Member-At-Large – Professional Development Officer: Albersynia R. Quarles ‘70
Albersynia was reared in Lynchburg, VA and lived in the Washington DC area for 35 years until her return home to Madison Heights, VA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Virginia Union University (VUU) and Masters of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services with a Specialty in Rehabilitation Counseling (1976) from the University of Maryland. Albersynia pledged SWING PHI SWING, DC Graduate Chapter. She serves as the President of the VUU Central Virginia Alumni Chapter and has been a member of the VUUNAA for two years.
Although retired, it is noteworthy to mention that her career experiences were all focused on assisting others who were in need of socio-economic empowerment, behavioral and mental health adjustments. Previous positions include: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Career Development Specialist, Correctional Officer, Case Manager, Supervisory Case Manager, Unit Manager, Chief of Pre-Release, and retired both, as a Substance Abuse Treatment Specialist (Government in 2007) and Program Director (Private Organization in 2010). In order to support her career professionally, Albersynia (until retirement), held the following: Licensed Graduate Social Worker (District of Columbia), Certified Addiction Counselor (CACII), National Certified Addiction Counselor (NCACII), and was an Approved Drug and Alcohol Supervisor (State of MD).
Albersynia will strive to bring impactful and effective professional support needed by aspiring students through the Mentoring Program.