Counselor Education Faculty Staff

Asterisk signifies Core Faculty.

Cheri Meder*

Chair

Cheri Meder

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


Shelly Polzin

Clinical Coordinator

shelly polzin

counseloredcc@adams.edu
719-587-7607

Please contact with questions regarding

  • ASU Clinical Manual
  • Practicum/Internship requirements
  • Training for site supervisors
  • Due dates for Practicum and Internship

Melissa Moeller

Academic Advisor, Online Program

melissa moeller

mmoeller@adams.edu
719-587-8255

Please contact with questions regarding

  • Course/degree progression
  • Class schedule
  • Plan of study
  • Intent to graduate forms/questions prior to graduation
  • Specific week changes for the summer intensives

Leslie Boutillette

Counselor Ed Coordinator – Operations & PhD Assistantleslie boutillette

ceonline@adams.edu
719-587-8138

Please contact with questions regarding

  • Technology (Media Space, videos, etc)
  • Summer Intensives
  • Admissions questions
  • Departmental syllabi
  • PhD admissions
  • PhD questions

Courtney Allen*

Courtney Allen

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)


Laura Bruneau*

Laura Bruneau

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
Licensed Professional Counselor (CO); Licensed School Counselor (CO)


Christina Harrell*

charrell@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, Adams State University
  • M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Adams State University
  • BA in Business Administration; Minor in Health Care Administration

Areas of Interest

Mindfulness & Psychotherapy; Play Therapy; Child and Adolescent Issues; Grief and Loss; Professional Counselor Identity Development; Multicultural Competencies; Creativity in Counseling

Certifications

Licensed Professional Counselor (CO); National Certified Counselor


Angel Knoverek*

Angel Knoverek

aknoverek@adams.edu

Degrees awarded:

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, Regent University
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, Benedictine University
  • B.S., Psychology & B.A., English, Culver-Stockton College

Areas of Interest:
Childhood Trauma, Complex Trauma, Child Maltreatment, Adult Survivors of Trauma, Program Evaluation, Implementation Science, Evidence-based Practices and Interventions, Clinical Mental Health Services in Schools, Clinical Supervision, Counselor Continuing Education

Certifications:
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (IL); Master Trainer in Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS); Master Trainer in Psychological First Aid (PFA)


Mark Vander Ley*

Mark Van der Ley

Degrees awarded:

  • Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Adams State University
  • M.A.  Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, University of Phoenix
  • B.A. Business Administration, Dordt College

Areas of Interest:
Counseling Adolescents, Couples Counseling, Fatherhood, Parenting, Trauma & Attachment,  Private Practice Development

Certifications:

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (IL), Licensed Professional Counselor (MO)


Sherie Malcom*

Sherie Malcom

sheriemalcom@adams.edu

Degrees awarded:

  • Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP accredited), Regent University
  • M.S., Professional Counseling (CACREP accredited), Georgia State University
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Georgia

Areas of Interest:
Counselor Supervision and Development, Crisis and Trauma Counseling (EMDR Therapy), Nature-based therapy, Yoga Therapy, Parenting and Sexual Education of Children

Certifications:

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, Certified Anger Management Specialist


Mark Manzanares*

Mark Manzanares

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; generation issues; Adult Learning Theory and Technology in Counselor Education

Certifications 
Becoming a Love and Logic, Instructor Training


Devlyn McCreight

devlyn mccreight

devlynmccreight@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, Loyola University Maryland
  • M.A., Pastoral Counseling, Seattle University
  • B.A., Religious Studies, University of Mount Olive

Areas of Interest

Spiritual and religious issues in counseling; gatekeeping processes in Counselor Education programs; narrative therapy and the use of sequential art (comics) in clinical work.

Certifications

Licensed Professional Counselor (CO); National Certified Counselor (NCC); Licensed Mental Health Counselor (NC); Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy Trainer (ACPE)


Theresa O’Halloran*

Theresa O'Halloran

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 counseling practice; Meditation and MBSR; Stress management; Treatment of anxiety; Anxiety in counselor training; and Counselor Development.

Certifications

Licensed Professional Counselor (CO); Licensed Addiction Counselor (CO); Master Addiction Counselor (NAADAC); Licensed Independent Mental Health Counselor (NE); Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher; Certified EMDR practitioner


Johnsa Phares*

Johnsa Phares

johnsaphares@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, Adams State University
  • M.A., School Counseling, Adams State University
  • B.A., Psychology, Ouachita Baptist University

Areas of Interest

Counseling issues related to law enforcement and other first responders; International School Counseling; School Counseling; Multicultural Competencies; Ethics; Skills Training


Blaine Reilly*

Blaine Reilly

blainereilly@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

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

Areas of Interest

Counselor skills training (prepracticum), Live Supervision, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, HeartMath, Group Counseling, Phenomenological research, Experiential Learning Theory, Gestalt Therapy

Certifications

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (NM)


Neil Rigsbee*

Neil Rigsbee

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)


Jared Thiemann*

Jared Thiemann

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)