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Office Administration


The Earl Center, Ofc 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 DVORAKCARLEEN DVORAK, Sr. Administrative Assistant

The Earl Center, Ofc 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


The Earl Center, Ofc 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.


The Earl Center, Ofc 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.


The Earl Center, Ofc 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)


The Earl Center, Ofc 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.

Dr. Jon SwardJON SWARD, JD, PhD, LCPC, Director of Community Counseling Services

The Earl Center, Ofc 238, 620-341-5789

A retired assistant professor of Mental Health Counseling at ESU, Dr. Jon Sward came to the university after having a distinguished career including administrative and supervisory work in community mental health care, counseling services at mental health centers and correctional facilities, a private practice in mental health counseling, and a private practice in law.

Sward taught a variety of courses in the master’s program in mental health counseling and serves as Interim Director of what is now called Community Counseling Services. A member of several professional organizations, he served as President of the Kansas Association of Counselor Educators.

Sward made numerous presentations at state and national meetings with articles on topics as diverse as helping women with addictions and trauma, reducing dental fear, and privileged communication and confidentiality issues when counseling couples.


Clinical Counseling

RUSSELL FULMERRUSSELL FULMER, PhD, LPC, Associate Professor and Director

The Earl Center, Ofc 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, Ofc 208, 620-341-5797

Dr. Mijin Chung earned her doctoral degree in Counseling and Counselor Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her master’s and educational specialist degrees in School Counseling from the University of Florida, and her master’s degree in Mathematics Education from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the states of North Carolina and Georgia, a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) in the state of Georgia. Dr. Chung teaches clinical counseling courses and provides practicum supervision. Her clinical experience includes professional counseling in outpatient, college, university, and K-12 school settings. Her research interests include clinical supervision, cross-cultural interactions, research design, and technology/media use in counseling and counselor education. Dr. Chung was selected as one of the American Counseling Association International Student Panels by the ACA International Committee in 2009. She was also chosen as the 2005-2006 recipient of Excellence Fellowship from the Graduate School at UNCG.


Rehabilitation Counseling

Professor & Coordinator, RC48 Online

The Earl Center, Ofc 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.



The Earl Center, Ofc 218, 620-341-5798

Dr. Damara Goff Paris completed a masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with the Deaf at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon, and a doctorate in Deaf Education and Deaf Studies at Lamar University at Beaumont, Texas. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC), and a nationally certified counselor (NCC). Upon receiving her masters degree, she began working as the director and lead counselor of the Connection Program, a mental health facility for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) and have co-occuring disorders.  Dr. Paris' administrative, counseling, teaching and research experience has provided her with career opportunities in the private, non-profit, state and university fields.  These positions have included directing a state-wide telecommunications assistance program, overseeing a national marketing team with Sprint, and directing a doctoral program in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education.  Her research interests are diverse and include indigenous, women's and disability studies, particularly the intersectionality of all three minorities.  Dr. Paris has participated in or established research projects about Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TR), issues of the Deaf Professoriate, and anxiety of counselors-in-training. A qualitative researcher, she has published several articles regarding cross-cultural implications of being Native American and Deaf. Dr. Paris has also published six books and is working on a Gallaudet University Press (GUP) book pertaining to the criminal justice system and Deaf offenders.


BILL PURDY, DSW, LPC, LMSW, LAC, Assistant Professor

The Earl Center, Ofc 218, 620-341-5852

Dr. Bill Purdy received a BSW from Pittsburg State University. He earned his MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Emporia State University.  Upon completion of his RC degree, he worked in substance abuse counseling as a lead clinician and primary assessor.  He completed his MSW from the University of Kansas and worked as a clinician in the public and private sector and as a child abuse social worker for the State of Kansas. Dr. Purdy has held several supervisory and administrative roles including Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment at Copper River Native Association and Indian Health Services Administrator. Most recently, Dr. Purdy earned his doctorate in Social Work from Capella University. His qualitative action research dissertation topic was "LGBT Family Formation." Other topics of research interest are child welfare, childhood disability accommodation advocacy, addictions, mental health, and first nation’s self-governance.


School Counseling


The Earl Center, 620-341-5220

Dr. Melissa Briggs, assistant professor, earned her degrees from Pittsburg State and Kansas State.

She is a licensed professional counselor, licensed clinical professional counselor, licensed school counselor, registered drama therapist, registered play therapist supervisor, and national certified counselor.



The Earl Center, Ofc 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.



Dr. Robert Kircher earned an Ed.D in Counseling and Student Development from Kansas State University in 2007, a M.S. in Counseling and a B.S. Ed. in Social Science both from Pittsburg State University, and an A.A. from Johnson County Community College. He has been a teacher and a middle and high school counselor in small rural districts and large suburban schools. He is licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC).

Bob brings broad experience, professional involvement and leadership including service in the Kansas Counseling Association as a regional president, committee chair, Secretary, and President. As a trained advocate for the profession he presently serves as Advocacy and Public Policy Chair for the Kansas School Counselor Association. Other memberships include ACA, ACES, ASCA, ASGW, KACES, and KASGW. Bob has developed model programs in schools, served on various KSDE committees, and is a frequent presenter at conferences. He has been supervising practicum students and teaching courses in counseling skills for the department since 2010 and joined the department full time in the fall of 2014. His research interests include advocacy, counseling programs, peer helping programs, and supervision of counselors.