Counseling Center Staff
Deborah Baker, Ph.D.
Assistant Director / Clinical Director
Deborah Baker is the Assistant & Clinical Director of the Counseling Center and a licensed clinical psychologist with experience and interest in psychotherapy for anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, severe and persistent mental illness, and autism spectrum disorders. She also enjoys running groups and workshops, and is trained in Mindfulness Meditation and EMDR. Deborah received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Jacksonville University, her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from University of North Florida and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Fielding Graduate University. During her time off, she enjoys cooking, nature, and spending time with family.
Misha Bogomaz, Psy.D., C.G.P.
Bogomaz is a licensed psychologist and a certified group psychotherapist
(C.G.P.) with experience and interest in group psychotherapy, group dynamics,
leadership, followership, group unconscious, and group decision making. His
other interest is in learning and applying psychological theories of Carl
Rogers, Melanie Klein, Heinz Kohut, and Aaron Beck. He is on a workshop
committee for American Group Psychotherapy Association, APA Division 49 Early
Career Task Force, The Association for Development of The Person Centered
Approach, and works closely with Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy
Specialty Council. Misha received his Doctor of Psychology degree from Illinois
School of Professional Psychology, participated in one year fellowship at
Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and one year at Chicago Institute for
Psychoanalysis. In his free time, he enjoys fitness, reading, TV shows,
listening to lectures, playing video games, and spending time with his family.
Christy Brown, M.A.
Christy Brown is a licensed mental health counselor. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Florida, and Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida; she also has formal training in the fine arts. Christy is trained in EMDR therapy for the treatment of trauma, which is her specialty, and has a particular interest in exploring existential and spiritual concerns. In addition to the Counseling Center, Christy also works at the Women's Center of Jacksonville and has her own private practice. In her personal time she enjoys mountain biking, making art, and eating good vegetarian food.
Marisa Byles, Psy.D.
Marisa Byles is a
postdoctoral resident and a member of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State
University and both her Master of Science in Psychology and her Doctor of
Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She
completed her pre-doctoral internship at Park Center, Inc. in Fort Wayne,
Indiana. Some of her clinical interests include eating disorders and body
image issues, personality disorders, interpersonal issues, women’s issues,
anxiety, and depression. She enjoys individual and group psychotherapy,
couples therapy, and family therapy. Marisa was born and raised in St.
Augustine, Florida, and her favorite place to be is the beach. She also
enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and baking, making
greeting cards, playing tennis, and spending time with her dog.
Carrie Cragun, Ph.D.
Carrie Cragun is a licensed psychologist and a member of the Eating Disorder
Treatment Team. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of
Florida and her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University at
Albany, State University of New York. She completed a pre-doctoral internship
at the University of Minnesota counseling center and a postdoctoral residency
at Cornell University’s counseling center. Some of her clinical interests
include depression, social anxiety, self-esteem, identity development,
diversity and multiculturalism, and eating disorders and body image. She enjoys
helping students tap into their strengths and strives to help students feel
empowered to live the life they want to live. She also loves group therapy and supervising
counseling trainees. She is originally from Colombia and enjoys practicing
Spanish and eating Colombian food. She also enjoys spending time with family,
friends, her cat, and being in nature.
Andrew King, Ph.D.
Andrew King is the
Director of the Center and has been licensed as a psychologist for the past 17
years. His clinical interests include the training of new therapists,
post-traumatic stress disorder, dream interpretation, men’s issues, campus safety
and administrative efficiency. After completing his pre-doctoral internship at
Ball State University, he was awarded his doctorate in Counseling
Psychology from the University of Memphis. Dr. King has served as the Director
of the Counseling Center for Cabrini College for three years, for the
University of Tennessee-Martin for five years and before coming to UNF, for
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for ten years. Originally from
Charleston, SC. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, friends and
Michael Malec, Ph.D.
