2020-2021 MCA Executive Board
President, Michael Joy, MA, LPC
I have been involved with the Michigan Counseling Association since 2014, and have been President since July of 2019. I received my Masters in Counseling from Oakland University in 2014, and have worked in multiple private practices and a secured residential facility for adjudicated youth. I am currently practicing at Insight Counseling Services in Auburn Hills, MI in the Metro Detroit area. I work with adults, adolescents, and kids treating a variety of mental health concerns like anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, adjustment, ADHD, and more. My goal is to be able to meet the needs of counselors everywhere in Michigan throughout my presidency. In my spare time I like to focus on self care, including through activities like exercise, cooking, traveling, and spending quality time with my family and friends.
President-Elect, Ashley VanBemmelen, MA, LPC, NCC
I am a licensed professional counselor in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a graduate of WMU, I interned at my local YWCA and eventually began working in a group practice. I specialize in working with young adults and clients who have experienced trauma. I conceptualize clients from a relational cultural perspective and work to advocate on behalf of and alongside those I serve. I am completing my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with a focus on issues of multicultural competency and social justice advocacy.
I am excited to serve the Michigan Counseling Association and look forward to connecting with new and current members. On a more personal note – I love espresso, I watch a Christmas movie everyday in December, and I frequently plan vacations to hike/backpack around the U.S.
Treasurer-Elect, Dayna (Annen) Webber, LPC
I have a Bachelor of Art in Music from Wayne State University where I studied Opera. My Masters in Counseling is from Ashland University. My passions for counseling include coaching people with ADHD and I am currently working on a new niche in my practice as I have become passionate about helping clients that have above left cults or Come from oppressive religious backgrounds.
Secretary, LaShonda Miller, MA, LLPC, NCC
I (she/her/hers) am a proud Spartan with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from MSU. I hold my Masters in Mental Health Counseling through Capella University and I am a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor in Detroit, MI. I currently work as a Sexual Assault Advocate at Avalon Healing Center (formerly Wayne County SAFE) providing advocacy and counseling to survivors of sexual assault. I hold a certification in trauma informed care and I am nationally certified counselor. I am the current secretary for the Michigan Counseling Association. In addition to MCA, I serve on the Branch Development Committee for the American Counseling Association and the LGBTQ+ Community Council for the Detroit Police Department. I have an extreme love for penguins and terrible "dad jokes."
Secretary - Elect - Kayla Thrushman, MA, LPC
I have been working as an LPC and Art therapist at WillowsEdge Counseling & Healing Arts Center in Oakland County for the last five years. Our private practice is expected to service 5,000 sessions this year, with over 300 active clients spread over (2) locations. Our outreach covers approximately six other townships and we have developed a strong referral base with local schools, shelters, and other health practitioners. I currently specialize in children and adolescent populations, anxiety, depressive disorders, and other mood disorders. I utilize art therapy as an expressive therapeutic tool with many of my clients. I also have over 12 years of experience working with individuals with autism and their families. In 2014, I developed a counseling and art therapy program at Crossroads for Youth; a nonprofit treatment agency, serving at least 60 at-risk adolescents. Having lost many friends and classmates to suicide, I am passionate about helping children and adolescents experiencing anxiety and depression in order to prevent continuous mental health issues in future generations to come.
2020-2021 MCA Committee Chairs
Professional Development – Alana Nicolazzo, MA, LPC
Technology – Caroline Ray, MA, LPC, NCC
Call for Committee Chairs & Members
MCA is currently seeking dynamic leaders to serve as chairs and members for the committees listed below! If you are interested in filling a leadership position with MCA, please, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.