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Dr. Rawlins Alderman is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).

Dr. Lee Ann Rawlins Alderman has served previously in various positions during her tenure in the field of rehabilitation and disability studies. Her academic experience includes work with the former RRCEP/TACE centers, the graduate and undergraduate programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and undergraduate rehabilitation and disability studies program at Auburn University.  Currently, she serves as Assistant Professor in the Rehabilitative Sciences program at East Tennessee State University.  In addition, her professional experiences include work in the field of rehabilitation in the areas of blindness and low vision, general rehabilitation counseling, human resource training/development, and in guest services with the Walt Disney Company.

Dr. Rawlins Alderman has held a variety of leadership positions at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels for professional rehabilitation associations. She has published research in peer-reviewed journals and authored a book on caseload management. Her areas of research interest include, professional practice in rehabilitation, undergraduate education, professional ethics, case/caseload management, psychosocial aspects of disability, and diversity and inclusion.

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Dr. Randall Boen, CRC., LCPC

I wish to become a Board Member at Large for the National Rehabilitation Association.  I am an Assistant Professor in the Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies department at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a faculty member, I have worked with my colleagues to submit grants and publish research studies, last fall I presented alongside our students at NCRE, and look forward to my career in education. Working at a HBCU I have learned so much from my students and hope to continue to inspire future generations of minority Rehabilitation Counseling Professionals.

In 2018, I graduated with my Doctorate from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale Illinois. Working alongside my adviser and mentor Dr. Thomas Upton, I conducted research projects in mental health stigma and assistive technology. During my time in beautiful Southern Illinois, I worked as an adult outpatient counselor for a community mental health agency. My life will forever be affected by the consumers I worked with. Their stories of challenge, perseverance and resiliency all had a profound impact on me.  As SIU, I worked as an undergraduate internship coordinator for the Rehabilitation Services department. I had the honor of working with over 70 undergraduate students during my tenure. 

Why I would like to be considered for the board? I would bring the perspective of being relatively new to the profession, an individual with a disability and someone who is committed to advancing the field of Rehabilitation Counseling.  As a young person with Cerebral palsy I have faced and overcame significant obstacles in my educational and vocational efforts. These experiences shape my perspectives in the areas of accommodation, access and equality.  I’m driven to seek out new information and learn from the experiences of my colleagues and students. I thank you for your time and consideration of my application

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Keisha G. Rogers, PhD, CRC, LCMHC, LCAS, 

     It is a great privilege and honor to be nominated to run for the position of Board Member on the NRA Board of Directors.  I am currently serving my second elected term as Secretary of the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC). I have been a member of NRA and NAMRC throughout the years since beginning my graduate studies in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2006. I recognize that it is critical to capture the details of the organization’s meetings. As Secretary of NAMRC, I have kept accurate minutes of all our meetings and distributed them to the Board in a timely manner over my two terms with NAMRC. This is but one of the duties that I fulfilled in my role. 
     Additionally, as Secretary of NAMRC, I oversee the Public Relations and Marketing Committee. This committee is responsible for ensuring timely and relevant communication via our social media sites (Instagram, Facebook, and website). I have worked with a team to ensure that NAMRC keeps all of social media sites updated and engaging with our membership. During my leadership of the Public Relations and Marketing Committee, I helped to plan and execute the Association’s first ever virtual conference in August 2020.  This conference addressed the timely issues of COVID19 and racism and provided rehabilitation professionals an open forum to learn, grow, and advocate while earning continuing education credits.
     Also during my tenure as NAMRC’s Secretary, I have co-chaired the Fundraising Committee for NAMRC’s annual training conference and it has been noted that during this time, the Association raised more money than it ever has in the history of the organization. My time as NAMRC’s Secretary has taught me that a few can be as impactful as many when we share our resources and work collaboratively.

     Most recently, I earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at Winston-Salem State University, teaching in the graduate Rehabilitation Counseling program.  In addition to my teaching duties at WSSU, I have maintained an active research and scholarship agenda where I have been able to publish several articles and book chapters related to multicultural counseling, supervision, and other areas in rehabilitation. I have also secured three grants during this time furthering my ability to reach practitioners, educators, and students to strengthen their ability to serve our rehabilitation counseling consumers.  In terms of my involvement in the community, I have been able to build connections with area vocational rehabilitation, behavioral health, substance abuse and other related counseling agencies. I am also the recipient of the 2016 NAMRC Sylvia Walker Education Award.

     My goal as a Board Member of NRA is to use my skills and talents to help the other officers and committee members promote the mission of the organization through engagement with our membership and beyond. Our profession is made up of diverse practitioners and academics and it is key that we provide a forum for all of these professionals to come together. NRA is the organization to lead our profession into the future. As a Board Member, I intend to continue serving our beloved profession and helping others know who we are and what we do as we move forward into the future of rehabilitation.

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Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker is a candidate for NRA Board Member at Large because he is passionate about our profession and our professional organization. 

Kyle Walker was born in the San Francisco California and grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Northern New Mexico. Kyle graduated from Utah State University with a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Kyle is a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a Certified Public Manager. Kyle began his VR career at the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation serving in various capacities for over 15 years. In 2015 Kyle was appointed as Director of the Division of Consumer Services at the South Carolina Commission for the Blind. In 2019 Kyle was appointed as the Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute.  Kyle has served in leadership roles in several professional organization’s including as President of the Utah Rehabilitation Association for 3 terms, as President of the Utah RehabACTion Network, and is currently on the boards of the Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association and the Great Lakes Region of NRA.  Kyle has received numerous awards during his career including the 2014 Utah Governor’s Award for Excellence in Leadership. Kyle has had the honor of receiving appointments by three Governors, he was appointed to the Licensed Vocational Rehabilitation Board by Utah Governor Gary Herbert, he was appointment by Utah Governor Jon Huntsman to serve on the Governor’s Taskforce to Make Utah State Government a Model Employer for People with Disabilities, and he was appointed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to serve on the South Carolina Advisory Council for Education Students with Disabilities.

Kyle has been married to Linda for over 32 years and has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Kyle and Linda reside in Eau Claire Wisconsin.

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Carrol Warren, Ed.D., C.R.C.

     Carrol Warren has an extensive background spanning across 18 years helping adults navigate through their educational and career journeys. Her educational credentials include a  Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Meredith College, a Master of Education degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctorate of Education in Adult and Community College Education from North Carolina State University.
     She is credentialed by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Her work experiences include faculty appointments teaching ethics in the workplace and evaluation and program planning and working to advocate for students with disabilities. She has experience as a rehabilitation counselor and inservice trainer. She serves in a consultative capacity as a partner with Higher Path Consulting Group, LLC and with the Social Security Administration.
     Dr. Warren's service to the Social Security Administration includes providing testimony as a Vocational Expert Witness and she has served over 80 Administrative Law Judges in over 300 disability hearings.  Strengths from past work experiences include higher education administration and leadership, crisis intervention, and vocational counseling and assessment.  

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Dr. Marilyn Weatherspoon

 serves as an Assistant Professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences in the Division of Health Science at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. The courses she facilitate are in the area of rehabilitation services management which focuses on the challenges and experiences of persons with disabilities in our society. She has extensive training, organization, and commitment that makes her an ideal candidate for a leadership position. Her professional interests are in education and advocacy for persons with disabilities. Her research experience has focused on psychosocial factors related to adaptation to type 2 diabetes. As a practitioner, she coordinates services for persons with intellectual disabilities who live in community settings. The ultimate goal of her leadership is to bridge the gaps in education, treatment, and opportunities for persons with disabilities.

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