ALGBTICO Board of Directors (2017-2018)

President: Kaitlyn Forristal





Kaitlyn Forristal is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Ohio) and student hailing from Toledo, Ohio. She received both her BA and MA from the University of Toledo where she is currently working towards her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. In addition to her academic work, Kate provides pro-bono counseling at a private practice serving the trans* population in Northwest Ohio. Her research interests include negative weight-based stereotypes and in particular, eradicating fatphobia from the counseling relationship, and making mental healthcare more inclusive of trans* experiences.


President-Elect: Meagan McBride-Klein





Meagan McBride is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Ohio), and currently a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education & Supervision at the University of Toledo.  She earned her masters from Bowling Green State University, and has been serving the rural populations of Northwest Ohio as a mental health counselor since 2015.  Megan's research interests include counselor's knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs around human sexuality, rural counseling settings and human sexuality, as well as prevention and education. During her time at BGSU, Meagan was a VISION scholarship recipient, serving as a campus advocate for safe and inclusive spaces on campus. Meagan does frequent trains for social workers, counselors, and health workers on human sexuality and diversity, and has presented at state and national levels.  Meagan is the Director of Prevention and Early Intervention for Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio and works with the ADAMHS Board in Findlay and Sandusky counties to ensure area LGBTQ+ students have access to care and support.


Past-President: Michael Desposito





Michael Desposito is currently enrolled at Bowling Green State University studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling and hopes to receive his LPC credential in the state of Ohio. He is currently a licensed Chemical Dependency Counseling Assistant (CDCA) from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ohio University. Michael has worked and served in the mental health field for the past 8 years and has experience working with at-risk youth transitioning to adult-hood, SPMI populations, dual-diagnosis populations (mental health and co-morbid substance use disorders), and facilitating creative expressive group programming in mental health inpatient settings. Michael previously served as Northwest Regional Representative for ALGBTICO and Graduate Representative of Northwest Ohio Counseling Association. Michael has always had a passion for social justice and advocacy and has served as a past member of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition on their education, conference, and grant committees. Michael believes in promoting affirmative approaches for LGBTQ+ populations and has worked to coordinate education and resources among Toledo organizations that serve them.


Treasurer: Claire Postl







Claire Postl is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (Ohio), and has a specialization in sexual health and sexually related mental health concerns. Claire works full time, as a counselor, at a group practice in Columbus, and has been the regional representative for Central Ohio since 2015.  She is excited to continue to serve as a representative of ALGBTICO and hopes to continue to promote greater awareness and advocacy of LGBTQ+ issues .

Secretary: Diana VanWinkle






Diana VanWinkle is a Licensed Professional Counselor (OH) and doctoral student at Kent State University (KSU). Currently, she is teaching part time at Kent State University and the University of Akron. Her academic career includes post master’s work and Med. in counseling from Kent State, MA from Trinity in Columbus, OH, and a BA from Youngstown state University. Diana has worked specifically with LGBTQ+ populations by creating a workshop entitled, GLBT and the helping professions. Diana has been engaged in heling professions for 30 years with the privilege of creating space for change and healing with individuals and families with diverse concerns and life experiences.  


IT Support: Jared Rose





Dr. Jared S. Rose is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (Ohio), National Certified Counselor, and an EMDR Certified Therapist. He is an Assistant Professor in Bowling Green State University’s Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling programs, and Owner/Professional Clinical Counselor of Moose Counseling & Consulting, LLC (providing clinical mental health services through Karuna House, LLC in Perrysburg, Ohio). Through various roles, he has over 25 years working with LGBQ+ and Trans* at the individual, community, organizational, and social justice/advocacy levels. Dr. Rose has spent the past four years serving the national ALGBTIC in various roles, including the current President-Elect and a member of the ALGBTIC/ASERVIC Taskforce.  Dr. Rose also continues to serve the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA) as the Ethics Liaison. He is thrilled to be working with the new dynamic ALGBTICO Board and all those throughout Ohio serving the LGBTQ+ community.


