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Jennifer (Jen) joined the Wellness Center team in November 2010. She comes to Northwest Missouri from Ft. Collins, Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Public Health degree with an Emphasis in Community Health Education from the Colorado School of Public Health/University of Colorado Denver. While working on her master's degree she was able to intern at a suicide resource center and is very passionate about suicide prevention. Jen is very excited to be on the Northwest campus and looks forward to working with students and community members in her role as the Health Educator. In her spare time Jen enjoys running, hiking, camping, line dancing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Mike obtained his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. Special therapy interests include communication and relationship issues, men's issues, and issues related to anxiety and depression.
Valyn graduated from Northwest in 2003 and went on to obtain her Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri in Columbia. Her special interests include self-image and grief. Valyn enjoys helping students with recognition and enhancement of individual strengths and empowerment.
Rhonda received her Masters in Counseling from Adams State College in Colorado. She has over 12 years experience working with people in personal development/wellness. Her specialties and interests include stress management/biofeedback, Gottman method relationship counseling, transpersonal psychology, physical illness, depression and anxiety. Rhonda enjoys helping students experience the satisfaction of achieving their personal goals for self improvement.
Dr. Shelly Hiatt, Ed.D. coordinates the school guidance and counseling graduate program for the College of Education at Northwest Missouri State University. Dr. Hiatt is committed to suicide prevention efforts on our campus and has done prevention training in numerous campus classes, and with several campus groups over the past two years. She also leads an institutional PK-20 initiative designed to increase the coordination between high school and post-secondary to facilitate high expectations and smooth transitions. She enjoys students of all ages, and was recently recognized by the Northwest Missouri School Counselor Association as School Counseling Supervisor of the Year.