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FMHCA Committees


We invite you to contribute your efforts and encourage you to volunteer as there are numerous opportunities for you to get involved and make a difference. For more information on how to participate right away, contact our Executive Director, Darlene Silvernail, at dsilvernail@flmhca.org.

Joining a committee is a great way to participate in our organization and increase your presence in our community. We have several committees that we would love you to participate in! Below is a list of all our committees, and below that is more information about each committee, along with a listing of the committee's chairperson and members. 

  • Ethics
  • Membership
  • Registered Interns & Graduate Students
  • Chapter Relations
  • Finance
  • Nominations & Elections
  • Governmental Relations
  • Conference Planning
  • Education, Training Standards & Continuing Education
  • Military Service
  • Research

Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee receives and reviews requests from Association members relating to the ethical conduct of Association members or officers and any other issue of an ethical nature that may come before the Association. It also makes recommendations for action to the Board of Directors.

 Chair

 Michael Holler
 mholler@flmhca.org

 Member 

 Kathie Erwin
 kerwin@flmhca.org

 Member

 Frank Hannah
 fhannah@flmhca.org

Member

Erica Whitfield

nefmhca@gmail.com

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee actively promotes FMHCA membership among Florida Mental Health Counselors, Mental Health Counselor Interns and others with professional or job-related interests in mental health counseling.

Chair Judith  Roberts 
JRoberts@flmhca.org

Member  Diana Huambachano
 office@flmhca.org
Member  Darlene Silvernail
 dsilvernail@flmhca.org
 Member  Elif Raynor
 membership@flmhca.org
 Member  Louise Sutherland-Hoyt
 lsutherland@flmhca.org
Member  Leonel Mesa
 lmesa@flmhca.org 
Member

Cortina Peters 

cpeters.mtca@gmail.com

Registered Intern & Graduate Student Committee

The Registered Intern & Graduate Student Committee will actively promote FMHCA membership among students enrolled in mental health counseling programs in Florida colleges and universities. It is also committed to increasing FMHCA’s services to graduate students and interns and assisting them as they begin their careers as Licensed Mental Health Counselors.

 Co-Chair       Laura Giraldo
lgirald4@stu.southuniversity.edu
Co-Chair

Tania Diaz, Psy.D.

tdiaz@albizu.edu

 Member  Diana Huambachano
 office@flmhca.org

 Member  Colette McLeod
 cmcleod@rollins.edu
 Member  Jillian Blueford
jblueford@rollins.edu

Chapter Relations Committee

The Chapter Relations Committee advertises association events and works closely with all committee Chairpersons to relay their interest and concerns to the public as appropriate. It helps promote understanding and positioning of mental health counseling to the public, third party payers, employers and other professionals. This committee is also interested in promoting the profession through the exchange of professional information among mental health counselors through newsletters, journals or other scientific, educational and/or professional materials.

 Chair

Erica Whitfield

nefmhca@gmail.com

 Member   Joe Skelly
 jskelly@flmhca.org
 Member   
 Member  Brian Harris
 bjharris@mail.usf.edu 

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee prepares the budget for the upcoming fiscal year and presents it to Board of Directors for approval at the first meeting of the fiscal year. The finance Committee may submit revisions to the approved budget as necessary.

 Chair  James Messina
 jmessina@flmhca.org
 Member  Diana Huambachano
 office@flmhca.org
 Member  Frank Hannah
 fhannah@flmhca.org

Nominations & Elections Committee

The Nominations and Elections Committee is responsible for carrying out nominations and elections procedures.

 Chair

 Michael Holler
 mholler@flmhca.org

 Member  Frank Hannah
 fhannah@flmhca.org
 Member  Joe Skelly
 jskelly@flmhca.org
 Member  Kathie Erwin
 kerwin@flmhca.org

Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee is responsible for advocating and implementing the FMHCA legislative platform. Issues impacting the profession of mental health counseling at the state level will be addressed by FMHCA, including issues involving legislation, agency regulation and encroachment by other entities on the practice of mental health counseling. The Government Relations Committee represents FMHCA regularly at 491 Board meetings. The committee also informs and enlists support from members as to pertinent legislative issues and positions beneficial to the membership.

 Chair   Louise Sutherland-Hoyt
 Member 

Beth Cutler successfulunions@aol.com  

 Member 

Jim Messina      jamesmessina@gmail.com

 Member 

Cindy Wall       cindywall@ymail.com

 Member 

Joe Skelly      joeskel@cox.net

 Member 

Leo Mesa      lmesa@flmhca.org

 Member 
Michael Holler mholler@flmhca.org
 Member 

Joe Skelly  joeskel@cox.net

 Member   E. Kay Nowak eknwk15@gmail.com 
 Member  Erica Whitfield nefmhca@gmail.com
 Member 

Patrick Nave     simplehobo@gmail.com

Conference Planning Committee

The Conference Planning Committee is responsible for planning FMHCA’s annual conference. This includes, but is not limited to, determining the location for the conference, advertising the conference, budgeting, obtaining sponsors, obtaining and organizing speakers, publishing the conference brochure, and helping assist members sign in and obtain materials during the actual conference.

 Chair  Darlene Silvernail
 dsilvernail@flmhca.org
 Member  Leo Mesa
 lmesa@flmhca.org
 Member  Elvis Lester
 learnusa@tampabay.rr.com
 Member  Elif Raynor
 membership@flmhca.org
 Member  Aaron Norton
 anorton@flmhca.org
 Member  Laura Giraldo
lgirald4@stu.southuniversity.edu
 Member  Colette McLeod
 cmcleod@rollins.edu
 Member  Diana Huambachano
 office@flmhca.org
 Member Jama Thurman
jamathurman@lifechanginggrowth.com
 Member  Marvina Ennis
marvinamennis@gmail.com
 Member  Jackie Rita
 jackie.rita.g@gmail.com

Education, Training Standards & Continuing Education Committee

The Education, Training Standards, and Continuing Education Committee monitors the professional development needs of the Association's members. It develops and implements a comprehensive plan of continuing education directed towards clinical and practical issues. The committee is also responsible for providing workshops, publications, and in-service opportunities related to identified needs.

Chair  Aaron Norton
 anorton@flmhca.org
 Member  Deirdre Sanders-Burnett
 deirdras@mail.usf.edu 
 Member Paula Carina Lazarim Marques
paula@lm2services.com

Military Service Committee

The Military Service Committee directs the attention of FMHCA members to the needs of veterans, their families and other military personnel, especially those whose active duty included service in combat zones. The committee will also provide members with information on governmental programs that provide opportunities for service to this population.

 Chair  Lynne Santiago
 lynne@lynnesantiagolmhc.com
 Member  Elsworth "Tony" Williams
 ellsworth@vetscounselingvets.org
 Member  Louise Sutherland-Hoyt
 lsutherland@flmhca.org
 Member Barbara J. Segura  
barbarajsegura@gmail.com
 Member  Dr. Ann Grenadier
banf_ag@yahoo.com

Research Committee

The primary purpose of the Research Committee is to promote scientific research and inquiry into mental health concerns.

 Chair  Hassiem Kambui
 hkambui@flmhca.org
 Member  Colette McLeod
 cmcleod@rollins.edu


Bylaws Committee

 The Bylaws Committee considers proposed amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the FMHCA and drafts them in proper form for submission to the members at the annual meeting.

 Chair       

 Kathie Erwin
 kerwin@flmhca.org

 Member  Louise Sutherland-Hoyt
 lsutherland@flmhca.org
 Member  James Messina
 jmessina@flmhca.org



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