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!
Aubrey Holden is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at
Belmont University. He received a Bachelor of Music in Commercial Voice with an emphasis in
Music Business from Belmont University in 2017. After receiving his undergraduate degree,
Aubrey spent a few years working in the music industry, where he discovered a deep passion for
mental health. This passion developed further and resulted in a decision to begin a career in
mental health counseling. Aubrey will be doing his practicum and internship with Connect
Counseling in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
Jessica Hurst-Legget is a current student at Capella University studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a MHSP designation. Jessica is working toward completing her internship with Omni Community Health, and hopes to continue her career as a Mental Health Counselor specializing Animal (Canine) Assisted Counseling in the future. Jessica lives in Grandview, TN with her husband, two children (18 and 16), 2 dogs, 2 cats and a ferret.
Ruth Graham is a student at Carson-Newman University studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Spring 2021 is Ruth’s final semester at Carson-Newman where she is in an internship at Susannah’s House in Knoxville, TN. Ruth plans to pursue certification in Psychodrama group therapy, with a Ph.D. advisor if possible. Ruth is currently looking for certified training opportunities in Psychodrama. Ruth lives in Knoxville, TN with her husband. Ruth has three married sons, living in Loveland, Co, Kansas City, MO, and Knoxville TN. She has a daughter living in Knoxville, completing her final semester of undergraduate education at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Niko Armstrong is a first year graduate student at East Tennessee State University working towards his Master’s degree in School Counseling with LPC licensure track. He is originally from Knoxville and fell in love with Johnson City and the Appalachian Highlands during undergrad at ETSU. During his free time, Niko is an artist with a desire to incorporate art therapy into his practice, and he is the father of two cats, a snake, and a tarantula.
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.
I’m a second-year graduate student at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN. Currently, my studies include a master’s in both School Counseling and Clinical and Mental Health, and I’m set to graduate by May 2022. Growing up on a farm and having some unique internship opportunities, such as a site director for mission trips on a Native American reservation and a horse wrangler at a Christian children’s home, have contributed to my interest in using equine-assisted therapy with victims of trauma and abuse, especially at-risk youth. After licensure, I hope to pursue a certification in a hippotherapy program such as PATH or EAGALA to use when working with these populations.
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.
Peggy Miller is currently in her fourth semester in Lipscomb University’s Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is specializing in Playtherapy and Integrated Behavioral Health. During graduate school, she has worked at a local church as an assistant youth minister, worked as a nanny, and worked PRN at a local youth crisis shelter. When not working or doing school, Peggy enjoys time with her fiancé, family, friends and dog. She loves good coffee, hiking, and learning about all things mental health. She is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of TLPCA and represent Lipscomb University!
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.
Karen Chambless will graduate from Richmont Graduate University in May of 2021 with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is currently interning at Journey Psychotherapy Center in Chattanooga. Karen integrates components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and other therapies into her work, and practices from a LGBTQ+-allied, trauma-informed, social-justice-oriented stance. Karen enjoys working with adults and teens on issues including depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, spirituality, religious trauma and deconstruction, body image and self-esteem, and women’s issues.
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.
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.
Irene Grant, originally from the north shore of Long Island, has been a Nashville resident since 2012. She is a full-time student working towards her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University. Outside of school, Irene works full-time as the manager of a chiropractic office in downtown Nashville. In her free time, Irene enjoys reading, writing (calligraphy), and spending time with her family and friends.
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.
Akeyla Madison, a native of Johnson City, Tn, is now a resident of Chattanooga, TN, where she is receiving her Master’s degree in clinical mental health and school counseling at the University of Tennessee- Chattanooga. Along with being a current student at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, she is also an alumni where she earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Family and Child Studies. Her interests in the counseling field include anxiety, depression, substance abuse counseling, and counseling in the minority (black) communities. She is grateful for the experience she has acquired throughout this journey.
Lyndsey White is currently in her second year of the clinical mental health program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is completing her first semester of internship at the Knox County Juvenile Court with the Adolescent Services Intervention Support Team (A.S.I.S.T.) program. She plans to graduate in August 2021 and to continue working with youth and families impacted by the Juvenile Justice System.
Chris DeLine is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Martin, seeking his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Presently serving as UTM’s student representative for the TLPCA, Chris has been working as a counseling student at the Nashville OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center. Since March of 2019 he has held various positions in the addiction field, working with individuals in the pursuit of recovery from alcohol, substance, and opioid use disorders.
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 first-year graduate student at Vanderbilt University in the Human Development Counseling program. She is pursuing a degree 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. Hannah is a member of the Eta Delta Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. She has a passion for counseling and looks forward to a fulfilling career in the mental health field upon graduation in May 2023.