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Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to Board of Counseling

Friday, June 5, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Patrick Munley, of Kalamazoo, and Diane Parfitt, of Ypsilanti, to the Michigan Board of Counseling.

The nine-member board assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs with the licensing and oversight of more than 9,000 counselors in Michigan.

“Patrick and Diane are experts in their field, and I appreciate their continued service in providing oversight to the counseling profession in Michigan," Snyder said.

Munley is a professor and chair of the department of counselor education and counseling psychology at Western Michigan University. He has more than 40 years of experience in the mental health field, including 26 with the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. Munley holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Seton Hall University, and both a master’s degree in psychology and a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland. He continues to represent individuals engaged in teaching, training, or research in counseling.

Parfitt is an associate professor of counselor education at Eastern Michigan University and was the owner and psychotherapist of Depot Town Counseling Center. She taught at Oakland University and was a secondary school counselor. Parfitt earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s degree in counseling from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s degree in special education from Eastern Michigan University, and a PhD in counselor education and supervision from the University of Toledo. She continues to represent individuals who provide counseling techniques, behavior modification techniques, or preventive techniques to clients.  

Members serve four-year terms expiring June 30, 2019. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.