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 (www.sanghaworld.org). 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 Emporia State earlier that year.  Libby received a BA in humanities from Ottawa University in 1976 and a Certificate in substance abuse counseling 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 and private practice in Lawrence, where she provides individual art therapy, creativity groups and workshops, and professional supervision.

In addition to serving as half-time clinical instructor and internship coordinator for the ESU graduate art therapy program, Libby teaches an introductory art therapy course at Washburn University.  She regularly gives presentations about art therapy at the local, state, and national level.  Libby was appointed to a term as a Director on the national Art Therapy Credentials Board and is currently serving a second, elected term.  Libby values any opportunity to create her own art or to spend time with her husband and teenaged daughter at their home near Lake Perry in northeast Kansas.



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, clinical report writing, ethics, and provides internship supervision. Jessica is currently conducting research in use of art therapy to improve social skills for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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 MILLER, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Assistant Professor and Director


The Earl Center 238, 620.341.5789

Dr. Ann Miller received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, in 2007.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Emporia State University, as well as  director of Community Counseling Services.  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.  Her professional interests include exploring client experiences at counselor education program training facilities, and evaluating professional and ethical standards in counselor education programs and clinical training facilities.  Ann's personal interests include animals, live music, and coffee.

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

Associate Professor, Director, Rehabilitation Education Programs


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 an Associate Professor in the department of Counselor Education at Emporia State University.  Her areas of 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

DENNIS PELSMA, Ph.D., LPC, LP, Professor


The Earl Center 206, 620.341.5668

Dr. Dennis Pelsma has worked as a classroom teacher, school counselor (K-12), marriage & family counselor, and counselor educator in Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.  He is starting his 15th year at Emporia State University as a professor and faculty member in the school counseling program in the Department of Counselor Education.

ALICE FROST, Ph.D., Assistant Professor


The Earl Center 229, 620.341.5796

Alice Frost came to education with 25 years of business experience from a wide variety of employment.  She taught 1-8 Title I reading and math before becoming a school counselor.  Her school counseling experience has been across the K-12 spectrum and in both rural and urban school districts.  Alice hopes to complete her Ph.D. studies at Kansas State University in May of 2012 with a focus on Anger Management and Conflict Resolution for the middle and high school levels.

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.