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SACES is looking for extraordinary leaders in the counseling profession! Please read the nominees' statements of interest below about why they would be the perfect fit for the SACES team (nominees listed in alphabetical order). ONLY SACES members can vote; you may cast your vote ONE time. Members must log in to your SACES account to vote. You should use the same email address that you use to sign into the ACA/ACES websites. If you have forgotten your password, select "Forgot password," so you can reset it and proceed. Click here to place your vote!

Also, the SACES Executive Committee (EC) is proposing changes to our existing bylaws (link to current bylaws) and recommend the following 18 changes (link to revised bylaws). Per our bylaws, you will find a summary and rationale for each revision (scroll past the nominee interest statements) and ask you to review and vote for each item. 

The new officer elections and approval for the bylaw changes will be open for a minimum of 30 days. The ballot will close at 11:59 pm EST October 14, 2020. If you have questions regarding the SACES nominations or elections or proposed bylaw changes, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Villares, SACES Past-President at past-president@saces.org.

President-Elect-Elect Nominees

Hannah Bowers

Hannah Bowers is an Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University

As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University, I view involvement in professional associations as an echo of my philosophical commitment to the counseling profession. Speaking specifically of the Southern Association of Counselor Education (SACES), I consider the objectives of scholarship, advocacy, community, education, and supervision. These are the core aspects that make up my professional identity of a counselor educator and it is through professional associations such as SACES that I consider a collegial home.

I currently serve as co-membership chair for SACES. This role includes promoting SACES membership, receiving monthly membership lists from ACES, troubleshooting any membership issues, and working with the SACES webmaster to update the SACES email distribution list. Through this position, I found it essential to maintain communication with members as they engaged in activities such as conference proposal submissions, award nominations, and conference registrations. These are the activities that bring us together as a community to share and learn from one another. Being active with SACES in the membership role has also provided insight into the inner workings of our professional organization, the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), encouraging continuous collaboration between the larger association and our regional subgroup.

Regarding other service within the counseling profession, I am active in the Association for Humanistic Counseling. Since 2015, I have served as co-editor for the AHC InfoChange, was selected as an Emerging Leader, and served as an editorial review board member for the Journal of Humanistic Counseling (JHC) where I have since been appointed Associate Editor. Based on my service experience thus far, I believe my commitment to the counseling profession reflects those objectives outlined by SACES as well as my strong professional identity, respect for collegial and communal relationships, and social responsibility.

Hannah M. Coyt

Hannah Coyt is an Assistant Professor at Lindsey Wilson College.

I am excited at the opportunity to serve you as SACES President-Elect-Elect. I am an Assistant Professor of Human Services and Counseling at Lindsey Wilson College, where I taught in the undergraduate counseling program for the past 19 years. I also taught graduate counseling classes for Western Kentucky University over the past year. Although I recently completed my Ph.D., I have been a practicing Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor since 2000 and clinical supervisor since 2002 which fuels my passion for serving counselor educators, doctoral students, clinical supervisors, and other members through SACES.

I gained invaluable leadership skills and mentorship during my SACES leadership experiences including serving as the Graduate Student Representative on the Executive Board (2019-2020), Co-Chair (2019-2021) and member (2018-2019) of the Graduate Student Committee, and was instrumental in developing and Co-Chairing the new Graduate Student and New Professionals Interest Network (2019-2021). In these roles, I coordinated and guided the graduate student workgroups which included working on a series of professional video interviews for graduate students, developing a graduate student blog group, and promoting increased social media platforms to honor students’ work. I was able to advance the work in several other workgroups which led to increased student engagement toward the SACES mission and objectives. In addition to my service in SACES, I currently serve on the ACES Strategic Planning Committee (2020-2021), was the Kentucky Mental Health Counseling Association President-Elect (2019-2020) and currently serve as President (2020-2021), and serve as a mentor for the Kentucky Counseling Association Mentor Leadership Academy (2019-present, as well as on the leadership team). Additionally, I assisted the Southern Region ACA President in developing their leadership training (2020), which served all state-level leadership, as well as ACA administration leaders.

