2019-2020 Governing Council

President

Robert Cox, LPC, NCC

President-Elect

Amber Seater

Amber Seater, MA, LPC, CPT, RYT-200 is a licensed professional counselor working in the Kansas City area. She graduated from the counseling and guidance program at UMKC in 2013 with an emphasis in couples and family. Amber also received a certification in Play Therapy from Mid-America Nazarene in 2013. Amber has worked with children in a residential setting, worked for the foster care system in Kansas, and in an outpatient group setting for adolescents. Amber started her own private practice in 2017 and focuses on holistic health to help individuals heal from trauma, depression, anxiety, and body image issues. Amber is also a registered yoga teacher and incorporates yoga, meditation, energy healing, and the outdoors with her current clients. Amber loves the outdoors and tries to get as much time outside hiking/biking/swimming with her family. Amber’s private practice is located in Liberty, MO.

President-Elect-Elect

Tara Vossenkemper

Tara Vossenkemper earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Missouri – Saint Louis and her MA in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri and has presented at both regional and national conferences on the topics of couples and relationship counseling, business structure and growth, ethnic and racial discrimination, sexual minority distress, and spirituality. After a brief stint as an Assistant Professor for Central Methodist University’s counseling program, Tara opted to shift full-time into private practice. She is the owner of a thriving group counseling practice, The Counseling Hub, located in Columbia Missouri. Additionally, Tara offers consulting for clinicians who are seeking to establish or expand their private practice; she especially emphasizes the need for assessment, tracking, and dashboards as a means of evaluating business health.


Tara has a diverse set of clinical experiences, ranging from eating disorders to existential crises, but she is most passionate about and specializes in couples therapy and marriage counseling. Tara loves working with couples on the brink of divorce, looking to effectively engage in conflict, and wanting to relearn how to communicate in effective ways, all while deepening their intimacy. Tara lives and breathes Gottman Method Couples Therapy and has completed all three levels of their training, as well as additional trainings in the Prepare/Enrich Premarital approach and a facilitator training in the PREP approach for couples counseling.

Past President

Robin Rasse-Cott, MEd, LPC

Robin is a Licensed Professional Counselor having received her BS in Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University, and MEd in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Stephens College. Robin works as a Clinical Case Manager with the Family Access Center of Excellence (FACE) of Boone County, and teaches a graduate class at Missouri Valley College. Robin has served on the ACAM Board as a Trustee from 2011 to 2016, and President Elect-Elect from 2016-2017. Robin, her husband and two children reside in Marshall, MO.

Secretary

Deanna Brauer, MA, LPC, NCC

Deanna Brauer, MA, LPC, NCC began her professional career working in corporate America as a Supervisor for a major telecommunications company until enrolling and graduating from Webster University with her Master’s Degree. She has experience in the mental health field ranging from working with refugees at the International Institute in St. Louis, answering calls from a nation-wide suicide help line, assisting sexual assault survivors with the Kansas City Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, and volunteering as a therapist at a domestic violence shelter and as a therapist at Northland Counseling Services in North Kansas City. She currently employs her counseling and business skills as the Executive Director for the Palacios Foundation which provides education, basic necessities, and life skills to at-risk children in Colombia, South America.




Deanna previously served as the Executive Director for the American Counseling Association of Missouri developing and implementing a number of statewide programs and initiatives. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Avila University’s Psychology Program in Kansas City, MO. Deanna has the honor of serving as a Trustee for ArtsTech, a nonprofit organization helping at-risk, urban children and teenagers. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and a proud Trustee for The American Counseling Association.


Her family of 2 biological children, 2 step-children, husband, and 3 dogs reside in Kansas City, Missouri.

