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Staff Biography: Stephen D. Kennedy
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Stephen KennedyDr. Stephen D. Kennedy

Chief Operating Officer, Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International

Dr. Stephen D. Kennedy earned a master’s degree in school counseling at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2008, and he worked as a professional school counselor at Northeast Guilford High School for three years. He received Chi Sigma Iota International’s Outstanding Practitioner Award in 2010 and the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development’s Distinguished Practitioner Award in 2011.

He served as the North Carolina School Counselor Association’s Government Relations Chair for four years, and he advocated for a new state law that defined the duties of North Carolina's school counselors in 2013. In 2014, Dr. Kennedy completed a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education at North Carolina State University, where he was the President of CSI’s Nu Sigma Chi chapter. In 2017, he received Nu Sigma Chi's Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Kennedy started working for CSI International as a Social Networking Consultant in 2010. He also chaired the association’s Professional Member Task Force and Professional Member Committee. Currently, Dr. Kennedy is CSI’s Chief Operating Officer. In that role, he serves as CSI’s volunteer coordinator, oversees the association’s committees and review panels, and supervises CSI’s professional development activities and annual programs.

Dr. Kennedy has presented at national and state counseling conferences on topics such as the relationship between technology use and wellness, using technology as a school counselor, career development, and professional advocacy. In 2017, he was the keynote speaker at the 7th Annual CSI Pennsylvania Statewide Conference. His publications include articles in Professional School Counseling and the Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy.

Outside of the counseling profession, Dr. Kennedy has served as an Elder, Youth Advisor, Sunday School teacher, and Chair of the Congregational Life and Worship Committees at his church. He also volunteers for Sibshops, a monthly program for children who have siblings with disabilities.

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