AMHCA Board Elections

AMHCA elections your chance to help lead the association dedicated to positioning clinical mental health counselors to meet the health care needs of those we serve while advancing the profession.

Every year, 3 of the 9 members of AMHCA’s board of directors, including the immediate past-president, complete their terms of service. AMHCA invites nominations for the election of the association’s board of directors to fill those three vacancies.

There are several benefits to serving on the AMHCA board:

  • Play a vital role in the organization
  • Opportunity to advance the profession of mental health counseling,
  • Chance to collaborate with other leaders and colleagues,
  • Access to cutting edge information about the challenges facing the profession

AMHCA values and is seeking diverse leadership as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, professional level, etc.

We are seeking those who have the following attributes:

  • Demonstrated leadership commitment and involvement with AMHCA and the non-profit community. For instance, someone who has served on an AMHCA committee or task force, serves at the state level in one of our affiliated chapters or is currently an AMHCA diplomate. Leaders who strive to be the voice of clinical mental health counselors across the US
  • Has expertise in the field of clinical mental health counseling and demonstrated dedication to the field. Examples include familiarity with federal and state regulations, private practice, community mental health, integrated care, counselor education and evidenced-based practices, ethics to name a few.
  • Committed to monthly board meetings and to attending the 2021 AMHCA Annual Conference in June in Herndon, Virginia. Willing to dedicate time and effort to serving the members of the organization.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and engage in appropriate debate and discussions on a professional and positive level.
  • Thinks strategically about the future of the profession and the role of the association in the profession.


Beverly Smith

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Ellen Papanikolaou

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Rudy Guajardo

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Midwest Region Director

James Blundo

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Western Region Director

Karen Langer

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Election FYI

Voting members will receive an e-ballot notification message that will include a hyperlink to their ballot. To vote, simply click the link within the email to open your ballot. Members who do not wish to vote electronically may request a paper ballot. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I determine who to vote for?
Each candidate will submit a statement about their experience and goals that will be published on this site throughout the voting window.

When does the election process start?
AMHCA will announce through email and the magazine when nominations are open as well as when candidate statements are posted and voting begins.

When does the election end?
We will announce when voting begins and ends in an email to members. When the votes have been tallied we will announce the winners of the election.

How do I get a ballot?
If you are a voting member, you will receive an e-ballot via email.

Who do I contact if I do not receive a ballot?
Only voting members may vote and hold elected office in the association. Please email wmeyerhoeffer@amhca.org if you are a voting member and have not received a ballot.

When will the results of the election be announced?
The results will be announced on AMHCA.org, the weekly newsletter and in the magazine.

Who am I voting for and for how long?
We will announce the positions we that need to be filled when nominations open and throughout the voting period.

Committee and Task Force Recruitment

Committee recruitment begins in January of each year with a call for nominations for open positions on various AMHCA committees.

Task Force recruitment begins when a new task force has been created and on an as-needed basis.