Since 2000, Bruce Maag has served as chief executive officer at International Phoenix Group, a treatment foster-care nonprofit he founded in Delphos, Ohio, to help underserved youth. With decades of experience in social work, Bruce Maag maintains membership with several professional organizations, among them the American Counseling Association (ACA).
Established in 1952 when four associations held a joint convention in Los Angeles, the ACA began as the American Personnel and Guidance Association. It changed its name in 1983 to the American Association of Counseling and Development before settling on its current name in 1992. The ACA seeks to maintain the public’s trust in counselors by enhancing the counseling practice. It serves professional counselors in the United States and 50 other countries.
On February 16, 2016, the ACA announced that its 66th president is Dr. Gerard Lawson. He begins his term as president-elect on July 1 with his term officially beginning the following July 1. Active in the ACA, he was a volunteer leader at the branch, division, and national levels. Currently, he is a member of the ACA’s governing council. A licensed professional counselor, Dr. Lawson works as an associate professor in the counselor education program at Virginia Tech University.