July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015

 

  • Elizabeth Dimmitt, MS, LPC – ACAM President   (term expires June 30, 2015)

My name is Elizabeth Keane Dimmitt and I very much enjoy being a part of ACAM.  I teach at Northwest Missouri State University and own a private practice called Compass Counseling Center, Inc.  In my work history as a licensed professional counselor, I have worked in the following roles: as a day treatment therapist with children, a child and family therapist in residential facilities, a child and family therapist in a substance abuse facility, as a crisis counselor in the school setting, clinical director for a community mental health reformation, and finally as a military and family life consultant.

 

  • Nancy L.A. Forth, Ph.D., LPC, NCC  – ACAM Immediate Past President (term expires June 30, 2015)
Nancy L.A. Forth is a Professor in the Counselor Education Program at the University of Central Missouri. In addition to coordinating the Community Counseling Concentration, Dr. Forth has over 15 years of experience in teaching content and clinical courses as well as providing supervision to counselors-in-training. Her research interests include using creativity in counseling and supervision, and counselor development. Dr. Forth is a licensed professional counselor and a National Certified Counselor with varied clinical experience. She has worked with diverse clients in the area of individual, group, couples, families with: children, adults, families, single parents, those who have been victimized and who have perpetrated crimes, women who are at risk of becoming homeless, and collaborates with K-12 school systems. In addition, Dr. Forth has authored several book chapters and professional journal articles, and has presented at National, Regional, State, and Local levels.

 

  • Randy DeMasters, – President-Elect  (term expires June 30, 2015)
Randy DeMasters is a Methodist minister in western Missouri and earned his Masters in Divinity from Saint Paul of Theology Methodist, Kansas City, MO.  Reverend DeMasters has worked in crisis management and counseling over the course of his career and is a certified Hypnotherapist from Missouri Institute of Hypnosis, Ray Town, MO.


  • Tiffany  Radcliff, LPC – President-Elect Elect  (term expires June 30, 2015)
Tiffany Radcliff  (LPC) received her Masters degree in counseling from Avila University in Kansas City, MO in 2007. After receiving her Masters degree, she began working as an Independent Living Specialist at Coalition for Independence in Kansas City, MO providing case management services to clients with various types of physical/mental disabilities.
In 2011, she left Coalition for Independence to pursue her LPC licensing hours at Center for Behavioral Medicine, during her time there, she provided individual DBT and group DBT skills therapy as well as supportive therapy to clients with severe and persistent mental illness. Tiffany is skilled in her ability to establish rapport with clients and enjoys working collaboratively with clients to develop goals that will allows them to improve their mental and physical health. She received her LPC license in July 2013. As an individual with a developmental disability, Tiffany has a passion for working with clients who have physical/developmental disabilities. Her goals are to provide counseling  at an agency that provides resources and services to individuals with physical/developmental disabilities as well as developing a private practice with a specialization in working with clients with physical/developmental disabilities. Her areas of specialty will include: anxiety, depression, and stress management. Throughout her career, she has remained active in educating and increasing awareness of disability related issues.

 

*The positions of President Elect Elect, President Elect and President and Past President are progressive. Once a person is elected to President Elect Elect, they are will progress to each of the listed position each year. It is a 4 year commitment.

 

  • Mike Koch, B.S., M.S., PLPC – Secretary  (term expires June 30, 2015)

Mike Koch is a native of Missouri and currently lives in Odessa. He received his B.S. degree from Central Mo. State U. in 1975, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Speech Communication. He received his M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in 2010. He is working on his Education Specialist Degree in Counseling from the University of Central MO. He is President of the Zeta Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota.

He has worked for Mo Division of Youth Services in residential treatment at Waverly Regional Youth Center since 1991. He has been in facility management and has worked as a Regional Family Specialist.

 

  • Kathy Randolph, LPC, NCC, CTRTC – ACAM Treasurer  (term expires June 30, 2016)

Katherine has her Masters in Arts from Lindenwood University, in Licensed Professional Counselor. as well as being a National Certified Counselor.  She has a Certification for Choice Theory/Reality Therapy and Certification for Employee Assistance Profession.  In March, 2008 Katherine opened a small private counseling practice, providing brief short term counseling for mental health, marriage family, and substance abuse issues. With over ten years of experience Katherine has developed and implemented treatment plans, acted as an advocate, and provided direct service to individuals with mental illness, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities.  She has been on the ACAM board for several years serving in all posted board positions except secretary.

  • Wesley Ruehl, M.Ed., LPC – Trustee (term expires June 30, 2015)

Wesley Ruehl has worked in the field of counseling for the past nine years. He has been employed in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health, college counseling, and outpatient psychiatric services. He is currently a therapist at Center Pointe Hospital in their Intensive Outpatient Program in Washington, Mo. He provides group and individual counseling to patients struggling with chronic and pervasive mental illnesses. Wesley is a member of serveral professional organizations including ACA, ACAM and the Association for Multicultural Research in Counseling. He is committed to advocating for the needs of counselors in MO and hopes to aid in the future growth and development of the counseling profession.

 

  • Carol Kruchowski – Trustee (term expires June 30, 2015)

After raising six kids, I returned to school and completed my Bachelors and Masters degrees. Working at MERS, I completed my supervision and achieved my LPC. I’ve worked in rehabilitation working as the Director of MERS Goodwill North. Currently, I’m a Clinical Supervisor at Magellan Health Services in After Hours. We have a 24/7 Hotline for members to call for consultations when in crisis.

