LSCA LEADERSHIP

Presidential View. Officers. Committee Chairs

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Presidential View

Today, I am stepping out on faith with a mission and a vision. I am embarking on a new journey as your President of the Louisiana School Counseling Association. I approach this opportunity with fidelity and passion to advocate for this esteemed profession and the students we serve. I come to you with over a decade of experience working in school settings from elementary to post-secondary.

My experience reaches outside the school counseling realm through my previous work with the Department of Health and Hospitals. Currently, I am the Owner/Director of Cognitive Solutions LLC (a counseling, consulting, and mediation practice) and Assistant Professor of Counseling at Xavier University of Louisiana. Given my experience, I believe that I am in the best possible position to be of service to you and LSCA.

This year, I have three main goals. I will engage LSCA members to plan and provide professional development geared to navigate the post-Covid-19 landscape of the profession. I would like to also focus on our efforts to obtain government support in reforming the non-counseling responsibilities assigned to our Louisiana School Counselors. Lastly, I will promote advocacy and social justice throughout the profession as a lens filtering out daily roles, responsibilities, and experiences.
This is the time for us to show up for our profession! If you would like to be a part of this cause, please reach out to any one of our board members to participate in our meetings, join a task force, or nominate yourself to run for an elected position. With your help I will accomplish my goals in support of LSCA’s mission and we will all have a productive year! I look forward to hearing from you and serving as your President! 

Dr. Ariel Encalade Mitchell, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT, RPT-S
Director of Counseling, Cognitive Solutions, LLC
Graduate Professor of Counseling, XULA

Officers

President

Dr. Ariel Encalade Mitchell
Amitch11@xula.edu

President elect

President elect-Elect

Dr. Dymphna Davis,
phdddavis191307@gmail.com

Past president

Veronica Douglas-Johnson
Jarelle2npower@aol.com

post Secondary Vice President

Dr. Stephanie Eberts  
seberts@lsu.edu 

Secondary Vice President

Middle Level Vice President

Elementary Vice President

Secretary

Claire Barry
chbarry@uno.edu 

Treasurer

Committee Chairs

Finance

Pamela Radford

Long range Planning

Kesha Simmons 

Public Relations/

Advocacy

Professional Development 

Dr. Wendy Rock

Nominations and Elections

​Veronica Douglas-Johnson

Membership

Dr. Ariel Mitchell and all Vice Presidents

Social Media 

Ethics Board and Professional Certification 

Dr. Wendy Rock

Policies, procedures, & By laws 

Government Relations

Brenda Eccles 

Graduate Student 

Chauntreniece Davis

Publications

Vinetta Frie
frienews@yahoo.com

Awards Co-Chairs

Dr. Alice Cryer-Sumler
acryer-sumler@cox.net

Danielle Cole
dtcole@lpssonline.com

School counselors of the year

Elementary School

Laura Smestad

Middle School

Candace Sharper

High School

Lindsay Carlino

Past LSCA Presidents

48 Years of Outstanding Leadership

Agnes Shaw 1970-71 (Dec)
Charles Thompson and Frances Meyers 1971-72
Mary Higginbotham 1972-73
Betty Levine 1973-74
Harold Landreneaux 1974-75
Geraldine Fletcher 1975-76
Sadie Bodden 1976-77
Bob Viguere 1977-78
Tom Hosie (1978-79)
​Mable Santa Marina 1979-80
Kenny Curtis 1980-81 
Roxy Denison 1981-82 
Eloise Brown 1982-83 
Bess Johnson 1983-84 
Ethel Taylor 1984-85 
Janet Van Halen 1985-86 
Billy Fly 1986-87 

Kay Robinson 1987-88 
Diane Austin 1988-89 
Rhonda Chambers 1989-90 
Dorothy Stepteau 1990-91 
Sharon Rogers 1991-92 
Barry Solar 1992-93 
Patricia Thomas 1993-94
Charles Ortego 1994-95  (Dec)
Walda Gibbs 1995-96
Ruth Thomas 1996-97
Shirley Colomb 1997-98
Suzanne Mayeau 1998-99
Karen Pique 1999-2000
Sammie Saulsbury 2000-01
Cindy Francis 2001-02
Josephine Hawkins (2002-03) 
Alice Cryer-Sumler 2003-04

Robin Olivier 2004-05
Sundy Barjon 2005-07
Iman En-Nabut 2007-08
Wendy Rock 2008-09
Dee Piazza 2009-10
Brenda Eccles 2010-11
Mike Lefort 2011-12
Cathy Smith 2012-13
Jennifer Curry 2013-14
Frank Phinney 2014-15
Tara Washington 2015-16
Reshelle Marino 2016-17
Royce Hooks 2017-18
Denise Latour  2018-2019 
Veronica Douglas 2019-2020

Vacant Positions

Join Our Team

Open Positions:

  • Parliamentarian

  • Technology/Website

  • Research Grant/Scholarship Chair

Please contact Dr. Ariel Encalade Mitchelll to express interest

Amitch11@xula.edu

Contact Us

Claire Barry - Secretary

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