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Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Service Award is presented to an individual that has Demonstrated service to the profession of college counseling and/or to ACCA; this award will be offered in three categories: community/technical college setting; college or university population under 5000; and college or university population over 5000.

Past Award Recipients


  • Timothy Bond; Community/Technical College
  • Steffanie Grossman; Four Year College


  • Amy Ralston-Beike; Community/Technical College
  • Heidi Rae O'Connor; Four Year College


  • Mark Tovar; Community/Technical College
  • Taffey Cunnien; University Population Under 5,000
  • Janelle Johnson
  • Danielle Turk
  • Leslie Stewart
  • Patrick Mooney
  • Taffey Cunnien
  • Gloria Hines
  • Julie Lineburgh
  • Melissa Nard
  • Joyce Thomas
  • Betty Varghese
  • Taffey Cunnien
  • Taffey Cunnien
  • Sarah Evans
  • Marcia Hanlon
  • Julia Porter
  • Joyce Thomas
  • Joshua Watson
  • Kevin Gaw
  • Shannon Andreas
  • June Williams
  • Cynthia Bing
  • Joyce Thomas
  • Rebecca Kuhn
  • Michelle Stefanisko
  • Peggy Simpkins
  • Steve Brown
  • Carolyn Thomas
  • Rhonda Perry
  • Patricia Neumann
  • Joyce Thomas
  • Michael Bucell
  • Chuck Goodrum
  • Laura Pascal
  • Cheryl Bond; Community/Technical College
  • Kelly Clark; University population under 5,000
  • James Pitts; University population over 5,000

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ACCA Members in the News

Andrew Lee is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article on Suicidal Ideation

Steffanie Grrossman is quoted in Online Counseling article College Students Diet and Mental Health

Janelle Johnson comments on the state of mental services at community colleges.

Janelle Johnson on College Counseling” Interview. Follow the link to read the full interview.

Janelle Johnson is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Colleges Use Technology to Help Students Manage Mental Health, October 5, 2018.

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Washington Post article College Students are forming mental-health clubs - and they're making a difference.
June 28, 2018

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Flawed Judgement in Use of Force Against Students.
April 19, 2018

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article A World Without Depression.
April 3, 2018

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Time article Record Numbers of College Students Are Seeking Treatment for Depression and Anxiety - But Schools Can't Keep Up.
March 19, 2018

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Moving Away from Charging for Counseling
February 7, 2018

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Suicide Data
January 11, 2018

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article All by Myself
October 26, 2017

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Suicide Victims as Art Subjects
October 10, 2017

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