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Meet the Counselors


People are powerful! The relationships we create with family members, friends and peers allow us to apply meaning to our own circumstances. When working with students, I use relationships to help explore patterns and identify solutions to address concerns like family conflict, life/academic transitions, trauma, anxiety and crisis intervention. I have experience working with active-duty service members, veterans and students of various cultural backgrounds in schools, private practice and on Joint Base Lewis-McCord.  As a Counselor at TCC, I believe each person’s life is unique and together we will utilize your distinct strengths to develop goals that will help you succeed.







I am honored to be part of people’s learning journey.  I have been at TCC for over 15 years and I am devoted to the success of our students.  I am originally from Buffalo, N.Y. and I have a BA from SUNY Potsdam.  I also have a M.Ed. from Alabama A&M University and a Doctorate in Counseling from the George Washington University. 

I have always had a special interest in issues surrounding grief and loss. I use a variety of counseling techniques, but I approach every situation as unique. I strongly believe that all people have the ability to play a positive role in their life and the lives of others.  We all have tremendous potential. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to explore that potential with the people I speak with.






As a TCC Counselor, it is my job and passion to assist students with personal problems when they interfere with school and well-being. Through solution-focused and cognitive-behavioral approaches, my goal is to help students feel more empowered to move forward in productive and healthy ways. The process takes place by listening and leading the student back to their own reasoned, confident and compassionate inner voice as a source of wisdom and direction. I am a licensed mental health counselor with the State of Washington and have worked as a school counselor for many years.







As a counselor, my wish is to provide a positive and supportive counseling environment where a student can express his/her personal, academic, and career needs.  When appropriate to problem solve; we will travel together the pathway to a meaningful solution.  Some of my special interests are men’s issues, substance abuse, student success, and multi-cultural concerns.

I have served as director /counselor at Skagit Valley College.  Also, I have been an Occupational/Professional Division Counselor at Seattle Central Community College.  Finally, I have been at Tacoma Community College since 1992 as a Faculty Counselor.






It is an honor and privilege to be able to work with students.  I can assist you in assessing, planning, and implementing your immediate and long-range academic goals.  Additionally, I am available to assist you in assessing your aptitudes, abilities, and interests concerning career pathways.  Lastly, I recognize that personal concerns can be a major influence to student success or lack thereof.  My natural laid back disposition often helps people relax and feel comfortable to talk.  I am not going to pretend to have all the answers or solutions to a person’s problem(s), but together we can take steps to identify possible options and create an action plan to address that which concerns you most.







As a student at TCC, you have so many wonderful opportunities for personal and academic growth. There are times, however, when your journey might be interrupted by an obstacle that is difficult to navigate alone. I am here for you. I would like to offer you a safe place to explore your feelings and options. I am interested in you as a whole person. If you are interested in exploring new choices, thoughts and behaviors, let’s work together to develop the skills that will allow you to reach your full potential. I have many years of experience as a Counselor at TCC and I continue to admire the strength and determination of our students.

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