Education Leadership Conference

Board of Educational Affairs Chair Cindy Carlson, PhD, presented the 2005 Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Awards and the 2005 Congressional Staff Awards at the 2005 ELC awards luncheon.

-Z. Stambor

Dr. Adrienne Hallett, a professional staffer for Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), won the 2005 Distinguished Congressional Staff Award for spearheading Harkin's efforts to increase mental and behavioral health services to underserved populations. Dr. Pat Souders, who was unable to attend the luncheon due to the birth of his first child, also won the 2005 Distinguished Congressional Staff Award for championing psychological services for the underprivileged as chief of staff for Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.).

Dr. Louise Douce received the Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award for promoting the development of a strong education advocacy grassroots network during the past 10 years as the director of counseling and consultation services at Ohio State University. Douce also helped develop the Campus Care and Counseling Act, which provides $10 million in competitive grants to centers on college campuses that provide mental and behavioral health services to students.

Dr. Jeff Baker, a University of Texas Medical Branch associate professor, won the Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award for his support and promotion of the Bureau of Health Professions-administered Graduate Psychology Education Program, of which he was one of the first grant recipients. Baker also serves as a National Health Service Corps volunteer ambassador-mentoring and training students for work in underserved communities.