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2012 Election Results
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2012 Election Results


Judith Bertenthal–Smith, LPC, ALPS, was voted AMHCA president for 2013–2014 in AMHCA’s spring elections. She has served as director-at-large on AMHCA’s board since 2007 and has twice chaired the Strategic Planning Committee. She is the board liaison to AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee and served on the Conference Planning Committee in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012. 

Past president of the AMHCA’s West Virginia chapter, the West Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association (WVLPCA), Bertenthal–Smith is also past president and co-founder of the West Virginia Association for Play Therapy.

Bertenthal–Smith will transition from director-at-large to president-elect in July. Currently an assistant professor of psychology and education at Davis & Elkins College, she has been a psychology/counselor educator for more than 30 years and an LPC for more than 20 years. Her private practice includes adults, adolescents, and children.

“The events of the past few years and the state of the economy—coupled with my work with the Red Cross and my ongoing experiences with the HIV/AIDS community—have heightened my commitment to AMHCA’s increased visibility and its mission to serve our membership and to meet the increased demands for quality mental health services,” Bertenthal–Smith said in her candidate statement. “Quality professional services will be in especially great demand for veterans returning from our country’s recent wars; we need to meet that demand.”

The goals Bertenthal–Smith cited for her year as president are to:

  • Continue our legislative efforts to include mental health counselors as authorized Medicare and TRICARE providers.
  • Present a consistent and visible image of highly skilled, well-trained professionals nationally and within each state.
  • Advocate for the profession with new and existing healthcare programs.
  • Enhance the reciprocal nature of chapter/national relations in a consistent and focused manner.
  • Develop stronger relationships with graduate school programs to foster professional development in the next generation of mental health counselors.
  • Continue to use technology to increase communication within AMHCA and among chapters and to promote green practices, to better serve our membership and utilize resources in a sustainable manner.
North Atlantic Region Director
Camille Clay, EdD, LPC, was re-elected by the membership to her position as AMHCA’s North Atlantic Region director. An adjunct professor in the Graduate Counseling Program at the University of the District of Columbia, Clay has had a private practice since 1983. 

She has twice been president of AMHCA’s state chapter, the DC Mental Health Counselors Association, and she is currently AMHCA’s representative to the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB). She also serves on both AMHCA’s and ACA’s DSM–5 task forces.

She plans to continue employing the “four ‘C’ principles of organizational work” that she used in her first term as North Atlantic Region director: Continuity, Community, Communication, and Collaboration. 

“I Continued initiatives put in place by previous directors, particularly in Communication. I be-lieve chapter leaders have begun to use Communication mechanisms to share their successes and misses with each other. 

“We are on our way to becoming the problem-solving, supportive, sharing Community of chapters I envisioned. … Collaboratively, we can address the issues of membership and leadership development as well as other issues that arise,” she wrote in her candidate statement.
Southern Region Director
Keth Mobley, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, was appointed to AMHCA’s board as Southern Region director in 2010 as a mid-term replacement, so this election confirms the membership’s endorsement of him as Southern Region director.

A clinical associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2004, Mobley has worked as a clinical mental health counselor in multiple settings, including outpatient, inpatient, crisis/emergency, and in-home roles.

A past president of AMHCA’s North Carolina chapter (LPCANC), Mobely noted goals in his candidate statement that include endeavoring to “continue my service to the board and the Southern Region by acting as liaison for state chapters to the board of directors; facilitating communication among chapters; and remaining a resource to enhance the professional development, chapter success, and leadership training needs of AMHCA state chapters in my region.”
Terms of Office on AMHCA's Board of Directors

The election results are for three-year terms that take effect on July 1. The president serves the first year as president-elect, the second year as president, and the third year as past president. AMHCA’s president-elect chairs the Conference Planning Committee, and the past-president chairs the Nominating Committee.