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Alumni News Received During the
2019-2020 Academic Year

Laura Peterson (M.A. ’17) will continue in her role as manager of OSU health coaching program and has also started a new position at Syntero as Lead IOP SUD Adolescent Therapist. She will be leading relapse prevention and substance use disorder IOP groups in the evenings and weekend with adolescents and some groups with families. She will also be doing individual counseling with adults and adolescents.

Alumni News Received During the
2018-2019 Academic Year

The Ohio Counseling Association won the 2019 American Counseling Association Advocacy Award for the fourth time since 2011. Congratulations to Ohio Counseling Association Government Relations Committee chaired by Sean Gorby (Ph.D., 2019)

Julie Hazel (M.A. ’18) is a counselor at Clintonville Counseling & Wellness.


Tori Trimble (M.A. ’15) and Brian Sambecki (M.A. ’15) were married in April of 2019. They met in the OSU Counselor Education program (our second ‘love match’ in the last 20 years!) Congratulations to the happy couple!







Dr. K. Michelle Hunnicutt Hollenbaugh (M.A. ’06; Ph.D. ’11) received the 2019 ACA Best Practices Research Award.
According to ACA:
Dr. Hollenbaugh’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy research embraces best practices and fills gaps in the literature on DBT, a widely prevalent treatment intervention for use with adults and adolescents. DBT is especially popular among counselors working in community mental health agencies with clients who engage in life threatening behaviors. Research on this intervention is paramount, and Dr. Hollenbaugh is one of few counselor educators engaging in research on DBT. Not only does this research provide further evidence for the effectiveness of DBT, but it also highlights the importance of quality studies on the topic to increase positive outcomes for clients. Dr. Hollenbaugh’s research activities related to DBT serve not only to fill needed gaps in the literature but as a call to action to counselors to engage in outcome evaluation in their current practice.

Val Gee (M.A. ’17) was featured in a New York Times article on Tuesday, November 6. The story is about the Seeing Eye Dog school and their training program, and Val was in New York while the reporters were there, training with her new dog, Ozma (Ozzy, affectionately). For those who knew Val’s dog Vail, he is recently retired and loving the cushy life with Val’s aunt and uncle in Michigan. Her uncle is a supervisor at a landscaping company, so Vail goes with him to check out job sites. Thank you to alumna Kimberly Puskar for passing along the story to us! Here is the link to the NY Times article:



Brenda Gerhardt (Ph.D. ’10)  received the Katz Award at a lunch in her honor at the National Independent Educational Consultants Association Conference in Los Angeles in November, 2018. The award honors “independent educational consultants (IECs) for their volunteer work with organizations providing educational opportunities to children.” Brenda was recognized for her work with SchoolHouse Connection, a national organization working to overcome homelessness through education. Brenda has provided countless hours of advocacy as a parent surrogate to ensure that marginalized students have access to the educational system.

Meredith and Jules

Meredith Beardmore (M.A. ’15) works for Iona College and coordinates their suicide prevention efforts. Meredith is also the  proud mother of son, Jules Micah Strahorn, born in the spring of 2018.








Renae Mayes (Ph.D. ’13), was promoted to associate professor with tenure at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She demonstrates social justice advocacy as the Facing LGBTQ+ Pride Chair,  and published this collection of stories. Gathered in honor of Pride Month and funded by grants, the publication focuses on stories of lived experiences that interrupt discourse about marginalized lives. It is well worth the read! Read about all the stories at http://facingproject.com/, and click on Communities. For direct links, see below:

Facing racism :

Facing LGBTQ Pride:


Rachel Zufall (M.A. ’08) served as a Professional School Counselor for 9 years at Columbus Preparatory Academy. Rachel says:  “Throughout my time there, I conducted over 15 groups of the Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) program in my school, and was constantly energized by the positive changes in school climate and and positive impact that ROX programming had on the school community. Because of my passion for and love of this work, in August 2017 I became the Director of Curriculum and Educational Programs for Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. In this role, I lead all programmatic initiatives of ROX, including facilitator training, ongoing professional development and recertification, ROX coach training, supervision, and reporting, also assisting in the development of new curricular components and future ROX offerings.”


Josephine Gibbs



Todd Gibbs (M.A. ’11; Ph.D. ’17) and wife, Franzi, welcomed Josephine (Josie) Heron Gibbs on August 7, 2018.








Jason Durell (M.A. ’08) is a middle school counselor at a RAMP school (Recognized ASCA Model Program), and he has been incredibly active working with children of military families. Although his work is too extensive to describe here, here are some highlights. Jason

  • joined ODE’s Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) and the Purple Star Award advisory boards 2 years ago and still serves on those boards today.
  • worked with ODE in helping to create a state-wide award called the Purple Star Award.
  • has created the Olentangy Military Families (OMF) Committee which serves as a role model for the state as a non-base support group for military families.
  • was featured in several media segments throughout the last year for my participation with our OMF Committee and the Purple Star Award.
  • has presented on the topic of military families and youth at the All Counselors Conference and many other conferences.
  • is the Secretary for the first ever Ohio Association of Purple Star Schools (OAPSS) that will be officially open this fall to give other Purple Star schools (and those wanting to be) resources and support to further assist the military youth in their own communities.
  • teaches a graduate level course within our district on Military Connected Youth and has already had more than 60 teachers take the course in the past year.
  • Congratulations, Jason!

