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Elections 2014 - Chris Bhat
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Treasurer Candidate, Christine Bhat


Chris has been a faculty member at OU since 2006, and was previously on the faculty at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). She has served as the chapter faculty advisor (CFA) for the Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) since 2009, and has also served as CFA for the Lambda Beta Chapter of CSI at CSULB.

Chris has experience as an educator and counselor in the USA, Australia, and India, in diverse work environments such as the military, non-profit agencies, schools, and universities. Her recent leadership roles include serving as president of the Ohio Counseling Association (2012-2013), and serving on the executive board of the Association for Specialists in Group Work for two years. Chris holds licensure as a professional counselor and school counselor in Ohio.

Goals Statement

Thank you to the Nominations and Elections Committee for the honor of being a candidate for Treasurer of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International. I am a proud member of the Alpha Chapter of CSI at Ohio University, the place where CSI was founded in 1985. My involvement with CSI began during my doctoral program, and has continued consistently for the past fourteen years. I feel a deep connection to the mission and vision of CSI. I respect CSI as an organization that has worked tirelessly to forge a clear identity for professional counselors, advocating for counselors to be unified and strong. As a future leader, I will continue to work diligently to support the mission and vision of CSI.

The role of Treasurer is clearly delineated in CSI’s By-Laws. I commit to performing the duties of:
- monitoring financial activities;
- developing annual budgets in consultation with leadership;
- presenting a financial report at each CSI meeting;

Beyond these duties, my goal is to be a sincere and dedicated member of the Executive Council. CSI exemplifies ethical and forward-focused leadership by engaging in regular strategic planning. The success of CSI is due to the diligence and foresight of past and current leadership. My goal would be to assist CSI to continue to grow and flourish. I would work to strengthen CSI by supporting chapters who wish to be reinstated, and by encouraging the formation of new chapters. As the largest professional organization of counselors, I would like to see CSI extend its reach globally, and for a strong professional identity for counselors to be established nationally and internationally. I would want to publicize the support that CSI offers to individual members and to chapters through free professional development and chapter rebates.

Thank you and Namaste!

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