Ohio Counseling Association

From the President

From the President's Desk - September 2021

Dear OCA Members and Friends,

I am truly honored and privileged to serve as the President of the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA). I acknowledge the leadership by the OCA predecessors, Executive Director, and the Executive Council members for their commitment to serve the OCA members and their continued motivation to strengthen the association. I welcome all new and returning members and I am thankful for your continuous engagement, participation, shared leadership, and contribution to the community. I cannot do this alone.

These challenging times and the increasingly complex cultural landscape profoundly impact our work and the clients we serve. It requires us to help each other and collaborate with our communities and the helping professions at large.

My vision for OCA includes leading with a beginner’s mindset, commitment, and humility. I hope that this “beginner’s mindset” enables my thoughtful listening to the needs of the members. Commitment brings responsibility and accountability to Ohio counselors and the populations they serve.

I hope that together we can strengthen the purpose of OCA “to advance the discipline of counseling” by embracing our diverse membership collectively (with inclusiveness and equity of all members including leadership). I need authentic feedback and collaboration of all those involved in counseling as a profession. I shall also seek constructive partnership and collaboration with other mental health professionals as I value integrative and interdisciplinary practice -- while strongly supporting the vision of the Counseling profession as a leader in Behavioral Health in Ohio.

With our shared vision, OCA hopes to focus on ensuring member benefits and enhancing member satisfaction by centralizing the information, resources, and communication, also increasing accessibility of the resources. OCA also hopes to strengthening collaboration between OCA divisions/chapters/committees while increasing diversity in leadership and membership, OCA stands firmly to advocate for our profession, while giving back to our communities.

OCA is proud to share the following initiatives:

  • 1.)    We inaugurated a new Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural Dignity Committee (DEICDC);
  • 2.)   We formed a Supervision Taskforce to serve members and the community;
  • 3.)   We restructured PR / Social Media / Membership Committee for Media Public Relations Management and Promoting strong visibility within and outside OCA to attract new membership
  • 4.)   We are about to launch the OCA Leadership Development Certificate program for all OCA members led by the OCA Leadership Development Committee;
  • 5.)   OCA offers support for the Interstate Counseling Compact;
  • 6.)   OCA celebrates All Ohio Counselors Conference 2021 with incredible feature speakers and presenters, as well as virtual Spring Conference 2022;
  • 7.)   Plans to develop a biannual Ohio’s Mental Health Community Summit.

I believe that we have the common vision of what we can become as a counseling association-- and sincerely thank you all for your part in OCA’s vision and collective leadership.

I look forward to serving you and collaborating with you.

DoHee Kim-Appel, OCA President

Past Presidents of the OCA

  • 2020-2021: Jason McGlothlin
  • 2018-2019: Martina Moore
  • 2019-2020: Adrianne Johnson
  • 2017-2018: Yegan Pillay
  • 2016-2017: Martha Flemming
  • 2015-2016: Kara Kaelber
  • 2014-2015: Victoria Kress
  • 2013-2014: Meghan Fortner
  • 2012-2013: Christine Suniti Bhat
  • 2011-2012: David Mann
  • 2010-2011: Kelley Schubert
  • 2009-2010: Jake Protivnak
  • 2008-2009: William O'Connell
  • 2007-2008: Daniel Cruikshanks
  • 2006-2007: Thelma Greaser
  • 2005-2006: Dana Heller Levitt
  • 2004-2005: Cynthia Osborn
  • 2003-2004: Jean Underfer-Babalis
  • 2002-2003: Richard Hazler
  • 2001-2002: Carol Pohly
  • 2000-2001: Anita Jackson
  • 1999-2000: Don Bubenzer
  • 1998-1999: Scott Hall
  • 1997-1998: Eileen Self
  • 1996-1997: Michael Maly
  • 1995-1996: Maude Ann Robinson
  • 1994-1995: Martin Ritchie
  • 1993-1994: David Santoro
  • 1992-1993: Doris Rhea Coy
  • 1991-1992: Sally Navin
  • 1990-1991: Jan Gill Wigal
  • 1989-1990: Hannah Dixon
  • 1988-1989: Tom Davis
  • 1987-1988: Bill Nichols
  • 1986-1987: Sandy Weller
  • 1985-1986: Susan Sears
  • 1984-1985: Charlotte Huddle
  • 1983-1984: Susan Huss
  • 1982-1983: Bill Nemec
  • 1981-1982: Patricia Lance
  • 1980-1981: Jim Wigtil
  • 1979-1980: Jack Cochran
  • 1978-1979: Joel Chermonte
  • 1977-1978: Daisy Takacs
  • 1976-1977: George Parsons
  • 1975-1976: Irene Bandy
  • 1974-1975: Frank O'Dell
  • 1973-1974: Charles Hayden
  • 1972-1973: Donald Frericks
  • 1971-1972: Russell Getson
  • 1970-1971: H. Eugene Wysong
  • 1969-1970: Miriam Brown
  • 1968-1969: David Hathaway
  • 1967-1968: Herbert Agnor

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