Peggi Wegener, Ed.S, LMHC, NCC, BCPCC
Peggi has earned a Specialist Degree (a year longer than a Master’s degree) in Counselor Education from the University of FL. She is also a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor and a Certified Bioenergetic Psychotherapist. Mrs. Wegener has 25+ years experience providing counseling services to a broad population. She is currently President/Director of Mandarin Christian Counseling Center. In addition to her therapy work, she has presented to both professionals and community groups on a variety of topics including Trauma Releasing Exercises, work-life balance, communication, and grief and loss.
Ifetayo Titilola Kumasi-Ka
(“Ife”, pronounced ee-feh) is a mental health scholar and founder of Abiyamo, a maternal child health and traditional child birth movement that promotes prenatal and postnatal health and wellness, education, and advocacy. A spiritual practitioner in the ancient African system of Ifá, a divination system rooted in nature and reflection of Ìwà rere or good character, Ife is interested in Rogerian therapeutic approaches, such as person-centered, client-centered and child-centered therapeutic models. She imbues mindfulness by studying with conscious scholars focused on creating an educational curriculum that embodies ethical, evidence-based mental health practices from eastern and western philosophies to aid in the elevation of women, girls and other underrepresented and underserved populations.
Nena brings to NEFMHCA’s Board over twenty five years of leadership experience in healthcare which encompassed implementing, overseeing programs and relationship management. Hoping to make an impact in re-balancing the disparity between physical and mental health, Nena has dedicated the next phase of her career to working in behavioral health and advocating for mental wellness.
Nena is an active member of NEFMHCA's Professional Development Committee. Additionally, she is working on a special initiative with Mental Health America of Northeast Florida to help augment their database of mental health providers and services – a resource that individuals, providers and the community in general can benefit from. She feels that NEFMHCA’s mission meets her personal passion. Nena would like to be known as the advocate’s advocate.
Nena understands that flexibility is key in ensuring the realization of collective goals. As Board Secretary she will utilize her project management skills to help NEFMHCA’s Board to document decisions and facilitate action items.
Erica Whitfield, LMHC, DCC
Erica Whitfield is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor who graduated from the University of North Florida with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Erica is the Clinical Manager of Family Foundations, an organization that has helped over 130,000 families through mental health and financial counseling. Erica also has extensive experience working within the Full Service Schools Program, a United Way initiative, that has connected over 3,500 students and families to a critical range of therapeutic, health and social services.
In addition, Erica currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida where she helps to raise awareness of mental health, advocate for mental illness and connect community partners to improve mental health services for adults, children and families. Erica also sits on the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association's Board as President Elect while also serving on the Goverment Relations Committee.
Erica is the founder of Positive Development, LLC, a Florida Board of Clinical Mental Health, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy approved continuing education provider and has provided seminars to professionals seeking educational development. Erica desires to grow an even stronger NEFMHCA by finding ways to captivate the professionals of the Northeast Florida Community.