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NVLPC Board Members for 2019-2020



 President  Sarah Keely
 Vice President  Faith James
 Secretary  Rebecca Hogg
 Treasurer  VACANT
 Past President  Renae Smith
 Communications  Wendy Rood
 Education  Yashika Neaves
 Events Director/Committee
 Melat Johnson
         Events-East  VACANT
         Events-West  Enid Machayo
 Membership Tina "Marie" Harris

 Administrative Asst.

 Amy Hull



 Farrah Alnajjar
 NBCC Liaison  Elizabeth Brokamp
 Newsletter Advertising
 Newsletter  Audrey Lipps
 Networking Group East  Anne Chow
 Networking Group West  Anne Chow
 Nominating Committee  VACANT
 Resident-in-Counseling Support East  VACANT
 Resident-in-Counseling Support West  Rebecca Hogg
 Student Development  Kiana Cummings
 Supervision  Sharon Watson
 Webinar Administrator
 Sultana Karim



 Workshop  Candice Arnold
 Yahoo Group Admin.  Eleanor Huff
 Advocacy Chair
 Michael Greelis

Revised as of 9/4/2019




Executive Board


 Sarah Keely, LPC

  Sarah Keely, LPC received her degree from Lesley College in MA in 1994 and was first licensed as a counselor in 1997; she transferred her license to VA after moving here in 2009. Sarah sees couples, adults, and families with adult children in her private practice in Herndon. She is an Emotionally Focused Couples therapist and incorporates mindfulness practice into her work. She is also a certified teacher of the Enneagram, a spiritually oriented personality typing system. An NVLPC member since 2010, Sarah is honored to serve the community as a president this year and looks forward to seeing it continue to thrive! You can email Sarah at


Vice President

 Faith James, LPC

 You can email Faith at



 Rebecca Hogg, LPC

     Rebecca Hogg, LPC, NCC joined NVLPC in 2013 and found that the support she received as a Masters level counseling student was unmatched. She sought out the support of NVLPC because of her experience living two years in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and having the support of her fellow military spouses as together they adapted to a foreign country. These experiences engendered a passion to support others in the counseling profession. She has experience working in community mental health with adults with severe mental illness and co-occuring disorders. You can email Rebecca at




  You can email the Treasurer at


Past President

  Renae Smith, LPC, NCC

    Renae Smith received her BA from the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay in music education and her MA in Human Services Counseling from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Renae is an LPC and has been in private practice for the past 15 years. She is owner and operator of Adrian Counseling Center, LLC in Fairfax, VA, where she practices counseling with children, adolescents, adults and families. Renae also enjoys teaching workshops and seminars on various topics, including education, counseling, and spiritual issues. She has been a member of NVLPC since 2008 and looks forward to helping NVLPC continue to provide excellent educational programming and networking opportunities for its members. You can email Renae at






  Wendy Freeman Rood

  You can email Wendy at



  Yashika Neaves


 Yashika D. Neaves, Ph.D. holds her doctorate in Counselor Education & Supervision (CACREP) from Regent University, a M.Ed. in Counseling, and a B.S. in Psychology from Northwestern State University. She works for the Department of Defense (DoD) on program evaluations, assessments, performance measures, interagency policy, and congressional issues related tomilitary-to civilian pre-separation counseling, psychosocial interventions, transition and reintegration. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Valley Forge. Her portfolio includes licensed school counseling, crisis intervention, career counseling, certified mental health first aid and reintegration counseling. Yashika’s research interest include military therapeutic drop-outs, barriers to mental health, relational restoration and complex trauma. Yashika is an Armed Forces veteran, military spouse, and daughter of a retired Army officer.  

You can email Yashika at



  Melat Johnson

  Melat Johnson is a clinical therapist based in the DC metropolitan area. Melat obtained her Bachelors in Psychology from Hampton University and her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. Melat Johnson is a nationally board certified counselor (NCC) and is currently a resident-in-counseling working towards licensure(LPC). Melat has extensive experience working with children and adolescents in residential treatment centers as well as in an acute inpatient/outpatient hospital setting. Melat has also worked with adolescents and adults with dual diagnosis both at an outpatient addiction clinic as well as at a psychiatric hospital. She is currently working towards becoming a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor(CSAC). Melat considers each individual completely unique in their experiences, and therefore uses a combination of evidence-based therapeutic techniques to best interpret, advise, explore, and support. Melat has a passion for working with those struggling with mental health issues and their families. Melat is dedicated to bringing awareness and ending the stigma towards mental health. She has participated in several fundraisers and walks for various mental health organizations. She has spoken to audiences about the importance of tolerance and awareness of mental health issues. You can email Melat at



  Tina "Marie" Harris

   You can email Membership at


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