Current Officers (May 1, 2021-April 30, 2022)

Elected Officers/Executive Council

Amy Upton Amy Upton

Budget and Finance Committee Assistant Chair
Bylaws Committee

Professional Development Committee

Dr. Amy Upton passionately believes in the importance of the profession of school counseling and the impact that school counselors can have on students. Her primary research interests are centered around professional identity for school counselors, best practices in school counselor training and practice including ASCA model implementation, as well as enhancing advocacy and multicultural competencies within school counselors, and examining resiliency factors and the development of these factors in our youth. A key component of her work centers around collaboration with practicing school counselors, local school districts and stakeholders at the state level. Dr. Upton currently serves as an Assistant Professor and School Counseling Coordinator at the University of South Alabama. She has served on the ALSCA board since 2016, serves on the boards of ALCA and Chapter VIII, and is a member of the Evidenced Based School Counseling Advisory Board. Prior to moving to Alabama in 2013 to teach at USA, she spent 15 years as a middle school and high school counselor in Virginia and also taught adjunct at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Upton lives in Fairhope and when she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandson, enjoying the beaches, and spending time with friends.

Daniel Birdsong Daniel Birdsong

ALCA Program Selection Chair
Budget and Finance Committee
Elections Committee

Professional Development Committee

Daniel Birdsong is an Assistant Professor of Counseling in the Graduate Counseling Program at the University of Montevallo (UM). Previously, he served as a school counselor at Creek View Elementary School (CVES) in Alabaster City Schools. He is a Licensed Professional counselor in Alabama (#3827), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (#3844), a National Certified Counselor (#717568), and a National Certified School Counselor (#717568). Daniel earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Music Education and a Master of Education degree in School Counseling from the UM. He earned an Educational Specialist degree from Jacksonville State University in School Counseling and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Samford University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Holy Cross. His research interests include implementation and support for comprehensive school counseling programs and the principal-school counselor relationship.

Daniel is passionate about training future school counselors to support all students’ social/emotional, academic, and career development through comprehensive school counseling programs. Demonstrating program implementation and alignment with the American School Counselor Association National (ASCA) Model and Alabama Counseling Plan as a school counselor, CVES received the Bronze Recognition of Accountability, Verification, and Excellence (RAVE) Award for the 2016-2017 school year in November 2017; the Silver RAVE Award for the 2017-2018 school year in November 2018; and the Gold RAVE Award for the 2018-2019 school year in November 2019. CVES received the Alabama School Counseling Program of Distinction Award for the 2019-2020 school year in October 2020 and the Recognized ASCA Model Program Award in July 2021. In addition to program awards, Daniel received the Asa Sparks New School Counselor of the Year Award in November 2017, the University of Montevallo Graduate Counseling Program Outstanding Alumni Award in February 2018, the Alabaster City Schools Counselor of the Year Award in March 2018, and the Alabama Counseling Association Emerging Leader Award in November 2018.

Daniel has served on the Alabama School Counselor Association Governing Board since 2016 in a variety of roles and on multiple committees including: Professional Recognition Committee Chair, Awards Luncheon Chair, Professional Development Committee, Bylaws and Policies/Procedures Committee, and the Elections Committee. He currently serves as President Elect.

Daniel lives in Alabaster with his wife, Phebe, five-year-old daughter, Ruth, and one-year-old son, Griff.

Patrice Davis

VP Counselor Supervisor
Budget and Finance Committee

Professional Development Committee

Patrice Davis is a lifelong Mobile resident with 28 years’ experience in the Baldwin County Public School System. After graduating from the University of South Alabama in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Language Arts, she furthered her studies at the University of South Alabama where she graduated in 1995 with a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Language Arts. In 1996, she received certification in school counseling from the University of South Alabama; and in 1999, she received certification in administration/supervision from Alabama State University. In 1998, she graduated from the University of South Alabama with her Educational Specialist degree as an Instructional Specialist in Secondary Language Arts. In addition to these educational achievements, Patrice is a 2007 graduate of the University of Alabama Superintendents’ Academy.

During her twenty-eight year career in the Baldwin County Public School System, Patrice has served as an English teacher at Fairhope High School; a counselor at Bay Minette Middle School; and an assistant principal and principal at Bay Minette Middle School. She currently serves as the Intervention Supervisor, whereby she supervises the school counselors, school social workers, transition liaison coach, homebound teachers, and on campus suspension aides. In addition, she serves as the Section 504 Compliance Coordinator and the Homebound Services Coordinator for the district, as well as the administrator for the At Risk Budget.

