COPACT represents all Oregon Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and registered interns. COPACT is a collaboration of two professional organizations: Oregon Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT) and Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA).
COPACT’s funding comes from both professional organizations and from individuals who wish to donate to COPACT directly. These funds are used to hire and direct a lobbyist to represent LMFTs and LPCs and to pursue the passage of legislation that helps and protects our professions in Oregon. Click here to view:
We need to raise funds to pay for our lobbyist, Elizabeth Remley, Thorn Run Partners Senior Vice President. If every licensee and intern donated $20 we would have more than enough. Will you do that for your profession? If you wish to support COPACT, please visit our Donate page. Thank you for helping COPACT continue to work for you and other marriage and family therapists and professional counselors in Oregon. Also be sure to read and subscribe to our Legislative Alert. This is where you’ll be able to keep up on the work we’re doing in Salem. We will also keep you informed about any developments on the national level. Stay up to speed on what is going on politically that could have an impact on you. Read legislative updates on the Legislative Alert page.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The board of COPACT is made up of members chosen by the boards of ORCA and OAMFT. Together they direct the political effort on behalf of all LPCs and LMFTs.
PRESIDENT: Chad Ernest, MS, LPC, is a counselor and owner of Sunny Sky Counseling, a private practice. Chad has worked in community mental health for several years prior to moving to private practice. Chad has been a fierce advocate for making things better, not only professionally for clients, but also for others in the counseling profession. This belief has brought him to a place where the importance of legislation impacts the whole of LPCs and LMFTs in Oregon. Please let Chad know if there is anything COPACT can do to make Oregon more friendly for those whose chosen path as counselors is to help others in need. Happy counselors, make a happier Oregon.
TREASURER: Jeff Olsgaard, MA, MDiv, LPC, values the incredible opportunity it is to be working alongside these particular board members. Jeff considers monitoring and seeking to influence legislative interests, collaborating with various associations and meeting with our legislators as the best chance to enhance the integrity of our profession. See Jeff at http://www.westernpsych.com/directory/practitioner_detail.php?id=39
SECRETARY: Andrea J. Wright Johnston, MA, LMFT, is a legislative liaison to the OAMFT board of directors. She is a family therapist in private practice at the Portland Family Therapy agency with a specialty in sex therapy, art therapy, and as a life coach. She approaches each person and family with attention to mental and physical health, with consideration to relational, social and spiritual influences.
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS CHAIR: Larry Conner, MA, LPC. Larry is serving as the Government Relations Chair of COPACT and is currently the Public Policy and Advocacy Chair of ORCA. He has practiced as a professional counselor in Portland since 1987. Larry was one of the co-directors of the coalition that achieved passage of the LPC/LMFT Practice Act of 2009.
MEMBER-AT-LARGE: Steve Rodgers, MA, LPC, LMFT, is a legislative liaison to the OAMFT board of directors. He is a graduate of the George Fox Counseling program. Steve has been a priest and educator for over 30 years; teaching, running schools and churches and working with legislatures around issues of education and drug and alcohol education. He is currently a therapist at the Cedar Hills Hospital in Portland.
MEMBER-AT-LARGE: Libby Schwartz, MS, NCC, LPC Intern, is a graduate student at Portland State University, pursuing a Counseling Masters in clinical mental health. She has been a practicing attorney for almost 20 years, focusing on commercial litigation and appeals.
MEMBER-AT-LARGE: Wendy Curtis, MA, LPC, is a counselor in private practice in Portland, OR. She has served on the board of COPACT in several capacities since 2009. Wendy is passionate about organizing people power in order to strengthen the mental health field for its professionals and clients. Wendy works in private practice at Live Grow Transform with a specialty in life transitions, anxiety and depression. She especially loves working with adult children of “difficult parents,” as ACDP’s tend to be lovely, smart people with great senses of humor and sharp insight.