MAMFT had record participation with voting this year!  Thank you to everyone who “showed up!”

Below are those who were elected for the open 2020 positions.  Congratulations to all of you and thank you for stepping up to serve the MAMFT community!

If you have questions please contact the Elections Committee Chair, Vanessa Slivken, at elections@mamft.net.

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Lucas Volini, DMFT, LMFT

Biographic Statement:

Lucas practices at Lorenz Clinic in Victoria, MN, provides post-graduate supervision and is completing his term as a MAMFT Board Member. He has taught full time at SCSU as Clinical Director for the last two years following work as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Saint Mary’s. He regularly facilitates local and national workshops, is an active member of the American Family Therapy Academy as Chair of Macrosystemic Assessment and Intervention Interest Group and member of the Human Rights and Family Policy Committee. Lucas has published two textbooks in the MFT discipline, one being a required text in several MFT programs nationwide as well as peer-reviewed journal publications and ongoing periodical publications.

Vision Statement: 

It’s a critical time to actualize our mission, expand outreach, enhance benefits of membership, and refine a model for success that other associations will look to MAMFT in leading. Lucas’s immediate energy will focus on solidifying a strong foundation for MAMFT. His efforts will focus on local issues that involve improving the quality of supervision/training; supporting a high standard for professional practice across clinical settings; working toward opening access to third-party payer networks that reflects the competencies of LMFTs; and maintaining access to high quality continued education for our membership across phases of professional development. At a national level, Lucas will support efforts to qualify LMFTs as Medicare providers; expand public knowledge of the critical role that MFTs play in cultivating health across relationships, families, and communities; and establish a commanding voice in addressing social issues that maintain ongoing harm to marginalized communities and family systems. Throughout, he will continue to advance the efforts of MAMFT’s Social Justice Committee in maintaining equitable access, openness, and demonstrated action on behalf of the many unique needs of our diverse membership and communities we serve. Lucas’s devotion to the domains of our profession as a consumer/contributor to our field’s expanding literature, role as an educator and supervisor, and various leadership positions in state and national family therapy associations will support our goal to elevate MAMFT as a premiere interdisciplinary association that embodies the theoretical principles and clinical dispositions of systemic thinking.

SECRETARY

Christina Corwin, MA, LMFT

Biographic Statement:

Christina co-owns Cedar Valley Center for Child & Family Therapy in the south metro and has extensive training in attachment and trauma concerns. She often provides trainings for professionals and communities on these topics and collaborates with metro area schools to provide consultation for student’s mental health needs. Christina has been a member of MAMFT since 2011 and has served on the Elections Committee since 2017.

Vision Statement: 

Christina believes that MAMFT is valuable to our profession and would like to continue supporting the evolution of the association. The MFT community has contributed to her development as a therapist and she strongly believes it is crucial for her to give back and be an active leader in our community. During her time as Election Committee Chair, she focused on implementing new procedures around recruiting Board members and worked to help members be more informed about opportunities within MAMFT.  If elected to Secretary, she would see it as a chance to utilize her leadership skills and knowledge of the governance process to continue ensuring MAMFT has solid policies to guide our organization. She would also focus on creating leadership within our organization to help sustain the future of MAMFT. 

AT-LARGE DIRECTOR 

Justine Mastin, MA, LMFT, LADC, E-RYT 200, YACEP

Biographical Statement:

Justine runs a private practice in Richfield called Blue Box Counseling and Wellness specializing in serving folks who self-identify as being outside the mainstream, such as those in the geek, secular, and LGBTQIA+ populations. Justine is an AAMFT/MN Board approved Supervisor and an experienced presenter/trainer. Most recently Justine presented the training Social Justice on the Couch: An Introduction to Social Justice Concepts in Therapeutic Practice through MAMFT. Justine has been a member of MAMFT since 2013.

