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Mary Alice Olsan

In October of 2018, Mary Alice Olsan became the part-time Executive Director of the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB), an association management client of the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE). CCE is an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). As Executive Director, Olsan works with the AASCB Executive Committee to set the strategic vision of AASCB, to provide education and networking opportunities to Member Boards, and to secure the organization’s financial future.

Olsan is also the Director of the Government and Legislative Affairs Department for NBCC. In this role, Olsan is responsible for overseeing all federal and state initiatives to advance the counseling profession and to promote uniform standards for counselors. Previously, she served as the Director of Strategy and Special Projects and implemented a wide variety of strategic initiatives for NBCC and Affiliates—including CCE's online jurisprudence assessment program.

Olsan holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a MBA from Louisiana State University. She also served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) Board of Examiners for nearly seven years. In this role, she secured the Board’s financial solvency, streamlined licensure and renewal processes, and helped draft state legislation for the creation of provisional licensure for counselors and therapists. Additionally, Olsan has over six years of experience in the Information Technology sector—including her work for the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT), an anti-terrorism organization.

Olsan has held leadership positions with state and national regulatory bodies, including the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) and as part of the Executive Committee for the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB). She is passionate about public protection and the right of all individuals to have access to quality, regulated mental health care.





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