Meet the Members of AMHCA's Graduate Student Committee
There are lots of ways for graduate student members of AMHCA to be meaningfully involved in the work the association does to advance our profession. ALL graduate students are invited to join the Graduate Student Committee (GSC)!
Cheryl D’ La Rotta, GSC Chair
Cheryl D’ La Rotta obtained her master’s degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences, specializing in Mental Health Counseling, from Walden University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Counseling Education and Supervision, with a specialization in Forensics at Walden University.
April Krowel, GSC Chair–Elect
An Army veteran, April Krowel has a passionate interest in matters concerning military members and veterans and their families. She currently serves as chair-elect of AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee, and she is a campus representative on the campus advocacy team of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). She recently served on the Conference Planning Committee of the Indiana Counseling Association (ICA), and as a student representative on the American Counseling Association’s Professional Standards Committee.
Kristen Lister, LPC, NCC, Secretary
Kristen Lister obtained her master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling from Idaho State University. A licensed professional counselor, she provides personal and career counseling to college students. She previously worked with adolescents in the probation system as well as adults in community mental health settings. Her professional areas of interest include group work, scholarship, gender, and multicultural issues in counseling.
Denise Purvis, Midwest Region Liaison
Following graduation from Northern Illinois University in 1996 with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Denise Purvis was employed from 1996 to 1999 as an outpatient and inpatient drug/alcohol counselor for an adolescent treatment facility. Later in 1999, she joined the staff of a community hospital working with mental health issues with individuals and families, the employee assistance program, and clients with substance-abuse problems. While working there, she developed the hospital’s outpatient substance-abuse program for adolescents. She continued gaining employment experiences with area community agencies and the hospital until she started her own private practice in 2000. Working as a licensed clinical professional counselor and certified alcohol and other drug counselor, she balances a diverse caseload of families, couples, individuals, adults, elderly, and children.
Jason Sadora, Western Region Liaison
Born in LA and raised in Las Vegas, Jason Sadora is an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, a Special Olympics official, a nationally competitive powerlifter, a Special Education substitute teacher, and a Knights of Columbus member. He currently attends the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for Motor Behavior, and Liberty University for Professional Counseling. His focus is feedback and social cognitive influences on learning. His career goal is to become an occupational therapist and group counselor for soldiers, veterans, and their families. As a GSC liaison, he contributes to the community by raising awareness of mental health counseling, and helps enhance the connection between AMHCA and academic institutions.
Xiomara A. Sosa, Southern Region Liaison
A clinical mental health–forensic counselor; a mental health and wellness coach; and a nonprofit executive, Xiomara A. Sosa practices a progressive, innovative path to health by integrating behavioral and primary healthcare. She specializes in anxiety disorders, mood disorders, child-custody evaluation, and divorce mediation. Her expertise is in coming-out and externalized and internalized homophobia. She focuses on coping skills; crisis, trauma, and disaster-recovery; emotional health; family conflict; life and work balance; life coaching; living well; personal growth; and relationships. Her theoretical orientations include coaching, affirmative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, and solution-focused brief therapy. Her cultural competency is especially focused on working with the Hispanic, veteran, and sexual minority (LGBQT) communities.
Erika S. Wheelhouse, North Atlantic Region Liaison
After serving in the Army Medical Corps, Erika Wheelhouse earned her BA in Anthropology from the University of Houston. Her interest in all aspects of human culture and behavior combined with a desire to serve at-risk youth led her to pursue a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology. She is currently working towards her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College with an emphasis on Adolescent Development.