Vision Statement:

I’m interested in peeking behind the curtain at MAMFT to see how decisions are currently made and how I can contribute to this process. I am passionate about social justice issues and feel that regardless of committee, I will continue moving our community forward. While I have found ways to contribute to the field, I would love to be a more active part of our local community. Creativity, tenacity, and humor have all served me well in my career up until now and are vital in this position. I fundamentally believe that nothing in our profession (or our society for that matter) is written in stone. If all norms are changeable, then we have the ability to question the status quo and make out-of-the-box decisions. One of the aspects of MFT that drew me in over other fields was the importance of questioning societal norms. This has been less at the forefront in recent years, my social justice focus will help to bring this back to the forefront in the MAMFT community. I’m also passionate about the treatment of new clinicians and believe that as a field we can do better at setting new folks up for success.

Alex Iantaffi, Ph.D., MS, SEP, CST, LMFT

Biographical Statement:

Alex is a certified sex therapist, family therapist, Somatic ExperiencingⓇ practitioner, clinical supervisor, writer, and independent scholar. They are adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the chair elect for the Trans and Queer interest network of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. They were the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy for eleven years and have researched, presented and published extensively on gender, disability, sexuality, and relationships. Alex is passionate about healing justice and community-based and engaged scholarship.

Vision Statement:

Alex believes it is important to stay connected with and give back to the field of family therapy. They have been involved with the Social Justice Committee for the past year and believe the At-Large board position will enable them to continue to serve the organization and their professional community. Their passion for Family Therapy and commitment to addressing inequalities in our field are important qualities they have to offer. Having sat on several boards in the past, they have experience as a board member as well as with fundraising and event organizing. As an At-Large board member, their intention will be to encourage more emerging professionals to stay engaged with MAMFT, especially those with marginalized experiences who often feel more alienated from the field. They plan to continue serving on the Social Justice Committee, and are committed to increasing accessibility for our events, including the annual conference. 

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Jennifer S. Thomas, MA

Biographic Statement:

Jennifer is a full-time student at Adler Graduate School (AGS) in their MFT Program and anticipates graduating in Fall 2021. She became a student member of MAMFT in July 2019. Jennifer currently works part-time as a Clinical Program Assistant at Fraser in Coon Rapids in their Autism Day Treatment program. Jennifer has extensive knowledge of the parent experience navigating children’s mental health systems of care through her former employment as a Parent Advocate at PACER Center, as a NAMI-MN support group co-facilitator, and as a parent of children who utilized many types of therapeutic supports and services. She also has teaching experience in special education, facilitator experience in Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®), and parent leadership as well as experience with informational booths, planning for events, and coordinating activities.

Vision Statement:

Jennifer is interested in the MAMFT Student Representative position because it is a great opportunity to learn more about the field, connect with others to promote professional support, resources, and advocacy, and contribute to raising awareness to other students of MFT programs about MAMFT. She has past relevant board experience as a parent representative and community representative, including Minnesota’s Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health, Behavioral Health Planning Council, UMMC Children’s Masonic Hospital Patient Family Advisory Board for Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health services, Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness – PAIMI, and NAMI-Hennepin.

Jennifer is passionate about the role of education, learning, and support, not only for families, but for professionals and other service providers. If elected, she is interested in learning more about the MAMFT board priorities for the upcoming year, promoting awareness of MAMFT, and increasing student membership.

ELECTIONS COMMITTEE 

Ana Lewis, LMFT

Biographic Statement:

Ana, a new clinical member of MAMFT, is running for the Elections Committee. Ana is currently working at Change Inc., practicing school-based mental health in Northeast Minneapolis. For the last three years she has worked primarily with children ages 5 – 11. She recently became a board-certified supervisor and has completed trainings for IFS Level I and TF-CBT.

Vision Statement:

Since this is her first time running for a board position, she wants to learn about being a board member while helping to promote diversity in the field. She is very organized, productive, outgoing, curious, and positive. She plans to focus on promoting the MFT profession in any way possible. Further, in her advocacy for children she’s worked with, she has found access to services to be too restrictive and intends to work toward increased proactivity in the field toward preventative mental health services.