Our Executive Board
Meet the 2020 -2021 SAIGE Board! We are from all areas of the country; however, we are connected and united in purpose: Serving SAIGE and its members.
Dr. Cory Viehl, PhD, LMHC, LPC, NCC, ACS is a CORE Faculty Member at Walden University. He has been in clinical practice for 12 years in various settings including IOP, college counseling centers, and private practice. His research and professional interests center on LGBTQI+ individuals in counseling, counselor education, and supervision. More specifically, his publications focus on sexual and gender minority counselors and experiences of minority stress as well as experiences of coping and burnout.
Past President & Education Committee Chair
Dr. Misty Ginicola, PhD, LPC, RYT-200 is a Professor at Southern Connecticut State University. She has been in clinical practice for 13 years, where she specializes in working with LGBTQI+ people and Highly Sensitive People. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher. Her research is on Counseling LGBTQI+ people and creative counseling techniques. She recently published Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQI+ People through ACA. She identifies as Two-Spirited and Bisexual. She is the proud mother of a son, a trans daughter, two Corgis, and a beautiful black kitty.
Dr. Christie Jenkins, PhD, LPCC, S, NCC is a Core Faculty Member at Walden University and CEO of the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center. She has been in clinical practice for 16 years in inner-city, non-profit, community mental health. Her research and professional interests center on interpersonal violence, Animal Assisted Therapy, and LGBTQI+ concerns. She has 25 years experience working in the helping profession with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She is currently training her dog, Bob-the Beagle to be a certified AAT dog. He will work with child survivors of abuse and their non-offending caregivers at the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center.
Governing Council Representative
Dr. Jane E. Rheineck, LPC, NCC is an Associate Professor in Counseling at Mount Mary University. Dr. Rheineck identifies as a lesbian. Her extensive clinical background includes inpatient, outpatient, higher education, school-based, and community counseling across the lifespan. Dr. Rheineck has an ongoing program of research and scholarship that focuses on LGBTQ issues in counseling. In addition to her current role for SAIGE, she has served as SAIGE and Association for Adult Development and Aging Past President, as Treasurer and Executive Committee Member for ACA.
Dr. Cyndi Matthews, LPC, LPC-S, NCC, CCTP is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Dispute Resolution and Counseling Program at Southern Methodist University. She has over 15 years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Cyndi's private practice specializes in Depression/Anxiety/Stress, LGBTQ+ Issues/Gender Identity, Addiction, Abuse, including Religious Abuse & Cult Recovery, PTSD, Sexual, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Sex Therapy, Premarital Counseling, Communication Skills, Crisis Management, and Relationship Effectiveness.
Marion E. Toscano, PhD, LCPC (MD), NCC is an Assistant Professor at Mount Mary University. She is a committed researcher, educator, and counselor who until recently, practiced counseling at an outpatient mental health clinic. Her research interests include the areas of Identity, LGBTQ, Historical Traumas, Minorities, Spirituality, Sub-cultures, Teams, and Teamwork. Currently, she is working on refining a measure of self-acceptance that she created as part of her dissertation for her PhD. She identifies as a lesbian and is now happily married to her long-time partner.
Dr. Adam Carter, PhD, LCPC, NCC, ACS, CCMHC is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Northern Illinois University. He has practiced child and family focused counseling in community, home-based, and private practice setting since 2008. He currently researches grief and loss issues in counseling focusing on grief responses and counseling of pre-school aged children and on how counselors-in-training are taught to work with grieving children. He currently serves as a SAIGE Professional Trustee working with state branches and membership concerns.
Multicultural & Social Justice Concerns
Dr. Tamekia Bell (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Governors State University in University Park, IL. Dr. Bell holds several leadership positions within several professional counseling organizations, such as the Professional Trustee SAIGE, Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Illinois Counseling Association (ICA), Secretary of the Illinois Chapter of SAIGE (IALGBTIC) , President of Illinois Counselor Education and Supervision, and Co-Chapter Faculty Advisor of Chi Sigma Iota – Gamma Sigma Upsilon at Governors State University. Dr. Bell’s research interests include multicultural competency as it relates to individuals with disabilities and LGBTQI+ individuals, Intersectionality, and research, assessment, and program evaluation in counseling.
Laura Boyd Farmer
Research & Scholarship
Dr. Laura Boyd Farmer, Ph.D., LPC is a scholar, educator, speaker, and consultant based in Roanoke, VA. Dr. Farmer is a certified Qoya dance and movement instructor providing classes, workshops, and creative offerings to the community. She is passionate about facilitating embodied healing experiences through Qoya-based movement, expressive arts, mindfulness, and experiential practices. Dr. Farmer teaches, consults, and conducts research on affirmative practices and social justice advocacy for LGBTGEQ+ communities.
Kristian Robinson, M.S., NCC is currently a doctoral student at Virginia Commonwealth University studying Counselor Education and Supervision. His research focuses on the mental health, identity development, and leadership development of LGBTQ+ youth on college and university campuses. Additionally, Kristian has a passion for researching and creating more adaptive and responsive methods for equipping counselors-in-training with the tools necessary to best serve the ever-evolving LGBTQ+ population. He was the recipient of the 2018 NBCC Minority Fellowship in which he utilized to create and implement an impact plan focused on improving counseling services for LGBTQ+ college students and youth. He is a gay male of color, dog-dad, partner, and captain within Stonewall Sports.
