Board of Directors


Dean Aslinia, PhD, LPC-S, NCC

Dean Aslinia, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, is the program chair for the CACREP Accredited Fully Face-to-Face Community Mental Health Counseling Program of the University of Phoenix. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Approved Supervisor in the State of Texas as well as a National Certified Counselor. Dr. Dean's educational background includes a bachelors and first masters in Psychology and a second masters and doctorate in Counseling. He has more than 20 years of combined graduate teaching as well as clinical counseling experience. Dr. Dean is the former President of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors and served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Counseling Association and it’s divisions for more than 10 years. 



President Elect

Ann Ordway, JD,  PhD

Ann M. Ordway is a core faculty member with the on-campus Counselor Education Department at the University of Phoenix. She was a practicing attorney for 25 years, with a practice focus on high conflict family litigation, including intimate partner violence, custody matters, and child protective services proceedings. Dr. Ordway is a family mediator, child advocate, and parenting coordinator. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association and has presented Learning Institutes at the annual conferences six years in a row. Ann is a Trustee for the Association of Creativity in Counseling, and the Chair of the Emerging Leaders Committee for the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. Ann is also on the board of Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.



Immediate Past President

Ray Young, LPC

Ray Young, LPC, is an Arizona Licensed Professional Counselor and an Arizona Board of Behavioral Health (AZBBHE) listed supervisor. Ray is currently employed with Terros Health, where he is the Clinical Site Manager for their Olive Integrated Care Clinic. Ray manages a team of 25 Clinicians, as well as oversees the day to day operations of the integrated health clinic that provides Behavioral Health Counseling, Psychotropic Medication Management Services, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opiod abuse, and Primary Care Physician (PCP) services. The clinic is also nationally recognized as a Federally Qualified Health Center Lookalike (FQHC), providing primary care services in underserved areas, based on ability to pay. Ray currently serves on the Arizona Counselors Board of Directors as President of AzALGBTIC. Ray’s area of expertise is the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Ray has been active in facilitating and treating Veterans struggling with PTSD. 




Jill Follensbee, MAPC, LPC, CCTP

Jill Follensbee has worked in the behavioral health field for more than 15 years. She attained independent licensure in 2013 and has been a Clinical Director for more than four years. Jill began her behavioral health career working with adolescents in a residential treatment center, then moved on to work in an outpatient setting until becoming an HCTC provider for three and a half years while attending graduate school.  Her post-graduate background experience includes facilitating groups for DV offenders and SA adults in the Drug Court system. When Jill isn’t working to inspire future counselors and improve the quality of care for the Gila River Tribal population in her current position, she enjoys spending time travelling, trying out new cuisines and spending time with her husband and two dogs.



Michael Hartley, PhD, CRC

Dr. Michael T. Hartley is an associate professor in the Counseling Program at The University of Arizona. Much of his scholarship on ethics has targeted distributive justice issues and therefore his scholarship on ethical obligations has focused on the importance of promoting resilience and of advocating against ableism or the preference for able-bodiedness. Dr. Hartley was the primary investigator of grants to promote resilience among military veterans with spinal cord injuries and youth with disabilities during the school-to-work transition. Most recently, his research on ethical issues in rehabilitation counseling practice were used to guide recent revisions to the 2017 Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor (CRCC) Code of Ethics, a taskforce he served on.  Dr. Hartley is knowledgeable about the profession and professional practice of rehabilitation counseling, and is committed to defining and better preparing rehabilitation counselors to work ethically and effectively with persons with disabilities.



Clinical Supervision Training Chair

Sheila Babendir, EdD, LPC

Sheila Babendir, EdD, LPC, Behavioral Director of Atembis, located in Flagstaff.  Sheila graduated from Marian College in 1981 with Bachelor’s of Business Administration and University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology / Counseling Education.  She graduated with a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in 2009. Sheila was licensed in counseling in Arizona in 2004.  She completed internships and research specialties in Bipolar disorder, Pediatric Bipolar Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Sheila is a past president of Arizona Counselors Association.



Faculty Liaison

Keith Cross, PhD

Keith Cross is a faculty member in the Masters of Science in Counseling program at Prescott College. Keith is also the owner and Clinical Director of the Prescott Relationship Center, a group practice specializing in marriage/couples counseling. He earned his Masters and Ph.D. from Purdue University and he serves on the AZBBHE Marriage and Family Therapy Academic Review Committee Member. He is a board member of the Arizona Emotionally Focused Therapy Community.


