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Counseling Psychology Class Notes

Learn more about what fellow Counseling Psychology graduates have been up to since graduating from UW-Madison. To submit your own class notes update, visit the School of Education's website.

Three New Counseling Center Directors

Three CP alumni Three UW- Madison Alumni from the Department of Counseling Psychology met up at the 63rd Annual Conference of the AUCCCD (Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors) in Newport, RI this October 2012.  Heather Earle, Ph.D., Director of Counseling and Human Development at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, graduated from UW- Madison in 1999 along with friend and colleague Elizabeth (Betsy) Cracco, Ph.D., now the Interim Director/Coordinator of Clinical Services at Counseling and Mental Health Services at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Elisa Castillo, Ph.D. graduated from UW- Madison in 2002 and is now the Director of Counseling and Health Services at Salem State University in Salem, MA.

All three have assumed this new leadership position within the last year and took advantage of an all-day training for new counseling center directors at the conference. The education they received from the Department of Counseling Psychology prepared them for a meaningful career in college counseling. All three focus on social justice, multicultural and feminist practice, as well as sexual trauma and identity development.

Glenn G. Dahlem | 
Ph.D. 1969

Since his severe stroke in Dec. 1, 2008, Glenn has been forced to give up his adjunct university teaching and practice of his doctoral minor field, public relations (School of Journalism). What he has done is turn his sideline hobby, which he began back in 1958 - magazine article writing - into a second career. What does he write about? His long-term vocational interests – athletic coaching, linguistics, teaching methodology, writing improvement & poetry based on his German heritage mythology. So, as the old counseling adage says, "When life sends you lemons, make lemonade."

Jean H. Porras
 | MS 1970 
Jean retired in June of 2002, after completing 30 years as an educator. She was a fulltime K-3 educator in Wisconsin, France – for the Department of Defense, Virginia, and Massachusetts, and then subbed all levels for ten years after teaching full time. In Florida, she also was a student teacher supervisor for Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton where she enjoyed every minute!

She currently enjoys retirement by attending senior YMCA classes, swimming in the pool and ocean, reading e-books, and doing yard work. Jean and her husband, who is also retired, enjoy riding their recumbent bikes. The couple met in France in 1966, when she was teaching for the Army and he was a soldier on the same post. The couple raised a son, Ed, and daughter, Gia in Mss. Ed, is now married and living in Texas, giving Jean and her husband two grandchildren, and is employed by Cat. Gia lives in Tampa and works for HSN.

Jean is originally from LaCrosse, WI, and her husband, Mario is originally from Bogota, Colombia. Their children are Greek, Hungarian, Colombian, American! Very diverse!

B.J. Wells | MS 1978, Ph.D. 1982 

B.J. was appointed to the Kansas State University Foundation Board of Trustees. As a school counselor she also received a Walmart Foundation Hunger Outreach Grant for her needy students to be distributed during Christmas break. She had worked the past 20 years in counselor education at Wichita State University with an emphasis in parenting, and stress and anger management.

Donna Cutler Landsman | MS 1982 

Donna is happy to share the publication of two new books. The first is the second edition of the book "Educating Children with Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome" (also known as 2q11.2 deletion syndrome and DiGeorge). It is an overview of the educational and psychological issues associated with the syndrome and a practical guide for educators, parents and professionals. The second book is titled, So What's the Difference. This is a self-help guide for children and young adults to assist in succeeding in school, making friends, and organizing their time. It is available in English and French through Donna’s website at

James Black | MS 1985, Ph.D. 1990 

James is the clinic director at the Psychology Clinic, Inc., Madison, Baraboo and Sauk Prairie, the supervising psychologist at Journey Mental Health Crisis Intervention, the examining psychologist at the Veteran's Administration, and the clinical assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry, UW-Madison. He is working in clinical fields of individual and family therapy, court evaluations, EMDR, and critical incidents.

Leota Taylor Larson | Ph.D. 1991 

Presently, Leota is working in private practice in Janesville four days a week. She and her husband are also doing some personal traveling. They are planning trips to Costa Rica, Rome, Florence, and an Africa Safari. Leota is also enjoying spending time with children and grandchildren.

Chip Hunter | Ph.D. 1996 

Chip is currently back on the academic saddle, on the faculty of the University of New Mexico. He directs all clinical training in the Counselor Education Program, supervising both the in-house training clinic as well as field practicum and internships. On Fridays, for a (significant) change of pace, he is also the Mental Health Clinical Director for the New Mexico Women's Prison.

Chip continues to work with Doctors Without Borders, as a member of their governing association, and plans to be back in the field for short missions during his breaks from UNM.

Jodie Fay Rindt | MS 1986, Ph.D. 1996 

After over 20 years as a Counselor/Psychologist in the University Counseling Center, Jodie is currently serving as the Chair of the Student Affairs Administration (SAA) Department at UW-La Crosse. She has developed a deep appreciation for individuals like Pat Wolleat, Bruce Wampold, and others who led the Counseling Psychology department while she was there as a Master's and Doctoral student.

Although she spent much of her studying time in the Memorial Library and the Memorial Union, the "old" School of Ed building brings back her most treasured memories of faculty, classmates, learning, and laughter. She sends her best wishes to all for their continued success.

Francisco Castelan | MS 1998 

Francisco was named Chair for the Minority Affairs Committee (soon to be the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion) within the National Association of Advisers for the Health Professions (NAAHP). He is currently serving on the Committee on Diveristy Affairs (CODA) within the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Francisco served as a mentor in the inaugural Tour for Diversity in Medicine ( that traveled (via tour bus) to 5 historically Black Colleges/Universities in Febraury of 2012. He is currently an Assistant Director and Health Professions Adviser at the University Academic Advising Center (UAAC) at Northwerstern Unversity.

Nina Albanese Kotar | Ph.D. 2001 

Nina is the founder and member of new private psychology practice, Mente Salus Psychological Services, LLC in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.


Kellen Milad | MS 2007

Over the past four years, Kellen has been involved in the fitness industry. Currently, she works as an instructor for a company called MovNat that promotes fitness through a reconnection with natural movement patterns and the natural environment. She sees this as more than a fitness system but an opportunity for personal exploration and growth through movement. Therefore, she is in the initial stages of developing a movement-based therapy approach to implement with children, teens, and adults. This is an exciting time for Kellen as she takes the next steps towards merging her passion for helping and movement. She would love to connect with other alumni or staff who may be interested in exchanging ideas and experiences.
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