Communications, Media, & Public Relations Committee
Communication/Media and Public Relations Committee: Oversees and coordinates all non-journal and non-newsletter-related publications and media projects of IARTC with the approval of the IARTC Board. Members include regional and national diversity with an eye for talent in content and product development such as webinars, reports, briefs, website and social media content, and online Interest Networks of IARTC. This committee will need 9-10 members, divided to address website and social media; online product development; and publications and Interest Networks.
Meet The Team
Matt Walsh, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Chair
Matt Walsh obtained his PhD from Duquesne University in Counselor Education and Supervision. In addition, he has an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry, and a B.A. in Studio Art. He is a licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. He has been a professional counselor for over 10 years and was in higher education for almost 20 years. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings including crisis intervention, addiction, and dual diagnosis. In addition, Dr. Walsh is a consultant, trauma-informed workshop facilitator, and adjunct faculty. Dr. Walsh’s community engaged research focuses on community trauma from a Bioecological perspective and transgenerational/historical trauma theory. His dissertation, Designing Accessible Mental Health Care in an Urban Community: Lived experiences of key stake holders planning emergent community-based services was developed into a dynamic collaborative model for community development and wellbeing called Trauma Informed Community Development (TICD) in collaboration with The Neighborhood Resilience Project based in Pittsburgh, PA. The objective of TICD is to help revitalize trauma-affected communities by establishing and promoting healthy, healing micro-communities. Cohorts from around the country have been trained in the TICD framework. Dr. Walsh is currently the Chief Clinical Officer for Oasis Mental Health Applications.
Mandy Doria, MA, LPC, NCC
Mandy Doria is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Registered Yoga Teacher who has 14 years of experience providing mental health care in a variety of home, school, college, and community settings. As an Assistant Professor with the University of Colorado's Department of Psychiatry, she offers crisis and short-term counseling to students and resident learners at the Anschutz Medical Campus. She also offers groups, outreach, and psychoeducation presentations across campus. Mandy was recruited to lead efforts in the response to support health care workers in the COVID-19 crisis since March 2020, including developing and implementing the Past the Pandemic program, which has served over 1,000 health care workers in Colorado and 26 other states. She has extensive experience in offering training and workshops in the areas of mental health education, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, relationships, grief, burnout, mindfulness, resiliency, trauma-informed yoga, and stress management. Her passions are hiking, backpacking, dancing, coffee, and taking care of her two rescued sibling cats, Mr. Whiskers & Stevie.
Pierre Nicole Patriarca, BS
Nicole Patriarca, BS, is a current graduate student taking her MEd in Counseling & Development at George Mason University. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Assumption College, Philippines, her hometown. She is currently a graduate research assistant for GMU College of Education and Human Development’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion where she assists in the department’s efforts relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, empathy, social justice, and many others. She is also an honorary facilitator for GMU’s Honoring Our Community, an anti-racist discussion group that aims to have honest conversation about racial and social justice with the goal of cultivating an anti-racist culture and tighter sense of community. Her interests in the field of counseling include trauma, grief and loss, impact of oppression, depression, and anxiety among young adults.
Darlene B. Vaughn, PhD, CSAC, FACASAC, NCC, LPCC, ADS
is a Cherokee Appalachian American by heritage and bloodline. She grew up in the mountains of southwest Virginia with many impoverished-Appalachia experiences, traumas, and traditions. Although her expansive career in human services began in the
late 1970s, her passion emerged in the 1990s with substance abuse treatment which she provided for over 25 years across multiple populations, settings, and several states.
Recognizing trauma as a precursor to dysfunctional living, when she returned home in 2007, she focused on treatment for substance-using adolescents, adult caregivers, and adults affected by the methamphetamine and opioid pandemics in Appalachia. For over a decade Dr. Vaughn worked in rural community mental health as the sole provider of
substance abuse/co-occurring counseling services for youth and their families in five-counties. In 2014, Dr. Vaughn began transitioning to academics as a first-cohort member at Lindsey Wilson College in the School of Professional Counseling’s Counselor Education
& Supervision (CES) program. Dr. Vaughn received her PhD in May 2019.
