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07/10/13

Outgoing GSC Chair Thanks Everyone for a Very Productive Year


Cheryl D’ La Rotta, RMHCI, Chair, Graduate Student Committee, 2012–2013

I would like to thank the Graduate Student Committee (GSC) mentors who guided me as GSC chair and the committee working towards our goals for this past year. 

These mentors are:

  • W. Mark Hamilton, PhD, AMHCA’s executive director and CEO;
  • LaMarr Edgerson, PsyD, LMFT, Cht, AMHCA’s director-at-large, and the GSC board liaison; and
  • Karen Griner, LMHC, NCC, the GSC faculty advisor.

Their guidance enabled the committee and me to promote student membership, launch the student Facebook page, and begin developing AMHCA’s mentorship program. 

My year as chair of AMHCA’s Graduate Committee Chair has been a learning experience in leadership, professional development, and goal-setting. I am turning over the position of GSC chair to chair-elect April Krowel, who has been my right hand for the past year. Many thanks also to my regional liaisons: 

  • Jason Zadora (Western Region),
  • Denise Purvis (Midwest Region),
  • Xiomara Sosa (Southern Region), and
  • Christina Jayvee (North Atlantic Region).

Special thanks to our secretary, Kristen Lister, LPC, NCC, who was right on point with the minutes after each conference call and who is helping re-write the mentorship program.

I would like to introduce April Krowel, who becomes the new GSC chair in August. A U.S. Army veteran, April has clinical and research interests in areas related to the military, including anger, suicide prevention, interpersonal violence, reintegration, and student veteran issues. 

April was recently named a 2013 Tillman Military Scholar, which is a scholarship named in honor of Pat Tillman, a professional football player who became a U.S. Army Ranger  and was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004. 

April has served at the student level on a variety of committees, including APAGS (American Psychological Association of Graduate Students) Advocacy Team of the Indiana Psychological Association, and the American Counseling Association’s ACEG (Association for Counselors and Educators in Government) Membership Committee. 

April has recently been named winner of the AMHCA Foundation’s 2013 AMHCA Travel Scholarship. Currently in her second year as a doctoral student at Ball State University, she has been married for 10 years and has a 3-year-old daughter. 

Many positions on the 2013-2014 GSC will be open beginning in August— including: secretary, Midwestern Region liaison, North Atlantic Region liaison, and Western Region liaison. 

We invite any student who would like to be a member of a leadership committee to please contact April on our student Facebook page.

 Thank you, everyone, for a very productive year.

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