Executive Board

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.  I currently operate a private practice counseling service in the Salem Missouri area. I enjoy working with children and families. I feel that it is important to begin to unify the various factions of the counseling vocation to enable better representation for all of the counselors in the state and create a more clear and concise picture of all of the services that our profession can provide.

  • 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)

Moore_Pic1Dr. 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)

DSC_4023 (3)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 
Stress Management, 
Attention/Deficit – Hyperactivity Disorder, 
Child & Adolescent Behavior Problems
, 
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, 
Panic Disorders, and 
Depression & Anxiety Disorders
  • Rene McCreary – 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)

20160514_124438Suzanne 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.

  • Karen Chaney, MA, LPC, NCC – Trustee (term expires June 30, 2017)

Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Central Missouri where she was a Chi Sigma Iota. She 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.

  • Robin Ewy, MA, LPC, ACA, ACAM – Executive Director

Robin is the new Executive Director for the American Counseling Association of Missouri (ACAM).  She holds a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is passionate about working with individuals, couples and families to navigate through life journeys. Robin has a small private practice in Kansas City, facilitates the Northwest District Counseling Ministries for the Missouri conference of the United Methodist Church, and leads the Hope and Healing Ministries at Gashland United Methodist Church. She is a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator and feels blessed to be able to companion those in grief. Robin has been married to Bob for 28 years. Together they have two adult children and are anticipating the start of their new role as grandparents in October.

 

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

jamesCarrollJames “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.