Staff Roster

 

Clinical Staff

BARNUM, EMILY
elbarnum@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Trauma Outreach
Counseling Center Paraprofessional Co-Instructor
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I work from an approach that incorporates humanistic-existential, feminist and multicultural orientations. I also enjoy using mindfulness and experiential techniques to empower students.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include complex trauma (e.g. experiences of child abuse, interpersonal violence and sexual violence) as well as concerns with interpersonal relationships and self-esteem. I also have strong professional interests with concerns related to gender and sexuality. In addition, I very much enjoy working with individuals exploring their cultural and personal identities.

BAUER, CARINA
cdbauer1@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Practicum Training Chair
Co-Chair, Eating Disorders Treatment and Outreach Team
M.A., Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I work out of a psychodynamic framework while incorporating various modalities such as developmental, relational, mindfulness and CBT approaches to accompany people in a therapeutic process.

Professional Interests: Eating disorders and body image, relational issues, self-esteem and identity development, anxiety and mood disorders, perfectionism, grief and loss, couples counseling and crisis intervention

BENEKOHAL, SHARON
benekohl@illinois.edu
Embedded Clinical Counselor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
MSW, School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
LCSW, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I believe the counseling relationship offers support, promotes self-development, and guides us through difficult challenges, in a safe, non-judgmental setting. I am eclectic in my counseling approach and work from a person-centered, strengths-based perspective. I utilize a wide range of modalities based on individual needs and goals including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness, Family Systems and Expressive Therapies

Professional Interests: Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Disordered Eating, Multiculturalism/Cultural Identity, Trauma, Interpersonal Relationships, Grief Work, Holistic Wellness

 

BENSON, THERESA
tmb67@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Training Coordinator
Co-Chair, Integrative Health and Wellness
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Akron
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I practice a common factors approach influenced by an existential-humanistic perspective.

Professional Interests: I have a passion for intermodal expressive arts, Eastern therapies with an emphasis on mindfulness-based practice; holistic health practices and interventions that focus on the development and integration of the emotional, physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of a person’s life; self-care practices of caregivers; body-based psychotherapies; post-traumatic growth; and social justice issues.

BIRKY, JULIE
jpenrod2@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
M.S.W., Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: My mission as a therapist is to help people believe in themselves. I use a strengths-based approach in therapy alongside a cognitive-behavioral framework. I work based on the idea that a student is the expert on themselves and I am there to guide, challenge, and encourage.

Professional Interests: My main interests are with body, gender, and sexuality issues and their intersection with religion and spirituality. However, I am a generalist and am interested in working with individuals who have anxiety and mood-related concerns, low self-esteem, family or communication difficulties, eating concerns, physical/sexual abuse history, and trauma. In addition to counseling, I have taught courses in sociology and social work and am part of a research lab at the University of Illinois School of Social Work.

BROWN, TALISHA
tbposey2@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Eastern Illinois University
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

Theoretical Orientation: My clinical practices include influences from cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused, psychodynamic and interpersonal therapies. My approaches are strength based, client centered and harm reduction.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include couple and family counseling, AOD issues (specifically in African American communities), working with family members who have been effected by substance abuse and/or dependence, mood disorders, stress management, grief and loss, trauma.

 

CAÑAS, HOLLY
hsbrown@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Alcohol and Other Drug Outreach
M.S.W., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I believe all individuals are deserving of caring, compassion, and a safe space in which to tell their story.  I practice an integrative approach to counseling that is deeply person-centered while utilizing elements of CBT, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic theory.  Each individual is unique, the expert in their own life, and the most important factor in determining the course of services.

Professional Interests: Substance use, trauma, identity development, issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality, social justice, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, holistic wellness, mindfulness, and outreach and prevention.