Matthew Fullen (Ph.D. ’17) had an article based on his dissertation published in the journal Educational Gerontology. Click here for a link to the article.

Alumni News Received During the
2017-2018 Academic Year

Matt Fullen (Ph.D ’17) submitted a manuscript from his dissertation for an award, and it received Honorable Mention and a cash prize. The paper is Fullen, M.C., & Granello, D.H. (2018). Holistic wellness in older adulthood: Group differences based on age and mental health. Journal of Holistic Nursing. The award is the Innovative Research on Aging Awards from Mather Lifeways (a private foundation in Chicago).

Tori Schenker (M.A. ’19) got a one-year school counseling position at Greensview Elementary in Upper Arlington, Ohio. And, she got engaged! Congratulations, Tori!


Alumni News Received During the
2016-2017 Academic Year

Kim Bussell (M.A. ’17) has accepted a position as an outreach counselor at Directions for Youth and Families in Columbus.

Associate Professor Dr. Michelle Hunnicutt-Hollenbaugh

Dr. Michelle Hunnicutt-Hollenbaugh (M.A. ’06; Ph.D. ’11) was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at Univ. of Texas, Corpus Christi.







Abbey Carter-Logan (M.A. ’09) had her second child, Nora Louise, on October 29, 2016.

Nora Louise Carter-Logan

Nora and Big Sister Eliza








Joy and Eva Woliver

Simon Woliver (M.A. ’11) and wife, Kris, welcomed twin girls, Joy Missal and Eva Jay on 9/29/2016. In this picture, they are celebrating their first Christmas!




Raeanna O’Brien (M.A. ’03) has been elected to serve on the OSU College of Education and Human Ecology Alumni Society Board of Governors representing Physical Activity and Educational Services. The Alumni Society Board promotes the advancement of the College through facilitating communication, fostering loyalty and promoting fellowship among its members. Raeanna is employed by Syntero on their school-based team, working full-time at Hilliard Davidson High School. 

Emily Clark (M.A. ’09) runs a clinical consultation group for those in the community (or schools!) who work with transgender/gender nonconforming/gender variant clients.  The majority of her practice is working with trans clients and it appears that the need is greater than ever to find clinically competent clinicians in the Central Ohio area.  She says she is hopeful that having a consultation group would encourage clinicians to improve their clinical skills and foster an increased willingness to work with trans clients.  If anyone is interested in participating, they can email her at: EmilyClarkPCCS@gmail.com


Stephanie Eich (M.A. '13) and Chris Douglas were married on August 20, 2016

Stephanie Eich (M.A. ’13) and Chris Douglas were married on August 20, 2016


Lily starting first grade - 2016

Lily starting first grade – 2016

Anne (Deffenbaugh) Ober (M.A. ’04; Ph.D. ’08) is coordinating counselor at the College of Wooster. Her daughter, Lily, started first grade this year!


The College of Wooster

Alexa Murray (M.A. ’05) works as a program manager at the OSU Nisonger Center, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).  She has been at the university since 2001 and in her current position since 2010.  She is part of a team that writes grants, develops curricula and research protocols, and trains teachers on technology-based interventions that help students with disabilities develop the key literacy and career developmental skills they need in order to successfully transition to postsecondary education and/or employment after high school.

Tisha (Green) Rinker (M.A. ’01) is Director of Counseling for Connections Education.


Alumni News Received During the
2015-2016 Academic Year

2016 Graduating Class

2016 Graduating Class


Olivia Festa with Big Brother Ludovico

Olivia Festa (born May 16, 2016, to Francesca Festa, M.A. ’14) with Big Brother Ludovico

CalhounNicole (Smathers) Calhoun (M.A. ’08) is pleased to share a picture of her little one, Madison Angelina

Chad Hollenbaugh (M.A. ’06) was quoted (and pictured!) in the Corpus Christi, TX newspaper for his work with domestic violence. He is the President of Coastal Bend Coordinated Community Response Coalition. Read the full story here.

Alumni Beth Chatfield (M.A. '15), Jordan Pastor (M.A.'14) and colleague Sharon Ross, all at Licking Heights High School, show that School Counselors Really Are Superheros!

Alumni Beth Chatfield (M.A. ’15), Jordan Pastor (M.A.’14) and colleague Sharon Ross, all at Licking Heights High School, show that School Counselors Really Are Superheros!


Graduating M.A. Class 2015

Graduating M.A. Class 2015


School Counseling Graduates 2015

School Counseling Graduates 2015


Clinical Counseling M.A. Graduates 2015

Clinical Counseling M.A. Graduates 2015


Singing the Alma Mater

Singing the Alma Mater

Alumni News Received During the
2014-2015 Academic Year


Graduating Class 2014Congratulations to the 2014 Graduating Class!

