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ACES would like to thank Treasurer Dr. Brian Dew for his 11 years of dedicated service to the organization!

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

Dr. Eric Perry currently serves as the ACES Web Manager and Social Media Coordinator for ACES.  Additionally, Dr. Eric Perry is a Clinical Faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Southern New Hampshire University.Dr. Eric Perry earned an MA in Community Counseling from Slippery Rock University and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Duquesne University.Perry has over 15 years of experience as a classroom and online instructor, working first to train background investigators and then serving as a trainer, instructional designer and curriculum developer for a large mental health service provider in Pittsburgh, PA as well as for other mental health service agencies, educational institutions and training providers. Most recently, Perry has served as a faculty member and program coordinator in an online and hybrid counselor education program before becoming a Clinical Faculty member at SNHU.  As Web Manager and Social Media Coordinator at ACES, Perry is responsible for maintaining the website, social media presence, serving as webinar host for the ACES Webinar Series, and acting as a non-voting member of the ACES Executive Council.



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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