CHOI, YURI
yuric@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Eating Disorders Treatment and Outreach Team

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
M.A., Educational Counseling, Seoul National University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I use an integrative approach to psychotherapy, combining client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal theories, within a multicultural framework.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include multiculturalism/social justice, training/supervision, outreach programming, group therapy, acculturation, adjustment difficulties, identity development, career concerns, anxiety, trauma, depression, and eating disorders/body image concerns. I very much enjoy working with international students, students of color, LGBTQ students, and first generation students. I can provide bilingual counseling (English and Korean).

CUNNINGHAM, YU LI
yuli8@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
M.Ed., Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri

Theoretical Orientation: I use an integrative approach that draws from person-centered, interpersonal, and psychodynamic therapies within a multicultural feminist lens. I also incorporate mindfulness exercises as well as CBT and solution-focused therapy into my work. Believing people are generally healthy, competent, and resourceful, I aim to help facilitate therapist-client equality and assist clients to find their authentic self.

Professional Interests: Identity development and multiculturalism, perfectionism, disordered eating and body image concerns, trauma, spirituality, bilingual counseling (English and Mandarin).

 

DUCHENE, JOHN
duchene@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
M.S.W., Social Work University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: My early orientation was of a psychodynamic nature. Over the last four decades, I have gained experience in and respect for the many different "lenses" through which we can view the human condition. I find existential, client-focused, cognitive behaviors and systems theory all have important thoughts to contribute, as do other approaches. I view my work as a collaborative effort and encourage my clients to become active participants in the counseling process. I am concerned with students as they experience the whole of the university, including the academic, social relationship and maturation process of higher education.

Professional Interests: I am interested in personality development and dynamics. I am also interested in the application of existential psychology in the therapy process.


GÓMEZ, ALEJANDRO
jrgomez@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Assistant Director
Co-Chair, Latinx Student Outreach 
Co-Chair, Suicide Intervention Team
Co-Chair, Integrative Health and Wellness
M.S.W., Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: When working with individuals, I like to include as many aspects of the human condition as possible: thinking, feeling, behaving, and social selves. My approach is integrative that includes client-centered, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and multicultural frameworks.

Professional Interests: Depression and anxiety, existential theory, LGBT issues; DBT, multicultural issues and concerns with Latina/Latino students

GRANTHAM, KAMAU
grantham@illinois.edu
Assistant Director of Clinical Services
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Sankofa Black Student Outreach Team
Ph. D., Clinical Psychology, St. John’s University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I primarily work from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) perspective while also integrating solution-focused brief therapy, self-compassion, psychoanalysis, and mindfulness to assist students in gaining a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Professional Interests: Multicultural counseling, cultural identity development, African American mental health, stress management, life transitions, and athletics

HALLETT, MARYBETH
hallett@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Includes influences from developmental, psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive, gestalt, and interpersonal theories; practices from a feminist philosophy of treatment using short-term therapy models

Professional Interests: Provision of group psychotherapy; identity concerns; relationships; women’s career development and dual-career relationships; shame; experiencing and expressing emotion

 

HEGEMAN, KURT
khegeman@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Eastern Illinois University

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)

Theoretical Orientation: Emphasis on cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, psychodynamic, family systems approaches

Professional Interests: Group therapy (AOD and men’s issues), AOD assessments, AOD outreach and consultation, mood disorders, individual counseling, couples and family therapy

 

HU, TZU-AN
thu@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, International Student Outreach
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University at Buffalo
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness approaches along with a focus on the interpersonal dynamics within the therapeutic relationship.

Professional Interests: Individual and group therapy; multicultural, international students, and men’s issues; mindfulness practice; perfectionism; adjustment issues; grief and loss; spirituality; relationship issues; depression and anxiety; multilingual counseling (Mandarin).

KANG, JIYUN
jiyunk@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Chair, Cognitive and Psychiatric Disorder Outreach Team
Co-Chair, International Student Outreach
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Purdue University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: My approach to therapy is primarily an integration of psychodynamic, interpersonal, and humanistic approaches. I believe that personality and interpersonal patterns are shaped through early family and interpersonal interactions, which can help us understand individual’s current issues in depth. For some presenting issues (e.g., anxiety, ADHD, career issues), I incorporate mindfulness exercises and more direct approaches such as CBT and solution-focused therapy into my work.

