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Meet the Members of Your Graduate Student Committee!
By April Krowel, Chair, GSC, Ball State University

April Krowel, Chair

Krowel received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ball State University and is now a second-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Psychological Assessment, at Ball State University. As a U.S. Army veteran, she has a passionate interest in bettering the lives of service members, veterans, and their families. 

In addition to her role as chair of the Graduate Student Committee, Krowel serves as State Advocacy Coordinator (of Indiana) on the APAGS Campus Advocacy Team, and was recently appointed as chairman of the board of directors for Love4Vets, a nonprofit organization that advocates for service members and veterans. Her research interests include college adjustment for student veterans, veteran suicide prevention, and trauma. She is also a 2013 recipient of the Tillman Military Scholarship.

Her non-academic interests include traveling, spending time with family, concerts, movies, and football.

Kristen Lister, PLC, NCC, Chair-Elect

Lister obtained her master’s in Counseling with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling from Idaho State University. She is a licensed professional counselor who began her doctoral studies in Counselor Education this fall. Over the past two years, she has worked as a counselor providing mental health and career counseling to college students. 

Other past work experiences include providing counseling services to adolescents in the probation system and adults in community mental health settings. Lister’s professional areas of interest include group work, scholarship, mentorship, and multicultural issues in counseling.

She has served in various capacities on the board of the Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association and is the current president of AMHCA’s Idaho chapter, IMHCA. She is also excited to be a member of AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee as its past secretary and its current chair-elect.


Jennifer Hike, Secretary

Hike is currently a second-year graduate student at Walden University in the Mental Health Counseling program. She has a Counseling & Inter-disciplinary Studies degree from Capella University and a Psychology degree from Georgia College & State University. 

Hike currently works with the Special Education program for the public schools and volunteers with Macon’s adult literacy program, and In addition, she is an active member of the Junior League. 

In her free time, she likes to travel, work in her garden, and read. Hike is excited about the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Graduate Student Committee and is looking forward to being of service in any way that she can. 


Holly Sawyer, PhD, North Atlantic Region Liaison

Sawyer is a full-time graduate Counseling student at Grand Canyon University. Since 2009, she has been an associate faculty member at the University of Phoenix (Washington, D.C., campus).

Her professional background includes a wide array of experiences and professions. She has spent nine years in the nonprofit sector and had 10 well-evaluated teaching experiences in both K-12 and higher education. 

Her skills include program development and management, administration, research, curriculum and course development, public relations and communications, and grant writing. She has a BA in Mass Communications, an MPA in Nonprofit Management, and a PhD in Higher Educational Leadership. 

Her professional affiliations include AMHCA and American Counseling Association. Sawyer enjoys learning, writing, reading, working with and teaching adults, running, and football.


Christina Javete, Southern Region Liaison

Javete is a graduate student studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Troy University in sunny Tampa, Fla. She attended University of South Florida, where she majored in Psychology. Javete took one counseling course and loved it so much that she knew she wanted to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

 Since then she has learned so much about the counseling profession, and is excited to continue learning more. Being a graduate student at Troy and being a part of GSC has given Javete the opportunity to meet some spectacular people who share the same interests. 

When she is not busy being a full-time student, she enjoys spending time with her favorite person in the entire world—her husband. Javete is also obsessed with Pinterest and Hello Kitty. Javete looks forward to connecting with other students and professionals, so please feel free to connect with her! 


Jade Letourneau, Western Region Liaison

Jade Letourneau is a doctoral student in Idaho State University’s Counselor Education PhD program (Class of 2016). She recently earned her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Southern Maine (Class of 2013). Letourneau’s clinical experience has been primarily with incarcerated populations, conducting individual and group counseling, risk assessments, and crisis management. She also worked to integrate a counseling component at a peer-services recovery center for clients with severe and persistent mental illness. 

Before becoming a counselor, Letourneau worked in business development for a large New England law firm. She resides in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, with her husband and two dogs.


All Graduate Students Are Invited to Join 
AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee (GSC)!

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 welcome to join the GSC! Please contact any member of the committee to learn about options for your involvement. And consider attending the next AMHCA Annual Conference in July 2014 in Seattle to get acquainted with AMHCA and meet the members of the Graduate Student Committee in person. 

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