Our Board

Meet the 2019-2020 SAIGE Board! We are from all areas of the country; however, we are connected and united in purpose:
Serving SAIGE and its members.

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Misty Ginicola


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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.

Email: ginicolam2@southernct.edu

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Jared Rose

Past President

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Dr. Jared S. Rose, PhD, LPCC-S, NCC, EMDRC is an Assistant Professor in Bowling Green State University’s Clinical Mental Health & School Counseling Programs and owner of a private practice. In medical, public health, and clinical arenas, he has over 25 years experience as a helping professional. His areas of clinical practice, research, and teaching include LGBQ+ and Trans; HIV and AIDS; human trafficking; sex and sexual health therapy; and ethical issues in the counseling profession. He is a gay man, queer and trans activist, husband, and fur-father.

Email: jsrose@bgsu.edu


Cory Viehl


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Dr. Cory Viehl, PhD, LMHC, LPC, NCC, ACS is the Academic Program Director and Associate Professor of the Master of Arts in Counseling program at City University of Seattle. He has been in clinical practice for 11 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.

Email: viehlcory@cityu.edu


Jane Rheineck

Governing Council Representative

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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.

Email: rheinecj@mtmary.edu

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Cyndi Matthews


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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.

Email: cyndersm@verizon.net


Marion Toscano


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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.

Email: toscanom@mtmary.edu


Adam Carter

Board Trustee
Membership & State Branches

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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.

Email: adamcarter@niu.edu


Tamekia Bell

Board Trustee
Multicultural & Social Justice Concerns

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Dr. Tamekia Bell, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Governors State University. Dr. Bell’s research interests include multicultural competency as it relates to LGBTQI+ individuals and those with disabilities, intersectionality, and assessment and program evaluation in counseling. Dr. Bell holds several leadership positions within counseling organizations in addition to SAIGE, such as Chi Sigma Iota, Illinois Counseling Association (inlcuding IAARC and ICES), and SAIGE state branch in Illinois IALGBTIC.

Email: tamekiabell018@gmail.com


Laura Boyd Farmer

Board Trustee
Research & Scholarship

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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.

Email: laurabfarmer@gmail.com


Joshua Allton

Student Trustee

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Josh is currently a second year masters student in Marriage, Couples, and Family therapy at University of Central Florida.  His areas of interest include LGBTQ+ couples and families, as well as addressing trauma that results from the intersection of spiritual/religious identity and LGBTQ+ identity.  Josh has a passion for equipping graduate students with LGBTQ+ resources and connections that they need to be more culturally competent and effective practitioners in all aspects of the counseling profession.

Joe Currin

Editor of ALGBTIC News

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Dr. Joseph M. Currin is an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University in the Counseling Psychology program. To date he has over 30 publications on sexual health behaviors, the use of technology in sexual partner seeking, health disparities experienced by LGBQ+ and Trans individuals, and HIV/AIDS and STI prevention. He has a passion for teaching fieldwork, supervision and consultation. He was a recipient of the SAIGE Public Health Award in September of 2018.  He is a proud cat dad of his tuxedo cat, Jameson, and he is pretty sure that Jameson tolerates him occasionally.

Email: Joe.Currin@ttu.edu



Chair of Education Committee


Rob McKinney

Chair of Emerging Leaders Committee

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Dr. Rob McKinney, LPC, 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 ALGBTIC. 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.

Email: mckinneyr@gonzaga.edu

Dr. Michael P. Chaney
Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling

Michael P. Chaney

Chief Editor
Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling

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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.

Email: chaney@oakland.edu


Meagan McBride Klein

Chair of
Public Policy Committee

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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.

Email: mmcbride@heidelberg.edu


Amanda Brace

Chair of
Rainbow Run Committee

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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.

Email: ABrace@counselingforwellness.com



Chair of Technology & Resource Committee

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H. Smith

Emerging Leader,
Masters Student

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H Smith is a second-year Masters student in Virginia Tech’s Counselor Education program. They have been committed to increasing access to and utilization of LGBTQ+ and culturally-affirming resources within their local community. They serve in community outreach positions with their chapter CSI, as a co-facilitator of a youth sexuality and gender support group, within the Roanoke Diversity Center, and as the Technology Chair of the Virginia ALGBTIC. H is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve LGBTQ+ community members and professionals on a national level through SAIGE!

Email: hopes@vt.edu


Carlos Flores

Emerging Leader,
Doctoral Student

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Carlos A. Flores, M.A., is a Doctoral Fellow in the PhD Counseling program at MontclairState University. He serves as Student Representative for the Latino Mental Health Association of NJ and works as a Career Development Specialist at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Carlos’s research interests include understanding intersections of identity, particularly Latinx and LGBTQ identity, the infusion of social justice and advocacy within counselor education, and the development of multicultural competence in higher education and mental health professionals.

Email: floresc5@mail.montclair.edu


Vincent Marasco

Emerging Leader,
New Professional

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Dr. Vincent Marasco, LPC is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Purdue University Northwest. His clinical expertise and research interests include LGBTQIA+ issues in counseling, sexuality-based counseling, and use of self-disclosure in counselor education, and serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness.

Email: maravinc@isu.edu

Congratulations to our Newly Elected Board Members!

Join us in welcoming our newly elected board members who will begin their terms in July 2020!


Christie Jenkins


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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.


Stacy Speedlin Gonzalez

Trustee of Membership & State Branches

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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.


Krystian Robinson

Graduate Student Trustee

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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.

Organizational Bylaws

Our Board follows the Bylaws of SAIGE.

Want to Serve on the ALGBTIC Board?

For 2021-2022, we are currently accepting nominations for:

  • President-Elect
  • Trustee of Research & Scholarship
  • Governing Council Representative
  • Graduate Student Trustee