Kathy Elson MS, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, MAC, SAP is a Licensed Independent Counselor in Mental Health and Addiction Counseling with over 25 years direct service. She is a Professor of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH, has taught in higher education for 17 years, and is lead faculty for Addiction Services degree ensuring curriculum meets the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDP) requirements for licensure. She is Senior MHAS faculty advisor and meets with every student within the programs and certificates offered. Elson is student centered in her approach to teaching, utilizes collaborative teaching and learning in all her classes, has high expectations related to students? success, and more than anything else, exudes the passion and love of her job in each and every class she teaches. She has special interest in development of students in recovery and integration of individual experiences with professionalism. In addition, she models excellence to her students by continuing to grow as a professional. Elson is most recent past president of International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE), a commissioner for the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC) and longtime member of the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC).