Joliet, Ill. – Two members of the University of St. Francis’ Psychology Department have recently been elected to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Certification Board (ICB).

Marcia A. Van Natta, BA, MHS, CADC, CODP II, has been elected President of the Illinois Certification Board (effective July 1, 2020). Van Natta will serve two years as President, followed by two years as Past-President. Formerly, Van Natta served as Recording Secretary of ICB, which is a role she also held with the Illinois Association of Extended Care. She is a clinical case manager, semi-retired from the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office Problem Solving Courts. She is also a facilitator for the Family Programming and Alumni Group of Problem Solving Courts of Will County and teaches about substance use disorders for the Upper Room Crisis Line in Joliet. Van Natta holds a master’s degree from Governors’ State University and certifications as a drug and alcohol counselor and co-occurring disorders professional.  She currently serves as an adjunct professor at USF teaching psychopharmacology and co-occurring disorders in the Substance Abuse Counseling Program of the USF Psychology Department and is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, Joliet, Ill.

Also, effective July 1, 2020, Lawrence (Larry) A. Dunbar, MS, CAADC, CPS, PCGC, CODP II became the newly elected President-elect of the ICB Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

Dunbar has worked in the field of behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment, prevention and mental health for more than 25 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration (1986) and a master’s degree in Health Service Administration (2000), both from the University of St. Francis, where he currently works as an instructor and Program Coordinator of Addiction Studies. In addition, he also earned a Certificate in Addictions Counseling (1996) from Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Ill., where he was previously an adjunct instructor. Dunbar had been a member of the ICB Board of Directors for 13 years in the past and is now in his second year of a new six-year term. His ICB service has included terms as President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and as a member of many committees of the Board. Dunbar will now serve two years as President-Elect, followed by two years as President and finally two years as Past-President.

About the Illinois Certification Board

According to the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. website,, the Illinois Certification Board is a “private, non-profit organization that promotes standards for professionals in the addictions field. ICB shall protect the welfare of the public through improvement of quality health care service being provided to the individual, his/her family, and/ or significant others. ICB does this by writing and publishing standards, evaluating experience and education, reviewing each application for the respective credential, and upgrading those standards. ICB’s professional standards meet or exceed all international standards for practitioners.”

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