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©2019 by Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness (ACSSW).

ACSSW LEADERSHIP

Executive Team

PRESIDENT

Angela Schubert, PhD, LPC, CCMHC

Dr. Angela “Angie” Schubert is a counselor educator and department chair at Central Methodist University. She earned her doctorate in counseling education and supervision from University of Missouri St. Louis in 2015.​ Dr. Schubert recently retired as Missouri State Chair for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). She held that position for six years. 

 

Her research interests focuses on intersectionality in relation to gender, age, and sexuality through a relational cultural theoretical lens. She is PI for a qualitative research study looking at how societal messages of gender influence academic self-concept and work life balance. 

She is currently going through the process of becoming an AASECT certified sex therapist and continues to advocate for comprehensive K-12 sex education and sex positive training for mental health professionals across the fields.

Email: acssw@counselingsexology.com

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Frances McClain, MA, LCPC, NCC

Ms. “Fran” McClain is a licensed clinical professional counselor and since 2010 is the Director of Clinical Training in the Counseling Psychology department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. She has worked as an adjunct associate professor since 2008. She and her wife have co-taught Human Sexuality for the last 4 years and presented their teaching approach at the ACA conference in 2017. 

She was the Program Director of Clinical Services for a community mental health center on the North Shore for 10 years prior to joining staff at TCSPP. She is currently a PhD candidate in Counseling Education & Supervision. 

Fran has presented at both state and national conferences and is on the board of editors for the Journal of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness.

Email: acssw@counselingsexology.com

TREASURER

Melissa Vandenberg, MA

Melissa attended The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) for her undergraduate degree where she minored in Business and majored in Psychology. Melissa began the Clinical Psychology graduate program at UTPB and completed one year before realizing that Counseling was more aligned with her goals and switched programs.

 

While in graduate school she was a graduate assistant and also assisted with helping student lead organizations, one of which promoted discussion around Title 9, which included sexual assault prevention and awareness. 

 

Melissa completed her internship hours at Affinity Counseling Center and S.H.A.R.E. She was also nominated as the Outstanding Graduate Student for Counseling. After graduation she went on to work for a non-profit that assisted children in the foster system. 

 

She discovered an unknown passion while working in this group and plans to pursue a path in sex therapy and sexual education.

 

Email: acssw@counselingsexology.com

Robert J. Zeglin, PhD, NCC, LMHC

Dr. Zeglin is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of North Florida.

His area of research is primarily LGBT health and human sexuality counselor competencies. 

Rob is on the editorial boards of the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling and the Journal of Counseling & Development. Rob is also the Founding Director of the Community Sexual Health Education and Research Initiative (CSHERI) in the Brooks College of Health at UNF. 

Prior to this, he was the data manager on a $24-million Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services grant to investigate HIV-related behaviors among residents of Washington, DC.

Email: acssw@counselingsexology.com

SECRETARY

Shannon Kakkar, LCPC, LMHC, NCC

Dr. Shannon Kakkar is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in Maryland and in Massachusetts (LMHC). She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).

 

Dr. Kakkar earned her BS in Psychology and M.Ed. in Counselor Education at Bridgewater State College. She earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from The Pennsylvania State University. She has ten years of clinical experience in school systems, community counseling services, and working with adults, adolescents, and families.

 

She is currently assistant professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in the Forensic Psychology program where she developed a campus-wide research lab, RCAPS. Previously Dr. Kakkar has served as the Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Houston-Victoria where she developed the Training Clinic and served as the Coordinator. Dr. Kakkar has presented at local, national, and international counseling conferences. She utilizes intersectionality, intercultural studies, and post-modern theories in her research, which focuses on minority groups, specifically the LGBTQ community and the Southeast Asian Indian population.

 

Dr. Kakkar is a member of the American Counseling Association and numerous divisions including ALGBTIC, ACC, ACES, and ASERVIC and was most recently elected to serve as the secretary of ACSSW!

Email: acssw@counselingsexology.com

SWIC ADMINISTRATOR

Cheryl Walker

Ms. Walker is a candidate to become a certified sex therapist. She received her B.S. in marketing from Hampton University in 2000 and is currently pursuing her M.S. in clinical mental health and counseling at Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Over the past 15 years, she has been an active volunteer for several non-profit organizations as well as local school communities.

Cheryl strongly believes that sexuality is a crucial component of mental wellness and the absence of an authentic and educated exploration of sexual values and sexual behaviors creates a degradation of the human spirit.

She is a recent inductee of the CSI honor society and is a member of their community involvement committee. She can be reached at cheryldwalker@comcast.net