Counseling Center Staff

Counseling 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.

Misha 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. 

 

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. 

Director

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 colleagues.

 

Michael Malec, Ph.D.

Associate Director  

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.

Internship Coordinator  

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.

Outreach Coordinator

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.

Group Coordinator

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.

 

 

Contract Counseling Staff  

Sarah Kovach, M.S., RMHCI

Dino Liverano, M.S., RMHCI 

 

 

  

Medical Staff  

Anjali Pathak, M.D., Psychiatrist

Leslie Rosenberg, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Jane Sander, ARNPPsychiatric Nurse Practitioner

 

 

Nutrition Staff 

Marilyn Dahl, R.D., LD/N, CEDRD, Registered Dietician

Shadai Martin, B.S., Dietetic Intern

Christine Shubert, B.S., Dietetic Intern    

 

 

 

Counselors in Training   

 Ne'Shaun Borden, B.S.

 Jacob Hatch, B.S.S.W., M.Div. 

 Erin Moran, B.S. 

 

 

Administrative Support Staff  

 Jackie Cook, Office Assistant

 Diane Engelhardt, Executive Secretary

 Mary Gates, Office Manager