Candidate Biographies

Fall 2018

Candidate for President

Terry Dailey MA CRC LPC ABVE

Current Secretary of NARL, Current board member of PA Rehabilitation Association serving on the award, PDI training, and membership committees; and a certified Fellow member of Association Board of Vocational Experts membership Committee.  Member of NARL since: 2011. I am currently employed as a Vocational Expert in private rehabilitation. Previously, I worked for twenty years for PA OVR as a rehabilitation counselor and returned as an annuitant in 2016 for 6 months for the Pre-employment Training Services (PETS) initiative.  

Through my affiliation with NARL, I am able to share my knowledge of both public and private rehabilitation programs with new professionals.  NARL has helped enhance my skills as a vocational rehabilitation professional through networking, training and advocacy. I served as PA Rehabilitation Association (PRA) chapter president for two years and benefited from learning how to manage a professional organization through leadership and teamwork.  The skills I gained have provided me with leadership and mentoring qualities that I share with other professionals. I have also gained a legislative advocacy voice and have been active in promoting NARL’s mission to legislators. I have presented training for state/local institutions and associations.

As NARL board secretary I continue to learn from other rehabilitation leaders as I document the important details of meetings.  If elected to serve on the NARL Board as president I plan to increase my leadership abilities through mentorship and to expand the NARL membership through outreach, networking, communication, listening and collaboration with other leaders within the rehabilitation profession.   I remain committed to actively support its mission utilizing my professional and leadership skills.

Candidate for President Elect

Ellen Sokolowski has been a member of the National Rehabilitation Association since 1982.  She has served in various leadership positions both in the Iowa Rehabilitation Association and the National rehabilitation Association.  In 2014 she served as President of the National Rehabilitation Association in 2014. She had also served as President of NRAJPD in 2001. She has also chaired various committee within NRA and served on the Board of Directors of NRA.  She has been honored with the Max T. Prince Award and the Yvonne Johnson Leadership Award nationally as well as the Gerry Byers award by the Iowa Rehabilitation Association.

Candidate for NARL Secretary

Bonnie T. Henn has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the Virginia Dept. for Aging and Rehabilitation Services since 1993.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and has held her CRC certification since 2000 and is a 2015 graduate of the Cornell University Yang-Tan Institute with a Work Incentives Specialist certification.  

She served as the President of the National Rehabilitation Association in 2010 and was on the Board of Directors from 2007-2011.  She currently serves on the Transition Specialty Board of Directors as a Board Member-At Large and was a founding Board Member of that Division serving as Treasurer from 2010-2014.  She has also served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2008, leading the Region during it’s revitalization and is currently Treasurer for the Mid-Atlantic Region. She has been serving on the NRA Bylaws Committee of the National Rehabilitation Association for 5 years.  She is currently, the Northeast Representative for NARL and served as Secretary of NARL in 2008.

In service to her State Chapter, the Virginia Rehabilitation Association, she was President of VRA in 2002. She also served VRA as Secretary in 2000 and again in 2004.  She served as the State Chairman for Legislative Affairs from 2010 until 2015. She served as President of the Virginia Rehabilitation Counselors Association from 2014-2015.   Additionally, she served her state Chapter of VARL as Secretary in 2006 and 2007 and was Awards Chairman in 2014. She was re-elected in 2016 to a 7 year as a VRA Education Foundation Board Trustee.

Candidate for NARL Northeast States Representative

Tuajuana Smoot-Hairston has worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with The Division of Rehabilitative Services/The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services DRS/DARS since 2014. Coming aboard with DARS, I, Tuajuana, first began as an intern, mixed caseload counselor and now work with the as severely mentally ill as a specialist counselor in the Danville office. I have attempted to contribute substantially to the agency within this short time here in Virginia.

My educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Gerontology where I have had the opportunity to work within a number of North Carolina’s rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities and most prestigious hospitals such as Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. In addition, I am a leader in a small salon as an independent licensed cosmetologist in my home town of Winston-Salem, N.C. I pursued my Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at Winston-Salem State University in order to better service individuals with limitations and drug and substance abuse issues as well as mental illness. I now continue my growth through personal development within the state of Virginia by attending numerous professional development and leadership trainings and conferences. I have completed Leadership and Management Training with the state of Virginia to further career advancement.

I have given back in many other areas including but not limited to being secretary in my office here in Danville. I have volunteered as treasurer of South Fork Elementary School in one of my local elementary schools, worked with the Industries for the blind of North West North Carolina, and volunteered with my sorority the Omega Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta, Inc. I am presently a member of the Virginia Rehabilitation Association serving on the board in addition to membership with VRLA and VRCEA as a board member.

Candidate for Mid States Representative

Dr. Lynn Boza has her heart in counseling and leading. She worked for the State of Michigan in public VR for over 20 years and is currently an adjunct counselor at Henry Ford College, serving students with and without disabilities.  She continues to consult with Community Rehabilitation Organizations and the Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons.  Dr. Boza is past-President of both the National Association for Rehabilitation Leadership and the Rehabilitation Counselors & Educators Association. She is currently a union leader at her college. Seeking to further the work of rehabilitation professionals, Lynn Boza is running for Mid-States Representative of NARL.