Board of Directors

About Our Leadership

Our Board of Directors is made up of elected IAMFT members in good standing who volunteer their time and effort to promote the professional well-being of all MFT’s in the State of Indiana.  Each Board of Director is voted into office by the IAMFT membership in accordance to our Bylaws.  Elections for open spots on our IAMFT Board of Directors occurs each election cycle once a year.  Terms of board service typically are limited to two years, with the exception of the positions of President-elect, President, and Past President.  IAMFT has four standing committees including Conference, Elections, Legislative, and Membership.  Terms of service for committee work is not time-limited for those members who wish to volunteer, with the exception of the Elections Committee whose members are elected for a two year term.  All Committees include both Board and non-board IAMFT members who give graciously of their time to work in specific areas of interest on behalf of IAMFT.

Our committees are always open to new non-board members who wish to volunteer, but can not make long term commitments (running for office).  If you are interested in volunteering, please make your interest known by contacting IAMFT at [email protected] or by contacting our elections committee directly at [email protected].

President

Robert A. Atchison


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I am the Division Chair of the Graduate Counseling Division at Indiana Wesleyan University and the Director of Clinical Training.  These opportunities allow me to play a part in connecting counselors-in-training to our community through our Graduate Counseling Clinics in Marion and Indianapolis while also coordinating strong working relationships between students and internship sites. I also get to protect the integrity of the profession in both of my roles by ensuring the students that we graduate are highly qualified to provide the best care to the clients they serve.  Prior to my current role, most of my time in the MFT field has included experience as a therapist, clinical supervisor, and regional supervisor of a nationally recognized in-home agency where I helped to initiate six offices across Southern and Central Indiana. Most of my experiences have been with families with kids at-risk of being removed from the home due to emotional and behavioral disturbances.

 

My PhD is in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Trauma and Crisis.  Besides being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Indiana, I also am National Certified Counselor and AAMFT- Approved Supervisor. My current volunteer service is with the Red Cross in Disaster Mental Health and the Service to the Armed Forces where I am trained to do Reconnection Workshops.  My current research interests include attachment in military families, which was the focus of my dissertation.

 

My top priority is my wife and four kids, which keeps life fun! I love the opportunity to invest in the next generation of my family lineage.  Also, a passion of mine is competing in endurance events.  In our profession we preach self-care, so I try to put that into practice.  If you happen to be competing in a local event, then give me a shout!

President-Elect

Laura K. Snyder


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Laura Snyder is a graduate of the University of Kentucky's Couple and Family Therapy program and has been a member of the IAMFT Board since 2015. Laura has served as the Elections Chair previously and is currently serving as both Legislative Chair and President-Elect. Laura provides outpatient therapy services at LifeSolutions Counseling in Noblesville and is also a clinical supervisor there for a team of community-based therapists and caseworkers. It is important to Laura that IAMFT be a strong advocate for the needs of MFTs across the state and be a resource for them to turn to, whether they are looking for continuing education, networking, or a place to share goals and concerns. Laura particularly wants Indiana's next generation of MFTs to know their perspectives are valued and to create space for them to speak up about how IAMFT can best support them. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and taking walks with their dog.

Immediate Past President

Nenetzin A. Stoeckle


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Secretary

Margaret J. Collingwood


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Treasurer

Mark Rubens


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Mark Rubens was elected to the Treasurer position in 2020. While on the board, his focus has been on membership initiatives and student development. He received his Masters in MFT from the School of Professional Psychology at the Forest Institute in 2015 and is licensed, while working as a school-based therapist for Cummins Behavioral Health Systems.

Member at Large

Michael McCully


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I graduated from Earlham College with a major in Classical Studies and a minor in Religious Studies. Afterward, I spent several years at the Earlham School of Religion, studying reconstructive postmodernism, peace and justice issues, and spiritual direction. I left to pursue my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University, where I met my beloved wife.

Since 2011, I have worked with individuals, couples, and families--as a counselor at a substance use hospital, as an outpatient therapist in community mental health, as a home-based therapist helping to reunify families, and as a counselor using EMDR to help heal survivors of crimes, such as domestic violence. I’ve been in my own private practice since 2019, where I particularly enjoy helping individuals and couples heal from anxiety and depression and to improve their relationships.

I'm a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT and a board member of IAMFT. I believe it's important to keep IAMFT sustainable, to advocate for MFTs throughout the state, and to be in communication with other mental health professionals--as befits a systemic thinker. I’m also a member of Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling (QPCC). I've been a guest lecturer on Marriage and Family Therapy theory in several classes at Butler University and would like to work also as an adjunct professor.

In my spare time, I enjoy finding new ways to avoid washing dishes, debating whether to get a doctorate, pining to play Dungeons & Dragons, and very occasionally jogging around my neighborhood, where I live with my beloved wife and our fur-baby--a seventy-pound pit-mix, named Dover.

Member at Large

Julia A. Pratt


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Associate Representative

Mialauni Griggs


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Student Representative

Ayo Lincoln


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Board Member - Region Representative - Region 1

Cezanne M. Elias


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Cezanne Elias is a clinical assistant professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Purdue University. She earned her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University. In addition to her active clinical practice, her research focuses on how health and resilience impact individuals, caregivers, and subsystems within and outside of the family system. Her current work also includes the examination of best educational practices and pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning. Cezanne is excited to represent Region 1 and engage with members to in order to meet their needs.  

Board Member - Region Representative - Region 2

Maria O. Willey


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Board Member - Region 3

Denise A. Nicholas Williams


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Board Member - Region 4

William E. Utesch


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Committees & Liaisons

 

Conference Committee

Robert Atchison
Julia Pratt

Elections Committee

Micah Brown
Adam Carroll

Legislative Committee

Kurt Gregory
Laura Snyder

Membership Committee

Julia Pratt

Newsletter

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