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Whether you are exploring majors or have identified an area of study, counselors are ready to help.

Identify Your JCCC Counselor

  1. Log in to your MyJCCC account
  2. Click on MyProfile. You’ll see your primary counselor listed.
If you're interested in a particular major, you can consult with a counselor in that area. Call the Counseling Center at 913-469-3809 at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment.

Business majors learn essential skills and concepts that can be applied to a variety of industries such as business, government, nonprofit organizations and more.

Our Business Counselors can help you:

  • Prepare for a major or career in a skilled area of business
  • Understand requirements and deadlines for JCCC programs
  • Explore academic resources to support your studies
  • Create an academic plan for JCCC and/or transfer to another institution


Denise Filley

Denise Filley
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 6539)
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BS, Biblical Studies and Psychology, Calvary University
MS, Counseling, Liberty University

Campus Involvement: Counselor to men’s soccer team, Mental Health Outreach Committee, Campus-wide annual Network Fair (founder)- awarded League of Innovation 2020 Award and JCCC 2020 Innovation Award
Professional Interests: grief, homeschooling, learning styles, mental health awareness, nontraditional students, spiritual development


Jessica Garcia

Jessica Garcia, NCC
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3227)
Email Jessica Garcia

AA, Liberal Arts, Johnson County Community College
BS, Education, University of Kansas
MS, Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas

Campus Involvement: Program Counselor for Business Administration, Strengths Advisory Council, Counselor to the dance team, Diversity Task Force
Professional Interests: career counseling, distance learning, multicultural initiatives, Strengths


Mary Kessler

Mary Kessler
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4214)
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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: Program Counselor for Business Office Technology and Marketing
Professional Interests: nontraditional students, spiritual development, transfer students, undecided students, underprepared students


Andy Meenen

Andy Meenen
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3341)
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BA, psychology, University of Arkansas
MS, counseling psychology, Avila University

Campus Involvement: Lead Counselor in Business cluster, Ed Affairs Committee, Peer Review Council, SAP Review Committee.
Professional Interests: nontraditional students, returning adult students.


Star Triscornia

Star Triscornia
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3653)
Email Star Triscornia

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: Program counselor for Accounting, Online Learning Advisory Council (OLAC), Pathways Committee, Financial Aid liaison, Strategic Counseling Committee
Professional Interests: bilingual (hablo español), distance learning, ELL/EAP, multicultural initiatives, transfer students

From fashion and interior design to film and media and graphic design, counselors can help you channel your inner artist.

If you are drawn to a profession in the arts, a Creative Arts counselor can help you find your way. They work closely with the many creative areas of study available at JCCC.

They can assist you in:

  • Preparing for a major or career in the above areas and/or related field
  • Exploring academic and/or student resources to support your educational goals
  • Creating an academic plan for JCCC programs and/or transfer to another institution


Maureen Alexander

Maureen Alexander
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3505)
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BS, Rehabilitation Services, Emporia State University
MS, Rehabilitation Counseling, Emporia State University

Campus Involvement: : Professional Development Committee, Inclusion and Diversity Committee, Counselor to women’s basketball team
Professional Interests: autism, financial concerns, returning adult students, transfer students, undecided students


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Natalie Bergman, LPC
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3224)
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BA, Political Science, University of Notre Dame
MA, Counseling and Guidance, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Campus Involvement: Program Counselor for Graphic Design, Photography and Music, and Honors Program
Professional Interests: ADD/ADHD, autism, transfer students


Kristen Harth

Kristen Harth, LPC
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4231)
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BA, Psychology, Washburn University
MS, Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas

Campus Involvement: Program Counselor for Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising & Marketing
Professional Interests: anxiety, depression, mental health awareness, positive psychology, Strengths


Emily Ziegler

Emily Ziegler, LCMFT
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 6754)
Email Emily Ziegler

BS, Family Life and Community Services, Kansas State University
MS, Family Studies and Human Services – Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas State University
Graduate Certificate, Child Play Therapy, Wichita State University

Campus Involvement: Program Counselor to Hospitality and Culinary Programs, Graphic Design, and Cosmetology, Mental Health Outreach Committee, Counselor to volleyball team, Counselor for homeschool students
Professional Interests: anxiety, homeschooling, mental health awareness, family/relationship issues, stress management

Counselors focused in these areas work with a wide range of majors and programs and transfer programs. 

