Elections

Please see the below nominees for each open position.

President Elect (2022-2025) Representatives:

CHRISTINE MOLL: (see CV) Dr. Christine Moll currently serves as a  full time “lecturer” in Kean University’s Counselor Education program.  After 34 years at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, as a Director of the campus Counseling Center and then within the Counselor Education Department as a faculty member and Chairperson, Chris retired from Canisius College as a Professor Emerita. During her time at Canisius, Chris grew in her leadership locally and nationally within New York Counseling Association, North Atlantic Region and ACA (representing NAR on the ACA Governing Council, as President of AADA, as a member of the Ethics Taskforce writing the 2005 Code of Ethics and other responsibilities). In 2018, Chris moved “home” to New Jersey and her position at Kean University. As a candidate for NARACES President, she would like to continue to build bridges among the Counselor Educators within the North Atlantic Region (Northern Atlantic branches, branches in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and in Europe) as well as represent NARACES to the larger ACES community. I am a committed to mentoring new counselor educators,  highlighting the gifts of “seasoned counselor educators”, and moving us forward into 2020’s.

DEVONA STALNAKER-SHOFNER: (see CV) One of the greatest honors of being a counselor and a counselor educator is the responsibility to serve your clients and students, community, and profession. It is with great humility that I express my interest in serving as the NARACES President-Elect. I’d like to share with you some of the work in which I’ve been involved with NARACES. I have the privilege of currently serving NARACES as Co-Chair of the Wellness Committee, and have served in this role for the past year. In this capacity, I have worked collaboratively with the Advocacy Committee to co-create and facilitate the NARACES BIPOC Wellness Affinity Groups which began in response to NARACES’ expressed commitment to social justice and antiracism advocacy work. This initiative was expanded to provide these BIPOC Affinity spaces most recently at the ACES 2021 Conference in Atlanta, GA. I have also worked with NARACES colleagues to develop the NARACES Scholarship Fund for Minoritized/Underrepresented Graduate Students. The scholarship fund will be implemented over the 2021-2022 year, and the $10,000 allocation has the capacity to award multiple scholarships to students in need. Next, I would like to share with you my approach to leadership. Consistent with a social justice perspective, I see myself as a servant-leader. My belief is that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and that coalescing around those parts serves the greatest good. I believe this model of leadership is most effective as NARACES expands its social justice focus. Lastly, it is also important for me to share with you my vision for NARACES in my role as President-Elect. My hope is to continue to expand NARACES commitment to social justice and advocacy work in the region. Specifically, initiatives that I would like to implement include the development of a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Task Force to assess, develop, and evaluate programs that focus on the equitable inclusion of all persons and voices, and to see how we can most effectively work as a collective to ensure NARACES is living this mission. Thank you for your consideration of my nomination. I look forward to continuing to serve NARACES.

ANTHONY ZAZZARINO: (see CV) I am writing to share my interest with being the NARACES President-Elect.  Over the past few years, I have continued to strengthen my counseling identity, which includes the role of counselor educator and supervisor.  I have had the privilege of being mentored by many great professionals and organizations during my journey, and I would love to share with others.  Additionally, I have gained experience in many different leadership positions and believe I am a strong leader that will help to develop NARACES into an even stronger support for counselor educators and supervisors in the area.  In doing so, I look forward to collaborating with other regional organizations, as well as the national organization.  Ultimately, I believe I can bring together the ideas of all our members moving NARACES forward and ensuring we meet the needs of the community.


Secretary Elect (2022-2024) Representatives:

NIKITA KRISHNAN: (see CV) I am writing to apply for the Secretary elect position. I have Ph.D. in Mental health counseling and have been teaching as an adjunct professor at Pace University, Pleasantville, NY, for almost 7 yrs in the psychology department and Long Island University for nearly 2 yrs. One of the primary motivating factors for me in applying for this position is to contribute to the counseling profession. I have been on both sides of this profession: a graduate student and then a faculty member. I have been involved with a few Nonprofit organizations in the community, especially holding the position of Public Relations officer for the Indian cultural society of Rockland, working on collaborative projects with elected officials and the community. Also have been working as a board member for the Proyecto faro project that aims to support and create awareness on different topics such as education, mental health, immigration issues, and creating general support to minority communities. I come from a culture that profoundly influences my work ethic of working together to achieve goals, and I am committed to doing that.

