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Meet the VCAF Board of Directors

The VCA Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of Officers, Directors, and Ex-Officio Directors.  In addition, in March 2010 the Board decided to amend the By-Laws, to recognize Emeritus members for their long term of history of dedication and service to the Foundation.  All of the Board members represent substantial involvement in the counseling profession in a variety of roles.

The VCA position of Executive Director is currently vacant.  At the June 2013 meeting, the Foundation Board decided to add three additional positions to the Board, one in 2013, another in 2014, and a third in 2015.

More information on the Board positions and responsibilities is available in the VCAF By-Laws.

We recognize the contributions of the original VCA Foundation Board (1991) and founding members, in making the Foundation possible.
See Tribute to Founding Members and First Board of Directors.



Ex-Officio Directors

Emeritus Members
Adele Walker-Blue, President Bryan Carr Linda Grubba, VCA President John Cook, March 2010 (In Memoriam)
Manny Bartolotta, Vice President Kevin Doyle Helen Runyan, VCA Past-President Don Ayers, March 2010
Summer Tetterton, Treasurer Etta Jane Hall Monica Band, VCA President-Elect Pete Warren September 2012 (In Memoriam)
Celeste Hall, Secretary Lorraine Hall VCA Exectutive Director (Vacant) Paul Galvin, March 2014
Suzee Leone
Ellissia Price


Adele Walker-Blue President

Adele is an LPC who grew up on a dairy farm in Powhatan County, the youngest of four sisters. She attended Huguenot Academy (now Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot), Mary Baldwin College (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology) and the College of William and Mary (Master of Education in Counseling). Adele has worked in corporate, healthcare, and community mental settings. Adele has spent much of her clinical career honing her expertise in Motivational Interviewing, and other Humanistic counseling approaches, and has worked with many populations, including adolescents with substance abuse issues and their families; individuals with medical, as well as mental health diagnoses; and youth under social services care. Currently, Adele is a Manager in Behavioral Health Care Management at Anthem. Adele manages a team of clinicians who assist clients in connecting to treatment resources in their communities, and provide coaching on lifestyle changes to assist in improving both mental health and medical conditions.

Adeles professional contributions to the Virginia Counselors Association include serving as President, two terms as Treasurer, Challenge Fund Chair, and Advocacy Co-Chair. Adele is currently serving on the Convention Committee. Additionally, Adele has served on the leadership team of the Virginia Clinical Counselors Alliance. After serving two terms as the VCA Foundation Treasurer, Adele is excited to use her leadership experience in the role of VCA Foundation President.

Manny Bartolotta Vice President
Manny Bartolotta

Manny is an "actively retired" former high school counselor from Fairfax County Public Schools.  In retirement since 2005, he has worked as a part-time Counselor with the Northern Virginia Community College Extended Learning Institute, which serves distance learning students, and in numerous other part-time, temporary roles in various capacities for Fairfax County schools and NVCC. 

He has been a firm believer that technology is a tool which empowers people of all ages. Manny has taught technology skills to senior citizens at Lorton Senior Center in Lorton, Virginia, and has created a website for its Advisory Council.  He is also part of the IT-on-Call in Fairfax County, which helps seniors needing IT assistance in their homes.

Professionally, Manny has been an active member of VCA as well as various Divisions and Chapters for more than 25 years. He has served as President of Northern Virginia Counselors Association, the Virginia School Counselors Association, and the Virginia Career Development Association, for which he served two different terms.   

Manny has especially enjoyed increasing awareness of the important role of technology in the work of counselors. Manny founded and developed the original websites for VCA and VSCA, was involved in the rebuilding of the VCDA website.  Most recently, he established and developed the VCA Foundation site and the new VCA school counselor organization website for the VASC. Manny has established the domain name for VCA, VSCA, VCDA, VASC, and the VCA Foundation. Currently, Manny is the Technology Chair for VCA, and has served as the VCA Foundation Vice President since 2009. He was the recipient of the VCA John Cook Award in 2017 for long and meritorious service to VCA and the counseling profession. 


Celeste Hall  Secretary
Celeste Hall

Celeste currently works part time for The Virginia Community System as the Career Coach Specialist supporting the high school and adult career coaching programs across the state. She worked as a Teacher, School Counselor and Career Counselor in Hanover County Public Schools for a total of 31 years, retiring in, 2011. She grew up in Henrico County, Virginia, attended Douglas S. Freeman High School, The College of William and Mary (B.A. in History/Social Science) and Virginia Commonwealth University ( Master of Education in Counseling). In addition Celeste taught the graduate level course in Career Information/Exploration in the Counselor Education Department at VCU on an adjunct basis for 12 years. In 2006 she earned National Board Certification in the School Counseling K-12 area and became certified as a Career Development Facilitator Instructor in the fall of 2010.