 

  • Robin R. Rasse-Cott – Trustee (term expires June 30, 2016)

Robin R. Rasse-Cott was raised in Marshall, MO with her parents David and Jerri Rasse and two younger siblings John Matthew and Jessica Rasse.  Robin graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology.  She also graduated from Stephens College in 2011 with a Master’s of Education in Counseling and emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Robin has been an Intensive In-home Services Specialist and working with families in crisis since 2003.  Robin also has been teaching the education level SATOP classes since 2006, and is currently the active director of Rasse SATOP, LLC and provides SATOP assessments and business management.  Robin has been a Trustee on the ACAM Board for the past two years, and is motivated to provide additional service and support as the Membership Chair.  Robin currently resides in Marshall, MO with her husband Jeff and son Jackson.

 

  • Jerry Walker – Trustee (term expires June 30, 2016)
I have been in private practice and worked as a part-time associate at Behavior Management and Associates in Joplin, Missouri since 1998.  Through those years I have done Individual Counseling, Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling, and Biofeedback.  In June 2013, I retired after 30 years in education.  I taught Math and Science for nine years, then was a high school counselor for the last 21 years, also coached football and wrestling for 12 and 14 years respectively.  All 30 years were at Webb City High School in Webb City, Missouri.  I believe people should learn and improve themselves each day for their entire life.
Since becoming an associate in 1998 with Behavior Management Associates I have helped provide Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas, Northeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas with high quality diversified professional mental health services, including:
Individual and Family Therapy, 
Marriage Counseling, Marital & Family Relations 
Stress Management, 
Attention/Deficit – Hyperactivity Disorder, 
Child & Adolescent Behavior Problems
, 
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, 
Panic Disorders, and 
Depression & Anxiety Disorders

 

  • Lela (Lee) Kosteck Bunch, Ph.D., NCC, LPC – Executive Director MSCA

P5-2Dr. Lela (Lee) Kosteck Bunch is the Executive Director of the Missouri School Counselor Association (MSCA), serving over 2500 professional school counselors in the state of Missouri.  Prior to taking her current position, she was an assistant professor in the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy at the University of Missouri—St. Louis.  She also served for three years as the Director of Guidance and Placement for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Dr. Bunch holds a Ph.D. in School Psychology with an emphasis in school administration and family systems from the University of MO—Columbia.  She also completed a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Pittsburg State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from MO State University.  Dr. Bunch is professionally licensed by the state of Missouri (LPC) and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC).  She has diverse experiences in school counseling, both at the elementary level and at the secondary level, including comprehensive high school counseling and special needs/at risk counseling, with five additional years of experience in the delivery of psychological services as a psycho-educational consultant.  She has also worked in an agency setting as an outpatient therapist.

Dr. Bunch has been actively involved in numerous professional organizations and has assumed many leadership roles.  She is currently serving as the national Vice-President of the Guidance and Career Development Division on the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Board of Directors.

  • James Carroll, MA, LPC, NCC, CCMHC, CH, RPT-S – President ALGBTIC

James “Jamie” Carroll is in private practice in St. Louis, MO.  His clinical interests include: Trauma, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and LGBTQ clients.  He has an MA in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  In addition, he is a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Hypnotherapist, and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.

Jamie is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling, EMDRIA, National Guild of Hypnosis, Association for Play Therapy, American Counseling Association-Missouri, the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling-Missouri, Missouri Mental Health Counselor Association, Illinois Counseling Association.

 

  • Deanna (Dee) Kinder, B.A., M.S., LPC, NCC, ACA, ACAM -Executive Director

Dee has worked as a Psychologist at Northwest Missouri Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center since 1984. She was Secretary of ACAM 2007-2008 and President of ACAM 2009 – 2010. She lives in St. Joseph, MO., went to school at University of Missouri, Columbia, Pittsburg State University, Central Mo State, and University of Mo, Kansas City. At NMPRC, she has developed and directed several programs including ARISE, a program designed for mentally ill and developmentally disabled individuals preparing for community living. She is also Co Chair of the RESPECT Institute Program at NMPRC. She has worked with the Cultural Competency Committee, was Coordinator for competency education for the facility (1994 – 2003), and Director of the Change Program, a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) based program for patients with emotion regulation difficulties. She is currently Director of NMPRC’s New Outlook, a program for people with different learning abilities, and emotion regulation difficulties.

Her presentations include Missouri Department of Mental Health Forensic Conference on Competency Training, Midwest DBT Association on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, American Counseling Association of Missouri on: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Use of Therapeutic Games, and Cultural Competency, and Missouri Mental Health Counseling Association on Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

She received an award in 2010 for Best Innovative Practices on behalf of ACAM, which was presented at the ACA National Awards Ceremony Conference in Pittsburgh, PA during her presidential year. She was selected to assist in evaluating proposals for the American Counseling Association conference presentations and was invited to join a group of Mental Health Professionals to travel internationally as an Ambassador with the People to People Program.

Her prior experience includes Psychological Assistant in a facility in Louisiana for mentally Challenged clients and Clinical Psychologist for the Department of Corrections. She also served as Psychology consultant to an MRDD boarding home.