2017 CALPCC Board of Directors Ballot


2017 CALPCC Board of Directors Ballot

We are pleased to present to you the candidates listed below for the open positions on the CALPCC Board of Directors. We hope you will carefully review the qualifications and statements of all candidates before voting.  The candidate statements are below the ballot.  Please submit your ballot by midnight on June 19, 2017.

Thank you for participating in our seventh election!

Voting Closed on June 19th.  Thank you!


Shyrea Minton
Assistant Professor, California State University, Northridge
10 yrs. in Counseling Field
LPCC 251

I have served on the CALPCC board for the last 3 years, as a board director from 2014-2015, and as the board secretary from 2015-2017. I am running for the position of President-Elect because I remain passionate about strengthening our abilities to advocate for LPCCs and pre-licensed individuals in California while offering added services to members. As the President Elect, I seek to continue the mission of advocacy and also create clearer processes for the current work the board does, and connect this work with the goals of CALPCC’s strategic plan to strengthen our position in the state. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at California State University, Northridge, where I co-coordinate the MS in Counseling – School Counseling emphasis program, and the Professional Clinical Counseling sub-option program. My research currently focuses on professional identity and professional associations and improving outcomes for African-American youth in P-12 education through the provision of counseling.


Anita Sankar
Associate Professor, Program Director, MA in Clinical Counseling
Alliant University
20 years in Counseling Field

I am interested in serving on the Board as I am passionate about ensuring LPCCs get a fair shake in CA. Obstacles and barriers to professional opportunities for LPCCs still exist especially at the county level, and more professional advocacy work and public outreach is needed. As a transplant from the East Coast, it is still jarring to me that many still do not understand who LPCCs are and what they do. As PD for the SUNY Buffalo Singapore MA Counseling program, I felt proud that we played a vital role in educating and enhancing the understanding of many education personnel in Singapore through our degree program and through several workshops about the role of school counselors, a relatively new profession in Singapore. I believe networking, outreach, and interfacing with important governing bodies are vital skills for a Board member position, and I have had experience working with the Ministry of Education in Singapore, and working as part of a consortium of faculty at the state level interfacing with the Dept. of Education to set training standards and discuss professional issues.

Slate for Directors

Vote for four candidates

Sarah Callow-St. George
Private Practice
8 years in Counseling Field

My first experience with CALPCC dates back to 2010 when it was known as CCCL, and California had just passed a bill to accept licensed professional counselors. I was working toward my license in Chicago, IL, but planning a move to California. The CCCL was an amazing resource that I was fortunate enough to have assist in guiding me through the transition. Since my move to California, I have encountered many setbacks in achieving my clinical license, including losing a year of supervision that was obtained out of state. CALPCC has been a tremendous support and resource in my endeavors to get licensed in the state of California, and now that I have passed the NCMHCE (May 9, 2017 – my license number is pending), I look forward to giving back to the association that I feel provided me with so much. I have extensive counseling and administrative experience and have served in leadership roles personally and professionally throughout my entire life. I hope to use my skill set as well as my experience getting licensed as an LPCC in the state of California to serve others in my field.

Julie Chronister
Associate Professor
San Francisco State University
25 years in Counseling Field

My commitment to the growth, advocacy, and inclusion of LPCC is unwavering. I have a long history of advocating for counselor parity and articulating counselor identity, roles, and functions. I am well versed in and have a deep understanding of, best practices for counselor-training, program evaluation, accreditation, and licensure. I have been exposed to various counselor licensure laws, their content, and the generative force that licensure carries. I have advocated for the inclusion of LPCC in state, federal and community-based agencies, and spearheaded SF State’s new LPCC program. I have worked with the BBS to evaluate LPCC program applications and bring 25 years of counseling and counselor education experience. I am committed to ensuring our law and training programs are responsive to the changing landscape of professional counseling. I will bring organizational, writing, and diplomacy skills to the board, and a firm commitment to ensuring our profession is well represented

Jessica Guilfoyle
Program Coordinator/Marriage and Family Therapist
Vanguard University
5 Years in Counseling Field

My interest in serving as a Board Director of CALPCC is to help grow CALPCC and the LPCC license through California by providing awareness, advocacy, and education. As a counselor educator and member of the mental health community, I meet with many students and people who are unaware of the LPCC license in California and this has driven my desire to help bring awareness. I have a passion for helping to educate students and the community about the license, the LPCC scope of practice, and other relevant information that helps to enhance LPCC’s and the counseling profession in California. My desire is to bring understanding and education to the mental health field, to help promote and bring light the LPCC license in California, to advocate for CALPCC and LPCC licensure, and to represent the CALPCC.

Diana Herweck
Clinical Director
University of Phoenix
LPCC 1064
27 years in Counseling Field

I would love to have the opportunity to serve on the Board to be a part of bringing greater awareness to the LPC profession and to see it continue to grow in California. Serving on the Board would allow me the opportunity to continue advocating for both mental health counseling students as well as professional clinical counselors. As an educator for the past 15+ years, I have been able to join hundreds of mental health counseling and family therapy students on their educational journeys. I have been active in the development of the MFT profession through the CA Consortium and other activities, and I would love to do the same for LPCs. I hope to be able to lend my hand to the development of workshops and conferences as well as support those who provide education and training to students and professionals in the field.

David Peterson
Cal State LA
30 years in Counseling Field

I have been a counselor educator for 21 years and practiced in various capacities as a counselor since 1988. I received my first license as an LMHC in 1997, and since pursued my Ph.D. and have taught in counselor education programs at the University of Iowa, New York University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and now Cal State LA. I am an approved CACREP site visitor for Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, and Traditional Rehabilitation Counseling specialties.

When I moved to Cal State LA, the LPCC was imminent, but my colleagues were skeptical at first (MFT, School Counseling, and Rehabilitation Counseling), but with enthusiastic advocacy I encouraged that cross-walks be developed for all three programs, and so they exist today, with the culmination of our development of a Certificate in Clinical Counseling containing coursework for those who need it to satisfy the BBS requirements. Now I am very busy trying to educate the greater Los Angeles community regarding the attributes of the LPCC, and the value of including our students in their supervision protocols, which is where my current advocacy resides.

Karen Quek
Program Director
Bethel University, Bethel Seminary San Diego
LPCC 287
24 years in Counseling Field

Through service as a Board member, I would like to advocate, support and maintain the highest quality of mental health services, education, training and scholarship in the field of clinical counseling. I would like to build an inclusive LPCC/PCCI community by producing graduates/clinicians who possess knowledge, skills and cultural understanding that can transcend borders. I bring to the board my experiences and knowledge as a commissioner, an educator, a clinician and program director. I served as a commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) from 2014-2016. Licensed both as an LMFT and LPCC, I teach and direct a mental health counseling program at Bethel University, San Diego. Dedicated to the improvement of treating individuals and couples in distress, I offer culturally and gender sensitive approaches to therapy for greater effectiveness. Nationally and internationally, I have worked in various mental health settings.