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Our current executive director, Kim Urenda, will be leaving the role in June of 2023. We are so grateful for Kim's service over the past few years!

If you are interested in serving in this role, contact Andrew Secor at 

Applications are due by January 27th, 2023

More information to come!

2023-20234 KCA Executive Board

Full 2023-2024 Leadership List

 PresidentTeresa Paterson Bartch 
 Past President Andrew Secor
 President ElectAmanda Petrik-Gardner
 Executive DirectorKim Urenda
 TreasurerAlexander Becnel
 SecretaryCarol Dellinger
 Advocacy and LegislationAndrew Secor
 AwardsKris Burkholder
 BylawsNadine Bailey
 Grad StudentKatie Montgomery
 History and TraditionsRobert Kircher
 Human RightsMahsa  Maghsoudi
 Leadership Committee ChairPhilip Mullins
 Media Committee ChairKaitlyn Sampson
 Membership Committee Chair Cassidi Dye
 Professional Preparation, Standards and Ethics (NBCC) Committee ChairBasil Kessler 
 Region and Division SupportVal Beikmann
 Strategic Plan 
 Professional Development Committee Chair

David Carter

 North Central Region(NC KCA) 
 Northeast Region (NE KCA)Amiee Cain
 Northwest Region (NW KCA) 
 South Central Region (SC KCA) 

 Southeast  Region (SE KCA)

 Southwest Region (SW KCA) 

KS Association for Adult Development & Aging (KAADA)

Cathie Hay
 KS Association of Addictions & Offender Counselors (KAAOC)
KS Association for Child & Adolescent Counseling (KACAC)
KS Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (KACES) Lorraine Dinkel
KS Association of Multicultural Counseling & Development (KAMCD)

KS Association of Marriage & Family Counselors (KAMFC)
KS Association of Specialists in Group Work (KASGW)
KS College Counseling Association (KCCA) 
KS Career Development Association (KCDA)

KS Mental Health Counseling Association (KMHCA)

Teresa Paterson Bartch, LCP, LCPC, RPT-STM, KCA President


KCA Past President

Amanda Petrik-Gardner, LCPC, LPC, LIMHP, KCA President Elect

Carol Dellinger, KCA Secretary

Alexander Becnel, KCA Treasurer

Kim Urenda, KCA Executive Director



Amanda Petrik-Gardner, LCPC, LPC, LIMHP specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors. Amanda is currently licensed in the states of  Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Michigan, Maine, and Arizona, and is an approved out-of-state Telehealth provider for Florida. Amanda is a board approved supervisor for professional counselors in the states of Kansas and Missouri. She is currently on the board of OCD Kansas, an affiliate of the IOCDF (International OCD Foundation) and is currently the treasurer of her local Parent Teacher Organization. Amanda is a past president-elect, president and advisor of the Kansas Association for Play Therapy, an affiliate of the Association for Play Therapy. Amanda is currently a member of the Kansas Counseling Association, International OCD Foundation, TLC for BFRBs, and Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and is a national speaker on OCD and BFRBs.


Alex Becnel, PhD, LCPC, NCC is an Assistant Professor in the counseling programs at Kansas State University. Dr. Becnel is passionate about the counseling profession, especially in the areas of suicide assessment and counselor leadership. He has published several peer-reviewed articles and presented more than 20 programs at counseling conferences over the past four years on those topics. Dr. Becnel was selected as a 2021-2022 Emerging Leader by the North Central Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (NCACES), and provides service to NCACES as a member of the Bylaws Committee. Additionally, he is an active member in national counseling organizations such as ACA, ASCA, ACES, and Chi Sigma Iota as well as several local professional organizations such as KCA, KSCA, KACES, and the Kansas Suicide Prevention Coalition. Dr. Becnel has experience both as a school counselor and as a clinical counselor, specializing in the treatment of adolescents and their families.


KCA Board Meetings 

  • Monday, July 20, 2020 - Virtually on Zoom at 10 am (Summer)
  • Monday, August 24th at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • Monday, September 21st at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • Monday, October 26th at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • Fall Board Meeting - Emporia, KS - TBD
  • Monday, December 14th at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • Monday, January 25th at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • Monday, February 22nd at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • Wednesday, March 24th in Topeka - TBD
  • Monday, April 26th at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom

 KCA Meeting Notes

Please find notes from the Kansas Counseling Association board meetings below.

Click the links below to open the minutes in PDF format.

Board Meeting  July 2020

Board Meeting  May 2020

Board Meeting  November 2019

Board Meeting 7-19-19

Board Meeting 3-6-19

Board Meeting 11-1-18

Board Meeting 7-27-18

Board Meeting 2-28-18 KCA Spring Board Minutes 2_28_18.pdf

Board Meeting 11-8-17: 11_8_17 KCA Board Meeting Minutes(1).pdf

Board Meeting 3-1-17:  KCA Minutes03-01-17-1.docx

Board Meeting 11-2-16: KCA Minutes_11-2-16.pdf

Board Meeting 7-8-16: KCA July 16.pdf

Board Meeting 3-2-16: KCASpring2016BoardMeeting.pdf

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

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