Counselor Education Faculty Staff

Mark Manzanares – Chair*

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; “Millennial” generation issues; Adult Learning Theory and Technology in Counselor Education

Certifications 
Becoming a Love and Logic, Instructor Training


Cheri Meder*

Director, Online Programs

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

Carol Fell

Counselor Education Coordinator for Budget and Special Events

Carol Fell
carolfell@adams.edu
719-587-7626

Please contact with questions about

  • Travel
  • General admissions
  • Special events counselor education
  • On campus counselor education program

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


Christina Harrell*

Instructor

Christina Harrell
charrell@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded

M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Adams State University

B.A., Business Administration, Adams State University

Areas of Interest

Mindfulness & psychotherapy; Play therapy; Child and Adolescent issues; Diversity and Millennial students; Professional counselor identity development; Multicultural competencies; Creativity in counseling; Grief and loss

Certifications

Licensed Professional Counselor (CO); National Certified Counselor


Janessa Henninger*

Janessa Henninger
janessahenninger@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


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


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

Academic Advisor for online campus
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)