Clinical Class 2014
2014 Clinical Counseling Graduates

School Counseling 2014
2014 School Counseling Graduates

Renae D. Mayes (Ph.D.’13), Assistant Professor at Ball State University, has received the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Counseling from the AERA Division E. Her advisor, James L. Moore III, Educational Studies, told Diverse Issues in Higher Education that she “is walking in excellence.” Her dissertation, “‘How Are They Being Helped If I Don’t Even Know About It?’: Adversity and Pitfalls Of Twice-Exceptional Urban Learners,” focused on gifted African-American students who also have a disability, and support provided by their parents and educators.

Kristen Koly (M.A. 10) and husband Trai welcomed Dominick Wellington Blanks on 5/25/2014. Click here for picture of Kristen, Trai, and Dominick!

Rachel Zufall (M.A., ’08) Professional School Counselor, had her school, Columbus Preparatory Academy, recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education.  This award honors schools that specifically showed marked achievement in closing the achievement gap. Rachel’s role in helping her school win this high honor highlights how important professional school counselors are in schools, and documents why we must collect data to track how our students are doing and how our programs directly contribute to closing the gap for students.

Barbara Mahaffey (Ph.D. ’09) received The Ohio University Presidential Teaching Award. Barbara is a professor at the Chillicothe branch of Ohio University. For more information, visit this website.

Ruth Ann (Chernausek) Karl (M.A. ’13) is an academic advisor in the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Gina McDowell (M.A. 2014)  is a counselor for Ohioans with Disabilities with the State of Ohio.  She does vocational rehab for juniors and seniors in high school with significant mental/emotional, developmental, or physical disabilities.

Kasey Randles (M.A. 2014)  is a School/Community-based Child and Family Therapist for Youth Advocate Services in Columbus, Ohio.

ChiehHsuweddingChieh Hsu (M.A. 2013) married Lee in November 2013 in Taiwan. Chieh wore three different wedding gowns, and there were more than 400 guests in attendance.

Alumni News Received During the
2013-2014 Academic Year

  Congratulations, New Alumni – Graduating Class – 2013

2013 Graduates of the OSU Counselor Education Program

2013 Graduates of the OSU Counselor Education Program

Graduating Class fling hats for website

Clinical Graduating Class for Website

 School Graduating Class for Website

Amelia Feister

Katherine Feister (Ph.D. ’12) and husband, Tom, welcomed Amelia Jean on March 9, 2014.





Kristine Enkerud (M.A.’06) lives in her home town of Aberdeen, WA and works as an in-home counselor for people at risk of losing their children to DCFS.

Tracie (Dodson) Keller (M.A. ’10) is a counselor in private practice in Columbus, Ohio. She specializes in working with clients with eating disorders.

Laura Lewis (M.A. ’10) is a counselor at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Ryan Wilhelm (M.A. ’10) was elected president-elect of the Ohio Career Development Association for 2013-2014. Ryan works at the OSU Career Connections. He has been a part of the OCDS leadership team since 2008.

Maya Hunnicutt in snowman pajamasMaya Hollenbaugh, daughter of  K. Michelle Hunnicutt-Hollenbaugh (M.A. ’06; PhD ’11) and Chad Hollenbaugh (M.A.’06)





Rachel ZufRachel Zufallall (M.A. ’08) has been a school counselor at Columbus Preparatory Academy for 6 years. She worked on a successful grant proposal to fund 6 school counselors at 8 public charter schools around Ohio. The federal grant awarded is called the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grant for $400,000 (includes salary, supplies, benefits, etc.) for a 3-year position in economically disadvantaged schools, and requirements of the grant include each counselor setting up an ASCA model program in each school by the end of year 1. Currently 2 OSU grads are in these positions: Natalie Deuschle & Stephanie Wright. Rachel also passed along a picture of her family (3 year old daughter Eden and son Reid (born March, 2013).

Jessica Auslander (M.A. ’04; Clinical Counseling ’13) has accepted a position at Maryhaven in their Gambling Addiction Program.  In July, she presented at the 2013 Addiction Studies Institute on “Korsakoff’s Syndrome/Wernicke’s Encephalopathy/Wet Brain: Many Terms for One Difficult Situation.”

Stephanie Eich (M.A. ’13) is a counselor at the Center for Balanced Living in Columbus, Ohio.

Malik Henfield (Ph.D. ’06) was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Iowa. He is the program coordinator of the school counseling and counselor education programs. Malik is the recipient of the 2013 NCACES Outstanding Research Award!

Melissa Ockerman (M.A. ’03; PhD ’06) was recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at DePaul University in the Counseling and Special Education department. Additionally, she co-authored a book with Corwin Press that is slated to be published in November, entitled 101 solutions for school counselors and leaders in challenging times. Information about the book can be found here: http://www.corwin.com/books/Book240523#tabview=reviews

Samantha Tortora (M.A. ’13) is a counselor at the Center for Balanced Living in Columbus, Ohio.

Alumni News Received During the
2012-2013 Academic Year

Congratulations, New Alumni!
(graduating M.A. class of 2012)

Maya Hunnicutt-Hollenbaugh K. Michelle Hunnicutt-Hollenbaugh (M.A. ’06; PhD ’11) and Chad Hollenbaugh (M.A.’06) had a baby girl, Maya, on March 28, 2013.

