Board of Directors

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

Darrell BrooksDarrell 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


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


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.

Jessica, Hatcher LPC, is the Assistant Vice President of Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health, a 42 bed inpatient psychiatric facility with four outpatient programs located on the campus of Coliseum Medical Centers in Macon, Georgia. She coordinates monthly lunch and learn meetings for continuing education and networking opportunities for licensed clinicians to advance the profession of professional counselors and mental health services in the Middle Georgia 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.

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.

Lisa King, EdS, LPC is a counselor in private practice in Carrollton, GA where she works primarily with anxiety, depression, trauma & addiction with teens, young adults & adults. Lisa is very active in her local community. She is a graduate of the University of West GA with her Bachelors & Masters in Psychology & a Specialist in Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Supervision. She served for 4 years as the LPCA Western District Chair & Co-Chair. She is a former Past-President of the University of West GA SAO. Lisa is the PRESIDENT - ELECT.  This is a three (3) year term. 

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


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

Jacqueline Robinson, MAMFT, LPC, is the SUPERVISION CLINICAL CHAIR. She obtained her Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University (formerly Psychological Studies Institute). As a counselor, she has extensively worked in the field in both private practice and hospital settings. Currently, she is working on her doctoral degree at Mercer University in Counselor Education and 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.


Brittny C. Lyle, MAMFT, LPC, is the Director of Member Services, providing licensure consulting, legislative advocacy, member support services, including the Life After Graduation program, and a host of other services. She earned her Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University. For nearly ten years, she has provided services as a counselor and senior administrator in community behavioral health programs. She is also the owner and operator of BCL Clinical Solutions LLC, a counseling and consulting company specializing in counseling, clinical supervision, leadership development and operations management.

James Pace is the Senior Director of Administration / Member Services, Managing the development and production of products and services created for members, the Association's affinity programs, assist in the content development of ASSOCIATION product/service and other support efforts.

Satina Thrower, MS is the Manager of Member Services. She is a highly empathetic and dedicated administrator that also works closely with the CPCS Committee as an application processor. She is currently pursuing licensure in professional counseling.