Secretary Candidate, Edward Wahesh
Edward Wahesh, a National Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor, is an Assistant Professor in the Education and Counseling Department and member of the Alpha Beta Gamma Chapter at Villanova University. Since joining Chi Sigma Iota, Ed has served as a CSI Leadership Intern, Chapter President, and Reviewer for the CSI Awards Committee and Leadership Essay Contest; he currently serves as the chairperson of the CSI Leadership Committee.
In addition to his involvement in CSI, Ed is the registration co-coordinator for the 2015 ACES Conference in Philadelphia, PA and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Counseling and Development, Journal of Addictions and Offenders Counseling, and Counselor Education and Supervision. Ed has served as a professional counselor in collegiate, psychiatric inpatient, and secondary school settings and actively researches, publishes, and presents on topics related to counselor education and supervision as well as substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment.
I am honored to be nominated for Secretary of Chi Sigma Iota, an organization that has greatly shaped me as a professional counselor and counselor educator. I am confident that my experience with CSI will help me be an effective leader and advocate for CSI membership. When I was first introduced to CSI as a part-time student over ten years ago, I was skeptical of honor societies and professional organizations in general. These perceptions changed as I came into contact with the rich mission and work of CSI. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to interact with CSI leaders and through these very enriching experiences I began to realize the great value of membership and the important role that CSI plays in advancing our profession. CSI’s efforts to promote academic and professional excellence in counseling and the personal encouragement I have received from CSI members have profoundly influenced me professionally and has made renewing my membership each year a no brainer.
As Secretary, I will dedicate myself to increasing the connection between CSI leaders and members in order to create the opportunities for engagement that have been so instrumental for my own professional development. First and foremost, this includes providing accurate and detailed accounts of meetings and distributing these minutes in a timely and effective manner. I will communicate with chapters and members utilizing current technology, including social media, and solicit feedback whenever possible to promote collaboration and dialogue. Finally, as Secretary I will advocate on behalf of members for programming, resources, and funding to promote excellence in leadership, advocacy, and clinical practice. When advocating for these member benefits, I will be mindful of the growing and diverse composition of CSI’s chapters, knowing firsthand that our members represent many different groups including part-time students, doctoral students, professional counselors, and counselor educators. In sum, I am truly honored and proud to be on the ballot for Secretary. If given the opportunity to serve as CSI Secretary, I will be an advocate and leader for CSI members.