ALGBTICO Board of Directors (2018-2019)

President: 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.


President-Elect: Christie Jenkins





Dr. Christie Jenkins has been working in the social service field for over 23 years. She began working in underground domestic violence safe houses with survivors and their families. She has been a counselor for over 14 years and she is independently licensed in two states with a supervisory designation in the state of Ohio. She is the CEO of the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center and a Core Faculty member for Walden University. She has presented locally, at the state and national levels on various topics. She is also very active in professional organizations for counselors. Her primary research interests are Animal Assisted Therapy and domestic violence. In 2004, she conducted research and wrote her Master's Thesis on gay and lesbian domestic violence.


Past-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.


Treasurer: Claire Postl







Claire Postl is an Ohio Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and has a specialization in Sex Therapy and works with clients with sexual and sexuality related concerns. Claire works full time The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center as a Sexual Health Therapy in the department of Urology. Claire previously sat as a regional representative for Central Ohio since 2015 and began sitting as treasurer in 2017.  She is excited to continue to serve on the board of ALGBTICO and hopes to continue to promote greater awareness and advocacy of LGBTQ+ issues.


Secretary: Michael Desposito





Michael Desposito is currently enrolled at Bowling Green State University to study Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ohio University and after receiving his Master’s degree, he hopes to receive his Ohio LPC. 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 adulthood, SPMI populations, dual-diagnosis populations (mental health and co-morbid substance use disorders), and facilitating creative expressive group programming in mental health inpatient settings. He has presented at national, state, and local conferences on a number of topics including emotion regulation and mood disorders, affirmative therapy practices and pedagogy with LGBTQI+ populations, and wellness. Michael is currently President-Elect of the Ohio Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Issues in Counseling (OASERVIC), and has served as emerging leader of ALGBTIC national (2017-2018), president of ALGBTIC of Ohio (2016-2017), and northwest regional representative (2014-2016). Additionally, Michael is the 1st place winner of 2017 entry-level Chi Sigma Iota’s Wellness Leadership competition.

IT Support: Jared Rose





Dr. Jared S. Rose is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Supervision Endorsed (Ohio), National Board 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 seven years serving the national ALGBTIC in various roles, including as the current President. He is thrilled to be working with the new dynamic ALGBTICO Board and all those throughout Ohio serving the LGBQ+ and Trans communities.


Regional Rep: Stephanie Durham





Area: Northwest Ohio

Stephanie Durham is a second-year master’s student at Bowling Green State University studying clinical mental health counseling. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a concentration on addiction from Southern New Hampshire University. She currently interns at Harbor Behavioral Health in Toledo, Ohio working with children and adolescents struggling with mental and emotional disorders. Stephanie has previously served as secretary for the Beta Gamma chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota honors counseling fraternity and has presented on a number of topics including affirmative pedagogy in relation to the marginalization and student retention of LGBTQI+ populations in college settings, the application of the Transtheoretical Model of Health Behavior Change across educational settings, and pop culture as it relates to the mental health profession. Her areas of interest include substance and process addictions, suicide prevention, non-suicidal self-injury, and conduct disorders related to children and adolescents. Stephanie is thrilled to serve the northwest Ohio region, addressing the need to raise awareness and advocate for 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: 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: Devyn Savitsky





Area: Southeast Ohio

Devyn Savitsky is a Ph.D student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program in Ohio University’s Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. She is currently serving as Vice President of the Alpha chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, and is the former President of Chi Sigma Iota’s Lambda Iota Beta chapter. Her research agenda focuses on the experiences of minority populations living with eating disorders, as well as the impact of media on self- image, through a feminist lens. Social justice plays a key role in her approach to counseling, research, and scholarship.