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

 

Amanda DeDiego

Amanda DeDiego
WCA President

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.

Chris Clark

Chris Clark
WCA President Elect

 Chris Clark M.Ed. LPC NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor, CEO and co-founder of Wellness Associates, LLC with his wife of 17 years Kristine Clark in Rock Springs WY. He takes a multidisciplinary approach to behavior change and treating people from a holistic view. He has been a counselor in Wyoming since 2009 specializing in working with blue collar workers and their families. He holds a BA in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC Chapel Hill and a Master of Education in Counseling from NC State University. He completed his master’s internship in Health Psychology at Duke Integrative Medicine. He teaches wellness, sport psychology, and yoga at Western Wyoming Community College. He is father to four energetic boys.

Kirk Thiemann

Kirk Thiemann
WCA Secretary

Kirk Thiemann, M.COUN. PPC NCC, is proud to be a parent, spouse, child, counselor, and WCA member. He received his BA and MS Counseling degrees from Idaho State University. He has experience in personal, career, and academic counseling in the college setting. Additionally, he has some experience working with children/teens and their families in the community counseling setting. In addition to Kirk’s current full time position as an academic and career counselor at the University of Wyoming (UW), he is studying part time to receive his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at UW. He is very interested in how systemic change can be a part of individual and group wellbeing. On a personal level, Kirk enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family, playing musical instruments, and traveling to visit family in Idaho and Alaska.

Julie Laib

Julie Laib
WCA Treasurer

Julie Laib, MS LPC LAT, is in her ninth 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 8 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.

Deb Starks

Deb Starks
WCA Past 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 Legislative Advocate

Lindsay Simineo, Ma, LPC, NCC lives in Cheyenne, WY where she conducts her private practice at Yana Counseling, LLC. 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.

Andrea McGrath

Andrea McGrath
WCA Graduate Student Representative

Andrea McGrath, MA LPC LAC, is currently a first-year doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program at the University of Wyoming. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Creighton University, and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, from the University of Denver. She is an LPC  in  Wyoming, as well as an LPC  and LAT  in Colorado. After completing her master’s degree, she worked for approximately 7 years treating adults with mental health and substance use concerns in Colorado, both in outpatient and residential settings, most recently working at the Jefferson Center for Mental Health. Andrea also worked with children with autism in a respite program through the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver. Some of her areas of interest include substance use and co-occurring disorders, underserved populations, counselor education, and supervision.