About Us



The Hampton Roads Counselors Association (HRCA) is the largest of the 15 chapters of the Virginia Counselors Association (VCA). HRCA is comprised of professional counselors in a variety of settings ranging from public schools to private practice. Since 1950, HRCA has provided counselors in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake with opportunities for professional growth, networking, and idea sharing.


Here are the top 5 services to members:

  1. Professional development and skill building opportunities
  2. The quarterly newsletter, Highlights and Insights , shared via the HRCA website www.hamptonroadscounselors.org/ and eblast.
  3. Annual recognition of members for outstanding contributions to the field of counseling.
  4. News updates about pertinent legislation at the state and national levels.
  5. Representation on statewide committees, such as licensure, certification, and the VCA Executive Board.

Why Stay with HRCA?

Here are the top 3 reasons to become and/or stay a member of HRCA:

  1. Participate in relevant quarterly professional development opportunities.
  2. Address professional issues and topics while working toward the common goal of promoting professional counseling throughout the community.
  3. Take part in expanding public awareness and advocacy programs through the community service projects adopted by HRCA.

Our Board

Jacqueline Butler – President

Jacqueline Butler founded and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Visions of Tomorrow, Inc. She has been a counselor for over two decades. She is both a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner. She recently graduated from Capella University with a Ph.D. in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Chesapeake Virginia Beach Alumni Chapter and Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.’s Alpha Chi Chapter. Her favorite quote is “You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.”

Vivian McCorey – President Elect

Vivian M. McCorey is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who is currently serving the Hampton Roads community. Ms. McCorey has earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at South University (Virginia Beach campus) and is currently a PhD student in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Ms. McCorey has specialized training and experience in crisis intervention and stabilization, and is certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). 

Bonita Jackson-Vergara – Secretary

Bonita Jackson-Vergara Ed.D LPC, LSATP has over 20 years in the mental health field and has worked in various roles throughout her career to 
include community mental health, crisis intervention, managed care, private practice & administration. She holds a Master’s in Community Psychology and a doctorate of education in Counseling Psychology . Dr. Jackson-Vergara currently counsels adults, adolescents, military & addiction. 

Elizabeth (Beth) Hunter – Treasurer

Beth Hunter, M.A., LPC holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Regent University. She has worked in private practice and built a counseling /discipleship program in her church. She is also a published author with a 12-week Bible study: Forgive & Live, which is used across the nation. Beth Hunter counsels adults, couples and adolescents. Beth specializes in treatment for trauma as well as depression, anxiety and marital issues. 


(a) Advocacy. The Advocacy Committee shall disseminate information among members and focus public attention on legislation which would in any way affect guidance, counseling, mental health, or human resource activities in the Southeastern Tidewater area. As appropriate, the Advocacy Relations Committee shall formulate resolutions and propose them to the membership for approval.

(b) Archives. The Archives Committee shall be responsible for collecting information to be assembled in a scrapbook to be submitted at the state and or national level. It may also be assigned responsibility for tasks related to the process of recording and maintaining documents of historical value to the Chapter.

(c) Awards. The HRCA Awards Committee shall determine the recipients of the Chapter Awards: “HRCA Counselor of the Year,” “HRCA Chapter Member of the Year,” “HRCA Humanitarian & Caring Person of the Year” and “HRCA Career Service Award.” This committee shall also submit the HRCA Chapter recipients to VCA for the ‘VCA Counselor of the Year,” “VCA Humanitarian & Caring Person of the Year,” “William H. Van Hoose Career Service Award” as well as submitting for the “VCA Chapter of the Year (Large & Small}.” These awards are not necessarily made annually. This committee is responsible for the submission of materials on behalf of our members for awards at state and national levels. The Awards Committee shall be chaired by the Immediate-Past President.

(d) Communications. The Communications Committee shall coordinate the publicity efforts of the Chapter, using the various means available (email, internet, webpage, local newspapers, etc.) to get the word out and keep the membership informed. The Secretary-Elect shall chair the Communications Committee.

(e) Ethics. The committee on Ethics shall be charged with responsibility of promoting ethical professional behavior among members by providing members with the ACA Code of Ethics, reporting to the members the results of pertinent court rulings, and conducting educational programs as needed.

(f) Hospitality. The Hospitality Committee provides social amenities for the general membership meetings including the sign-in for members and the checking off of reservation lists. They are also responsible for sending acknowledgments to our members who are ill or who have other unfortunate circumstances such as bereavement.

(g) Membership. The Membership Committee shall be responsible for the membership work of the Chapter and for the coordination of membership activities of the Chapter. The Membership Committee shall be chaired by the Treasurer-Elect.

(h) Multi-Cultural. The Multi-Cultural Committee promotes understanding of multi-cultural issues pertaining to the counseling profession through varied efforts such as news articles, programs, etc.

(i) Newsletter. The Newsletter Committee compiles and disseminates the newsletter four times during the year to HRCA membership and retains additional copies for submission to competitions at the state and or national level.

(j) Professional Development. Professional Development Committee promotes programs and activities designed to enhance the professional expertise and knowledge of the counseling profession among our membership.

(k) Programs. The Program Committee shall make all arrangements for the Chapter meetings. This responsibility shall include procuring suitable facilities and arrangements and appropriations for the professional aspect of the meetings. The Programs Committee shall be chaired by the President-Elect.

(l) Scholarship. The Scholarship Committee shall advertise, solicit and adjudicate scholarship applications from individuals in graduate programs, to award an annual scholarship in an amount to be approved by the board.

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