Deanna Hawes Outstanding Mentor Award


Dr. Rebecca McLean
Western Illinois University - Quad Cities

Nominator - Dr. Matthew Beck

“Dr. Rebecca McLean deserves to be recognized with this award because she is the last one who would ever expect it. She is dedicated to counseling and mental health because it helps others, not because she seeks recognition. It is Dr. McLean’s voice I still hear in my mind when I am counseling students and families. She continues to inspire me not only as a professional but as a human being. The world needs more people like Dr. McLean.”
Molly Watkins
Success Counselor, Ames Middle School

“I am so proud and honored to work with her and be the recipient of her mentorship. It’s also a pleasure for me to watch her connect with other professional students and mentor others in the field. She has and continues to provide an example for how I want to mentor my own students. She reminds me of why I entered this profession and how effective mentorship can truly inspire the next generation of counselor educators to become effective change agents for this profession.”
Dr. Matthew Beck
Assistant Professor
Western Illinois University-Quad Cities

“She has been an integral role to my personal and professional development in several capacities as my academic supervisor, graduate assistantship, professor, principal investigator, and clinical supervisor. During my final semester as an internship student, Dr. McLean began our first clinical supervision session by asking what my goals were as a counselor-in-training. She suggested for me to write my short-term and long-term goals on separate sheets of paper. She then instructed me to place each note in a row down the hallway in the counseling department. She asked that I jump from note to note as she jumped alongside me. As we reached each note, she asked what behaviors it would require and how I might feel as I accomplish this goal. As I reflect on this supervision session, two things stand out for me. I can now clearly see that while it was a helpful, light-hearted supervision session, she also taught me a creative counseling technique for young clients. More importantly, that session is now a reflection of my experience with Dr. Rebecca McLean. She truly did jump alongside me during every goal I accomplished.”
Eryka Berglund
Outpatient Therapist
Robert Young Center


NCACES Outstanding Diversity Award


Dr. Madeline Clark
University of Toledo

Nominator - Dr. John Laux

“Evidence of Dr. Clark’s passion for diversity emerged early in her academic training and persisted into her first appointment as a counselor educator. Dr. Clark’s research activity includes five (5) peer-reviewed journal publications. Dr. Clark is leading six additional research projects, four of which are multicultural in nature. Her research involves collaboration with peers and mentorship of doctoral students. She co-authored three book chapters and has a fourth under review. Her book chapters feature topics such as cultural relational and feminist theories, counseling queer and genderqueer clients, and the experiences of intersections of privilege and oppression.
Dr. Clark is the second author on a $480,000 grant submission to funding counselor-trainees’ education on working with clients from rural, vulnerable, and medically underserved populations.”

Dr. John Laux,
Professor of Counselor Education
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
University of Toledo

“Dr. Clark’s service and commitment to diversity extends to region, state, university, and College levels. For example, she was involved in the Social Justice interest network in the SACES region of ACES, and is currently involved as the Grants Czar for the Ohio Counseling Association. In addition, at the University of Toledo, she serves as the College of Health and Human Service’s College Diversity Officer. In this role, she leads the College’s diversity efforts, contributes to the development of the College’s diversity plan, and serves as a liaison between the University and the College. “
Dr. Danica Hays, Professor and Executive Associate Dean
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“Whether through her research, teaching, or service, each project is well thought out and serves to benefit populations who are underprivileged, marginalized, underserved, economically disadvantaged, neglected, abused, distressed or simply in need. Likewise, she is exceptional at mentoring her students and fostering the professional and personal development of her master’s and doctoral-level students with regards to diversity, multiculturalism, and intersectionality. Dr. Clark’s research projects exemplify significant multicultural contributions to the profession of counseling and the overall well-being of others.”
Dr. Christopher Roseman,
Associate Professor & Program Director at The University of Toledo


NCACES Outstanding Supervisor Award


Dr. Molly Wilson
Aquinas College

Nominator - Adanna Ryan


“Dr. Wilson has the unique and innate ability to know how to guide to students in our journey to becoming counselors. She could always sense when I needed to talk, needed some space, needed direction, needed to process internally or externally, and needed more support or was ready to spread my wings. No matter where I was she knew exactly how to support and guide me through the process. I believe that if not for her direction and guidance I would not be as far as I am in my journey to becoming a counselor.”
Adanna Ryan
Counselor-in-training
University of Wyoming

“She demonstrated her ability to foster growth in myself and her other supervisees by creating a balance between challenge and support in her supervision style catered to each individual. She gently pushed when her supervisees needed to be pushed and provided space for independence when she felt each person was ready. Dr. Wilson’s way of being is comprised of poised, compassion, authenticity, and acceptance. She is acutely aware of the countless power differentials that may emerge in therapy and in supervisory relationships and she consistently opened discussions to these topics during supervision. Her immense capacity for self-reflection and openness to feedback are major contributors to her effective supervisory style and are clear testaments to her exceptional service to the counseling field.”
Aubrie Musselman


