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Counselor Education

Faculty and Staff


Office Administration

JAMES COSTELLO, Ph.D., CRC, LCAC, Department Chair

The Earl Center 252A, 620.341.5220

Dr. Costello earned his doctorate in Rehabilitation Services from the Florida State University in 1999.  His prior education was also in Rehabilitation, earning a B.S. and M.S. in Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1976 and 1981 respectively.  Dr. Costello holds a national certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC); and a Kansas License as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC).  Currently he teaches Rehabilitation courses in the Department while serving as Department Chair.

CARLEEN DVORAK, Sr. Administrative Assistant

The Earl Center 252, 620.341.5220

Carleen Dvorak has worked for the Department of Counselor Education since 2002, and previously worked on campus in the Career Services office for 9 years.  She manages the office and assists the Chair and department faculty with their responsibilities at Emporia State.

Art Therapy Counseling

GAELYNN WOLF BORDONARO, Ph.D., ATR-BC, Associate Professor

The Earl Center 225, 620.341.5809

Dr. Gaelynn P. Wolf Bordonaro, ATR-BC is the Director of the Emporia State University Art Therapy Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education.

Prior to joining the faculty at ESU, Gaelynn taught art therapy coursework at Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida), the University of Louisville (Louisville, Kentucky), and La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia). She has presented throughout the United States, Brazil, England, Jamaica, Haiti, India, the Islands of the Bahamas, Germany, South Africa, Thailand, and Australia on art therapy intervention in response to natural disasters, pediatric medical art therapy, using photography in therapeutic and special education settings, art therapy with geriatric populations, and art therapy with children with special needs. She has also served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Melbourne, Australia, and as a member of a Rotary Group Study Exchange Team in Amazonia, Brazil.

Gaelynn has served on the Board of Directors of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), and the Advisory Board of the Asia Pacific Art Therapy Center (APATC). She is engaged in projects in the India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Grabouw, South Africa through the Sangha Foundation ( Additionally, she is the Clinical Director of Communities Healing through Art (CHART). CHART's mission is to assist and support academic and community institutions, in the United States and abroad, in the development of art therapy programs and curricula. As Clinical Director, Gaelynn in actively involved in CHART's major initiatives, including programming in Haiti, Thailand, India, South Africa, the US mid-west, and the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Gaelynn maintains a private art therapy and consulting practice; her primary areas of interest are international art therapy, pediatric medical art therapy, photography in art therapy settings, and art therapy in schools. As an artist, Gaelynn particularly enjoys photography, found object sculpture, and reinventing or reconstructing surfaces using paint and mixed media.

LIBBY SCHMANKE, MS, ATR-BC, LCAC, Clinical Instructor

The Earl Center 221, 620.341.5804

Libby Schmanke has served on the faculty of the Art Therapy Counseling program since 2002, after earning her MS in Art Therapy from ESU earlier that year. Libby received a BA in humanities magna cum laude from Ottawa University in 1976 and a Certificate in Addictions from Washburn University in 1989.  

She worked extensively with women in residential and correctional settings in her first career as a substance abuse counselor and program administrator. In 2005, she opened Art & Insight, an art therapy studio/private practice, through which she provides individual art therapy, creativity groups and workshops for the public, and supervision for post-graduates earning their professional art therapy credentials.

In addition to serving as half-time faculty (Clinical Instructor and Internship Coordinator) for the ESU graduate art therapy program, Libby teaches the undergraduate art therapy course at Washburn University. She regularly gives presentations about art therapy at the local, state, and national level. 

Libby is currently serving her third two-year term as a Director on the board of directors of the national Art Therapy Credentials Board, and her third one-year term as Board Secretary. Libby values any opportunity to create her own art, which she occasionally shows in public venues.

, ATR-BC, LPC, AS, Assistant Professor

The Earl Center 218, 620.341.5810

Jessica Stallings joined the faculty of the Art Therapy Counseling program in 2008. Jessica received a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2003 and then a M.S. in Art Therapy in 2005 from Emporia State University. Jessica served as lead clinician for the Autism Action Partnership, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe Meyer Institute Recreation Therapy, and Westside Community Schools' Autism Social Skills Project from 2005 to 2008. After returning to Emporia State in 2008 Jessica began pursuing an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling which she completed in August 2011. Jessica has worked with multiple clinical populations including children and adults with developmental disabilities, individuals of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders, individuals with addictions, at-risk youth and families utilizing family preservation services. Jessica obtained a license in professional counseling (LPC) from the state of Kansas in November of 2011. Jessica teaches courses in multiculturalism, research, ethics, and provides internship supervision.

In addition to her faculty position Jessica operates a private art therapy practice in Emporia. Jessica and her husband also operate a small urban farm in the city of Emporia and are vendors at the local farmers market.

Community Counseling Services (Clinic)

ANN M. MILLER, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, Associate Professor and Clinic Director

The Earl Center #238, 620.341.5789

Dr. Ann M. Miller received her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from North Dakota State University. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Counselor Education and Director of Community Counseling Services at Emporia State University since the fall of 2007. Ann serves on a number of committees for the university, college, department and community, and is also a member of the East Central Kansas Mental Health Center Disaster Response Team. Ann currently serves as the Treasurer for the Kansas Counseling Association (KCA) and as Secretary and Treasurer for the Kansas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (KACES). Her professional interests include supervising students working with clients at the practicum and internship level, exploring client experiences at counselor education program training facilities, and evaluating professional and ethical standards in counselor education programs and clinical training facilities. She is a nationally certified counselor and a licensed professional counselor in the state of Kansas. In her leisure time, Ann enjoys being with her family, friends, and her animals, doing yoga, playing golf, watching football and basketball, listening to live music, and being outdoors.

