Board of Governors

These are your elected officers, serving the European Branch of the American Counseling Association.

President

A. Elizabeth Crunk, Ph.D., NCC

Dr. Elizabeth Crunk is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she also maintains an active grief counseling practice. Her research bears on grief coping, complicated grief, instrument development, and international counseling issues. She has published articles on diverse issues in bereavement and counseling in national, peer-reviewed journals, and has facilitated over 20 presentations and workshops in Europe and the UK. Elizabeth currently serves as the President of the European Branch of the American Counseling Association and is committed to enhancing the grief counseling competencies of mental health professionals across the globe.  

President-Elect (2020-2021)

Steve Bain, D.Min., LPC-S, NCC

Dr. Steve F. Bain is a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Intern Supervisor, and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). He serves as an Associate Professor of Counseling and the Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Dr. Bain’s research interests and clinical experiences include rural mental health counseling, graduate student success, global rural mental health, and mental health issues related to teens and young adults.

President-Elect-Elect (2021-2022)

Rachael Marshall, Ph.D.

Dr. Rachael C. Marshall is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Sacramento in the Career Counseling Specialization for Counselor Education. With her Master’s in counseling she worked as a clinical and career counselor in universities, homeless shelters, and schools. Her work focused on trauma, grief, and advocacy with first generation college students, immigrants, international students, and LGBTQ+ clients. She then completed her PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee Knoxville where she worked as a career counselor. She currently researches career identity development for specialized populations and counselor identity development in relation to self-care, wellness, and mindfulness.

Immediate Past-President

Mercedes Ballbé ter Maat, Ph.D., LPC, ATR-BC

Mercedes is a professor in the Department of Counseling at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology in Ft. Lauderdale. She has over 30 years of combined working experience as a counselor educator, mental health counselor, school counselor, and art therapist. Mercedes participates in local, state, national, and international leadership undertakings and actively participates in humanitarian work, most recently in Argentina, Swaziland, Lebanon, and Peru. She is a past-president of the American Art Therapy Association, the current president of the Croatian Art Therapy Association, and the immediate 

past-president of the European Branch of the American Counseling Association. Mercedes is a licensed professional counselor and a board-certified/registered art therapist. 

Secretary 

Amber Lange, Ph.D., LPC, CAADC

Amber Lange, Ph.D.  is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is currently chair of the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Capella University. 

She has been providing counseling services since 2005. Before her counseling career she was the creator and director of a drop-in, part-time, child care center. She has extensive training and experience in treating adults and youth. Her expertise includes trauma, grief, and loss; chemical dependency; infidelity, and work/life balance. Her experience includes both community counseling and private practice work. She is an active participant within her counseling association and is an advocate for the counseling profession. Additionally, she has been teaching in higher education since 2004. Dr. Lange is a known speaker. She speaks on topics such as relationships, divorce, alcoholism, domestic violence, and addiction.

She has researched, published and utilized a therapy dog in counseling. She also is working with several school counselors utilizing a dog in the schools.

Secretary-Elect

Diandra J. Prescod, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS

Dr. Diandra J. Prescod is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of School Counseling at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. For five years, she served as Program Coordinator for one of the five existing CACREP accredited Career Counseling programs in the United States. Her research focuses on career development interventions for STEM students and women/students of color in higher education. Diandra has delivered over 50 national/international presentations focusing on counselor education and career development theory and practice. Her work has been published in many national journals including the Career Development Quarterly, Journal of School Counseling, and Journal of Employment Counseling. 

Treasurer

Taska Dobson, LPC

Taska Dobson graduated in 2014 with a MA in Mental Health Counseling, and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in CA and a Licensed Professional Counselor in VA. Her post graduate experience includes working with hospice patients and families, college students and private practice contract work.  She has experience in grief and loss, stress management, and managing the military lifestyle. Taska is the current Treasurer for EBACA. While living abroad (now in Europe), she serves as a volunteer with military programs including the Navy Family Ombudsman Program as the USS Mount Whitney Ombudsman and is the Chairperson for the Naples (Italy) area ombudsman assembly, advocating and supporting military families, working with chain of commands.

Board of Governor's Member  

Jill Van Horne PhD, (LPCS, RPTS, NCPSC, NCC, EAGALA certified

Jill Van Horne is Director of the Professional School Counseling Program and Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University.  She has over 20 years of school counseling and clinical mental health experience integrating multi-sensory approaches working with children and adolescents. Her professional interests include extending dialogue between professional school counseling and the clinical mental health disciplines.

Board of Governor's Member

Brad Erford, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, LPC, LP, LSP

Brad is a professor in the school counseling program of the Department of Human and Organizational Development in the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. He was the 2012-2013 President of the American Counseling Association (ACA). He has authored or edited more than 30 books. His research specialization falls primarily in development and technical analysis of psycho-educational tests and outcomes research and has resulted in the publication of more than 70 refereed journal articles, more than 100 book chapters, and 15 published tests. He has received numerous awards for his scholarship and service to the counseling profession from the ACA and the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), organizations within which he has held numerous leadership positions.

Board of Governor's Member

Coralis Solomon, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC

Dr. Coralis Solomon is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida and an Assistant Professor for Troy University at the Tampa Bay site. Her doctoral studies were completed at the University of Central Florida in Counselor Education.  Her dissertation research explored self-compassion and emotional resilience of minority teachers working in elementary schools.  In her private practice, Dr. Solomon specializes in individuals who suffer from anxiety, trauma, and depression. Her commitment to the mental health counseling field goes beyond private practice as she is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and a published author in the subjects of mindful self-compassion and burnout prevention.  

Board of Governor's Member

Philia Issari, Ph.D

Dr. Philia Issari is an Associate Professor, founder, and Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research at National and Kapodistrian University (Athens, Greece).  She has extensive experience as a counselor educator; her research, teaching and clinical practices focus on multicultural, social justice, narrative, constructionist, dialogic and collaborative ideas.  She is working jointly with NGOs in research projects and counseling interventions for refugees in Greece and other European countries. She currently serves on the EB-ACA International Committee, the TAOS Institute Associates Council, the Steering Committee of the European Network of Qualitative Inquiry, the Advisory Council for Substance Abuse, Hellenic Ministry of Health, and as President of the Association of Narrative Counseling, Therapy and Art. 

Board of Governor's Member

Sandra Peynado, LPC

Sandra Peynado is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She currently works with the military community, providing counseling and psycho-educational classes for service members and families in the Army, Air Force, Navy, and the Marines. She is also an adjunct instructor at Purdue University Global. Her professional interests and work have been around trauma, military family coping, advocacy, and social justice.