Board and Committee Leadership, 2016 – 2017

Executive Officers

Rick_HendricksRick Hendricks, President: (term ends 2018)

Rick currently serves as the Couples and Family Readjustment Therapist working with Combat Veterans and their families through the Springfield Vet Center as part of the Department of Veteran Affairs, Readjustment Counseling services. Additionally, he works as an adjunct professor with Cambridge College teaching courses in Couples Therapy, Basic Counseling Skills for MFTs and Combat Stress and Trauma to graduate students, all from a systemic perspective.

After 27 plus years of service, Rick retired from the U.S. Army as a Sergeant Major in the Chaplain Corps in March 2011. While serving on active duty, He completed his internship and pre-licensure work in Virginia and Kentucky. He started in private practice in Kentucky, while supplementing that practice by working in Community Mental Health as a PRN clinician doing intensive in-home therapy with high-risk adolescents and their families. He also served as the director of The InnerView’s Employee Care Partnership (EAP) Services working with the Lyndon Fire Department, embedded in their department.

Rick has had myriad leadership experiences in both paid and volunteer positions. His roles have included administration, training development, public relations, political campaign management and service on a variety of Boards of Directors throughout his career. While in the military, Rick served in volunteer leadership positions in the church, youth sports, and as the School Board President for Fort Knox Community Schools.

Rick has been a member of the AAMFT since 2005 as a student, pre-clinical fellow and now Clinical Fellow. As a student, he served as a volunteer for the AAMFT national conference while beginning to establish his professional identity as a marriage and family therapist. He was elected and served as Secretary to the Kentucky Association for MFT Board prior to moving to Massachusetts. Since being here, he has worked with the MAMFT Media Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee prior to being elected as President-elect in 2013. He took over the role of MAMFT President in July 2015.

His ACTION plan as President is to:

  • Advance the profession, claiming our unique specialty as MFTs to educate the public and
    advocate to the power structure (lawmakers, insurance boards, and employing agencies)
  • Coordinate and cooperate with other professionals representing MFT interests.
  • Train and educate by providing excellent, relevant conferences and other CEU opportunities.
  • Inform the membership of relevant topics through newsletters, e-blasts, website, and social media, while being informed through members sharing needs, concerns, and solutions.
  • Organize in a collective force for the benefit of the profession and each member individually.
  • Network across the state encouraging professional growth through our events and our Mentoring Project.

jeremiah-headshotJeremiah Gibson, President-Elect: (term ends 2019)

Jeremiah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the South Shore Family Health Collaborative in Quincy, a private practice devoted to serving couples and families in South Shore. Jeremiah also supervises postgraduate therapists at South Bay Mental Health in Dorchester. His professional interests include couples and families with young children, couples and sexuality, and religious/spiritual issues. He is currently receiving supervision toward certification as an Approved Supervisor with AAMFT. Originally from Texas, Jeremiah has been an MAMFT board member since 2012, where he has served as the chairperson for the media committee.

Jeremiah co-hosts the podcast Under the Covers: The Music of Relationships. He enjoys singing and playing guitar, writing, including articles for MAMFT newsletters, and connecting with other Massachusetts therapists.

Dr. Patricia Gorman, Secretary: (term ends 2019)

Patricia Gorman, Ed.D, LMFT  has 24 years’ experience as a teacher and supervisor of MFT students including serving as Program Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of St Joseph in West Hartford, CT and  at Springfield College.  Dr. Gorman currently has a private practice in Amherst working with families and couples. She is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and has served as site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.

Dr. Gorman previously served as MAMFT Board Members for two-terms, 1994-1997 and 1997-2000.  In her current term, she is serving as Secretary and as chairperson of the Professional Development and Education Committee. Dr. Gorman’s focus on the board is to advocate for the next generation of LMFTs in Massachusetts.

photoQuincy Lashley, Treasurer: (term ends 2019)

Quincy Lashley received her master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Northwestern University in 2011 and has been a member of the AAMFT since she was a student. She has worked primarily in community healthcare settings doing both in-home and outreach therapy. She was previously a supervisor at South Bay Community Services (previously South Bay Mental Health) where she provided supervision and leadership to a team of clinicians focusing on trauma. She currently works as a psychotherapist at Fenway Health, a LGBT-focused federally qualified health center in Boston. Additionally, she has a private practice in Danvers, MA, and almost exclusively works with couples there. Quincy pulls from an eclectic training background and primarily uses systems theory, DBT, IFS, and mindfulness in her therapeutic work with individual and couples.

