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2019 - 20 Executive Board Members and Leadership team

President: Ana Puig  (anapuig@coe.ufl.edu)


I am scholar and research director in the Office of Educational Research, College of Education at the University of Florida and affiliate faculty of Counseling and Counselor Education. As an active member of ASGW for over 10 years, I have served in the International Committee, leading a team of editors on a two-issue JSGW publication focusing on International perspectives on group work: Practice, teaching, and research, Awards Committee, Product Development Committee and now President from 2019-20. I am proud to help host the ASGW 2020 conference in my island home of Puerto Rico & look forward to an exciting & fruitful year ahead!

President-Elect/Conference Chair:Dibya Choudhuri 



I have been a counselor educator, practicing counselor, and clinical supervisor for over 20 years. I have worked, taught, and facilitated groups for the last two decades, and find the process still fascinating and enjoyable. Communities today feel fragmented and our mission to strengthen them becomes ever more important. We must both be and demonstrate through our own productive struggle, ways in which to facilitate the growth and development of individuals and groups. I hope to be able to serve you all and ASGW with integrity and purpose.

Treasurer: Kathy Ybanez-Llorente  (kybanez@txstate.edu)


Dr. Kathy Ybañez-Llorente is a Program Coordinator and Associate Professor at Texas State University. She is a licensed professional counselor and board approved supervisor in Texas and has worked with children, adolescents, and families in community agencies, private practice, and inpatient psychiatric settings providing individual, group, and family counseling. Scholarly interests include clinical and multicultural supervision, ethics, advocacy, professional identity and licensure issues. She has chaired the Ethics Committee and Professional Standards Committee of ACA, and has served as President of the TACES.

Secretary: Rachel Vannatta (rvannatta@immaculata.edu)


I am excited to be starting in the role as Secretary. I have been a member of ASGW for a number of years and consider it my professional home. Previously, I was the newsletter editor and the chairperson of the Strategic Communications Committee. I work as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Immaculata University, and also continue to do a little bit of clinical work. I look forward to serving ASGW and hope to get to meet many of you at our upcoming conference in Puerto Rico!

ACA Governing Council Rep.:Jonathan J. Orr


Jonathan Orr, is a Clinical Associate Professor & Program Coordinator & Clinical Coordinator for the Mental Health Counseling Program in the Dept of Counseling & Psychological Services at Georgia State University.  His teaching and research interests include: group work, social justice, supervision, mindfulness, multicultural counseling, theory development, & professional counselor identity. In addition to this work as a counselor educator, Dr. Orr maintains a small & active private practice in Decatur where he provides counseling & coaching services for a wide range of individuals, couples, groups and families & clinical supervision for mental health counselors. 

Strategic Communications Chair/Newsletter Editor: Priscilla Rose Prasath 


I'm known by my students as "Dr.Pris". I work as an assistant professor of counseling at University of Texas at San Antonio. I have been involved in ASGW since 2012 as a doctoral student. Now as a faculty, I enjoy teaching group course and as a clinical counselor love facilitating groups. Interest in groupwork drew me to work alongside many like-minded colleagues in ASGW. I am tasked with the responsibility to communicate with ASGW members and larger public via ASGW Website, social media sites, and newsletter with regard to ASGW initiatives and events.

Membership/Nominations Chair:Kendra Jackson


My name is Kendra Jackson and I am an Assistant Professor at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University. I teach a variety of counseling courses, both residential and online, to assist with equipping graduate students for clinical practice. Additionally, as an LPC I do contractual work at a mental health agency in Michigan. I am passionate about counseling children and adolescents, and I address a variety of mental health concerns with diverse clients across the lifespan. I enjoy researching and presenting on multicultural issues, counselor education, supervision, mental health and the Black Church, and of course, group work! 

Products Management Chair: Julia Champe 


A graduate of Idaho State University’s Counselor Education program, Dr. Champe has taught in counseling programs at Southern Illinois University and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. An avid group worker, Dr. Champe has written several articles on group work theory and practice and taught group across the US and in Japan. She currently is a Senior Contributing Faculty member at Walden University. Her areas of scholarly interest include group work, supervision, counselor development, sexuality, multicultural issues and qualitative research. 

