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TLPCA Leadership

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President - 3-year term (President-Elect; President; Past-President)


President shall be the principal executive officer of the Association and shall exercise general supervision and execution of the business and affairs of the Association. The President, when present, serves as presiding officer of TLPCA and chairperson of the Advisory Board. The President shall have authority to sign, execute, and acknowledge on behalf of the Association all contracts, reports, and all other documents or instruments necessary or proper to be executed in the course of the Association’s regular business, or otherwise provided by law or the Board of Directors. The President shall, in collaboration with the Board of Directors, appoint all chairs of standing committees, special committees and task forces. The President shall set an agenda before the next scheduled Board or Advisory Board Meeting.  He/she shall see to the submission of all required reports and serve as chief liaison with other professional organizations. The President shall serve as liaison to all of the regional representatives. He/she shall perform such other duties as are incident to the office, or as may be properly required by vote of the Board of Directors and/or as specified by policy.


President-Elect shall serve as a member of the Board of Directors and may in the case of the death or absence of the President, or when requested to do so by the President, perform the duties of the President’s office in his/her absence. The President-elect, when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all restrictions placed upon the President. The execution of any instrument of the Association by the President-elect shall be conclusive evidence to third parties of his/her authority to act in the stead of the President. The President-elect shall serve as Parliamentarian. He/she is responsible for planning the Annual Conference. He/she shall perform other duties as may be directed by the Board of Directors and/or by policy.

Immediate Past President

Immediate Past President shall chair the Election Committee and assist the President as requested; serve as a member of the Board of Directors. He/she shall perform additional duties as may be directed by the Board of Directors and/or by policy.

Dr. Ellen Crossman is an Instructor at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN. She earned her Master’s in Education from MTSU in 2012 after completing both the school counseling and clinical mental health programs. Ellen continued her post-graduate work at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN receiving a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling: Teaching and Supervision in 2019.

Dr. Crossman was the Clinical Counseling Director for the Doors of Hope, Inc. from its inception until 2021, and still maintains a small private practice in Murfreesboro, TN. Primarily, her clinical work focuses on healing trauma through the use of both EMDR and Brainspotting techniques. Currently, her academic research is identifying trauma-responsive practices to reduce secondary traumatic stress and burnout for educators.

Ellen’s role within TLPCA began as a Regional Representative for Murfreesboro in 2013. After serving as representative for the organization, she became the Board Secretary in 2017. During this period, she assisted in the re-organization of the Board structure and changes to the by-laws. Dr. Crossman stepped down from the position in 2021.

The voting form will close at midnight on Sunday, May 28.

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