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SOSBS Advisory Board

Collaboration for success: Social and Behavioral Sciences leaders + Capella University

The Advisory Board serves as a brain trust for leaders and key decision makers within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Composed of thought leaders and influencers, the board provides a critical link between the strategic objectives of the school and the needs of external constituents through input, insight, feedback and consultation.

Our mission

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences provides innovative, learner-centered education that is competency-based, rigorous, relevant and transformative. Our programs prepare graduates to be change makers in behavioral health to meet the needs of a diverse, ever-evolving society.

Capella faculty working with the advisory board

Advisory Board members provide industry and practice-relevant insight to school leaders and faculty to enact on the mission of the school. Board members have backgrounds in the fields of applied behavior analysis, clinical psychology, clinical mental health counseling, general psychology, marriage and family therapy, school counseling and school psychology. Capella leaders and faculty collaborate with board members to ensure academic offerings are rigorous, relevant and effectively build required competencies.


In addition to programs and curricula, the board also focuses on areas such as diversity, advocacy and social justice; learner and alumni success; and community engagement and partnerships.

Board Members

Bre P. Banks, PhD

Founder
Banks Group Consulting

Dr. Bre Banks currently serves as a researcher for the Zero Suicide Institute and National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention within Education Development Center. In this role, Bre leads the design and implementation of a variety of suicide prevention research and program evaluation initiatives, with a heavy focus on translating evidence-based interventions to real world context. She is also the founder and CEO of Banks Group Consulting, where she provides consultation in training, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based treatment in behavioral health, with a focus in simulation learning.

In her prior role, she served as the director of Clinical Education and Centerstone’s Research Institute, an ancillary clinical and translational science organization within Centerstone of America, the nation’s largest not-for-profit community behavioral health provider. In that work, Dr. Banks led the strategic design, direction, implementation and research and evaluation of clinical education initiatives across Centerstone’s enterprise.

Out of her dedication to innovation and the delivery of high-quality care to patients who need it most, she led the development of the nation’s first community-based simulation training center for behavioral health. Spurred from her doctoral dissertation work, which examined counselors’ simulated behavioral response to patients at risk for suicide, Dr. Banks is an emerging leader in the development and advocacy for simulation-based education for behavioral health providers.

Dr. Banks holds a bachelor’s in psychology and political science, a master’s in clinical mental health counseling and a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from the University of Tennessee. She has over 10 years of experience as a behavioral health translational scientist and clinician, having served in both leading and supporting roles in federal grant awards totaling over $19 million. Her research and clinical expertise lie primarily within suicide prevention and intervention, including the development and implementation of cross-cultural treatment and simulation training for suicide-specific evidence-based psychotherapies. Dr. Banks has also held several academic appointments in counseling and counselor education master’s and doctoral programs.

Shekeria Barnes, MA

Founding Principal, Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy, Leadership Coach, Simply Speak Consultants

Shekeria Barnes is a 22-year educator with a background in teaching English/Language Arts in Middle and High Schools. She currently serves as the Founding Principal of a public charter school in Charlotte, N.C.

Shekeria is a native North Carolinian and has worked in rural, urban, traditional public and charter schools across the state as a Dean of Students, Instructional Facilitator and Assistant Principal as well. She is an independent educational consultant where she specializes in leadership development, teacher mentoring and coaching as well as culture and organizational development. Shekeria is married to an educator and they have one daughter. She also serves as member of the Mecklenburg County Women’s Advisory Board and she was awarded the title of The Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women of Charlotte.

She is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University, BA in English, Central Michigan University, M.Ed in Education (Instruction) and a K-12 Principal’s Add-on License through Wingate University.

David Celiberti, PhD, BCBA-D

Executive Director
Association for Science in Autism Treatment

Dr. David Celiberti is the executive director of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment and Co-Editor of ASAT’s online publication, Science in Autism Treatment. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University in 1993 and his board certification in behavior analysis in 2000. 

Dr. Celiberti has served on a number of advisory boards and special interest groups in the field of autism, applied behavior analysis and early childhood education. He works in private practice and provides consultation to public and private schools and agencies in underserved areas and minority communities. He has authored several articles in professional journals and presents frequently at regional, national and international conferences. In prior positions, Dr. Celiberti taught courses related to applied behavior analysis (ABA) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervised individuals pursuing BCBA certifications, and conducted research in the areas of ABA, family intervention and autism.

Laurie L. Charlés, PhD

Systemic Family Therapy Consultant

Dr. Laurie L. Charlés is a licensed marriage and family therapist and qualitative researcher whose scholarship and consultation practice focuses on scaling up family therapy practices for host country nationals in fragile, conflict and violence affected states. Her work focuses on how to enhance family systems focused on public mental health initiatives with vulnerable and at-risk populations. 

Recent projects have been as a consultant for a project in Sri Lanka to create a grassroots toolkit for practitioners engaged in transitional justice and reconciliation initiatives, and as an international consultant/lead master trainer for the United Nations Office in Vienna, working to deliver a UNODC Treatnet Family Therapy package to practitioners from 15 countries in south, central, and southeast Asia, and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

She holds a doctorate in family therapy from Nova Southeastern University and a master’s in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is author/editor of seven books, most recently International Family Therapy: A Guide for Multilateral Systemic Practice in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (2021, Routledge).

