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2016 Leadership Slate

The 2016 Election has been completed.  The following candidates have been elected and will serve as Board Members starting in May 2016.


RANDY J. SIMMONDS CURRENT POSITION: Executive Director, Samaritan Center of the Rockies, Edwards, Colorado; DEGREE HIGHEST EDUCATIONAL: Ph.D; ECCLESIASTICAL RELATIONSHIP: Southern Baptist; REGION: Rocky Mountains/Plains Region; AAPC: Student Member (1980), Fellow (1987); Institutional Accreditation Committee, Southwest Region (1988-1991); Certification Committee, Southeast Region (1994-1997); Certification Committee, Rocky Mountains/Plains Region (1998-2001); Vice-chair, Rocky Mountains/Plains Region (2012-2013); Association Finance and Budget Committee (2001-current); Chair of the Association Finance and Budget Committee (2003-2006); Association Investment Committee (2001-2013); Association Treasurer (2009-2013); Task Force on Governance and Structure (2010); AAPC Vice President2014-2016; BACKGROUND: AAMFT Clinical Fellow; founding Executive Director of three Samaritan Counseling Centers; Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Colorado Mountain College, Vail, CO; Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Colorado; Board Member, Boy Scouts of America, Norwela Council, Shreveport, LA; Clinical Member, Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; Board of Directors of the Family Relations Council of Louisiana and Chairperson, Counseling Committee; Member of the Rotary Club of the Eagle Valley; Vail Valley Cares Board of Directors. United Way of the Eagle River Valley Board of Directors; STATEMENT OF GOALS: AAPC has been my professional home since 1980 when I first became a student member during my training in Louisville, KY. There have been significant changes in the counseling disciplines over the last years, but the friendships and professional growth provided by AAPC colleagues have been the constant over those years. I have served in Associational leadership positions over the last decade, and have been a part of the important changes that we have made to maintain our professional quality while responding to the rapidly changing environment of spiritually integrated care. It is my hope and desire to continue to serve the profession and the organization that has been my spiritual and professional home for 32 years as we navigate our way through these significant changes in our association.


TERE TYNER CANZONERI CURRENT POSITION: Manager Member Care and Wellness at The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship; Pastoral Counselor, The Emmanuel Center for Pastoral Counseling of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA. ECCLESIASTICAL RELATIONSHIP: Alliance of Baptists. HIGHEST EDUCATIONAL DEGREE: M.Div, MSW. AAPC: Diplomate. REGION: Southeast. AAPC: Chair SE region; Member AAPC Board of Governors; Chair of Association Certification Committee; Chair of Regional Certification Committee; Chair of Diplomate Subcommittee of the Association Certification Committee; Member of Association Professional Concerns Committee; Member Association By-Laws Revision Committee. Service on regional committees: Certification, Theological and Social Concerns, Institutional Accreditation, Professional Concerns. STATEMENT OF GOALS: AAPC has been my professional home. It was in pastoral counseling training and on-going relationship with other pastoral counselors that I learned to integrate what I knew of faith and spiritual concerns with psychological theory and competent clinical practice. As the world around us has changed, the structures that have supported us to do the work that has been life-giving to us and those we serve have also needed to change. At this juncture we are exploring whether there are structures that will support new generations of practitioners in their on-going professional formation as pastoral counselors while being true to what has sustained those who have been around for a long time. As the Association moves the location of our primary work to the regions and local communities, it is important that those who are elected to Association-wide office hold a reliable structure until the new ones emerge and facilitate communication among the regions as this is being developed. I am grateful to be offered an opportunity to participate in this generative work.


JOSHUA HOYEONG JONG REGION: Eastern. ECCLESIASTICAL RELATIONSHIP: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Pastor (Pastoral Care & Counseling Ministry) in Bethpage, NY; Instructor of Pastoral Care Studies Program; Co-Director at Pastoral Care Missions Center (PCMC). HIGHEST EDUCATIONAL DEGREE: D.Min. AAPC: Fellow. Chair of Professional Concerns Committee and Theological & Social Concerns Committee/Task force in the Eastern Region, Regional Vice-Chair. BACKGROUND: Residency at Blanton-Peale Institute (BPI)-Ind., Group, and MFT. Consultant for Clergy Consultation Service at BPI. Instructor for pastoral care studies at BPI (Eng. Program 6 yrs.), director (5 yrs.) and instructor (10yrs.) of Korean-language pastoral care studies at BPI. Ph.D. studies in Counseling Psychology & Religion at Boston University (ABD). D.Min. Two-year internship at Danielsen Institute, and one-year internship at the Center for Anxiety-Related Disorder (CARD@BU). Chair of Korean AAPC Pastoral Care Specialist Cluster in Tri-State (NY, NJ, CT). Several trips to Peru, China, Korea, and Kenya, to teach pastoral care studies to the native pastors and lay leaders. STATEMENT OF GOALS: For the past several years, my colleague and I have focused on training and providing pastoral care in other countries as part of mission work. In addition, we have developed and taught Pastoral Care Specialist Training Program (AAPC Accredited) in English and Korean-Language for the past four years. We believe pastoral care and ministry of healing are essential in building healthy faith communities. As a pastoral counselor, I feel I am called to equip faith communities with pastoral care providers, and provide ongoing supervision and continuing education. I believe AAPC can contribute immensely to clergy education, and support. In addition, I believe AAPC can do more to promote pastoral care ministries in faith communities. We need healthy faith communities to serve our larger communities.

Atlantic Region ECCLESIASTICAL RELATIONSHIP: United Church of Christ. CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor of Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Maryland HIGHEST EDUCATIONAL DEGREE: Ph.D. in Practical Theology with an emphasis on Spiritual Care and Counseling AAPC: Fellow. Vice Chair, Atlantic Region, 2012 - 2014. Member of the Institutional Accreditation Committee, Atlantic Region, 2011-2014. BACKGROUND: From 2008-2011, I served as the Associate Director of The Clinebell Institute in Claremont, CA where I focused on clinical work with individuals experiencing homelessness and women transitioning from prison. In 2011, I joined the Pastoral Counseling faculty of Loyola University Maryland as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor. That same year I received Fellow standing in AAPC and was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ. In addition to publishing numerous peer reviewed articles in both pastoral counseling and counseling journals, in 2015, I co-edited Understanding Pastoral Counseling (Springer Publishing Company, 2015), the most comprehensive textbook published on pastoral counseling since Clinebell’s Basic Types of Pastoral Care and Counseling was first published in 1966. STATEMENT OF GOALS: The changing landscape of mental health care in America renders this a pivotal time for the discipline of pastoral counseling and the AAPC. The future rests on articulating a clear definition of both who we are and what we do as pastoral counselors. If elected, I hope to assist the Regions and the Board of Directors in continuing to discern a vision for the organization that embraces the increasingly diverse ways that pastoral counselors are formed and practice. The organization’s revised structure emphasizes work at the regional level, yet requires the support and flexibility of a Board of Directors who is open to midwifing AAPC into an engaged and revitalized organization. My experience in the Atlantic Region aided me in understanding how to plan programming that is responsive to the needs and interests of regional members and friends and to encourage the participation and leadership of emerging scholars.


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