GROW Conference Advisory Board

The idea for GROW Conference AVL stemmed from a desire to elevate and strengthen the mental health community in Asheville. We are an all-volunteer collective of professionals dedicated to the advancement of the community through the promotion of ethical practice, connection, excellence, mentorship, and collaboration.

Michelle Álvarez, PsyD

When she was a little girl growing up in Puerto Rico, Dr. Michelle Álvarez decided she was going to be a psychologist. She went to New York University to learn how, and then to the University of Indianapolis on a fellowship to get even better at it. And she’s been doing it ever since. She’s gotten to work in a maximum security prison, the VA, large private hospitals, small clinics, community health centers, an advocacy center for abused children, nursing homes for the elderly, private practice, trainings for immigration advocates, and backstage at theatre productions, conducting therapy sessions with actors in-character. She also works hard to do her part in spreading cultural awareness and fostering social equity, and generally taking down the man. 

Kerrie Fuenfhausen, PhD, LPCS, NCC

Dr. Kerrie Fuenfhausen is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Graduate Counseling Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University – Asheville Campus. She is committed to providing high-quality training and professional development opportunities for counseling students and licensed clinicians. She is the founder and coordinator of the Asheville-Area Counseling Professionals Association, which currently has over 800 members and is a source of networking, support, advocacy, referrals, and professional development opportunities in our counseling community. Kerrie maintains a small private practice (Five Houses Counseling, PLLC) for counseling and clinical supervision services.

Cindy Norton, LMFT

Cindy has two main passions in her work and that is helping couples and helping therapists. In her private practice, AVL Couples Therapy, she’s a therapist for Happy Couples! She provides premarital counseling and relationship enrichment services to committed couples. She loves educating couples on healthy relationships through weekend workshops at Asheville Couples Workshops. Mountain Practice Journeys is where she helps therapists to have the private practice of their dreams through coaching, web design, and online courses.

Jane Carter, LPC

Jane Carter, M.Ed., LPC has been happily immersed in the Asheville mental health community for 18 years, serving as Director of Counseling at Mars Hill College, Director of Counseling at Montreat College, and in full-time Private Practice since 2014. Jane is founder and administrator of the Asheville Women Therapists community, which promotes connection and mutual-support among local mental health professionals. Jane is also a business coach, working with therapists and other helping-professionals to create thriving Private Practices. Jane received her Master’s in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University in 2001.

Chris Mulchay, PhD

Dr. Mulchay is grateful to be a member of GROW! He moved to Asheville from Hawai’i, where he completed his postdoctoral fellowship in psychological evaluation. He was fortunate to be one of a small team of three professionals to establish clinics in rural areas of Hawai’i. With one of the world’s most diverse populations, he had the opportunity to specialize in conducting psychological assessments. His private practice in Asheville is focused on psychological evaluations. He specializes in evaluating ADHD and learning disorders. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and his two Australian Shepherds. He also enjoy spending time on the water (surfing, paddling, swimming), hiking in the mountains or attending a concert.

Gordon Smith, LPC

Gordon Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 19 years of experience in western North Carolina. Through his business, Gifted Counseling and Coaching, Gordon serves gifted adolescents, adults, and families. A former member of Asheville’s City Council, Gordon has a keen interest in community organizing, public policy, and making the world a better place. His service ethic is at the center of his life and work, and helping others to excel is at the center of that service.

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