Secretary Candidate, Amanda La Guardia
Amanda C. La Guardia is an assistant professor at Sam
Houston State University. She previously
worked as a family counselor with children in the foster care system following
her graduation from the couples and family master’s program at East Tennessee
State University. She has been an active
member of Chi Sigma Iota since joining in 2007, becoming president of the Omega
Delta chapter at Old Dominion University.
She was later recognized as a CSI Leadership Fellow and was presented
with the Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Doctoral Student award in 2009. Amanda has served the executive council of
the SACES region as the 2012-2013 secretary, is an associate editor for the
Counseling and Values journal, and is an active member of ACA, ACES, ASGW,
IAMFC, CVJ, and AARC. She currently
serves CSI as the Awards Committee Chair. Amanda is author of multiple
counseling publications and is writing two textbooks through Wiley
It is an honor to be nominated for the office of Secretary
of Chi Sigma Iota. I am continually
grateful for the many opportunities this organization has offered me, as each
experience has greatly influenced my professional development. As secretary, I will foster an environment
conducive to the continued growth of CSI by promoting the core mission of the
organization through my activities as a member of the counseling community and
as a citizen of the world. I will strive
to inspire and support "excellence in personal, academic, and professional
practice” through my work with colleagues on the executive council and through
my involvement with the CSI membership.
I believe that when someone is afforded the opportunity to act in a
position of leadership, that person should act as a mentor; giving back to the
system what has been given in order to build a community that values growth,
support, and encouragement. As
secretary, I will work to promote communication amongst the membership and act
as an enthusiastic contributor of ideas and action to the executive
council. In my leadership position I
will serve you in the following ways:
- Remain in contact with chapters, responding to
their concerns and suggestions in a way that offers support and ensures their
message is communicated accurately to the executive council.
- Provide timely and accurate information related
to the meetings of the executive council, distributing minutes through our new
organizational website and other avenues.
- Encourage member initiatives that advocate for
the counseling profession and the communities in which we serve.
- Focus on efforts related to the professional
identity development of counselors by engaging in mentoring, providing
opportunities for service, and promoting wellness through the encouragement of
personal growth and potential.
- Utilize contemporary technology and social
networking to "invite, inform, and involve members” as per the vision, goals,
and objectives of Chi Sigma Iota to "promote communication and networking among
- Act as a source of positivity, empowerment, and support
as a member of the executive council while soliciting feedback along the way to
ensure effectiveness in my role as well as contribute to my own continued
growth as a counselor, educator, and supervisor.