Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Committee (MFTAC)


“The Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Committee was created and empowered by Act 1195 of the 2001 Legislature to provide for the regulation of the use of the title "licensed marriage and family therapist" (R.S. 37:1101-1122). Therefore, the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners, hereafter referred to as the board, establishes the Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Committee as directed by the 2001 Legislature. Act 484 of the 2014 Legislative Session empowered the board to provide regulation of the practice and use of the titles “provisional licensed professional counselor” and “provisional licensed marriage and family therapist”. The Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Committee shall develop the rules and regulations herein pursuant to the authority granted to, and imposed upon, said advisory committee under the provisions of the Louisiana Revised Statutes, title 37, chapter 13, §1101-1123. The Health and Welfare Committees in the House and Senate shall jointly approve these rules and regulations. The board shall promulgate these rules and regulations [R.S. 37: 1104(B)(2)(b)]. The board shall approve, revoke, suspend, and renew the license of applicants for licensure as licensed marriage and family therapists and the provisional license of applications for provisional licensure as provisional licensed marriage and family therapists upon recommendation of the Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Committee [R.S. 37:1105(G)].


Kelly M. Tyner, Ph.D., LMFT-S


Dr. Kelly Tyner is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT. She received a Master's and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. In addition to maintaining a small private practice, Dr. Tyner is currently serving as the Associate District Director for Counseling within Readjustment Counseling Services through the Department of Veteran Affairs. In the past, Dr. Tyner has served on the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (LAMFT) Executive Board as Secretary and was Treasurer of the LMFT PAC. Dr. Tyner lives in Shreveport, Louisiana with her four children.

Term Expires: 11/11/2026


Foley L. Nash, LPC-S, LMFT-S

MFTAC Vice-Chair

Foley L. Nash, LPC-S, LMFT-BAS (term 3/2021-3/2025) obtained his BA in Spanish (German minor) from NLU (ULM) in 1972, & his Master’s in Adolescent/Adult Counseling from NLU in 1983. His other credentials include clinical supervisor status for both PLPC’s & PLMFT’s, & he is privileged for Appraisal. From Monroe, Louisiana, he now lives in Baton Rouge. A former public-school teacher (1975-1985), with a Louisiana teaching certificate valid for life, he is certified in English, Spanish, French, German, & K-12 Secondary Counseling. Other post-graduate work involved study of Spanish Philology & Linguistics, with a graduate minor in French & Spanish based Pidgin & Creole languages of the Caribbean.

In private practice part-time since 1984, he’s had various roles in his full-time professional work since his public-school teaching activity: Founder/Administrator of a hospital-based alternative school, Executive Director of a group home, Unit Manager for a psychiatric hospital, & Director of a hospital’s community outreach program for youth. Additionally, he’s done federal & state level EAP work, & was the team leader (& Program Director) for a Forensic ACT team. In 2012, he became the Children’s System Administrator for the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership, serving 800,000+ Medicaid-eligible children, & helped to develop Phase 1 of CSoC for the state. In 2016, he became the Behavioral Health Director of Aetna Better Health of Louisiana.

Active in professional organizations, including LCA & AAMFT, he’s been a former President of LAMHCA, a Government Relations Chair & an Ethics Chair for LCA, & has served on a variety of state boards & commissions. As a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and several of their SBM special interest groups, he reviews abstracts submitted for the annual SBM conferences.

Mr. Nash has served on the Louisiana Adoption Advisory Board, & he & his wife Glenda have been certified as foster & adoptive parents.  They’ve also been active in both recreational & some light competitive ballroom dance activity.  In earlier years, he conducted & competed in various chess tournaments, & held a national rating from the US Chess Federation.

In mid-2021, he became Director of Clinical Programs for Anthem/Healthy Blue of Louisiana, as the clinical support for providers statewide whose Medicaid clients have co-occurring mental & physical health disorders. On the LPC Board of Examiners, he also serves as the Vice Chair of the Marriage & Family Therapy Advisory Committee.

Term Expires: 03/2025


Abigail Hays, LPC, LMFT

MFTAC Member

Abigail Hays is from Rayville, LA. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and minor in Dance from The University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2012. She also received her Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from ULM in 2015. She graduated in the top 10% of graduate students in the United States. She is dually licensed as a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. Her passion for child advocacy is evident by her years of dance instruction, mentoring American Legion Auxiliary Girls State delegates, and working with youth and their families in various community roles. She served as the Vice President of the Louisiana Girls State Association and is on the Alumni Advisory Committee for Phi Mu Fraternity. She resides in Richland Parish with her husband and daughter. 

Term Expires: 03/17/2026


Mark Reynaud, M.A., LPC-S, LMFT-S

MFTAC Member

Mark Reynaud, M.A., LPC-S, LMFT-S holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of New Orleans and received his Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northeast Louisiana University (now ULM) in 1991.  Since that time, he has worked in a variety of clinical settings including home-based services, partial hospitalization program, private practice, and employee assistance programs.  He is currently the Clinical Director for Hidalgo Health Associates, an EAP based in the Baton Rouge area.  His main areas of interest as a clinician are working with couples and clinical supervision.  He is a member of LCA and LAMFT and is a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT.Mr. Reynaud has previously served on the LPC Board of Examiners and Marriage and Family Advisory Committee from March 2010 to July 2014.  He held the position of Chairperson of the MFTAC from February 2012 to July 2014.  He resigned from the Board in 2014 to pursue studies in theology and in 2020 was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church. Mr. Reynaud resides in Greenwell Springs, LA with his wife of 34 years, Sheila.  They have three adult children and are active members of Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Baton Rouge where he serves as a Permanent Deacon.

Term Expires: TBA

Positions are Governer appointed and if you are interested in placement on MFTAC, contact the LAMFT Board to see when the next position becomes available to be placed on the ballot.