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Angie Haag - MA, LPCC, LADC
President

Position Expires: October 31, 2021

Contact @ presidentmnca@gmail.com


Angie is dually licensed in the behavioral health field as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Angie completed her Master's degree in Addiction Studies at The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Graduate School with an emphasis in the advanced practice and treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders in 2014.

I have worked on the MnCA board of directors since 2018, previously serving as the secretary of the board. I am very passionate about operations and strategy in the business realm and truly enjoy being a part of the MnCA team as we create a bigger and better vision for the future. 

I am also the owner of a small private practice named Mind Revolution Therapy and I work as a Mental Health Crisis Assessor in hospital emergency departments for Behavioral Healthcare Providers.

My expertise in the MH field include women's studies; LGBTQIA+ specific training; and trauma informed care. My passions in the field include patient advocacy, social services, program development, and field supervision of LADC/LPCC interns. 

Kjirsten Lipa - MA, LADC
Secretary

Position Expires: October 31, 2022

Contact @ secretarymnca@gmail.com


I am very excited to be joining the MnCA Board as the secretary of the board. I graduated from Saint Mary's University in June of 2019 from the dual diagnosis program combining clinical counseling with alcohol and drug counseling.  I am currently working as a co-occurring counselor in NE Minneapolis. I am very excited to step into this role, because I have always felt that advocacy for clients and social welfare will be a key component to my career.  I believe that part of this advocacy is staying informed about what is happening within our government both at a local and national level. 

As a new clinician I am excited about learning and growing my expertise in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a feminist-based Relational Cultural Therapy.  I look forward to working alongside MnCA members and serving our community. 

Jennifer Holloway - MA, LPCC
Treasurer

Position Expires: June 30th, 2021

Contact @ treasurermnca@gmail.com







Tracie Houle, MA, LADC, LPCC
Membership Chair

Position Expires: October 31, 2021

Contact @ membershipmnca@gmail.com

Tracie is a dually licensed mental health professional currently working as a Mental Health Crisis Assessor in hospital emergency departments for Behavioral Healthcare Providers. Currently practicing as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).

Tracie completed a Master's degree in Addiction Studies at The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Graduate School with an emphasis in the advanced practice and treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders in 2014.

Her experience includes working with adult and adolescent populations in various settings and across levels of care. Tracie is passionate about person centered care, community access to care, supporting families, depression, trauma, suicide prevention and helping individuals utilize inherit strengths to create growth and change. She hopes to have a equine psychotherapy practice in the near future.


Markie Gohman, MA, LPCC
Professional Development Co-Chair

Position Expires: June 30th, 2022

Contact @ professionaldevelopmentcomnca@gmail.com

Markie received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Colorado Springs in 2017. She is Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  She currently works for a non-profit providing School-Based Therapy to high school students, as well as providing outpatient counseling services. Her experience includes serving adolescents and adults both individually, through family work, and facilitating groups. She hold special interest in working with individuals experiencing Grief and Loss, Depression, Anxiety, and Life Transitions. 

Markie believes it takes courage and bravery to show up and demonstrate vulnerability in counseling. Because of that, she will work to meet each of her clients where they are at and hold light with them, or for them, until they can hold their own light. 

She considers her to be a lover of knowledge and look forward to serving on the MnCA board and working to bring exciting and new training, as well as connecting with you all. 

Dr. Rashida Fisher, LPCC, LADC
Professional Development Co- Chair

Position Expires: October 31, 2022




Contact @ professionaldevelopmentmnca@gmail.com



Dr. Antwan L. Player, Ed.D., LMHC
Ethics Chair

Position Expires: Oct 31, 2021

Contact @
ethicsmnca@gmail.com


Dr. Antwan Player is a full-time core faculty instructor at Adler Graduate School located in Minnetonka, Minnesota. He currently holds two licenses, one in Minnesota as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and another in Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Dr. Player received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his master’s in mental health counseling from Webster University. He concluded his educational journey by obtaining his doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision from Argosy University in 2018.


From an educational standpoint, Dr. Player's goal is for every student to walk away understanding the impact they will have on their community and society. Students are more than just pupils, but rather the next wave of intellectuals that will contribute to the profession, and society. From a clinical standpoint, Dr. Player's clinical philosophy focuses on helping individuals reach self-actualization. His clinical experience has afforded him the opportunity to work with a range of diverse populations, including, high-risk adolescents, parenting enhancement, and individuals of the LGBTQ community to name a few.


As an educator and counselor, Dr. Player believes in using an individual’s strengths to foster an atmosphere full of dialogue to enhance professional and personal development. He plans to bring these qualities to MnCA as he fulfills the obligations of Ethics Chair.





           

Lindsey Mackereth MA, LPCC, LADC
Marketing Co-Chair

Position Expires: June 30th, 2021

Contact @ marketingmnca@gmail.com


Lindsey is dually licensed as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and currently works as a therapist in private practice in St Paul, MN.  Her clinical experience includes providing counseling for adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including outpatient, intensive outpatient and residential treatment centers.  She has a special interest in working with the unique issues associated with creative individuals and entrepreneurship.  Additionally, Lindsey has experience teaching psychology and counseling courses at a local university and is a board-certified clinical supervisor in the state of Minnesota.  

With a background in the creative fields, Lindsey has a passion for both visual communication and connection is elated to implement these interests as the Marketing Chair at MNCA





Gillian Koch, M.Ed, LPCC
Marketing Co-Chair

Position Expires: Oct 31, 2021

Contact @ marketingcomnca@gmail.com

Gillian is licensed as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and works as a therapist at Minnesota Clinic for Health and Wellness (in New Brighton, MN). Her clinical experience includes working with adolescents and adults in outpatient clinics and in a college counseling center. Her clinical interests include working with young adults and working with clients experiencing grief, loss, and/or life transitions. She works to create a warm, welcoming environment in her practice and cares deeply about advocating for clients' needs both inside and outside of the therapy space.

Gillian has a background in marketing and copywriting and is thrilled to serve on the MnCA board as a Marketing Co-Chair! As a Minnesota transplant, she is deeply grateful to MnCA for helping her find her place in the Minnesota counseling community. She encourages you to email her with any ideas, thoughts, or questions, and would love to meet you soon at a MnCA event -- please feel free to say hello (be it virtually or in person)!


 

Hafia Gray, MA, LADC, LPCC

Equity and Inclusion Chair


Position Expires: Oct 31, 2021



Contact: 

equityandinclusionmnca@gmail.com


Max Utterberg, MA, 
LSC, LPCC

Legislative Chair

Position Expires: Oct 31, 2021


Contact: 

legislativecomnca@gmail.com


Max primarily works with K-5 students in the school-based mental health profession. He currently works for Washburn Center for Children and provides services to students in the Bloomington School District. Clinically, Max identifies as existential humanistic counselor and believes that progress is best made when the client feels safe and can discern meaning from the conflict in their lives. He frequently employs play techniques in his work with K-5 students and is certified nationally in TF-CBT. He also enjoys delivering professional developments to school staff and clinical staff wherever he works.

He is very excited to be involved in MNCA as the legislative committee co-chair, as he believes firmly in the importance of advocacy for the mental health field, and recognizes the continued importance in being involved in the political process. If you have input in terms of what should be in the dialogue with legislators at the capitol, please feel free to contact him at the email below. 



 

 

 

 











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