Regional Rep: Nick Corne





Area: Northwest Ohio

Nick Corne is a second-year masters student at the University of Toledo focusing on Cinical Mental Health Counseling. Prior to his full-time educational pursuits, Nick has worked in non-profit management, higher-education, and management consulting. Nick’s LGBTQ+ community service includes being a founding board member for Toledo’s first LBGTQ+ youth group and volunteering and advocating with organization like the Why Marriage Matters – Ohio campaign as well as Equality Toledo and Equality Ohio. Nick is passionate about mental health and wellness and is looking forward to supporting ALGBTICO and advocating for the awareness and LGBTQ+ issues.


Regional Rep: Marissa Patsey







Area: Northeast Ohio

Marissa Patsey is a psychotherapist at the May Dugan Center working in a collaborative partnership with the LGBT Center of Cleveland to provide free therapeutic and wrap-around services to members of the LGBTQ+ community through the support of a grant from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). She recently completed graduate work in clinical mental health counseling at Cleveland State University (CSU) as well as the Gestalt Training Program (GTP XVIII) at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, where she is currently a visiting faculty member. Marissa created and co-teaches a course at CSU on counseling LGBT clients, one of only a handful of such classes in the country.  She recently co-designed a continuing education workshop that will be hosted at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in March 2018 designed to increase participants' knowledge and awareness of issues that LGBTQ+ individuals experience. Marissa also provides CE workshops, hosted at CSU, on the role of mental health counselors in psychedelic psychotherapy.  Marissa is particularly interested in the way relational space informs our lived experiences, especially our ideas of self(ing).  Marissa is honored and excited to serve ALGBTICO and those in Northeast Ohio as a resource and advocate.


Regional Rep: Tyler Rogols





Area: Central Ohio

Tyler Rogols is a second-year master’s student studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The Ohio State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Health Care Policy from Bowling Green State University. Tyler has been working with college students since 2011 and is conducting research on the efficacy of mindfulness-based smartphone app use to reduce physiologic stress responses in undergraduates. He is currently an intern with Career Counseling and Support Services at The Ohio State University and Counseling Services at Ohio Dominican University. Tyler is also a proud alumni brother of Delta Lambda Phi International Social Fraternity for LGBT and progressive men. He believes that an understanding of culture is at the heart of advocacy and informed counseling, and he encourages all counselors to explore LGBTQ+ culture and its rich history .


Regional Rep: Kelsey Scalan





Area: Central Ohio

Kelsey Scanlan is a Licensed Professional Counselor working in Springfield, Ohio. She received her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University, and her BA in Psychology from The Ohio State University. Kelsey works in a community health setting with individuals from all backgrounds, but her primary interest is in counseling issues within the LGBTQ+ community. She has provided education on LGBTQ+ issues for her workplace and is an educator for nonviolent crisis intervention and Mental Health First Aid. She hopes to become involved with educating both clinicians and the general public on the unique issues the LGBTQ+ community faces, as well as bring more advocacy and resources to Springfield. .


Regional Rep: Caitlin Yilmazer





Area: Southwest Ohio

Caitlin Yilmazer is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Ohio) located in Cincinnati, Ohio, specializing in couples and LGBTQ+ counseling. Caitlin currently works at Waybridge Counseling Services, a private practice in Cincinnati, and is currently working primarily with individuals who identify as trans* and couples. Caitlin currently advocates in the community in developing resources, providing trainings for clinicians, and providing education at local schools and businesses; she is an adjunct instructor at Xavier Univerisy, providing students with training for working with trans* populations. Caitlin is excited to be a part of ALGBTICO to continue advocating for the LGBTQ+ community by working with fellow members towards improving mental health services, education, and awareness in the state of Ohio.


Regional Rep: Audrey Morris





Area: Southeast Ohio

Audrey Morris is a Licensed Professional Counselor that works in Lawrence County, Ohio. Audrey received her Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Lindsey Wilson School of Professional Counseling in Ashland, KY. Audrey works at a local school with 6th-12th grade students. She also works at a dual diagnosis addiction and recovery treatment facility during the summer. Audrey’s primary passion is working with the LGBTQ+ population in rural Appalachian regions and feels that this population has been underserved and misrepresented. Working in the schools has been a great opportunity for Audrey to assist Appalachian LGBTQ+ youth during their coming out process and feeling acceptance in the community. Audrey also attends BE support Group in Ashland, KY that assist LGBTQ+ of the tristate region.