Tim Sosin, M.A. NCC, Resident in Counseling
Tim Sosin is the current VA-ASERVIC president. He graduated from Liberty University with a Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program in 2016 an is working towards LPC licensure. Tim currently works as a counselor within the Horizon community service board in Lynchburg. He works with a diverse clientele and specializes in treating trauma. Tim also teaches online at Liberty University, and he enjoys also providing premarital and relationship counseling to couples with his wife Hannah. They have been enjoying married life since August 2014.
Tim previously served as Lobbyist for the Lynchburg Area Counselor Association (LACA). During his grad program, 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 as well as small-scale private practice and day treatment. He also lived in Central Norway for two years during his undergrad, studying psychology, anthropology and religious studies.
Tim has had 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 Narrative therapist. During his presidency, Tim looks forward to inviting others to also take part in creating a culture of spiritual competence marked by servant-leadership, intentional research and relationships, and mutual uplifting of his division members. 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.
Dr. Kathleen ‘Kat’ McCleskey, NCC
Kat McCleskey is currently an Assistant Professor in and Program Director in the Counselor Education Program at Longwood University where she teaches classes such as Lifespan Development, Multicultural Counseling, and Techniques of Counseling. She holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Virginia. Her clinical work has included addiction counseling, prevention counseling, family counseling, emergency screening/crisis work, career counseling, and clinical supervision. She uses a feminist and multicultural approach in counseling, supervision, and pedagogy. Within multicultural work, spirituality and religious perspectives are of particular interest to her. Her current scholarship focuses on applications of feminist theory in terms of clinical work, training, and counselor and client identity, and on multicultural issues in counseling. Other interests include knitting and crocheting, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors.
Keaghlan Macon, M.S. Treasurer, 2018-2019
Keaghlan Macon currently works as a Faculty Support Coordinator for the School of Behavioral Sciences at Liberty University. She oversees the curriculum of all Graduate Counseling courses, administering tasks related to course development, program evaluation, and assessment. She is also a master’s student within Liberty’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Keaghlan cultivated her interest in advocacy, as well as leadership, research, and scholarship for the counseling profession through her service as the 2017-2018 Rho Eta chapter president of Chi Sigma Iota Honors Society. She also leads research projects as a member of the School of Behavioral Sciences Research Team, currently conducting studies in the areas of emotional intelligence, empathy, and God attachment. She has presented research at professional conferences for both higher education pedagogy and professional counseling on the local, state, national, and
international level, and is publishing in the areas of empathy and God attachment. She authored the “Seeking Proximity to God Manual: Bibliotherapy Interventions Using Hannah Hurnard’s Hinds’ Feet on High Places” used in the 2018 God Attachment Workshop presented at Liberty University. Keaghlan has been the recipient of multiple
Liberty University research grants from 2017-2018, the Virginia Counselors Association Emerging Leadership Award in 2017, and a Pete Warren Fellowship award in 2018. She desires to one day blend her experience teaching in Higher Education with a future Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision to open a private practice, teach on the university level, and
implement counseling interventions in orphanages overseas. She is both honored and excited for this opportunity to serve VCA through her role as VA-ASERVIC Treasurer this year.
Michael T. Trexler, MA, LPC, NCC; Doctoral Student Immediate Past 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. 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.
Caroline Freeman. Graduate Student Representative (2018-2019)
Caroline currently works as a Mental Health Professional on the acute Adult Psychiatric Unit at Virginia Baptist Hospital where she enjoys leading therapeutic groups and helping to maintain the safety of the milieu. Caroline recently completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and is now completing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University. She has participated in past research regarding grief in high school students, professor-student social relationships, and the effect of disability labels on perceptions of college students. Caroline enjoys nurturing her succulent garden, spending time with her husband, and journaling. Caroline is thankful for the opportunity to learn more about and contribute to VA-ASERVIC throughout the upcoming year.