Diane L. Finley, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology
Prince George’s Community College

Dr. Diane L. Finley earned her doctorate in human development and sport psychology at the University of Maryland College Park. She earned a master’s in counseling at Louisiana State University. She is a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Mental Performance Consultant, AASP. She currently teaches psychology at a community college near Washington, D.C. She has taught in traditional asynchronous online and blended formats. She is recognized as an expert in online learning with 25 years of experience.

Dr. Finley has created at least 10 different online courses which are utilized as master courses by faculty in her department. She completed four different trainings related to teaching online and has participated as an instructor in those. She has taught in at least seven different LMS. She has been involved with Quality Matters (QM) since its inception and is currently a master reviewer with over 100 completed reviews. She is a master facilitator for QM and regularly facilitates workshops on developing and improving the online class. She has numerous invited presentations and publications about online teaching.

Professionally, she is involved in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology American Psychological Association Division 2. She is currently president-elect. Previously she was the director of Professional Development Mentoring, a consulting editor of Methods and Techniques, Teaching of Psychology and vice president for Membership.

She served on the CLEP Educational Psychology Test Committee, Educational Testing Service and served as chair for two years. She received the American Psychological Association Committee on Associate and Baccalaureate Education 2015 Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship at a Two-Year College or Campus as well as the Teaching Excellence Award for Two Year Colleges, Society for Teaching of Psychology, American Psychological Association.

Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

CEO/Founder
Motivo

Rachel McCrickard is the CEO and Co-Founder of Motivo. Motivo is helping solve the nation’s behavioral health crisis by supporting therapists through the licensure process.

A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist herself, Rachel withstood a weekly two-hour commute to complete her required clinical supervision hours over the course of two years. That experience gave her a front-seat view into the geographic barriers that preclude behavioral health professionals from serving rural areas.

Motivo is the largest platform connecting behavioral health professionals to virtual clinical supervisors, supporting thousands of aspiring therapists, counselors, social workers, and behavior analysts on their road to licensure.

Patrick O’Leary, MA, BCBA

Manager of Training Processes
Positive Behavior Supports Corp.

Patrick is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and the Manager of Training Processes at Positive Behavior Supports, Corp. He received his M.A. in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis in 2012 and has been a BCBA since September 2013. During that time, he worked in a variety of clinical settings, including group homes, public and private schools, and in-home. Prior to his certification as a BCBA, Patrick worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist assistant, where he discovered his passion for helping others.

Patrick's current work as the Manager of Training Processes involves the development and broad-scale implementation of training initiatives at PBS Corp. He uses various tech platforms, including SQL, Microsoft Power BI, and other cloud-based systems to identify and meet training needs across the organization and ensure systems and processes are established to promote meaningful growth and professional development. Patrick formerly served as the Practicum Facilitator for an introductory course in Autism at Davidson College and is currently a Co-Instructor at the graduate level in Florida Institute of Technology's Verified Course Sequence.

Tinisha Parker, PhD

Executive Director of Student Services
Gwinnett County Public Schools

Dr. Tinisha Parker has dedicated her life and 20-year career to educating and supporting young people as they navigate life’s challenges. She has served students directly in the capacity of teacher, counselor and administrator. She spent seven years supporting school counselors directly at the district level and was later promoted to an executive leadership position where she currently serves as the executive director of Student Services for Gwinnett County Public Schools. In this role, Dr. Parker supports school counselors, social workers and school nurses in addition to several student service programs including homeless, foster care and the career academy programs.

She has served as the immediate past chair of the Board for the American School Counselor Association, which represents over 40,000 counselors nationwide, and past president of The Georgia School Counselor Association. Dr. Parker enjoys learning from others and sharing her knowledge and she has presented and addressed audiences at the local, state and national levels on a variety of issues plaguing young people and educators today. 

In March 2021, Dr. Parker was asked to keynote with newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Education (ED), Dr. Miguel Cardona, as the two closing speakers for the South by Southwest Education Conference (SXSW EDU). The ED, national and state education associations, state leaders and district leaders across the nation call on her expertise in the areas of leadership, career development and social-emotional wellness.

Dr. Parker loves her family and is a lifelong learner who holds degrees in education, leadership, school counseling and industrial-organizational psychology. Full of gratitude, Dr. Parker believes she is truly blessed to work in a field that is so fulfilling and one that consistently provides opportunities for self-growth and development. She looks forward to embracing the opportunities of each day and teaches others to do the same.

Krysia Weidell, MA, LPCC, LADC

Director, ST Mental Health Services
MN Adult & Teen Challenge

Krysia received her master’s in Clinical Psychology in 2015 and has been licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 2015 and as a Professional Clinical Counselor since 2020. 

She joined MNTC over 5 years ago and has served in a number of different roles, including mental health provider, as a clinical and mental health supervisor, and manager of mental health services. Krysia currently serves as the short-term Director of Mental Health Services and is board-approved as a Mental Health Supervisor. She is passionate about providing excellent mental health services to MNTC clients through direct individual and group therapy and also through training and development of the next generation of mental health and co-occurring clinicians through the MNTC internship programs. 