Quincy currently serves at the Treasurer of the MAMFT and works to make sure that the MAMFT can continue to support the growth and promotion of MFTs in Massachusetts.

Board of Directors


erickaEricka Albright, Membership Committee: (term ends 2018)

Ericka Albright is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) who earned a Master of Science
degree from UMass Boston and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wells College in Aurora, NY. For the last
five years she has worked as both an In-home therapist and an outpatient therapist at Clinical and
Support Options (CSO) in Pittsfield, MA. Last year, in order to serve more couples/families, she joined a
group private practice, Siracusa Associates Behavioral Health, in Williamstown, MA. As the only marriage
and family therapist in the practice, she has been excited to share the value of systemic therapy with her
colleagues and has received plenty of referrals to meet with couples.

This is Ericka’s first experience serving as an MAMFT board member and she appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with so many dedicated and talented professionals in the MFT field. Ericka enjoys all things about the Maine coast, hiking, kayaking, spending time with her family/friends and spoiling her black lab, Chance.

jkheadshotJason Kaufman, Student Representative (term ends 2018)

Jason is a Masters student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at William James College (formerly MSPP). He also works at McLean Hospital, where he is a Community Residence Counselor at the Gunderson Residence for adult women with Borderline Personality Disorder, where he incorporates  family work in their treatment. In the future, he hopes to continue helping couples and families cope with serious mental illness. Better integrating systemic therapy into general psychiatric care is an important policy goal of his.

Prior to entering the mental health field, he taught sociology at Harvard University, where he was John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  He received my PhD. in Sociology from Princeton University in 1999, where he was a member of the Woodrow Wilson Society of Fellows and a National Science Foundation graduate fellow. He continues to have an active interest in the sociology of culture, politics, health, and sport.

unnamedKasia Novak, Board Member At-Large: (term ends 2017)

Kasia obtained her Masters degree from Springfield College in May 2014. She currently works at the Child Guidance Clinic, where she is an outpatient MFT clinician with a particular interest in trauma work. She completed 2 internships in graduate school at the The Child Guidance Clinic (Behavioral Health Network) in Springfield MA and the Joshua Center (Natchaug Hospital) in Enfield CT, where she ran adolescent treatment groups focusing on trauma and assessed patient needs involving a great diversity of issues.

MFT is a second career for Kasia. She has worked in systems analysis and event coordination and planning for insurance companies, and was also a board of trustee member at Watkinson School in Hartford and Advisory Council member at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA. Kasia speaks Polish fluently and provides counseling to Polish speaking clients utilizing language proficiency and cultural sensitivity.

MAMFT Elections photoStephanie Wallace, Membership Committee: (term ends 2018)

Stephanie works as a couples and family therapist at South Shore Family Health Collaborative in Quincy, MA. An MAMFT/AAMFT member since 2012, she graduated with her Master’s in Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts Boston in May 2015. In her work, she sees individuals, couples, and families of all ages and family structures, and she values therapy that is collaborative and strengths-focused. At this early stage in her career, her professional interests are widespread, spanning many diverse topics including play therapy, sex and sexuality, substance abuse, and development in early adulthood.

Outside the the therapy room, Stephanie enjoys all aspects of theater, whether on stage, backstage, or in the audience, as well as visiting with family in her home state of New Jersey. She is the co-host of Under the Covers: The Music of Relationships.


203Maria Zygmont, Academic Program Liaison: (term ends 2019)

Maria celebrated her twentieth year of directing the home-based program at Brightside for Family and Children in Holyoke in 2013. She received a master’s degree in MFT from Springfield College in 1984. Maria is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and currently supervises interns in MFT at Antioch University in NH, Springfield College, and Boston College. She also has a small private practice in Holyoke where she specializes in working with clients with a trauma history. She uses Accelerated Resolution Therapy in a systemic family system model.