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.