Professional Interests: ADHD; cultural adjustment of international students and their family; career counseling; intersecting identities of race, gender, class, religion, and sexual orientation; understanding self and others; supervision and training; bilingual counseling (English and Korean).

LANKER, ELISE
lanker1@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Chair, Queers and Allies Committee
M.S.W., Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Theoretical Orientation: I work from the belief that counseling is a sacred space and opportunity for individuals to be heard and respected. I utilize an integrative client-centered approach in which the client is expert of their own experience, wants, and needs. I work to empower my clients through a feminist lens with an emphasis on social justice.

Professional Interests: I am interested in working with all kinds to discover their intrinsic value, with special interest in survivors of interpersonal violence, Queer and questioning individuals, and those working through the intersections of their salient identities.

LI, FELICIA
fhl@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor/Crisis Triage Case Manager
M.S.W., Social Work, Washington University in St Louis
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: My clinical practice integrates strengths perspective as well as the person-centered approach in the developmental and ecological framework. I also utilize the Satir’s model, reality therapy, and motivational interviewing approaches in my practice.

Professional Interests: Anxiety and depression, multicultural issues, Asian American/international students’ mental health, crisis management, experiential arts, disabilities employment, vicarious trauma, diversity training, supervision and mentoring.

LOFTON, CHRISTOPHER
clofton2@illinois.edu
Care Manger
M.S.W., Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Theoretical Orientation: I take an integrative approach to clinical work and use techniques of several different therapies based on the needs of individual clients. The therapeutic orientations I pull from include person-centered, cognitive-behavioral and DBT, ACT, multicultural and feminist.

Professional Interests: My main professional interests include working with people who are in crisis/distress and case management. I am interested in working with a variety of different concerns including anxiety, trauma, and alcohol and other drug concerns. I also have a strong professional interest in working with students of color, particularly Black students. 

 

MARTINEZ, SUZANNE
smartnz@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Illinois
M.A., Marriage & Family Studies, Phillips Graduate Institute

Theoretical Orientation: By training, I am a family therapist whose background includes working in family systems and Satir’s Model & Method: Self Actualization and Connection to Higher Wisdom. I have been in practice for over 16 years in Illinois. Currently in my work, I use an integrative approach to psychotherapy, combining influences from strategic, mindfulness, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and cognitive theories.

Professional Interests: I am a certified professional member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). I am currently a member in an on-going consultation group that focuses on use of hypnotherapy in therapeutic settings.

 

MCCOWAN, CARLA J.
cmccowan@illinois.edu
Director
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative with emphasis on interpersonal and developmental theories; short-term interventions often derived from cognitive theories; I practice from a multicultural and feminist framework

Professional Interests: Multicultural and feminist issues, identity development, counseling issues with African American women and men, career development, utilization of group therapy with people of color, treatment of anxiety, strategic planning and implementation

 

MIEBACH, TOM
miebach2@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor/Crisis Triage Case Manager
Co-Chair, Suicide Prevention Outreach
M.S.W., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I have many years of experience providing crisis intervention, intensive case management, and therapeutic services to the Champaign-Urbana community. I am an eclectic generalist who often utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral and DBT methods, also drawing influence from the Humanistic and Existential approaches. When working with individuals I attempt to maintain a person-centered, strengths-based perspective, while also remaining conscious of larger social, cultural, and economic factors.

Professional Interests: Suicide Prevention, Crisis Intervention, Effects of Trauma, Existential Psychotherapy, Feminist Theory, Harm Reduction, Issues of Race/Class/Gender.

MULLER, JOEL
jmuller@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Chair, Recognition Insight and Openness (RIO) Outreach Team
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Tennessee Knoxville
B.A., Psychology, Valparaiso University

Theoretical Orientation: My theoretical orientation draws from Interpersonal Process Therapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Feminist Therapy. I also incorporate emotion-focused, mindfulness, and dialectical behavioral therapy interventions.

