CACREP selects Dr. M. Sylvia Fernandez as its next President and CEO

The CACREP Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. M. Sylvia Fernandez as the next President and CEO.  “After thorough succession planning and a comprehensive search process, the Board is pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of this organization at a time of growth and expansion within the profession. She will have an opportunity to build on the organization’s solid foundation and develop a sustainable, expansive future for CACREP within a dynamic environment of national and international licensure and regulatory requirements” said Dr. Kelly Coker, Board Chair.

Dr. Fernandez, a counselor educator for 29 years, whose track record of strong organizational leadership in the Counseling profession makes her uniquely qualified to lead CACREP successfully into the future. The Board is delighted that she’s accepted the position.

“I’m honored by and excited for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of dedicated and talented professionals,” said Dr. Fernandez. “I look forward to promoting CACREP’s mission, to engage in policy and regulatory issues related to accreditation and licensure, to nurture partnerships with other counseling and accrediting organizations, and to work collaboratively with the Board of Directors and Staff.”

Dr. Fernandez earned a BA in Psychology, BS in English Education, MS in Educational Psychology, and PhD in Counselor Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She is credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Supervision Specialty License in Arkansas; a National Certified Counselor and a National Certified School Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC); and an Approved Clinical Supervisor by The Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE).  Dr. Fernandez has extensive service and leadership experience in state, national, and international counseling professional organizations. She has served as Chair of the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling, the Board of Directors of NBCC and NBCC-International, and the CACREP Board of Directors. Dr. Fernandez’s professional and research interests include multicultural issues in counseling and related disciplines, counselor education and credentialing, and clinical supervision. Her interests are evident in professional publications and in invited and refereed international, national, state, and local presentations.

The CACREP Board of Directors invites you meet Dr. M. Sylvia Fernandez at the ACES/CACREP/NBCC Reception on Thursday April 26th 2018 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom B of the OMNI Hotel at CNN Center in conjunction with the American Counseling Association Conference.