Heidi Winter, MSW, LICSW

Outpatient Unit Director, Outpatient Services
Woodland Centers

Heidi Winter, MSW, LICSW is a Mental Health Professional, employed by Woodland Centers, a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center located in West Central Minnesota, serving 7 counties. Heidi has held the position of Director of Outpatient Therapy for the past 5 years, providing administrative supervision of 30 mental health professionals with various licenses, in various locations. The team Heidi supervises consists of six clinicians residing outside of Minnesota, providing telehealth services to the agency. In addition to the administrative duties, Heidi also continues to provide individual psychotherapy to a small caseload, as well as group therapy as needed.

Heidi received a Bachelor of Social Work from Southwest Minnesota State University, and a Master of Social Work from the College of St Catherine/University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has over 15 years’ experience in providing individual and group therapy, utilizing a variety of clinical modalities, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She has also provided clinical supervision for licensure for more than 20 individuals and is an approved supervisor with both the MN Board of Social Work and the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Capella School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Leadership

Joshua Stanley, EdD

Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Capella University

Dr. Joshua Stanley serves as dean for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Capella University. Prior to this role, he served as dean for the School of Counseling and Human Services, interim assistant dean for the counselor education and family therapy programs, and chair of the school counseling and addiction studies programs. He also served as core faculty in the counselor education program specializing in school counseling. Before coming to Capella, Dr. Stanley held several positions in P-12 education, including serving as an elementary and secondary school counselor, school counselor, school counseling program specialist and coordinator of secondary intervention and transition services for the Tennessee Department of Education.

Dr. Stanley previously held positions as president of the Tennessee School Counselor Association and member of the Florida School Counselor Association governing board. Dr. Stanley holds a doctorate in counselor education and supervision, master’s degree in counseling and bachelor’s degree in psychology. He is a licensed school counselor and holds the national certified counselor and approved clinical supervisor credentials. Dr. Stanley maintains a limited private practice in Orlando, Florida, where he specializes in working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Jody Neuman-Aamlie, PhD, LP

Associate Dean, Department of Counseling and Family Therapy
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Capella University

Dr. Jody Neuman-Aamlie serves as associate dean in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Counselor Education and Family Therapy at Capella University.

As a first-generation college student, Dr. Neuman-Aamlie is passionate about extending access to high-quality education and mental health services. With over 25 years of experience in higher education, she has provided psychological services in diverse settings, served as a supervisor for APA-accredited predoctoral and postdoctoral internship training programs, and held academic and student affairs positions at multiple institutions. Dr. Neuman-Aamlie joined Capella University in 2004 as the director of clinical training in the School of Psychology. She has since served in a variety of academic leadership positions with the university.

Dr. Neuman-Aamlie has authored scholarly articles and served as a reviewer for peer-reviewed academic journals. She has presented numerous topics for organizations as well as at state, regional, and national conferences. Dr. Neuman-Aamlie earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Psychology and her bachelor’s in psychology from Grand Valley State University. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota.

Irene Abrego Nicolet, PhD

Assistant Dean, Department of Psychology
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Capella University

Dr. Irene Abrego Nicolet is the assistant dean for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Psychology at Capella University. She serves as department administrator and provides academic and operational oversight to the programs that fall within this area. Dr. Nicolet obtained her bachelor’s in psychology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, master’s degree and certification in school psychology from Northern Arizona University and her doctorate in school psychology from Capella University in 2004.  She is a licensed specialist in school psychology in Texas and is a nationally certified school psychologist. She has provided school psychology services for 30 years.

Dr. Nicolet has held a number of positions in the public school sector including school psychologist, coordinator of counseling services and private educational consultant.  She joined Capella University in 2008. In the specialization of school psychology, she has served as core faculty, director of clinical training and faculty chair. She has also functioned as faculty chair for educational psychology, child and adolescent psychology and developmental psychology. She has supervised interns from various institutions in Texas and serves as a consultant to Texas public schools primarily addressing crisis response, district wide program development and training school counselors and staff. Dr. Nicolet is first and foremost a mother to three whose passion is sports, where all of life’s best lessons can be learned. 

Constance St. Germain, EdD, JD

President and Provost
Capella University

Dr. Constance St. Germain serves as president and provost for Capella University. She joined Capella University in 2017 as its chief academic officer and senior vice president of academic affairs. In 2019 she was appointed provost and in 2023 became president.

Prior to joining Capella, she was the executive dean for the College of Humanities and Sciences at University of Phoenix. While there, Dr. St. Germain positioned the college as an incubator for continued growth and development to transform students into socially aware, critically thinking global citizens.

In addition to her academic career, Dr. St. Germain is a U.S. Army veteran and served as a major in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. While on active duty, she held assignments as an attorney at military posts including the 82D Airborne Division and XVIII Airborne Corps Fort Bragg, NC.

She holds a Doctor of Education in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University; a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law; and a Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University. She is admitted to practice as an attorney in Vermont, Virginia, and Maryland, as well as several federal courts. St. Germain’s research focus is on women and leadership.

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