Professional Interests: Intergroup dialogue, social justice, nationality, international student experiences, shame, anxiety, ADHD assessment, alcohol and other drug issues.

NAFZIGER, KENNETH (KEN)
kn7@illinois.edu
Embedded Counselor, College of Engineering
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Pennsylvania

Theoretical Orientation: I approach my work with clients from an interpersonal, holistic, and humanistic perspective, focusing on using and developing their strengths in the midst of the challenges that life has thrown them. My aim is to help each person develop into the best version of themselves that they can be. I value insight-oriented work even in a time-limited format, but also recognize the importance of cognitive-behavioral, Adlerian, Gestalt, and mindfulness approaches that make me eclectic in treatment modalities. 

Professional Interests: My professional interests  include cross-cultural adjustment for international, study abroad, and third-culture students including those who may feel marginalized by US immigration policies; holistic student development in mind, body, spirit, and service; sport psychology and recovery for injured student athletes; identity development for students with an unknown or unavailable parent; spiritual issues; and career and psychosocial development of students in STEM programs. 

NOVINSKA, ANDREW
anovinsk@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
M.S. Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin—Stout

Theoretical Orientation: While I utilize an integrative style, my clinical baseline is a person-centered (Rogerian) approach that is informed by Attachment Theory, Existential Therapy and Evolutionary Psychology.

Professional Interests: My professional interests include family of origin issues, substance abuse and/or dependence, mood disorders, marginalized populations and first-generation college students.


 

PUTNAM, ELLIE
eputnam@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
M.S.W., Boston College

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach, including behavioral, interpersonal, psychodynamic, solution focused, cognitive behavioral and dialectal behavioral therapies. Strengths-based and person-centered clinical practice.

Professional Interests: Mood and anxiety disorders, DBT, college aged individuals, psychosis, life transitions, relationships and family issues, personality disorders, low self-esteem and training/supervision.

 

RICKETTS, PATRICIA
pricktts@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Performance Anxiety Outreach Team
Co-Chair, Women’s Issues and Trauma Outreach
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Long Island University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, interventions drawn from short-term psychodynamic models that incorporate developmental, cognitive behavioral methods, existential, and interpersonal techniques

Professional Interests: Complex psychological trauma (includes early childhood abuse, traumatic loss, sexual assault, and PTSD), anxiety and mood disorders, psychotherapy integration, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and identity issues

ROBERTS, BILL
wilro@illinois.edu
Associate Director of Clinical Services
Ph.D., Clinical and Community Psychology, University of South Carolina
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Person centered, integrative, interpersonal, developmental, and humanistic are some of the words which come to mind as I think about my work. However I am often left in wonderment regarding the human condition as my understanding is so limited.

Professional Interests: I currently find myself focusing on trying to be useful to staff as they grow professionally and personally. Part of that focus is working to develop systems which are truly supportive.

 

SAHAI, NUPUR
nsahai@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Asian American Student Outreach
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
B.A. and M.A., University of Delhi

Theoretical Orientation: My theoretical orientation is humanistic (an integration of person-centered, gestalt, and existential theories) grounded in a multicultural feminist framework. I also incorporate interpersonal, emotion-focused, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy interventions.

Professional Interests: Multiculturalism; Coping, resilience, and trauma; Alcohol and other drugs; Gender and women’s concerns; International students’ experiences, acculturation, and cultural immersion; Relationship with self and others; Shame, guilt, and self-compassion; Mindfulness and meditation; Career counseling; Religion/Spirituality; Counseling in non-Western cultures, Indian Psychology; Bilingual counseling (Hindi and English).

WANG ZHENNI (Jennie)
wang276@illinois.edu
Clinical Counselor
Co-Chair, Asian American Student Outreach
M.A.., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Theoretical Orientation: My approach to clinical work integrates multicultural, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal frameworks. I often utilize motivational interviewing, mindfulness, self-compassion, and experiential activities in my practice.