Whether you are exploring courses to determine a major or you have selected a specific field, they can help.

They are available to:

  • Assist with career decisions and preparing for a major or career
  • Provide program information/admission requirements (including selective admission)
  • Connect you to resources to support career exploration/choice and academic success
  • Interface with JCCC departments, providing updated information and connecting students with faculty
  • Help students create an academic plan focused on their educational goals and/or for transfer to another institution


David Dominguez

David Dominguez
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3502)
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BS, Sociology, Kansas State University
MA, Education Administration, National University of San Diego
MS, Rehabilitation Counseling, Emporia State University

Campus Involvement: Program counselor for Communication Studies, Legal Interpreting, and Social Work, EAP and International Students, Promotores club, Counselor to men’s soccer team
Professional Interests: bilingual (hablo español), learning styles, mindfulness, positive psychology, sports anxiety


Bruce Harvey

Bruce W. Harvey
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4255)
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BS, Speech Pathology, Northern Illinois University
M.Ed., Rehabilitation Counseling/Emphasis in Deafness, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Campus Involvement: Program Counselor for Paralegal Studies, Pre-Law and ASL Studies/Sign Language Interpreting, Varied cross-campus participation in initiatives, Targeted Counselor for students who are Deaf, Co-Counselor liaison for special populations (international students, students with disabilities)
Professional Interests: Bilingual (American Sign Language), career counseling, first-time college students, international students, nontraditional students


Dan Mueller

Dan Mueller
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4384)
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BA, Psychology, Wittenberg University
MA, Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Campus Involvement: Program Counselor for Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, and Journalism, Veterans Team member, Counselor to the Baseball team
Professional Interests: career counseling, nontraditional students, transfer students, veterans


Nancy Riley

Nancy Riley
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 6485)
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BS, Psychology, Elementary Education, Fort Hays State University
MS, Counseling, Fort Hays State University

Campus Involvement: Adjunct Psychology Professor, Counselor to men’s basketball team, Program Counselor for Education and Social Sciences
Professional Interests: distance learning, nontraditional students, returning adult students, transfer students, undecided students

The list of majors and occupations within healthcare is practically endless. Gain skills in diagnostic, therapeutic and support services to begin your role as a health and wellness professional.

Most healthcare programs require that you be accepted before you can begin taking courses. 

Healthcare counselors are available to:

  • Assist with preparing for a major or career in a skilled area of healthcare
  • Explain the application requirements and deadlines for selective admissions programs
  • Help you explore resources to support your application to a selective admission program
  • Create an academic plan for your education at JCCC and/or for transfer to another institution

Alice Baty

Alice Baty
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 6749)
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BA, Art Education, Eastern Michigan University
MS, Art Education, University of Kansas
MS, Counseling Education, Emporia State University

Campus Involvement: Veterans Team member, Pre-Pharmacy Club sponsor, Sunflower Grant mentor
Educational Interests: arts curricula, international students, pre-pharmacy programs, veterans


Angie Claussen

Angie Claussen
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4086)
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BA, Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MS, Counseling, University of Kansas

Campus Involvement: Program Counselor for Registered Nursing (RN), Counselor to women’s soccer team, Sexual Assault Response Task Force member
Professional Interests: career counseling, educational planning, positive psychology, Strengths, student success


Patricia Donaldson

Patricia Donaldson, LPC
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4424)
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BA, Business, Jorge Tadeo Lozano University (Cartagena, Colombia)
MS, Counseling Psychology, Avila University

Campus Involvement: Counselor to men’s basketball team, Program Counselor for the Dental Hygiene Program
Professional Interests: bilingual (hablo español), ELL/EAP, international students, mental health awareness, positive psychology, undecided students


Amy Fisher

Amy Fisher
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3403)
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BS, Elementary Education, Kansas State University
MS, Counselor Education, Emporia State University

Campus Involvement: High School Outreach, Job Shadowing, Career Fairs, Veterans Team member
Professional Interests: career counseling, educational planning, professional development, student success, transfer policy, and engagement


Jill Konen

Jill Konen, LPC
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4371)
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BA, Psychology, University of Kansas
MS, Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas

