Michael T. Trexler, MA, LPC, NCC; Doctoral Student
President 2017-2018


Mr. Michael Trexler is a native of Peru, Indiana and has twelve years of experience working in the mental health field, as well as four years in music education. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, President (2017-2018) of the Virginia Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (VA-ASERVIC), and Director of Liberty University’s Student Counseling Services. Michael is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Liberty University. His research interests include emotion regulation, spiritual integration, assessment, interventions, and trauma-based treatments. As President, Michael is passionate about promoting the ASERVIC Spiritual Competencies in counseling and educating counselors about the ethical practice of integrating spirituality in the counseling room.

Michael is happily married to his wife, JungHee, and they have a beautiful daughter named Olivia. He holds two degrees: M.A. Professional Counseling, Liberty University, May 2012; B.S. Music Education, Indiana State University, May 2002.

Tim Sosin, M.A.
President-Elect, 2018-2019


Tim is a Resident in Counseling in the Virginia. He graduated from Liberty University with a Masters of Art degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program in 2016. Tim currently works as a middle school day treatment counselor, and also practices at a local counseling office in Lynchburg where he lives. Tim enjoys also providing premarital and relationship counseling to couples. He and his wife Hannah have enjoying married life together since August 2014.
Tim currently serves as a board member of Lynchburg Area Counselor Association (LACA, and has taken the role of lobbyist on the board. While studying, Tim held the office of Secretary of the Rho Eta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, and also enjoyed working as a graduate assistant in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies, working with students to learn core counseling techniques and basics of group therapy. Tim’s clinical background has involved crisis stabilization and mental health skill building within the Lynchburg community. He also lived in Central Norway for two years during his undergrad, studying psychology, anthropology and religious studies.
Tim has has the opportunity to travel often and gain experience through building relationships with individuals from various cultural and religious backgrounds. Each day, he seeks to deepen his own spiritual values and beliefs, while also providing an open door for others to do the same through intentional conversations. Tim has seen the importance of these spiritual values within his work as a counselor, and as an adherent to Narrative and Cognitive frameworks.  As he prepares for serving his term as VA-ASERVIC’s president elect, and eventually president, he hopes to gain insight into how he can honor and serve the members of the chapter, enabling them to practice wisely and with competence on biological, psychological, social, and spiritual levels.

John J.S. Harrichand, MA; Doctoral Student


John Harrichand is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Doctoral Student in Counselor Education and Supervision in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies at Liberty University. Mr. Harrichand is actively engaged in program review, advocacy, mentorship, teaching, and research, and presenting at local, state, and national conferences in the areas of Counselor Professional Advocacy, Ethical Practice, Multicultural Counseling, Emotional Intelligence, Attachment, and Math Anxiety, and publishing in the areas of Emotional Intelligence and Counselor Burnout. He currently holds counseling leadership positions at the state and local levels, and recently received the 2017 ACES Emerging Leaders Nomination, 2016 Virginia Counselors Association Emerging Leadership Award, and the 2015-2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Assistant Award from his department in conjunction with the Graduate School at Liberty. His teaching and research interests include professional advocacy, counselor leadership development, emotional intelligence, and resilience/post-traumatic growth. His clinical experience involves working with community and college student populations. Mr. Harrichand is excited to be serving the VA-ASERVIC community as Treasurer for 2017-2018, after serving as the Graduate Student Representative for 2016-2017. For Mr. Harrichand, ASERVIC provides a forum to advocate for spiritual and religious inclusivity; representing a myriad of value systems, religious beliefs, and spiritual identities, all of which inspire him to serve at the state level in VA-ASERVIC. He enjoys staying physically fit through exercise, travelling to new places, sampling the delicacies of various cultural groups, and watching Korean dramas.

Dr. Kathleen ‘Kat’ McCleskey, NCC


Dr. Monica P. Band, CRC, NCC
Immediate Past President 2016-2017


Monica has 8 years of experience working in the mental health field. Monica received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Mary Washington and her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at the George Washington University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Marymount University’s Counselor Education and Supervision program. She is recognized as National Certified Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Additionally, Monica is a Resident in Counseling in Virginia and provides individual counseling services to diverse clientele.  She currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Marymount University, teaching master’s level counseling students.

Monica saw a need for representation of counselors who have an interest and practice with existential world views which are relevant to the intersection of spirituality, religiosity, and cultural identities. As a result, she worked with members of VCA and ASERVIC to reactivate the division!