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Our 2021 Virtual Banquet was held Saturday, April 24th at 4:00PM

We hosted our first ever virtual award celebration on Saturday, April 24th, 2021 via Zoom. Virtually we continued the  tradition of honoring professionals for their contributions to the field of school counseling as well as recognizing future school counselors with scholarships. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we honored our 2020 winners along with our 2021 winners:

H. B. McDaniel Hall of Fame Awards 


Class of 2020 

Dr. Laura Smillie Heid

Laura joined the Counseling Department at Saint Mary’s College of California in 1988. Serving as the department’s Program Director for 8 years and taking on multiple roles to support the numerous specializations, Laura has been an integral part of the success of the counseling program at SMC for over 30 years! Laura has taught several courses in the department— from the introductory personal and professional development course to the culminating field work seminars for school counseling, MFT, and PCC students. As a counselor educator, Laura’s commitment to her students and enthusiasm for teaching is unyielding.  


Posthumously Awarded to Dr. Mary T. Parish

Mary’s career as a practitioner largely centered around her work with people who were diagnosed with HIV or with AIDS in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. A staunch advocate for this population, Mary was especially dedicated to this work. Becoming a counselor educator, Mary furthered her career. She worked in the Counseling Department at Saint Mary’s College of California until her retirement in 2012. Mary directed the Marriage & Family Therapy program, was instrumental in helping to strengthen the school counseling program, and served as the Associate Dean for the School of Education. 


Marcia Sieckowski


Marcia has worked as a K-12 educator, a school counselor, and a counselor educator for over 35 years in the Clovis Unified School District in Fresno County. She has also been a mainstay for the National University PPS Program, serving graduate students in the Central Valley as professor and field experience supervisor. Marcia was often the first and final contact for National’s PPS School Counselor graduates. Every year, the San Joaquin School Counselor Association could depend on Marcia to help organize (and often to initiate) plans for professional development opportunities. She was instrumental in connecting the SJCA with speakers on topics important to the role of the school counselor. To her colleagues and her students, Marcia’s dedication and contributions to the PPS School Counseling profession are profound.



H. B. McDaniel Hall of Fame Awards

Class of 2021


Mrs. Myrna Harp 

Myrna Harp is a school counselor at Marina Village Middle School in the Rescue Unified School District located in El Dorado Hills, CA where she has served in said capacity for 17 years.  Her unwavering dedication in working with students as a school counselor has earned her both state and national accolades.  Mryna received the School Counselor of the Year award from the CA Association of School Counselors in 2014-2015 and was a Semi-Finalist for the American School Counselor Association’s School Counselor of the Year award.  Myrna has put her dedication in action by writing a grant to build a community-counseling center in an elementary school in North Sacramento and will soon market a game called “Truth or Dare for School Counseling” encouraging student participation, teaching risk taking, self-control, and more.  Myrna has proven time and again that she is indeed a remarkable individual! 


Dr. Xiaolu Hu

Nomination letter attached

The nominee form Aubrey and her colleagues in the Department of Counselor Education at San Jose State University is Dr. Xiaolu Hu to the HoF for 2021. Xiaolu is bridging toward retirement so we thought that it would be a nice surprise if she is inducted into the HoF. She has been at SJSU for 30+ years (was actually the first woman in the department). Also, she presented with our very own John Krumboltz in China.



Class of 2021 Scholarships and Grants

To honor the legacy of educational excellence, leadership, and service of H. B. McDaniel, in addition to presenting the Dale C. Burklund Research Fellowship and the James William Allen School Counselor Service Scholarship to Masters candidates in school counseling, we also will present the John D. Krumboltz Memorial Career Development Grant to a practicing school counselor. This grant aims to honor the planned and unplanned learning experiences that characterize the career trajectory of a school counselor, encourage lifelong learning, and inspire practitioner research.





 The H.B. McDaniel Foundation celebrated our 45th annual conference and banquet. The conference included a full day of professional development breakout sessions for professionals in the field. The previous evening, the Foundation held our annual Banquet to acknowledge individuals and groups in the field of school counseling.  The Foundation also awarded four students with distinctive scholarships during the banquet. The scholarships acknowledge the research and service of counselors in training while honoring former Stanford University Professor and eminent state counseling leader, Dr. H.B. McDaniel, who left a legacy of educational excellence, leadership, and service. Please click on current news to learn more about these two amazing days at Stanford University.





2018 San Joaquin Counselor Association / H.B. McDaniel Foundation Fall Conference

September 28th & 29th 2018
The San Joaquin Counselor Association teamed up with the H.B. McDaniel Foundation to provide two days of Professional Development for Central Valley School Counselors.
Day One provided a series of multiple workshops which addressed topics and issues related to the Academic, Career and Personal Social Domains and Collaboration and Leadership.
In addition to the Friday Conference we offered the California Department of Education Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training on Saturday September 29th at no additional cost. The YMHFA teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Anyone can take the 6-hour YMHFA course, but it is ideally designed for adults who work with young people, ages 12–18, and who do not have a mental health background or those who work with young children: teachers, nurses, counselors, coaches, secretaries, campus monitors, yard supervisors, registrars, lunch staff, bus drivers, and leaders of faith communities, law enforcement, parents, and other caring citizens.”





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The H.B McDaniel Foundation 

2018 Awards Banquet at Stanford Faculty Club

April 21, 2018   

The 2018 H.B. McDaniel Foundation Banquet

H. B. McDaniel Foundation

The H.B. McDaniel Foundation celebrated its 2018 Annual H.B. McDaniel Foundation Banquet to acknowledge individuals and groups in the school counseling profession. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to honor and foster the work of the late Professor H.B. McDaniel in improving the field of guidance and counseling and thereby developing the youth of our present and future times.

This year, the McDaniel Foundation offered two unique scholarships: The Dale C. Burklund Memorial Research Scholarship, which honors the legacy of Dale C. Burklund, a school counselor and dean of students in Oregon who developed an exceptional career guidance program still used in many schools today. This scholarship recognizes the promise of graduate students in school counseling through research and counseling interventions. Congratulations to Andrea Lanter who attends CSU Northridge and is the recipient of the Dale C. Burklund Memorial Research Scholarship. During the banquet, Andrea also presented her proposed research about improving mental health in high- achieving student populations.

The second scholarship is the James William Allen Memorial Service Scholarship, named in honor of James William Allen, as a memorial to his giving spirit and dedicated service to all the students and families whose lives he touched. This scholarship celebrates the outstanding service that school counselors provide for their students, families, and schools. This year, the H.B. McDaniel Foundation honored two recipients of this prestigious scholarship. Congratulations to Phuong Tang from the University of San Francisco and Beatrice Tello from CSU Dominguez Hills, the recipients of the James William Allen Service Scholarship. During the banquet, Phuong described her service activities through a montage of photos and a discussion of the needs of first-generation students. Beatrice shared her service activities about working to support college access and career development for students.

The H.B. McDaniel Foundation also awarded Felipe Reymundo Robinson-Zanartu from the Murrieta Valley Unified School District as the 2018 Individual Award Winner.

We also had the honor to welcome three new inductees to the 2018 Hall of Fame: Mary Andersen Honer, Nancy Jarman-Dunn, and John Merris-Coots. Through their dedicated service, research, writing, mentoring, and advocating for the profession, they continually demonstrate the values endeared to the legacy of Dr. H.B. McDaniel.

2017 H.B McDaniel Award Recipents Picture Gallery

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