Celeste is a long time member of a number of professional organizations including The Virginia Counselors Association (VCA), The Virginia School Counselors Association (VSCA), The Virginia Career Development Association (VCDA), American School Counselors Association (ASCA) and the National Career Development Association (NCDA). She has held a variety of elected offices in VCA, VSCA and VCDA including the offices of secretary, treasurer, awards chair, newsletter editor and president. She currently serves as Treasurer of VDCA. She has also served on the Advisory Council for the National Career Development Association Facilitating Career Development program and is currently the Trustee for K-12 School Counselors and Career Specialists.

Celeste is married to Ron Hall and they have two grown daughters.


Summer Tetherton Treasurer
Summer Tetherton, VCA President

Summer Tetterton is a Past-President of Virginia Counselors Association and Treasurer of the VCA Foundation. Summer is the Director of Campbell County Youth, Adult and Community Services. Summer has provided outpatient counseling services in a private practice setting and she has over ten years of experience working with individuals impacted by trauma in the community agency setting. Summer completed a Master's Degree in Community Counseling at Lynchburg College in 2007 and was licensed in 2011.

Summer has been an active member of Virginia Counselors Association and Lynchburg Area Counselors Association. She has served on the executive board for both organizations in various capacities. She is also a member of Chi Sigma Iota. Summer serves on numerous committees and coalitions on the local and regional levels that work towards raising awareness about the impact of violence against women. When she is not working, Summer spends time with her husband, John, and their furry, four-legged "children."



Bryan Carr
Bryan Carr

Bryan has been a member of the VCA Foundation since 2001, serving as a Director-at-large, Secretary and president of the Board of Directors from 2010-2013. His experience, knowledge and leadership have provided direction and vision for the Foundation. During his presidency, Bryan lead the Board in a reorganization effort to revise the Foundation's By-Laws, recruit new members, create a strategic plan, and build a solid financial base.

Bryan is currently Instructional Specialist for School Counseling in Chesterfield County Public Schools, where he oversees the implementation of the counseling program for K-12 students. Previously, he was the School Counseling Coordinator at two high schools in CCPS, and he served as both a high school counselor and instructor in several Chesterfield County schools. Bryan and his wife, Julia, have two adult children, Winston and Andrew.

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle serves as an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education program at Longwood University.  He is currently the Chair of the Department of Education and Special Education. He is licensed as a professional counselor and a substance abuse treatment practitioner in Virginia, and has a small private practice in Charlottesville..

Previously, Kevin held leadership positions with Phoenix House of the Mid-Atlantic (formerly Vanguard Services Unlimited), a non–profit agency based in Arlington (Va.). He also taught at the University of Virginia in the College of Arts and Sciences and at the Curry School of Education for 14 years. Kevin has a part-time private practice specializing in working with young people (college students and young adults), particularly those in early recovery from substance use disorders or making transitions in recovery and/or education, including student-athletes, and also with healthcare professionals. Kevin currently chairs, and  is serving his fourth term on, the Virginia Board of Counseling.


Etta Jane Hall
Etta Jane Hall

Etta Jane retired as Supervisor Elementary Counseling and Related Services for Prince William County Schools in 2007 after 37 years in public education. Etta Jane's father served in the U.S. Navy and as a military dependent she has lived in many different places, including Morocco in North Africa. Etta Jane received her BA in Education from Morehead State University, M.Ed. in Education of the Emotionally Disturbed and Counseling at the University of Louisville, and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from George Mason University. Etta Jane maintains membership in ACA, VCA, VASC, VSCA, ASCA, PWRCA, and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Etta Jane has served on VCA, PWRCA, and VSCA boards in several positions that included VCA Awards Co-Chair, PWRCA President, and VSCA Vice President Post Secondary. and VSCA Inter-professional Relations/Ethics Chair. Etta Jane's awards include VCA 2009 John R. Cook Award, PWRCA 2009 Career Service Award, VSCA 2008 Spirit Award, and VSCA 2004 Supportive Administrator of the Year.


Lorraine Hall


Lorraine Hall

Lorraine currently serves as the Assistant to the Provost at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. She has worked in a variety of administrative capacities at CNU, including Assistant to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Assistant to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, since October 2000. Prior to her employment at CNU, Lorraine coordinated the Project FOCUS career partnership through Thomas Nelson Community College and Hampton City Schools. Lorraine has also taught Student Development courses at Thomas Nelson Community College and Tidewater Community College.

Lorraine has previously served in various leadership positions in the Virginia College Personnel Association, Virginia School Counselor Association, Peninsula Counselors Association, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and the Virginia Counselors Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling / Student Personnel from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.


Susan Leone, EdD., LPC
Susan Leone

Dr. Leone is Professor Emeritus, retired from the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Counselor Education which she chaired. She has served as president of the Virginia Counselors Association (VCA), the Virginia Elementary School Counselors Association (VESCA), the Richmond Area Counselors Association (RACA), the Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors (VACC) and Virginia Association for Ethical, Spiritual and Religious Values in Counseling (VASERVIC). She was a charter member of VASERVIC, the Virginia Association for Specialists in Group Work (VASGW), the Virginia Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the Virginia Alliance of School Counselors (VASC). She is past chair of the Virginia Board of Counseling and a former member of the Discipline, Credentials, and Executive committees. She served on the Virginia Counselor Association Foundation Board previously. For many years she lobbied for counselor licensure and elementary school counseling as the VCA Legislative Chair.

