National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns

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When the “Council” was formed in 1969 as a voice within NRA, the National Association of Non-White Rehabilitation Workers (NANWRW) was formed as a separate non for profit association independent of NRA. NANWRW, was an advocate for issues and programs that were of concern to non white members and non white persons with disabilities. The “Council” and NANWRW advocated both inside and outside of NRA and were effective in increasing the representation of non white persons in the rehabilitation community.

The impact of the “Council” and its leaders may be seen in increased participation of non-whites in the RSA & NIDRR peer review process, advocacy for establishment of Section 21 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the establishment of an R & T Center at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Prior to the establishment of the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC), the “Council” also hosted luncheons, receptions and separate training at the annual NRA conference for its members. NANWRW representation on CORE was subsequently given to NAMRC through a special partnership.

Today, NAMRC has representation on the Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling Certification, CORE Commission on Standards and Accreditation for Undergraduates, and CORE Commission on Standards and Accreditation for Graduates. NAMRC also took a leadership role in the formation of the NCRE Council on Diversity and Equity, and has been an active partner in inter-organizational planning groups such as the CORE Summit and Rehabilitation Mega Conference and other organizations essential to the profession of rehabilitation.

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Milestones in the History of NAMRC and Multicultural Rehabilitation

Board Members


Michell L. Temple, EdD, CRC, NCC, LPC (GA), LPC/MHSP (TN, Temp)

  • President (January 2019 to December 2020)
  • ADA Coordinator and Mental Health Counselor
  • Tusculum University, 60 Shiloh Rd, Greeneville, TN 37745
  • 423-636-7300 ext. 5402 (office)
  • mtemple@tusculum.edu

Robin Dock

Robin Dock, PhD, LPC, LPCS, ACS, CRC

  • President-Elect (January 2019 to December 2020)
  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, School of Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
  • (336) 750-2941
  • dockre@wssu.edu

namrc president valyncia wilson

Valyncia Wilson, MS, CRC, LPC

  • Immediate Past President (January 2019 to December 2020)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, 444 S. Houston Street, Suite 200, Tulsa, OK  74127
  • Phone:  918-581-2225 (office)
  • valynciathompson@gmail.com

NAMRC Keisha Rogers

Keisha Rogers, PhD, CRC, LCAS, LPC

  • Secretary (January 2019 to December 2020)
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, Winston-Salem State University
  • rogerslg@wssu.edu

Felicia Hunter

Felicia Hunter

  • Treasurer (January 2020 to December 2021)
  • Executive Vice President – Employment & Training Division Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit 3111 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48208
  • Direct: (313) 557-8757
  • Fhunter@goodwilldetroit.org

NAMRC board member L'Tanya Fish

L’Tanya Fish

  • Representative to the NRA Board (January 2019 to December 2020)
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, Winston-Salem State University
  • fishte@wssu.edu

NAMRC Katavia Sloan

Katavia Sloan, CRC, LPC

  • Board Member at Large (January 2020 to December 2021)
  • Georgia Rehabilitation Agency


Nancy Riddick

  • Board Member at Large (January 2019 to December 2020)

Portrait of Courtney Ward-Sutton

Courtney Ward-Sutton, PhD

  • Board Member at Large (January 2020 – December 2021)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
  • Advanced Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities at Langston University
  • courwar@langston.edu

Caleb Cutherson

  • Student Representation (January 2020 – December 2021)
  • North Carolina A&T

Portrait of Robert L Stevens

Robert (Rob) L. Stevens, PhD, CRC, LPC

  • Board Member at Large (January 2020 – December 2021)
  • Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Arkansas Tech University, 407 W Q Street, Russellville, AR 72801
  • rstevens5@atu.edu

Bob McConnell Portrait



L. Robert “Bob” McConnell