Counseling and Resource Center

Meet the Staff

Our counselors have at least a Master's level education in counseling or related field and are licensed or licensed eligible in the state of Washington.

Jessica BurwellJessica Burwell, M.A., LMHC

Jessica currently oversees the Counseling and Resource Center and Wellness Center. She meets with students who are in crisis or seeking career counseling services, serves on the Behavioral Intervention Team and Queer Action Team. She works from a multicultural and social justice perspective and believes that every student has the capacity to overcome barriers and obstacles and succeed in school given they have the relational and community support and resources they need. When in her counseling role she helps individuals find and rediscover the best parts of themselves, gain confidence and feel more hopeful about their future.

Kendra ThewKendra Thew, M.A., Ph.D., LMHC
Assistant Director

Kendra is the Assistant Director for the Counseling and Resource Center and Wellness Center. She meets with students in crisis, for ongoing mental health therapy, and for career counseling. Kendra is also a member of the Behavioral Intervention Team, Healthy Relationships Team, and the Career Exploration Pathways Task Force. She believes everyone has the ability to be successful in college with key ingredients such as relationships to helpers on campus/online, direct connection to the right resources, and reduction of barriers. When in her counseling role, she focuses on the power of connection with others, experiencing and healing emotion, and generating new solutions. For more information about her therapeutic approach, please see her clinical biography below.

Adrienne VoorhiesAdrienne Voorhies
Program Specialist

Adrienne is the Program Specialist for the Counseling and Resource Center. She oversees our office's day-to-day operations such as scheduling appointments and supervising our student employees. Her intention is to connect all those who enter the Counseling Center to the appropriate resources on and off campus.

Meet the Counselors

Lina Chavez-PennerLina Chavez-Penner, Counseling Intern, M.A.C.P (in progress)

Lina is currently in the final year of her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at The Seattle School, where she focuses on trauma, intersectionality of identities, and how individual stories influence our lives. Throughout her education, she has worked hard to continue learning from diverse voices outside the classroom through working, volunteering, attending trainings, and researching. As a result, she has experience with folks experiencing anxiety, depression, homelessness, discrimination, hopelessness, relational conflict, abuse, crisis intervention, self-harm, and trauma. There are many theoretical approaches to therapy, each effective in their own way. Each person is a unique mix of their experiences, family history, intersecting identities, and broader culture. Lina understands that seeking therapy is a courageous act of vulnerability; therefore, she seeks to create an open, honoring environment where there is room to be fully yourself. In her spare time Lina likes to go camping, go for long drives, and paint.

  • B.A., Psychology, Simpson University
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology (in progress)

Diana Chernisky

Diana Chernisky, M.A. Ed., LMHC, NCC

Diana’s counseling experience includes individual and group counseling within a social justice and advocacy framework that includes personal, career and academic success counseling. Diana's experience draws from working with underserved, first-generation, and undocumented students. She believes the counseling process is a journey filled with discovery, challenge and growth and she is available to provide a safe and supportive environment to gain awareness and insight. Diana is from Hawaii and enjoys the sun, outdoors, and paddle boarding.

  • B.A., Psychology and Criminal Justice, Seattle University
  • M.A.Ed., Community Counseling, Seattle University

Rose EarlRose Earl, Counseling Intern, M. A. Counseling (in progress)

Rose is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health at Antioch University in Seattle. After spending over 25 years in high tech sales, marketing, and professional development positions, she is making a career transition back to her first love: counseling. She brings with her a passion for multicultural diversity and inclusion, social justice advocacy, career counseling and guidance, enabling student success, and parenting support. Rose has experience working with individuals who are dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, academic difficulties, relational conflict, career indecision, and motivational issues. Rose believes that counseling is a collaborative effort between the client and counselor, and that healing takes place in both the mind and the body. As a member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Rose has also studied the benefits of indigenous healing. Rose enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and travels whenever she gets the chance.

