Meet Our Counselors

Meet our counseling faculty.


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Jeff Anderson
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 249)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3644)

BA, psychology, University of Northern Iowa
MA, college student personnel/counseling, University of Northern Iowa

Campus Involvement: Faculty Association past president, Faculty Association UniServ representative, contract negotiations team member, strategic planning, educational affairs committee member, Las Pintas project, liaison to graphic design
Professional Interests: returning adult students, underprepared students, international students, career planning, life adjustment, collective bargaining

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Lill Bajich-Bock
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 247)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 2435)

BS, sociology, Kansas State University
MS, counseling, Kansas State University

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Alice Baty
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 251)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 6749)

BA, art education, Eastern Michigan University
MS, art education, University of Kansas
MS, counseling education, Emporia State University

Campus Involvement: KU dual degree partnership, Pre-Pharmacy Club sponsor, Sunflower Grant mentor
Educational Interests: veterans issues, pre-pharmacy programs, arts curricula, international students

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Alicia Bredehoeft, MEd
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 240)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3434)

BA, psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
MEd, educational and counseling psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia

Campus Involvement: faculty chair for counseling and advising services; member of the sexual assault task force, strategic planning task force and advisory board for business office technology
Professional Interests: StrengthsQuest, grief issues, educational planning

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Casey Buchanan
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 255)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3761)

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Dana Carr, NCC
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 204)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3160)

MS, counseling psychology, University of Kansas
MA, English and education, University of Kansas

Campus Involvement: counselor to honors and accounting programs
Professional Interests: emerging adulthood

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Angie Claussen
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 217)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4086)

BA, psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
BS, counseling, University of Kansas

Campus Involvement: faculty adviser to strengths advisory council, sexual assault response team, counselor to women’s soccer team
Professional Interests: StrengthsQuest, positive psychology, student success, human sexuality

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Dave Ellis
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 219)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3224)

BS, rehabilitation services, Emporia State University
MS, student personnel services, Emporia State University

Campus Involvement: counselor to baseball team and international students; faculty adviser to International Club; committees dealing with developmental education, business programs and veterans issues
Professional Interests: athletics, home schooling, international students, business students, veterans and developmental education

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Ron Frigault, PhD, LCPC
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 251)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3969)

BS, psychology, Michigan State University
MEd, counseling and personnel services, University of Missouri-Columbia
PhD, educational administration, University of Texas at Austin

Campus Involvement: faculty adviser to fire science advisory board, behavioral intervention team, classroom teacher, career-life planning, financial aid appeals, intern supervisor
Professional Interests: mental health issues (particularly depression and anxiety), crisis intervention (stress management, spiritual development, grief and navigating life’s ups and downs), Myers-Briggs personality test, Strong Interest Inventory interpretation

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Jessica Garcia, NCC, DCC
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 246)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3227)

AA, liberal arts, Johnson County Community College
BS, education, University of Kansas
MS, counseling psychology, University of Kansas

Campus Involvement: StrengthsQuest advisory council member
Professional Interests: career counseling, educational technology, multicultural initiatives

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Kristen Harth, LPC
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 224)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4231)

BA, psychology, Washburn University
MS, counseling psychology, University of Kansas

Campus Involvement: counselor to women’s soccer team, faculty adviser to Active Minds student organization, strengths advisory council member
Professional Interests: helping students to discover their strengths and apply them in achieving academic success; promoting mental health awareness and education about anxiety, depression and eating disorders

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Bruce Harvey
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 250)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4255)

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Marilyn Jones
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 238)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4384)

BA, art education, Avila University
MA, counseling psychology, Webster University
Campus Involvement: counselor to the men’s basketball team
Professional Interests: career counseling, educational planning, pet therapy

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Mary Kessler
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 225)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4214)

BA, political science, Rosemont College
MA, government and international studies, University of Notre Dame
MA, guidance and counseling, University of Notre Dame
Ed Specialist, counseling and guidance, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Campus Involvement: web development department advisory board member, faculty adviser to
Pre-Engineering Club (April 2015)
Professional Interests: career development, educational planning

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Jill Konen, MS, LPC
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 222)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4371)

BA, psychology, University of Kansas
MS, counseling psychology, University of Kansas

Campus Involvement: counselor to volleyball and dance teams, member of the mental health forum (a campuswide committee focusing on bringing awareness to mental health issues)
Professional Interests: assisting students with anxiety, depression and eating disorders

