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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 Hillary Press, VCA President John Cook, March 2010 (In Memoriam)
Manny Bartolotta, Vice President Kevin Doyle Linda Leitch-Alford, VCA President Don Ayer, March 2010
Summer Tetterton, Treasurer Lennis Echterling Pete Warren September 2012 (In Memoriam)
Celeste Hall, Secretary Linda Grubba VCA Exectutive Director (Vacant) Paul Galvin, March 2014
  Etta Jane Hall    
  Lorraine Hall    
  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.  He is currently part-time Counselor with the Northern Virginia Community College Extended Learning Institute, which serves distance learning students.  Manny also teaches technology and digital camera skills to senior citizens at Lorton Senior Center, in Lorton, Virginia, and has created a website for its Advisory Council.

Manny has been an active member of VCA as well as various Divisions and Chapters for more than 20 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 the role he has played to increase 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 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 is assisting VACES develop and transition it's website.

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 on June 23, 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 VCDA and was recently chosen to serve as the K-12 representative on the NCDA Career Development Facilitator Advisory Council.

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 Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education program at Longwood University.  He is currently the Program Co-Coordinator.

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 is currently serving in his third term, and the Char of the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Counseling.


Lennis Echterling,
Ph. D
Lennis Echterling

Lennis G. Echterling is Professor of Counselor Education and Coordinator of the Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision Program at James Madison University. He has more than 30 years of experience in promoting resilience, particularly during crises and disasters. He has provided intervention, consultation and training in response to many catastrophic events, including tornadoes and floods throughout the United States, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Mississippi and Texas, the tsunami in Sri Lanka and India, the 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon, the shootings at Virginia Tech, violence in Mexico and Nicaragua, and landmine explosions in Jordan, Kurdistan, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and other countries.

Dr. Echterling’s books include "Crisis Intervention: Promoting Resilience and Resolution in Troubled Times" and "Thriving! A Manual for Students in the Helping Professions." Recently, Dr. Echterling was named a Madison Scholar at James Madison University. He also has received James Madison University’s Distinguished Faculty Award and Altogether One Award, Virginia Counselors Association’s Humanitarian Award, the national Counseling Vision and Innovation Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award.

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.



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

coming soon

Hilary Press VCA Immediate Past President
Hillary Press

Hillary Press is a Professional School Counselor at Lorton Station Elementary in Fairfax County where she is a strong advocate for her students and their families. Over the past year, Hillary has been nominated by colleagues and won the 2012-2013 Fairfax County Public Schools Elementary Counselor of the Year Award and the 2013 Virginia Counselors Association Counselor of the Year Award. In January 2014, she received a Commending Resolution from the Virginia Legislature honoring her service, leadership, and dedication to low income students, families and fellow counselors.

Hillary has been an active member of VCA since 2009 and is currently finishing her term as the Co-President of the Virginia Association of Specialists in Group Work (2010-2014). As Co-President of VASGW, she has coordinated four successful Group A Rama conferences and led the division to win two ASGW Division of the Year Awards. Hillary served on the Steering Committee of the Virginia Alliance for School Counseling (VASC) and currently holds the position of Secretary-Elect. She has also been active in the reorganization of the Northern Virginia Chapter of VCA.

Prior to becoming a School Counselor, Hillary was a Child Protective Services Worker and Social Worker for seven years. Through these experiences, she has learned the importance of advocacy and support for mental health practitioners through professional organizations. When Hillary is not working hard for FCPS or VCA, she is taking her three children to all of their various activities.

Over the past four years, I have served on the VCA Board and watched VCA grow stronger through bold and innovative leadership. I would like to continue this tradition by helping to build strong counselor leaders to take VCA into the future. My vision is to continue the education of Virginia’s counselors on the importance of being part of a supportive professional organization. I hope to carry on the work of my predecessors in building unity among counselors in the Commonwealth. This can be achieved through understanding individual professional needs and providing supportive supervision and professional development opportunities to fulfill these requirements. Additionally, I hope to continue our strong presence and level of advocacy regionally, at the state level, and in the legislature. My motto is "as counselors, we can never have enough voices and our voice can never be too loud".

Linda Grubba VCA President-Elect

Linda Grubba

Linda Grubba has 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.

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. Currently, she is in her twenty seventh year as a counselor and counselor supervisor for Campbell County Schools.

Her professional involvement includes Mental Health America of Central Virginia, 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 is preparing to retire after forty years in education and has a son who is a sports writer in Pittsburgh.

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 Founder, Philanthropic Supporter, Visionary and Driving Force
Don Ayers Dedicated Board Member, Long Time Treasurer, John Cook Award Recipient.
Pete Warren 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.
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