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SACES 2020-2022 Emerging Leaders

SACES is pleased to announce a revised Emerging Leaders program featuring a two-year leadership development experience beginning in Fall 2020 and ending in Fall 2022.  The revised program is open to all active SACES graduate student members and first-year new professionals and will offer opportunity to participate in a workshop and leadership recognition, two years of service to SACES, and ongoing small group mentoring experiences.     

Congratulations to our 2020-2022 Emerging Leaders!

Adriana Labarta
Florida Atlantic University

Ashley Rabess
Georgia State University

Caroline Trustey
University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Claudia Calder
Albany State University

Karl Mitchell
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Paula Lazarim
University of Tennessee

Victoria Cunningham
University of North Texas

Alexandra Gantt
Old Dominion University

Bianca Augustine
Old Dominion University 

Chia-Min (Jamie) Ho
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Erik Messenger
North Carolina State University

Loidaly Gonzales
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Raven Cokley
University of Georgia

Whitney McLaughlin
North Carolina State University

Amber Samuels
The George Washington University

Calvin Kirklin
University of the Cummberland's, Williamsburg, KY

Christopher LaFever
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Janelle Jones
University of Alabama

Monica Coleman
University of Mississippi

Taneshia Greenidge
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 

Zahide Sunal
Old Dominion University 

Program Overview

SACES Emerging Leaders (ELs) program is designed to promote our vision of cultivating “an inclusive community of counselor educators and supervisors who develop leaders and counselors committed to professional advocacy and dedicated to client equity and wellbeing.”  The program targets development in SACES goals focused on advocacy and promotion of community via connection, leadership, and service.

The revised program offers a two-year leadership development experience beginning in Fall 2020 and ending in Fall 2022.  During this time, ELs:

  • Participate in a workshop and recognition activity at SACES 2020 conference.  This activity will feature opportunities for networking, panel conversations, and reflections regarding leadership

  • Over a two-year period, engage in approximately 40 hours of service (20 per year) via service during the SACES 2020 conference and on committees, interest networks, review panels, and/or SACES 2022 conference planning

  • Participate in quarterly small group mentoring experiences

  • Have the opportunity to participate in large group experiences held concurrent with ACES 2021 and SACES 2022 conferences

In recognition of their contributions to SACES, ELs received a complimentary workshop and luncheon, business luncheon ticket, and registration for the SACES 2020 Conference.


The EL program is open to all active SACES graduate student members or first-year new professionals at the time of application.  We especially encourage applications from individuals who are seeking opportunities to develop leadership skills and strongly committed to SACES vision related to inclusivity, community, and social justice in counselor education and supervision.  The review committee especially welcomes candidates who identify with historically marginalized groups and will heavily consider applications spanning varying and diverse experiences. Selection criteria include:

  • Demonstrated identification with and commitment to the counseling profession

  • Record of participation in professional counseling organizations and conferences

  • Commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and social justice

  • Vision for counselor education and supervision, including role of the EL experience in reaching the vision


Applications are due 5/15/2020 at 5:00pm EST, and notifications will be made on or around 6/15/2020. Applications must be submitted in one PDF document and include, in order,

  1. Completed application form  

  2. Personal statement addressing selection criteria (not to exceed 2 pages)

  3. Curriculum vita

  4. Recommendation letter from a professional familiar with the candidate’s engagement in counseling and/or counselor education.

Emerging Leader applicants are encouraged to register for the SACES conference after they are notified; Emerging Leaders will receive a complimentary conference registration.

Please address inquiries and applications to SACES President, Dr. Elizabeth Villares, at

Emerging Leaders Co-Coordinators: Caroline Perjessy & Janelle Bettis

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