Professional Interests: Identity development, interpersonal relationships, trauma, grief and loss, acculturation, cultural adjustment, bilingual counseling (English and Mandarin).

 

WEATHERSBY, DEIDRE
daweath@illinois.edu
Associate Director of Outreach and Prevention
Co-Chair, Sankofa Black Student Outreach Team
M.A., Community Counseling, Loyola University Chicago

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative including person centered approaches, interpersonal process and multicultural counseling theories

Professional Interests: Race related stress, ways of coping and cultural identity models in ethnic minority groups and prevention, outreach and advocacy work in counseling settings.

2018-19 Doctoral Interns

KING, MATTHEW
king56@illinois.edu
Doctoral Intern
M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Theoretical Orientation: I value the relationship as fundamental in therapy and as a the foundation for change. I primarily draw from a brief dynamic framework while incorporating various modalities such as interpersonal, ACT, and CBT approaches.

Professional Interests: ADHD and assessment, identity development, LGBTQ+ mental health and identity, anxiety and mood disorders, health and wellness.

 

MOSLEY, AMBER
a3mosley@illinois.edu
Doctoral Intern
M.A., Ph. D Candidate at Western Michigan University

Theoretical Orientation: My approach to counseling is interactive and based on the premise that the client should be empowered in all sessions. I believe that the client possesses the power to create change, and my role as a clinician is to help the client develop an understanding of themselves in context, develop appropriate life improvement tools, and have a safe space to be able to practice new strategies to create healthier happier lifestyles in accordance with client wishes. I use an integrative approach that includes CBT and feminist theories with an emphasis a person-centered environment. It is my belief that this approach supports clients in discovering how to build and utilize their own inner strengths to manage the systems around them.

Professional Interests: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), multicultural counseling, identity development, mindfulness practices, self-compassion, adjustment to life transitions, health promotion and education, supervision and training, career readiness, strategic planning and implementation, resilience, and holistic health practices

NATHANI, PIA
pia@illinois.edu
Doctoral Intern
M.S., Counseling Psychology, Christ University, Bangalore, India
Ph.D. Candidate, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Theoretical Orientation: I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship fosters a trusting and collaborative climate conducive to receptivity and change. I adopt an integrated Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy approach nested within a multicultural lens.

Professional Interests: Substance use, grief, trauma, suicide prevention, minority stress, international students, issues of race, LGBTQ concerns, AOD assessments, mindfulness, and meditation. 

 

SCHLESINGER, REBECCA
schlesi2@illinois.edu
Doctoral Intern
M.A., Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology, the University of Akron

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach that primarily draws from person centered/ humanistic therapy, interpersonal process therapy, and feminist therapy.

Professional Interests: Identity development, minority stress, power/privilege & oppression, LGBTQ+ identity, life transitions, relational concerns, anxiety, resilience, prevention & outreach.

 

 

Professional Staff

BANKHEAD, TEKITA
tbankhea@illinois.edu
Specialist in Education, ACE IT Program Coordinator
Co-Chair, Alcohol and Other Drug Outreach
M.S., Counselor Education with an Emphasis in Student Affairs Administration, Mississippi State University
B.S.N., Nursing, Mississippi University for Women
Registered Nurse, Multi-State Compact Licensure

Theoretical Orientation: My Alcohol and Other Drug prevention work is primarily rooted in the social-ecological model while maintaining a harm reduction approach. In other aspects of my role, I use an integrative approach that encompasses several prevention, student development, and multicultural theories.

Professional Interests: My varied professional interests revolve around holistic student development and overall wellness with a primary emphasis on mental health, social justice, effective coping skills, race-related trauma in Black students, and culturally specific outreach and prevention. I also enjoy using creative marketing, technology, and social media to develop innovative methods of outreach.

