About

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The West Michigan Counseling Association (WMCA) is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession.

WMCA is one of the state’s largest chapters of the Michigan Counseling Association (MCA). As a regional chapter of MCA, WMCA locally represents professional counselors in various practice settings.

By providing leadership, newsletters, conferences, and MCA representation to nearly 150 members, WMCA helps counseling professionals develop their skills and expand their knowledge base in effort to contribute to a healthier community.

2019-2020 Executive Board

  • President: Diane Schroeder (2022)
  • President-Elect: Ashley VanBemmelen (2023)
  • Past-President: Judy Bouley (2021)
  • Treasurer: Kasey Hagler (2021)
  • Secretary: Angie Pulera (2020)
  • High School Representative: Lacy Otteman (2022)
  • High School Representative: Brittany DeWitt (2021)
  • Middle School Representative: Deanna Coyne (2021)
  • Middle School Representative: MaryAnn Harris (2022)
  • Elementary School Representative: Hillary DeRidder (2021)
  • Elementary School Representative: Amy Hallead (2022)
  • Representative at Large: Kate DeVries (2021)
  • Representative at Large: Karyn Moulton (2022)
  • Representative at Large: Gerry Verwey (2022)
  • Community Liaison: Anthony Muller (appointed)
  • Marketing/Advertising: Dori Castignola (appointed)
  • Membership: Renee Hartman (appointed)
  • MCA Governing Council Representative: Ashley VanBemmelen (2021)
  • Website: Ashley VanBemmelen (appointed)
  • WMCA Historian: Vacant
  • Graduate Student Representative: Alexis Johnson (appointed)

Please note that we often have open positions on the WMCA Executive Board. If you are interested, please apply for membership and include areas of interest on the form or contact Diane Schroeder directly at diane.schroeder489@outlook.com.

The year in parentheses, following each name, indicates the year through which each board member will serve.  Committee chair positions are appointed and are indicated by the word “appointed” following the names.