Meet Our Officers

The officers of the Wyoming Counseling Association are the foundational elements that hold our organization together and make us constantly strive to reach higher heights.

Over the course of the last year, the officers of our organization have created a forward-moving momentum taking the Association to the next level. They are constantly evaluating the best ways to help make each one of our member’s experiences as part of the organization better! During the first half of 2014, the officers have helped facilitate the development and launch of this new website. The goal to enhance the overall value members receive as part of joining the WCA is being realized in the new website. Goals included enhancing the means of communication, easier collaboration of ideas with one another, provide support and outreach to each WCA member, and make it easier for members to access important information related to the Association through the ease of the Internet. We are looking forward to continually improve the WCA to provide you, the member, with the best experience possible!

Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. Mattie Stepanek

Our Experienced Officers

 

Deb Starks

Deb Starks
WCA President

Deb, MS, LPC, NCC, is a recent transplant, (2012) from Casper to Riverton, Wyoming where she works in Student Services at Central Wyoming College as a Counselor and Disability Services Coordinator. In Casper she worked at Central Wyoming Counseling Center with the school-based counseling program and then with outpatient substance abuse. Her background includes an interest in social justice issues and extensive administration and program development with Casper agencies including CASA, Seton House and the UW/CC Trio program. With her move, Deb now enjoys being closer to her family and the Wind River and Teton Mountain Ranges for hiking and photography.

Lindsay Siminoe

Lindsay Siminoe
WCA Interim Executive Director

Lindsay Simineo, Ma, LPC, NCC lives in Cheyenne, WY where she conducts her private practice at Fleming Associates. Lindsay sees all populations in her practice but focuses on the needs of adolescents, people who are homebound, and the use of Christian Theology in counseling. Lindsay specializes in self-harm, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and is working on becoming a certified clinical supervisor. Lindsay is the Legislative Advocate for the WCA, and the secretary for WY-ASERVIC. Goals that Lindsay has professionally and for her role(s) with the WCA include: advocating for stronger child abuse laws for the state, encouraging networking with lobbyists and other legislative advocates in order to promote the profession, promoting membership among student and Millennial professionals.

Amanda DeDiego

Amanda DeDiego
WCA Secretary & President-Elect

Amanda DeDiego, PhD, NCC is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at the University of Wyoming. She is based at the Outreach Campus in Casper and helped to restart the Casper cohort for the counseling program this year. She also serves as the Chapter Faculty Advisor for the Mu Nu Tau Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honor Society for UW. She has a PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee and holds a MS in Community Counseling from the University of North Georgia. She specializes in group work, specifically with youth using Adventure Based Counseling.

Julie Laib

Julie Laib
WCA Treasurer

Julie is in her fifth year serving as Treasurer of the Wyoming Counseling Association. She is a licensed professional counselor providing mental health and addiction treatment in Northwest Wyoming in a private practice setting. She has been providing outpatient treatment for 7 years. She is a Wyoming native and proud mother of two boys and grandmother of two beautiful granddaughters. She and her husband love living close to Yellowstone National Park.

Candise Leininger

Candise Leininger
WCA Past President

Candise Leininger, MS, GCDF, NCC, LPC served as WCA Secretary. She is in private practice in Cheyenne, WY with Time to Thrive Counseling and Consulting. She served for two years as the Director of Psychological Health for the Wyoming Army National Guard in Cheyenne, WY and before that was in private practice in Casper, WY. She specializes in treating individuals with military, sexual, and childhood trauma, technology assisted therapies, career development, and enjoys public speaking. Her husband, Dr. Bruce Leininger, is a Neuropsychologist and the Team Leader of the Cheyenne VET Center serving combat veterans in this region. They are proud parents of two wonderful daughters.