, especially due to its interest in graduate students.  As a counselor educator, I am committed to training future supervisors and counselor educators who will move our profession forward in the spirit of service.  If I am elected President-Elect-Elect, I would bring experienced leadership at the ACA division level (as a Past President of the International Association of Addiction & Offender Counselors) and a strong commitment to focusing on multicultural supervision issues. Additionally, I would like to increase the number of well-trained addiction counselor educators and supervisors with a focus on specialized doctoral preparation in teaching addiction counseling.

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. With over 30 years of work experience as a counselor, clinical supervisor, and administrator in substance abuse treatment and community mental health, I continue my clinical work in private practice in Charlotte, North Carolina.  For 12 years I have served as director of the Substance Abuse Certificate Program, the Addictions Program, and the annual Jonnie McLeod Institute on Addiction at UNC Charlotte. My areas of research include multicultural counseling, LGBTQ issues in counseling, addictions counseling, and women’s issues. I am currently the Associate Editor of the Journal of Addiction and Offender Counseling. I am a past recipient of the Addictions/Offender Education Excellence Award from the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counseling (IAAOC), the Dr. Mary Thomas Burke Mentoring Award given by the North Carolina Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, and the JoAnna White Founder’s Award given by the Chi Epsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International. I enjoy camping, playing golf, gardening and hanging out with the best four- legged children a person could ask for, Nola, Ellie, and Gracie.

Secretary-Elect

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.

Dr. Courtney Holmes

Courtney HolmesHello fellow SACES members. I am an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program. I have been a counselor educator for 5 years, during which time I have taught over 10 different courses in the counseling curriculum and have published over 12 manuscripts in the field of counseling. I have participated in a myriad of department, university, editorial board, and committee work for NCACES and SACES over the years. As a dedicated ACES member for 8 years and a SACES member for 5, I have seen many skilled leadership teams positively engage the general membership in a variety of ways. At this point in my career, I am ready to take the next step toward professional service in SACES and confident that my abilities are honed and will prove successful in the role of secretary.


Dr. Marisa White

Marisa WhiteDr. Marisa L. White is an associate professor who has demonstrated commitment to Counselor Education and Supervision in a variety of ways. Because she enjoys serving, she has been actively involved in numerous professional organizations and has actively served at the local, state, and national levels. She has been a member of the CSI Counselor Educator Task Force and been the Secretary and President of the Tennessee License Professional Counseling Association. Her experience as a secretary and an executive board member of state organizations demonstrate Dr. White’s ability to work with others and provide leadership within the field. Dr. White strives to improve education and supervision of counselors in training and practice thus making her a great fit for the ACES secretary position.  


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