LPCA Award Descriptions

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George C. Podein Counselor of the Year

Recognizes an outstanding Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia who has:

  • ·         Made outstanding contributions to the profession of counseling;
  • ·         Shown selfless dedication to the mental health and well-being of Georgians;

·         Excelled in the mental health profession as a clinician;

·         Maintained the highest degree of integrity and ethics in his/her practice;

·         Advanced the growth and reputation of the field as evidenced by his/her clinical practice.

Counselor Educator of the Year - CEOY

Recognizes an individual who is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Counselor Educator in Georgia who has:

  • ·         Made significant contributions to the counseling profession in academic, research, supervision and/or professional leadership;
  • ·         Shown dedication to the success and professional growth of his/her students, interns, advisees and/or other counselors;
  • ·         Maintained the highest degree of integrity and ethics within the educational environment;

·         Excelled in the mental health profession as an educator.


Student Counselor of the Year - SCOY

Recognizes a graduate student currently enrolled in a counseling program in Georgia (or a recent graduate) who has:

  • ·         Made significant contributions to the counseling profession in academic, research, practicum/internship placement, and/or LPCA Student Affiliate Organization activities;

·         Shown dedication and excellence in his/her counseling coursework;

·         Served as an ambassador between students, professors, and counselors;

·         Demonstrated leadership within the educational environment;

·         Worked diligently toward becoming a licensed professional counselor in Georgia and improving the mental health of Georgians.

John C. Burns III Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes an outstanding individual in the counseling profession who has:

  • Demonstrated leadership within the counseling profession during his/her career;
  • Promoted  the profession of counseling and the LPCA organization and mission to key constituencies and decision makers;
  • Worked to educate the counseling community, general public, and legislative community on the importance of mental health care and the use of LPCs;
  • Shown dedication to the responsible growth of the counseling profession and the LPCA.

Annette Bowling Lifetime Advocacy Award

Recognizes an outstanding individual who works alongside or in coordination with mental health professionals who has:

  • Built relationships with legislators and mental health decision makers on behalf of the counseling profession to influence law and public policy;
  • Promoted  the LPCA organization and mission to key media outlets and legislators;
  • Worked selflessly to improve the mental health and well-being of all Georgians;
  • United different constituencies to advance the state of mental health in Georgia;
  • Has shown strong dedication to individuals who potentially or currently benefit from mental health professionals.

 Humanitarian Award

Recognizes an outstanding individual in the community who has:

·         Made a significant impact in the lives of Georgians who are in need of assistance;

·         Shown service and dedication to communities in Georgia;

·         Demonstrated leadership in his/her field of expertise;

·         Promoted mental and overall health using traditional and/or non-traditional methods.

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LPCA Board of Directors 2016-2017

Annette Benneche, LPC She is running for EASTERN DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE.

Darrell M Brooks, MPA, LPC, CPCS With over 10 years experience in sports related industry, and as a Licensed Professional Counselor Mr. Brooks was able to combine both areas to service the student-athlete. As a graduate of Malone University specializing in Community Counseling, he is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Mr. Brooks also contracts with other agencies throughout Atlanta offering CORE Counseling Services. Darrell served as LPCA CE Chair. Darrell is PRESIDENT 2017-2018

Tracey T. Carter, LPC, NCC, CPCS is employed as a Military and Family Life Counselor. In addition to serving military families, she is also a military spouse. Tracey is a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Argosy University, Atlanta. She is a recipient of the 2016 NBCC Minority Fellowship Award. Her research interests include trauma informed counseling and military culture. Tracey is running as an incumbent for EASTERN DISTRICT CHAIR.

Galen Cole, PhD, MPH, LPC, CPCS, WCCP is in private practice in both Snellville and Sandy Springs, GA. In 2003, he was appointed by the Governor of Georgia to serve on the Georgia Human Resources (DHR) Board. In this capacity, he served as chair of the DHR committee that provided policy guidance to the state Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases. Dr. Cole is continuing his term as Immediate Past President.

