Our Executive Board
Meet the 2021- 2022 SAIGE Executive Board! We are from all areas of the country; however, we are connected and united in purpose: Serving SAIGE and its members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liz Nadeau earned an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University School of Education in May 2021. Therapy is her second career as she transitions from the practice of law to working in community mental health. Liz has been a union lawyer since 1986, with a focus on wage protection, apprenticeship, and safety for workers in the construction industry. She has used her extensive legal skills to advocate for mandatory education on counseling TNB persons for licensed counselors and as a condition of initial licensure for applicants to ensure that they have equitable access to culturally competent counseling. Liz is Treasurer of SAIGE-MD.
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. 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. Hasaan B. Reeder, PhD, LPC (LA), NCC is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education department at Emporia State University. Hasaan earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans, LA. He also serves as the Practicum & Internship Coordinator at Emporia State. Hasaan’s research interest focus on spirituality, trauma, and African American experiences within the LGBTQ+ community.
Whitney P. Akers
Research & Scholarship
Whitney P. Akers, PhD, LCMHC, NCC, ACS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and the Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at
the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. A National Certified Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Dr. Akers' clinical experience
includes counseling in community agency, inpatient, spiritual care, hospital/integrated care, detention center, school, equine therapy, and private practice settings. Their research interests
center on the ways in which people who identify as LGBTQIA+ experience outness, how intersections of queerness and race, class, ability, spirituality, and ethnicity influence mental
health and wellness, and how these intersectional lived-experiences are impacted by the current sociopolitical climate in terms of access to safety, survival, and personhood.
Devyn Savitsky, M.S. is a Ph.D candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program in Ohio University’s Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. She will serve as an adjunct faculty member at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA for the 2021-2022 academic year. Her research agenda focuses on counselor training, the experiences of marginalized persons living with eating disorders, LGBTGEQIAP+ body image, and the impact of media on self- image, through a feminist lens. Additionally, Savitsky has studied the counselor's experience in facilitating difficult conversations and the impact of vicarious traumatization. She currently serves as the Southeast Ohio regional representative for SAIGE's Ohio branch and on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education; the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology; and ProGCouns: Journal of Professionals in Guidance and Counseling.
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, 2021-2022
Katherine Michaels, NCC, is an Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)’s Center for Palliative and Supportive Care, within the UAB Psycho-Oncology Counseling Residency. She obtained her Master’s at UAB in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in August 2021, along with a graduate certificate in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling. Within her cohort, she was awarded Outstanding Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Student. She desires to work in research that explores distress and aging within LGBTGEQIAP+ communities in the Deep South. As a SAIGE Emerging Leader, Katherine looks forward to developing as a mental health professional and further advocating for the LGBTGEQIAP+ community.
Emerging Leader, 2021-2022
Dae’Quawn Landrum is pursuing his doctoral degree in Counseling at Montclair State University. He received a Bachelor of Science in Government (2014) and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, with a specialty in Addictions Counseling (2018) from Bowie State University. Dae’Quawn is a psychotherapist at a community hospital. Dae’Quawn has also worked as an intimate partner violence group facilitator and provided training in detention centers around LGBTQ issues. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in New Jersey and licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in Maryland. Dae’Quawn is recognized as a national certified counselor. Dae’Quawn has presented at state and national conferences discussing issues surrounding African American men and mental health, intersectionality, and substance abuse within the LGBTQ+ community. Dae’Quawn’s areas of research are social justice, African American men, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer, (LGBTQ+) community.
Paul Henry Kabera
Emerging Leader, 2021-2022
Paul Henry Kabera, née Hawkins, is a scholar-activist who has spent the past forty years working in the LGBTGEQIAP+ community, the last thirty of which have been primarily focused on racial justice issues. As an activist, Paul has been especially interested in helping aspiring change agents find their leadership footing, and in helping organizations walk their social justice talk via smart integrations of strategic planning, business analysis, and project management—three disciplines in which he is professionally certified. As a scholar, Paul has presented at numerous national and international academic conferences, and published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals, touching on subjects ranging from the practicalities of instilling organizational equity to the future of supremacist systems. On a personal level, every year Paul is thrilled to observe another anniversary as a multi-decade survivor of a once-terminal AIDS diagnosis, and is equally thrilled to share resiliency stories with survivors of all stripes. Now making a turn to the counseling profession, Paul is enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the College of William & Mary.
Our Board follows the Bylaws of SAIGE.