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President

Suzanne L. Walker

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Suzanne L. Walker, MS, CCMHC, LCAS, LPC is currently working with addiction issues and co-occurring disorders at Fort Bragg, NC serving the U.S. military. Licensed as a professional clinical mental health counselor since 1988, Suzanne has provided professional clinical mental health counseling services in six states specializing in co-occurring disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, neurobiological disorders, addictions, military populations, families, adolescents and children. Suzanne is also a NBCC certified clinical mental health counselor and a NC licensed clinical addictions specialist. Having served in clinical management and supervisory level positions for over 18 years and as a clinical mental health counselor for 31 years, Suzanne has a keen working knowledge and appreciation for all aspects of the clinical mental health counseling profession. Her wealth of experience ranges from direct clinical provider and clinical supervisor to behavioral healthcare management in private practice clinics to local, county, state, and federal public sectors and governmental entities. Suzanne has held various leadership positions in state and national organizations for the past 15 years with an ardent focus on advocacy for the profession and licensure as a standard requisite for the clinical mental health counseling practice and profession. Suzanne has been pleased to speak on numerous clinical mental health best practices, counseling association strategic planning and development, and counselor advocacy.


President-Elect

Joseph Weeks

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Joseph Weeks, MA, LMHC is a Clinical Supervisor, Adjunct Professor and Private Practitioner. Holding an LMHC in Massachusetts, Joseph has worked in a number of professional settings including In Home Family Therapy, individual and relationship counseling, in-patient, partial, supervisory roles and program director roles. Joseph has dedicated his life to serving others. He has done this in many roles both in public settings and private. Joseph has made his mark in Massachusetts by developing and maintaining relationships with State and Federal legislators as well as professional organizations both in MA and nationally. Joseph has developed collaborative working relationships with many organizations outside of the CMHC track and has collaborated on a number of projects along side these organizations. In 2015, both MaMHCA and NASW-MA held a joint conference that was well attended and so successful that others have been planned for upcoming years.

 


Past President

Keith Mobley, Ph.D.

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Dr. Keith Mobley is a clinical professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he directs the in-house training clinic staffed by graduate student counselors. He has been a member of AMHCA since 2004 and joined the board of directors as a regional director in 2010 prior to being elected president for the 2015-16 year. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Dr. Mobley worked for approximately 15 years as a clinical mental health counselor and LPC in North Carolina. Since that time, he has held numerous leadership positions, has received several awards from state and national organizations, and has numerous publications and book chapters related to counseling, counselor education, and clinical supervision.


Treasurer

Patty Cates

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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.

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.

Director-at-Large

LaMarr Edgerson

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Dr. LaMarr D. Edgerson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently in private practice. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and left home at the very young age of 18 years. After 20 years of faithful service, living around the country and around the world, Dr. Edgerson retired from Kirtland Air Force base in 2003. He completed his military service with an Associate and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology. While working on his Master’s Degree he was employed as a case manager in a treatment foster care agency named High Desert Family Services. In 2005 he completed the Masters degree in counseling (specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy) from the University of Phoenix. In 2012, he completed his last degree - a Doctorate in Psychology (specialization in traumatic stress). Dr. Edgerson’s dissertation was entitled: Advanced Trauma Training: The Integration of Clinical Hypnosis and EMDR for the Effective Resolution of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Currently, he is one of the Alumni Ambassadors for the University of the Rockies.

Dr. Edgerson is in private practice as owner of Family Harmony. He specializes in working with adolescents and families as well as victims who suffer from various forms of traumatic stress. He has helped numerous people who have suffered from a variety of forms of traumatic stress: everything from satanic cult abuse to lightening strike victims to various forms of domestic violence. His career has allowed him to work in a variety of settings to include working with Albuquerque Police Department, and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, Albuquerque Public Schools, home-based settings, various agencies across Albuquerque, and First Nations HealthSource - a small hospital setting that specializes in the care of Native Americans.

Dr. Edgerson has spoken numerous times on the topics of posttraumatic stress disorder or Marriage and Family therapy both on the local and national levels: he has been privileged to speak for the American Counselors Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, New Mexico Mental Health Counselors Association, Kirtland Air Force Base, KKSS FM Radio Station, University of New Mexico (Chi Sigma Iota), Southwest Family Guidance Center, and Forensic Behavioral Health Associates. The two memorable career highlights that stand out for him are: 1. Having the opportunity to speak on behalf of all counselors in front of the U.S. Congress in 2014 and 2. Having the opportunity to be a guest speaker on the Montel Williams Air America Radio Show in 2007. He is a long time Special Olympic Coach who works with special athletes who have very special needs.


