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Patricia Cates, MS, CPA, CGMA

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and its affiliate, the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE)
I was fortunate to spend first 10 years of my career with the National Board for Certified Counselors in Accounting and Finance (NBCC). In September 2013, she returned to NBCC and Affiliates as Vice President for the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE). With CCE, I have had the honor of leading efforts in the following:


  • improve testing for licensure in counseling – we now test in using the largest network available in the industry and use industry-leading exam security measures.
  • promote quality supervision in behavioral health with our Approved Clinical Supervisor Credential (ACS) which is now mentioned in the laws of at least 14 states,
  • encourage the growth of mental health, career development and coaching in 14 countries
  • support quality management services to counseling licensure boards and other behavioral health organizations at the state and national level.

Guilford Technical Community College
While raising my young family, I spent nine years in varying roles with the college: Faculty, Department Chair for Accounting, Business and Global Logistics at Guilford Technical Community College; and Interim Division Chair for Business Technologies. I supervised a full-time faculty of 14 and 10-30 and adjuncts within a variety of business disciplines. I had the pleasure of adding two SACS-accredited online programs during my tenure.

In addition to my employment, I consult with a variety of national nonprofits on a variety of tax, management and budgetary concerns. I have also presented at their national conference(s) on a variety of financial issues concerning their organization and profession.

I hold a B.S. & M.S. in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and am a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA).


North Carolina Association of CPAs:

  • Not-for-Profit Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Chair-Scholarship Review Committee

American Association of CPAs

Rotary International

I enjoy using good business practices to help not-for-profit organizations to not only meet their operational goals but flourish in their given roles. Through my work with NBCC, I have been involved with clinical mental health for years. The work is life changing for your clients and their families. I would be honored to help AMHCA further its goals through good fiscal stewardship.

American Mental Health Counselors Association

675 North Washington Street, Suite 470 Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 800-326-2642 or 703-548-6002 Fax: 703-548-4775


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