Board of Directors

 LPCA Board of Directors 2017-2018  PRESIDENT:  Darrell Brooks, LPC, CPCS

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

Annette Benneche, LPC is the nominee for Eastern District Rep Co-Chair

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 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.

Jon, Costales,  Western District Rep nominee

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 SOUTHERN DISTRICT REP.

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. Dawn is 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 COASTAL DISTRICT REP.

Emily Green, EdS, LPC, CPCS is Professional Development

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 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.  Rachael is the 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 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 GOVERNMENT RELATIONS CHAIR.

Todd Love, PsyD, JD, LPC, WCCP is the 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 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 the STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE.

Mandi Peeks, LPC is nominated for the Atlanta District Rep

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 the PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIR

Jaqueline Robinson, LPC, CPCS is the nominee for Co-Chair Clinical Supervision

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 the 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 the PRESIDENT - ELECT.  This is a three (3) year term.