Campus Involvement: Mental Health Outreach Committee, Educational Affairs, Counselor for volleyball team, Program Counselor for Respiratory Care and Neurodiagnostic Technology, Pre-Pharmacy Club advisor
Professional Interests: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief, mental health awareness


Melanie Roberts

Melanie Roberts
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4085)

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BS, Psychology, Iowa State University
MA, Counseling and Student Development, University of Iowa

Campus Involvement: Program Counselor to Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Counselor to women’s basketball team
Professional Interests: career counseling, crisis counseling, developmental education, healthcare students, returning adult students, undecided students


Bailey Sosa

Bailey Sosa, LPC
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4152)
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BA, Psychology, Baker University
MS, Counseling, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Campus Involvement: Counselor to women’s soccer team and athletic training students, Program Counselor for Fire Science
Professional Interests: crisis counseling, depression, LGBTQ, mental health awareness, student-athletes


Annette Massen-Spates

Annette Maassen-Spates
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 2856)
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BA, Psychology, University of Northern Iowa
MA, counseling, University of Northern Iowa

Campus Involvement: Program counselor for EMS programs, Behavioral Intervention Team, Sexual Assault resource team
Professional Interests: multicultural initiatives, nontraditional students, returning adult students

Specialize in a trade fit for you. These majors are geared toward those who enjoy hands-on, technically proficient work.

An Industrial Technology Academic Counselor can be of assistance if you are interested in a highly skilled, hands-on career.

An Industrial Technology counselor can guide you in:  

  • Preparing for a major or career within these fields 
  • Creating an academic plan for your education at JCCC
  • Explaining program application requirements and deadlines
  • Exploring available resources to help you succeed

Alicia Bredehoeft

Alicia Bredehoeft
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3434)
Email Alicia Bredehoeft

BA, Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
MEd, Educational and Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia

Campus Involvement: Industrial Technology Fair, Team Lead Industrial Technology Academic Cluster, Developmental Education Committee, Counselor to baseball team, Honors Program Counselor, Mental Health Outreach Committee (MHOC), JoCo Suicide Prevention Coalition, Sexual Assault Response Task Force (SART), Lens Presenter, College Policy and Procedures Committee, Blue Valley Career Ready Liaison, SS&E Faculty Portfolio Representative
Professional Interests: mental health awareness, transfer students, undecided students, underprepared students


Carrie Thompson

Carrie Thompson
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4236)
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BS, Psychology, Kansas State University
MS, Counseling, Emporia State University

Campus Involvement: Counselor to women’s softball team, Industrial Technology Fair, Program Counselor for Industrial Technology
Counseling/Educational Interests: ADD/ADHD, eating disorders, undecided students

STEM majors have a strong emphasis in analytical and critical thinking skills, problem-solving and technology.

STEM counselors work closely with STEM-related programs available at JCCC as well as transfer programs.

STEM counselors can help with:

  • Exploring a major or career in a STEM-related field
  • Connecting you to resources to support your educational goals
  • Creating an academic plan for JCCC or to transfer to another institution

Casey Buchanan

Casey Buchanan
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3761)
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BA, Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
MA, Counseling and Guidance, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Campus Involvement: STEM cluster lead, Program Counselor for Animation and Game Development, Educational Affairs Committee, Campus-wide Policy and Procedures Committee, STEM Scholars NSF Grant Counselor
Professional Interests: anxiety, international students, mindfulness, stress management


Amy Warner

Amy Warner Koch
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 4612)
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BA, Psychology, Hastings College
MA, Counseling Psychology, University of Nebraska

Campus Involvement: Tuition appeals committee, Program Counselor for Information Technology, Computer Information Systems, and Computer Support Specialist, STEM Cluster, DegreeWorks Implementation Team, AccuCampus

Professional Interests: ADD/ADHD, anxiety, autism, domestic violence, math anxiety, test anxiety, transfer student


Chad Yonker

Chad Yonker, LCPC
Counseling and Advising Services
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3162)
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BGS, Psychology and Sociology, University of Kansas
MS, Counseling Psychology, Avila University

Campus Involvement: Program counselor for STEM academic cluster
Professional Interests: career counseling, transfer students, undecided students