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CSI 2020 Executive Council Elections
Outstanding Candidates for 2021-2022

Each year Chi Sigma Iota is fortunate to have an outstanding slate of candidates willing to serve on the CSI International Executive Council. We have four committed candidates for President-Elect and Treasurer for 2021-2022. Please read the biographical information and goal statement presented by each candidate before making your decision.

Only Chapter Faculty Advisors (CFAs) cast the votes for their chapters. CSI votes are cast by chapter, and all active members are invited to vote through their chapters. CFAs may access a list of all their active chapter members within the online Member Management System (MMS). CFAs should contact all members in the fall to encourage them to vote. Chapters will tally member votes by November and the CFA will record the candidates receiving the highest votes no later than December 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST. The votes cast by CFAs should represent the cumulative votes of active members of their chapters (vs. the personal votes of CFAs).

The online ballot that CFAs can use to cast their chapter's votes will be posted here when voting begins.


Dr. Jake Protivnak

Dr. Jake J. Protivnak is a Professor and Counseling Program Director at Youngstown State University (YSU). He is the Chapter Faculty Advisor of Eta Chapter and he serves on the CSI Executive Council as the Treasurer of Chi Sigma Iota-International. Dr. Protivnak was inducted in CSI as a master’s student at Kent State University. He served as the Alpha Chapter President and as a CSI Leadership Intern as a doctoral student in the Counselor Education program at Ohio University. Dr. Protivnak is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor-Supervisor (Ohio), a Licensed School Counselor (Ohio), and a Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). Dr. Protivnak has authored 30+ articles/book chapters and delivered 100+ presentations on counselor education, supervision, and counseling adolescents and young adults. He has served as President of the Ohio Counseling Association, and he has been the recipient of multiple awards including the CSI Outstanding Chapter Faculty Advisor award.

Read Dr. Protivnak's Goals Statement here.

Dr. Elisabeth Suarez

Dr. Elisabeth Suarez graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, with a minor in Applied Statistics. She has been a counselor educator for the past 23 years, teaching both masters and doctoral students in the traditional, hybrid, and online classroom.  Dr. Suarez has been a Chapter Faculty Advisor at the last 3 universities where she has served.  She enjoys mentoring students and helping them develop their leadership and research skills.  Modeling her servant leadership skills in her interactions with CSI students and others, Dr. Suarez often invites students to present at regional and national counseling conferences with her.  She is happy supporting and encouraging students to explore new ways to build their leadership service and scholarship.  Elisabeth also serves as a CACREP site visitor, evaluating MA, MS, EdD, and PhD programs in counseling.  Her professional presentations and articles have been mostly on effective and creative andragogy, multicultural supervision, research methods, and statistics.  Dr. Suarez currently serves on the ACES Anti-Racist Pedagogy task force.

Read Dr. Suarez's Goals Statement here.


Dr. Anita Neuer Colburn

Dr. Anita Neuer Colburn is a Clinical Associate Professor and CACREP liaison with Counseling@Northwestern, the online site of the M.A. in CMHC program at Northwestern University.  Known by her students as “Dr. ANC,” she has been a CSI member since her master’s program at University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996.  Dr. ANC served as President of the Zeta chapter as a master’s student and assisted the Zeta chapter in retaining professional members after she graduated.  She served as Wellness Committee Chair and Treasurer for the Omega Delta chapter during her doctoral studies at Old Dominion University, and Chapter Faculty Advisor for the Alpha Omega Lambda (Regent University) chapter as a junior faculty member.  She served on the Chapter Faculty Advisor, Lifetime Member, and Professional Leadership and Advocacy committees for CSI International and is currently the Chair of the Task Force for Online & Hybrid Programs. Dr. ANC has been recognized as Outstanding Practitioner from CSI International in 2003, Outstanding Practitioner Supervisor from Omega Delta chapter in 2009, and Outstanding Practitioner Supervisor from CSI International in 2010. In 2019, she joined Dr. Samuel Gladding as an inductee into Zeta’s Counseling Hall of Fame. Anita is a Site Team Chair for CACREP, serves on a number of editorial review boards, and is an active ACES and SACES member.  Her research interests include supervision competencies, spiritual integration, and LGBTQ+ advocacy, and she has published 18 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 10 book chapters.   Additionally, she has been an invited presenter at state, regional, and national counseling conferences.

Read Dr. Neuer Colburn's Goals Statement here.


Dr. Linwood Vereen

Dr. Linwood G. Vereen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Vereen is currently the CFA of the Upsilon Chapter at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and has the privilege of working with a dynamic group of student leaders. He has served as a CFA at another institution and has served on the CSI International Chapter Development Committee with some outstanding CSI leaders. Dr. Vereen is the editor of the Journal of Humanistic Counseling and has scholarly interests in leadership, Black existentialism, group work, and humanistic counseling. He was a recent recipient of the Locke-Paisley Mentoring award from ACES and is a longstanding member of ACA. He has served as president of the Idaho Counseling Association, president of the Association for Humanistic Counseling and been an ACA Regional Chair.

Read Dr. Vereen's Goals Statement here.