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Nicole Cromer, LPC, NCC is serving as the Clinical Director for The Vashti Center. Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree from UGA in psychology and a master’s degree in school counseling from Valdosta State. Nicole specializes in working with children and adolescents in South Georgia and oversees services in 6 counties. She is involved with her community through advocacy groups and her church. Nicole is running as an incumbent SOUTHERN DISTRICT REP.

Shevander Dykes, LPC,

Dawn Echols, LPC, with a professional background in multiple industries, including sales, finance, and music is also the owner and executive director of Dawning Phoenix, LLC. Dawn is a trained mediator, specializing in divorce mediation and other forms of conflict resolution. She has worked as a certified FVIP (Family Violence Intervention Provider) facilitator and as an instructor in Prime for Life, the state-approved program for DUI schools. Dawn enjoys teaching psychology as a part-time professor. She is running for MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

Clay Gill, LPC, NCC, graduated from Georgia State University with a masters in Professional Counseling and also has a masters from the Psychological Studies Institute. He has worked with the public school system serving as a School Based Mental Health Therapist, a Drug and Violence Prevention consultant with First District RESA and is now serving as Executive Director of Cord of Three Counseling Services. Clay is running as an incumbent for COASTAL DISTRICT REP.

Emily Green, EdS, LPC, CPCS

Jessica, Hatcher LPC, is the Performance Improvement Coordinator and Past Outpatient Programs Coordinator at Coliseum Psychiatric Center. She schedules the monthly and bi-monthly free Lunch n Learns in the Macon area. She is running as an incumbent for CENTRAL DISTRICT REP

Rachael Hopkins, LPC, NCC, CAADC, CCDP-D, CPCS currently works for the Department of Community Supervision as a Clinical Services Coordinator. She has 15 years working in the criminal justice system. She is a Peace Officer Standards and Training Senior Instructor. Ms. Hopkins holds licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She is certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and as an Advanced Certified Addictions Counselor through IC&RC. Furthermore, she holds certification as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional-Diplomate (CCDP-D), Clinical Certified Supervisor (CCS), and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS). Ms. Hopkins participates in several professional boards and organizational activities. She enjoys travel, genealogy, and spending time with her family. Susan is running as the incumbent for SECRETARY.

Jeff Hughes, EdS, LPC, CPCS earned his EdS and MEd in Counseling from Univ. Of West Georgia. He is the CPCS Chair for the LPCA of GA. He has conducted research and practiced clinical supervision for the past 17 years. He has clinical experience in community mental health, in-patient addictions, private practice, and college counseling. Jeff is running as the incumbent for SUPERVISION CLINICAL CHAIR.

Louis Mamie Jones, LPC specializes in intensive psychological assessment in an emergency room setting, and crisis intervention at Grady Hospital and Emory University Hospital, in addition to providing assessments, staff, and grant management at a senior citizens high rise. Mamie is running for GOVERNMENT RELATIONS CHAIR.

Tracey Layman: If I’ve learned anything life is never a straight line of predictability but a “big ball of wibbily wobbly”. I’m finishing up my Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and will graduate this May. I’m also wrapping up my internship at Kennesaw State University and look forward to helping those in the Atlanta area just as I helped the students at KSU. Tracey is running for co-chair EDITOR.

Todd Love, PsyD, JD, LPC, WCCP has a for ETHICS CHAIR.

Marie O’Sullivan Montoya, LAPC as co-chair she advocated for passage of SB 319 to get diagnose in scope of practice for counselors and promoted mental health in local communities. She works as a crisis counselor and works to advocate for mental health issues in the community. Marie is running as an incumbent for PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIR

Ashley Moore is a graduate student at Lagrange College, obtaining her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is the current president of the Lagrange College SAO chapter. Ashley has a passion to advocate for the counseling profession and to learn about professional development. Ashley is running for STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE.

