2019 – 2020 Executive Board

45765160011_cbfaa0460e_mRich Stapleton, EdD, LMHC, NCC, ACS

Dr. Richard Stapleton is a core faculty member at Walden University and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Iowa with a private practice in Iowa City. He maintains an LPCC in Minnesota and is a National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor and a Board-Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider.

Dr. Stapleton is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC), Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling.

Most of his 14 years of clinical experience have been spent working with children and adolescents. In addition to helping youth, Dr. Stapleton works with professionals experiencing impostor syndrome and compassion fatigue. His research focused on finding correlations between coping styles and secondary trauma. Dr. Stapleton has a passion for helping counseling professionals practice self-care.

44851605395_c617994630_mAnna Zuidema MA, TLMHC, NCC
Anna Zuidema is a recent graduate of Northwestern University, where she received an MA in clinical mental health counseling in 2017. She is completing her post-graduate licensure hours at Ames Therapy and Consulting, where she completed her graduate clinical hours. Zuidema received her BA in sociology in 2006 from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.

She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and groups. Areas of interest include depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, PTSD and chronic pain. Zuidema uses a combination of psychodynamic and CBT approaches when working with clients.

As President-Elect of ACA of Iowa, Zuidema looks forward to becoming involved at the state level to help promote the development of fellow counselors and the counseling profession.

Past President

AIMG_7823_pp_resized_emailAmy N. Mooney, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS
Dr. Amy Mooney is an associate professor of counseling and core faculty member at Liberty University, a position she has held since 2008. Mooney, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor, brings more than 20 years of clinical practice experience to her role.

She is actively involved in professional counseling associations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) and the American Counseling Association of Iowa (ACA of Iowa). Mooney previously served on national and state boards.

Her research focus is evidenced-based CBT treatment for chronic pain, chronic illness and opiate-exposed clients. Additional academic interests include counseling interventions and quality of life for cancer patients and ethical considerations in supervision. She has presented at the state, regional and national level.

Pasted_Image_4_10_19__4_27_PMKristine Taylor, MS, TLMHC

Kristine Taylor has been a mental health therapist at ChildServe in Coralville, Iowa, since July 2018. She is a nationally certified counselor and has her temporary mental health counseling license.

She was born and raised in Iowa City and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Iowa. Her BA is in English and Psychology. Her master's degree is in mental health counseling and rehabilitation therapy.

While studying for her BA, she worked as a research assistant in the Infant Communicative Development Lab and researched the difference between the way mothers and fathers interact with their babies. During graduate school, she became a member of the counseling honor society, Chi Sigma Iota, and the American Counseling Association. She volunteered for the National Eating Disorders Association. Her internship was at the Rape Victim Advocacy Program and the Crisis Center of Johnson County. She worked in child care at all levels, from infant to school age, but spent most of her time working with infants. 

Communications Chair
Samantha Costello
Samantha Costello is a graduate student at the University of Iowa working toward her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. She is completing practicum hours in the Aplington-Parkersburg Elementary School and UNI counseling center.

Costello graduated with a BA in psychology from the University of Iowa. She enjoys working with people of all ages, but especially enjoys working with children. She is passionate about helping school systems incorporate mindfulness and trauma-focused care.

After completing her master’s degree, Costello hopes to work with elementary-aged children as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and eventually become a Registered Play Therapist in the state of Iowa.

Membership Chair

aliciaAlicia Means, tLMHC, NCC

Alicia Means is a counselor at Murray, Wilson, & Rose Counseling and Behavioral Services in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Alicia enjoys working with individuals, couples and groups with a variety of presenting problems. Areas of interest include trauma, depression and anxiety. Alicia uses narrative therapy in her work with clients.

Alicia is a 2018 graduate of Western Illinois University, Quad Cities, where she earned a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Iowa, where her thesis focused on post-traumatic growth in ovarian cancer patients. Her recent research interests have focused on LGBTQ youth in foster care.

Alicia is a member of the American Counseling Association, Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association and Chi Sigma Iota.

Graduate Student Chair

45765159581_e04b2bb645_mKristin Whited Boyd, MS, TCADC

Kristin Whited Boyd has temporary Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification in Iowa and is working as a supervised substance abuse counselor in Ames. She very much enjoys the time with her clients and is honored to walk with them in their time of need as they move toward greater holistic wellness. Boyd has previous experience working as a crisis counselor, a client advocate in a women's center and a recreational therapist in a retirement setting.

She is a student at Drake University in Des Moines, working to complete a master of science degree in counseling with a specialization in mental health. Boyd plans to become EMDR-certified and to gain experience working with couples and families.

She holds an MS degree in psychology from the University of Central Missouri and a BS degree in psychology from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Boyd completed and presented an original thesis that examined the effects of social media use on empathy.

Screen Shot 2019-01-16 at 2.50.22 PM copy   Emma Schutte                                            | Walden        | Master's Student
   Steffany Kroeger                                        | UNI               | Master's Student