Board of Directors


 

Executive Officers

 

Andrea Meyer – President

Dr. Meyer is the Assistant Program Director of the Master of Family Therapy Program  at Mercer University’s School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the medical school. Dr. Meyer received her Ph.D. from Florida State University, M.S. from Purdue University, and her B.S./B.A. from the University of Georgia. Dr. Meyer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She has worked therapeutically with children, couples, and families since 2001. Dr. Meyer is a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT and a member of the National Council on Family Relations and the Collaborative Family Health Association. Dr. Meyer has participated on marriage and family therapy boards in both Florida and Georgia. Recently she was the Vice President for GAMFT for 4 years.


Adam Albrite – Vice President

Dr. Albrite lives and works in the Metropolitan Atlanta Area. Prior to being elected as vice president, he served as chair of the Metro Atlanta Chapter. He privileges building strong community partnerships and strategic decision-making from the bottom-up. In addition to his therapy practice, he regularly consults with organizations assisting them in program development, interpersonal skills, and company culture.


Jennifer Lambert-Shute – Treasurer

Dr. Jennifer Lambert-Shute, is a professor in the Master’s Marriage and Family Therapy program at Valdosta State University. She has been active in GAMFT since 2010, and has been an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and an AAMFT approved supervisor for over 10 years. As a therapist, she is committed to exploring clients’ perspectives and understanding their context and how this connects to the presenting issues. Her primary research interest focuses on issues in training marriage and family therapists, working with older adults, and assisting students in becoming researchers in their own right.


Jennifer Vann – Secretary

Jennifer has been involved with GAMFT since she moved to GA in 2006.  After graduating from the University of Kentucky she found her home in GA and has served in many capacities including student representative, chapter secretary, and membership chair.  Currently Jennifer is chair of the North Metro chapter and also serves on the Elections Committee.  She works in private practice in Marietta at Cornerstone Family Services, LLC working with families, adolescents, couples, and providing supervision to pre-licensed clinicians (AAMFT Supervisor-In-Training).


Bowden Templeton – Past President

Dr. Bowden Templeton is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Family Therapy Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM). His teaching, practice, and research interests focus on the integration of behavioral health and medical family therapy in primary care, particularly in the rural and underserved areas of Georgia. Dr. Templeton has been actively involved with GAMFT for over 18 years in a variety of capacities including Student/Associate Representative, Approved Supervisor Chair, Treasurer, and President. He also works closely with COAMFTE as a site visitor and member of the Eligibility Criteria Review Committee. Dr. Templeton received a doctorate in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in Family Therapy from MUSM specializing in families dealing with chronic illness. He is a Georgia Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor.


Kara McDaniel – President-Elect

Over the past 19 years, Kara has worked in a variety of clinical, healthcare, and academic settings. In September 2014, Kara became founder/owner of her own private practice, Lifescapes Counseling Services, LLC, which is located in Alpharetta, Georgia. Additionally, Kara teaches clinical courses within the master’s level Marriage and Family Therapy Programs at both Mercer University and Northcentral University and provides post-graduate supervision for those seeking licensure as a MFT and/or LPC. Since 2016, Kara has been actively involved with GAMFT, serving as both Elections Committee member and currently, Elections Committee Chair. In her spare time, Kara enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and playing tennis.


 

Committee Leadership

 

Elizabeth Bizzell – Approved Supervisor Chair

Elizabeth Bizzell is a LMFT and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is Clinical Director and COO of Dynamic Interventions, Inc in Warner Robins, GA. Elizabeth graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine in 2005 with a Masters of Family Therapy. Elizabeth practices with an emphasis on children and adolescents and on parent-child attachment.


Jeff Bickers – Continuing Education Chair

Jeff Bickers, LMFT, has been in private practice in Valdosta, Ga, since 2000.  Previously, he worked at Greenleaf Center, Valdosta and Charter Augusta working with children and adolescents.  He has been licensed since 1996.  Jeff has served on the GAMFT Board in different capacities since 2007. He was SGAMFT Chapter Chair for 4 years, was the Continuing Ed Chair for 4 years and has been Treasurer for 3 years.


