Board of Directors


H. Alan Goodman






Joseph Weeks

Past President





David McAllister





Ellen Papanikulaou

North Atlantic Regional Director




Don Gilbert




H. Gray Otis

ACA Governing Council Representative (ex-officio)



Eric Beeson

President Elect





Aaron Norton

Southern Region Director



James Blundo

Midwest Region Director



Karen Langer

Western Region Director



Erik Oostenink

AASCB Representative (ex-officio)



Joel E. Miller

Executive Director and CEO (ex-officio)




Much of the association work is carried out by committees.
The role of AMHCA committee members is to implement the AMHCA strategic plan.
Each committee develops a plan of action according to the strategic plan and submits it to the board for approval at the annual meeting.

Advancement for Clinical Practice Committee

The primary responsibilities of the committee are to

  • Identify clinical professional issues to enhance the skills and expertise of AMHCA members through webinars, white papers, emerging clinical practice briefs and other communications
  • Identify continuing education workshops and networking opportunities.
  • Promote a sense of professional identity among members and the community at large
  • Enhance the organization's involvement with members and provide members with opportunities to give and receive professional development through continuing education, networking, and community development. 

Awards and Recognition Committee

The primary role of the Awards and Recognition Committee is to administer all AMHCA award activities, such as nominations for local, regional and national AMHCA awards and special awards.

The committee reviews nomination procedures, decides on the type and amount of information needed for nominations and establishes the statute of limitations on previously received nominations. 

The Awards Committee also notifies the Program Committee of Awardee details so that the Awards Banquet and the talk of the Awardee can be planned. Lastly, the committee informs all that submitted nominations of their future nomination status. 

The Committee proposes new awards to the Board and proposes potential sources of funds for such awards.


Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee functions in an educative and consultive capacity. It is responsible for educating the membership about AMHCA’s ethical standards. The committee periodically reviews and recommends changes in the ethical standards of AMHCA. It receives and processes inquiries regarding ethical standards. 

Public Awareness Committee

The Public Awareness Committee will seek to heighten the visibility, viability, and functioning of clinical mental health counselors and AMHCA before the public, within the health care and mental health fields, and in the corporate and policymaking arenas. The Committee will serve as the driving force and resource of AMHCA for promoting the awareness of clinical mental health counselors as a critically important primary provider of cost-effective approaches.

Public Policy and Legislation Committee

The Public Policy and Legislative Committee provides oversight for all matters of AMHCA that relate to government, particularly at the federal level. The committee sets priorities on handling issues that uniquely affects AMHCA and recommends broad policy direction to the AMHCA Board.

State Chapter Relations Committee

The mission of the AMHCA State Chapter Relations Committee shall be to encourage and facilitate communications between AMHCA and the affiliated Chapters by assessing the needs of members and chapters, fostering communication, developing programs and projects in which the national office of AMHCA and its affiliated chapters work together and assessing Chapters and their programs.

Annual Conference Committee

The primary roles of the committee are to:

  • Liase with AMHCA Committees and key entities to develop “hot topics” that need to appear on the Annual Conference program and that reflect the strategic goals and mission of the organization.
  • Promote and solicit participation in the Call for Papers from all areas and levels of AMHCA membership.
  • Review all Call for Papers submissions to determine the Annual Conference program.
  • Boost Conference attendance of AMHCA members from all organizational disciplines and levels.
  • Assist AMHCA staff with efforts to grow and enhance value of the Annual Conference and participation.

Diplomate Committee

The AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist credential was developed over the course of two years and was approved by the AMHCA Board of Directors. This credential will not only enhance the stature of individual clinical mental health counselors but also will increase the prominence of our profession. AMHCA is the first association to recognize both advanced practice and professional clinical expertise in clinical mental health counseling. Increasingly, both the public and insurance providers are looking for qualified clinical mental health counselors who have acquired cutting-edge training and clinical abilities. Advanced practice clinical counselors with specialist skills are in increasing demand. 

The Diplomate Program Committee updates the credentialing process and assists AMHCA staff in the management of the application process.

Graduate Student Committee

The mission of the AMHCA Graduate Student Committee is to enhance student professional identity through collaboration and networking with licensed professional mental health counselors and the governing body of AMHCA.

The primary objectives of the committee are to:

  • Serve as the voice for all AMHCA graduate student members by contributing to the National Conference Planning Committee meetings
  • Serve as a medium of communication between AMCHA leadership and graduate student members
  • Discuss issues relevant to the graduate student member population during monthly committee meetings
  • Provide updates to the student portion of the AMHCA website (www.amhca.org/student)
  • Contribute articles for the Student Corner section of The Advocate by committee members or graduate student members at-large
  • Promote graduate student membership in AMHCA through membership campaigns
  • Promote graduate student leadership in AMHCA through communication via email and The Advocate
  • Term specific objectives include, but are not limited to:
    • Advocacy campaigns for issues relevant to graduate student members (i.e., Federal Legislative Advocacy Network)
    • Promotion of graduate student leadership at national and state levels
    • Development and expansion of networking for graduate student members
    • Campaigns/initiatives relevant to current issues in the field of mental health counseling