Sarah Rhodes (M.A. ’12) is a government employee acting as a Victim Advocate for the Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention Program (SHARP). She writes “I start this Monday, and I am really looking forward to the opportunities to help stand up this program for the 597th Transportation Brigade at Ft. Eustis (the Army post nearby) and to empower the individuals with whom I will be working. “

Barbara Mahaffey (Ph.D., ’09) was honored by the Red Cross Chapter in Chillicothe, Ohio at the 10th annual Heroes Banquet to celebrate local hometown heroes who do great works that may go unnoticed. Barbara was recognized as a community hero for her work teaching students and serving as an advocate in the community.  Congratulations, Barbara!

Emily (Rezek) Coen (M.A. ’08) made a lovely movie of her family (husband Olie, daughter Evelyn, son Perrin), and I asked permission to post it for all to see. The link is  http://youtu.be/woNEkrSbw5Y   Enjoy!

Jason Durell (M.A. ’08) and his School Counseling Colleagues at Liberty Middle School now have a RAMP school – a Recognized ASCA Model Program!  This is a highly prized designation, reserved for school counseling programs that can demonstrate how they meet the ASCA National Model.  It requires documentation, reflection, and commitment to school counseling excellence.  We are proud that Jason is an alum!


Jenny Riehle (M.A. ’11) has been promoted to the SAMI/ACT Program Manager at the Central Ohio Mental Health Center.

Marsha Siefker (M.A. ’02) is a school counselor between two Westerville Elementary Schools – Robert Frost and Whittier Elementary. 

Sarah (Thompson) Ten Hoeve (M.A. ’12) developed a challenge day at Groveport Madison High School. Read all about it in the Columbus Messenger story

Erin Vlach (M.A. ’10) is Director of Counseling at Columbus College of Art & Design.


Alumni News Received During the
2011-2012 Academic Year

Jenny Riehle (M.A. ’11) is a SAMI/ACT team therapist at Central Ohio Mental Health in Delaware, Ohio.

Emily (Rezek) Coen (M.A. ’08) and husband, Olie, welcomed little Perrin on February 4, 2012. Click here for pictures.

Steven Stay (M.A. ’09) is a school counselor in the Middle East. Beginning in August, he will be the secondary school counselor at the Awsaj Institute of Education in Doha, Qatar. His wife, son, and daughter will be joining him there. Congratulations, Steven!


Jessica (Levy) Auslandar (M.A. ’04) and husband, Dan, adopted Nicholas Eugene Auslander. Nick was born on 12/21/09 and joined the Auslander’s on 10/7/11. According to Jessica, Nick as adapting well to his new home, and his big brother Jaden and big sister Lillie absolutely adore him. The photo is of Jessica and Nicholas in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow.



Tara Cavo (M.A. ’11) lives in Dayton, Ohio with her adorable baby, Annabelle.


Alumni News Received During the 2010-2011 Academic Year


Laura Lewis (M.A. ’10) developed a Bullying Prevention Program called “Blink 180” at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus. The program was featured in Catholic Times:  http://www.colsdioc.org/Offices/TheCatholicTimes/watterson280.aspx

Dawnaka (Overly) Meyer (M.A. ’99) is an adjunct instructor at the University of Mount Union in Canton, Ohio.

Ann Raffay (M.A. ’08) is finishing her third year at Granville High School as a part of the Granville Exempted Village Schools. She has presented with her coworkers at the All-Ohio Counselors Conference, OACAC Spring Conference, National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC) Conference, and most recently, the Collegeboard Midwestern Forum!

Kate Wissman (M.A. ’09) and husband Geoff welcomed baby Kelley Ann on May 4, 2011. Kelley weighed in at 11 pounds! Both mom and baby are well.




Emily (Rezek) Coen (M.A. ’08) and Evelyn.





Raeanna O’Brien (M.A. ’03) is Director of Programs and Services at New Directions Career Center in Columbus.  Raeanna wants to share this picture of her daughter, Cassie, who was born in 2010, and was 9 months old the day this picture was taken!



Michelle James (M.A. ’04) was selected as one of ASCA’s finalists for School Counselor of the Year.  She will be recognized at a gala in February 2011. 

Terra (Tadlock) Smith (M.A. ’04) is a counselor at Pomegranate Health Systems in Columbus.




 Rachel Zufall (M.A. ’08) and husband, Brian, welcomed little Eden Florence on August 3, 2010. Rachel is in her 3rd year as the School Counselor at Columbus Preparatory Academy, and she is excited to be supervising an OSU School Counseling intern this year.





Claire Buerk (M.A. ’10) and her husband, Gavin, welcomed little Adele Ruth on Monday, August 9, 2010.  (yep, born on 8-9-10!) Everyone is doing well, and Claire & Gavin are having a great time introducint little Adele to friends and family.





Brad Fittes (M.A. ’08) and his wife, Abby, participated in the 150 mile MS Bike Ride in August of 2010. Unfortunately, Brad was hit by an SUV just a mile from the finish line, but he reports that he is well, has cuts and bruises but no broken bones, and will ride again next year. His team raised over $15,000 – with no corporate sponsorship! Well done, Brad & team! (that’s Brad in the lower left-hand corner).