Currently, Dr. Vaughn resides in southwest Virginia. She serves as an Assistant Professor for the School of Professional Counseling, teaching at the extended campus sites in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky, and online. Her research interests include trauma, adolescence, neuroscience, human development, substance use, spirituality, marginalized groups, diversity, Native American spirituality, and Appalachian culture.
Lisa E. Heddon, MS, LPC, NCC
Lisa is a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision PhD program at the University of Georgia and a psychotherapist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Her specialties are helping individuals heal from eating disorders, complex trauma and adverse experiences, and grief and loss. In addition to working in private practice, she is experienced evaluating and treating teens and adults of all genders in eating disorder treatment, across multiple levels of care. Lisa has completed advanced training in EMDR and is currently pursuing certification in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) alongside her doctoral studies. She works from a person-centered, attachment-based feminist perspective and is passionate about helping individuals find power and their voice through the process of therapy.
My name is Tara Robison. I am a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Walden University. I am passionate about helping others, so I created a graduate support social media platform for students who need assistance within the program at Walden. I am also the moderator/admin for the ACA interest community SWIC. I seem to favor committees that are diverse and promote ethical practices, so I am a part of the ACSSW Social Justice and Membership committees. My motto is to dream, plan, and achieve. Trauma-informed care for clients is a principal focus as I continue down the learning path toward becoming a licensed counselor. I am an advocate for the inclusion and acceptance of all clients.
I look forward to working and sharing ideas with all members!
Giovani Casseus, MA
My name is Giovani Casseus. I recently graduated from Florida State University, where I studied and obtained my masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, along with an Educational Specialist degree. Before obtaining my masters, I received my bachelors degree in Psychology, and a minor in Gender Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University. Throughout my time in my masters program Ive had the honor of being appointed to several clinical roles such as an Outpatient Therapist Intern at the Center for Couple and Family Therapy; and a Psychometrist Technician at North Florida Neuropsychology, a psychological private practice. My passion for counseling and wanting to help ameliorate issues related to trauma is heavily influenced by my personal experiences being raised in Sunrise, Florida, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. My upbringing here exposed me to the lifestyles of culturally diverse, and marginalized people who continue to experience undue hardships that increase the likelihood of experiencing trauma. My affinity for helping others has budded from my understanding of, and care for those who have been historically oppressed. My scholastic, research, and professional endeavors have been geared towards studying and working with diverse individuals, and trauma-related concepts.
Nikki Hurless, Ph.D., LPC (MO), LPC-Associate (TX), NCC
Dr. Nikki Hurless (she/her) is an assistant professor of counseling at Tarleton State University in Fort Worth, TX. Her research focuses on applying a trauma-informed lens to education, clinical supervision, and the professional development of counselors. She is also a nationally certified counselor (NCC) and EMDR provider in Missouri and Texas. Nikki advocates for improving mental health treatment and access for gender diverse /queer clients and survivors of interpersonal violence.
Tiffany Chartier, MA
Tiffany Chartier is a Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate student at Grace College. She previously obtained an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on negotiations, and a BS in Criminal Justice. Since 2016, Ms. Chartier has been a weekly inspirational and wellness columnist for several newspapers. She has served in a police department as a crime victim assistance volunteer providing crisis intervention and personal advocacy. In addition, she has been a mentor with Kids Hope USA, the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, and the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Ms. Chartier works full-time as an executive administrator for community and economic development. She is passionate about meeting people where they are and assisting in addressing trauma through healthy pathways.
Lisa Whitehead, MA, LMFT, LCDC, RPT
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor as well and a Registered Play Therapist. I am a certified EMDR therapist. I am trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Solution-focused Focused Couples Therapy, with special focuses on trauma, attachment issues, inner-child work, distressed relationships, anxiety, anger, grief, and addiction. My education includes an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University as well as an MA in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I am currently a doctoral student at the University of the Cumberlands in the Counselor Education & Supervision program with anticipated candidacy in Spring 2025. I am currently in private practice in Humble, TX a small suburb north of Houston.
My research interests include anything EMDR and trauma-related, structural dissociation, gatekeeping in the world of CES as well as BIPOC CES professional identity development.
My professional aim is to reduce barriers to quality mental health services for marginalized populations.
I am a cyclist and proud finisher of the MS 150!
Please let us know if you would like to join this dynamic committee!