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Meet the staff

Jan Berney is the director of the Counseling and Wellness Center and is a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Washington. She earned her masters degree in counseling psychology from Washington State University. Jan has over 20 years of experience providing individual, group and couple counseling and has worked in a variety of settings. She has been employed at Saint Martin’s University since 1999 and her previous counseling positions were held at Catholic Community Services and Carondelet Psychiatric Care Center where her positions included both outpatient and inpatient treatment. Jan has worked as volunteer crisis counselor and advocate with a shelter for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She is certified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and has a part-time private practice in Olympia.

Jolene Stokesberry has a master’s degree in systems counseling from Saybrook University. She is also a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Washington. Jolene has worked with The Attachment Clinic helping families that have adopted children addressing trauma and attachment issues. Additionally, she has operated her own private practice since 2011 where she has provided individual, couple and group therapy to a wide range of people. She has also been invited as a guest lecturer at a variety of educational institutes such as Evergreen State College and The Environmental and Adventure Junior High School. She has recently joined the counseling center as a temporary part time employee at Saint Martin’s University.

Lorelie “Beng” Ligasan has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and over nine years of clinical work experience in the mental health field and has served as a designated mental health professional [D.M.H.P.] in Lewis County. She has had five years of combined experience in teaching and guidance counseling for elementary, high school, and college students. Lorelie is a certified ethnic minority mental health specialist for the Filipino and Filipino-American populations and speaks Tagalog (Filipino dialect). She is also a certified Deafness Mental Health Specialist, proficient in Filipino and American Sign Languages and currently works at Deaf Services Program, Sound Mental Health, in Seattle, WA.

Jason Kilmer has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is currently the Saint Martins substance abuse prevention program coordinator. He also works as a research assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington, and has been an investigator on several studies evaluating prevention and intervention efforts for alcohol and drug use by college students. Additionally, Jason is the assistant director of health and wellness in the division of student life at the University of WA. He was the 2004 recipient of the outstanding mid-level professional award for NASPA Region V, was named a research fellow in 2005 by MOST of Us at Montana State University, and was named a senior scholar in prevention in 2006 by Outside the Classroom.

Rebecca Disbrow is a Master’s level intern for the 2014/2015 academic year. She is currently working toward the completion of her Master’s degree in the Counseling Psychology program at Saint Martin’s University. Rebecca has worked for many years as a case manager with South Sound Mental Health, specializing in adults with chronic mental health issues. She most recently worked as a case manager for homeless women and families at the Family Support Center in Olympia. Rebecca has received training in Motivational Interviewing, Mental Health First Aide and Nurturing Parenting. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Psychology at the Evergreen State College. Rebecca is dedicated to working with both individuals and families, supporting their actions through growth, change and challenges. She brings to the position experience, warmth, and the belief that people are always evolving. She uses compassion and insight to assist individuals toward problem solving and personal discovery.

Dane Nielsen is a Master’s Level Intern for the 2014/2015 academic year. He is currently completing his Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Saint Martin’s University. He studied Sociology and Group Dynamics earning a BA from Western Washington University. Dane enjoys working with young adults during the transitional time period into adulthood. He has worked with youth in a long term halfway house program as well as a Chemical Dependency Center. Dane offers his passion for self-care, natural/healthy living, and a focus on bringing the mind and body together for lifelong happiness.