Congratulations to the CCE Board Certified Coach (BCC) tuition assistance program award recipients. Winners receive up to $3,000 to cover the costs of approved BCC training.
Frank “Ed” Barron is a contract therapist with Insight Counseling Centers, nonprofit spiritually integrative counseling centers in Middle Tennessee (Nashville). He holds an LPC-MHSP temporary license in Tennessee and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts-Education Specialist from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. He holds the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential from the National Board for Certified Counselors. He provides counseling to adults, couples, children, adolescents, families and groups, and specializes in divorce, children of divorce and blended families. He works with those experiencing anxiety, depression, grief/loss and individuals in crisis.
Patricia Phillippi is a program director for a nonprofit organization that provides equine-assisted mental health and wellness services in southeast Louisiana. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loyola University in New Orleans and her Master of Science in psychology from Divine Mercy University’s Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Sterling, Virginia. Her diverse experience in primate behavior research, educational programming and human services has brought her to the doorway of a new venture, reaching out to youth and young adults in rural communities using novel approaches to dealing with social, emotional and environmental stressors. Phillippi is an advocate of equine-assisted growth and learning interventions because their effectiveness is well-documented in the literature and the connective experience between horse and human offers timely relief in a post-COVID world.
Santillan is an academic advisor for a technical college in Wisconsin. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, and Master of Arts from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Currently, Santillan is pursuing her Doctor of Education at Creighton University. She holds the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) Certification from CCE. She is a first-generation college student whose parents migrated from Mexico. Throughout her positions in academia, she has strived to be a voice for underrepresented students and is committed to diversity, inclusion and equity. Her goal as a BCC is to be caring and supportive and to mentor students. Santillan plans to work on coordinating intervention strategies to assist students during their educational journey and aid in attaining their career goals.
Silva owns and operates her private practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, and her Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Silva has over 23 years of experience in community mental health in foster care, crisis centers and crisis outreach for the largest community hospital in the Southeast (Grady Hospital) and a community based nonprofit center (Mercy Care) that serves underinsured and indigent populations. She combined her expertise of working with underserved populations while working with college campus counseling centers to become a trusted referral source for the clinicians who served these vulnerable populations. She continues to spend time in community-based mental health at New Life Community Ministries located in Decatur, Georgia.
Tahil is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida and is a Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH). She received her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in New York City, with a major in psychology and a minor in computer sciences; Master of Public Health from Columbia University School of Public Health in New York City, with a concentration in health planning and policy; and a Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. For over 25 years she has dedicated her career to empowering and improving lives of those who are marginalized, underrepresented and faced with life challenges. Tahil’s counseling specialization is resiliency enhancement, assisting people with life transition issues and crisis management. She has served on several boards, including the North Florida Mental Health Counseling Association.
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