Welcome

We are glad you have taken the time to stop by our site and find out a little more about us. Memphis is not only the home of the Blues, but home to the largest chapter of the Tennessee Counseling Association. Our organization welcomes counselors of all disciplines including School, Mental Health, Rehabilitation, as well as Counselor Educators and Counseling Students. Our tent is a large and open one that warmly welcomes all those interested in on-going professional development and the advancement of the profession. We meet four times a year in September, November, January, and March. At our meetings we always share a good meal, hear an excellent speaker discussing an important counseling topic or technique, and enjoy the camaraderie of our fellow counselors. In June we present our Annual One-Day Summer Conference in cooperation with The University of Memphis, Counseling, Educational Psychology & Research Department. Please take a moment to check our “Schedule” for our next event. We hope to see you at one of our events soon!

Our Purpose

  • To unite in one organization all persons engaged or interested in any phase of counseling and developmental work in West Tennessee to include Shelby, Fayette, and Tipton Counties.
  • To maintain and improve professional standards in the fields of counseling and development.
  • To encourage the development of counseling and developmental activities in the West Tennessee area.
  • To serve as an agency for information pertinent to present or contemplated counseling and developmental programs in West Tennessee and the State of Tennessee.
  • To disseminate information and focus public attention on legislation in any way affecting counseling or development activities in West Tennessee or the State of Tennessee.
  • To champion against discrimination in any form including race, religion, sex, age, or sexual orientation.

Dr. Jonie Oliver
President

doctorjoliver@gmail.com

Work:  901-416-0340

Johnathan Williams
President-Elect/Program Chair

williamsj10@scsk12.org

Work: 901-416-3944

Dr. Nikki Dyer
President Elect-Elect

johnathanwilliams61@yahoo.com

Work: 901-448-7745

Tanika Johnson
Secretary

tjohn8083@yahoo.com

Work: 901-338-0166

Carnell Mitchell
Treasurer

cmitchell1911@gmail.com

Work: 901-791-6111

Skip Ruzicka
Membership Chair

tjojosephruzicka@bellsouth.net

Work: 901-488-7727

Dr. Nancy Johnson
Mental Health Counseling Liaison

nancylpcmhsp@yahoo.com

Work: 901-830-5140

Dr. Steve Zanskas
Human Rights & Ethics Chair

szanskas@memphis.edu

Work: 901-678-4021

Leigh Carrier Pitre
Student Liaison

leigh.pitre@thehartcenter.org

Work: 901-678-2120

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Sharon Rees
Past President/Conference Chair/Elections Chair

stairway83@msn.com

Work: 901-438-1573

Dr. Pam Cogdal
Counselor Educator Liaison

pcogdal@memphis.edu

Work: 901-678-4931

Dr. Steve Zanskas
Legislative Chair

szanskas@memphis.edu

Work: 901-678-4021

Denise Diffee
Media Communications Chair

ddiffee@transformationmemphis.com

Work: 901-755-1396

Leslie Oattis
Membership (Mental Health)

ldininger@msn.com

Work: 503-705-9903

Kim Jessee
Recognition & Awards Chair

kjessee@pdqdata.com

Work: 901-416-1656

Committee Members

Awards Committee | Dr. Sandy Terneus (Chair), Dr. Rebekah Byrd, and Dr. Ginny Dansby

Bylaws Committee | Dr. Rebekah Byrd (Chair), Dr. Mike Bundy, Dr. Ginny Dansby, and Stephanie Gotay

Graduate Student Poster Committee | Stephanie Gotay (Chair), Dr. Rebekah Byrd, Dr. Jeri Lee, and Dr. Cassandra Pusateri

Membership Committee | Dr. Deborah Buchanan (Chair)

Nomination Committee | Dr. Eva Gibson and Stephanie Gotay

Social Media Chair | Dr. Claire W. Dempsey

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