Meet the Board

Lisa V. Merchant, Ph.D., LMFT – Presiding Member

Dr. Merchant is an Assistant Professor in and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Abilene Christian University. She is also the Chair of the Department of Marriage and Family Studies.  Dr. Merchant is an alumna of ACU (’04) and earned her Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Tech (’15).  Dr. Merchant also facilitates a Batterer Intervention and Prevention Program at the Ministry of Counseling and Enrichment, serves on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, and is the state delegate to the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards.  She also has earned a first-degree black belt from Team Chip Tae kwon do, has two teenage sons, and loves shrimp tacos.

Anthony C. Scoma, D.Min. – Vice-chair

Rev. Dr. Anthony Scoma of Austin is the founder and Senior Pastor of Southwest Family Fellowship. He was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as a Public Member to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists in 2018.  He serves as Sectional Presbyter of the South Austin Section for the North Texas District of the Assemblies of God. He previously served as an Associate Pastor of Discipleship at a church in Springfield, Missouri, a recruitment coordinator at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and as a legislative aide to a member of the Texas State House of Representatives. He is a board member of The University of Texas Chi Alpha and is an ordained minister with the General Council of the Assemblies of God, USA. He is a former board member and national instructor of the Church Planting and Multiplication Board for the North Texas District Council of the Assemblies of God. Scoma received a Bachelor of Arts in History and English from The University of Texas at Austin, a Masters of Divinity from Assemblies of God Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Historical Theology from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Russell F. “Russ” Bartee, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S

Russ Bartee, Ph.D., is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist, as well as a faculty member in the Graduate Counseling Program at Texas Wesleyan University. He received his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Christian University, and his master’s in counseling from the University of North Texas and PhD from Texas Woman’s University in family therapy. He has been an active clinician in the Fort Worth area for almost 30 years, and continues to maintain a small clinical practice in addition to his duties as a professor at TWU. He has taught at Tarleton State University, Texas Woman’s University, Capella University, and Northcentral University, all in the graduate counseling programs. He has served as a Board Member for the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and has chaired both the Ethics and Elections Committees for TAMFT. He is a state board approved supervisor for both the LMFT and LPC licenses and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He married his high school sweetheart and has 3 married children and 8 grandchildren. He enjoys reading history and biographies, and spending outdoor time playing golf and with his grandchildren.

Jodie Elder, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT

Jodie Elder is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University-San Marcos, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Jodie is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and facilitates counseling work based on Dr. Brené Brown’s research. Over the past 15 years, Jodie has provided counseling services for children, adolescents, families, couples, and individuals in various agency and private practice settings.
Jodie greatly enjoys providing educational presentations for both clients and fellow clinicians and also helps to shape the next generation of counselors through her work as an Adjunct Faculty at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
She is passionate about professional service and has served as President, Past-President, and Director of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. She also served for 8 years as the Texas Counseling Association’s appointed liaison to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. Jodie is honored to serve as a professional member of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

George F. Francis, IV, M.B.A.

Evelyn Husband-Thompson

Daniel W. Parrish

Jeanene L. Smith, M.A., LPC-S, LMFT-S

Jeanene Smith, MA is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor.  She received her undergraduate degree from West Texas A&M and her masters degree from the Seminary of the Southwest.  Jeanene is a member of Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapists where she served as a member of the TAMFT board in various positions from 2008 – 2019.  She is also a member of American Counseling Association, Texas Counseling Association and is a former clinical member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists.  Jeanene is a board member of Austin Center for Grief and Loss.  Jeanene has a private practice in Austin, Texas where she lives with her husband and two large dogs when she is not at the ranch watching longhorns, donkeys and stars in the Texas sky.

Richmond E. Stoglin, M.P.A., D.Min., LMFT

Chaplain Richmond E. Stoglin retired after 22 years and 10 months from the United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Medical Center, Fort Worth, Texas, on January 31, 2007. His last position was Department Head of Religious Services. Chaplain Stoglin has served his country in the United States Navy Reserve Chaplain Corps from November 30, 1985 November 30, 2013. He has attained the rank of Commander and was former Regimental Chaplain to the 14th Marines, the largest artillery command in the US Marine Corps. Chaplain Stoglin served as the Command Chaplain of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and the Combined Security Training Command-Afghanistan (NTM-A/CSTC-A) this command consisted of US Troops and Coalition Troops from 38 nations; and the Senior Military Advisor to the Religious and Cultural Affairs of the Afghan National Army 4 November 2012-21 September 2013. Currently serving as President of the Stoglin Group, which specializes in consulting organizations, corporations and non-profits with Mediation, Family Mediation, Workplace Ethics, Strategic Planning, Leadership Development, Public Policy and Law Enforcement Counseling. The Stoglin Group motto is: “We Make Difference Making More Than An Exercise.”