Michael T. Trexler, MA, LPC, NCC; Doctoral Student
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.
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!