Alison (Nameth) Hooper (M.A. ’07) and husband, Matt, live in Dublin, Ohio with their two children Henry & Harper (and Jaeger the dog!). Ali works part-time as Administrative Assistant for the Ohio School Counselor Association,






Nikki Taich (M.A. ’06) is an Academic Advisor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Recruitment for the College of Pharmacy at Ohio State University.


Anne (Deffenbaugh) Ober (M.A. ’04; Ph.D. ’08) and husband Aaron can’t resist sharing another picture of little Lily (born August, 2010). Anne is on maternity leave from her job as an Assistant Professor at Walsh University until spring, and says she tries to find time to work in a few projects when Lily takes a nap!






Maria Elliott (M.A. ’08) with husband Brian and baby Grace Carolyn Eilliott (born November 2009). Maria is Outreach Coordinator for Community Engagement Partnership Project and Behavioral Health Initiatives at the OSU Center for Learning Excellence.




Harry Warner (M.A. ’09) works at Maryhaven Research Institute and sees clients in his private practice.

 Amy (Cook) Wilkes (M.A. ’08) lives in Orlando with her husband. She was promoted to Supervisor at Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare, where she runs an outpatient department with 12 staff and 600 clients. She passed her licensure test and is now a Licensed Mental Health Counselor!







Alumni News Received During the 2009-2010 Academic Year

Emily (Rezek) Coen (M.A. ’08) with Evelyn, who will turn one in July 2010. Emily reports all is well. Olie loves being a Stay at Home Dad, and he will graduate soon from Columbus State.

 Brad Fittes (M.A. ’08) and Abby were married on May 15m 2010 at the Bell Event Centre in Cincinnati. They met at the admissions office at OSU. In August, Brad and Abby will complete a 150 mile bike ride to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.

Maureen Johnson (M.A. ’09) and husband Nathan welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Kate Renee, on May 19, 2010.


Miram Rieber


Jessica Rieber (M.A. ’08)  and husband, Sean, welcomed baby Miriam Elaine on November 23, 2009.

Kelly Harvey-Jones (M.A. ’03) lives with her husband and their two boys in North Carolina.


Anne (Deffenbaugh) Ober (M.A. ’04; Ph.D. ’08) and husband Aaron welcomed a baby girl, Lillian (Lily) Marie on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. Lily weighed 7lbs 3oz.  Anne is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Walsh University in Ohio.








Andy Sears (M.A. ’08) lives in Clintonville, OH with his wife Carrie, who works at Nestle’ as a Consumer Research Expert. Andy works at Consolidated Care Inc., a non profit private outpatient mental health facility. Andy says that they love Clintonville and living close to the park and bike trail. He says that they also love to travel! Since graduation they’ve been to Switzerland, Paris, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, and they’re heading back to Mexico in August!

Alumni News Received During the 2008-2009 Academic Year

Jessica Auslander (M.A.’04) is the new Trauma Program Coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry at Harding/OSU. She says €œI have found myself using my counseling skills more than ever as I collaborate with doctors, nurses, social workers, and business people to coordinate everyone’s efforts to make this program a reality.”? On a personal note, Jessica and her husband Dan are enjoying their son Jaden (b. 6/16/06). Their daughter Lillie was born 2/21/08, and was premature. She has now reached “normal” weight and length, and is catching up very quickly developmentally.

Amy Cook (M.A. ’08) was married and is now Amy Cook Wilkes. She is an assessment/group counselor at Lakeside Behavioral Hospital in Orlando, Florida.

Anne (Deffenbaugh) Ober (Ph.D. ’08) traveled to Uganda to conduct workshops and training in counselor education.

Conny Kirsch (M.A. €˜06) recently moved back to the Big Ten Conference. Her job title is Varsity Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Indiana Women’s Rowing. She is living in Bloomington coaching young female rowers, while recruiting High School Students to Indiana. You can find out more information about Conny’s work at: http://iuhoosiers.cstv.com/sports/w-rowing/spec-rel/100908aaa.html

Julie Nelson (Ph.D., ’08) is Dean of Students at Focus Learning Academy Southwest in Columbus.

Marte Ostvik-de Wilde (M.A. €˜08) is a K-8 school counselor at Columbus Arts and Technology Academy (a Columbus Charter school).


Evelyn Coen

Emily (Rezek) Coen (M.A. 08) and Olie had a baby girl! Evelyn Janelle Coen was born 7/17/09 at 4:57 pm. She weighed in at 6 lbs, 6 oz and measured 19 inches long! Congratulations to Emily & Olie!


Melody Smilor (M.A. ’05) is a school counselor at Oak View Elementary in Franklin, Tennessee.

Terra Tadlock-Smith (M.A.  ’04) is Director of Programs and Services at New Directions Career Center in Columbus. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor at the University of Dayton at Capital in Columbus.


Demetra (Ezell) Taylor (M.A. €˜04) and her husband Brian had a baby boy in spring of 2008. Here’s a picture of Joshua at 6 months with his mom!



Janie Wang (M.A. ’08) traveled throughout east Asia during the summer and autumn of 2008. She assisted at the International Earthquake Engineering conference in Bejing, offering her services as a translater.

Beth (Webster) Whittaker (M.A. ’04) is staff therapist and coordinator of the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education at Valparaiso University. She and her husband have a son (born ’07) and live in Michigan City, Indiana.