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Nancy Longhibler, LCPC
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 242)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4745)

BS, psychology, Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri)
MEd, rehabilitation counseling, University of Missouri-Columbia

Campus Involvement:early childhood education advisory board member
Professional Interests: returning adult students, deciding students

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Annette Maassen-Spates
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 234)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 2856)

MA, counseling, University of Northern Iowa

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Andy Meenen, MS
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 256)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3341)

BA, psychology, University of Arkansas
MS, counseling psychology, Avila University

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Robert Murphy, PhD
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 245)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4512)

BA, English, St. Mary’s University, Winona, Minnesota
MS, educational and counseling psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD, educational and counseling psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sports counselor and psychologist certification, National Institute of Sports Professionals

Campus Involvement: faculty adviser to the railroad program, Career Pathways, diversity efforts
Professional Interests: developed the Murphy Inventory used to assess student success; recipient of 2002 National Role Model Award for developing the Murphy Inventory; 2002 national award for development of a seminar/workshop known as "A Model of the Research Process."

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Nancy Riley
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 219)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 6485)

BS, psychology, elementary education, Fort Hays State University
MS, counseling, Fort Hays State University

Campus Involvement: JCAE Bridge and Kansas A-OK programs
Professional Interests: mental health issues, educational planning

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Melanie Roberts
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 231)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4085)

BS, psychology, Iowa State University
MA, counseling and student development, University of Iowa

Campus Involvement: administration of justice, College Now liaison (Shawnee Mission schools), women's basketball team liaison, Sunflower Grant (first-generation students)
Professional Interests: working with students deciding on a major, adult students returning to college and all students needing assistance with educational planning

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Gloria Rosso, MC, NCC, LCPC
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 203)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3403)

BS, psychology, Javeriana University (Bogotá, Colombia)
MC, counseling, Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona)

Campus Involvement: counselor to international students; mentor for the Sunflower Grant; faculty adviser to health care interpreting, legal interpreting, EAP (English for Academic Purposes/ESL) and cosmetology programs
Professional Interests: international students, Hispanic and Latino education, multicultural issues; students of English as a second language.
Note: I speak Spanish – Hablo español.

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Carrie Thompson
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 237)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4236)

BS, psychology, Kansas State University
MS, counseling, Emporia State University

Campus Involvement: mental health forum, counselor to women’s softball team
Counseling/Educational Interests: deciding students, eating disorders, anxiety, ADD/ADHD

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Star Triscornia, Phd
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 241)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3653)

AA, liberal arts, Seward County Community College
BS, psychology, Oklahoma Panhandle State University
MS, educational psychology, Walden University
PhD, educational psychology, Walden University

Campus Involvement: counselor to women’s volleyball team and College Now program (Shawnee Mission school district), Promotores committee member
Professional Interests: Latino education, ELL/EAP, veterans, distance learning/counseling

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Amy Warner Koch
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 220)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4612)

BA, psychology, Hastings College
MA, counseling psychology, University of Nebraska

Professional Interests: students interested in all aspects of computers (IT, computer science, web development, electronics); students deciding on a major; background in career, academic and personal counseling

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Alex Wells
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 229)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 2855)

BS, psychology, Northwest Missouri State University
MA, counseling psychology, Avila University

Campus Involvement: member of the distance learning advisory council and the online catalog committee, counselor to the men’s soccer team
Professional Interests: depression, anxiety, technology in counseling, assessment

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Melissa Wells
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 235)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3236)

BA, psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City
MS, counseling and psychology, Avila University

Campus Involvement: counselor to the softball team
Professional Interests: technology in counseling, StrengthsQuest, anxiety

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Shirley Wing
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 223)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4303)

BA, social science, Whitworth University
MA, counseling, The University of Santa Clara

Campus Involvement: Engineering Club faculty adviser, College Now and dual degree partnership with University of Kansas
Professional Interests: mental health issues, student development, college-community partnerships, credit transfer issues

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Chad Yonker, LPC
Counseling and Advising Services
Student Center (SC 221)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3162)

BGS, psychology and sociology, University of Kansas
MS, counseling psychology, Avila University

Campus Involvement: assistant faculty chair of counseling, faculty adviser to the horticultural sciences program, counselor to the men’s baseball team
Professional Interests: career exploration, mental health, technology in higher education