Michael Malec is the Associate Director of the Center and is a licensed clinical social worker. His clinical interests encompass a wide variety of psychological and social concerns including anxiety, depression, life transition, adjustment, and relationships. Originally from Pennsylvania, Michael received his Master of Social Work in Clinicial Social Work from Florida State University in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Florida in 2005. Prior to beginning as a full-time counselor at the Counseling Center in 1990, Michael worked in community mental health counseling in St. Augustine, and at a hospital inpatient psychiatric unit in Jacksonville. In his free time he enjoys physical fitness activities (e.g., swimming) and is an avid fan of all the Cleveland, Ohio pro sports teams.
Steven Montesinos, M.A.
Steven Montesinos is a licensed mental health counselor and the Internship Coordinator. His clinilcal interests include men’s issues, anxiety, depression, stress management, sports psychology, and identity and career development. He uses a combined psychotherapeutic approach in his work, incorporating aspects of person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, and interpersonal process approaches. Steven is a gender-sensitive therapist and enjoys working with clients from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Steven earned his B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida. He completed his counseling internship at Jacksonville University, and has experience in career development, drug and alcohol treatment, and private practice. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, watching sports, and enjoying time with his family.
Kristen Perez, M.Ed.
Eating Disorder Treatment Team Coordinator
Kristen Perez is a licensed mental health counselor and member of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team. Her clinical interests include working with students facing a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, identity development, relationships, and eating disorders. Kristen earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Master of Education in Counselor Education from the University of North Florida, where she completed her graduate internship. She has experience working in a variety of healthcare settings, and currently splits her time at the Counseling Center with private practice work. In her free time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family and practicing yoga.
Noelle Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Noelle Pomeroy is a clinical sexologist and licensed mental health counselor with experience and interest in working with those who are dealing with issues related to gender identity, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, depression, and adoption/identity concerns. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan, and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida, where she completed her internship. She received her doctoral degree in clinical sexology at the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, and works in private practice as well.
Liza Provenzano, M.Ed.
Liza Provenzano is a licensed mental health counselor and the Outreach Coordinator. Liza’s interests include working with trauma, substance abuse, depression, and LGBT issues. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Jacksonville University and a Master of Education in Counselor Education from the University of North Florida. Liza has work experience with case management, crisis intervention, domestic violence, and community mental health. In her free time, Liza enjoys hosting parties for friends and family, exploring new places, and trying new restaurants.
Zully Rivera-Ramos, Ph.D.
Zully A. Rivera-Ramos is a licensed psychologist and the Group Coordinator, with experience and interest in multicultural counseling, particularly in regards to sexual orientation, gender identity, and Latina/o issues. Originally from Puerto Rico, Zully is fully bilingual in Spanish and English. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology (with a minor in women and gender studies) from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras and her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Zully completed her doctoral internship at the Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center where she specialized in LGBT-affirming psychotherapy and group counseling. Her approach to therapy is informed by interpersonal, psychodynamic, and cognitive theories, while incorporating multicultural and feminist perspectives. She has a collaborative style and actively works to promote client empowerment. In her free time, Zully enjoys spending time with her family.
Amie Thomas, MSW
Amie Thomas is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Florida. She enjoys working with students on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, life transitions and adjustments, stress management, and interpersonal work. She received her undergraduate degree in social work from Auburn University and her Master of Social Work from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. Amie has previous work experience in medical social work/case management, advocacy, community mental health, and program administration. When not at work, she enjoys comedy, cooking, and travel.
Anjali Pathak, M.D., Psychiatrist
Leslie Rosenberg, M.S.N, ARNP, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Jane Sander, D.N.P., ARNP, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Lindsey Arnett, R.D., LD/N, Registered Dietician
Ne'Shaun Borden, B.S.
Jacob Hatch, B.S.S.W., M.Div.
Erin Moran, B.S.
Jackie Cook, Office Assistant
Diane Engelhardt, Executive Secretary
Jeannie Hinkle, Office Assistant
Mary Gates, Office Manager
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