CLAY, SHONDRA
loggins@illinois.edu
Research Data Analyst
Ph.D., Community Health, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Professional Interests: My broad areas of interest are in the areas of Public Health, Education, Human and Community Development, Health Rehabilitation and Disabilities, and Epidemiology; which can be narrowly tailored to focus on research design, assessment and evaluation. My specific research interests include minority health and health disparities, using statistical data as a practical tool to develop public policy, and program implementation/evaluation.

 

 

EVANS, NICHOLE
nlevans@illinois.edu
Assistant Director of Outreach and Prevention
Media Communications Coordinator
Co-Chair, Suicide Prevention Outreach
B.A., Organizational Communication, North Central College

M.A., Speech Communication, Miami University of Ohio


Professional Interests: I have a background in rhetorical scholarship that focuses on issues of social justice and experience in marketing communications for both corporations and non-profits. My position at the Counseling Center allows me to combine both my academic interests and my applied communications experience. I’m currently focusing on developing a more interactive and accessible Counseling Center website and determining how we can use social media and other emerging technologies to better communicate with and serve our students.

FAY, LISA
lfay@illinois.edu
Program Coordinator, INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre
B.A., Dance, Columbia College

Professional Interests: My professional interests include art as inquiry and research, the potential of the arts to effect deep social change, live theatre as a catalyst for civic dialogue and engagement in community, the generating of original ensemble-based performance work, the study of systems and whole systems design, and humor.

 

 

FREI, AARON
afrei2@illinois.edu
Information Technology Operations Manager
B.S., Computer Informational Sciences, Bradley University

M.S., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Springfield

Professional Interests: Working with counselors and staff on providing reliable IT services and guidance on new technological needs.

 

 

GRAHAM, JEFFREY
jwgraham@illinois.edu
Program Coordinator, Paraprofessional Program
M.A. Counseling-Clinical Mental Health, Adams State University
Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Illinois
National Certified Counselor

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person/Student-Centered, Critical Pedagogy, Mindfulness

Professional Interests: I have a background in college admissions, academic advisement, and counseling; I enjoy helping students find ways to improve their mental health and coping skills to boost their academic success. Some of my other professional interests include peer education, utilization of paraprofessionals, transition to college, coping skills, emerging adult development, mental health policy/ history, and social constructivism.

Administrative Services Office

BARKER, MARY
mdietz@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

KEENER, NANCY
nkeener@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

MADDEN, DENISE
djmadden@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

Reception Services Office

BUCHANON, ALEXANDRA
ajbucha2@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

HOLLINS, NATALIE
nhollins@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

MILLER, SARAH
semiller@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

THARP, DEBRA
dftharp@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

 

2018-19 Practicum Counselors

Ashleigh Corson, B.A.
Master’s program in Clinical Counseling, Eastern Illinois University

Nur Dane, B.A.
Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lady D Korankye, B.A
Master’s program in Clinical Counseling, Eastern Illinois University

Nimot Ogunfemi, B.A.
Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Skye Robinson, B.A.
Master’s program in Clinical Counseling, Eastern Illinois University

2018-19 M.S.W. Interns

Kourtney Gillett, B.A.
Master of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kimber Schmitt, B.A.
Master of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2018-19 Graduate Assistants

Danyelle Dawson, ACE IT
Kacie Waterman, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
Nimot Ogunfemi, SANKOFA African-American Outreach

Daphne Le, Asian American/Pacific Islander Student Outreach
Kaila Sharp, Eating Disorders
Sarah Luebke, Eating Disorders

Madeline Whitesell, INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre
Amir Maghsoodi, Integrative Health and Wellness

Doo Jae Park, International Student Outreach
Norma Gregorio-Perez, Latino/a Outreach
Kathryn Rhoades, Q & A LGBT Outreach
Syahidatul K. Binti Mohd Hajaraih, Outreach & Prevention
Briana Williams, Paraprofessional Program
Steffi Bauer, Technology-Based Outreach
Titus Thames, Therapeutic Services

Rachel Leipow, Trauma/Women's Issues