Melissa S. Ockerman , Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Program at DePaul University. A proud Buckeye, she graduated with a M.A. in School Counseling and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from The Ohio State University. Dr. Ockerman has established a strong research agenda focusing on school counselor leadership, the efficacy of school counseling interventions and systemic anti-bullying and school safety strategies. She appeared before the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, DC to discuss bipartisan anti-violence policies. She is a frequent presenter at local, state, and national conferences. In 2012, she was named the Illinois Counselor Educator of the Year. Dr. Ockerman currently holds executive positions in national and state professional organizations, including Co-Chair of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Transformed School Counseling/College Access Interest Network, and Vice President, Counselor Education, for the Illinois School Counseling Association (ISCA). Additionally, Dr. Ockerman is Chair of the School Counseling committee for the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, a National Center for Transforming School Counseling (NCTSC) Counselor Educator Coalition fellow, and an Advisory Council member for the Evidence-Based Practice in School Counseling conference. Her passion for educating the next generation of transformed school counselors is matched only by her strong desire to dismantle the pervasive achievement gap in schools through innovative and effective evidence-based school counseling interventions.
Erin Mason , Ph.D., is a career-long advocate for the School Counseling profession. Erinrsquo;s accomplishments and contributions to the field derive from her 13 years of experience as a Middle School Counselor in her home state of Georgia. A proponent for modeling and supporting professional involvement and productivity, Erin fuels her passion for School Counseling through state and national leadership opportunities. Erin served in multiple positions for the Georgia School Counselor Association (GSCA), including being the Government Relations co-chair for several consecutive years, and she was the 2012-2013 President of the Illinois School Counselor Association (ISCA). At the National level, Erin serves as a Lead RAMP Reviewer for the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), as one of four mentors for the Transforming School Counseling (TSC) Counselor Educator Coalition and as an Advisory Council member for the Evidence-Based School Counseling conference. As a presenter, scholar, trainer and consultant, Erinrsquo;s particular interests in School Counseling lie in the areas of technology use, comprehensive program implementation and the professional identity development of School Counselors. Erin is an Assistant Professor at DePaul University in Chicago and received her M.Ed., Ed.S. and Ph.D. from Georgia State University.