Meet the Faculty

Susan Varhely - Chair

Email: scvarhel@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of North Texas
  • M.S. Counseling, Southwest Missouri State University
  • B.A. Marymount College

Areas of Interest:
Play Therapy; Mindfulness Meditation Practice; Changing the Brain; Death and Dying

Certifications:
Licensed Professional Counselor (CO)

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Carol McCann

Administrative Assistant, Department of Counselor Education

Email: cmccann@adams.edu

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Nate Pacheco

Administrative Assistant, Online Plus

Email: ceonline@adams.edu

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Christina Harrell

Academic Advisor, Online Plus

Email: ceonline@adams.edu

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Don Basse

Email: dtbasse@adams.edu


Degrees Awarded:
  • Ed.D., Counselor Education, University of Arkansas
  • M.S.E., History, Ouachita Baptist University
  • B.A., Psychology, Henderson State University

Areas of Interest:
Gender Issues; Systems Theory

Certifications:
Licensed Professional Counselor (CO)

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Mollie Benton

Clinical Coordinator

Email: counseloredcc@adams.edu

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Laura Bruneau

Email: lbruneau@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Kent State University
  • M.Ed., Community Counseling, Kent State University
  • B.A., Psychology, Miami University

Areas of Interest:
Creativity in counseling; therapeutic reading; Animal assisted therapy; Counseling theory; Diagnosis; Women’s issues; Counseling children

Certifications:
Previously licensed as a Professional Counselor (Ohio and Colorado); Registered Pet Partners Team; Registered Reading Education Assistance Dog Team

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Rex D. Filer

Email: rdfiler@adams.edu

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Joel Givens

Email: joelgivens@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • A.B.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, University of Northern Colorado
  • M.A., Psychology, Duquesne University
  • B.A., Psychology/Philosophy, Wheaton College

Areas of Interest:
Philosophical approaches to counseling; Postmodernism and counseling; Hermeneutic Phenomenology; Deconstruction; Qualitative Research; Gerontology; Crisis and trauma counseling

Certifications:
Licensed Professional Counselor (CO)

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Mark Manzanares

Email: markmanzanares@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ph.D., Education and Human Resources Studies, Colorado State University
  • M.A., Community Counseling, Adams State University
  • B.A., Psychology, Adams State University

Areas of Interest:
Parenting Training; "Millennial" generation issues; Adult Learning Theory and Technology in Counselor Education

Certifications:
Becoming a Love and Logic, Instructor Training

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Cheri Meder

Email: cmeder@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:         

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Regent University
  • M.A., Counseling: School Counseling, Adams State University
  • B.A., Sociology and Psychology, Western State College of Colorado

Areas of Interest:
Professional school counseling; online counselor education and pedagogical practices; play/filial therapy; counseling assessment; legal/ethical issues in professional school counseling; ASCA RAMP certification; counseling adolescents; and sex offender assessment.

Certifications:
Licensed Professional School Counselor (CO); Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (CO); National Certified School Counselor; National Certified Counselor

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Lori Notestine

Email: lorinotestine@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M.A., Community Counseling, Gonzaga University
  • B.S., Psychology, Northern Arizona University

Areas of Interest:
Intimate Partner Violence; Women’s and gender issues; LGBTQ issues; Counseling adolescent girls

Certifications:
Licensed Professional Counselor (CO); National Certified Counselor (NCC)

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Theresa O'Halloran

Email: tmohalloran@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ed.D., Counselor Education, University of Northern Colorado
  • M.C., Counseling, Arizona State University
  • B.S., Communication, Arizona State University

Areas of Interest: 
Mindfulness in Psychotherapy; MBSR; Counseling teens and adults with addiction, trauma, and attachment disorders using Cognitive-behavioral Therapy and EMDR Therapy.

Certifications:
Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor (CO); Master Addiction Counselor (NAADAC); Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (NE); EMDR Certified Therapist; Certified MBSR Teacher - Provisional (UCSD)

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Penny Sanders

Email: pennysanders@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ed.D., Counselor Education, Texas A&M University – Commerce
  • M.A., Counseling, Northern Arizona University
  • B.S., Radio/TV Communication, Eastern New Mexico University

Areas of Interest:
LGBTQ issues; Gender issues in counseling supervision

Certifications:
Licensed Professional Counselor (TX & NM)

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Jared Thiemann

Email: jthiemann@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Counseling, Idaho State University
  • M.Coun, Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling, Idaho State University
  • B.A., General Studies, Idaho State University

Areas of Interest:
Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling; Counseling Adolescents; Group Counseling; Treatment of Sexual Offenders; Existential Counseling; Technology and Counseling.

Certifications:
Licensed Professional Counselor (CO); National Certified Counselor (NCC)

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Brandon Wilde

Email: brandonwilde@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education & Counseling, Idaho State University
  • M.S., Counseling-Marital, Couple, & Family, University of Nevada
  • B.S., Behavioral Science-Social Work, Utah Valley University

Areas of Interest:

Professional Counselor Identity Development; International Counselor Training; Suicide Assessment and Intervention Competency; Qualitative Research Methodology; Research Competencies in Counseling and Counselor Education

Certifications:

National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Licensed Professional Counselor (CO)

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