I have been privileged to be a faculty member and administrator at Gonzaga University in the Department of Counselor Education since January 1978.

My roles during this time have included Adjunct faculty member, Assistant professor, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department. I hold memberships in the Washington Counseling Association (WCA), Washington State Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (WSACES), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), American Counseling Association (ACA), and the American Psychological Association (APA).

During my tenure as a member of our Department, I have been fortunate to mentor hundreds of graduate students. Many of these students have become vital leaders in our field and outstanding counselors. One of my favorite roles has been mentoring students who have gone on to earn doctorates in our field. I take seriously my role in the placement process as students finish our training program, and make serious efforts to help them get established in the field.

My research interest have included the public perception of the role and function of professional counselors, malpractice insurance issues, and the professional counselor training and financial indebtedness for students completing graduate counseling programs. Recently, I have been very interested in writing about our departmental counseling matrix model. This model has a deep focus on the counseling process and its application. This has been a major partnership between myself and Dr. Lisa Bennett.

I have been fortunate to have had a very active consulting practice as a professional counselor. My specialty has been in the diagnosis, training and treatment of marital couples. My major couples modality has been heavily influenced by John Gottman and the Gottman Institute. Our department faculty has been very fortunate to participate in several training workshops under the direction of Dr. Gottman and this has truly enhanced our students’ learning experience.

Finally, I have been very blessed to work very closely with a faculty and staff that have created a strong team. This team has been committed to the Gonzaga University and Department of counselor Education mission statements. It is a real pleasure to serve our Department and our special graduate students with these fine colleagues.