Tara Overzat, a student counselor on the University of North Georgia's Gainesville Campus, has been named an American College Counseling Association (ACCA) Emerging Leader. The ACCA comprises diverse mental health professionals from the fields of counseling, psychology, and social work, with a common thread of working within higher education settings. The Emerging Leader Award is given to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to college counseling through scholarship and/or service.
Overzat enjoys helping students work through life issues and grow to reach their personal potential. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at Mercer University, and is also working toward certification as an EMDR practitioner in treating trauma. In her free time, she likes reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.