My vision for SACES is that we would continue to build on our strengths within our organization, as well as increase attention in areas such as research and supervision. As your president, I hope to build on my leadership in SACES and increase engagement among graduate students and professionals alike, to establish connections among professionals and students that would create meaningful mentorship experiences. As a seasoned professional who recently completed a Ph.D. as a graduate student, I feel I have the unique ability to understand the needs of a variety of SACES member groups and look forward to serving.

Secretary-Elect

Kaprea Johnson

Kaprea Johnson is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

As a long term member of SACES, I am finally in a position in which I can commit to being actively engaged in an officer position. I am thrilled about the secretary position for SACES because I believe my skill set, interest, and past experience will lead to success in the position. I feel confident in my abilities to fulfill the role as secretary, and I am willing and able to support the overall mission of SACES. As the secretary I believe my organization, time management, and ability to connect with people will be useful. In addition, I am a team player and if given the opportunity, I look forward to connecting with the membership as the secretary.


Malti Tuttle

Malti Tuttle is an Assistant Professor at Auburn University.

Malti Tuttle is an Assistant Professor and School Counseling Program Coordinator at Auburn University. She has previously served as secretary for the Alabama Association for Specialists in Group Work and the Alabama Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She has served as the SACES Social Justice and Human Rights Interest Network Co-Chair and on the SACES Scholarship Ad Hoc Committee. Malti is interested in continuing her service with SACES by serving as Secretary and further engaging in the association’s initiatives Additionally, as SACES secretary, she would be dedicated and committed to recording and disseminating information accordingly to ensure all members are informed and have access to pertinent discussions.


Proposed Bylaw Revisions 

Revision 1:

Existing Bylaws

The official business of the Association shall be conducted from convention to convention;

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Proposed Change

The official business of the Association shall be conducted from conference to conference;

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Rationale

The Executive Committee (EC) recommends using the updated terms reflective of our bi-annual event. 


Revision 2: 

Existing Bylaws

The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Association and chairperson of its Executive Committee. The President shall appoint the Treasurer of the Association.

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Proposed Change

The President and the Secretary are elected officials; the Treasurer and Graduate Student Representative are appointed by the President.

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Rationale

The EC recommends added Graduate Student Representative as a member of the EC.



Revision 3: 

Existing Bylaws

The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Association and chairperson of its Executive Committee. The President shall appoint the Treasurer of the Association. The President will hold ex-officio membership on all committees. The President will serve as a voting member on the Governing Council of ACES and attend ACES Governing Council meetings. The President will report regularly to the Association upon actions of ACES and other items of concern to the members.

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Proposed Change

The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Association and chairperson of its Executive Committee. The President shall appoint the Treasurer and Graduate Student Representatives of the Association.

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Rationale

The EC recommends adding the Graduate Student Representative by appointment to the EC.



Revision 4:

Existing Bylaws

The Immediate Past-President shall also serve as chairperson of the Research and Practice Grants Committee.

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Proposed Change

The Immediate Past-President shall serve as chairperson of the Nominations and Elections Committee and serve on the Executive Committee of the Association. The Immediate Past-President shall also serve as chairperson of the Bylaws and Resolutions, Emerging Leaders, and Research and Practice Grants Committee.

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Rationale

The EC recommends the bylaws reflect the roles of the past-president as described in the Operational Manual.



Revision 5:

Existing Bylaws

The Secretary shall keep records of the current activities of the Association, the Executive Committee, and shall receive and keep records of the General Assembly business meetings and shall perform other duties as assigned by the President. Between the time of being elected and assuming office, the Secretary shall become familiar with the responsibilities of the office and establish a working relationship with the President-Elect and current Secretary. The Secretary shall also be responsible for monitoring contact information of State ACES Presidents and for informing them of any scheduled meetings throughout the year.

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Proposed Change

The Secretary shall keep records of the current activities of the Association, the Executive Committee, and shall receive and keep records of the General Assembly business meetings and shall perform other duties as assigned by the President. The Secretary shall also be responsible for monitoring contact information of State ACES Presidents and for informing them of any scheduled meetings throughout the year. The secretary shall maintain all records necessary for future audits. The Secretary serves as a liaison to the State Presidents Council (See Article V, Section 3.) and serves on the Bylaws and Resolutions committee.

