Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry, chair of Marymount’s Department of Counseling, has received a Governor's Citation from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, in recognition of her years of service to the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.
Dr. Jackson-Cherry was appointed to the Board in 2006 by then-Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., and was reappointed by Governor O'Malley. Since her initial appointment, she has served as chair for four years, ethics chair for two years, and legislative chair for one year. Dr. Jackson-Cherry also served on the Credentialing Committee and, while Board chair, oversaw the search for a new executive director.
She was instrumental in drafting many legislative efforts, including the Advanced Psychological Testing regulations for licensed clinical professional counselors (LCPCs) to practice advanced psychological testing in Maryland. This was a national issue being addressed at the state level. The effort took more than eight years to accomplish, and Dr. Jackson-Cherry began working on it when she was a legislative representative for the Maryland LCPCs, before being appointed to the Board. In addition, she was involved in the drafting of legislation for the Approved Supervisor Credential.
Dr. Jackson-Cherry is also the recipient of the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Carl Perkins Award for Legislative and Governmental Relations and the Dr. Judy Miranti Lifetime Service Award, presented by the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC, an ACA division). During her 14 years at Marymount, Dr. Jackson Cherry has helped strengthen and expand the university’s Department of Counseling – establishing the M.A. in Pastoral Counseling program and the Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.