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Elections open until MONDAY, MAY 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.  



Jason Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership, Educational and School Psychology in the College of Applied Studies at Wichita State University. Dr. Li is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). He earned his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Texas Tech University, and MEd in School Counseling at Western Kentucky University. He is an active member in the Kansas Counseling Association (KCA), American Counseling Association (ACA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and American School Counseling Association (ASCA).


 HERMANMNU Graduate Student


Rebecca Herman is a current graduate student at MNU. She is expected to graduate this spring with an emphasis in mental health. In her therapy practice, she works primarily with domestic disputes, assault and battery, and trauma from childhood abuse. 

Rebecca is a black belt at a local Taekwondo school, an avid gardener, and enjoys painting. She has 4 nephews, ranging in age from 10 months to almost 17 years old, who are her world. 

As president-elect, Rebecca would be interested in bringing in a new perspective. She is an avid listener and eager to learn.



School Counselor, USD 378 


Samantha Holloway currently in her 7th year serves as the High School Counselor for USD #378 Riley County. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Washburn University, Master of Science Degree in Counseling and Student Development and Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Counselor Education and Supervision both from Kansas State University. Samantha’s passion for counseling has led her to focus on research targeting Transdiagnostic Interventions as a Tier Two Intervention for students showing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Professionally, she has been a member of the Kansas Counseling Association since 2013. 



Graduate Student, Capella University


Darren Tharp is a native Kansan. He graduated from Smith Center Junior/Senior High School. He attended Dodge City Community College taking as many night courses as he could while working full-time at National Beef. He completed his BA from Barclay Christian College in Haviland, Kansas and earned his MBA from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. Currently he is completing his Clinical Mental Health Counseling practicum through Capella University with A-1 Counseling. He will earn his MS in Mental Health Counseling, graduating Chi Sigma Iota, in December 2021 

Darren's career for over 20 years has been in Human Resources Leadership. His HR style and area of focus are culture development, compliance, and change management. He has held manager or higher HR positions in aviation, healthcare, and manufacturing. He and his son Oscar have dwindled to two dogs, a cat, a bird, and saltwater fish. 

KCA Contact Information

Nick Brummet, President

Nicole Burdette,  Past President

Dr. Susan Bray, President Elect

Mistie Knox, Secretary

Claire Allen, Treasurer

Kim Urenda, Executive Director



February 24-25, 2022 in Manhattan, KS

at the Hilton Garden Inn

The Kansas Counseling Association (KCA) Provider No. 2017 is offering Continuing Education opportunities for YOU!

Check out our Professional Learning Page with webinars, Resource Roundups, and the upcoming KCA/KSCA conference March 2021. 

Pictures from 2019 KCA/KSCA Conference in Lawrence, KS

KCA Board Information & Documents

KCA (Kansas Counseling Association) is a branch of the American Counseling Association (ACA).  It is a non-profit professional association.  It serves its members to advance the field of counseling in the broad areas of career, education, and mental health.  KCA acts as an umbrella organization for six Regions within Kansas and nine Divisions for all areas of counseling within the state of Kansas. 

It is imperative more than ever that we work together to support the mental health of all Kansans.  To do this, we must work together and advocate for all the needs of our state.  

We need you - Join us today!

 President Nick Brummet
 Past President Nicole Burdette
 President Elect Dr. Susan Bray
 Executive Director Kim Urenda
 Treasurer Claire Allen
 Secretary Mistie Knox
 Advocacy and Legislation Andrew Secor
 Awards Kris Burkholder
 Bylaws Nadine Bailey
 Grad Student Andrea Stark & Tina Romero
 History and Traditions Dr. Robert Kircher
 Human Rights Jason Li
 Leadership Kristin Wright
 Media Kaci Nichols
 Membership Dr. Jody Fiorini
 Professional Preparation, Standards and Ethics (NBCC) Dr. Basil Kessler & Dr. Brittany Dennis
 Region and Division Support Val Beikmann
 Strategic Plan Nicole Burdette
 Professional Development Committee

 Kate Hoffman &   Kinlee Scheer

 North Central Region(NC KCA) Leigha Behrens
 Northeast Region (NE KCA) 
 Northwest Region (NW KCA) Pam Hlad
 South Central Region (SC KCA) Katlyn Smith

 Southeast  Region (SE KCA)

 Kaylan Lawson
 Southwest Region (SW KCA) Corey Bjerken


 KS Association for Adult Development & Aging (KAADA)  Dr. Cathryn Hay
KS Association of Addictions & Offender Counselors (KAAOC) 
 KS Association for Child & Adolescent Counseling (KACAC) 
KS Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (KACES) Brian Weber
KS Association of Multicultural Counseling & Development (KAMCD) Quenla McGilber
KS Association of Marriage & Family Counselors (KAMFC) Dr. Taylor Johnson
 KS Association of Specialists in Group Work (KASGW)
KS College Counseling Association (KCCA) 
 KS Career Development Association Sarah Lancaster
KS Mental Health Counseling Association (KMHCA) Lisa Bozzoli

Kansas Counseling Association is a branch of the American Counseling Association.  KCA is a 501(c) 6.

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