  • B.S., Psychology, Washington State University
  • M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Antioch University Seattle (in progress)

Elliot HuemannElliot Huemann, Counseling Intern, MACP (In Progress)

Elliot is currently completing his Masters in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. After working with college students in his home state of Wisconsin and abroad, he realized his favorite part of that work was building relationships with students. Realizing this, he moved to Seattle to study towards his M.A in Counseling Psychology. Elliot is passionate about multicultural diversity, LGBTQ+ issues, and the science behind how our bodies and minds heal. He brings experience working with gender and sexuality, relationships, trauma, depression, anxiety, and spiritual integration. Elliot works to create a safe, trusting environment where there is space to engage difficult and painful places, so that healing can be built within the therapeutic relationship. In his free time Elliot likes to bake, garden, go on backpacking trips, and spend time adventuring with his friends.

  • B.A. Communication, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
  • M.A. Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology (in progress)
  • Speaks English and Spanish

Jessi Johns Bowling, M.A.C.P., LMHCAJessi Johns Bowling

Jessi has many years of experience working with diverse populations from all backgrounds and culture. She believes therapy can be an excellent way to bring about healing and change for all. She sees each person as a unique individual and she works to establish a safe and trusting relationship between therapist and client. She uses a variety of therapeutic methods in her work, based on what each client is seeking. Jessi grew up in the Pacific Northwest and spends her spare time with her family and friends. She loves photography, being creative and exploring new places.

  • A.A., Pierce Community College
  • B.A., Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School

Christine Lay, Counseling Intern, MACP (In Progress)

Christine LayChristine is currently completing her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree from The Seattle School. Christine draws from experience in working in different therapeutic settings with children, adolescents, including an inpatient psychiatric setting, working with behavioral difficulties, anxiety, depression, trauma, and crisis situations. Christine believes counseling to be a collaborative, creative journey towards knowing oneself and being known, and moving towards hope, healing, and wholeness in different areas of one’s life. Christine believes counseling to be an open space for whatever you desire to bring, for exploration into your story and into what can bring most abundant life. In her free time, Christine enjoys listening to music, spending time in nature, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

  • B.A., Human Services, University of Delaware
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology (in progress)

Jordan StablesJordan Stables, M.A.C.P, LMHCA

Jordan draws from his experience as a therapist in a residential center for traumatized youth, as a literacy teacher, and as a racial equity after school program facilitator. Jordan strives to provide an open and caring space to explore the uniqueness of each individual and to be with them in the depths of their pain in hopes of opening new possibilities. He believes each person deserves to be seen and validated as they are in all their nuance and complexity. He sees counseling as a collaborative endeavor where both therapist and client work towards empowerment and healing. Jordan grew up surrounded by the wheat fields of Kansas and has enjoyed the immense beauty of the Pacific Northwest since his move here. He loves being near the ocean, listening to music, and exploring new places on his bike.

  • B.A., Psychology, Ozark College
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School

Christy SweaneyChristy Sweaney, M.A.C.P., LMHCA

In her work as a counselor, Christy strives to create an open, judgment free environment where each client feels comfortable expressing the fullness of themselves. She believes that counseling provides the space for people to gain personal insight, self-acceptance, and deep internal strength so that they may live more authentic and fulfilling lives. Prior to becoming a therapist, Christy also worked as a health and life-skills educator in rural Uganda, as a wilderness therapy guide with struggling teens, and counseled grieving families who had recently lost a loved one. Across all of these endeavors she has supported individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidality, abusive relationships, violent and unexpected loss, poverty, and cultural oppression. In her spare time, Christy enjoys adventuring outdoors, playing with cats, listening to music, and spending time with friends.

  • B.A., Psychology, Colorado College, Colorado
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School

Kendra Thew, M.A., Ph.D., LMHCKendra Thew

Kendra's counseling experience includes work with individuals, couples, and groups. She believes in the power of healthy relationships and connections with others. She is interested in learning about who you are as a person; what is important to you, what is challenging for you, identities you hold, and what you want to change in your life. She aims to provide an environment that is safe to explore uncomfortable topics, generate new solutions, and identify helpful skills. While she takes an Interpersonal and Emotionally Focused Therapy approach, she recognizes different clients are seeking different forms of treatment and adapts her approach to incorporate other theoretical orientations as needed. Kendra enjoys walking her dogs, reading, board games, and spending time with friends and family.

  • B.A., Psychology, Gonzaga University
  • M.A., Gonzaga University
  • Ph.D., Washington State University