Previous work experiences include public school special education teaching and counseling and an independent counseling practice. Dr. Leones scholarly interests are in the areas of resilience, counseling ethics, group counseling, counseling history and professionalism, clinical supervision, and STEM careers.

Ellissia Price
Ellissia Price

Ellissia is the Elementary School Counseling Specialist for Fairfaix County Public Schools. Prior to coming to FCPS, Ellissia hed a comparable position in the District of Columbia.

Ellissia has held several leadership positions in the Virginia Association for Specialists in Group Work (VASGW), including the President, Co-President, Secretary and Treasurer, and has been the driving force in the very successful yearly conference sponsored by VASGW called Grouparama.

3 Vacant Positions

Ex-Officio Directors The VCA President, Past President and President-Elect are non-voting members of the Foundation Board.
Linda Grubba VCA President

Linda Grubba recently retired after 37 years of experience in public education as a teacher, counselor and district supervisor. She taught at the college level in Sydney, Australia and in the Graduate Counseling Program at Lynchburg College. While in Australia she led a community action coalition focused on improving child care in the Blue Mountain Region of New South Wales.  She is one of the first school counselors in Virginia to earn the credential of School Based Registered Play Therapist from the Association for Play Therapy.

Linda has presented trainings and workshops in a variety of settings all over Virginia. Her topics have included issues related to community collaboration, emotional intelligence, parenting, creating positive school climate and safety, conflict resolution, program development, play therapy and developing resiliency.

Her professional involvement includes the Virginia Counselors Association, Lynchburg Area Counselors Association, Virginia Alliance for School Counseling, Virginia Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Association for Play Therapy, Virginia Association for Play Therapy, and the Campbell County J & D Court Children First Committee. She has been the recipient of the American Counseling Association Emerging Leader Award, the Virginia Counselors Association Van Hoose Career Service Award, the Lynchburg College Outstanding Alumni Award, and the Virginia School Counselor Spirit Award.

She is married to an Australian who has also retired after forty years in education and has a son who is a sports writer in Pittsburgh.


Helen Runyan Past President

Coming soon. 

Monica Band VCA President-Elect

Dr. Monica Band

Dr. Monica Paige Band is an Assistant Professor for Marymount University’s (MU) Counseling Department in Arlington, Virginia. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Monica is a Co-Faculty Advisor for MU’s CSI chapter. Additionally, Monica is a Resident in Counseling and provides counseling services at her  private practice, Mindful Healing Counseling Services, LLC, in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Her immediate clinical experience includes serving severe marginalized populations with a variety of issues: substance use, severe mental health diagnoses, chronic homelessness, immigrant/refugee status, etc. Monica has previous clinical experience providing vocational rehabilitation counseling services for veterans and working in both residential, university, and outpatient community-based mental health settings.

Monica is an active member of the professional counseling community. She has served in several leadership capacities. Some include: President-Elect of VCA (2017-2018), Past-President of VA-ASERVIC (2016-2017), VCA's Policies and Procedures Committee Chair (2017-2018), member of MCA’s Ethics and Bylaws Committee, Graduate Representative for VA-ALGBTIC (2015-2017), MACES’ Secretary (2015-2017). Monica proudly serves on ACA’s Cultural Encounters Task Force (2017-2018). She is a professional member of ACA, ASERVIC, MGCA, and AHC.

She has presented over 40 educational sessions at local, state, national, and international conferences; as well as published and guest lectured on a variety of counseling topics related to multiculturalism (e.g., dynamics of cultural privilege/oppression, internalized stereotypes, intersectionality, intergenerational trauma, culture bound syndromes within the DSM-V, Asian American needs in counseling, etc.).  Her more recent scholarly work includes spiritual and religious coping on burnout and the mental health needs of first responders.

In her free time she enjoys a nice cup of tea, traveling, and spending time with her partner and their Golden Retriever, Ember.

Emeritus Members

The Foundation Board has extended honorary recognition as Emeritus Members to the following former former Board members, in view of the outstanding service and commitment to the Board.

John Cook
(In Memoriam)
Founder, Philanthropic Supporter, Visionary and Driving Force
Don Ayers Dedicated Board Member, Long Time Treasurer, John Cook Award Recipient.
Pete Warren
(In Memoriam)
VCA Past President, First VCA Executive Director,
Counselor Educator, Inspirational Leader & Mentor, John Cook Award Recipient
Paul Galvin VCA President & Treasurer; VSCA President; Legislative Advocate for ASCA & VCA; John Cook Award Recipient; Connected VCA to VA Education Coalition.