Liz Young Weeden (M.A. 02) does psychological testing and clinical supervision in a charter school. SHe lives with her husband and two children in Washington, D.C.

Will Wissman

Kate Wissman (M.A. ’09) and husband Geoff welcomed baby Will on June 8, 2009.

Alumni News Received During the 2007-2008 Academic Year

Ann Raffay (M.A. ’08) has accepted a position as a school counselor at Granville High School (Granville, Ohio).

Anita Young (Ph.D., ’04) was named ASCA School Counseling Director/Coordinator of the Year for 2008. Click here for full story.

Rachel Zufall (M.A. ’08) is a K-8 School Counselor at Columbus Preparatory Academy (a Columbus Charter School).

Michelle Hunnicutt (M.A. ’06) and Chad Hollenbaugh (M.A. ’06) were married on May 24, 2008.

Jason Durell (M.A. ’08) has accepted a middle school guidance counseling position at Olentangy Liberty Middle School in Delaware County.”

Erin Bruno (M.A. ’05) is now Erin Ahrens. She was married on August 5, 2006, to Curtis Ahrens. She moved back to Northeast Ohio, where she is currently working at the University of Akron as an Educational Specialist for a Trio Program called Education Talent Search. She works with low-income/first generation college students in the Akron Public Schools to prepare them for post-secondary education.

Diane Burrows (M.A. ’03) has been working at Belmont Pines Hospital for children and adolescents with emotional, mental, and behavioral problems for about three years. She specifically work on the residential unit with adolescents. Just last year, she took a leave and went to the Philippines to go to Bible school and do missionary work. Diane says €œthat was quite an experience!”?

Matt Fleming (MA, ’07) is a Clinical Fellow at OSU Counseling and Consultation. After Matt passed his licensure exam this summer, he and his wife, Carol, hiked through Switzerland, France, and Italy. For some amazing pictures, check out their website.

Amber Gahn (M.A. ’07) is a Forensic Case Manager/Community Support Specialist for Community Connections in Washington, D.C. Community Connections serves approximately 2000 clients with severe mental health diagnoses, many of whom are also victims of homelessness, substance abuse, trauma, and victimization.

Melissa Green (M.A. €˜06) is Assistant Director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs at Western Michigan University.

Michelle Hunnicut (’06) and Chad Hollenbaugh (’06) are engaged. They will be married in May of 2008. Picture.

Conny Kirsch (M.A. €˜06) is the first rower to be inducted into the Buckeye Hall of Fame.

Michael Lewis (MA, €˜03) is the Director of Counseling at Ohio Dominican College.

Anne Lombardi (M.A. €˜05) is the new associate director of counseling at Ohio Dominican University.

Tricia Love (M.A. ’07) is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Joseph Allen Kinser. Joseph was born on January 18th and weighed in at 11 lbs. 14 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. Tricia reports €œhe is doing great and is already holding his head up and looking around at everything.”?

Priscilla March (MA ’98) is a career counselor at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell, where she loves the diversity and variety of counseling everyone from first generation college students, to new immigrant students, to non-traditional students, to PhD candidates, and all others studying everything from nuclear engineering to philosophy. She also serves on two non-profit boards, Cantemus Chamber Chorus (www.cantemus.org) in which she also sings, and the Friends of the Lynnfield Public Library (www.foll.org). Forever trying to balance her love of counseling and writing, she also contributes articles to several publications, including The Boston Globe’s online job site for college students (www.boston.com/jobs/college), where she regularly writes “Tips from Campus” columns.

Kristin Matthews (M.A. ’05) is a program director at an emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth in Virginia.

Andrew Moss (’07) was hired as Administrative Coordinator/Supervisor of Residential Detoxification and Ambulatory Detoxification at Maryhaven in July, 2007. He is responsible for supervising the counseling staff, medical clerks, case aides, and student interns in both programs.

Andrea Moss (’07) was married to Justin Johnson on August 11,2007.

Julie Nelson (ABD) has accepted the position of School Counselor & Dean of Students at Focus Learning Academy in Columbus.

Dawnaka Overly (M.A. €˜99) and her husband, Kevin, had a little girl, Kylah in October, 2007. Dawnaka reported that the big excitement in their home in January was that Kylah rolled over on her own! Enjoy these pictures, and go to their website for even more!

Kylah, Kevin, and Dawnaka (Overly) Meyer

Jenny Renfro (M.A. ’07) is living in New York City and working with adolescents in a mental health setting located in Spanish Harlem. She says she loves it. She gets to spend most of her time with her clients out in the community, and she having a blast learning about the Hispanic culture – she just wishes that she could speak Spanish!

Angel Rhodes (Ph.D. ’07) is running for Franklin County Commissioner

Tom Sweeney (Ph.D. ’64) received the OSU Counselor Education Susan Jones Sears Distinguished Alumni Award at the OSU Reception at the All Ohio Counselor’s Conference.

Keith Valerius (M.A. ’05) is a counselor in private practice at Sundstrom Clinical Services in Portland, Oregon, where he has recently moved with his family. Kristin (Keith’s wife) completed her post-doc fellowship in Kansas City, and she is now preparing for the Oregon Boards.

