Dr. Dominique Hammonds is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling at Appalachian State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Qualified Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, and Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider. Dr. Hammonds is President of the North Carolina Counseling Association. She is the recipient of the 2017 Creativity/ Innovation in Counseling Award and the 2018 ACES Supervision Award. She is passionate about increasing mental health awareness among communities of Color and increasing access to quality, culturally responsive mental health care in a global society. Her scholarship and professional service activities center around a variety of subjects including: a) culturally responsive teaching, counseling and clinical supervision, b) creative teaching and supervision methods, and c) technology in counseling. Dr. Hammonds's goals of cultural competence, inclusion, and wellness are evident in her work both within and outside of the university setting. In addition to her work in education and research, she collaborates with community partners, engages in clinical work, and participates in community outreach.
Sharon Webb, PhD, LCMHCS, NCC is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs at Gardner-Webb University. Her PhD from Walden University is in Counselor Education and Supervision, with a Specialization in Trauma and Crisis. Her MA/EdS in Mental Health Counseling is from Gardner-Webb University.
Dr. Webb is also self-employed as a part-time contracted mental health therapist for an athletic organization, and she is an active volunteer in multiple areas with American Red Cross: Disaster Mental Health Manager, Mental Health Lead for Western NC, Service to Armed Forces Resiliency Facilitator, and a mental health instructor. Her research interests include counselor education and supervision development, counselor wellness, trauma and crisis, and multicultural counseling.
Dr. Andrea Barbian, LCMHC, NCC currently serves as a core faculty member for the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies at Liberty University. Clinically, she maintains a private practice in Huntersville, NC where she specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, as well as provides clinical supervision. She contributes to the profession through research, writing, and speaking at conferences. Currently, Dr. Barbian serves as the President of the North Carolina Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, President-Elect of the North Carolina Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and President-Elect-Elect of the North Carolina Counseling Association. Personally, she is a wife, mother, volunteer, and lover of sports and outdoors.
Rebecca Blanchard graduated from UNCC’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with a concentration in play therapy. She is currently a clinical mental health therapist at a private practice in Charlotte, NC where she sees children, teens, and adults. Rebecca joined NCCA in 2018 where she became passionate about supporting the organization. Rebecca has served as Treasurer, volunteer coordinator, and has worked closely with the Association of Adult Development and Aging. She is passionate about promoting NCCA membership and growth among the professional population and currently serves as Treasurer.
Dr. Christie Nelson is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor and a clinician at Novant Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She received her Ph.D. from UNC Charlotte and her areas of interest include spirituality, meditation, and contemplative pedagogy. Dr. Nelson is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, and the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.
John Nance, PhD, LCMHC-S, NCC, ACS is an active speaker and counselor with credits as a TEDx UNCC speaker. At UNC Charlotte Counseling Program, John is an assistant clinical professor & director of clinical placement. He maintains a private practice as a counselor & supervisor working with adult survivors of childhood sexual trauma and torture. He consults with nonprofit organizations advocating for marginalized individuals and groups. John is a UNC Charlotte double graduate, receiving his Masters in Community Counseling (‘03) and his PhD in Counseling Education and Supervision (’08).
As a member of ACA, Dr. Nance served on the Human Rights Committee and was past committee chair. John currently serves as the president of the Association for Adult Development and Aging, President-elect for the ACA Southern Region, and Past President of the North Carolina Counseling Association and South Carolina Counseling Association. His recognitions include, 2020 Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Practitioner-Supervisor award, 2019 Mu Tau Beta (CSI), Outstanding Practitioner-Supervisor award, 2018 Association for Adult Development and Aging President’s Outstanding Service award, and the 2015 Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Outstanding Program Clinical Supervisor award.
Dr. Theresa M. Kascsak currently serves as the Program Director of Counselor Education at Capella University. She is a proud alum of UNC Charlotte graduating with both her MA and PhD. She has supervisor endorsements as a professional counselor and play therapist, is a licensed school counselor and a national certified counselor. She has nineteen years of experience working in a variety of settings primarily as a child counselor and play therapist. Prior to moving into counselor education in 2012, she worked in elementary schools, non-profit agencies, community mental health centers, private practice, and utilization management. She is a member of ACA, ACES/SACES/NCACES, MGCA/NCMGCA and NC-ACAC. She has served on the ACA Advocacy Task Force and is a Past-President of both the NC-Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling and the NC Association for Play Therapy. Originally from Colorado, she is a Navy veteran.
Dr. Amy Grybush is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate. She was recognized as the 2020 Emerging Leader by the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC), a division of ACA. Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University, her primary research interest is in Trauma-Informed Practices, a philosophy for educators and care providers that involves recognizing, understanding, and responding compassionately to the effects of trauma in order to provide a safe and supportive environment for children and families who have experienced toxic stress and trauma. Additional research and teaching passions include multicultural and social justice issues.
Nicole Stargell, PhD, LCMHCA, LSC, NCC, BC-TMH is the Director of Information and Technology for the North Carolina Counseling Association. Nicole is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of North Carolina Pembroke. She serves as the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Placement Coordinator, the Counseling Programs Testing Coordinator, and Chapter Faculty Advisor for the Phi Sigma Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. She is a member of the UNCP Institutional Review Board, the ACA Practice Brief Advisory Group, and the editorial board for Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation.
Brad Feldman, MPA, CAE, IOM