Since 2019, Patrice has served on the ALSCA Governing Board as VP Counselor Supervisor. Additionally, she has served on the Professional Development Committee. Patrice lends her time to several civic and community organizations in Baldwin County. She is the Immediate Past Chairman for the Board of Directors for the United Way of Baldwin County, and she is a past President of the Board of Directors for the Snook Youth Club of Foley. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Baldwin County’s Child Advocacy Center, and she is also a member of the Baldwin County Underage Drinking Task Force. In addition, she serves on the Baldwin County Community Alliance, of which she is one of the charter members. In her spare time, Patrice enjoys reading, shopping, and traveling.

Casey Lancaster Casey Lancaster
Immediate Past President
Elections Committee Chair
Budget and Finance Committee
Professional Development Committee

Casey Lancaster is a lifelong Birmingham resident with over 20 years’ experience as a counselor in diverse disciplines. After graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Human Development from The University of Alabama in 1996, she attended The University of Alabama at Birmingham and earned her Master’s Degree in Agency Counseling in 1998. She has worked in a variety of community counseling agencies including an adolescent drug rehabilitation program, adolescent residential program, grief counseling agencies, and mental health facilities. Since 2005, Mrs. Lancaster has served as a school counselor at Mountain Brook Junior High School. In addition to providing academic guidance, she conducts individual and small group counseling for students, coordinates Section 504 Service plans, and other services for academically and socially at-risk students, and coordinates yearly registration and scheduling activities.

Mrs. Lancaster is a State of Alabama Licensed Professional Counselor with additional certifications as a Critical Incident Debriefing leader, Bereavement Support Facilitator, and has served as Historian for Chapter IV Division of ALCA as well as in a variety of positions on the Alabama School Counselor Association Governing Board. She is a member of the Alabama Counseling Association, the Alabama School Counselor Association, and the American School Counselor Association. Mrs. Lancaster has specialty training in stress and anxiety management from the American School Counselor Association.

As far back as she can remember, she wanted to be a counselor who serves students, parents, and our profession. At her core, she believes every child needs someone in his/her life that is irrationally positive about him/her. Mrs. Lancaster is passionate about helping youth redefine their standards for living by teaching them ways to successfully navigate this challenging world. Mrs. Lancaster has lived in the Birmingham area most of her life. She is married with one son. Her hobbies include painting, reading, hiking, and crafting.

Mary Hall
Professional Development Committee

Mary Hall graduated Cum Laude from Mississippi State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early  Childhood/Elementary Education with a generalist middle school endorsement for grades 6 – 8. She went on to earn her Master
of Science degree in School Counseling from Jacksonville State University where she was a member of Chi Sigma Iota national honor society and received the “2010 Student of the Year Award” for her master’s program. Mary has now served 21 years in the education profession. She was a classroom teacher for 17 years and has been a school counselor for 4 years. Mary is currently an itinerant school counselor for Shelby Elementary School and Wilsonville Elementary School in the Shelby County school district. This will be her second year to serve on the ALSCA Governing Board. Last year, she served as the Assistant Chair for the Professional Recognition Committee. In addition to
her role as Secretary, she will continue to serve as a member of the Professional Development Committee.

In 2018, Mary was awarded the Bronze Level Recognition of Accountability, Verification, and Excellence (RAVE) Award. She was awarded the Silver Level RAVE Award in 2019 and the Gold Level RAVE Award in 2020. Mary was awarded the RAVE awards for both of her schools; which is a total of 6 RAVE awards. In the summer of 2020, she earned her certification as a Certified Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP).

In June of 2018, Mary competed in the Mrs. Alabama America Pageant where she earned the title of Mrs. Alabama America. She competed in the Mrs. Alabama America pageant in Las Vegas, NV, where she had the opportunity to promote her platform, “Mental Health Awareness in Public Schools.” During the summer months, Mary serves as a third grade reading and math intervention teacher for a summer learning program at the Children’s Fresh Air Farm located in Bluff Park, AL. She is passionate about supporting young children in their academics as well as their social emotional learning so they are able to reach their full potential.

Mary currently resides in Chelsea with her husband, Drew, and fur baby, Maddie. In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading, running, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Winnie Davis

Budget and Finance Committee Chair
Professional Development Committee

Winnie Davis, M.A., LPC, NCC, is a middle school counselor in the Hoover City School system. A graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Winnie obtained her B.S. in Psychology (1996) and her M.A. in Agency Counseling (2000). Before becoming a school counselor, Winnie spent 6 years counseling children/adolescents who experienced physical and/or sexual abuse, and 3 years as an intervention/behavioral counselor helping foster families.

A school counselor since 2006, at both the elementary and middle school levels, Winnie is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). Giving back to the counseling profession, Winnie has served on the Governing Board for the Alabama School Counselor Association since 2014 as Membership Co-Chair, ALCA Awards Chair, and two terms as Secretary. Winnie also volunteers as a mentor to others looking to further their counseling career.

