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

 

Chris Clark

Chris Clark
WCA 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.

Bill Howell
WCA President Elect

Bill Howell, LPC, NCC has been at CWCC for over 3 years.  He is the Director of Youth and Family Services.  He has been actively involved in various community and a agency trainings. 

Andrea McGrath

Andrea McGrath
WCA Secretary

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

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.

Amanda DeDiego

Amanda DeDiego
WCA Past President

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.

Andrew Southerland

Andrew Southerland
WCA Graduate Student Representative

Andrew Southerland, MS, is currently a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he is also an instructor for undergraduate counseling courses at the University of Wyoming and the mental health specialist for the University of Wyoming’s Athletic Department, where he provided counseling services to student-athletes. Prior to his doctoral program, he was a university counseling center counselor, where he worked primarily with international students and athletes.