July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014
- Nancy L.A. Forth, Ph.D., LPC, NCC - ACAM President
- Christina Woods, MA, LPC- ACAM Immediate Past President
Christina Woods completed her Masters degree from Webster University in 2000 and has worked in the Private Practice setting since Nov. 1997. Her area of expertise is working with adolescents with a variety of mental and behavioral issues. She provides in home therapy services for individual and family therapy. She provides group therapy sessions for the Owensville Middle School targeting peer relationships, bullying, anger management, and family issues. She has been involved with ACAM since June 2008. She is married with 2 daughters and resides in Rolla.
- Kent Noel, Ph.D., LPC – ACAM Past President
Kent Noel, Ph.D., LPC is the Director of Assessment for Carr & Associates, an Industrial Psychology firm in Overland Park, KS. He is also an Adjunct Instructor in the counseling programs at the University of Central Missouri (Lee’s Summit Campus) and Webster University (Kansas City, MO Campus). Additionally, he serves as President for the Missouri Chapter of the American Counseling Association and Administration Trustee for the Kansas City Chapter.
His areas of expertise include Pre-employment Selection, Executive Coaching, Succession Planning, Career Counseling, Stress Management, Educational Testing, and Personal Growth Counseling. While embracing technical eclecticism, his primary theoretical orientation is Cognitive-Behavioral. He can be reached at 913-451-9220 or kent.noel@ carrassessment.com
- Joe Pangelinan, M.A., N.C.C., L.P.C, - President-Elect
- Elizabeth Dimmitt, MS, LPC – ACAM President Elect Elect
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.
- Mike Koch, B.S., M.S., PLPC – Secretary
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
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.
- Deanna Brauer, MA, PLPC – Trustee
Deanna Brauer worked in corporate America as a Supervisor in a major telecommunications company until enrolling and graduating from Webster University with her Master’s degree in Counseling. She has experience in the mental health field ranging from working with refugees at the International Institute in St. Louis, MO to answering calls from a nation wide suicide help line. She also has experience counseling sexual assault survivors at Kansas City and area metropolitan hospitals with M.O.C.S.A. She has served as ACAM’s Executive Director and is currently working toward her LPc at Northland Counseling Services.
- Wesley Ruehl, M.Ed., LPC – Trustee
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.
- Robin R. Rasse-Cott – Trustee
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.
- 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.
- 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.