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Rationale

The EC recommends the bylaws reflect the roles of the secretary as described in the Operations Manual. The change also is reflective of the new term used for the State President Council.



Revision 6:

Existing Bylaws

The Treasurer shall Collaborate with the ACES Treasurer and regional Executive Committee to develop an annual operational budget for fiscal year (FY) beginning July 1. After the budget is approved by the regional Executive Committee, the regional Treasurer will submit the FY operational budget to the ACES Treasurer for review by June 1. Regional revenues distributed by ACES will be dependent upon receipt of the approved regional budgets from the regional treasurer.

Collaborate with ACES Conference Coordinator to develop a regional conference budget. After the budget is approved by the regional Executive Committee, the regional Treasurer shall submit the regional conference budget to the ACES Treasurer by December 1 of the year prior to the conference. Regional revenues distributed by ACES for conference expenses will be dependent upon receipt of the approved regional budgets from the regional Treasurer.

The ACES Treasurer will add the regional budget to the overall ACES budget and will submit the ACES budget to the ACES Governing Council (GC) for final approval at the ACES summer GC meeting.

The regional Treasurer will collect all invoices for regional expenses and will forward them to the ACES Treasurer on a timely basis.

Upon receipt of a monthly ledger from the ACES Treasurer at the end of the fiscal year, the regional Treasurer will review regional revenue and expenses and will submit an annual report to the regional Executive Committee.

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Proposed Change

The Treasurer shall collaborate with the ACES Treasurer and regional Executive Committee to develop an annual operational budget for fiscal year (FY) beginning July 1. After the budget is approved by the regional Executive Committee, the regional Treasurer will submit the FY operational budget to the ACES Treasurer for review by May 1. Regional revenues distributed by ACES will be dependent upon receipt of the approved regional budgets from the regional treasurer.

Collaborate with ACES, SACES Conference Coordinator, and Executive Committee to develop a regional conference budget. After the budget is approved by the regional Executive Committee, the regional Treasurer shall submit the regional conference budget to the ACES Treasurer by the date requested of the year prior to the conference. Regional revenues distributed by ACES for conference expenses will be dependent upon receipt of the approved regional budgets from the regional Treasurer.

The ACES Treasurer will add the regional budget to the overall ACES budget and will submit the ACES budget to the ACES Governing Council (GC) for final approval at the ACES summer GC meeting.

The regional Treasurer will collect all invoices for regional expenses and will forward them to the ACES Treasurer on a timely basis.

Upon receipt of a monthly ledger from the ACES Treasurer at the end of the fiscal year, the regional Treasurer will review regional revenue and expenses and will submit an annual report to the regional Executive Committee.

The Treasurer serves as the chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.

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Rationale

The EC recommends the bylaws reflect the roles of the treasurer as described in the Operations Manual.



Revision 7:

Existing Bylaws

Did not exist.


Proposed Change

Section 7: Graduate Student Representatives. 

The Graduate Student Representative is appointed by the Executive Committee vote and is responsible for envisioning, creating, and enacting graduate student activities. The Graduate Student Representative is the chair of the Graduate Student Committee and co-chair of the Graduate Student and New Professionals Interest Network.

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Rationale

The EC recommends the Graduate Student Representative be given voting privileges on the EC and serve as the Graduate student committee and co-chair of the graduate student and new professionals interest network.



Revision 8:

Existing Bylaws

ARTICLE V
The Executive Committee, the Advisory Council of State Presidents, and the General Assembly

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Proposed Change

ARTICLE V

The Executive Committee, the State Presidents Council, and the General Assembly

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Rationale

The EC recommends changing the title of the Article V



Revision 9:

Existing Bylaws

Section 1. Membership of the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee shall be comprised of the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

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Proposed Change

Section 1. Membership of the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee shall be composed of the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and Graduate Student Representative.

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Rationale

The EC recommends modifying the members of the EC to include the Graduate Student Representative.


Revision 10: 

Existing Bylaws

Section 3. Membership of the Advisory Council of State Presidents.

