KCA Conference Highlights - 2017


We were very pleased to have over 700 participants to celebrate our 60th annual KCA Conference.  Our 2017 theme was Advocacy, Treatment, and Collaboration:  60 Years of Counseling Excellence and provided a backdrop for a wide variety of breakout sessions that were well received.  We truly appreciate all those that helped make the 2017 KCA Conference a wonderful success.

We are thankful for our highly qualified pre-conference presenters who provided a record number of valuable workshops; all the knowledgable presenters willing to share their expertise, resulting in an amazing variety of breakout sessions; the Alumni members for coordinating the exhibit area; a host of facilitators that kept sessions flowing smoothly; numerous volunteers that helped staff the registration area and the generosity of our sponsors and exhibitors.

We heard from internationally known Keynote Speakers that challenged and motivated us.  The luncheons were well attended and served delicious food as counselors took a few minutes to relax and spend time with their peers.  Dr. Stephen Pruitt, Commissioner of Education, addressed the school counselors at their luncheon and emphasized how much he values the role of school counselors and their importance in the success of students.  Dr. Wesley encouraged the LPCCs/LPCAs to stay involved with their professional organizations.

The latest group of MLA participants began their program by learning more about KCA/ACA, strengthening their leadership skills, and spending time with their mentors.  The early morning Coffee Chat with first timers was well attended and the Divisional "Meet and Greet" was successful in connecting counselors with similar roles and passions.  Many counselors visited the EKU and WKCA hospitality rooms for great snacks and networking.  Counselors enjoyed celebrating KCA's Birthday at the annual social with Radiotronic providing the lively music.

The scrumptious brunch buffet was enjoyed by all those in attendance as the Closing Session/Awards Ceremony was conducted. A large crowd watched as deserving counselors were recognized with coveted awards.  Special thanks to the KCA Program Committee and the KCA Officers who worked long hours to make sure that the conference flowed smoothly and met the needs of counselors from a wide variety of job settings.  Your KCA leaders are already at work on the 2018 KCA Conference with hopes of continued growth and success.  

KCA is very grateful for the loyal and continuing support of our conference sponsors.  Their invaluable support helps KCA provide a very high quality conference at modest cost to our counselors. With sponsors leading the way,  the exhibit hall was totally filled with a variety of services, program opportunities, books & materials, informational booths, and boutiques.  

Please take time to review the following photos of award winners and collages of many activities taking place during the conference.  We hope you can see that it was a wonderful experience for all and that you will plan to join us next year!


2017 KCA Awards

We appreciate the high level of interest shown again this year with the number of nominations for well-qualified and deserving candidates reaching another all-time high.  Please continue to nominate those deserving counselors so they can be honored in front of their peers at the annual KCA Conference.

Congratulations to all the award winners!


Outstanding Alumni Volunteer - Becky Colliver

Becky was unable to attend the conference due to her on-going battle with cancer.  We were saddened by the news that Becky passed away on November 27th.  Our heartfelt prayers are with her family during this difficult time of loss.  Becky served as a school counselor for many years before her retirement and her recent work and efforts leading the Alumni group deserves recognition from all of us.  She will certainly be missed by many who cherish her memory.


Outstanding Graduate Student - Quentin Hunter
  Quentin Hunter and KCA President Michelle Sircy
  Outstanding Counselor Educator - Dr. Nicole Schnopp-Wyatt
    Michelle Sircy, KCA President and Dr. Nicole Schnopp-Wyatt, LWC
   Outstanding Mental Health Counselor - Dr. Rebecca Pender-Baum
    Michelle Sircy, KCA President and Rebecca Pender-Baum, Murray State University
    Outstanding College and Career Counselor - Leslie Bays
       Leslie Bays, Big Sandy KCTCS and Michelle Sircy, KCA President
    Outstanding Elementary School Counselor - Maxi Kolb
     Michelle Sircy, KCA President and Maxi Kolb, Heath Elementary School 
    Outstanding Middle School Counselor - Kasey Tackett
     Michelle Sircy, KCA President and Kasey Tackett, Allen Central Middle School
    Outstanding High School Counselor - Sandy Mullins
    Michelle Sircy, KCA President and Sandy Mullins, Floyd County Early College Academy
    Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu Research and Innovations in Counseling Award
        Winner:  Dr. Steven W. Patrick, Lindsey Wilson College
     Dr. Daya Sandhu, Director of Research, LWC; Dr. Steven W. Patrick and Michelle Sircy, KCA President
    The Tim Robertson Advocacy Award - Dr. Larry Sexton 
        Michelle Sircy, KCA President and Dr. Larry Sexton, University of the Cumberlands
       Dr. Bill Braden Award - Dan Bondurant
       Michelle Sircy, KCA President; Dan Bondurant, WKCA and Dr. Bill Braden, Director Emeritus 
       KCA PAST PRESIDENTS - A strong foundation for continuing leadership!
       Front row:  Karen Cook, Judy Bradley, Beverly Martin, Dr. Naomi Brahim, and Jade Maddox.
       Back row:  Dr. Bill Braden, Gary Steinhilber, Dr. Larry Sexton, Dan Bondurant, Dawn Rowe, Barry Adams
       and Dr. Gerald Sklare.  Also at the conference but not available for photo:  Kathy Davis, Dr. Angelia Bryant,
       Dr. Charles Pemberton and Dr. John Rigney.
     Mentoring Leadership Academy Participants for 2017
     2017 Mentoring Leadership Academy Participants.   Front row:  Sallie Pierce, Jennifer Fugate, Dr. Naomi Brahim. 
     Back row:  Ebonie Williams, Jimmy Ashbrooks; Lauren Muir, Lesa Young, and Dr. Bill Braden
    Opening Keynoter: Christian Moore
     Christian Moore and Michele Sircy
 General Session Keynoter: Dr. Sam Gladding
    Dr. Gladding and Michelle Sircy
    Closing Keynoter:  Lynnie Vessels
    Lynnie Vessels and Micca Ratliff, KCA President-elect
    Exhibitor Award for 2017:  Murray State University
    Michelle Sircy presenting Exhibitor Award to Dr. Rebecca Pender-Baum,
    accepting for Murray State University
     Recognition of MLA Project - Marketing KCA
     Michelle Sircy, KCA President and Roneshia Evans, MLA Graduate
     LPCC/LPCA Luncheon Sponsor Recognition - KY Board of LPCs
     President Michelle Sircy recognizing Dr. Imelda Bratton, LPC Board Chair
     University of the Cumberlands - Conference Sponsor
      President Michelle Sircy recognizing Dawn Wesley, representative of 
      University of the Cumberlands; Conference Sponsor
    More Scenes from the KCA Conference
    General Session
     LPCC Luncheon
     School Counselor Luncheon
     Closing Session and Awards Buffet Brunch