Linda Thompson, Ph.D., LPC
Linda Thompson has been in the field of mental health for almost 30 years as a clinician, administrator and educator. She holds a masters degree in Counseling and a doctorate degree from Saint Louis University in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dr. Thompson is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and Pennsylvania, and has served as an executive board member for the MOAMFT and PCA. She also serves as a public reviewer for NIMH.
In the area of addictions and offender counseling, Dr. Thompson was chosen to serve on the Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force under Senator Kennedy, served on the Perinatal Substance Abuse Advisory Board in Missouri, and appointed as the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Women’s and Children’s treatment coordinator which included oversight of correctional programs.
She also received a gubernatorial appointment under two governors in Missouri as Director of Senior and Disability Services, overseeing all services to seniors and those with disabilities, and adult protective services.
Dr. Thompson currently serves as Clinical Director of Belmont Northeast Wellness Center, a partial hospital within the Acadia Healthcare system in Philadelphia, PA.
Regina R. Moro, Ph.D., LCAS, NCC
Regina is currently an Associate Professor at Boise State University. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with her Ph.D. in Counseling, as well as with a graduate certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling.
Regina has presented and published at the international, national, and state level and her research interests include addictions interventions across the addiction spectrum, counselor student development, multicultural counseling, as well as counselors working in integrated care settings.
Regina has served in IAAOC leadership as the chair of the IAAOC Membership Committee and as the Graduate Student Representative from 2010-2013.
Geneva M. Gray, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Geneva M. Gray, PhD, LPC, NCC, CPCS is an assistant professor in the Counseling Department at Argosy University - Atlanta Campus. Dr. Gray received her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Practice from Georgia State University in 2008. She is a licensed professional counselor in Georgia and provides clinical services for children, adolescence, and families. Her interest areas are counselor education, addiction, multiculturalism, and LGBTQIQ awareness in counseling.
Argosy University - Atlanta
980 Hammond Drive Suite 100
Atlanta GA 30328
Angie Wilson, Ph.D., LPC
Angie Wilson is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at the University of North Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Master of Arts in counseling, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, all from Sam Houston State University.
Her research agenda addresses the success of children from absent-father homes, offender and addictions counseling issues, and issues within counselor education. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed publications and has several years of clinical experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor–Supervisor (Texas) and a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider (Texas).
Dr. Wilson’s clinical background includes work with incarcerated adults, civilly committed sexual offenders, mandated clients, and youth.
She is former committee chair of the process addictions committee, the current committee chair of the sex offender treatment and rehabilitation committee, and she was awarded the IAAOC 2016 Outstanding Addiction/Offender Professional Award.
Simone Lambert, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Simone Lambert, Ph.D., LPC, NCC. Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Argosy University. Dr. Lambert is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is an IAAOC Past President.
Her clinical and research Interests are: Substance abuse prevention and addictions counseling; Counseling Children, Couples, and Families; Counselor Wellness and Disaster Mental Health; Play Therapy; and Private Practice.
Counseling Programs, Argosy, DC
1550 Wilson Blvd., Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22209
Susan Furr, Ph.D.
Susan has 20 years direct counseling experience as a school and university psychologist. She currently is a professor of counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she teaches courses in grief and loss counseling, crisis intervention, leading and designing structured groups as well as core courses. She has a strong interest in the area of the interconnection between grief and substance abuse.
Department of Counseling
College of Education, 241D
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC 28223
Connie T. Jones, PhD, NCC, ACS
Connie Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a graduate of the Counselor Education program at Virginia Tech - Blacksburg Campus. Besides being the IAAOC Connect Editor, she is also the chair of the Reentry Committee.
Her clinical and research interests include: social justice, multiculturalism, African-American mental health, addictions, offenders with substance use disorders, and the collaboration between community mental health and the criminal justice system.
Trevor J. Buser, Ph.D., LPC, BCC
Dr. Buser is an associate professor at Rider University in the Counseling Services program. He has worked as a college counselor and is a certified school counselor and licensed professional counselor.
His research centers on three primary areas: process addictions (e.g., nonsuicidal self-injury), childhood emotional abuse, and innovative methods in counselor training (e.g., mindfulness practice). He is a past president of IAAOC.
Pamela S. Lassiter, Ph.D., LPCS, LCAS, LMFT, CCS
Dr. Lassiter is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has over 20 years of counseling and clinical supervision experience and has served as a counselor educator for more than 10 years.