All Presidents of State Divisions of ACES in the SACES region or their designee shall be members of the Advisory Council of State Presidents. Each state shall submit the names, addresses, and phone numbers of its state president or the state president’s official designee to the Secretary of SACES annually, on or before August 1

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Proposed Change

Section 3. Membership of the State Presidents Council.

All Presidents of State Divisions of ACES in the SACES region or their designee shall be members of the State Presidents Council. Each state shall submit the names, addresses, and phone numbers of its state president or the state president’s official designee to the Secretary of SACES annually, on or before August 1.

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Rationale

The EC recommends changing the title. SACES will continue to gather state leadership information and share it with ACES annually.



Revision 11:

Existing Bylaws

Section 4. Functions of the Advisory Council of State Presidents.

The function of the Advisory Council of State Presidents is to serve as the agency through which the Executive Committee or the President maintains liaison with members of the Association throughout the year.
The Advisory Council will be convened early during the annual meeting of the Association to preview and add to the Executive Committee’s agenda.

The Advisory Council may be consulted by the President or the Executive Committee on matters that effect the Association throughout the year.

The Advisory Council may suggest issues and/or concerns to the President or the Executive Committee for the good of the cause.

The Advisory Council may recommend Committee Chairpersons and Committee members for SACES standing and special committees.

The members of the Advisory Committee shall assist with communication between the President and Executive Committee and the membership.

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Proposed Change

Remove


Rationale

The EC recommends removing the description of the functions of the state presidents within SACES as part of an advisory council. In reviewing the state associations bylaws, there is not consistent wording referencing their connection to SACES but rather reference a relation ACES/ACA. The EC believes the role of the state presidents is important and wants to give them a voice as council members. By modifying the council title and role, SACES can be incompliance rather than requiring all the states in our region to go through individual state bylaw revisions.


Revision 12: 

Existing Bylaws

Section 5. Membership of the General Assembly.

All members of the Association attending the Annual Meeting or any Special Session of the Association will act as a committee of the whole.

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Proposed Change

Section 4. Membership of the General Assembly.

All members of the Association attending the Annual Meeting or any Special Session of the Association will act as a committee of the whole.

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Rationale

The EC recommends changing the section number. 


Revision 13:

Existing Bylaws

Section 6. Functions of the General Assembly.

The General Assembly shall ratify, modify, or negate all actions of the Executive Committee since the most recent Annual Meeting. Any member present shall have one vote and all action taken by this assembly while in session, shall represent action of the Association and shall be binding unless altered or negated by subsequent meetings of the General Assembly.

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Proposed Change

Section 5. Functions of the General Assembly.

The General Assembly shall ratify, modify, or negate all actions of the Executive Committee since the most recent Annual Meeting. Any member present shall have one vote and all action taken by this assembly while in session, shall represent action of the Association and shall be binding unless altered or negated by subsequent meetings of the General Assembly.

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Rationale

The EC recommends changing the section number. 


Revision 14: 

Existing Bylaws

Section 1. Standing Committees.

There shall be standing committees of the Association as follows:

  • Awards Committee
  • Budget and Finance Committee
  • Bylaws and Resolutions Committee
  • Convention Committee
  • Graduate Student Committee
  • Media Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Nominations and Elections Committee

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Proposed Change

Section 1. Standing Committees.

There shall be standing committees of the Association as follows:

  • Awards Committee
  • Budget and Finance Committee
  • Bylaws and Resolutions Committee
  • Conference Committee
  • Graduate Student Committee
  • Media Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Nominations and Elections Committee
  • Research and Practice Grants Committee
  • Webinar Committee

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Rationale

The EC recommends changing the title of the conference committee and adding the Research and Practice Grants and Webinars from special committees to standing committees.  



Revision 15:

Existing Bylaws

Section 2. Standing Committee Functions.

The standing committees are those committees constituted to perform a continuing function essential to the ongoing organizational structure of the Association, and remain in existence for the life of the Association. Standing committees can only be changed in the bylaws of the Association.

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Proposed Change

Section 2. Standing Committee Functions.

