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Appointment made to Board of Counseling

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed Diane Parfitt to the Michigan Board of Counseling.

The board licenses and oversees the practice of counseling in Michigan.

"Diane's extensive experience in the counseling field will play a valuable role on the board as it continues to oversee counseling practices in Michigan," Snyder said.

Parfitt, of Ypsilanti, owns Depot Town Counseling Center. She also serves as an associate professor at Eastern Michigan University and a coordinator of EMU's school-based counseling clinics in the Ypsilanti public schools. Parfitt earned a bachelor's and master's degree in special education, as well as a master's degree in counseling from Eastern Michigan University, and a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from the University of Toledo.

Parfitt will represent individuals engaged primarily in providing counseling techniques, behavior modification techniques or preventative techniques to clients. She replaces Stuard Itzkowitz and will serve a four-year term expiring June 30, 2015. The appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.