As the Director of Counseling Services, Michele provides clinical and administrative leadership, one-on-one mental health counseling, psycho-educational group counseling, and consultation to faculty and staff members regarding students of concern.
After graduating from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, she worked in the community mental health industry for a number of years. Michele has worked with a variety of age groups ranging from 5 - 80 years old. However, she has always been attracted to work with the demographic of college students.
As a counselor in a university setting, Michele enjoys working side by side with students to accomplish goals and getting the unique opportunity to live in their world. Her favorite part about working at Lewis is watching the students grow throughout their college careers, which she feels is very satisfying. “University life is unique for me coming from community mental health...you get to see students grow from different perspectives, not just emotionally, but spiritually, intellectually and socially,” Michele says.
Michele is grateful for the nurturing and welcoming environment that Lewis has to offer. She likes being able to supervise staff and counsel students.
While there were many benefits that attracted her to Lewis, she believes the mission strongly embodies her personal beliefs and professional ethics. Michele feels she has the freedom and time for professional development that is valued at Lewis and expresses these thoughts when stating, “By far in a way, the most supportive environment for professional as well as personal growth that I’ve ever worked in...in my 23 years as a working professional.”