Executive Board

Michael Shavel, LPC
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Michael Shavel, LPC

President
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Trip Hartigan, NCC, LPC
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Trip Hartigan, NCC, LPC

Past President
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Julie Yale, MS, NCC, LPC
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Julie Yale, MS, NCC, LPC

President Elect
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Julie Yale, MS, NCC, LPC is a Personal Counselor in the Health and Wellness Department at Mitchell College. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and a School Counseling certification (068) from Southern Connecticut State University in 2011 and a double Bachelors in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1997. She has taught courses at Mitchell College in the Behavioral Sciences department and is currently teaching Graduate courses and providing clinical supervision for Practicum students in the Counselor Education and Family Therapy department at Central Connecticut State University. Julie is a Connecticut certified Early Childhood Teacher (113) as well. Julie has been a National Certified Counselor (NCC) since 2012 and a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2013. Julie is also an active member on the Executive Board and Governing Council for the Connecticut Counseling Association. She was appointed in 2016-2017 as Secretary and moved to Member-at-Large for the 2017-2018 year where she helped coordinate and launch the Special Interest Group for Addictions Counseling with Dr. Reginald Holt, Ph.D, LPC of Central Connecticut State University and Mike Shavel, LPC of the Connecticut Department of Labor. This past April, CCA’s Special Interest Group for Addictions Counseling was recognized by the American Counseling Association as Best Innovative Practice for the North Atlantic Region.
Karla Troesser, NCC, LPC
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Karla Troesser, NCC, LPC

Executive Director
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Karla Troesser is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) presently working for the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division as a Family Services Supervisor. She has earned a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Fairfield University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with concentrations in Peace Studies and Human Services. She has been working in the field of mediation, conflict resolution and human services since 1999. She has been involved with leadership positions with CCA and two of its divisions consistently since about 2005. She has also served a 3 year term as a North Atlantic Region Chair of the American Counseling Association. Ms. Troesser also continues to serve in the role of CCA's Annual Conference Chair.
Jenna Harma, NCC, LPC
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Jenna Harma, NCC, LPC

Membership Chair
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Jenna received her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College. She became an LPC and NCC in 2005. Her clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, and families in both outpatient and residential settings. Jenna has been an active member of CCA since 2005. She was division President of CMHCA for the 2006-2007 and 2010-2011 leadership terms and was Membership Chair and Membership Outreach Coordinator from January 2009 to February 2013. Jenna’s goals as President are to enhance CCA member benefits, opportunities for leaders, and professional development.
Kelley Hopkins-Alvarez, LPC
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Kelley Hopkins-Alvarez, LPC

Member-At-Large
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Kelley Hopkins-Alvarez, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who provides individual and couples psychotherapy in her private practice in Ridgefield, Connecticut, where she specializes in relationships. She has trained in the following models: AASECT Sex Therapy advanced training, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Gottman Couples Therapy Models, and was the first therapist in CT to incorporate Discernment Counseling in her practice. She is also a Board Certified Coach.She is also a member ofut Counseling Association: Legislative Committee and the CCA Western Chapter. Kelley has an MS in Counseling and an MS in Education. In addition to being in private practice, Kelley’s has presented on issues regarding: relationship & mental health issues to the Connecticut Counseling Association, to divorce support groups, and to undergraduate and graduate teachers in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Western Connecticut State University. She has worked formerly for Danbury Youth Services as a Youth and Family Counselor and developed the concept and co-curated the, “Preventing Lethal Violence in Schools” conference that took place at Post University, in May 2015, which brought mental health, education and law enforcement together.
Barbara Hughes, Ed.D.
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Barbara Hughes, Ed.D.

Secretary
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Dr. Barbara L. Hughes is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in CT and VA and Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in VA with her Doctorate in Education in Counseling from The College of William and Mary. She has over 32 years of experience in the mental health field working with diverse clinical populations. She currently specializes in working with children, adolescence, and young adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NVLD) along with coexisting anxiety, depression, and social deficits. She incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness, with other theories to meet client needs in a supportive, therapeutic, interpersonal, and educative style to help the person grow and develop in a happy, healthy, well balanced manner. She has private practice offices in Middletown and Essex, CT. In addition, she works with individual students on location at Franklin Academy, a private residential program for students with NVLD and ASD. She is co-founder with Robin Fox of the “Acting Social: Using Improv to Improve Social Synchronicity”© program having provided social cognitive improv groups, professional development conferences, consultations, trainings, and workshops. Barbara is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the American Counseling Association, Connecticut Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.
Jaime Krajewski
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Jaime Krajewski

Bookkeeper
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