Leadership Committee

The Leadership Committee is responsible for ensuring that the organization meets all applicable standards. This committee will comprise of the following members as a minimum: Chair Person, Vice Chair Person, Secretary, Treasurer(s), and 3 Members. It is understood that the chair person for each subcommittee will be part of this leadership committee.

The 2019 Leadership Committee

Amy Jaynes

MS, LPC, NCC, CRC

Chair Person

  • Serves as the chief representative of the organization and heads the Leadership Committee
  • Presides at all meetings of the organization and develops the meeting agendas with the Leadership Committee.
  • Finds meeting hosts, locations and programming and provides details to Secretary and Public Relations Committee and Hospitality Committee
  • Provides leadership and guidance to the Organization and to the Leadership Committee ensuring schedules and procedures are being followed.
  • Identifies the need for necessary committees and appoints the chairperson
  • Keeps the membership informed of issues relevant to the organization
  • Evaluates / reports annually the performance of the organization in achieving its mission
  • Participates on the Financial Committee
  • Performs other responsibilities as needed

Amy is the co-owner of The Center for Living Balance, a group practice focused on helping individuals, couples, and families get connected to the people they love most.  She has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and is actively involved in the Atlanta Center for EFT (ACEFT).  Along with her clinical work, Amy is also passionate about helping therapists develop marketing and business skills to grow their practices.  In 2019, she co-founded The Center for Therapist Development to help other clinicians reach their clinical and business goals.

TBD

Vice Chair Person

  • Serves as a member of the Leadership Committee
  • Finds meeting hosts, locations and programming and provides details to Secretary and Public Relations Committee and Hospitality Committee
  • Performs the duties of the Chairperson when the Chairperson is not available
  • Works closely with the Chairperson and other members of the organization in identifying program topics and setting agendas for meetings of organization
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Chairperson

This position is open – please contact someone on the leadership team if you are interested in serving in this role.

Natalie Kohlhaas

MA, LPC, NCC, CPCS, NBCCH

Secretary

  • Serves as a member of the Leadership Committee
  • Maintains records of the organization and ensures effective management of these records
  • Maintains an accurate list of all organization members
  • Takes minutes of organization and Leadership Committee meeting
  • Ensures minutes are distributed to members shortly after each meeting
  • At the direction of the Chairperson, distributes organizational correspondence to the membership
  • Notifies the membership of all regular and special meetings of the organization
  • Notifies leadership of meetings and requests agenda items.
  • Performs other duties as necessary

Natalie is the founder and Clinical Director of Serenity Tree House and IMH Counseling. Providing research based treatments for clients so they can find their own sense of truth and comfort is Natalie’s hallmark of success. Serenity Tree House offers holistic treatments combined with the newest of clinical approaches. Having studied with some of the top in individuals in the psychology field, Natalie is certified in: Clinical Behavioral Hypnotherapy, Anxiety and Trauma Hypnotherapy, Clinical Supervision, trained in CBT and Level I, II, III and Master Level Brainspotting.

Whether working with individuals, supervising young therapist, providing training to seasoned therapists, offering retreat opportunities and working with the film industry, Natalie is known for her specialty work in anxiety, trauma and transition.

Janet Granski

MSW, MDiv., LCSW

Treasurer(s)

Treasurer(s) are non-voting members of the Finance Committee and are responsible for:

  • Financial Reporting
  • Banking, book-keeping and record keeping
  • Working with Finance Committee to ensure that there are proper systems in place for receiving and paying out cash and checks
  • Ensuring receipts are issued when appropriate
  • Ensuring all income is deposited in bank and all bills are paid
  • Track and maintain records of membership and CEU event payments made.
  • Performing other responsibilities related to financial reporting as needed

Janet has worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for many years. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Janet first worked in the Early Intervention/Babies Can’t Wait program with families having young children with special needs. She then spent many years providing assessments, case management and counseling services to foster children, birth families and foster/adoptive families, working for the Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Health Connect America. Janet has now been in private practice for the last two years. She has her own office, Upward Counseling, at 1952 GA Hwy 54, Suite 100, Peachtree City, where she specializes in working with women and children.

Member(s) at Large

There are to be at least 3 additional members on the Leadership Committee.  These members may or may not be the chairperson of a subcommittee.

Tammy Melton

Deana Riley

MS, LPC, CPCS

Ellie Wood

Subcommittees

TBD

Finance Committee

The role of the finance committee is to coordinate with the treasurer(s) regarding the managing and monitoring of the organization’s finances.  It will help prevent fraudulent misuse of funds by ensuring all tasks associated with financial management are not performed by one person without the monitoring and supervision from others.  It will also provide continuity if the treasurer(s) resigns or term of office ends.  This committee will consist of at least 4 members including the Leadership Committee Chair Person, 2 members at large, and the treasurer(s) (as non-voting members).

Finance Committee Chair Person will be responsible for:

  • General financial oversight
  • Financial planning and budgeting
  • Participating in leadership committee meetings
  • Performing other responsibilities related to the financial needs of organization as needed

This position is open – please contact someone on the leadership team if you are interested in serving in this role.

Kelly Petaccio

MA, LPC, CPCS

Membership Committee

The role of the membership committee is to ensure that all members have the information available regarding how the organization can benefit them professionally.