ASHLEY LUEDKE: (see CV) I am honored and excited to be nominated for Secretary Elect for NARACES. I currently serve as the Co-President for NYACES and have worked diligently with other key organizations and stakeholders within the state to support counselors and counselor educators. I am interested in seeking the position of Secretary Elect as I would like to continue to serve my community and professional organizations. I have previously been involved with NARACES during our past two regional conferences by assisting with the emerging leaders program and have been looking for an opportunity to become more involved and this is the perfect opportunity. I am highly organized and very dedicated my work and the profession. I find service to be a critical part of our roles as counselor educators which can be seen on my cv from my involvement at the university level all the way through being a CACREP site team member and the NYACES co-president. I eagerly welcome the opportunity to continue my growth, development, and involvement in the field by seeking this position. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Graduate Student-Elect (2022-2024) Representatives:

MARK LEVAN: (see CV) Please accept this self-nomination of Mark LeVan for the position of graduate student representative for the NARACES Executive Committee. I am currently a doctoral student in the Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Counselor Education and Supervision program. I think could add to the work of the executive committee because of my work as a leader and pursuits as a counselor. I have an interest in Servant Leadership and Motivational Interviewing among other areas. Next week, I will be attending the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers Training of New Trainers and I plan to add the application of Motivational Interviewing to my work in supervision, leadership and research agenda. I think that this perspective would assist me as a graduate representative. As a doctoral student, who also works full time as a clinical director for a social services agency, I believe that my experience and insight can be helpful in representing graduate student interests, while understanding the application of counselor training in real world settings. I also see the importance of ongoing supervision and gatekeeping beyond the academic setting and advocate for increased supervision for post-graduation and post licensure counselors. I think that organizations like ACES and NARACES can help with the advocacy for postgraduate and post licensure supervision and would bring this interest to the committee. I look forward to the opportunity to serve my fellow counselors and I thank you for consideration of this nomination.

JUSTIN MCDONALD: (see CV) Allow me to introduce myself as an interested, excited, and optimal candidate for the NARACES Graduate Student Representative position for 2022-2024. I believe that my passion, skills, and experience will allow me to serve as an excellent advocate for graduate students in the field of counseling and counselor education and supervision (CES). As a new student in a CES doctoral program, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing graduate students as they seek to develop a robust professional identity and a meaningful connection with professional organizations. My extensive counseling and leadership experience over the last fifteen years will be an asset in supporting and advocating for fellow graduate students as they navigate their journey into the profession. As the NARACES Graduate Student Representative, I would capably and diligently work to bolster professional connections, advocate for the needs of graduate students in the field, promote graduate student membership, and serve as a liaison between students and the NARACES organization. I possess the written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills that will be vital in ensuring that graduate students’ diverse voices are heard by leaders in the profession and that the benefits of participation in professional organizations are evident. In this position, I aspire to promote the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession and to advance counselor education and supervision though involvement in organizations such as ACA, ACES, and NARACES. I truly hope to be considered for this position, and I look forward to sharing more with you about how I would be an excellent fit for this role. As the NARACES Graduate Student Representative, I would passionately demonstrate cultural humility as I serve as a leader, advocate, and liaison for graduate students.

CRISTIAN MENDOZA: (see CV) As the times are changing and the shape of the counseling field continues to morph a fifth wave is rising which requires advocacy, instruction, and dedication. As a Mexican immigrant with a diverse affectional orientation, it has been my lifelong journey to advocate and represent my identities. The graduate student representative position will allow me to effectively work towards helping graduate students as a whole and advocate on their behalf. Ushering in a new generation and a new wave of counseling that will impact the field from here on and add to the richness that counselor education and supervision has to offer. We are called to ensure competency to better assist those less privileged, and what better way than with our education and supervision.

PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTES NOW!!!

