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FACES President Raul Machuca

FACES President-Elect Lourdes Araujo

FACES Past President Caroline Perjessy

FACES Treasurer Michelle Pinellas

FACES Secretary Nicole Kratimenos

FACES Member-at-Large Karla Sapp

FACES Grad Student Rep Jordan Mike

Get to know your FACES Leadership

Raul Machuca, Ph.D., LMHC President

Dr. Machuca holds a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Qualified Supervisor for Clinical Mental Health and Marriage and Family Therapy interns in the state of Florida. Dr. Machuca completed extramural training in CBT at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia. He is a Certified Cognitive Therapist and a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Machuca is an associate professor of counseling at Barry University. He is also the Director of the Doctoral Program in Counseling in the Miami Shores campus, as well as the Director of the Master of Science in Counseling for The Bahamas cohorts. In addition to his role as President for the Florida Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (FACES), Dr. Machuca has served as FACES President-Elect, Treasurer of the Florida Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (FALGBTIC), and as Chair of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES)’ Supervision Interest Network. Dr. Machuca is also the current Chair of the Chi Sigma Iota Faculty Advisor Committee. His areas of research, teaching, and clinical interest include CBT, technology in counselor education/counseling and supervision, bilingual counselor education/supervision and counseling, multicultural issues, gender/sexual and affectionally diverse issues, and resilience.

Lourdes Araujo, LMHCPresident-Elect

Ms. Araujo is a bilingual licensed mental health counselor who specializes in the treatment of trauma, mood disorders with the children, adolescents, teens, adults, and the senior population. Pedagogically and clinically, Ms. Araujo operates from a humanistic-constructivist perspective. Her research interests relate to trauma, education, and online learning, including diversity and multiculturalism. She has contributed as a student researcher in a published human trafficking publication.

Ms. Araujo’s training includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Victim-Centered Approach for Trauma and, Holistic Mindfulness approaches in counseling and community mental health settings, both in individual and group format. She uses trauma-focused and mindfulness therapeutic techniques when working with issues ranging from domestic violence, sexual assault, sex exploitation, human trafficking, and sexual abuse of children and adults to empower them to regain control of their lives and acquire success.

Caroline Perjessy, Ph.D.Past-President

Dr. Caroline Perjessy is an Associate Professor and Director of the Counselor Education & Supervision Doctoral program at NLU at the Tampa-Florida Regional campus. She obtained her PhD in Counseling and Human Development Services from Kent State University, a CACREP-Accredited program, in Kent, Ohio. Her dissertation title “The Experience of Completion: How Female Counselor Educators Completed Their Doctoral Degree”, was a qualitative study that explored how women demonstrate resilience and motivation in finishing a doctoral degree. This has been a major area of research interest for Dr. Perjessy, who operates from a Humanistic and Post-Modern theoretical orientation. 

Her other professional and academic areas of interest include: Supervision, narrative/postmodern approaches to pedagogy, supervision, and clinical work; women’s issues, career development, doctoral education, and online education. She has over 13 years experience as an LPC/LMHC, and has been a licensed mental health counselor in Ohio, Georgia, and Florida and is a Qualified Supervisor in Florida. She has taught for several universities at both the graduate and undergraduate level since 2003 and has taught virtually every counseling course availability, at the Master’s, EdS, and Doctoral level. 

Currently, she is serving as Past President for the Florida Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (FACES) and is actively involved with Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Women’s Interest Network Co-Chair. She is a practicing clinician in private practice and has training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which she utilizes in her practice with adults and adolescents. She also offers trainings and workshops on Dialectical Behavior Therapy and has been an invited speaker to offer these workshops. 

Michele Pinellas, M.Ed. Treasurer

Mrs. Pinellas is a Professional School Counselor in Tallahassee, Florida. She has worked in low-income schools for five years and has extensive experience and expertise in dealing with trauma, substance abuse, suicide risk, child and adolescent social and emotional issues, and grief and loss. Michele is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Florida. Raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she relocated to Tallahassee, Florida to attend Florida A&M University. From this institution, Michele obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2013 as well as her Masters of Education in Counselor Education in 2016. Michele is currently a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education & Supervision at National Louis University in Tampa. Here her research focuses on increasing resilience in minority youth who have experienced chronic adversity through yoga. Michele has been a member of FACES and FCA since 2015.

Nicole Kratimenos, LMHCSecretary

Ms. Kratimenos received her master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 2006. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate from the National Louis University in Tampa in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Palm Harbor, FL. She has her sole practice, Sound Mind Counseling and provides trilingual counseling services in English, Greek and Spanish. She specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy but uses eclectic methods in her services. She works with all individuals ages 4 and up and provides individual, couples and family counseling. Ms. Kratimenos is also an adjunct instructor at St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Campus teaching General Psychology and The College Experience. She is also a member of FCA and FACES as of 2019. She has co-presented at FCA conventions on the topic of The Guilt of Ambivalent Reactions: Healing Ambivalent Loss in Transgender Families and has participated in research through Operation PAR focusing on dual-diagnosis treatment.

Dr. Karla L. Sapp, LPC-S, LMHC-SMember-At-Large

Dr. Karla L. Sapp is currently Licensed by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapist as a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Florida Department of Health as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She also holds the following certifications: National Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, and Approved Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Sapp is currently a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) and the former Coastal District Representative which consist of 21 counties. Dr. Sapp is also a member for the Florida Counseling Association and currently the Public Awareness Committee Chair and Member-At-Large for FACES.

Dr. Sapp has been practicing for 12 years, specializing in general mental health and addictions counseling, among the adult and criminal offender populations. Dr. Sapp also works with Adolescent Student-Athletes and Athletic Professionals.  Dr. Sapp has experience working in the following settings, In-Patient Acute Hospitalization, Outpatient, Correctional setting, and currently the Owner of U Matter Consulting and Counseling, LLC, located in South East Georgia.

Dr. Sapp was previously an Adjunct Faculty at South University-Savannah Campus in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, where she taught the following courses: Counseling Theories, Psychopathology, Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders, Professional Ethics and Orientation, and Group Psychotherapy; as well as a previous Adjunct Psychology Professor at Georgia Southern University- Armstrong/Liberty Campus, where she has taught and/or currently teaching the following courses: Introduction to Psychology, Fundamentals of Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Personality Theories, Child Development and Research In Psychology which includes conducting research.

A scholarly practitioner, Dr. Sapp, has a research interest in lifestyle choices and wellness, offender treatment and rehabilitation, developmental counseling, trauma, and disaster mental health and have been featured as a workshop presenter and speaker on the Global, National, Regional, and Local level.

Jordan D. Mike, MS., NCC Graduate Student Representative

Jordan D. Mike (he, him, his), M.S., NCC is a doctoral student at the University of Florida, currently working towards his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. He is currently serving as the Graduate Student Representative for the Florida Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (FACES). He also currently serves as a student liaison for the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. As a Scholar-Activist, his research revolves around internationalization of counseling throughout The Caribbean, trauma and crisis work within minority communities and community healing. Along with being a student Jordan runs a personal blog that centers around his journey as mental health counselor and providing mental health within a Caribbean context. Jordan is a proud Bahamian and in his spare times enjoys tea making, fishing and cooking.

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