Katie Virtue (M.A. €˜06) has been added to the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Training Team.

Beth (Webster) Whitaker (M.A. €˜04) is a staff therapist and Alcohol and Drug Education Coordinator at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

Sarah Williams (’06) has been hired as a school counselor (grades 7-12) in the Union-Scioto District in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Alumni News Received During the 2006-2007 Academic Year

Larry Binkovitz (M.A. ’00) is a radiologist at Children’s Hospital in Columbus. He noted that he finds his counseling skills particularly useful when working with physicians for brain imaging of patients with behavioral disorders or prior head injury. Larry says his brood is growing up – his youngest daughter starts high school next fall, his oldest daughter graduates from Oberlin this year, and his middle daughter will start college at Berkeley in the fall. Larry’s son, Isaac, will be a junior at McGill in Montreal next fall. For the past 6 year, Larry has engaged in long distance running, which has become a passion.

Jennifer Bostic (M.A. ’06) is the Consultation and Training Coordinator for GRADcis, LLC in Dublin.

Jan Carlson (M.A. ’01) is a PCC-S at Whitehall City Schools in Rosemore Middle School. Jan won the “Friend of Education Award” from Whitehall City Schools in 2004-5 and again in 2005-6.

Anne Deffenbaugh (M.A. ’03, currently a doctoral candidate) has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Walsh University in Ohio.

Amanda Fox (M.A. 06) is a full-time career counselor at New Directions Career Center (formerly Center for New Directions). She works with adults in career transition with a focus on helping women.

Danielle Hayes (M.A. ’06) is a counselor at Consolidated Care, a community counseling center in Marysville. She will be doing individual and group counseling with adults and adolescents.

Chad Hollenbaugh (M.A. ’06) is an intensive family therapist at the Buckeye Ranch

Michelle Hunnicutt (M.A. ’05) is a counselor at North Community Counseling, West, in Columbus.

Susan Norris Huss (Stevens) (Ph.D. ’72) is an associate professor in Counselor Education at Bowling Green State University.

Dallas Jensen (M.A. ’02) received his Ph.D. from Brigham Young University in 2005. After a year working in the Counseling Center of Southern Utah University, he has been hired as a counselor at Brigham Young University, starting in autumn, 2007. When Dallas began his M.A. work at OSU, his stated goal was to get a PhD and join the counseling center at BYU, and now, very soon after he received his doctorate, he will be doing just that! Dallas, Robyn, and their children will make the move to BYU this summer.

Connie Kirsch (M.A. ’06) decided to change her focus a bit from school counseling to coaching. She was offered a position as Assistant Coach for the University of Massachusetts Rowing Team. Conny says “I have been a coach for almost a month now, and I love it more and more everyday. I also get to use my counseling skills building rapport and solving problems, be it personal, academic, or team issues. I love the fact that I can recruit high school girls and convince them to join the team by talking about the variety of majors and excellent academic support at UMass.” Click here for the announcement.

Sarah Kozich (M.A. ’06) is a counselor at the Buckeye Ranch Cross Creek Day Treatment Program.

Kathy (Wida) Moore (M.A. ’98; Ph.D. ’04) has moved with her family to New York, where she is working on getting licensure as a counselor. She gave birth to her third child, Caden Brian, on March 26th. Mom and kids are doing well, and Kathy says she hopes to get back to OSU for her tenth reunion from the program!

Alexa Murray (M.A. ’05) has accepted a position as a Professional Development Specialist for the Ohio Resource Center for Mathematics, Science, and Reading in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. She will be developing curriculum and conducting research in secondary and postsecondary education to promote best practices in literacy instruction.

Beth Myerholtz (M.A. ’04) has worked in the inpatient psychiatric unit of Riverside Hospital for almost 6 years. She is an RN, PC, and she performs nursing duties, leads group therapy, and conducts patient education. She says she loves it and that is why she is still there. Beth is about to finish her masters in nursing and will be able to diagnose as well as treat medical and psychiatric conditions. When she is done with school next June, Beth plans to become a clinical instructor and teach the undergraduate students and work in an outpatient setting.

William Nemec (Ph.D., ’74) received the OSU Counselor Education “Susan Sears Distinguished Alumni Award” at the OSU reception at AOCC in November, 2006.

Raeanna O’Brien (M.A. ’03) is an adjunct instructor at Ohio University-Chillicothe in the Human Services Technology Department.

Amy Pfeiffer (M.A. ’06) is a clinical fellow at OSU Counseling & Consultation Services and will work in private practice at Affirmations in Columbus.

Jessica Sparks (M.A. ’06) accepted the KIDS Treatment Team Leader Position at Southeast, Inc. in Columbus Ohio.

Terra Tadlock-Smith (M.A. ’04) has taken over the position as Director of Programs and Services at New Directions Career Center. Terra was selected to participate in the Fellowship for Emerging Women Leaders in Nonprofits, sponsored by the Academy for Leadership and Governance. The Fellowship will focus on the issues of leadership: what is required, the variety of styles, and the core attributes. Other topics that will be explored include self-management, work-life balance, cultural competency, partnership building, fund development, finance, and board relations. The program is specifically for young women in the nonprofit field who have the potential to one day lead a non-profit. The Fellowship begins in June, 2007.