VICKI BRICKELL, Administrative Assistant

The Earl Center 236, 620.341.5799

Vicki Brickell has worked part-time in the Community Counseling Services clinic since 2008.  Prior to coming to CCS, she worked on campus in the Business Affairs office since 2000.  Vicki coordinates community clients and ESU counselors-in-training at the CCS office.

Mental Health Counseling

RUSSELL FULMER, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Assistant Professor and Director

The Earl Center 214, 620.341.5807

Dr. Russell Fulmer received an M.S. in community counseling from Fort Hays State University and later a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Kansas State University. He is a licensed professional counselor and nationally certified counselor. He has experience in career counseling and working with college students. Most recently, Dr. Fulmer spent four years internationally working at two medical schools. During his time in medical education, Dr. Fulmer taught behavioral science and ethics courses, along with serving as a student and community counselor. His background includes administrative roles directing, supervising, and coordinating programs inside and outside of academia. His areas of interest include positive psychology, normative ethics, and cross-cultural counseling.


The Earl Center 208, 620.341.5797

Eric T. Beeson comes to Emporia State University from West Virginia where he was a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).  Additionally, he maintains additional certifications in Rational Living Therapy and Rational Hypnotherapy through the Rational Living Therapy Institute.  His clinical experience includes professional counseling in both outpatient and inpatient settings, including a small private practice.  Eric's areas of interest and specialization include the treatment of mood disorders, personality disorders, suicide prevention, domestic violence, substance-related disorders, adjustment disorders, disability related issues, career and lifestyle development, group work, couples and family issues, psychotic disorders, and sports enhancement, to name a few.  He maintains active membership in professional organizations including the Association for Specialists in Group Work, the American Counseling Association, and the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists, to name a few. Grounded in counseling theory and practice, it is his goal to create emergent and informed co-curricular opportunities that prepare reflective counselors-in-training to promote wellness, overcome life obstacles, and unlock unused potential.  Please see his website and/or CV for additional information!

Website and/or CV

Rehabilitation Counseling

Professor & Coordinator, RC48 Online

The Earl Center #223, 620.341.5231

Dr. Katrina R. Miller completed a masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with the Deaf at Western Oregon University (formerly Oregon Western State College) in 1996, and a doctorate in Deaf Education and Deaf Studies at Lamar University at Beaumont, Texas in 2001. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor and has worked in Deaf communities at Alaska, Oregon, and Arkansas providing a range of services such as sign language interpreting, counseling, case management, and advocacy. She has also worked with Deaf individuals in a number of juvenile and adult correctional settings. Dr. Miller is presently a Professor in the department of Counselor Education at Emporia State University, and coordinator and adviser for of RC48 Online. Her areas of research interest include due process and reasonable accommodations for Deaf persons in the justice system, and issues of social marginalization and linguistic incompetence in the Deaf community.

COLLEEN ETZBACH, Rh.D., LCPC, CRC, Associate Professor

The Earl Center 213, 620.341.5798

Dr. Colleen A. Etzbach has a Doctorate in Rehabilitation and a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She has a broad background in the field of rehabilitation which includes working in agencies such as state/federal vocational rehabilitation, private rehabilitation, community-based rehabilitation and mental health, hospital based substance abuse and mental health services, state hospital settings and residential settings. The various populations have included individuals with work related injuries, veterans, mental illness, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, orthopedic injuries, physical disabilities and chronic illness and children with behavioral and emotional disorders.

MICHAEL RICHARD, Ph.D., Associate Professor

The Earl Center 222, 620.341.5852

Dr. Michael A. Richard received his BS from Athens College, his M.Ed. from Auburn University, and his Ph.D. from The Florida State University.  He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has worked extensively in the field as Rehabilitation and Mental Health Professional.  His research interests include consumer satisfaction assessment of counseling services, diversity training for counselors and issues related to aging.  He has six published articles, has edited four published books including "A Guidebook to Human Service Professions: Helping College Students Explore Opportunities in the Human Service Field" and "Employee Assistance Programs: Wellness Enhancement Programming 4th edition" and has 10 published book chapters.

School Counseling

ALICE FROST, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

The Earl Center 229, 620.341.5796

Dr. Alice Frost received a BA from Washburn University in Psychology and also received her certification to teach K-9 from WU.  Her MS in School Counseling was earned at Emporia State University, and her Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Development was received from Kansas State University.  Alice taught  Title I reading and math before becoming a school counselor.  Her school counseling experience has been across the K-12 spectrum in both rural and urban school districts.  Her research interests are focused on Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, and Violence Prevention for the K-12 student population.

JULIE ELSON, M.S., NCC, Instructor

Metro Learning Center, 913.338.4378

Julie Elson joined the Counselor Education staff full time in 2009, and is serving as a school counseling faculty member at the Metro Learning Center in Overland Park.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Kansas State University and a Master of Science degree in Counseling Education from Emporia State University.  Julie served for 30 years as an Elementary Counselor in Burlington and has been an adjunct for Emporia State for many years.