Treasurer

Jerry Walker, LPC

Jerry Walker attended Missouri Southern State College where he received an Associate of Science degree in General Business and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1982. In 1991, he earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Secondary Counseling from Pittsburg State University, and a Specialist’s Degree in Counseling from the same institution in December 1999. As part of the Specialist’s Degree he also received 200 hours of training in family therapy. Jerry taught math and science at Webb City High School from 1983 to 1992 before becoming a high school counselor for the next 21 years. He also coached football for 12 years and wrestling for 15 years in the Webb City R-7 School District. He has been an associate of Behavior Management since May 1998 where he is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He retired from public education in June 2013. He appeared on the weather channel documentary titled “Top 10 Worst Tornadoes” for working with a patient to overcome her fear of tornadoes (Lilapsophobia).

Trustees

Paul Loosemore, MA, LPC

Dr. Brent Moore has completed post-graduate training in the treatment of sexual addictions and is a registered play therapist. Dr. Moore is president of the American Counseling Association of Missouri and chair of the counselor educator track of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Dr. Moore regularly serves on dissertation committees and presents at conferences on the local, state and national levels. He likes taking teaching trips to West Africa Theological Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria.


Brent enjoys spending time with family and running. Professional interests include: counseling ethics, grief work, impacts of technology on connection and sexual addiction treatment.


Jason Jordan, LPC

Dr. Jordan is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Missouri Baptist University, a National Board Certified Counselor and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. He obtained his Doctorate in Clinical Counseling: Teaching & Supervision at Trevecca Nazarene University and is a member of the American Counseling Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.


Dr. Jordan enjoys teaching counseling courses and studies specific topics associated with: adoption, stress, personality, and complex adaptive systems. Before coming to MBU, he served as the Education and Program Evaluation Coordinator in an integrative community health clinic and as a behavioral health consultant and counselor providing trauma informed interventions using Attachment and Systems Theories for adoptive parents. Any free time is spent with family, a good movie, and his Australian Shepherd.

Christopher Nolan

My name is Christopher Nolan. I currently live in Kansas City, MO. I work Full-Time as a Trauma Sensitive Clinician for Kansas City Public Schools. I also work part-time in private practice as an Independent Contractor for Tandem Counseling in Gladstone, MO. Starting in September, I will re-open my own practice called Doing Life Counseling, LLC. I opened Doing Life to assist persons who were incarcerated with getting counseling necessary not only to appease the courts, but also to assist with rehabilitating a mind that has been altered by chemical substances, trauma, and social learning. I have expanded this mission to working with people who are basically struggling to “Do Life”.


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been licensed since 2017. I graduated from Webster University in 2013 with my Master of Arts in Counseling. I also graduated from Capella University with a Master of Science in Human Services with an emphasis in Social and Community Services. I also have made it my mission to try to recruit more African-American male therapists. As our communities have been ravaged by violence and mass incarceration, it is important to me that we have some representation when African-American men and men of color are looking for someone they can relate. I have engaged in groups for social change and I am currently creating a learning opportunity on racial trauma and want to continue to educate others on how prevalent racial trauma is and how it affects us all.

Executive Director

Robin Craycroft, LPC

Robin graduated from Missouri State University in December, 2012, having served her internship at MSU’s Center City Counseling Center where she was given clients with numerous struggles. After a rewarding experience in private practice, robin recently made a change accepting a position at Burrell Behavioral Health as an outpatient therapist. She is looking forward to working with her current clients, accepting new ones and working with fellow therapists. She first presented at ACA creative conference in Memphis, TN in 2012 with two of her professors and recently presented at the ACAM 2018 Conference.


Robin has been involved with several non-profits through the years. At the Child Abuse Prevention Council, she chaired committees, planned events and lobbied our state legislators. She has also served on boards and done fundraising for other non-profits. She and her husband live in Springfield, Mo.

Mo-CDA Representative

Jennifer M. Davis, M.Ed.

Jennifer Davis is the Assistant Director of Business Career Services at University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO as well as a Master of Education in Career and Technical Education from University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Jennifer has over nine years of experience in higher education within the career services setting and is the current Treasurer of Missouri Career Development Association (MoCDA).

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