July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
- Carol Kruchowski – President ( July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017)
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.
- Randy DeMasters, – Immediate Past-President (term expires June 30, 2017)
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.
- David Bruno – President-Elect (term expires June 30, 2017)
My name is David Bruno, I am native to the south central region of Missouri growing up around Salem. My first career was as a Navy Corpsman which I served as for twenty years attending various schools and ending up as a Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman, this position can be googled but basically translates to being tasked as the sole medical representative for a ship or Marine unit and providing all of the medical care for that unit to include food sanitation, preventive medicine, diagnostic as well as acute and long term medical care, as well as record maintenance. After retirement I ended up working in a residential care facility in Black, Missouri. Valley Springs Youth Ranch was my indoctrination into the field and decided my course of study in Psychology, during my tenure there positions were held progressively as a Youth Care Worker, Night Staff Supervisor, Case Manager, and Level Four Coordinator. After Graduation from Southwest Baptist University with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice I gained employment as an Intensive in Home worker with Pathways Community Behavioral Health that was held until they lost the contract, I then moved to perform the same job for the Children’s Division in the 25th Judicial Circuit until the contract was awarded to Boy’s and Girl’s Town of Missouri and moved with the program to the location and becoming the supervisor for the program there. Upon graduation from Webster University with a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling and subsequently passing the licensure examination I was briefly a campus therapist for Boy’s and Girl’s Town of Missouri until offered a position of Program Director at Bletel Residential in Waynesville Missouri, a position that I held for thirteen months before deciding to enter into private practice. My provisional license was supervised by Christina Woods.
I have now been licensed for five years, four of which have been in private practice focusing on in home therapy to include individual and family sessions, I have maintained a minimum case load of forty sessions per week for that period. I currently supervise one intern and have had such a pleasant experience with her that I plan to seek another after her graduation.
I desire to serve as President Elect Elect on the board for ACAM to assist my fellow counselors in gaining privileges to officially diagnose, gain expanded credentialing, institute reform in the licensing process, and create a universal curriculum that will more distinctly define our abilities and decrease our limitations. Another focus would be to better train and inform new counselors as to the steps necessary to attain licensure and how to survive the initial difficulties and bring a higher margin of initiates through to practice in the field.
- Robin R. Rasse-Cott – President-Elect Elect (term expires June 30, 2017)
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.
*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.
- Brent Moore – Secretary (term expires June 30, 2017)
Dr. Brent Moore serves as Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Additionally, Dr. Moore maintains a counseling practice. Dr. Moore graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and theology. He then attended and graduated from Wheaton College with a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology. With an interest in biological psychology, Dr. Moore then pursued and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in health psychology from Walden University. He then earned a post-graduate certificate in sexual addiction treatment from MidAmerica Nazarene University and is currently finishing a certificate in play therapy. Dr. Moore also serves as the chair of the Institutional Review Board at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Dr. Moore specializes in the treatment of sexual addiction and couples counseling.
Dr. Moore is married with three children and lives in Liberty, Missouri. He enjoys spending time with family and running.
- Karen Allen – Treasurer (term expires June 30, 2017)
I am an LPC, NCC, BCPC. I currently am employed with Jacobs well of Kansas City Ministries. its a non -profit organization I started 15 years ago.The purpose of this program is to provide an array of quality services to strengthen and enhance the lives of children, youth , adults and the elderly. We provide individual and family counseling, substance abuse intervention and prevention, parenting classes. Group counseling such as anger management, substance abuse groups, and the Carousel Adult Day Center which provides a medical model adult day care program for the elderly and adults with special needs.
- Jerry Walker – Trustee (term expires June 30, 2018)
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
Attention/Deficit – Hyperactivity Disorder,
Child & Adolescent Behavior Problems
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,
Panic Disorders, and
Depression & Anxiety Disorders
- Rene McCrary – Trustee (term expires June 30, 2017)
Rene graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1989 with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She has been employed in the counseling field since that time. Rene accepted her first job at Synergy in Parkville after completing her internship. She worked there providing individual and family counseling and eventually accepting a position as Lead Therapist, overseeing outpatient services and counseling services provided in school settings. In January of 2000, took over a small counseling practice in a rural community. After growing the practice into a thriving business that included outpatient care for individuals recovering from substance abuse, Rene accepted a job at the National Center for Trauma Based disorders in Kansas City where she provided counseling to trauma survivors from 2003 to 2009. Currently, Rene is working as the Counseling Director at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA). At MOCSA Rene works with over 20 counselors, social workers, interns and fellows in this capacity. Rene enjoys both the practice of counseling and providing supervision to counselors at all stages in their careers. Finally, in her free time, Rene enjoys gardening, quilting and spending time with her two Labrador Retrievers, Mavis and Gary, and her family.
- Suzanne Boss – Trustee (term expires June 30, 2018)
Suzanne Boss, M.Ed, LPC, holds a Masters degree in Education in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University. She completed an internship and training with Tennessee Oncology and Alive Hospice. She completed her supervision hours in Missouri to obtain her LPC through work as a counselor and case manager with children and teens in residential psychiatric placement at Boys and Girls Town, now Great Circle. She has worked for seven years as a Supoort Coordinator for Boone County Family Resources with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities in Columbia, Missouri. Suzanne’s interest areas include grief and loss, hospice care, death and dying, lifespan development, court-ordered therapy, and stepfamily development.
Please start using my private email rather than work email.
- Karen Chaney – Trustee (term expires June 30, 2017)
BS Psychology at Lincoln University
Education Certificate at Park University
MS Counseling at UCM
LPC, NCC, Chi Sigma Iota while at UCM
I have worked in education for 18 years and wore many hats; school counselor, teacher, coordinator for 504 and A+, facilitator for student support teams, and GEAR UP Regional Coordinator for DHE, among many others.
- 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.
- Lela (Lee) Kosteck Bunch, Ph.D., NCC, LPC – Executive Director MSCA
Dr. 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.