Level Vice Presidents

 

Caroline Lopez

Caroline Lopez
Counselor Educator Rep

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Dr. Caroline Lopez (Vice President, Counselor Educator Vice President) is an Assistant Professor and program coordinator for the school counseling program at California State University, Long Beach.  Prior to this, Dr. Lopez served as Assistant Professor at Chapman University. She has worked as a school counselor in both the K-8 and middle school setting. Dr. Lopez is an author, trainer and consultant at both the state and national level.  She consults with school districts across the state in helping them develop a comprehensive school counseling program. In her role as Counselor Educator Representative, Caroline oversee the needs and interest of California counselor educators. Dr. Lopez’s scholarly work focuses on four major areas: 1) school counselor leadership and advocacy, 2) group work in schools, 3) school counselor training and 4) college and career readiness.



Virgina Eves

Virginia Eves
District Admin Supervisor Rep
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Virginia Eves (District Administrator/Supervisor Vice President) has dedicated her career to supporting students, serving in various school counseling and supervisory administrative positions including Assistant Superintendent for Alvord Unified. Passionate about empowering students to believe in themselves, Virginia has throughout her career, taught at all levels and was a school counselor at all levels. In addition, Ms. Eves has worked as an adjunct faculty/educational consultant for the University of San Diego, National University, and at Education Trust—West, where she examined and modified graduation requirements. Virginia indicates one of her most rewarding roles in education is the role of working on the CASC Board, where she encourages young and enthusiastic school counselors to continue the pursuit of the CASC mission.


Eleni Richards


Eleni Richards
Grad Student Rep
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Eleni Richards (Graduate Student Representative) recently graduated from California State University, Long Beach where during her graduate program she became eager to learn and to advance the school counseling profession in California.  Her desire to learn and grow is shown through her thesis project: An Exploration of School Counselors’ Experience with Restorative Practices. This published work spearheads school counselor research on restorative practices and establishes a foundational understanding of how school counselors experience restorative practices. While she has found her purpose within the school counseling field, she also enjoys Greek dancing and spending time with her family. She is looking forward to serving the needs and interests of California graduate students.
 

Loren Dittmar

Loren Dittmar
High School VP

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Dr. Loren Dittmar (High School Vice-President) was born and raised in the suburbs of NYC.  His professional experience began in the mental health field, then he transitioned into the school counselor role twelve years ago and has loved every day since!  Before moving to California in 2016, he spent ten years on an island off the coast of Georgia, where he served as a high school counselor, college professor, board member with the Georgia School Counselor Association, and drummer for his local church.  Currently, Loren is a high school counselor in Simi Valley and continues to teach college classes online and play drums. Loren is deeply committed to supporting the goals and mission of CASC and being a resource for high school counselors throughout California. 
Alma Lopez

Alma Lopez
Middle School VP

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Alma Lopez (Vice President, Middle School Representative) has been a middle school counselor for eleven years at Livingston Union School District.   She is also the district coordinator for the school counseling program. In this role, Alma is committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and in creating an exemplary educational environment.  Recently, Alma helped to lead her middle school to become the only California school in 2018 to receive the distinction as Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP).  Alma enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys comedy and theater.
Andres Castro

Andres Castro
Elementary School VP

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Andres Castro (Elementary School Vice President) is currently a Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors (PSA) for the Los Angeles USD, where he serves at the elementary school level. Andres began his relationship with CASC as an Emerging Leader prior to finishing graduate school.  When he relocated to begin working as an elementary school counselor in Humboldt County, Andres took on the role of CASC Northern California Representative. He also assumed state leadership, as CASC representative to the California School Attendance Review Board, as well as serving on the H. B. McDaniel Foundation, a non-profit board affiliated with Stanford University. Additionally, Andres has served in the role of CASC Membership Chair.