Graduates Choose Arch and Doyle for Special Recognition Each year at the Graduate School's commencement ceremony, two special awards are announced: the Staff Mentorship Recognition Award and the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award. Students nominate staff and faculty for these awards. Rannon Arch (MA, '16), an addiction counselor at Hazelden Betty Ford in St. Paul, Minnesota, received the 2019 Staff Mentorship Recognition Award for his clinical work with student interns. In nominating Arch, one student had this to say: "He is an outstanding clinician, a true professional in every aspect, and I will always be grateful to him for his part in my education. Rannon is gifted in clinical internship; he is organized, clear, well-defined and professional." Lisa Doyle, MA, an instructor in the Graduate School's online degree program, received the 2019 Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award. Doyle teaches the Lifespan Development and Group Counseling for Co-Occurring Disorders courses. In nominating Doyle, one student had this to say: "I came into Lisa's class feeling like a student, but I left feeling like a counselor. Her class—and her support through the second residency—was personally important to my journey." Beyond the Lectern: A Q&A with La Keita Carter, PsyD, Associate Professor For this issue of the Addiction Studies Leader, we spent time getting to know associate professor and Baltimore native La Keita Carter, PsyD. Dr. Carter, a licensed psychologist, is the clinical placement coordinator for students in the Graduate School's online degree program, helping to locate clinical placements around the country. What are your hobbies? Traveling, reading, putting together puzzles, running, cooking and baking. What would people be surprised to know about you? I love boxing and kicking. It's a great workout! I'm also a huge sports fan, especially basketball and football. Who has been an influential person in your career? Dr. Heather Lyons has been the most influential professional in my life. She taught my very first graduate class and later became my dissertation advisor/mentor in my doctoral program. She is the consummate professional with a warm demeanor and a firm push. What's your all-time favorite movie? Coming to America Do you have a favorite sports memory or team? The Baltimore Ravens—when the Ravens blocked the Cleveland Browns' field goal attempt and ran the ball back for a touchdown to win the game. It's Kick Six! Favorite food? Lasagna What do you do when you are not teaching? I serve on a few nonprofit boards in my Baltimore, Maryland. I am the vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Black Mental Health Alliance, Inc., which is an organization committed to raising awareness and decreasing the stigma of mental illness in communities of color. In this role, I provide expertise in the areas of multicultural competence for mental health providers through workshops. I also offer workshops to the community on trauma, particularly in black women. (The Baltimore Sun recently featured an article about one of Dr. Carter's workshops.) What do you like most about teaching at the Graduate School? I love learning with and from hard-working students in the online program. I'm driven to help students who are committed to their academic journeys reach their professional goals. I enjoy the faculty, too. They are smart, committed professionals who support each other and truly understand the academic journey for our students. We are a small but mighty team. Join Us in Welcoming Renae Ekstrand, EdD Renae Ekstrand, EdD, joined the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies in March as the online student success coordinator. Dr. Ekstrand has worked in education for approximately 30 years, with teaching positions ranging from preschool to the university level. She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to draw from as she serves our students, including past positions as a university professor, department co-chair and educator working with students and families. She is especially grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with staff and faculty in providing exemplary education, service, and care to our graduate students.