At the annual meeting of IC&RC, the Board of Directors, representing 78 certification boards from 25 countries and 45,000 reciprocal-level credentialed professionals, elected new leadership. Phyllis Gardner, Professor of Sociology at Texarkana College, was elected President, and Jessica Hayes, Executive Director of the Illinois Certification Board Inc. (ICB), is the new Treasurer. Both offices hold two-year terms.
Gardner expressed thanks, in her acceptance speech: “I’m grateful for the evolution of this organization, and the way this organization lets me evolve and grow. I appreciate the trust that you have shown, and I will endeavor to live up to that trust.”
Gardner holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from Texas Woman’s University and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Certified Advanced Addictions Counselor. She has served the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals in various capacities since 1990 and is a past president of the Texas Association of Addiction & Prevention Professionals. Her most recent role at IC&RC was Chair of the Credentialing Services Committee, which oversees the maintenance of all IC&RC examinations and credentials, as well as related products.
Hayes began her career in the field of addictions in 1997 as the financial manager for the ICB. She took on the role of Executive Director in 2009. She has been associated with IC&RC for fourteen years, most recently as Chair of the ADC Committee then Chair of the Business & Operations committee. She told the group, “I am certainly both humbled and excited about the election as Treasurer.”
The Board Administrators elected Debbie Gilbert as their Representative to the Executive Committee. Gilbert has been Executive Director of the Iowa Certification Board for almost a decade, and she has served as the Chair of IC&RC’s Marketing Committee for six years.
Immediate Past President Rhonda Messamore passes the gavel to newly elected Dr. Phyllis Gardner.