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SACES 2019 Elections

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

Voting closes October 3, 2019 until 11:59pm PT. ONLY SACES members can vote; you may cast your vote ONE time. Please login to your SACES account and cast your vote.

If you have questions regarding the SACES nominations or elections, please contact Dr. Natoya Haskins, SACES Past-President at past-president@saces.org.

President-Elect-Elect Nominees

Sejal Barden

I am honored to be considered as a nominee for SACES President-Elect-Elect (2020-2023). I currently serve as an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Central Florida and am also the Executive Director of the UCF Marriage and Family Research Institute, focused on conducting externally funded research and clinical initiatives to better support couples, marriages, and families in the Greater Orlando community. My primary research focus is on outcome based research aimed at strengthening relationships for couples and families. In terms of service to ACES and SACES, I have had the privilege of serving as the SACES secretary, the Co-chair of the SACES Long Range Planning Committee, SACES Graduate Student Representative and as a SACES grant reviewer. In terms of my service to the counseling profession, I currently serve as the Co-chair for the ACA Research and Sustainability committee and as an invited committee member for the ACA International Counseling Committee. Additionally, I serve as an editorial board member for the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. My most meaningful takeaways from my engagement in professional service has been the strength and power of teamwork and collaboration. As your president, I am committed to supporting the mission and vision of SACES in cultivating an inclusive community of counselor educators and supervisors in research, scholarship, advocacy, community, education, and supervision. In this role, I plan to build on my experiences of securing significant external funding to create more opportunities for SACES doctoral students and professional members to enhance their understanding of obtaining funding for their research. I aspire to contribute to the SACES leadership and members at large in meaningful ways and embody the mission and vision of SACES. Thank you for your consideration.

Angelia Dickens

I am excited about the opportunity to run for SACES President-Elect-Elect (2020-2023). I believe the best way to support diverse counselor educators and supervisors is through advancement and collaborative opportunities. If elected, I intend to continue past presidents' initiatives and explore newinnovative endeavors. I want my term to focus on cultivating all state branches in the southern region. SACES can help build up state branches by providing supportive leadership resources and offering more collaborative opportunities. Providing mentoring and networking opportunities during conferences can foster professional relationships of students, educators, and supervisors across throughout the region. In addition, utilizing technological advancements can allow SACES to expand these opportunities.

I am passionate about helping faculty and graduate students enhance scholarship. I most recently served in the role of 2018-2019 VACES President. During that time, VACES facilitated the professional development of 80 Virginia graduate students during the 2019 VACES Graduate Student Conference. In the role as president, I was able to assist VACES in improving the organizational structure and updating bylaws to support the needs of members better. I also served as the VACES webmaster, helping further organize the board’s structure and promote advancement through the use of technology.

As a counselor educator in the southern region, I empathize with the diverse needs of SACES members. I have over nine years of experience providing counselor education and supervision to master and doctoral level mental health, marriage and family, and school counselors. I am currently an Associate Professor for Liberty University Online. My ongoing research interests include counseling interventions with veterans and first responders, in addition to exploring culturally adaptive teaching and supervision practices.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Virginia, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). I have over 13 years of experience providing children and adults counseling concerning mental health, family, and addictions issues in community, military, and private practice settings. Thank you for your consideration in allowing me to use my experiences, knowledge, and skills in service to SACES members.


Brandee Appling

Brandee Appling is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at The University of Georgia. Currently, she serves the SACES organization as co-editor of the SACES newsletter. In her role as co-editor she has assisted the board in ensuring the newsletter remains focused on issues relevant to counselor education by soliciting and selecting timely and scholarly manuscripts that meet the needs of the members. As SACES secretary, her goal will be to continue to serve the board, organization, and members by committing her time and voice to the position while helping to facilitate discussion centered on the current goals of SACES and needs of the members. Through commitment, organization, and attention to detail she will ensure timely accuracy in her recording and delivery of information to help keep the SACES members informed and engaged.

Eva Gibson

As SACES Secretary (2020-2021) I hope to assist the region as our leaders strive to promote Scholarship, Advocacy, Community, Education, and Supervision to counselor educators and supervisors in the field. I have reviewed the SACES Operations Manual and feel confident that I can efficiently fulfil the duties listed. I have previously served as secretary for the Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2009-2010) as well as the Tennessee Counselor Association (2016). Additionally, I have also served as President for the Tennessee Counselor Association (2018-2019) as well as the Tennessee School Counselor Association (2014-2015). If given the opportunity, I would be glad to assist in the continuous development of the organization. Thank you for your consideration. 

John Super

It is an honor and privilege to share I am seeking the secretary position for the 2020-2021 term and ask for your support. I am a counselor education faculty member at the University of Central Florida and the clinic’s operations coordinator for the program, I am motivated by a passion for contributing to the next generation of professional counselors. In training both counselors and counselor educators I most enjoy the moment they realize their own self-efficacy connecting them to the profession. My research interests include the religious abuse of LGBTQ+ people, counseling in community traumas and the grief experienced from losing a pet. I am also committed to service, I am currently the president of the Florida division of ALGBTIC, involved in planning counseling conferences at the college and state levels, on the editorial board for the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling and have served on ACA committees, division committees, conference planning committees, and university committees including budget affairs, human rights, awards and diversity. More specifically with SACES I have reviewed proposals for conferences and an invited speaker for SACES 2018 Day of Service in Myrtle Beach. I am interested in serving the members of SACES to advance the profession, contribute to the growth and development of the southern region, empower and support diversity in counselor educators and support the clinical aspect of counselor education. If elected, I would advocate for the development and recognition of our profession through awareness and education. For example, I was involved in leading the counseling response to the Pulse shootings in Orlando and during that time I learned the value of national, regional and state counseling associations working collectively and would like to continue this collaborative work as secretary. In previous elected board positions, I found I enjoy building relationships and developing cohesive groups and if given the opportunity I will bring this skill to the board. As your secretary I will continue to embody and build upon what has made SACES and its members strong while also focusing on continuing this strength in the future. Thank you for considering me for the position.SaveSaveSave

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