Meet Our Staff


Jeffrey Kuentzel, PhD, LP (Wayne State University)
Interests: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, psychological assessment, nonsuicidal self-injury, pathological gambling, spirituality, clinical supervision.

Associate Director

Charisse Ormanian, MA, LLP (Wayne State University)
Interests: Empowering students to attain a better quality of life through individual and couples counseling. Group work with survivors of sexual assault.

Associate/Training Director

Ellen Barrett-Becker, PhD, LP (Wayne State University)
Interests: Identity development and meaning-making, coping with experiences of trauma, dissociation, grief and loss, parenting, attachment, building healthy coping skills, Motivational Interviewing, and training mental health clinicians and clinical supervision

Psychiatrist/Assistant Clinical Professor

Pauline G. Smith, M.D. (Wayne State University)

Interests: Young Adult Identity and Career Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Phases of Life Changes, Military and Veteran Populations, Clinical Disorders (depression, anxiety and eating disorders), Integrative Care (the interface of medical diseases with mental health), Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ADHD, Autism Spectrum), Therapeutic Modalities in Medical Management (Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectal Behavior, and Psychodynamic Therapy Modalities).

Clinical Staff 

Aleksandra M. Stoklosa, PhD, LP (Wayne State University)
University Counselor III
Interests: Couples counseling, women's issues, self-esteem, adjustment problems, depression and anxiety, trauma, and EMDR. 

Angela Fedewa, PhD, LP (Wayne State University)
University Counselor II
Interests: Depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, OCD, mindfulness, evidence-based practice, student veterans, wellness and coping skills 

Anna Looker, MA, LPC (Concordia University Chicago)
University Counselor/Case Manager II
Interests: Care coordination, substance abuse/addiction issues, holistic health and wellness management, chronic health issues,  crisis intervention, skills building and education for coping with anxiety, stress, depression, and emotional regulation. 

David Tucker, PsyD, TLLP (Michigan School of Psychology)
University Counselor II
Interests: Anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, interpersonal relationships, mindfulness, building healthy coping skills, self-esteem, stress reduction, and self-care.

Denise Wunderlich, PhD (Instructional Technology), MC, LPC (University of Delaware & Wayne State University)
University Counselor III
Interests: Wellness (creating healthy lifestyles, coping with illness), life skills (stress reduction, emotion regulation, effective communication), relationship strengthening. 

Ebony Fails, MA, LLPC (Wayne State University)
University Counselor II
Interests: anxiety, self-esteem, adjustment problems, depression, and CISM.

Jennifer Bohanon, MA, LPC (Ball State University)
University Counselor II
Interests:  Impact of culture, gender, race and religion on mental health and wellness, trauma, resilience, supervision, couples counseling, interpersonal relationships, family-of-origin dynamics

Kaifa Alsoofy, LMSW Grand Valley State University )
University Counselor II
Interests: Women's mental health issues/empowerment, anxiety, depression, empowering first-generation college students, building healthy coping skills, self-esteem, managing stress, mindfulness, self-care 

Kirk Guanco, LMSW, CAADC (University of Michigan)
University Counselor III
Interests: Developing life skills to manage issues of anxiety, depression, adjustment and substance abuse. 

Kristin Van de Laar, PhD, LP (Southern Illinois University)
University Counselor III
Interests: Depression, anxiety, graduate student concerns, dissertation support, stress management. 

Laina Wirgau, LMSW, CAADC (Grand Valley State University)
University Counselor II
Interests: Working with survivors of unwanted sexual experiences, coping with trauma/PTSD, holistic healing (physical, emotional, spiritual) practices, mindfulness, anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, motivational interviewing, feminist theory, auricular AcuDetox, and yoga.    

Patricia Dixon, LMSW, ACSW ( Wayne State University & Central Michigan University)
University Counselor III
Interests: Helping people build survival skills for things such as mindfulness, anxiety and depression, grief and traumatic events.

Shelee-Ann Flemmings, Ph.D., D-LLP (Western Michigan University)
University Counselor II
Interests: Challenges facing racial/ethnic minority students, identity concerns, racial, childhood, and sexual trauma, interpersonal relationship concerns, family-of-origin concerns

Stephanie Kastely, MA, LPC (Wayne State University)
University Counselor II
Interests: Anxiety, depression, stress management, self-esteem, supervision, suicide prevention

Theresa Perlman, MA, LPC (Wayne State University)
University Counselor III
Interests: Anxiety/academic anxiety, depression, relationships, women's issues

Graduate Assistants, Psychology Interns, Trainees, Volunteers

Psychology Interns

Adam Duberstein, Psychology Intern (Michigan School of Psychology)
Supervised by Kristie Van De Laar, PhD
Interests: anxiety, depression, men's issues, empowering graduate students, trauma, health, career/academic concerns, positive psychology

Dima Swaidan, Psychology Intern (Michigan School of Psychology)
Supervised by Alex Stoklosa, PhD
Interests: Anxiety, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships Concerns, Stress & Time Management, Self-esteem, Diversity & Social Justice

Evan MacAdams, MSW, TLLP-D (Michigan School of Psychology)
Psychology Intern
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Interests: coping with, growing through, and making meaning out of adversity, trauma, shame, suffering, grief, and loss; empowerment; identity development and intersectionality; working through interpersonal conflicts and understanding family of origin dynamics; promoting healthy relationships; mindful self-compassion; psychological flexibility; living with chronic health issues; attending to self-care and well-being; maximizing joyful living; yoga; matters of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Aiyyeimah S. Haley, Intern MA, Counseling Education – Clinical Mental Health (Wayne State University)
Supervised by: Jennifer Bohanon, MA, LPC, University Counselor II
Interests: Activism for female adolescent sexual assault survivors, Empowering Youth, Meditation & Mindfulness, Social justice, Diversity & Inclusion, Coping Skills, Depression, Emotional Regulation, Trauma, Existential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy.

Dominique Simms, Social Work Intern (University of Michigan)
Supervised by: Kirk Guanco, LMSW, CAADC
Interest: grief and loss, emotional regulation, depression, anxiety, assessment, interpersonal relationships, coping mechanisms, family of origin

Blessing Igiogbe, MSW Intern (Wayne State University)
Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)
Interests: Trauma, mindfulness, interpersonal relationship concerns, depression, diversity, social justice, promoting healthy relationships, grief, loss, and empowerment.

Jaclyn Pfingsten, MSW Intern (Wayne State University)
Pronouns: (she/her/hers)
Interests: anxiety, depression, trauma, mindfulness, yoga, mind/body connection, feminist theory, social justice, interpersonal relationship concerns, and building self-esteem/self-acceptance

Rickey L Shuler, MS, TLLP- D Psychology Practicum student (Michigan School of Psychology) 
Interests: Advocate for female sexual assault and rape survivors, diversity and inclusion, Trauma/ complex trauma, object relations/ attachment

Office Personnel

Candice Warren
Candice works as office personnel, serving as the primary phone attendant, greeting all visitors, and scheduling appointments. Candice holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Wayne State University.

ShaCha Geronimo
Office Clerk II

ShaCha Geronimo works as office personnel, assisting clients and CAPS staff while maintaining the daily operations of the CAPS office. She is a WSU student studying to become a social psychologist with an emphasis on the study of culture, ethnicity, and race.

Tanya Vines
Secretary IV

Tanya works as office personnel; staffing the front desk, managing the budget, processing personnel transactions, and other pertinent aspects of the CAPS unit