Updates from NMCA
NMCA is making some structural changes, but we are optimistic that these changes will create more opportunities and assist our profession with bettering and supporting our communities.
What does this mean?
We will continue to have NMCASJ and NMMHCA divisions, these 2 divisions have calendar events set for this year for members to participate in.
NMCDA is teaming up with NMCCEE to collectively advance in the career counseling field. We want this to be an easy transition, so we are maintaining current NMCDA memberships until they expire and continuing to support NMCDA in future endeavors.
NMSAIGE and NMSERVIC sub-divisions will be dissolved and merge into the main NMCA division creating a unique opportunity for a Special Interests Group. This group’s goals are not only to support the other Divisions of NMCA but to give back by focusing on important affairs. We hope by creating this Special Interests Group will open opportunities to do more, learn more, and create more. If you are interested in being a part of this movement contact Heather Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Something amazing resulted from our Conference this year! With our Government Relations Chair’s commitment to helping the mental health profession, we now have a committee of mental health professionals like you who are working towards common goals and making sure your voice is heard. If you are interested in being part of this committee it does not require a special membership selection, just email Jeannie Montoya at email@example.com
Please Welcome this 2023-2024 NMCA Executive Board
NMCA President- Arianna Trott, LPCC, NCC
NMCA President Elect- Debra Perez PHD, LPCC-S, BCTP-ll, SCPG
NMCA President Elect-Elect- Jeannie Montoya, LPCC
NMCA Past President 2022-2023-Lora Smalley, LMFT
NMCA VP of Professional Development- Janet Birkey, LPCC, LPC-S
Government Relations Chair- Jeannie Montoya, LPCC
Governance Chair- Edith Bermudez, MSC
Membership Committee Chair- La’Quesha Boston, LPCC
Special Interest Chair- Heather Smith, PhD, LPCC, NCC, RDN
Social Media Chair- Emily Miles, LMFT
Executive Director- Kelsi Serrano, LMSW
Executive Assistant- Dayana Sariñana, BA
NMCA Treasurer- Kathleen Charest, MBA, LPCC, NCC, CCHMC
Our Ethics Chair is currently Vacant if this is something that interests you please contact the Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
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