Counseling Center Staff
Assistant Director / Clinical Director
Misha Bogomaz, Psy.D., C.G.P.
Misha Bogomaz is the Group Coordinator, 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 is a postdoctoral resident, the Outreach Coordinator, 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-Atchison 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.
Kathryn Esquer, Psy.D., M.B.A.
Kathryn is a postdoctoral resident. She earned a Doctor of Psychology degree and Master of Business Administration degree from Widener University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Kelly Counseling and Consulting where she worked with young adults on a variety of topics including depression, anxiety, identity development, relationship and family issues, and concerns with social media and e-communication. Prior to joining to Counseling Center team, Kathryn worked as an organizational development specialist at Nemours Children’s Health system and continues to maintain an interest in leadership and organizational development. As a recent transplant to Florida from Pennsylvania, she enjoys spending her free time at the beach with her husband and two rescue dogs.
Andrew King, Ph.D.
Andrew King is the Director of the Center and is a licensed psychologist in the State of Florida. 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. Andrew 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 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 is a licensed mental health counselor and the Internship Coordinator. His clinical interests include men’s issues, anxiety, substance and process addictions, 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 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.
Erin Moran, M.S.
Erin Moran is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida, where she completed her counseling internship. Her clinical interests include self-esteem, anxiety, mindfulness-based practices, assertiveness, LGBTQ concerns, and substance-abuse rehabilitation. She has a strong interest in both individual and group therapy. She utilizes a person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal processing approach in work with clients. In her free time, she enjoys being in nature, practicing yoga, spending time with her family and friends, and spending time with her dog.
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.
Liza Provenzano is a licensed mental health counselor, and her 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.
Dina Ricco, Ph.D., ATR
Dina Ricco is a licensed mental health counselor and a registered art therapist. She received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida. She received a Master of Science in Art Therapy and a PhD in Art Therapy from Florida State University. Her theoretical approach is comprised of family systems, cognitive behavioral and art therapy techniques. She has worked in a variety of clinical and instructional settings which have encompassed students/clients from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Her clinical experience/interests include relationship issues, women’s issues, LGBTQ concerns, anxiety, depression, mood disorders and marital/couple therapy. In her personal life she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and exploring aesthetically pleasing natural settings, visiting museums and art galleries and pursuing her own art and fiction writing.
Kayla Benoit, B.S.
Ida is a Mental Health Counseling Intern. She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Troy University and a Master’s of Education in Exercise Science from Auburn University. Ida is beginning her second year of training in the University of North Florida's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program. Ida worked as a physical education teacher and athletic trainer at her local high school until making the change to focus on bettering the mental health of individuals, groups and couples. Her clinical interests include anxiety, adjustment issues, and relationships. In working with clients, Ida uses a client-centered approach while focusing on solution based therapy and evidence based practices. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her husband, family and friends, sewing, lifting weights and reading.
Melissa is a Mental Health Counseling Intern. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Florida and is currently completing her Mental Health Counseling Master's Degree from Nova Southeastern University. Melissa has prior experience working with special needs students and elementary school teaching. She utilizes an integrative approach to her work that encompasses person-centered, psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused therapy. Some of her clinical interests include self-esteem, stress management, eating disorders, career development and family therapy. In Melissa’s personal time she enjoys spending time with her family, bike riding, traveling, exploring new restaurants and yoga.
Jessica is a Mental Health Counseling Intern. She received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from Georgia Southern University and is beginning her second year of training in the University of North Florida's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program. Her clinical interests include neurocognitive and neurobehavioral functioning, anxiety and mindfulness-based practices. She has a strong interest in both individual and group therapy. She utilizes a combination of person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, Gestalt and interpersonal processing approach in work with clients. In her free time, she enjoys musical theater, writing, playing competitive sports and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys advocating for animals and is a rescue mother and animal foster for Jacksonville and the surrounding areas.
Jerry Hogan, D.N.S.c., CRNA, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Anjali Pathak, M.D., Psychiatrist
Jane Sander, D.N.P., ARNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Holly Pudwill, M.S., R.D., LD/N, CEDRD Registered Dietitian
Jackie Cook, Administrative Secretary
Diane Engelhardt, Executive Secretary
Daniel Nutt, Office Manager
Melanie Stewart, Office Assistant
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