Advocacy Chair

Kirk Bowden

Dr Kirk Bowden chairs the Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Program at Rio Salado College and concurrently serves as the professor-in-charge of the Addiction Counseling Program at Ottawa University. He is a Fellow of the American Counseling Association, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Independent Substance Counselor. He chairs the ACA Publications Committee, he is an advisory editor for the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction and chair of the editorial advisory committee of Advances in Addiction & Recovery.  Dr Bowden is a member of the Opioids Guidelines Review Panel of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education. He is a past president of NAADAC the Association for Addiction Professionals. He has severed on several expert panels and advisory committees for the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), and Addiction Technology Transfer Center. He was an expert panelist for a U.S. Congressional briefing on the opioid epidemic (2017).


Membership Chair

Marcela Kepic, PhD

Marcela Kepic, Ph.D is an associate professor of practice in counseling in the Disability & Psychoeducational Studies Department. She is a Licensed Professional Counselors in the state of NJ, VA, and DC and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Her expertise is in child and adolescent counseling, crisis response, and life development of older adults. Her research agenda is primarily focused on issues related to life satisfaction and wellness of older adults who experience many losses, especially loss of a spouse or significant other. Dr. Kepic’s further research interests include caregivers’ stress, caregiving trajectories, and wellness in student-athletes. Dr. Kepic is a member of the Association for Adult Development and Aging  (AADA) where she served in many different roles, including the president of the AADA. She also continues to serve on the Crisis, Disaster, and Trauma Task Force (CDT) of the ACA, and contributes to the development of the CDT competencies. As a member of the International Committee, Dr. Kepic is involved in exploring the understanding of counseling profession outside of the United States. Dr. Kepic also contributes to peer-reviewed publications and books, and national, regional, and state conference presentations. Lastly, she has been serving as a reviewer for the Adultspan Journal for few years now. She is trained in REBT, Gottman Method for couples, and biofeedback. 


AzACES President

Teri Hourihan, PhD, LPC, NCC

Dr. Teri Hourihan is a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in Arizona, Nationally Certified Counselor, and holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. Teri is the Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, and primary counselor at Destiny Behavioral Health Residential Care in Arizona. Destiny is a residential treatment facility for adults receiving care for substance dependence, serious mental illness, and co-occurring issues. Teri also has an organization that contracts with facilities to provide care: Teri’s Health Services. Teri supervises seven licensed associate counselors and three masters level intern. Teri is the current division president for the Arizona Counselors Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Teri is a published writer as well where she was sole author on one chapter, lead author in two chapters, and second editor in the recently published textbook, Career, Lifestyle, and Spiritual Development: Work, Purpose, Calling, and God. Teri is currently writing a textbook on Addiction Counseling with a Fall 2019 publication date. Teri is very passionate about professional development. Teri enjoys presenting on self-harm in teens, LGBT issues, mental illness, parent and teen discourse, and supervision and counseling topics in the field. Teri is very passionate about her role as a counselor, supervisor, educator, and her role in her community as she serves those in need.


Webinar Chair

Christina Paschall, MC, LPC

Christina Paschall is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, and currently a Clinical Supervisor for the Terros Health Crisis Department. Christina graduated from University of Phoenix with Honors in the Mental Health/ Community Counseling Program in 2013. She started her career providing crisis assessments and interventions with Terros Health, and has spent the majority of her career services clients struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders with various treatment centers. Mrs. Paschall is the Past-President for the Arizona Counselors Association. During her time as President, Christina prepared, promoted, and executed 3 successful annual conferences that promoted the counseling profession; and advocated at the legislative level to promote counselor identity and client welfare.


     Community Liaison Chair

Mark Shen

Dr. Shen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Master of Counseling and received his PhD in health psychology from Capella University.  Dr. Shen is an EMDR certified therapist and is Board Certified as a Telemental Health Counselor.  Dr. Shen’s career has included working with at risk youth, SMI adults, and the GMH population.  He has also worked in various settings including psychiatric hospitals, community crisis centers, and private practice. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of True Mobile Health.  Dr. Shen serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix, Rio Salado College, Ottawa University, and Grand Canyon University.  He is a member of the academic advisory council for the University of Phoenix and Grand Canyon University. Dr. Shen has contracted as a trainer/consultant for Crestline Advisors, Arizona’s Children Association, the Bridge Group of Arizona, and other local and national entities.  He also is a trainer in several topics including supervision, mindfulness, CBT, EMDR, collaborative documentation, clinical documentation best practices, and medical necessity.  Dr. Shen and his wife are both natives of Arizona and stay busy raising 4 young children.  When not working he enjoys golfing, performing magic, traveling, and spending time with his family.


Student Representative

Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson is a graduate student in the internship phase of her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Palo Alto University.  





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