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

 

Bill Howell

Bill Howell
WCA President

Bill Howell, LPC, NCC has been at CWCC for over 3 years as the Director of Youth and Family Services. He has an LPC in Wyoming and is a member of the NBCC. He has been actively involved in various community and a agency trainings. Bill is married with two wonderful boys. He currently serves as Vice President of NAMI Wyoming and is involved in several community committees.

Shelly McAlpin

Shelly McAlpin
WCA President Elect

Shelly McAlpin graduated from the University of Wyoming’s with a Master of Science in Counseling Mental Health. She also holds a Master’s in Political Science and Foreign Policy and a Bachelor’s of Psychology and Administration of Justice also from the University of Wyoming. Shelly is a Provisional Licensed Counselor at Three Trails EFAP. Shelly uses Person Centered and Solution Focused Therapy, together with Cognitive Behavioral tools when working with clients. Outside of the center, Shelly is an Executive Director for a local nonprofit and has been with them for 13 years. Her resume includes over 16 years of experience in nonprofit management; grant administration; and advocacy for social justice. She believes in service and advocacy, particularly to those who are marginalized and seeks to have their voices heard. Shelly spends her recreational time with her husband and daughter fishing the wonderful waters of Wyoming and traveling to new places.

Rebecca Edelman

Rebecca Edelman
WCA Secretary

RebeccaAnne Edelman M.Ed, MA, NCC is 2nd year doctoral student at the University of Wyoming studying Counselor Education and supervision. She obtained her MA in Counseling from Wake Forest University with a focus on schools. Previously, she has worked in schools and mental health clinics in NC. She currently serves as President Elect for Chi Sigma Iota, Mu Nu Tau chapter at UW and interns as a Mental Health Specialist with the University of Wyoming Athletics Department. 

Amanda DeDiego

Amanda DeDiego
WCA Treasurer

Amanda DeDiego, PhD, NCC is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at the University of Wyoming. She is based at the Branch Campus in Casper and helped to restart the Casper cohort for the counseling program in 2016. 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 Past President

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.

Kody Roper

Kody Roper
WCA Graduate Student Representative

Kody Roper, M.Ed., LPC (CO & WY), NCC, is currently a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he is also a Clinic Coordinator for the WellSprings Counseling Clinic at the University of Wyoming. Before entering the doctoral program, he was a Therapist and Interim Clinical Director at the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center, located in Northern Colorado. Kody is passionate about teaching clinical coursework in both clinical mental health and career counseling at the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University.