Current: Core Faculty in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Northwestern University and Staff Counselor at Integrative Therapies in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Education: Ph.D. in Counselor Education (2014)
Certification and Licensure: Licensed Professional Counselor (North Carolina and West Virginia); Approved Clinical Supervisor; Certified Rehabilitation Counselor; National Certified Counselor.
Recent Clinical Experience: I have over 13 years of experience working as a clinical mental health counselor (CMHC) in a variety of settings including a residential treatment center for youth, vocational rehabilitation agency, community mental health and substance use treatment center, high school, university counseling center, inpatient behavioral health unit, private practice, integrative wellness center, and neurofeedback clinic. I also have eight years of experience as a counselor educator and supervisor in five CMHC training programs. Association Experience
Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC)
Professional Development Chair (2014-2016)
Kansas Mental Health Counselors Association (KMHCA)
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
Founding Co-Associate Editor of the “Neurocounseling” section of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling
Member of the State Chapter Relations Committee (2015-present)
Conference Proposal Reviewer (2015-2017)
Member of the revision team for the“Biological Bases of Behavior” section of the AMHCA Standards for the Practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
I have been an active member and leader in AMHCA as well as two state chapters. At the state level, I served as the President-Elect of AMHCA’s Kansas chapter prior to moving to Greensboro, North Carolina where I served as the AMHCA chapter’s Professional Development Chair and Vice-President. These roles gave me the opportunity to chair conference planning and bylaws committees. At the national level, I served on the AMHCA State Chapter Relations Committee, the revision team for the “Biological Bases of Behavior” in the AMHCA Standards for the Practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and as the founding Co-Associate Editor of the “Neurocounseling” section of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling. In these roles, I have had the privilege to attend the annual AMHCA Leadership Training Conference each year since joining AMHCA.
My development as a leader has been thoughtful and intentional. With each position, I learned valuable lessons about the importance of collaborative relationships, thoughtful communication, strategic visioning, and fiduciary responsibility. I believe my development as a leader has prepared me to be an ideal candidate for further leadership with AMHCA. Goals
AMHCA has a strong vision and mission to enhance the CMHC profession through education, advocacy, leadership, and collaboration. If elected, I plan to contribute to the realization of this vision and mission through the pursuit of the following goals:
• Elevate the AMHCA brand with an emphasis on advocacy, advanced clinical practice, innovation, and research.
• Continue to monitor and introduce relevant legislation to maintain and extend the practice privileges of CMHCs.
• Strengthen digital communication strategies to connect CMHCs with the public, policy makers, legislators, and each other.
• Develop strategic initiatives to enhance the portability of licensure.
• Grow membership through outreach and support to graduate students in CMHC programs.
• Develop strategic relationships with relevant professional and consumer organizations.
• Develop programming to enhance neuroscience competencies in CMHC training and practice.
• Create a dashboard of metrics to guide strategic decision-making among AMHCA’s staff and board.
• Develop intentional relationships with AMHCA’s staff and board to optimize governance and execution of the strategic plan. Awards and Honors
• 2017 President’s Award for Outstanding Service, LPCANC
• 2014 Counselor Educator of the Year Nominee, AMHCA
• 2014 Dissertation Research Award Nominee, AMHCA
• 2014 Emerging Leaders Fellow, SACES
• 2012 Outstanding Graduate Student Recipient, NCACES Community Service
• Recovery Communities of North Carolina
• The collegiate recovery program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Publications and Presentations
Over the last three years, I have been active in scholarship by authoring several book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and presentations on a wide range of topics including neuroscience informed practice, sense of community, and collegiate recovery programs. Closing
When I joined AMHCA, I found a home amongst professionals who were passionate about their work and the future of the profession. These professionals have guided and nurtured my development as a CMHC and leader. If elected, I plan to pay it forward with vision, strategic planning, and innovative leadership. It would be an honor to receive your vote, and I hope to continue my service to the profession as President-Elect of AMHCA.