Board & Leadership

 Board & Leadership

Meet the 2017-2018 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:   OPEM

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

District Representatives

Atlanta District Chair:  

Central District Chair:  Jessica Hatcher, LPC   

Coastal District Chair:  Clay Gill, LPC, CPCS 

Eastern District Chair:  Tracey Carter, LPC 

Northern District Chair: OPEN

Western District Chair:  

Southern District Chair: 

Committee Chairpersons

Continuing Education: 

Ethics:   Todd Love, JD, PsyD, LPC

Supervision/CPCS Chair: 

Gov Relations Co-Chair: 

Membership Chair: Dawn Echols, LPC 

Newsletter: Tim Robinson, LPC

Professional Development: 

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

Student Relations: 


CEO and EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Gale Marshall Macke 



LPCA Award Descriptions

Click on the Award to Nominate Someone

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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