Mark Pope, Ed.D.

Dr. Mark Pope is Thomas Jefferson Professor and Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. He has held the highest positions in professional counseling and psychology in the U.S. In 2014, Dr. Pope was named a Living Legend of Counseling by the American Counseling Association. In 2018, Dr Pope was the inaugural recipient of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling Mark Pope Social Justice and Advocacy Award. this award was named in his honor "for his lifetime of work in leadership, scholarship, and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community for justice, visibility, and acceptance." In 2004, Dr. Pope was selected for the OUT 100 as "one of the major contributors to lesbian and gay culture in the U.S."

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Joy S. Whitman, PhD

Joy S. Whitman, PhD is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Missouri and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois. She currently is Core Faculty at The Family Institute of Northwestern University in the master’s Counseling@Northwestern program. She was the President of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling, the Governing Council representative for the division, and a member of the ACA Ethics Committee. Joy serves as a founding member of The International Academy for LGBT+ Psychology and Related Fields and on the editorial board member for the Journal of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling. She is the co-editor of The Therapist’s Notebook for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients, the co-editor of Preparing the Educator in Counselor Education, and the co-editor of  Skill Development in Counselor Education. She maintains a private practice in Missouri where she counsels adults and couples and focuses her practice on working with the LGBTQ communities.

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Patricia Arredondo, EdD

Patricia Arredondo, EdD, has dedicated her career to addressing multicultural competencies in counseling and psychology training, research, and practice. She brings cultural worldviews into all areas of clinical practice in order to ground or contextualize the clinical applications. She has authored books, book chapters, journal articles, and training videos on culture-centered counseling, working with Latinx families, immigrant identity development, and women’s leadership.

Dr. Arredondo is a past president of ACA and AMCD, founding member of CSJ, and currently an Elder on the JMCD board of reviewers. She is a servant leader.