Karena Heyward: President


Dr. Heyward, Assistant Professor and Department Chair at Lynchburg College, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor and a National Certified Counselor. 

As a firm believer in the importance of service to the counseling profession, Dr. Heyward serves as an IRCEP Ambassador, an editorial board member for the Journal of Military and Government Counseling, is a CACREP Site Team Member, and is a trained member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team and Disaster Mental Health Team.

Dr. Heyward also proudly serves her local and state communities as President of the Virginia Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling, Secretary of the Virginia Association for Couples and Family Counseling, and as the Chi Sigma Iota Faculty Advisor for the Kappa Chapter at Lynchburg College.

Before joining academia, Dr. Heyward worked in community agencies seeing couples, families and individual clients with a variety of presenting issues.

Jeff Moe: Past President

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Jeff Moe is a counselor educator at Old Dominion University and before that at a teaching university in Texas. He is a licensed professional counselor with a background in community mental health settings. His primary research interest is LGBT issues in counseling, including queer theory, counselor competency, and ally development.

Carrie Lynn Bailey: Secretary

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Dr. Carrie Lynn Bailey is a Counselor Educator and a Licensed Professional Counselor with clinical experience in family, school, and college counseling settings. She has a strong grounding in humanistic perspectives that uphold the potential of each individual to grow and move forward along their unique developmental path and strives to facilitate this growth in both students and clients through providing environments in which meaningful, self-directed learning can flourish. As a Core Faculty member with Walden University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, Dr. Bailey also maintains a small private practice focusing on the needs of college students navigating the transition to adulthood, gifted individuals across the lifespan, and supporting individuals coping with issues of anxiety and depression.  

Dr. Bailey is a founding member of Walden University’s CMHC Student Support program, co-chairs the SACES Distance/Online Counselor Education Interest Network, and serves as the Secretary for the VA-ALGTBIC chapter.

Ari Laoch: Treasurer

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As a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's master’s program; Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, Ari specializes in providing person-centered interventions for adults identifying within the LGBTQIA+ population, persons with brain injuries, and persons having a substance use diagnosis. His interests include motivational interviewing, positive psychology and empowerment, as well utilizing a trauma informed approach in providing services. He is an advocate for affirming treatment for all persons as well as Civil Rights for all.

David Ford: Membership Committee Chair

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David Julius Ford, Jr., Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, is a second-year professor of Counseling at James Madison University. He has his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Old Dominion University. His research and counseling interests lie in African American male college students, Black Greek life, the LGBTQQIA community, Addictions Counseling, persons affected by HIV/AIDS, and Intersectionality. He is licensed in NC and VA and has memberships in ACA, ALGBTIC, ACES, and AMCD.

Nick Gowen: Graduate Student Chair


Nick Gowen is Counselor Education student at Virginia Tech. Previously, he worked as a writing consultant and taught communication and social theory at the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program, a college preparatory program for high school seniors. He has been involved with LGBT causes and community education since 2010, when he began a free HIV testing program sponsored by his college's LGBT student group, and he now serves as a co-facilitator for Youth Saga of Roanoke, a support group for LGBTQ+ youth in Southwestern Virginia.

Amanda Friday: Technology Chair


Amanda R. Friday is a fourth year doctoral student at The George Washington University (GWU). She is currently an Adjunct Professor at GWU, an neuropsychology extern at Children's National Medical Center, and a Career Counselor at Georgetown's Cawley Career Education Center. Her passions involve serving the LGBTQQIA community, advocating for social justice, identity and career development, and athletic career transition. As Technology Chair for VA-ALGBTIC, she is excited to be a part of such a great team and division!