The NARACES Executive Council is accepting nominations and self-nominations for the following positions: 

NARACES President-Elect (2022-2025) 

NARACES Presidents serve a three-year term on the Executive Council in the role of President-Elect, President, and Past-President: President-Elect (2022-2023)/President (2023-2024)/Past-President (2024-2025). Please note that when in the positions of NARACES President-Elect and NARACES President, this role includes membership on the Governing ACES council and attendance to all ACES governing council meetings is required. 


a.    The president‑elect shall act as president at all Association and Executive Council meetings in the absence of the president and shall succeed to the presidency at the expiration of the term president‑elect (July 1). 


b.     The president shall be the chief executive officer of the Association and the chairperson of its Executive Council. The president shall appoint chairpersons and members of all committees, unless otherwise specifically provided for in these by-laws or by the motion establishing such committees and shall hold ex-officio membership on all committees. The president shall call all regular and special meetings of the Association when necessary and shall report annually to the Association upon action of the Executive Council and other items of concern to the members. The president shall oversee the annual fall conference. The address of the president shall be used as the official mailing address of NARACES. The president shall receive and act upon all correspondence relating to the Association. The president shall represent NARACES on the ACES Executive Council. 


c.     The past president shall serve as a parliamentarian, Chairperson of the Nomination and Election Committee, and serve on the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the Association. 

d. Elected individual must be available for the ACES Summer Meeting June 10 and 11, 2022 in Salt Lake City, meetings at the ACA Conference, as well as participation in quarterly Zoom meetings. The individual is required to actively attend and support regional board meetings and fulfill the duties of their position set by regional bylaws and policy handbooks. In their final year, they will serve on the ACES election and nominations committee, support regional officer nominations, and participating in the nominations and elections process for national ACES leadership. 

NARACES Secretary-Elect (2022-2024) 

The NARACES Secretary serves a two-year term on the NARACES Executive Council in the roles of Secretary-Elect (2022-2023) and Secretary (2023-2024).  

a.   The secretary-elect shall act as secretary at all Association and Executive Council meetings in the absence of the secretary and shall succeed to the office of secretary at the expiration of the term as secretary‑elect. 

b.   The secretary shall keep the records of the Association and the Executive Council, work in cooperation with the president in handling NARACES [minutes] and perform such other duties assigned by the president and/or the Executive Council. 

Graduate Student Representative (2022-2024) 

The NARACES Graduate Student Representative serves a two-year term on the NARACES Executive Council in the roles of Graduate Student Representative-Elect (2022-2023) and Graduate Student Representative (2023-2024).  

The GSR to the NARACES Executive Councils support fellow graduate students, advocate for graduate students, promote graduate student membership in NARACES, ACES, and ACA, serve as a liaison between graduate students and the NARACES leadership and enrich the experience of graduate students as they progress through their counselor education programs.  


If you are interested in running or nominating someone for one of these positions, please contact Michelle Hinkle at hinklem@wpunj.edu 


For self-nominations, please include: 

  • A one-paragraph statement of interest in serving the NARACES membership 
  • A copy of your CV (please leave out personal addresses/phone numbers

If nominating someone please include: Contact information so that we can determine their interest in the nomination.  Nominations for these positions are due on November 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

2021 Award and Grant Winners

Please click here to see our award winners!! For our grant winners, please click here!

Congratulations to all of our award winners!!!

NARACES Statement Against Anti-Asian Hate and White Supremacy

As leaders in NARACES, we would like to denounce the persistent and rising hate-crimes against members of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community. We again are facing the reality of white supremacy, with the recent mass shooting targeting Asian Americans, in which eight people were killed. Six of the killed were Asian-American women. 

This racism and white supremacy are something that we cannot stay silent about. We want to address the region and acknowledge the ongoing trauma and fear over safety that the AAPI community has always experienced and continues to experience at increasing rates in the last year. The rhetoric and language, particularly around the pandemic, has fueled continued bias, hate crimes, and violence against AAPI individuals. Anti-Asian violence and bias has unfortunately been a part of the national narrative since the inception of our history, and we have seen an increase of targeted hate language leveled at our Asian American neighbors, loved ones, and colleagues since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hate-crimes have increased, Asian owned business have been shunned, and bias language has persisted. The resulting fear has serious impact on daily living and individual mental health. 

