Adams State Counselor Ed Faculty Staff-Aug18-2022
Asterisk signifies Core Faculty.

Cheri Meder*

Chair

School Counselor Education Director

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


Courtney Hocking

Academic Advisor
Courtney Hocking

chocking@adams.edu
ceadvising@adams.edu (preferred)

719-587-8418

Please contact with questions regarding

  • Course/degree progression
  • Class Schedule
  • Plan of study
  • Intent to graduate forms/questions prior to graduation

Toni Martinez

Counselor Ed – Budget Analyst/Office ManagerTony Martinez

tmartinez@adams.edu

719-587-8138

Please contact with questions regarding

  • Student Labs
  • Ph.D. Admissions
  • Ph.D. Questions
  • Budget
  • Counseling Services Reimbursement

Melissa Moeller

Senior Advisor/Operations Director

Melissa Moeller

mmoeller@adams.edu

  • Supervises Academic Advisor
  • Oversees and manages cohort plans of study
  • School of Counselor Education liaison of special projects within ASU and SLV community
  • Operations management of Counselor Education School
  • Supervision, oversight, integration, and delivery of clinical labs
  • Supervise, maintain, and implement enrollment management

Esperanza Orozco

Counselor Education Administrative Specialist
Esperanza Orozco

ceonline@adams.edu
eorozco@adams.edu
(719) 587-8376

Please contact with questions regarding

  • Clinical Mental Health Admissions questions
  • School Counseling Admissions questions
  • Admissions/Deferments
  • Student Labs

Shelly PolzinShelly Polzin

Clinical Coordinator

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

Bethany Adams*

Bethany Adams

badams001@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Adams State University
  • M.A., Clinical Mental Health, Denver Seminary
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Colorado

Areas of Interest
Online counselor education and andragogy; Legal/ethical issues in clinical counseling; Counseling student dispositions and skill development; Clinical training program development; Professional Counselor Identity Development; Counseling Supervision

Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor  (CO);  National Certified Counselor; Approved Clinical Supervisor


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*

Ph.D. Program Chair

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)


Rebecca Caple*

Rebecca Caple

rebeccacaple@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, Adams State University
  • M.Ed., Master of Education Mental Health Counseling
  • B.S., Psychology, Bridgewater State University

Areas of Interest

At-Risk Youth; Mental Health and Advocacy in Schools; Developing Adolescent Resiliency; School Counseling; Creativity in Counseling

Certifications

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MA),  Licensed School Counselor (NC)


Carol Cotter*

Carol Cotter

carolcotter@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Adams State University
  • Master of Social Work, University of Houston
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Houston – Clear Lake

Areas of Interest

Counselor Development, Counseling Assessment, Relational Cultural Theory, Trauma and Resilience, Social Justice Issues, Mindfulness & Self-Compassion

Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CO); Certified EMDR practitioner


Sandra Gavin*

Student Equity and Support Coordinator

sgavin@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Northern Illinois University
  • M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Northern Iowa
  • B.S., Psychology and Human Services, Upper Iowa University

Areas of Interest
Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Supervision, Counselor Development, Multicultural Counseling Self-Efficacy and Competencies, Online Counselor Education, Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQIA+

Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (Illinois)
National Certified Counselor


Christina Harrell*

CMH Program Chair

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


Janessa Henninger*

Janessa Henninger

janessahenninger@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded

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

Areas of Interest
Play Therapy and play therapy supervision; Crisis and trauma education; program evaluation; Research and statistics

Certifications 
Licensed Professional Counselor (CO); Registered play therapist- Supervisor; Registered Play therapist.


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


Becky Meidinger*

Becky Meidinger

School Counseling Program Chair

rebeccameidinger@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Adams State University
  • M.S., School Counseling, University of Mary
  • B.S., Psychology, North Dakota State University

Areas of Interest

School Counseling, Collaboration in K12 education with school counselors, Education and supervision of school counselors, School counselor roles, Online counselor education

Certifications

  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • National Certified School Counselor (NCSC)
  • Licensed School Counselor (CO, ND)

Theresa O’Halloran*

Theresa OHalloran

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


Melissa O’Neill*

Melissa ONeill

moneill@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Adams State University
  • M.A. Counseling, Eastern New Mexico University
  • B.A. Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Areas of Interest

Eating Disorders and Related Issues; Diet Culture, Weight Stigma, and Body Acceptance; Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT); Counselor Identity Development; Counseling and Supervision Theory; Cultural Humility and Social Justice Issues

Certifications

Licensed Professional Counselor (AK), Certified Eating Disorders Specialist-Supervisor, Clinical Military Counseling Certificate


Johnsa Phares*

Assistant School Counselor Education Director

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


Neil Rigsbee*

Assessment Chair

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)


Penny Sanders*

Penny Sanders

pennysanders@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded

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

Areas of Interest
Cultural Humility, LGBTQ+ Issues in Counseling, Social Justice, Grief and Loss, Women’s Issues, Cultural Identity and Othering

Certifications 

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (CO); Certified EMDR practitioner

Madeleine (Maddy) Stevens*

Maddy Stevens

madeleinestevens@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded

  • Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Adams State University
  • M.A. Art Therapy, Southwestern College
  • B.A. Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Studio Arts, University of Colorado Denver

Areas of Interest
Arts and Expressive Arts in Counseling; Client Agency; Interdisciplinary Education in Counselor Education; Qualitative Research; Contemplative Psychotherapy

Certifications 

  • Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC NM)
  • Licensed Professional Art Therapist (LPAT NM)
  • ATR-BC (Art Therapist Registered- Board Certified)

Jared Thiemann*

Technology Chair

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)


Kirk Thiemann*

Kirk Thiemann

kirkthiemann@adams.edu

Degrees Awarded

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Wyoming
  • M.COUN., Student Affairs Counseling, Idaho State University
  • B.A., General Studies, Idaho State University

Areas of Interest 

Career Counseling, Counseling Theories, Grief and Loss, Person-Centered Counseling, Existentialism, Phenomenological Research Methods

Certifications 
Licensed Professional Counselor (ID)


Mark Vander Ley*

Mark Van der Ley

markvanderley@adams.edu

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)