Board of Governors
These are your elected officers, serving the European Branch of the American Counseling Association.
Rachael Marshall, Ph.D.
Dr. Rachael C. Marshall is an Assistant Professor and Fieldwork Coordinator at California State University, Sacramento in 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
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.
Jill Van Horne PhD, (LPCS, RPTS, NCPSC, NCC, EAGALA certified
Jill Van Horne PhD (LCMHCS, NCPSC, NCC, RPTS, EAGALA certified)- is Director of the Professional School Counseling Program/Associate Professor at Appalachian State University. Her 20+ years of experience includes school counseling, hospitals, outpatient treatment, and consultation in community & schools. Her interests include multi-sensory techniques with children and adolescents and extending dialogue between professional school counseling & clinical mental health around the world. Prior to her position of President-Elect she served on the Board of Governors of the EB-ACA and the North Carolina Association for Play Therapy.
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.
Taska Dobson, LPC
Taska Dobson is a new professional and completed her graduate studies in 2014 with a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling. She currently holds licensure in three states as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She completed her post graduate experience working with various populations including hospice patients and families, college students and private practice contract work. Mrs. Dobson’s expertise includes grief and loss, stress management, and managing the military lifestyle. Mrs. Dobson is a member of the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPC) as well as the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the European Branch of the American Counseling Association (EBACA). Mrs. Dobson has been serving as the Treasurer for EBACA since 2019. Mrs. Dobson returned from living abroad in Italy, where she served as an active volunteer with multiple military programs, including serving as a Navy Family Ombudsman and the Chairperson for the Naples area ombudsman assembly. Since returning to the United States, Mrs. Dobson practices as a Military Family Life Counselor and an independent provider of telehealth therapy. Prior to her counseling career, she was a scientific researcher working in research and development.
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.
Board of Governor's Member
Amanda DiLorenzo-Garcia, Ph.D.
Dr. Amanda DiLorenzo-Garcia is Mobile Crisis Response (MRT) Coordinator at the Alachua County Crisis Center and is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Central Florida. She completed her doctorate at the University of Central Florida and her Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Florida. Dr. DiLorenzo-Garcia's research interests include ambiguous loss and readjustment, grief and trauma, and self-compassion. Dr. DiLorenzo-Garcia studies the loss and growth experienced by family members of mass shootings survivors and primary survivors. Internationally, she has worked in Haiti since 2011 through P4H Global, a sustainable development nonprofit, and completed counseling related work in Dominica.
Board of Governor's Member
Kristopher Garza, Ph.D. NCC, LPC-S
Dr. Kristopher Garza is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Dr. Garza is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Associate Supervisor, and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Garza’s area of expertise and research interest include career theory and counseling, college and academic preparation, professional ethics, rural mental health, first-generation college students, self-efficacy, resilience among adolescents and college students, retention factors in academia, stress management, and multicultural related issues.
Graduate Student Committee Chair
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.
Social Media and Marketing Committee Chair
Isabel Farrell, Ph.D., NCC, LPC
Dr. Isabel C. Farrell is an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University. Dr. Farrell has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern State University and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma and a National Certified Counselor. Her clinical expertise lies with working with bilingual Latinx children and families in underserved communities, and domestic violence and sexual assault survivors residing at a safe shelter. Her passion for advocacy and working with underserved populations guides her research. Her research and special interests include bilingual counseling, cultural identity, undocumented clients, advocacy, and legislative professional advocacy.
Nominations and Awards Committee Chair
Mary DeRaedt, Ph.D., NCC