Meet the Faculty and Staff

Mark Manzanares - Chair*

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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Don Basse*

Director, Online Plus and Ph.D. Programs

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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Cheryl Ravens

Coordinator, Online Plus and Ph.D. Programs

Email: caravens@adams.edu

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Nate Pacheco

Assistant Coordinator/ Level 1 Technology Specialist

Email: ceonline@adams.edu

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Carol McCann

Administrative Assistant, Department of Counselor Education

Email: cmccann@adams.edu

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Christina Harrell

Academic Advisor, Online Plus

Email: ceonline@adams.edu

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Mollie Benton

Clinical Coordinator

Email: counseloredcc@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • MA in School Counseling, Adams State University
  • BS in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Utah

Certifications:
Licensed School Counselor (CO)

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Meet the Core Faculty and Staff*

Courtney Allen*

Email: courtneyallen@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education, University of Florida
  • Ed.S., School Counseling and Guidance, University of Florida
  • M.Ed., School Counseling and Guidance, University of Florida
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Florida

Areas of Interest:
Counselor development, Counseling theories, Research in school counseling,
Counseling children and adolescents, Substance abuse counseling, Pedagogical practices, Qualitative research, Counselor supervision

Certifications:
National Certified Counseling (NCC)
Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern (Florida)

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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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Joel Givens*

Email: joelgivens@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ph.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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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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Janessa Parra*

Email: janessaparra@adams.edu

Degrees awarded:

  • · Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Northern Colorado
  • · M.A. Clinical Counseling, University of Northern Colorado
  • · B.S. Psychology, College of Charleston

Areas of Interest:
Child Maltreatment, Crisis education, pedagogy, play therapy, Supervision, Crisis and Trauma counseling, Research methods, Parenting

Certifications:
Registered psychotherapist

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Neil Rigsbee*

Email: neilrigsbee@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of New Mexico
  • M.A., Counseling, Webster University
  • B.A., Psychology, College of Santa Fe
Areas of Interest:
Quantitative research methods in counseling; Online suicide assessment training; Veterans issues; Community mental health.

Certifications:
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (NM)

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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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