Ellise (Ellie) Raghavan, MA, LPC is a doctoral student at the University of Toledo. Prior to becoming a counselor, Ellie owned and operated her own values-based life coaching business helping adolescents make a powerful transition to adulthood. She is passionate about creating whole-human organizational and government policies as well as empowering individual counselors to thrive in their work, relationships and personal growth. Ellie currently practices counseling at the Zepf Center, a local community mental health agency working towards the Sanctuary Institute certification to be a trauma-informed organization. Ellie enjoys working with clients and counseling peers alike on incorporating their spirituality and/or personal principles into their next level of transformation. She also enjoys participating in DBT-informed counseling and facilitating memory reprocessing work for clients with trauma. Her research interests include counselor wellness, building educational community, effective allyship training techniques, and the use of community based participatory research in studying successful aging for marginalized older adults. Ellie currently serves as the intern for the Government Relations Committee of the Ohio Counseling Association. Ellie recently served as President for Chi Sigma Iota’s Alpha Omega chapter at the University of Toledo for the 2020-2021 year.
Stephanie Durham, MA, LPC is practicing in a school-based setting in Dayton, Ohio. She has totaled over three years of mental health practice working with children and teens in agency-based and school-based settings. She has education, training, and practical experience working with neurodevelopmental disorders including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as anxiety, depression, and trauma disorders for which she has provided treatment via individual, group, and family interventions. Additionally, Stephanie has filled roles on the Ohio Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values on Counseling (OASERVIC), Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities of Ohio (SAIGEO), and Chi Sigma Iota, Beta Gamma boards over the past four years. These roles have aligned with her interest in LGBTQI+ issues, ethical practice, and professional advocacy. Stephanie has presented at state and local levels throughout the past four years, most recently on the lifespan development of spiritual and religious identities, as well as published on complementary health alternatives. Currently, Stephanie has taken a recent interest in exploring religious trauma and is excited to begin her term as OASERVIC president-elect for the 2021-2022 year!
Morgan (Mo) Stohlman is a doctoral student at Kent State University and a licensed professional counselor (LPC). Service to others, holistic well-being, and a good sense of humor are three guiding values that have led Mo to pursue not only her vocation as a counselor but further opportunities to serve her communities in a variety of capacities. While at Heidelberg University (2017 – 2020), Mo held positions including the Graduate Assistant for Wellness, Assistant for the Center for Survivor Empowerment, Emerging Scholar, Volunteer director of an inclusive camp for young adults with Down Syndrome and their peers, Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Clinical Counseling Representative, CSI Wellness Committee Chairperson and CSI Co-President. Most recently she served as the OASERVIC Emerging Leader. Her research and professional interests include integrative care and increasing equity for mental healthcare services for people with developmentally different abilities and their communities.
Dr. Burns is the Statewide Human Trafficking Coordinator for the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. She received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision in December 2018 from the University of Toledo, in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Burns received her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2015) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to receiving her BA in Psychology (2012) from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Burns is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), she has clinical experience within clinical agencies, non-profit facilities, and college-counseling settings in Las Vegas, as well as North and Southwest Ohio. Previously, she served as a victim advocate and professional counselor for a community agency in Clark county serving survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault. Her professional experience includes counseling, teaching, research, and serving marginalized and underrepresented populations. She enjoys loves being outdoors, yoga, dance, poetry, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Michael Desposito is both an independently Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) at a private practice in Canton, Ohio and adjunct instructor with Malone University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program. He has served in the mental health field for the past 10 years and has experience working with at-risk youth transitioning to adulthood, severe and pervasive mental illness (SPMI) populations, dual-diagnosis populations, emotion regulation and grief, LGBTQI+ populations, and facilitating group programming in mental health inpatient settings. Michael has held executive roles on several professional counseling organizations such as president of the Ohio Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values on Counseling (OASERVIC) from 2019-2020, the Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive association of Ohio (SAIGE-O), which was formally ALGBTICO, from 2016-2017, was an emerging leader of SAIGE/ALGBTIC National from 2017-2018, and served on the Ohio Counseling Association membership committee from 2016-2018. Michael currently serves as a committee member for the Association for Humanistic Counseling’s (AHC) membership committee, the emerging leader committee of SAIGE. Michael has presented at national, state, and local venues on a number of topics including emotion regulation and mood disorders, affirmative therapy and pedagogy practices for LGBTQI+ populations, and wellness. Additionally, he has published on Affirmative Therapy and Wellness and won 1st place in the entry-level category for the Chi Sigma Iota’s Wellness Leadership competition.
Alysha Blagg, Ph.D., LPCC, NCC is a licensed counselor in Ohio. She earned her MA in Professional Counseling at Liberty University in 2015 and successfully defended her doctoral dissertation for the Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision program at Liberty University in May 2020. Alysha is actively involved in volunteering in professional activities, research, and dissemination of research. She is involved in presenting research and information at counseling conferences and advocating for the profession and professional leadership. Regarding her work, she provides counseling services for children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Alysha has a background in working in outpatient, private, and community mental health settings. Additionally, she specializes in providing mental health services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, youth/adolescents, those in emerging adulthood, and faith integration in counseling. Alysha understands the importance of and is committed to helping the “whole person” which includes the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of a person. She enjoys working with clients to learn how to incorporate their faith into their life and mental health. Alysha is also an adjunct faculty member at Ohio Christian University where she actively integrates faith into the classroom lessons for her students.
Christiana Lander, CT, is pursuing her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Akron and is anticipating graduating in the summer of 2022. Her experience working and volunteering in religious organizations, along with her interest in the overlap between spirituality and counseling, drew her to OASERVIC in 2020. She has worked in religious, nonprofit, and crisis counseling settings and a history of volunteer work with children and adolescents. As a hard of hearing person and with a current role working with individuals with intellectual disabilities, she is passionate about disability advocacy in the field of counseling. Additionally, Christiana has over 8 years of graphic design and marketing experience and is looking forward to bringing that knowledge to OASERVIC.
2020-2021 - Morgan Stohlman (Kent State University)
2019- 2020 - Michael Desposito (Bowling Green State University)
2018 -2019 - Katie Gamby (Malone University)
2017-2018 - Vicki Giegerich (Kent State University)
2016-2017 - Marcos Ghali (Malone University)
2015-2016 - Christie Jenkins (Walden University)
2013-2014 - Jason Rydzewski (Kent State University)
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