ACES Executive Director

Dr. Kelly Duncan has been involved in the profession of counseling for over 30 years and has worked as a counselor educator since 2003. She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of South Dakota. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified School Counselor in the State of South Dakota.

Duncan served as the executive director of the South Dakota branch of the American Counseling Association for 15 years where she coordinated the membership and financial affairs of the organization, planned conferences and workshops, and advocated at the state and national level for the profession. Past professional leadership experiences include secretary of NCACES, chair of the ACA Midwest Region, and two terms as the Midwest Region representative to the ACA Governing Council. She’s been the chair of several ACA task forces and committees.



ACES Web Manager and Social Media Coordinator

Jeremy Swanston currently serves as the ACES Web Manager and Social Media Coordinator for ACES and is a graphic designer and scholar who has worked professionally for nearly two decades. During this time, he has developed extensive print and digital skills to meet the design needs of diverse clients, including the United States Congress and the Department of Justice. Past professional experiences include working as a graphic designer for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the United States Government Publishing Office, both in Washington, DC. This work portfolio centered on conceiving and delivering high-level multimedia communication and brand identity projects, including branding for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, and designing the 2013 U.S. Presidential Inaugural material.



ACES Conference Coordinator

Dr. Holly Branthoover is the ACES Conference Coordinator and Professor in the Department of Counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). She completed her Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS.Ed. in Community Counseling, and K-12 School Counseling Certificate at Duquesne University. Prior to her ACES service, Dr. Branthoover engaged in service with the American Counseling Association (ACA), North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES), and Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA), where she twice received the PCA President’s Award for Service. Dr. Branthoover is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. Scholarly interests include supervision, corrections, crisis and trauma, drug and alcohol, emotional intelligence, and school counseling.



ACES Assistant Conference Coordinator


Dr. Korinne “Kori” Babel is an assistant professor at Troy University- Phenix City. She completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Auburn University, MS in School Counseling from Argosy University-Sarasota, and a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Florida. Dr. Babel is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in the state of Georgia as well as a National Certified Counselor, and a Registered Play Therapist. Dr. Babel has prior service within ACES as the Continuing Education Co-Chair and currently holds service roles in the American Counseling Association, the Association for Play Therapy, the Alabama Association for Play Therapy and National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network. Research interests include counselor and counselor-in-training self-efficacy, Animal Assisted Play Therapy and TF-CBT.

Dr. Babel’s conference planning experience includes being the Continuing Education Co-Chair for the 2019 ACES conference as well as the Graduate Student Volunteer Co-Coordinator and Play Therapy Content Reviewer for the American Counseling Association. She is also on the Conference Program Committee for the Association for Play Therapy, a proposal reviewer for the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and currently holds the role of Past-President for the Alabama Association for Play Therapy and has collaboratively coordinated more than 10 full-day workshops around the state of Alabama. Dr. Babel is familiar with many of the inner workings of a conference and understands the importance of collaborating with other professionals in order to make an event successful.


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