2016 Award Winners
Master's Student of the Year
Southern University and A&M College
2016 Winner for Master’s Student of the Year
The 2016 ARCA Master’s Student of the Year Award goes to Tiffany Anthony.
Ms. Anthony is from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was
nominated by her professor and academic advisor, Dr. Madan Kundu.
Ms. Anthony is a second year full-time graduate student. While maintaining a 3.9 GPA, she works full-
time, and is involved in community activities. Tiffany works for Louisiana Industries for the Disabled, Inc.
as an Executive Assistant, where she does job placement and development, strategic planning, and job
coaching. She also serves as the President of Louisiana Rehabilitation Association, where she is
responsible for organizing the annual conference.
Of Ms. Anthony, Dr. Kundu wrote, “Her heart is into empowering and serving people with disabilities,
especially from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. She does it well and with passion. She is
respected and admired by her peers, professors, and rehabilitation community.”
University of Pittsburgh
2016 Winner for Doctoral Student of the Year
The 2016 ARCA Doctoral Student of the Year Award goes to Kelly Beck.
Ms. Beck is from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was nominated by her
professor and advisor, Dr. Michael McCue.
Ms. Beck has excelled in teaching, clinical work, and research. Ms. Beck has served as a teaching
assistant in two master’s level courses, which led to her being assigned to teach a new course in Human
Development Across Culture and the Lifespan. Clinically, Ms. Beck has demonstrated excellence in
professional and ethical behavior through her individual and group work with individuals with cognitive
disabilities. She also supervises master’s students in their clinical work. Ms. Beck has secured multiple
sources of funding for various research projects related to her areas of interest, including pain and
Of Ms. Beck, Dr. McCue wrote: “I know Kelly to be an extremely bright and capable doctoral student
who excels in academic skills and shows keen promise for a very bright future in rehabilitation and
disability…. Ms. Beck is committed to promotion of health and wellness in people with disabilities and
she has excellent potential to contribute greatly to increased participation and quality of life.”
Rehabilitation Counselor of the Year The ARCA Rehabilitation Counselor of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding individual who has contributed to improving the lives of persons with disabilities, and in doing so, has made a substantial contribution to the practice of rehabilitation counseling. Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- Candidate has made a significant contribution to the field of rehabilitation counseling and has improved the quality of life for persons with disabilities
- Candidate has been highly recognized by professional peers and colleagues for exemplary efforts in working with persons with disabilities in a public or private rehabilitation setting
- Candidate has demonstrated use of innovative techniques that have practical application for achieving positive and successful rehabilitation outcomes with clients and consumers
- Candidate has documented a distinguished record of initiating, motivating, leading, and coordinating activities related to a professional counseling association that focuses on persons with disabilities
Counselor at the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
2016 Winner for Rehabilitation Counselor of the Year
The ARCA Rehabilitation Counselor of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding individual who has
contributed to improving the lives of persons with disabilities, and in doing so, has made a substantial
contribution to the practice of rehabilitation counseling.
The 2016 ARCA Rehabilitation Counselor of the Year Award goes to Beth Dauber.
Ms. Dauber is a Counselor at the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, in St. Louis, MO. She
was nominated by Karen Klenke, a Direct Supervisor.
Ms. Dauber earned her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO.As a Counselor, she collaborates with clients and members of their support systems to provide a holistic
approach to services that maximizes available resources. Until recently she was also employed as an
Adjunct Faculty Member in the Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program at Maryville where she
created unique curriculum for internship and practicum seminar classes in accordance with CORE
accreditation requirements. Ms. Dauber is also President of the Missouri Rehabilitation Association
Of Ms. Dauber, Ms. Klenke wrote, “Beth demonstrates the ability, passion and enthusiasm that helps her
to make a difference in the lives of the individuals she works with. Her expertise in the area of brain injury along with her innovative ideas in helping them return to work has been shown to be extremely successful.
Beth embodies all the qualities needed to provide a quality and successful experience to individuals with a
disability. Her work truly exemplifies what a great Vocational Counselor should be.”
Vision Award The ARCA Vision Award recognizes an essay written by a student member of ARCA that best expresses the theme: What unique contribution or innovation does the interaction or synergy between the specialty of rehabilitation counseling and the profession of counseling provide?
University of Pittsburgh
2016 Winner for the Vision Award
The Vision Award is offered to the student who offers the strongest response to the prompt: What
unique contribution or innovation does the interaction or synergy between the specialty of rehabilitation
counseling and the profession of counseling provide?
The author of the winning essay is Cameron LeViere, a Master’s student at the University of Pittsburgh
in the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program. Mr. LeViere will receive a generous
$1,000 award from Vilia Tarvydas and Dennis Maki for his winning essay. In addition, his essay will be
published in the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin.
A brief excerpt from his essay:
“…This essay examines the ongoing history of the professionalization of counseling in order to
demonstrate how this process has bolstered and will continue to bolster rehabilitation counseling. It
then contends that, given the universality of disability, rehabilitation counseling’s distinctive emphasis
on client functioning in context is a broadly applicable and clinically useful contribution to counseling as