Who’s Who on the Counseling Center Staff?
We are staffed by three doctoral psychologists, Director Kenlana Ferguson, Outreach Coordinator Melissa Plair, Therapist Patricia Jorgenson, a consulting psychiatrist, Gayle Ruggiero, and by four doctoral level intern counselors, Kamille LaRosa, Angela Lewis, and Annette Perales.
Dr. Kenlana Ferguson
Counseling Center Director
Dr. Kenlana Ferguson joined the Counseling Center in 2014. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and enjoys working with the unique identity and development issues of college students, especially their quest to understand “Who Am I?” Dr. Ferguson is a generalist and works with students from diverse backgrounds experiencing a range of clinical concerns including stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, identity concerns, relationship issues, and substance use/abuse. Dr. Ferguson has particular interest in issues of racial, ethic, and cultural diversity and is committed to helping students of color explore their identities, navigate isms, and learn to honor their own and others’ personal and cultural differences.
M.A., LLPC, LLMFT
Melissa Plair obtained her BBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and her MA in Counselor Education with a specialization in Marriage, Couple and Family counseling from Western Michigan University. She is a generalist and works with students from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, life transitions, anger issues and self-esteem among others. Counseling provides an opportunity to explore aspects of one’s self and relationships in ways that lead to increased awareness, improved coping abilities and greater fulfillment and meaning within relationships and across various aspects of one’s life. She enjoys working with college students to build upon strengths and to gain skills that will allow them to arrive at a fit with regard to the various intersecting parts of life.
Patricia A. Jorgenson