Orientation to Staff

Maine Day 2018
Does not necessarily reflect our theoretical orientations

The theoretical orientation of the Counseling Center is varied. A  mix of interpersonal, systems, dynamic, feminist, cognitive-behavioral and humanistic approaches is practiced.  While the orientations are varied we would all describe our approach to therapy as highly relational.  Following is a list of current senior staff, their orientation and interests. This is followed by a list of Adjunct Training Faculty and more recent Interns (the last 20 years).  You can see brief descriptions of senior staff members’ interests below, or click on their names to link to their page under the Our Staff  section.

Permanent Staff

Brent D. Elwood, Ph.D. (The University of Texas at Austin, 2001); Licensed  Psychologist;  Associate Director / Training Director.  Systems-oriented, trauma-informed, somatic focus.  Influenced by psychodynamic and feminist perspectives.  Individual, couples, and group therapy, with special interest in trauma, group therapy, organizational consultation, career, and gender issues.

Angela Fileccia, MSW.  (University of Maine, 2001).  Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Director. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.

Julia Vicaire, MSW. (Marywood University, 2017) Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Strength-based, person-centered therapy with a mix of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral processes. Individual therapy and support & skill building groups.

Elizabeth (Liz) Toner, MSW (University of Maine, 2013). Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Assistant Director. Eclectic mix of cognitive-behavioral therapy, strengths-based perspective, attachment theory, and mindfulness. Individual and Group therapy.

Dixie Turner, Ph.D., (Louisiana Tech University, 2011) Licensed Psychologist. I have an integrative orientation and work within a multicultural/feminist framework. I have a special interest in issues related to culture and identity and enjoy teaching mindfulness-based techniques in individual and group therapy.

Liang-Yao (Frank) Wang, Ph.D. (Biola University, 2019)  Licensed Psychologist.  Psychodynamic, experiential, and cognitive behavioral approaches. In individual and couple therapy.  Member of American Psychological Association.

Adjunct Training Faculty

April J. Boulier, Ed.D.  Licensed Psychologist. Former UMaine Counseling Center staff member.
Jessica Browne, M.S.S., M.L.S.P. Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Former UMaine Counseling Center staff member.
Sarah Henry, Director, Student Accessibility Services, University of Maine
Douglas P. Johnson, Ph.D., C.G.P.  Licensed Psychologist; Former Director UMaine Counseling Center.
Susan Pinette, Director, Franco-American Center, University of Maine, Orono.
Bud Walkup, L.A.D.C, former Substance Abuse Counselor at University of Maine.

Recent Interns*


Ellen Coble (Florida Institute of Technology)
Paul Domigan (Fuller Theological Seminar)
Kristen Gayle (Howard University


Alexandra Brown (Texas Tech University)
David McNew (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
LIbbey Walker ((Antioch University, New England)


Catarina Alves (Southern Illinois University)
Jenna Labbe-Watson (Antioch University, New England)
Chad Lazzari (Antioch University, New England)


Kierst Finsand (University of St. Thomas)
Joshua Green (University of Connecticut)
Jordan Stewart (Antioch University, New England)


Thomas Allen (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Stephanie Harrison (Chatham University)
Alesya Nazarova (George Washington University)


Nicole Cappiello (University of Hartford)
Danika Sciarrotta (University of La Verne)
Shannon Stavinoha (Texas Women’s University)


Matthew Jezzi (University of Maryland, College Park)
Amy Moran (University of St. Thomas)
Vanessa Vargas (Georgia School of Professional Psychology)


Gunnar Ingolfsson (Ball State University)
Miranda Meadows (Wheaton College)
Nate Page (Brigham Young University)


Therese Borges (Auburn University)
Tricia Maynard (Adler School of Professional Psychology)
Laurie Page (Brigham Young University)


Kathi Butler Hepler (University of Montana)
Michael Lyman (Brigham Young University)
Kelly Shaw (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)


Matt Colon (Wright Institute)
Meghan Nash(Florida Institute of Technology)
Brian Ward (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)


Rachael Kerns (George Fox University)
Jeff Walter (University of Minnesota)
Samantha Wheeler (Western Michigan University)


Jessica Mijal (University of St. Thomas)
Innocent Okozi (Seton Hall University)
Michael Starkey (University of Minnesota)


David Dahlbeck (University of Memphis)
Kelly Russo (Fielding University)
Jory Smith (George Fox University)


Andrew Cole (Yeshiva University)
Robert Fasman (Arizona State University)
Adam Fenske (George Fox University)


Holly Costar (University of Maryland)
Claude Dotson (Spaulding University)
Salena King (Auburn University)


Kylie Cole-Zakrzewski (University of Tennessee)
Juan Pablo Kalawski (University of North Texas)
Kirsten Michels (University of Georgia)


Terri Elofson Bly (Argosy University/Twin Cities)
Russell Phillips III (Bowling Green University)
Ariela Reder (Wright State University)


Kristin Ljungberg (Argosy- Honolulu)
Stephanie Poplock (Northeastern)


Nancy Hartsock (George Washington University)
Aaron Krasnow (Clark University)


Jeanne Dorland (The University of Akron)
Richard Jazdzewski (Minnesota School of Professional Psychology)
Ronald Young (James Madison University)


Jay Coughlin (James Madison University)
Jennifer Fife (Boston College)
Kristine Karl (Minnesota School of Professional Psychology)

*Some intern alumni names may be omitted if we were unable to contact them or if they requested that their names not be listed on line.

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