We value mental health, relationships, and wellness. White supremacy has negative impacts on all three of these and staying silent allows white supremacy to persist. Advocacy and social justice should be in the fabric of our professional identities. To our regional members who identify as Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander, NARACES stands with you. Please note that we have an upcoming BIPOC wellness group related to racial trauma. Also, please look for registration, opening in a couple weeks, for an affinity group for International Asian and Asian-American regional members in April. Both events are planned by our Wellness and Advocacy committees. 

As counselors and counselor educators, it is essential that we identify racism when it happens and model this to students. We must recognize the insidious impacts of white supremacy, and openly challenge the white supremist narrative that simply a ‘lone wolf’ or ‘mental health issues’ have led to these acts of terror against minoritized community members. Initiate complex conversation with students about how to consider and communicate intersectionality in relation to this hate crime by reading this commentary. This article provides ideas and resources on addressing the history of anti-Asian racism and violence that can be adapted for graduate students. Further, consider attending this free bystander intervention training with your students. Finally, and as a reminder, ACA’s statement was accompanied with various resources and articles of note.

Racism: A call to Read, View, and Do

As NARACES leaders, we discussed how we would like to respond to the on-going racism present in our society, and specifically directed towards African Americans. With the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, we believe it is very important to send out our own call to action as many of our professional counseling organizations (i.e., ACA, ACES, NBCC) have already done. Though we echo their sentiments, we wanted to take a slightly different approach by offering action items and invite you to: Read, View, and Do.

As counselors and counselor educators, we know about the stages of change. We also know how imperative it is to be advocates and allies, and to teach our students to be oriented toward social justice, and to model our own social justice commitment to our students. We realize that we are not all in the same place of action and responsiveness toward these racist events, and we ask you to think about where you are in relation to racism and your racial development. From there, decide where you need to be and what you can do to show that you will not stand for racism.

Below is a collection of resources for each category of Read, View, and Do. We urge you to ask yourself, particularly if you are White, ‘How am I being an ally?’ Only you know the answer, and we have provided a place to start, as well as suggestions on how you can begin doing something to take a stand against racism and show solidarity to the Black community. Engaging in these actions can be more powerful, and effect greater change, if you have a community in which to do so; please invite in family, friends, colleagues, and/or neighbors to also read, view, or do. Together, we can create positive change. James Baldwin once wrote “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” As a community, we cannot resolve the nation’s problems alone, but we can at least face our own issues that are relevant to the present situation.

A Call to Read

New Era of Public Safety

JMCD special edition on counseling African American clients in the era of Black Lives Matter, police brutality, and media stereotypes

American Psychiatric Association. (2017). APA Toolkit for Providers Treating African-Americans: Stress and Trauma Related to the Political and Social Environment.

Aymer, S. R. (2016). “I can’t breathe”: A case study – helping Black men cope with race-related trauma stemming from police killing and brutality. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 26,(3-4), 367-376.

DiAngelo, R. (2018). White fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism. Beacon Press.

Gase, L. N., Glenn, B. A., Gomez, L. M., Kuo, T., Inkelas, M., & Ponce, N. A. (2016). Understanding racial and ethnic disparities in arrest: The role of individual, home, school, and community characteristics. Race and Social Problems, 8(4), 296-312.

Kahn K. B., Steele J. S., McMahon J. M., & Stewart, G. (2017). How suspect race affects police use of force in an interaction over time. Law and Human Behavior, 41(2), 117-126.

Rothstein, R. (2017). The color of law. W.W. Norton & Co.

Saleh, A. Z., Appelbaum, P., Liu, X., Stroup, T. S., & Wall, M. (2018). Deaths of people with mental illness during Interactions with law enforcement. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 58, 110-116.

The Guardian: The Counted Project. January 8, 2017. Young Black Men Again Faced Highest Rate of US Police Killings in 2016.

APA Statement

A Call to View

A Conversation with Obama: Anguish and Action

Yusef Salaam: The Marshall Project

PAMCD webinar: Exploring Barriers and Themes Linked to Racial Distress in The Counseling Relationship

Rachel Cargle Public Address

A Call to Do

Color of Change

Week of Action

Facing History: Educator Resources

USA Today: Take Action Against Racism

NASP Call to Action

Me and White Supremacy

Online Teaching Resources

As we embrace the dawning of a new era, NARACES wanted to provide everyone with supportive resources. We hope everyone stays healthy and safe during this time.