Jennifer Carey
Communications Committee Assistant Chair (Social Media)
Professional Development Committee

Jennifer Carey has been a School Counselor for 13 years. She has worked in elementary schools in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of California, Davis. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2014, she received her Educational Specialist Degree in Counseling from Georgia Regents University. Jennifer is a member of the American School Counselor Association, the Alabama Counseling Association, and the Alabama School Counselor Association. She is also a National Certified Counselor.

Jennifer has worked for four years at Dixie Elementary School and Mt. Olive Intermediate School in Russell County. She loves working with Pre-K through 5th grade students. Every day is an opportunity to inspire, empower, and educate! Creating a comprehensive, data-informed program focused on delivering direct services to students has been a priority. Collaborating with teachers, parents, administrators and community stakeholders to identify and address academic, social, and emotional barriers to student success has been instrumental to her work. Jennifer loves working with students both individually and in small and large groups. She has received the Superintendent Award for Excellence (2017) and the Warrior Rise Up Award (2021)(Russell County). She also recently received the ASCA RAMP award at Dixie Elementary.

Currently Jennifer resides in Columbus, GA. She is adventurous and loves to travel with her husband and two sons. She’s been part of a military family for 24 years and has loved the opportunities that lifestyle has provided. You can often find her gardening or taking walks with her dog, Bo. Her oldest son attends the University of South Florida and her youngest son will be attending Colorado State University.

Governing Board Members

Ben Graham
VP Preschool/Elementary School
Professional Development Committee

AnnaGrace Baldwin
VP Middle/Junior High School

Communications Committee Assistant Chair (Website)
rofessional Development Committee Assistant Chair
Elections Committee

Robbie Durr
VP High School
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Professional Development Committee

Malti Tuttle
VP Counselor Educator
Elections Committee
Professional Development Committee

Meg Smith
Bylaws Committee Chair

Communications Committee Chair (Advocacy and Newsletter)

Sheryl Smith
Communications Committee Assistant Chair
(National School Counseling Week, Poster and Essay Contest)

Clarissa Reese
Government and Interprofessional Relations Committee Chair
Professional Development Committee

Lexie Greer
Government and Interprofessional Relations Committee Assistant Chair
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Darlene Lewis
Membership Committee Chair

Melinda Gray
Membership Committee Assistant Chair

Shelly Johnson
Professional Development Committee Chair

Laura Reina
Professional Development Committee Assistant Chair

Shelly Mitchell
Professional Recognition Committee Chair
Professional Development Committee (Career Chair)

Brittany Mistich
Professional Recognition Committee Assistant Chair
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Monica Mack
Professional Recognition Committee (ALCA Awards)
Professional Development Committee

Autumn Rowe
Professional Recognition Committee (Awards Luncheon Chair)
Professional Development Committee

Heather Polk
Professional Recognition Committee (Awards Luncheon Asst. Chair)

Laura Hodges
Research Committee Chair
Professional Development Committee

Monica Motley
ALCA Journal Manuscript Reviewer

Cindy Davis
Alabama School Counseling Program of Distinction Liaison
Professional Development Committee

Sean Stevens
Alabama State Department of Education Liaison

Bylaws Committee
Professional Development Committee

Zach McCraw
Hospitality Committee Chair
Professional Development Committee

Lisa Butler
Hospitality Committee Assistant Chair
Professional Development Committee

Sylvia Hollins
Special Committee Chair: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Additional Professional Development Committee Members
Kim Bailey
Sydney Bireley
Tina Evans
Debbie Grant
Kathleen Keelin
Cathy Lankford
Renita Matthews
Amy Willis

Nominations & Election Procedure

“Officers shall be elected annually by ballot at the ALCA Annual Conference.  The results shall be announced in the next issue of the “The Alabama School Counselor.”  Officers (with the exception of Treasurer) shall serve one year, May 1 – April 30. (Bylaws Article III.1.c)”

“The Nominations and Elections Committee will solicit nominations in the summer issues of “The Alabama School Counselor”, members to be considered for office.  The committee shall then submit a slate of nominees for election as stated in Article III.  The Immediate Past-President shall serve as the chairperson of the committee.” (Bylaws Article V.2.f.)

The following timeline is recommended for election procedures:

  • Call for nominations
    • August 31st — Nomination Deadline
    • September 15th – Deadline for Nomination Packets to be submitted
  • Presentation of Candidates
    • October 15th – Candidates presented electronically
    • Candidates presented at the ALCA Annual Conference (ALSCA Awards Luncheon and/or Division Meeting)
  • Election 
    • ALCA Annual Conference – Voting Begins
    • December 20th – Voting Closes
  • Announcement of new ALSCA Officers
    • January 10th

Officers to be elected each year:

  • President-Elect-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Historian

Officer to be elected every other year:

  • Treasurer

The Immediate Past President shall, with the approval of the President and Governing Board, appoint a committee of no fewer than three persons representing diverse geographical areas of the state. From nominations submitted the committee will select two (if possible) candidates for each office prior to annual conference.