North Atlantic Regional Director

Joshua Maldonado, LMHC (NY), LPC (CT), NCC

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Josh Maldonado is currently a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC) who works for the Veteran’s Administration (VA) in Western NY. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and now resides in Rochester, NY. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NY, Licensed Professional Counselor in CT and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Josh works with an SMI population providing patient centered and recovery oriented services, including psychotherapy and intensive care coordination services. Previously, Josh worked for the VA as a responder on the Veteran’s Crisis Line, a therapist on a community mobile crisis team, a counselor/advisor in a higher education setting and as an outpatient therapist in a community mental health clinic. Josh is also the current Chapter President for the Mental Health Counselors of Greater Rochester, a regional chapter of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA) and a recipient of the 2014 Thomas W. Clawson award for service and advocacy.


Midwest Regional Director

Kristy Brown, LMHC

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Kristy Brown is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and National Certified Counselor in the state of Iowa. She is a 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a Master's degree in the CACREP program of Mental Health Counseling.

Kristy currently serves as a Behavioral Health Specialist Care Manager for a managed care organization, working with a special population of clientele in the state of Iowa with the highest need of complex concerns. Additionally she worked as a clinician at a nonprofit agency in Des Moines, Iowa for almost 10 years, both at a psychiatric mental institute for children (PMIC) and on outpatient levels for children, adolescents, adults, and family therapy. Kristy specializes in trauma and is a certified trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapist (TF-CBT). She is trained in Discovery for sexual abuse victims under the age of 6. Kristy has recently been trained as a volunteer for the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals and Psychological First Aid.

Prior to becoming AMHCA Midwest Regional Director, she has served on the state licensure Board for the Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association since 2003 fulfilling the roles of President Elect, President, and Past President. Kristy has been a member of AMHCA since 2003 and has attended the last several AMHCA leadership conferences. She is currently on the AMHCA State Chapter Relations Committee.


Southern Regional Director

A. Hope Threadgill, Psy.D.

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Western Regional Director

Laurie Geren

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Laurie Hewitt Geren is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor specializing in Adult,Adolescents,Couples counseling and owns Magic Valley Counseling in Twin Falls, Idaho.

With over 14 years in Private Practice and as a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.Among her areas of expertise are depression,anxiety,grief , couples counseling and eating issues. Laurie is an interactive, relationship-focused therapist, her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates methodologies that complement each client with compassion and understanding. She is a strength based counselor encouraging individuals to utilize those strengths to attain the personal growth they want to accomplish.

Laurie is Past President of Idaho Mental Health Counseling Association and is currently serving her profession as Western Region Director for the American Mental Health Association. She teaches spring & fall Ethics for IMHCA ,and provides a weekly support group at the Presbyterian Church in Twin Falls. One of her favorite things to do is to provide counseling for families' parents at the local retirement center.


ACA Governing Council Representative (ex-officio)

Stephen A. Giunta, Ph.D.

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Dr. Stephen A. Giunta is the Clinical Supervisor for Troy University’s Tampa Bay campus. He has been a member of AMHCA and their Florida state chapter (FMHCA) since 1998. Dr. Giunta is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor in Florida. He is a past president of FMHCA and the Tampa Bay regional chapter of FMHCA. He is a National Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Dr. Giunta maintains a small private practice in Clearwater, Florida providing clinical supervision, custody evaluation services and post-divorce family counseling. Prior to Troy University, Dr. Giunta held a number of clinical and administrative positions including director of program development for a community-based mental health agency.

 

AASCB Representative (ex-officio)

Erik Oostenink, LMHC

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Erik Oostenink, MA, LMHC, has worked at a not-for-profit agency in Des Moines, Iowa since 2001, most recently as a Program Coordinator at a residential program for adolescents in Des Moines, Iowa, where he provide therapy and clinical supervision. He has been a member of AMHCA since 2006 and has served as Midwest Region Director since 2011. Prior to becoming Midwest Region Director, he served in a wide variety of roles with the Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association, including President. Erik also has served on the Iowa Licensure Board for Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists since 2011. He was elected in 2015 as Secretary of the American Association of State Counseling Boards.

Executive Director and CEO

Joel Miller

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