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Voting in the annual FMHCA election this spring will be by electronic ballots 

Here’s how voting electronically will work:

  All active members are encourage to vote in this FMHCA election and will receive an email once polls have opened on May 1st, 2017.

To vote, simply click the link within the email to open your ballot, which will include the candidates who are running for each office. After indicating the candidate you prefer for each office, you may review your choices before clicking “submit” to cast your ballot electronically.

Voting will be open from May 1st through May 31st, 2017.  

The Advocate will  announce the election results in the June newsletter issue.

The term for the positions is June 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.  Click here for an overview and FAQ about the FMHCA election process.  

Below you will fine individual's names under each of the photos below to read about each person's 

experience and goals in support of their nomination:


Louise Sutherland-Hoyt LMHC CCMHC, NCC, Clinical Supervisor President

Louise Sutherland-Hoyt is a LMHC with 16 years’ experience treating adolescents and adults with trauma and compulsive behaviors including maladaptive use of alcohol/other drugs and “process ‘addictions’”. Louise retired from the State of Nevada 2 years ago and with her husband, Brennock, moved to Bradenton, Florida where she has a private practice. As a newly elected member of the FMHCA Board of Directors and as a Veteran of the Vietnam Era, Louise looks forward to being involved with the Military Service Committee.

Erica Whitfield MACP, LMHC President-Elect 

Erica Whitfield is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who graduated from the University of North Florida with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Erica is the Clinical Manager of Family Foundations, an organization that has helped over 130,000 families through mental health and financial counseling. Erica also has extensive experience working within the Full Service Schools Program, a United Way initiative, that has connected thousands of under insured and non-insured students and families to a critical range of therapeutic, health and social services. In addition, Erica currently serves as the President of the Northeast Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in Jacksonville, Florida and on the Board of Directors of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida where she helps to raise awareness of mental health, provide community crisis intervention, advocate for mental illness and connect community partners to improve mental health services for adults, children and families. Erica also has extensive experience counseling children, adolescents and parents with moderate to severe mental health issues and has created and facilitated numerous workshops and mental health groups aimed at supporting and providing resources to children, adults, and professionals in the community. Erica believes that Strong Mental Health is the fabric that keeps communities and our nation whole. She has seen how people’s lives positively transform when they receive the mental healthcare that they need. She has also witnessed the downward spiral of negative life events that can occur when those in need do not receive help. Erica has already served on the Board for a year and has been an outstanding contributor to FMHCA. During the Legislative Days activity she was the most organized member of the committee and managed to make far and away the most contacts with legislators. 

Kathie Erwin Ed.D., LMHC – Secretary

Kathie has served the Board as it's current Secretary. She has kept both the Board and the membership apprised of the work being done and her voice of advocacy for the profession, is seen both within the context of the FMHCA membership and numerous organizations inside and outside the profession on State and National Levels. She is a tireless ambassador of the counseling profession often collaborating on research, projects, teaching, and outreach activities that transcend her position with FMHCA but reliably reflects these activities through her position as Secretary of the FMHCA Board, to the membership and beyond. She is an excellent communicator and has done so with zeal regarding the Board decisions, goals of the organization, and reflections of what is possible in the next generations of counseling professionals.


Hassiem Kambui, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC-Treasurer

Dr. Hassiem Kambui is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Dr. Kambui has earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics from North Carolina State University. He also holds a master’s degree from North Carolina Central University in School Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Counseling from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Kambui’s research interests focus on racial and cultural motivating factors from an African historical and traditional context to build positive race relationships. Throughout his career, he has practiced as a counselor across varied diverse settings. To date, he has authored three books. His recently published book, Africentric Education: Public Schools versus Charter Schools continues to gain attention.

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Benjamin B Keyes PhD, EdD, LMHC, NCC-Treasurer

Dr Keyes has been a FMHCA member and active in SMHCA during his private practice/supervisor career. As he works on development of the Tampa Trauma Training Center, he desires to be more active in FMHCA. His new university is highly supportive of time he will give to FMHCA. Strong administrative ability and prior national board experience. He has also been director of non-profit organizations and currently directs Green Cross Academy of Traumatology



Joe Skelly M.S., LMHC-Northwest Region: 3-year Term

Global View of History and Current Status of FMHCA; consensus builder yet freethinker; irreverence, humor & "the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." Plus an immutable loyalty to the existence and evolution of FMHCA.Joe Skelly is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who owns a small, multi-practitioner clinic in May Esther, Florida. Since 1994, Joe has been the President of the FMHCA's subsidiary member in the Panhandle, the Emerald Coast Mental Health Counselors Association (ECMHCA). This group has been highly active politically, including having national impact on TRICARE, the health insurance for military retirees and dependents. Joe has served on the Board for FMHCA over the years in numerous positions, most recently as Member At Large. He has been the sometimes irreverent voice of the Panhandle and Northwestern Florida in FMCHA since its inception. 

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Cindy Wall LMHC, NCC Doctoral Candidate Northeast Region: 2-year Term
Cindy has been stalwart in her commitment and energy toward building the FMHCA organization as evidenced by her role in Government Relations and her presence among the leadership within her region of FMHCA.

Cindy Wall got her undergrad degree in Secondary Education at Indiana University in 1999 and taught school at the middle and high school levels in English, US History, Computer Applications and Special Education. In 2010, she received her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate in Counseling Psychology and is currently writing her dissertation. Cindy joined FMHCA in February of 2016 after attending the FMHCA Conference. She then served on the Government Relations Committee as Secretary, on the Member Benefits Committee and on the FMHCA Board Leadership team. She currently works at Parkhill Outpatient Center in Tallahassee, which is under Emerald Coast Behavioral Health Hospital in Panama City. She is happily married to the love of her life, Steve, has four adult children and four grandchildren. She is an avid reader, foodie, and very much enjoys spending time with other individuals from her "mother ship" of mental health counselors.



Dr. Eddie Williams IV-Southwest Region: 2-year Term

He has a history of teaching, private practice and history of organizing events such as the NAMI 5K in Hernando County. He also has the passion to help expand the field of professional counseling.



Tania Diaz, PsyD, LMHC Southeast Region: 1-year Term


(I)* incumbent


 FMHCA  Past-President

Leo Mesa PsyD, LMHC








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