NCACES Outstanding Professional Teaching Award


Dr. Colette Dollarhide
The Ohio University

Nominator - Krista Predragovich - Doctoral Candidate

“Dr. Dollarhide is an excellent and enthusiastic teacher who is patient with her students and yet holds them to the highest standards. She so clearly understands that teaching is a combination of support and challenge. One of her gifts is her innate ability to know what each student needs at any given time and offer the right combination of these two motivators. Dr. Dollarhide teaches extremely difficult and personally challenging material, particularly in her program’s Multicultural Course, and she knows that students will come to understand and integrate the material in their own way, at their own pace, and through experiences that incorporate many different teaching approaches. She possesses an incredible ability to help each student discover the material in ways that are personally meaningful is inspiring, and she models and lives the lifelong learning approach. Dr. Dollarhide is not interested in being the expert or authority. She is truly a co-discoverer with her students, and her passion clearly lights the fires of social justice in the students she teaches.”
Krista Predragovich & Gayle Garcia
Doctoral Candidates
The Ohio State University

Dr. Darcy Haag Granello
Professor, Counselor Education
The Ohio State University

“The most powerful indicator of success, in my opinion, is reflected in the lasting significant relationships with students built by Dr. Dollarhide. Dr. Dollarhide has been teaching for decades. She has a legacy of students across the country that have benefited from her caring, personal approach to teaching. She still collaborates with many of these students to advance the profession of counseling. These relationships were originally formed in the classroom but last far beyond the scope of a semester of teaching. It is these relationships that truly illustrate the power of Dr. Dollarhide’s humanistic approach to teaching.”
Dr. Brett Zyromski
Assistant Professor, Counselor Education
The Ohio State University


NCACES Research Award


Dr. Gerta Bardhoshi
University of Iowa

Nominator - Dr. David Duys

“Dr. Bardhoshi’s research- examining the professional development of school counselors and assessment issues for practice represents a line of inquiry critically needed in the counseling field. Understanding how counselors can better serve special populations of students and assess their needs is an important contribution to research that supports professional practice. Her studies explore how counseling professionals can work more effectively in order to empower marginalized students, while preventing their own burnout. Dr. Bardhoshi’s efforts have addressed these critical needs using a variety of research methodologies and supportive service roles.
Dr. Bardhoshi’s productivity level for her time as a counselor educator is exceptional. Since she began her scholarly endeavors, she has produced 22 peer reviewed journal articles, 4 book chapters, 17 refereed presentations, and 2 national newsletter contributions. She has maintained this level of productivity while engaged in service roles for her university communities, state counseling organizations, ACA journal editorial boards, national committees, and a variety of consultation roles.”

Dr. David Duys
Associate Professor
The University Iowa

“Dr. Bardhoshi takes very seriously her role as a research mentor to counselor education doctoral students. It has been her goal to assist them to develop their own research skills so that they too will become strong contributors to the profession’s body of research and knowledge. Not only does she involve students hands on when conducting intervention research in local schools, she also mentors them through the writing process. Dr. Bardhoshi has submitted four research articles featuring her doctoral students, and is mentoring two more students through the submission process.
In addition to her exemplary research and mentoring contributions, Dr. Bardhoshi provides research-specific service to the field in her roles as a member of the editorial boards of the Journal for Counseling and Development and the Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. Both are top-tier journals in the field of counseling. She is a member of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) and is working with her colleagues in that division to define assessment and research standards for the field. Finally, she is a member of the NBCC Testing Committee, applying her skills in assessment for the development of national counselor exams.”

Dr. Kelly Duncan
Dean of the Millicent Atkins School of Education
Northern State University


NCACES Innovative Counselor Education Program Award


Indiana University - Indianapolis -- Counseling and Counselor Education

Nominator - Dr. Jasmine Graham - Program Coordinator

"The urban-centered philosophy to training counselors is characterized by a commitment to graduating counselors who can respond to the needs of all citizens and a fundamental belief that competent counselors must respect the dignity of others. Based on these core values, counselors-in-training receive preparation and mentorship in leadership on issues related to social justice, diversity, inclusion, and oppression. Additionally, specialized classroom and field-based instruction on advocacy teaches counselors-in-training how to function as agents of therapeutic change within school and community environments.
Counselors-in-training engage in a multi-course advocacy portfolio designed to foster skills of inquiry, leadership, and cultural competence. The portfolio is introduced during foundational counseling courses and developed throughout the matriculation with many courses requiring comprehensive assignments to be included in the portfolio. The portfolio is introduced during foundational counseling courses and developed throughout the matriculation with many courses requiring comprehensive assignments to be included in the portfolio."

Dr. Jasmine Graham, Program Coordinator

“This program helped me understand that as a counselor I play a pivotal role in being a social justice advocate for those students who are marginalized due to their race, religion, sexual orientation, and neighborhoods in which they live and because of these biases, I must make it a priority to provide encouragement, relevant academic and life skills, and resilience into the lives of the students that I serve so that they will be equipped to become the next trailblazers and leaders to alter society for the greater good.”
Asia M. Reynolds - Graduate of the Program
School Counselor at the Renaissance School