Past President: Chris McCarthy


Christopher J. McCarthy is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. His professional specialization is in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology and his research focuses on group interventions, wellness, and the identification of psychological resources that prevent stress. Dr. McCarthy’s current scholarly focus is on researching factors that cause stress for K – 12 teachers and developing group interventions that help teachers thrive. 

Research Committee Chair: Katy Schroeder 


Dr. Katy Schroeder is an Assistant Professor within the cross disciplinary Companion Animal Science program in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University.  Dr. Schroeder currently serves as Chair of the ASGW Research Committee. She has been a member of the Association for Specialists in Group Work since 2013 and previous recipient of the ASGW Peg Carroll and Barbara Gazda scholarships. Dr. Schroeder received her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Counseling from Oregon State University and is a National Certified Counselor with the NBCC, as well as an LPC Intern with the State of Texas. She currently directs the Equine-Assisted Counseling and Wellness Research Lab, where she specializes in equine-assisted group therapy intervention development and outcome research. Dr. Schroeder has previously presented research on equine-assisted group work at national conferences and published in refereed academic journals. Her current research efforts involve interdisciplinary collaborations with animal scientists and exercise physiologists to explore human and equine outcomes in equine-assisted group interventions.

Process Observer: Lorraine J. Guth,


I am currently a Professor in the Department of Counseling at IUP and have been an active member of ASGW for more than 27 years. As current Co-Chair of the Special Initiatives Committee, I am excited to be part of an amazing team that is charged with designing and implementing important ASGW initiatives. This year we are coordinating a day of service in Puerto Rico on January 29, 2020 (the day before the conference begins). Last year, the Committee created the document, Ten Strategies to Intentionally Use Group Work to Transform Hate, Facilitate Courageous Conversations, and Enhance Community Building (https://www.asgw.org/resources-1).

Special Initiatives Chair: Brittany Pollard (bpollard@iup.edu)


Brittany Pollard is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania & Coordinator of master’s-level counseling programs at their Pittsburgh campus location. Her research focuses primarily on the experiential group work training of counseling students and she was awarded a 2019 ASGW Research Grant for a study exploring the experiences of counselors who completed a group practicum as part of their training. She served last year as a member of ASGW’s Special Initiatives Committee & will serve this coming year as committee co-chair. She is thrilled to be a part of the important work ASGW is doing & looks forward to engaging in another year of service!


JSGW Editor
Kristopher Goodrich

JSGW Associate Editors
Sam Steen, Jane Okech, and Jonathan Ohrt

JSGW Editorial Assistant (Appointed by Editor)

Lia D. Falco

Newsletter Editor

Priscilla Rose Prasath

Past Presidents of ASGW

1973-1975  George M. Gazda

1975-1976  Jack A. Duncan

1976-1977  Clarence A. Mahler  

1977-1978  Merle M. Ohlsen

1978-1979  John Vriend

1979-1980  H. Allan Dye

1980-1981  Walter Lifton

1981-1982  James Gumaer

1982-1983  Rex Stockton

1983-1984  Marguerite R. Carroll    

1984-1985  James Beck

1985-1986  Glen R. Martin

1986-1987  James V. Wigtil

1987-1988  Richard L. Hayes

1988-1989  Diana Hulse

1989-1990  Fannie R. Cooley

1990-1991  E.W. Christensen

1991-1992  Rosemarie Smead

1992-1993  Chuck Kormanski

1993-1994  Samuel T. Gladding  

1994-1995  Bree A. Hayes

1995-1996  Robert K. Conyne 

1996-1997  Beverly M. Brown

1997-1998  A. Michael Hutchins

1998-1999  Jeremiah Donigian        

1999-2000  Arthur M. Horne

2000-2001  Linda Keel

2001-2002  Lynn Rapin

2002-2003  Rod Merta

2003-2004  George Leddick

2004-2005  James Trotzer

2005-2006  M. Carolyn Thomas


2006-2007  Maria Riva

2007-2008  Janice DeLucia

2008-2009  Lenoir Gillam

2009-2010  Don Ward

2010-2011  Bogusia Skudrzyk

2011-2012  Niloufer Merchant

2012-2013  Rebecca Schumacher


2013-2014  Alicia Homrich

2014-2015  Jonathan Orr

2015-2016  Kim Asner-Self

2016-2017  Amy Nitza

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