Adam Froerer – Elections Chair

Dr. Adam Froerer began his MFT journey in 2004 and has lived/worked in Oregon, Texas, Illinois, and moved to Atlanta in 2015. Adam is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Adam teaches and trains clinician around the world to work from a solution focused brief therapy perspective. He focuses on couple therapy and is the primary editor of the book, Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Clients Managing Trauma Adam enjoys conducting process research that looks at therapeutic language at the mirco-level.


Tabitha McCoy – Elections Committee

Tabitha is a licensed marriage and family therapist and AAMFT approved supervisor. Tabitha received her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University and is currently working toward her doctorate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University. Tabitha has worked as an MFT for over five years and in addition to being the Clinical Coordinator for the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Valdosta State University, she also owns a small private practice located in South Georgia.


Tiana Teague – Elections Committee

Tiana Teague is associate licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master’s degree from Mercer University School of Medicine after completing her Bachelor’s at Howard University. Tiana works for an agency, Health Connect America, in Dallas GA where she provides therapy within marginalized communities. Tiana also works in private practice with Cura for Couples where she treats individuals, couples, and families.


Meg McLeroy – Ethics Chair


David Blanchard – Legislative and Governmental Affairs Chair


Membership Chair – OPEN POSITION!

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Cecil Walker – Multicultural Issues Chair

Cecil Walker works in private practice with Midtown Psychotherapy Associates in Midtown, Atlanta. He primarily treats adolescents, students, and young adults with particular interest in serving marginalized identities and providing culturally sound treatment. He received his Master’s degree from Mercer University School of Medicine after completing his Bachelor’s at Emory University. He is also a Solution-Focused Brief Therapy researcher and writer having contributed to published work and presented research at international conferences. He can be reached by phone at 470.231.9640.


Personnel Chair – OPEN POSITION!

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 Abby Culin – Public Relations Chair

Abby Culin graduated from Atlanta’s Mercer University School of Medicine MFT program in 2019. She has been a GAMFT member since 2017 and joined the board in 2020 as PR Chair. With experience in both the medical and social services systems, Abby values and prioritizes collaborative care. She believes in providing accessible and supportive mental health care and currently works for inclusive and affirming mental health practice that welcomes clients from all walks of life.


Shirley Shani Ben-Zvi – Student Representation Chair

Before moving from Israel to Georgia, Shirley was an NLP master practitioner for ten years. She also served at a suicide prevention hotline as a volunteer and as the volunteers’ training manager. She has been involved with GAMFT North Metro Chapter since 2016. Shirley holds a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University. She can be reached by phone at 770.846.2595.


Stephanie Jordan – Social Media and Technology Chair

Stephanie Jordan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Georgia and her Master degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northwestern University in Chicago. She has experience working in a variety of settings including hospital, agency and recovery center. She is a private practitioner in Atlanta specializing in couple therapy and individual therapy for adults with anxiety.


Chapter Leadership

Ashley Moore – Coastal Georgia Chair

Ashley Moore is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in children, parenting, and couples counseling in the Pooler, GA area. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Valdosta State University in 2008. During this time, she discovered her passion was working with couples and families in a therapeutic setting. This led her to complete her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University in 2010. She spent several years working in local non-profits and agencies helping children and adults find healthy solutions for their problems. She is a Certified Love and Logic Facilitator, a Certified Parent Coordinator, and a level one trained Gottman Therapist. Ashley is also an AAMFT approved supervisor in training. She currently has a private practice in Pooler, GA.


Ashley Quamme – East Georgia Chair

Ashley is a Marriage and Family Therapist in the Augusta, GA area. She has over 10 years of experience and presently maintains a private practice specializing in the treatment of couples. While Ashley works with all couples, her specialty is treating military couples and families and the unique issues that they experience. Along with being a therapist, Ashley is also a wife and mom of 2.


