IALGBTIC Leadership (2016-2017)


Joel M. Filmore

President - Dr. Joel Filmore is a core faculty member at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, where he teaches graduate-level counseling courses and prepares students to become clinical professionals. He is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with a vibrant clinical practice at Lighthouse Professional Counseling Center. He provides counseling and therapy for families, couples, and individuals (child/adolescent/adult), focusing on affective and mood disorders, as well as trauma. He especially loves working with couples to improve their relationships. Dr. Filmore received his Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Northern Illinois University in 2014, his MA in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in 2010, and his BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006.


Missy Lugo

President-Elect - Missy Lugo, MSEd, PEL-School Counselor is a doctoral student in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University. Missy has experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, and adults, as well as working in student affairs. She has provided individual and group counseling at the middle school level and has experience in academic advising. Missy worked for a company affiliated with DCFS providing supervised parental visits. She is a Student Success Specialist at NIU where she focuses on retention. Missy is an adjunct professor and her involvement includes Chi Sigma Iota, The Latinos Engaging in Graduate Academics Community, Student Trustee, Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling, and President-Elect, Illinois Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling.

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gideon litherland

Secretary - Gideon Litherland MA, LPC, NCC, is a Child & Adolescent Therapist at Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center in Skokie, IL. He maintains a Postgraduate Fellowship at Chicago Counseling Associates and serves as a Reflective Practitioner Supervisor for the Counseling@Northwestern Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Gideon offers therapeutic services to individuals, couples, and families struggling with relational and mood disruption. He received his MA in Counseling Psychology from The Family Institute at Northwestern University and is a proud alum serving on the Alumni Advisory Board. Gideon is a member of the Association for the Development of the Person Centered Approach (ADAPCA), the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), ICA, and ACA.

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Treasurer - David Barreto for the past 5 years has worked as a college counselor at Waubonsee Community College, providing mental health, career and academic counseling to college students. He completed his first master’s degree at Roosevelt University in psychology with an emphasis in clinical psychology. His second master’s degree is in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adam State University. He is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor. David is a member of the Psi Chi honor society, as well as part of the Alpha Sigma Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. His professional interests include counseling LGBTQ individuals and partners, counseling HIV-positive clients, college student mental health and fostering personal resilience. Current professional memberships include ICA, ACA, ALGBTIC and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.


N. Jahaan Abdullah

Member-At-Large Representative - N. Jahaan Abdullah is a nationally certified, licensed counselor and currently a Doctoral Candidate in the field of Counselor Education & Supervision at Governors State University. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology, a Masters in Community Counseling and various certification in the mental health field. She has over 20 years of experience in the mental health arena and is a strong advocate for social and restorative justice. Currently Jahaan works primarily with adult, geriatric and dually diagnosed populations. She conducts comprehensive clinical assessments in the emergency room setting. Additionally, she conducts 1:1 sessions and group sessions with clients.

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Member-At-Large Officer - Dr. Tamekia Bell is a faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Adler University in Chicago. Dr. Bell completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Her dissertation was on counselor competency in counseling individuals with learning disabilities. Dr. Bell completed her master’s degree at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Bell’s research interests include multicultural competency as it relates to individuals with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals, military families pre/post deployment, and assessment and program evaluation in counseling. Dr. Bell is very active in the counseling profession by serving in various roles such as Chair of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling Public Policy Committee, Treasurer for the IL Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling Committee, and Chapter Faculty Advisor for Chi Sigma Iota – Alpha Iota Delta chapter at Adler University. In her spare time, she likes running, spending time with friends and family, reading, listening to various podcasts, and watching re-runs of How I Met Your Mother.