Ohio Counseling Association

Award Recipients

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the following professionals for their service and excellence in the field of counseling. Note that not every category is awarded every year.

Charles "Chuck" Weaver Award

An individual who has long and distinguished service to the counseling profession and exemplary care for people.

  • 2016: Sheila Williams
  • 2015: Cynthis Marco-Scanlon
  • 2014: Paula Britton & Ana Berrios-Allison
  • 2013: Kathleen Slayers
  • 2012: Sheila Williams
  • 2011: Thomas McGloshen
  • 2010: Darcy Haag Granello
  • 2009: James Evans
  • 2008: Renee Kolecki
  • 2007: Paula Dupuy
  • 2006: Judith Green
  • 2005: Tom Davis
  • 2004: Carl Rak

Dave Brooks Award

An individual who is willing to serve, teaches responsibility and creates new paths in the counseling profession.

  • 2017: Kara Kaelber
  • 2016: Jake Protivnak
  • 2015: Christopher Roseman
  • 2014: Ameena Kemavor
  • 2013: Christine Bhat
  • 2012: Carrie VanMeter
  • 2011: Christopher Roseman
  • 2010: John Laux
  • 2009: Kathleen Salyers
  • 2008: Linda Barclay
  • 2007: Ross Chaban
  • 2006: Martin Ritchie
  • 2005: Cynthia Osborn
  • 2004: Jane Cox
  • 2003: Richard Hazler

Herman J Peters Award

An individual who promotes innovative ideas and theories in the counseling field that has a significant impact on future trends.

  • 2017: Darcy Haag Granello
  • 2016: Madeline Clark
  • 2015: Brandy Gilea
  • 2014: Paul Granello
  • 2013: NA
  • 2012: Mary Vicario
  • 2011: Christopher Roseman
  • 2010: Rachel Hoffman & Marty Jencius
  • 2009: Tom Davis & Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders
  • 2008: Jake Protivnak
  • 2007: Kathleen Salyers
  • 2006: Holly Hartwig Moorhead
  • 2005: Geoffrey Yager
  • 2004: NA

Susan J. Sears Counselor of the Year Award

An individual who has gone beyond the call of duty by demonstrating exceptional service as a practitioner and/or counselor educator, through the application of OCA goals.

  • 2017: Amanda LaGuardia
  • 2016: Stephanie Wise
  • 2015: Varunee Faii Sanggankanavanich
  • 2014: Phillip Isco
  • 2013: Christie Jenkins
  • 2012: Rochelle Dunn & Thelma Greaser
  • 2011: Varunee Faii Sangganjanavanich
  • 2010: Victoria Kress
  • 2009: Mark Pruden
  • 2008: Aaron Cromly
  • 2007: Mira Satiani
  • 2006: Jason Miller
  • 2005: Carol Pohly
  • 2004: Jean Underfer-Babalis
  • 2003: F. Robert Wilson

Research & Writing Award

An individual who has demonstrated extraordinary research and writing ability, as evidenced by journal publications for the counseling profession.

  • 2017: Kevin Feisthamel
  • 2016: Michelle Hall
  • 2015: Dilani Perera-Diltz
  • 2014: Matthew Paylo
  • 2013: Varunee Faii Sangganjanavanich
  • 2012: Rick Wantz
  • 2011: Dilani Perera-Diltz
  • 2010: NA
  • 2009: Colette Dollarhide
  • 2008: Don Martin
  • 2007: Rob Schwartz
  • 2006: John Laux
  • 2005: Paula Britton
  • 2004: Martin Ritchie

Public Policy & Legislation Award

One who has demonstrated excellent advocacy by engaging in meaningful lobbying on behalf of the counseling profession.

  • 2017: Christie Jenkins
  • 2016: Victoria White-Kress
  • 2015: David Mann, Presidential Leadership
  • 2014: Barbara Sears & Gregory Pollock
  • 2012: Victoria White Kress
  • 2011: Kathleen Salyers
  • 2010: Jim Rough
  • 2009: Angel Rhodes
  • 2008: F. Robert Wilson
  • 2007: Carolyn Towner
  • 2006: Patricia Clancy
  • 2005: Robert Spada
  • 2004: Ted Strickland

Graduate Student Award

  • 2017: Chelsey Zoldan
  • 2016: Stacey Litam, Graduate Student Intern

Professional Leadership

  • 2017: Jared Rose
  • 2016: Victoria Kress, Professional Leadership

Other OCA Awards

  • 2015: Melvin Witner: Lifetime Achievement
  • 2015: Victoria Kress White, Past President
  • 2015: Tom Davis, OCA Legacy Member
  • 2014: William Nemek, Lifetime Achievement
  • 2013:Christine Suniti Bhat, Past President

2017 Award Winners Gallery

Jake Protivnak, Dave Brooks Award

Madeline Clark, Herman J. Peters Award



Stephanie Wise, Susan J. Sears Award



Michelle Hall, Research and Writing Award



Victoria White-Kress, Public policy & Legislation Award



Syacey Litam, Graduate Student Award



Emerging Leader Awardees


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