Her research areas are focused on multicultural counseling, specifically LGBTQQ issues in counseling, multicultural competency and substance abuse counseling, and multicultural clinical supervision. She is a past president of IAAOC.
James W. Gordon, MA, LAC, NCC
James W. Gordon is an licensed associate counselor and holds a Masters in the Mental Health Counseling from Kean University, Union, NJ. He is a clinician in community agency settings in northern New Jersey.
Mr. Gordon retired from software application development in May, 2013. He had been employed by a major life insurer for his nearly 28 year software career. Jim holds a masters degree in Information Systems from Drexel University.
Leigh Falls Holman, Ph.D., LPCS, RPTS, ACS, NCC
Although Dr. Holman has been a counselor educator for over 7 years, she has worked with clients in a variety of settings for 20 years including outpatient agency and private practice; in-patient dual diagnosis and impaired professionals units; PHP and IOP; residential treatment; and corrections facilities. The primary focus of her work is with individuals struggling with substance and process addictions as well as individuals challenged with acting out interpersonal violence.
She has supervised both pre- and post-graduate counseling interns in addiction and offender settings and has served as a program consultant to community-based addiction programs and the Dallas County District Attorney’s projects on Prostitution Diversion and ‘John’ Diversion. In an attempt to employ the latest neurobiological research in clinical settings, Dr. Holman utilizes experiential techniques including interpersonal process and relational psychodynamic techniques as well as sand-tray, activity therapy, and play therapy techniques in counseling addicts and offenders of all ages and their families. She is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy and has published on this topic in the International Journal of Play Therapy.
In 2013 IAAOC recognized her contributions to the profession as an Outstanding Counseling Professional, due to her efforts to raise awareness about competency issues related to screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of process/behavioral addictions. Part of these efforts included publishing an educational website for professionals about process addictions (http://processaddictions.weebly.com). During her tenure as the IAAOC process addictions committee chair/co-chair she led several research projects resulting in multiple presentations and publications for committee members.
She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Addiction and Offender Counseling, the flagship journal for IAAOC, for four years and published in the journal as well. She also serves as the Associate Editor of Theory and Practice for the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, the flagship journal of the American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA). AMHCA also recognized Dr. Holman as a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders, as well as two other specializations, Child and Adolescent Counseling and Trauma Counseling.
She has presented at the American Counseling Association’s annual conference as part of the Addiction Track with sessions sponsored by IAAOC and also by the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) addressing research and clinical competence related to process addictions and application of neuro-sequential interventions with addiction and offender populations. In addition to ACA conventions, she has presented on these issues at conferences sponsored by AARC, the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), the Southern Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (SACES), Texas Counseling Association (TCA) and Texas Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (TACES).
Based on her experiences working in correctional settings and her service at the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development’s (AMCD) service projects, Dr. Holman as asked by AMCD to organize a co-sponsored service day with IAAOC at the ACA convention in New Orleans, her hometown. Following this event, her contribution was solicited for a book on 101 Careers in Counseling regarding counseling in correctional settings.
Christine Chasek, Ph.D., LIMHP, LADC
Christine Chasek s an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Kearney in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology and the Director of the Behavioral Healthcare Center of Nebraska-Kearney. Her research interests include addiction counseling, attitudes of providers about addictions counseling, counselor preparation and clinical outcomes.
Christine is also a practicing mental health and drug and alcohol counselor working with a diverse client population. She has experience in behavioral health care administration most currently serving as the Director of the Behavioral Healthcare Center of Nebraska-Kearney focused on developing the behavioral healthcare workforce across the state of Nebraska and inter-professional training.
Dr. Chasek also serves as the Chairman of the Nebraska Alcohol and Drug Licensing Board, the Institutional Review Board, and Chair of the Nebraska Division of Addiction and Offender Counselors. Prior to serving as the Membership Chair for IAAOC, Christine served as the Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee.
Christine’s philosophy of treatment and teaching style is based on the individual’s strengths, resiliency and a positive therapeutic and teaching relationship. Her passions are spending time with her three children and husband, reading, watching sports, and being actively involved in church activities.
Jennifer McClendon LPC, LCADC, NCC
Jennifer McClendon is a co-adjunct professor at Rutgers University in the School of Addictions Studies. She has worked in the substance use disorder field for 15 years. Her areas of research and interest are co-occurring disorders (substance use and mental health), ex-offender counseling, and teaching seminars on the many facets of substance use disorder counseling.
Governing Council Rep
IAAOC Connect Editor