TLPCA Student Representatives
Cheyanne Looper is a graduate student attending Austin Peay State University’s clinical mental health program. She is looking to pursue a career in working with marginalized groups and those who have experienced sexual abuse trauma. She loves the field and feels passionately about this work. TLPCA has provided guidance and support in helping her get on the path where she wants to be. She feels so fortunate to be a part of this organization, and she is looking forward to seeing it continue to blossom and grow!
Laura Turner (she/her) is a second year graduate student attending East Tennessee State University’s counseling program. She has a concentration in couples and family counseling with a special interest in sex therapy. She is pursuing the clinical mental health concentration.
Brittney Storey is a graduate student completing a double concentration Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling at East Tennessee State University. She received her Bachelor of General Psychology and Bachelor of Criminal Justice and criminology from East Tennessee State University. Brittney is passionate about supporting and aiding her future clients in creating positive change to achieve a more hope-filled and authentic life experience brimming with abundant positive relationships. For self-care she enjoys reading, quality time with loved ones, and enjoying a good cup of coffee. She is thankful to be a part of this organization and excited to see what the future holds.
Katie Cowan is a graduate student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lincoln Memorial University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Tennessee. For the past decade Katie has worked in various positions within the Knoxville community, but currently serves as a project director with Metro Drug Coalition. Katie oversees Knoxville’s grassroots anti-drug coalition and is a Certified Prevention Specialist. Katie has a desire to work with underserved populations and hopes to pursue a career in community mental health. Katie is a native to Cincinnati but considers Tennessee to be her home. She enjoys spending time hiking, volunteering, and boating on Norris Lake. Katie is honored to represent Lincoln Memorial University within TLPCA and hopes to be an emerging leader and advocate for the counseling community in Tennessee.
Lauren Frost is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Mental Health Counseling program at Lipscomb University. She is currently interning at Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System and Neighborhood Health. Lauren is specializing in play therapy and expressive arts, and she is also participating in the Lipscomb Initiative for Behavioral Health Integration. Also, Lauren is a member of the Chi Sigma Iota honor society. For self-care, she enjoys reading, hiking, listening to music, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dan Luce is in his second year of the Clinical Mental Health Program at Middle Tennessee State University. Back in school 15 years after earning a Bachelor of Science in Business from St. John Fisher College in Rochester NY, he is grateful for the opportunity to work towards his goal of becoming a licensed mental health professional. Dan is a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society, along with an active volunteer for the American Red Cross in Murfreesboro TN. Dan is looking forward to completing his degree at MTSU in the Spring of 2022.
Tozia Ware, pronounced (TAH-zah) is in his first semester in the Clinical Mental Health program at MTSU. Tozia is from the Middle Tennessee area. He attended MTSU as an undergraduate majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. Tozia is a first-generation high school graduate, college graduate, and now graduate student. He loves cooking, reading, and is a dad of two cats.
Kim Daniel is completing her graduate degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling at Southern Adventist University. She also works as a case manager for the Behavioral Intervention Team at her university. Kim has a passion for Title IX education and campus events. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking to waterfalls with her husband and her dog.
After many satisfying years of serving varied populations as an occupational therapist, Belinda is now pursuing counseling, another service-oriented degree she debated in undergraduate school. In May 2020, she enrolled full-time in the M.S. clinical mental health counseling program at Southern Adventist University to continue following her passion for serving others in practical, meaningful, and empowering ways. As a Hispanic healthcare provider, she is especially sensitive to the needs of women, minorities, and other vulnerable groups, including trauma survivors. Moreover, in her own personal lifestyle, Belinda prioritizes prevention and holistic wellness and desires to incorporate these principles, when appropriate, into her future professional counseling practice.
Alyssa Curtis is in her first year at Tennessee Technological University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s in Community Health Education from the University of West Florida. She lived on the Gulf Coast before deciding to swap the beach for the hills of Tennessee. After working in nonprofits and the corporate world for a few years, Alyssa decided to return to her goal of becoming a licensed professional counselor. She is particularly interested in grief, loss, and ecotherapy. Alyssa enjoys hiking and exploring the woods with her husband and two dogs and trying new restaurants and coffeeshops.
Hannah Richie is from the Middle Tennessee area and has called Nashville home for the past 3 years. She is pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University. Hannah has a passion for helping others and is excited to pursue a career that allows for this.
Tristan McKenzie is a doctoral student in the Counseling Education and Supervision program at the University of Memphis. She earned her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and B.A. in Psychology. She currently works as a DBT skills coach at Daybreak Treatment Center and as the Graduate Assistant Case Manager for Office of the Dean of Students’ Student Outreach and Support Services.
Tristan serves as the co-president of the Kappa Zeta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. Her current research explores the intersectionality of privileges among counselor educators. Other research interests include race-based trauma, counselor wellness, counselor licensure portability, and suicide prevention/awareness. For self-care, Tristan enjoys watching movies, being outdoors, doing puzzles, and spending time with her two dogs.
Jenny McMullen is in her third and final year at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she is working toward her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. She received her Bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2016. It was there she discovered her passion for social justice, especially related to systemic inequalities within the judicial system. She will be interning at the Knox County Juvenile court for her final year of grad school. Upon graduating, she hopes to work with marginalized populations as well as at-risk youth. She feels very grateful to be entering into this field and to be representing the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for TLPCA. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing poetry, hiking, and playing with her two dogs.
Amanda Gienow is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee – Martin in the clinical mental health counseling program. She received her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Tennessee Technological University and her Montessori early childhood certification from the North American Montessori Center. Currently, she is a Montessori early childhood educator in Knoxville, where she lives with her partner and their three children. Amanda has a special interest in working with marginalized populations through counseling and advocacy work. She has experience in non-profit administration and volunteers for the National Lawyers Guild. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing video games, watching anime, and caring for 50+ house plants.
Taquasia (Mickala) Cozart
Taquasia (Mickala) Cozart is a graduate student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She received a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance, and obtained a minor in psychology. She is currently an intern for the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center in Martin. She has an interest in child physical and sexual abuse, sports psychology, as well as adolescent eating disorders. Mickala has always had a passion for helping others and looks forward to being able to continue the passion throughout the remainder of her graduate level education and her future career endeavors.
Tara B. Dembowczyk
Tara is a graduate student at the University of the Cumberlands in the mental health counseling
program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Individual and Family Studies from the University of
Kentucky. Tara is currently an intern at a counseling agency in Franklin, TN and is seeking
licensure with a mental health service provider designation. After being a stay-at-home of three
children for 15 years, Tara found her way back to school to follow her passion of helping others.
She looks forward to learning, growing, and serving her community.
Hannah Fligel is a second-year graduate student at Vanderbilt University in the Human Development Counseling program on the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Leadership and Psychology from the University of Mississippi in 2017. She works as a Board-Certified Neurofeedback Technician in Nashville. Hannah is Vice-President of the Eta Delta Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. Hannah is passionate about holistic mental health care and working alongside people as they embark on their journey toward healing and clarity. She looks forward to a fulfilling career in the mental health field upon graduation in May 2023.
Katherine Hales is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Vanderbilt University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 2020. Her career as a mental health professional began with internships for the Viva Center in D.C. and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which she completed during her undergraduate studies. Before beginning her graduate degree at Vanderbilt she worked at multiple residential treatment centers in the Washington D.C. area that offered services for adults with substance use disorders, adolescents with eating disorders, and adolescents with behavioral and mental health disorders. She is excited to further her professional and academic career through Vanderbilt’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and looks forward to pursuing licensure upon her graduation in December of 2023.