The standing committees are those committees constituted to perform a continuing function essential to the ongoing organizational structure of the Association and remain in existence for the life of the Association. Standing committees can only be changed in the bylaws of the Association. Chairpersons must be active members of SACES and shall be appointed by the SACES President-Elect. Functions and formal reporting procedures are delineated in the SACES Operational Manual.

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Rationale

The EC recommends clarifying the eligible leaders and the way they assume their role on standing committees.


Revision 16:

Existing Bylaws

Section 6. Interest Network.

Interest networks may be authorized by the Executive Committee. Such networks identified by professional interest areas shall exist as long as there is a need and may be deactivated by the Executive Committee. Chairpersons shall serve for a period of one year, but may be re- appointed if such action is deemed to be in the best interest of the Association. Chairpersons must be a

regular member of SACES and shall be appointed by the SACES President-Elect. Functions and formal reporting procedures are delineated in the SACES Operational Manual.

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Proposed Change

Section 6. Interest Network.

Interest networks may be authorized by the Executive Committee. Such networks identified by professional interest areas shall exist as long as there is a need and may be deactivated by the Executive Committee. Chairpersons shall serve for a period of one year but may be re-appointed if such action is deemed to be in the best interest of the Association. A chairperson must be an active member of SACES and shall be appointed by the SACES President-Elect. Functions and formal reporting procedures are delineated in the SACES Operational Manual.

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Rationale

The EC recommends adding “active membership” as a condition for chairing an interest network.


Revision 17:

Existing Bylaws

Section 2. Presentation of the Slate.

The slate of nominees prepared by this committee, and approved by the Executive Committee, shall be presented to the membership electronically or via postal mail at least 30 days in advance of the regional SACES convention and the national ACES convention, whichever shall be held that year. The ballot shall list all nominees advanced by the Executive Committee and also allow for members to write-in a candidate of their choosing. Voting may take place via electronic means which are sufficiently secure, allow for only one vote per member, and provide for a secure ballot, as determined by the Executive Committee. Voting shall remain open until it is declared closed by the presiding officer at the SACES business meeting. Members who desire a postal ballot must make that request within five business days of the slate being announced, to allow time for a paper ballot to be delivered and returned no less than one week before the convention opens.

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Proposed Change

Section 2. Presentation of the Slate.

The slate of nominees prepared by this committee, and approved by the Executive Committee, shall be presented to the membership electronically or via postal mail at least 30 days in advance of the regional SACES convention and the national ACES convention, whichever shall be held that year. The ballot shall list all nominees advanced by the Executive Committee and also allow for members to write-in a candidate of their choosing. Voting may take place via electronic means which are sufficiently secure, allow for only one vote per member, and provide for a secure ballot, as determined by the Executive Committee. Voting shall remain open until it is declared closed by the presiding officer. Members who desire a postal ballot must make that request within five business days of the slate being announced, to allow time for a paper ballot to be delivered and returned no less than one week before the convention opens.

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Rationale

The EC recommends having the president close the voting 30 days or later and before the SACES business meeting. This will allow sufficient time to notify the voting outcome to all the candidates prior to announcing the results to the membership. 



Revision 18: 

Existing Bylaws

Section 4. Reporting of Ballot Results.

Officers are elected by a plurality of the eligible members who voted. The chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee shall be responsible for tabulating and reporting the results of the election to the membership. During years in which there is a SACES regional conference, the results will be announced at the conference in addition to being published in the SACES newsletter after the conference. During years in which there is no SACES conference, the voting results will be announced at the SACES meeting at the ACES conference and through publication in the SACES newsletter.

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Proposed Change

Section 4. Reporting of Ballot Results.

Officers are elected by a plurality of the eligible members who voted. The chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee shall be responsible for tabulating and reporting the results of the election to the membership. During years in which there is a SACES regional conference, the results will be announced at the conference in addition to being published in the SACES newsletter after the conference. During years in which there is no SACES conference, the voting results will be announced at the SACES meeting at the ACES conference and through publication in the SACES newsletter. All nominees should be informed prior to the public announcements by the Nominations and Elections Committee Chair.

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Rationale

The EC recommends notifying the voting outcome to all the candidates prior to announcing the results to the membership. 




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