Angela Powell-Smith, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, CCCJS, CPCS earned her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University. For the past three decades, she has worked in various criminal justice and substance abuse treatment settings as a clinical supervisor and licensed counselor. She travels statewide conducting training workshops and providing technical assistance to treatment providers in evidence-based treatment for offenders. She is a Certified QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor. Currently, she is in private practice (Making Your Heart Lighter, LLC) and Chaplain for the Atlanta Dream Team (WNBA). She is a military spouse of 32 years, three sons with two son presently serving in the armed forces (Army & Air Force). She enjoys singing, playing table tennis and roller skating. Angela is running as incumbent PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIR

Mandi Peek, LPC, CPCS currently the owner of Jordan Stones Counseling Center, LLC and a therapist. Her private practice specializing in disordered eating, adolescent therapy, women’s issues. She provide training presentations and opportunities on clinical specialty topics. As an entrepreneur, she is the business administrator, manager of contracted employees in clinical as well as administrative capacities. As a CPCS, Mani is also a supervisor and director.

She is running for ETHICS CHAIR.

Jaqueline Robinson, LPC, CPCS She is running for PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

Timothy "Tim" Robinson, LPC, CPCS, has provided clinical group supervision towards licensure for many counselors, as well as individual supervision in private practice. He has also achieved abd status in Counselor Education and Supervision.  He has served as the LPCA Eastern District Representative, providing a multitude of events in his district.  Tim is running as the incumbent EDITOR.

Lisa King Smith, EdS, LPC is a counselor in private practice in Carrollton, GA & at Dallas Family Counseling Center in Dallas, GA. She is the immediate Past-President of the University of West GA SAO. Lisa is running as PRESIDENT - ELECT.

April Umstead, EdD, LPC She is running for PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

Consuela (Connie) Wilds-Glover, LAPC is a transitioning Army Veteran, serving more than ten years active duty as a Military Intelligence Officer, and continues to serve as an Army Reservist. Connie is currently a doctoral student at Walden University, Counseling Education and Supervision. In her district they are currently “bridging the gap” through upcoming symposiums that will effect change within our community, 1) Law Enforcement Symposium, 2) Re-activating Augusta University Master’s Level Students, and 3) Mental Health Laws that affect Counselors. She is running for PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

Board & Leadership

Meet the 2016-2017 LPCA Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President: Galen Cole, PhD, MPH, LPC, CPCS 

Immediate Past President:  Katie Tolleson, LPC  

President Elect: Darrell Brooks, LPC, CPCS 

Treasurer:   Mark Butcher, LPC   

Secretary:   Rachael Hopkins, LPC, CPCS, CAADC, CCDP-D

District Representatives

Atlanta District Chair:  Mamie Jones, LPC

Central District Chair:  Jessica Hatcher, LPC   

Coastal District Chair:  Carlene Taylor, PhD, LPC, CPCS  & Clay Gill, LPC 

Eastern District Chair:  Connie Wilds-Glover, LAPC & Tracey Carter, LPC

Northern District Chair: OPEN

Western District Chair:  Lisa King Smith, LPC, EdS  

Southern District Chair: Nicole Cromer, LPC

Committee Chairpersons

Continuing Education:  Gordon Skoglund

Ethics:   Todd Love, JD, PsyD, LPC

Supervision/CPCS Chair: Jeff Hughes, LPC, CPCS,

Gov Relations Co-Chair:  Susan Hoffman, LAPC

Membership Chair: Dawn Echols, LPC 

Membership Co-Chair: Tom Andre, LPC   

Newsletter: Tim Robinson, LPC

Professional Development:  Ryan Day, PhD

Public Relations: Angela Powell-Smith, EdD, LPC, CPCS and Marie O'Sullivan Montoya, LAPC, NCC

Student Relations Co-Chair: Tracey Layman  


CEO and EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Gale Marshall Macke 

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