Meet the StaffAt the ASU Counseling Center, we have a diverse group of therapists. Please read about some of the counselors below or come in to say hello!
Lis Tomlin, MA, NCC, LPC
Director, Counseling and Career Center
Lis Tomlin is the Director of Counseling & Career Services at Adams State University. A Licensed Professional Counselor, Lis practices from a feminist frame of reference and she also provides clinical supervision to the graduate assistants who work in Counseling & Career Services. Lis is both an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) trainer and SafeTALK trainer. She also facilitates Safe Zone (LGBTQ+ awareness and ally) trainings for the campus and community. Lis is an adjunct instructor for the graduate program of Counselor Education. Her background includes working in diverse settings, including jails, private practice, residential, non-profit, substance abuse treatment, and trauma-informed care. Lis is also a nationally certified counselor (NCC) and trained EMDR therapist. Outside of her work at ASU, Lis sees clients in a private practice setting in Alamosa.
Joseph Mendoza-Green, MA, LPC, LAC
Assistant Director of Counseling/Coordinator of Accessibility Services
Joseph Mendoza-Green is the Assistant Director of the Counseling Center, as well as the Coordinator of Accessibility Services. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addictions Counselor. Practicing from an eclectic theoretical orientation influenced heavily by Existential, Choice and Narrative theories— as well as by positive psychology and interpersonal dynamics— Joe has experience working with the forensic population, adolescents and families. He has worked in community mental health agencies, public schools and with non-profit organizations. He is also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Wraparound Facilitation and EMDR. During his free time he enjoys reading long, boring books on philosophy and psychology and eating gourmet popcorn.
Adriana de Raet, MA
Adriana de Raet is a bilingual (Spanish-English) PhD student in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program at ASU. Adriana believes in meeting each client where they are at and working to find the best possible treatment approach with the client. The goal of her practice is to help students achieve balance in their lives by undergoing desired changes, learning new skills, and developing a deeper understanding of themselves and others. Adriana uses a variety of treatment strategies including cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused, and mindfulness practices. She believes in the importance of the mind-body connection, and utilizes relaxation and mindfulness techniques in her clinical work.
Jessica Chacon, MA
Jessica Chacon graduated from the Master’s program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here at ASU in May 2016. Jessica received her BS in Kinesiology from Colorado Mesa University and has been a Certified Yoga Teacher for two years. Jessica believes that change is a gradual process that exists throughout one’s lifespan and believes that her compassion, supportive and accepting nature will create space for people to experience trust and their truth. Jessica holds firm in the belief that one must be open to experience, in order to respond and adjust to change. Lastly, she believes that humans have all of the internal tools, knowledge and potential they need to live a happy and healthy life but it’s a process to obtain that awareness.
Stephanie Traub, BA
Stephanie Traub is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health program here at Adams State. She feels that learning about oneself is pertinent in achieving success and happiness in life. Stephanie believes a strong counselor-client relationship built with safety and trust is necessary to foster personal development. Sometimes asking for help is the hardest part so just walking into the office is the beginning of change. Her therapeutic approach involves the idea of client empowerment to make changes and further develop the skills that we already possess to help encourage growth and personal success. You can find Stephanie hanging out with her dogs and enjoying the CO outdoors!
Aftin Gillespie, BA
Aftin Gillespie is completing the last year of her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here at ASU where she also received her BA in Sociology. Aftin has experience working in domestic violence advocacy and restorative justice as well as in the enrollment management offices on campus. She understands how to navigate registration, billing, financial aid and other processes that can be overwhelming for students. Aftin believes people are only as good as their situations allow them to be and through self awareness they can grow to be their best selves.
Trinda Hosselkus, BA, CAC II
Trinda Hosselkus is working toward a Masters in Clinical Mental Health. She holds the CAC II (Certified Addictions Counselor) and worked in an Intensive Residential Treatment Center within a Community Correction for 4 yrs prior to getting enrolled at Adams State University. Trinda obtained her BA in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology in 2011 from ASU as well. Trinda has a wide variety of work experience in the helping field including being a victim advocate for both law enforcement and non profit. Trinda plans on receiving her LPC and LAC and working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist upon graduating. She enjoys working with children, families and individuals and hopes to integrate animal therapy into her practice in the future.
Vanessa Romero, B.A.
Vanessa Romero is completing her last year of her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University. She also received her B.A. in Sociology at ASU with an emphasis in social welfare. Vanessa is pursuing her LPC and LAC. Vanessa has various experience including group and individual with the forensic and mental health populations, adolescents, child welfare/adult protection, and daycare experience working with children between the ages of 0-6 years old. Vanessa hopes to incorporate creative counseling into her practice in the future emphasizing music, art, and poetry. She is passionate about working in the helping profession and advocating for marginalized populations. Vanessa believes in empowering those who feel like they do not always have a voice to advocate for themselves.
Brad Reed, B.A.
Brad Reed is in his first year of the Master’s program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University. While his B.A. is in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University, it is his 15 years of experience with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or Tapping) that drove him to enter the Master’s program. Brad recognizes that sometimes we just need to talk with someone and truly be heard, while other times we want to dig in and actively create changes in our life. Change doesn't always have to be difficult, but it does take a willingness to look at and explore new ways of being and responding to what happens in life. Brad has a deep respect for those who have experienced trauma and expects to focus his career on helping people find relief from the impact it has had on their life and their family's life as well. Brad earned his EFT Cert-I in 2010, published his book on using EFT for migraine headache relief in 2013, and has published two websites and a DVD on how to apply EFT to things that come up in life.