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Academy of Leaders: Jane Myers
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Jane MyersJane E. Myers 

Jane E. Myers was a Professor of Counselor Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and served as the Executive Director of Chi Sigma Iota International. She received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master's in rehabilitation counseling, specialist in counseling and educational administration, and doctorate in counselor education with certificate in gerontology also were received from the University of Florida. She was a National Certified Counselor, National Certified Gerontological Counselor, and was one of the first Certified Rehabilitation Counselors. In addition, she maintained a Licensed Professional Counselor Credential North Carolina and became Board Certified in Neurofeedback. 

Dr. Myers worked as a rehabilitation counselor and administrator of aging programs in the state of Florida.   She directed five national grant projects on aging for the American Counseling Association (ACA), with funding in excess of $1,000,000. These projects developed curriculum materials to train counselors to work with older persons, provided continuing education for more than 3,200 practicing professional counselors in gerontological issues, developed a model and curriculum resources for infusion of gerontological counseling into counselor education, and a statement of competencies for training of gerontological counselors. The competencies formed the basis for the National Certified Gerontological Counselor credential that was established through the National Board for Certified Counselors as well as the national standards for counselor accreditation in gerontological counseling through CACREP, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

Dr. Myers was President of the American Counseling Association, in 1990-91, been president of two ACA divisions, the Association for Assessment in Counseling and the Association for Adult Development and Aging, and has been an officer, member, and committee chair for national and division committees of several AACD divisions, including AADA, AMECD, ACES, and ARCA. She served on the editorial board for several AACD journals, guest edited several journals including two special issues of the Journal of Counseling & Development, and was selected as the Founding Editor for the Journal of Adult Development and Aging, ACAs first fully electronic journal. She also served as President of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society in counseling, as well as Rho Chi Sigma, the rehabilitation counseling honor society, and Sigma Phi Omega, the national gerontology honor society. She was chair of the Counseling and Human Development Foundation (CHDF) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). She was selected as Chair of the ACA Executive Director Search Committee, a committee charged to locate a new chief executive officer to oversee ACAs nine million dollar budget and 100 headquarters staff. She has also Chaired the CSI Strategic Planning Committee.

She wrote and edited more than 20 books and monographs, over 170 refereed journal articles, and 50+ additional publications. She has been cited over almost 30 years as among the top 1% of contributors to ACAs flagship journal, the Journal of Counseling & Development, and recently was cited as among the two most frequent authors in this journal..  She co-produced (with Tom Sweeney) seven training videotapes for gerontological counseling. Her books include Adult Children and Aging Parents, Wellness Counseling, Competencies for Gerontological Counseling, the co-edited Handbook of Counseling and Developmental Counseling and Therapy: Promoting Wellness Across the Lifespan, and most recently the co-edited text Excellence in Counseling Leadership and Advocacy.

Among her honors are ACAs highest award, the Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Humanitarian and Caring Person Award, as well as the ACA Research Award, the ACA Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award, the ACA David Brooks Distinguished Mentoring Award, and the Distinguished Service Awards of both the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association and the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and the ACA Extended Research Award. She was a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and ACA. She was selected as a Charter Fellow of the Chi Sigma Iota Academy of Leaders for Excellence. Dr. Myers was honored by inclusion in Leaders and Legacies in Counseling, a book that chronicles the contributions of the some of the most significant leaders in the counseling profession over the last century.

A co-author of one theoretical and two evidence based models of wellness and assessment instruments based on these models, Dr. Myers was an advocate for wellness lifestyles for her students and others, of all ages across the lifespan. She both conducted and assisted other researchers in conducting studies of wellness for diverse populations. Dr. Myers lectured, consulted, and conducted research nationally and internationally on issues related to counseling, aging, and wellness.

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