Dan Upshaw – Metro Atlanta Chair


Ken Cross – North Metro Chair

Rev. Ken Cross, M. Div., LMFT, is the Pastoral Therapist and Director for Christian Counseling Services. He graduated from Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, GA and then went on to get his Bachelor’s degree in education from Georgia Southern University. In 2002, he graduated with his Masters of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and is an Ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church. Ken has worked in church ministry for over 20 years. He has served on staff with churches in the Atlanta Marietta District including Bethany UMC in Smyrna and Marietta First UMC in Marietta. He began his work with Christian Counseling Services in January 2009. Ken is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and has finished his post graduate work in Marriage and Family Therapy with Mercer University. He is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia.


Andrew Benesh – Middle Georgia Chair

Dr. Andrew Benesh is Visiting Assistant Professor and Macon Clinic Coordinator for the Master of Family Therapy Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM). Dr. Benesh received his Ph.D. from Florida State University, his M.A. from Mercer university, and his B.S. from Georgia College & State University. Dr. Benesh is Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Georgia, and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Dr. Benesh is a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT, Public Policy Liaison for the Southeastern Council on Family Relations, and Camp Director for Camp to Belong Georgia.


Andrea Farnham – Northeast Georgia Chair


Northwest Georgia Chair – OPEN POSITION!

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Leah McMillan – South Georgia Chair

Leah McMillan, DPA, LMFT, EMDR Trained is a native of Miller County, Georgia. Dr. McMillan moved to Valdosta to attend Valdosta State University where she obtained her B.A. in Criminal Justice (2000), her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy (2004) and her Doctorate in Public Administration with a concentration in Higher Education (2011). While enrolled in the master’s program she completed an internship and practicum at the Moore Street Clinic, a community mental health center through Valdosta State University’s MFT program and an internship and practicum at The Haven Rape Crisis Center in Valdosta, GA. After completing her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Leah worked as a full-time Child and Adolescent therapist at Behavioral Health Services, a local community mental health service board, facilitating an intensive Day Treatment program for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children and adolescents. Previously, she worked for over 9 years at the Valdosta State University Counseling Center; the university’s mental health clinic as a Senior Staff Counselor, then as an Assistant Director, and last the Interim Director. Currently, Dr. McMillan works full-time in private practice at EnSpire Counseling & Wellness, LLC (founder/owner) in Valdosta, Georgia. She has worked in private practice for over 5 years.

Dr. McMillan has extensive clinical experience ranging from being a rape crisis advocate and domestic violence assessor for The Haven, to a child and adolescent therapist for BHS, an Intensive Family Intervention (IFI) team leader and clinical supervisor for Child and Family Guidance, and Interim Director/Assistant Director for the Valdosta State University Counseling Center. She has been clinically licensed as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2006 and is an active member (clinical fellow) of AAMFT and GAMFT. Currently, Dr. McMillan serves as Chair of the South Georgia GAMFT Chapter. Her clinical path has allowed her to gain significant knowledge and experience in the field of mental health and counseling. She provides ongoing counseling in the areas of individual (children, adolescents, and adults), family, marital/couple, and group treatments with a focus on the specialty areas and psychopathology of PTSD/trauma, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse, bereavement, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, couple/marital/pre-marital, divorce/co-parenting, and compassion fatigue/secondary traumatic stress with first responders.

Dr. McMillan specializes in an eclectic modality of therapy utilizing eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), person-centered therapy, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness. In addition to counseling, she continues to teach part-time with Valdosta State University.

She has been awarded multiple community awards from the American Counseling Association (ACA) for the Virginia Tech Pro-Boning Counseling Initiative after the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, Service to VSU’s Division of Student Affairs in 2005, and the Rape Crisis Award in 2003. Dr. McMillan was elected as part of Leadership Lowndes in 2012 and recognized for her contributions to Leadership Lowndes in 2013.

On a personal note, Dr. McMillan is married to her best friend of over twenty-one years and has two beautiful, kind and intelligent children.


South Metro Atlanta Chair – OPEN POSITION!

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Nicola Bradley – Southwest Georgia Chair


Fred Remick – West Georgia Chair