The UMHCA Board exists to further the goals of mental health counselors in Utah. Some content listed here will only be visible by those participating in committees or those on the Board. Interested in serving on the Board? Please apply here!
Anna Lieber serves as our current President of UMHCA. Anna Lieber has over 20 years of experience in behavioral health and is the current Director of Clinical Services at Salt Lake Behavioral Health, an adjunct professor in the Master of Counseling program at Westminster, and a board member of UMHCA. Anna is a Nationally Certified Counselor and has an extensive history working in crisis intervention, psychotherapy, and case management. Anna's clinical interests are in adolescent/childhood mental health, attachment, personality disorders, trauma/PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorders, suicide prevention, and addiction. Anna's favorite part of her current work is clinical supervision, providing clinical trainings, and program development. She loves to read all genres and spends most of her time working, reading, cooking and camping (when it's not winter). Her husband and dogs enjoy the camping and cooking but miss her when she works too much.
Dr. Ellen Behrens serves as our current Vice President. She received her M.A. in Counseling from Marquette University and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University, where she completed her doctoral dissertation on young adult attachment. She is an Associate Professor and Core Faculty in the CACREP-accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where she teaches graduate courses and provides supervision for master's level counseling trainees. Dr. Behrens has worked with teenagers and families at many levels of care, as a counselor, clinical director, and consultant. She is the Chief Editor for the Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and a Research Scientist for the Center for Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare at the University of New Hampshire.
Terri Goldstein serves as our Treasurer. She began her career as a therapist in 2017, after a 30-year career in non-profit, human services. She earned her Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. “My desire to be a fellow traveler on a client’s therapeutic journey is seeded in my first-hand knowledge of the healing benefits of a trusting, counseling relationship. My competence as a therapist comes from the culmination of my academic, and professional experience, life-long intuition, and my own intrapsychic journey.” Terri is an integrative counselor who embraces a hope-based philosophy built on four theoretical pillars: humanistic, psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral and postmodern theory, including narrative therapy. She strives to be an experienced guide for her clients as they seek to make the changes necessary to accomplish their mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Terri’s focus is on empowering her clients as they navigate the human experience, endeavoring to triumph, and coping with loss.
Dr. Gray Otis serves as the Presidential Advisor. Gray Otis, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a private practice in Cedar Hills. He specializes in individual and couples counseling and is a specialist in trauma resolution. Gray is the primary author of "Key Core Beliefs, the Heart of Happiness and Health." In addition, he is a consultant with training development expertise in advanced interpersonal effectiveness and quality improvement. He is a past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. He specializes in trauma resolution, addiction recovery, and couples counseling. He provides assessment, diagnosis, and effective treatment for complex, co-occurring mental disorders. His model of care resolves the underlying causes of distress while promoting integrated health, personal strengths, and empathetic relationships. Individuals overcome problematic concerns while building resilient positive core beliefs. He also offers consulting in program analysis, leadership development, and strategic planning. His work results in innovative solutions and successful outcomes through evidence-based best practices. Gray is a past-president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. He is the author of numerous publications and a presenter at national workshops and conferences.
Jim Macedone serves as our Executive Director. Jim Macedone worked for 20+ years as a graphic designer and supervisor in a very successful art department before deciding to change careers. Still heavily involved in the deaf community, Jim has been an American Sign Language interpreter for 30+ years and leveraged those skills to become a clinical mental health counselor for the deaf. During a UMHCA presentation to his cohort, he became interested and joined their ranks within the first month of his masters degree program. He has been a part of UMHCA ever since. When Jim is not counseling, ASL interpreting, or hanging out with his deaf buddies, he is definitely kayaking, at home with his wife and five children, vegetable gardening, or upgrading his 1:1 scale R2-D2.
Anne Farley serves as our Secretary.
Jordan Briggs serves as our Legislative and Public Policy Committee Chair.
Dr. Karen Tao serves as our Graduate Student and Emerging Professionals Chair (GSEP). Dr. Karen Tao is a licensed psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Utah. She is a community engaged scholar who teaches, conducts, research and facilitates workshops with a commitment to reduce disparities in the access, service and quality of mental health and education for historically marginalized groups. She is especially interested in how people negotiate conversations about difference and culture as well as why multicultural competence matters. Karen has over a decade of experience providing diversity and social justice oriented training for public and private schools, non-profit and private sector organizations and universities. Most recently she collaborated with PBS Utah to produce a digital series “Let’s Talk”. As the host of the series, Karen met with parents to discuss how to talk with kids about race, racism, and cultural differences.
Sandi Williams serves as the Chair for our Professional Parters (PPAC) and Associations Committee. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters degree in Psychology as well as a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She specializes in relationships, life transitions, anxiety, parenting challenges, grief, trauma, and family conflict. She is trained in various therapies including EFT, EMDR, DBT, CBT, Sandplay and Play Therapy. She is an Adjunct Professor at Utah Valley University and is a presenter at national workshops and conferences. She has published various articles and is co-author of the recently released “Key Core Beliefs: Unlocking the HEART of Happiness and Health”.