Nikki Taich (M.A. ’06) got married to John Herbert on August 5, 2006. The couple honeymooned in the Dominican Republic and currently resides in Columbus with their dog, Mickey. Nikki accepted a position as an Academic Counselor and Staff Assistant with the College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University.

Amanda Washel (M.A. ’06) had a baby boy, Rowen Brenner, on Sunday, October 22 at 1:52pm. 7 lbs, 4 oz. CONGRATULATIONS, AMANDA, and WELCOME, ROWEN!

Rowen & Sam get started on supervision!

Beth (Webster) Whittaker (M.A. ’04) is an addictions counselor at a local agency in Michigan City, Michigan, where she works mostly with clients from the state and federal prison system. But, according to Beth, the big news is actually something really small – Carson James Whittaker, born May 4, 2007, and weighing in at 6 pounds, 10 ounces. What a cutie, and he already has his own website: www.carsonwhitaker.zoomshare.com

Jenn Whitney (M.A. ’03; Ph.D., ’06) is a clinical fellow at OSU Counseling & Consultation Services and taught in the OSU Counselor Education program during autumn, 2006 and spring, 2007. She accepted a position as a senior staff therapist at University of North Carolina-Greensboro beginning autumn, 2007..

Keith Valerius (M.A. ’05) and his wife, Kristin, welcomed their second child, Emmalyene (pronounced Emma-line) Grace Valerius, on October 24, 2006. Keith is a counselor at Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health Center in Kansas City. He primarily provides individual therapy as well as perform some psychosocial assessments for the program.

Alumni News Received during the 2005-2006 Academic Year

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Tom Davis (Ph.D. ’82) Tom is the recipient of the 2005 “OSU Counselor Education, Susan Sears Outstanding Alumni Award.” Tom is a professor of Counselor Education and Acting Dean of the College of Education, The Ohio University.

Click here for more pictures of the Award Ceremony from the 2005 All Ohio Counselor’s Conference

Alumni News from 2005-2006

Jessica (Levy) Auslander (M.A. ’04) is in her second year as a high school counselor for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow and is a Distance Credentialed Counselor (a new certification through NBCC). She and Dan are expecting their first child in June.

Sarah Brown (M.A. ’05) is a Program Specialist for JamesCare for Life. She and Brian got engaged over Labor Day weekend and have a wedding date set for September 23, 2006.

David Dagg (M.A. ’01) is the Director for Program Development at the Center for Eating Disorders and Psychotherapy in Worthington.

Karen Larson Dimmick (M.A. ’90) has been an Academic Counselor in Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design at OSU since 1990.

Rochelle Dunn (M.A. ’99; Ph.D. ’03) is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Northern Kentucky University.

Wendy Hanson-Smith (M.A. ’04) is manager of Adult Education, Employment and Case Services at Godman Guild in Columbus. She just completed the 2005 Columbus Marathon!

Jackie Hatten (M.A ’02) is Intake Coordinator at OSU/Harding Behavioral Healthcare

Lisa Hinkelman (M.A. ’01; Ph.D. ’04) is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at OSU. Check out her homepage!

Patreece Hutcherson (M.A. ’02) is a school counselor in Georgia

Dallas Jensen (M.A. ’02) successfully defended his dissertation in Counseling Psychology at Brigham Young University! He is a counseling center intern at Iowa State University. Check out his homepage for updates and pictures!

Lisa Kapp (M.A. ’00) is Director of Programs and Services for Center for New Directions, Columbus.

Stacie Stormer Krueckeberg (M.A. ’05) is a Career Counselor at Career Connections, OSU.

Kristin Matthews (M.A. ’05) works in Academic Advancement for Minority Affairs at Buckeye Village.

Kathy Wida Moore (M.A. ’98; Ph.D. ’04) is a Counselor at Gahanna Schools and an adjunct professor for OSU Counselor Education.

Alexa Murray (M.A. ’05) is Project Coordinator for the Nisonger Center in Columbus.

Sarah Offenbaker (M.A. ’05) is Treatment Coordinator for the School-Age Partial Hospitalization Program at St. Vincent Family Center in Columbus.

Dawnaka Overly (M.A. ’99) is a counselor in private practice in Columbus.

Mary Runyan (M.A. ’01) is the recipient of the OSU Counselor Education Community Counseling Outstanding Community Partner Award. Mary is Director of Counseling and Wellness at Columbus College of Art & Design.

Cristian Shofar (M.A. ’05) is a Multisystemic Treatment Therapist at the Berea Children’s Home and Family Services in Cleveland.

Bob Towner-Larsen (PhD ’97) is Consultant and Coordinator of Management Development for OSU Medical School.

Chiung-Yi Tseng (M.A. ’01) is a Ph.D. student at The New School for Social Research in New York.

Keith Valerius (M.A. ’05) is an Intensive In-home Therapist with KVC Behavioral Healthcare in Kansas City, MO.

Lyndsey White (M.A. ’04) is an Academic Advisor at The Ohio State University in Mansfield.

Have alumni news to share? Send it to: granello.1@osu.edu and we’ll get it posted to the website!