CACREP Award Recipients 2021

CACREP’s biennial awards were presented at the ACES Awards Luncheon at the national conference in Atlanta. The Martin Ritchie Award for Excellence in Advocacy recognizes individuals who engage in superlative advocacy efforts on behalf of CACREP and its vision, mission, and values, which ultimately serve to advance the counseling profession through quality and excellence in counselor education. The Carol Bobby Pioneer Award for Visionary Leadership recognizes a doctoral student in a CACREP-accredited counselor education and supervision program who embodies visionary leadership aligned with CACREP’s core values.

Martin Ritchie Award for Excellence in Advocacy

This year the Martin Ritchie Award for Excellence in Advocacy is being awarded posthumously to Dr. J. Barry Mascari, formerly of Kean University, and accepted by his wife Dr. Jane Webber. Dr. Mascari was a known force in the Counseling profession and a strong advocate for the practice and professionalization of Counseling. It was a tremendous loss for all in the profession when Dr. Mascari succumbed to complications from Covid-19 on May 18th 2020.

Dr. Mascari as faculty in and Chair of the Department of Counselor Education, taught and mentored generations of students in school counseling, family counseling, addictions counseling and disaster mental health counseling. His passion as an educator was experienced both here in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Mascari’s advocacy for the Counseling profession was evident in his push for licensure at the state-level, notably in New Jersey, and through his work with the American Association of State Counseling Boards. During his term as President of AASCB, he was instrumental in initiating the multi-year, multi-organization initiative 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling. He also served in numerous other leadership positions throughout his career all of which were focused on elevating and unifying the profession of Counseling, to include: chair of the New Jersey Licensing board, and President of both the NJ Counseling Association and the NJ Mental Health Counselors Association. Dr. J. Barry Mascari exemplified activism as a counselor educator and his actions supported his impassioned dedication to the counseling profession.

Carol Bobby Pioneer Award for Visionary Leadership

The recipient of the Carol Bobby Pioneer Award for Visionary Leadership is Ms. Rachel Jacoby a doctoral student in the CACREP-accredited program at the University of Toledo. Ms Jacoby has a strong professional identity which she has established through a history of teaching, research, and leadership. She has taught college courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at three different institutions. Rachel is an effective instructor because she is grounded in the solid foundation of her clinical experience. She is a scholar with two peer-reviewed publications in counseling journals, a third under review, five more projects that are ongoing, and a book chapter.

Ms. Jacoby is independently licensed in the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory endorsement. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Level-1 Certified Trauma Practitioner, and a Certified Family Life Educator. She currently owns her own business where she provides consultation services to counselors and provides counseling services to individuals aged 2-25 in a local private practice. Ms. Jacoby is the Founder and current President of the Association of Child and Adolescent Counseling-Ohio Division. She is the President-Elect of the National ACAC and has served in multiple roles in the Alpha Omega chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. She and her peers took third place in the ACA’s national annual ethics competition. She volunteered her time and expertise at conferences put on by ACA, AARC, the Ohio Counseling Conference, and NCACES.

Also, while in her doctoral program, Rachel was instrumental in helping the Counselor Education faculty prepare their CACREP self-study demonstrating organizational and critical evaluation skills. Added to her repertoire is invaluable insight into the CACREP-accreditation standards and the processes involved with maintaining accreditation.

L to R: Dr. Amy Milsom, CACREP Board Chair, Rachel Jacoby, and Dr. Sylvia Fernandez, CACREP President and CEO celebrate Rachel's receipt of the Carol Bobby Pioneer Award for Visionary Leadership at the ACES National Conference 2021.
L to R: Dr. Amy Milsom, CACREP Board Chair, Rachel Jacoby, and Dr. Sylvia Fernandez, CACREP President and CEO celebrate Rachel’s receipt of the Carol Bobby Pioneer Award for Visionary Leadership at the ACES National Conference 2021.

Dr. Jane Webber and Dr. Barry Mascari pose with a cutout of Dr. Carol Bobby during Carol's retirement party in 2017.
Dr. Jane Webber and Dr. Barry Mascari pose with a cutout of Dr. Carol Bobby during Carol’s retirement party in 2017.