Candidates’ resumes and statements should be submitted to the newsletter editor for publication in the newsletter distributed prior to the election. Election Guidelines should be published and made available to candidates.

Ballots are to be made available to all members. An appropriate due date for ballots shall be specified in the ballot instruction. The committee should strictly adhere to the date announced for final vote counting.

Each candidate for ALSCA office must submit a complete resume and provide the following material in the order presented.  All materials must be submitted in final form and according to instructions.

  1. Nominee Name:
  2. Candidate for office of:
  3. Nominated by:
  4. Nominee’s Address:
  5. Nominee’s Phone Number:

ALCA Chapter:

  1. Current Position and Location
  2. Nominee’s American School Counselor Association member number
  3. Resume (200 words) Education:
  4. Professional/Leadership Experience:
  5. Association Leadership: Memberships: Awards/Certification/Publications CANDIDATE’S STATEMENT (150 words)

Election Guidelines

Electioneering and campaigning should be kept at a minimum and in accord with the following guideline:

  • The Association, and its affiliate, shall not engage in the practice of budgeting and/or appropriating organizational funds for support of any candidate for any ALCA or ALSCA office.
  • The Association and its candidates shall not engage in the practice of accepting campaign funds and /or other campaign support from commercial firms, corporations and/or foundations.
  • Written candidacy information shall be limited to the election issue of the ALCA “Quarterly”, “The Alabama School Counselor”, and/or the ALSCA ballot. A candidate or their representative (e.g. brochures, letters, etc.) may not disseminate formal written information.  Oral information about candidates will be confined to personal communication among members, not involving campaign speakers, telephone trees, and other formal campaign activities.

Violation of these policies will subject the candidate to possible invalidation of eligibility as a candidate; authority to withdraw a candidate rests with the Nomination and Elections Committee with ratification by the Governing Board.

Any member/candidate charged with violating the written Nominations and Elections policies approved by the Governing Board shall be given notice of the precise nature of the charge, shall be given the opportunity to confront witnesses, and shall have the right to appeal and have a hearing before the Governing Board whose decision shall be final.  The Nominations and Elections Committee shall consider any charges made on the signature of five members in good standing and shall have the power to determine whether the charges shall be dropped, whether the charges are true and if found to be true, shall have the power to disqualify the member/candidate and cancel his/her eligibility as a candidate in the election, subject however to the right of any such member to appeal to the Governing Board from any final decision of the Nominations and Elections Committee.

Honor Roll of Past Presidents

1970-1971 – Mary McKinnon
1971-1972 – Herman Griffin
1972-1973 – William Jenkins
1973-1974 – Jimmy Jones
1974-1975 – Rae Sykes
1975-1976 – Minnie Jackson
1976-1977 – Dean Byrd
1977-1978 – Thelma Robinson
1978-1979 – Mike Burgan
1979-1980 – Jerry Daly
1980-1981 – Harriette Huckaby
1981-1982 – Barbara Mayer
1982-1983 – Thelma Robinson
1983-1984 – Eddie Ruth Dean
1984-1985 – Frances Manning
1985-1986 – Judy Childress
1986-1987 – Jean Davis
1987-1988 – Gloris Peterson
1988-1989 – Margaret “Meg” Smith
1989-1990 – Anita Sherman
1990-1991 – Gay Rutherford
1991-1992 – Jane Smith
1992-1993 – Sandy Magnuson
1993-1994 – Wynelle Sewell
1994-1995 – Diane McWain
1995-1996 – Nicki Graham
1996-1997 – Glenda Reynolds
1997-1998 – Nancy Cole
1998-1999 – Carol Turner
1999-2000 – Lynn Cooper
2000-2001 – Annette Bohannan
2001-2002 – Angie Stansell
2002-2003 – Stephanie Rogers Howard
2003-2004 – Carol Turner
2004-2005 – Angie Stansell
2005-2006 – Jerry Lynn Morrow
2006-2007 – Marty Hulsey
2007-2008 – Katharine Nichols
2008-2009 – Nancy Fox
2009-2010 – Nancy Wolfe
2010-2011 – Donna Clark
2011-2012 – Jennifer Riddle
2012-2013 – LaWanda Edwards
2013-2014 – Monica Mack
2014-2015 – Shelly Johnson
2015-2016 – Debbie Grant
2016-2017 – Emily Rich
2017-2018 – Maegan Vick
2018-2019 – AnnaGrace Baldwin
2019-2020 – LaWanda Edwards
2020-2021 – Casey Lancaster