Membership Committee Chair Person will be responsible for:

  • Reaching out to new attendees to ensure personal contact to answer questions and provide information
  • Being a personal point of contact for members to understand professional needs and report to leadership committee
  • Work with Public Relations Committee to provide presentations to local agencies and organizations about the organization and the benefits of membership
  • Keeping an accurate list of current members as well as information for professional directory
  • Send out Registration Forms and Welcome Emails.
  • Participating in leadership committee meetings
  • Performing other responsibilities related to membership as needed

Kelly has 15 years of experience as a relational therapist, focused on couples and family dynamics.  In addition to her private practice work, she has worked as a clinician providing crisis services in schools.  She is currently the Clinical Supervisor at The Center for Living Balance providing clinical supervision to the junior therapists and working with couples and families in Peachtree City,

In 2019, Kelly co-founded The Center for Therapist Development to fulfill her mission of spreading quality continuing education and supervision in South Metro Atlanta.  She consults regularly with public and private school systems and is a certified trainer for Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Nick Russo

CADC

Public Relations Committee

The role of the public relations committee is to provide information about the organization to both members and the community at large through appropriate media outlets.  This includes social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter as well as print media such as brochures.

Public Relations Committee Chair Person will be responsible for:

  • Providing presentations to local agencies and organizations about the organization and the benefits of membership
  • Keeping Facebook updated with appropriate information
  • Keeping website updated and relevant
  • Keeping brochures and print material up to date and available
  • Working with Training Coordinator to disseminate information about training events
  • Take pictures at meetings and events for marketing material
  • Distribute marketing “blasts” at a specifically designed schedule to promote the organization and solicit new members.
  • Participating in leadership committee meetings
  • Performing other responsibilities related to public relations as needed

Nick serves as the Senior Counselor for the Insight Drug Abuse Program for teenagers & young adults in Tyrone, Georgia.

Andrea Adams

LPC

Continuing Education Committee

The role of the Continuing Education Committee is to ensure that all training provided by the organization is relevant and professional as well as coordinating CEUs as necessary.

The Training Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Developing a quarterly training calendar based on membership content suggestions
  • Coordinating applications for continuing education credits with the GA LPCA and GA LCSW organizations
  • Ensuring that training attendees are informed of necessary procedures for applying for and receiving Continuing Education credit
  • Providing CEU certificates to participants
  • Collaborating with speakers regarding presentation needs
  • Working closely with the Public Relations Committee to publicize trainings
  • Initiating sponsor appeals to cover refreshments and provide details to Hospitality, Public Relations and Secretary
  • Working closely with the Hospitality Committee to secure location, amenities and venue set-up for all trainings
  • Performing other duties related to trainings as needed.
  • Participating in leadership committee meetings

Andrea is Licensed Professional Counselor with over 18 years experience working with individuals, couples and families.  She spent many years providing substance abuse counseling and assessments in various community counseling agencies.  Her primary areas of focus are depression, anxiety/stress management, marital conflict, personal growth and development often utilizing CBT and Strength Based approaches.

Linda Weigand

PsyD, LPC

Hospitality Committee

The role of the hospitality committee is to coordinate space for all meetings and events.

The Hospitality Committee Chair Person will be responsible for:

  • Procuring space for monthly meetings
  • Procuring space for training events including coordinating for refreshments and audio visual equipment as needed.
  • Performing other responsibilities related to hospitality as needed

Linda is the founder and owner of InsideOut Dynamics, Inc. established in 1999. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia and Doctor of Psychology. Linda has a passion for restoring individuals and families and a mission to equip individuals for effective living by providing competent,  compassionate counseling and life coaching services using a total approach to wellness.

In the last few years, Linda has been making a professional transition from treatment to prevention as a Life Style Coach, Wellness Educator, and Certified Nutritional Therapist. In these roles, she has a passion for providing education and life strategy tools through workshops, seminars, groups, as well as, services on an individual basis.

Deana Riley

MS, LPC, CPCS

Peer Consultation Committee

The Peer Consultation Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Serving as the contact person responsible for all issues related to peer consultation offered by the organization
  • Moderating the 60 minute consultation groups offered after each member meeting
  • Coordinating with the Secretary to verify participant’s SMMHSAPN membership.
  • Coordinating case reviews for consultation groups including which 3 cases will be presented at a given meeting
  • Communicating with participants regarding any issues related to participation in the peer consultation
  • Participating in leadership committee meetings
  • Assuring that each Consultation group participant signs a Participation agreement prior to participating in the group
  • Keeping brief minutes of meetings which include number present and number of cases reviewed and participants present
  • Refining structure of peer consultation meetings to meet needs of participants
  • Following all professional and ethical practices of the counseling profession
  • Keeping own professional license and liability insurance current
  • Performing other responsibilities related to peer consultation as needed

Deana is the co-owner of The Center for Living Balance, specializing in providing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to couples and working with survivors of trauma using Trauma Resolution Therapy (TRT). She is passionate about healing relationships and helping couples reclaim connection and love.

TBD

Governmental Relations Committee

The Governmental Relations Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Promoting the organization to public and governmental bodies
  • Providing updates to members on relevant issues
  • Providing trainings to members as needed
  • Performing other responsibilities related to governmental issues as needed

This position is open – please contact someone on the leadership team if you are interested in serving in this role.

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