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2015-2016 President

2014-15 President-Elect
2014-2015 Awards Committee Co-Chair

Hillary Press is a Professional School Counselor at Lorton Station Elementary in Fairfax County where she is a strong advocate for her students and their families. Over the past year, Hillary has been nominated by colleagues and won the 2012-2013 Fairfax County Public Schools Elementary Counselor of the Year Award and the 2013 Virginia Counselors Association Counselor of the Year Award. In January 2014, she received a Commending Resolution from the Virginia Legislature honoring her service, leadership, and dedication to low income students, families and fellow counselors.

Hillary has been an active member of VCA since 2009 and is currently finishing her term as the Co-President of the Virginia Association of Specialists in Group Work (2010-2014). As Co-President of VASGW, she has coordinated four successful Group A Rama conferences and led the division to win two ASGW Division of the Year Awards. Hillary served on the Steering Committee of the Virginia Alliance for School Counseling (VASC) and currently holds the position of Secretary-Elect. She has also been active in the reorganization of the Northern Virginia Chapter of VCA.

Prior to becoming a School Counselor, Hillary was a Child Protective Services Worker and Social Worker for seven years. Through these experiences, she has learned the importance of advocacy and support for mental health practitioners through professional organizations. When Hillary is not working hard for FCPS or VCA, she is taking her three children to all of their various activities.

Over the past four years, I have served on the VCA Board and watched VCA grow stronger through bold and innovative leadership. If elected, President-Elect, I would like to continue this tradition by helping to build strong counselor leaders to take VCA into the future. My vision is to continue the education of Virginia’s counselors on the importance of being part of a supportive professional organization. I hope to carry on the work of my predecessors in building unity among counselors in the Commonwealth. This can be achieved through understanding individual professional needs and providing supportive supervision and professional development opportunities to fulfill these requirements. Additionally, I hope to continue our strong presence and level of advocacy regionally, at the state level, and in the legislature. My motto is "as counselors, we can never have enough voices and our voice can never be too loud".

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