Meagan McBride Klein
Public Policy Committee
Dr. Meagan McBride Klein, PhD, LPCC-S, CTP is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Heidelberg University. She has been teaching since 2005, and has practiced child and adolescent focused counseling in community, in-patient, and private practice setting since 2014. She currently researches creating affirming spaces in educational settings for sexual and gender minority persons, and human sexuality in regards to counselor competencies. She is past-president of ALGBTICO, and currently serves as chair of the Public Policy Committee for SAIGE.
Chair of Emerging Leaders Committee
Dr. Rob McKinney, LMHCA, NCC is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Gonzaga University. Rob earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University. He is proud to be a member of ACA, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and SAIGE. Rob also serves as the Chapter Faculty Advisor for Gonzaga’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (Gamma Chi Epsilon). His professional and research interests include multicultural counseling, various advocacy-related issues, and counselor preparation and education.
Stacy Speedlin Gonzalez
Trustee of Membership & State Branches
Dr. Speedlin Gonzalez is currently an Assistant Visiting Professor at the University of Texas of San Antonio where she teaches the crisis, grief and trauma course and the biopsychosocial aspects of addiction course. Additionally, Dr. Speedlin Gonzalez has a small private practice where she sees clients with substance use disorders, LGB, trans and nonbinary clients. Dr. Speedlin Gonzalez has been published multiple times in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of addiction, mentorship, LGBTQ clients and their needs, and how social media impacts relational connectivity. Dr. Speedlin Gonzalez also co-authored five book chapters on addiction in a medical book that serves as an educational textbook for medical doctors. Dr. Speedlin Gonzalez is passionate about mentoring LGBTQ+ students and serving her local LGBTQ+ community.
Michael P. Chaney
Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Dr. Michael P. Chaney, LPC, ACS is an Associate Professor in Counseling at Oakland University. In addition to his role as Editor in Chief, he is an SAIGE Past-President, past co-Chair of ACA's Human Rights Committee, an editorial board member for Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling and Journal of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness. His areas of counseling expertise and scholarly work are in substance use and mood disorders, sexual compulsivity, affectional orientation, gender identity and expression, HIV/AIDS, male body image, and past trauma.
Rainbow Run Committee
Amanda Brace, Ed.S, LSC, PCC-S, has received specialized training in helping children and adolescents with learning disabilities, adjustment issues, and issues surrounding bullying (including cyberbullying). Amanda enjoys working with children, adults, families, and couples using a creative, holistic, and systemic approach to counseling enabling clients to explore the issues that have interrupted their lives. She also specializes in EMDR, as well as working with children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Amanda is one of the authors of the ALGBTIC Competencies for Counseling with LGBQQIA Individuals.
Clark D. Ausloos
Chair of Technology & Resource Committee
Dr. Clark D. Ausloos, PhD, LPC, LPSC, NCC, currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Counseling Program at Palo Alto University and also works clinically in Northwest Ohio, treating youth and families who identify as LGBTGEQIAP+. Dr. Ausloos was nominated for Toledo’s 20 Under 40 Award, Chi Sigma Iota’s Outstanding Practitioner Award, and the OACES Professional Integrity and Leadership Award. Dr. Ausloos is a recent NBCC Minority Fellow, and was selected to serve as an Item Writer/Content Expert for the National Counseling Exam (NCE). Dr. Ausloos has several publications published/in press in peer-reviewed journals and is also a contributor to the SAGE Encyclopedia of Multicultural Counseling, Social Justice, and Advocacy, to be released in 2021.
Emerging Leader, 2020 - 2021
Jeremy Ayers, M.Div., is a graduate student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marymount University and a clinical intern at Whitman-Walker Health, a community-based health and wellness provider in Washington, DC with expertise in LGBTQ+ and HIV care. Jeremy has a passion for working with those who have experienced developmental trauma and addiction. Prior to making a mid-life career switch, he worked as a public policy advocate and Capitol Hill staffer, focusing on improving social services for low-income children and families. But Jeremy is most proud of being an uncle to two amazing girls and an occasional dad to a Sheltie.
Emerging Leader, 2020-2021
Brianne Scott is a second year CES doctoral candidate at Idaho State University. Hailing from Indiana, she received her masters in clinical mental health counseling in 2018. Her research interests include addictions, LGBTQ+ population, considerations for intersectionality within counseling, and social justice and advocacy within counseling. Brianne is a past president of Chi Sigma Iota and the current social media manager on the Idaho Association for Counselor Education and Supervision board. In her free time, she enjoys reading sci-fi novels, hiking, and hanging out with her 4 year old cat, Myrtle.
Emerging Leader, 2020-2021
Dr. Sumedha Therthani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations at Mississippi State University. Dr. Therthani completed her Masters-in-Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Clinical Psychology from India and received her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Mississippi. During her Ph.D. she was recognized with an outstanding researcher award. She is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQIA+ population, sexual minority students, and clients and has presented on LGBTQIA+ issues. Her other research interests include substance use, multicultural issues in counseling and supervision, and professional identity in Counselor Education.
Our Board follows the Bylaws of SAIGE.