Staff2017

Counseling Staff 

 

Deborah Baker 2015     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 2015    

Misha Bogomaz, Psy.D., C.G.P., ABPP

Assistant Director / Training Director

Misha Bogomaz is the Assistant & Training Director, a Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified in Group Psychology, 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 interesta are in learning and applying the 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, and the Association for Development of The Person Centered Approach. Misha received his Doctor of Psychology degree from Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and 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, salsa dancing, reading, TV shows, listening to lectures, playing video games, and spending time with his family. 

 
         
ChristyBNEW     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. 

 
         
MarisaNEW     Marisa Byles, Psy.D. 

Eating Disorder Treatment Team Coordinator   

Marisa Byles is a Licensed Psychologist and the Coordinator of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University 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, and she is passionate about reducing the stigma of mental health issues. Marisa was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida, and she loves spending time at the beach. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and baking, and spending time with her dog.

 
         
CarrieNEW     Carrie Cragun-Atchison, Ph.D. 

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. 

 
         
Alev2017.3     Alev Ildiz, Psy.D. 

Alev Ildiz is a Post-Doctoral Resident who earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Florida Gulf Coast University, Counseling and Psychological Services prior to joining the staff at UNF. Alev’s clinical interests include concerns related to identity development, interpersonal relationships, cultural identity, emotion regulation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance use. She primarily utilizes an interpersonal approach in therapy and values integrating Psychodynamic, Acceptance and Commitment, and Cognitive Behavioral therapies to meet the needs of her students. Her clinical experience also includes working with veterans and members of the LGBTQA community. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, FaceTiming with family, and going to the beach. 

 
         
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Gelila Jones, M.A.  

Gelila Jones is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and received Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Marshal University. She considers herself a mental health generalist with personal and professional experience regarding a variety of cultures and subsets of people. She enjoys supporting and addressing relationship and family issues, as well as anxiety and depression. She believes that the stress of juggling the demands of life, anxiety, depression, and/or struggles in relationships, may improve with better insight and coping skills, which may be gained through the empowering process of personal counseling. In her clinical work, she draws upon the person-centered and cognitive behavioral theoretical models of counseling. Her clinical interests include exploring and further understanding the impact that physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being have on one another, with an emphasis on natural or alternative approaches to healing. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, restaurant outings with her husband and friends, exercising, and her children's extracurricular activities. 

 
         
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Andrew King, Ph.D.  

Director

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. 

 
         
Alina2017.2     Alina Kodatt, M.A.  

Alina Kodatt is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a passion for working with college students struggling with anxiety, depression, transitions, grief, family of origin issues, ADHD, or trauma. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from the Covenant Theological Seminary. In addition to working at the counseling center, Alina has her own private practice in Jacksonville. In her free time, she enjoys cooking for her family. 

 
       
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Melissa LaManna, M.S.  

Melissa La Manna is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Florida and her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Melissa has prior experience in elementary school teaching and working with students that have special needs. She utilizes an integrative approach to her work that encompasses person-centered, psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Some of her clinical interests include identity development, stress management, health psychology and family therapy. In Melissa’s personal time she enjoys spending time with her family, cycling, yoga, and exploring new restaurants. 

 
         
Michael Malec 2015     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 degree 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. He utilizes a person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and solution focused approach in his work with clients. 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.

 
         
StevenNEWNEW     Steven Montesinos, M.A. 

Social Media and Technology Coordinator

Steven Montesinos is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and the Social Media and Technology 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. Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, he enjoys working with clients from diverse backgrounds and cultures.  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 New    

Erin Moran, M.S.

Group Coordinator      

Erin Moran is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and the Group Coordinator. 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.

 
       
Liza Provenzano 2015    

Liza Provenzano, M.Ed.

Internship Training Coordinator      

Liza Provenzano is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and the Internship Coordinator 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 NEW    

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. 

 
         
Jessica2017    

Jessica Stringer, M.S.  

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Counselors in Training 

 

Havey2017    

Havey Baer, B.S.  

Havey is a Mental Health Counseling Intern. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Florida State University, and is currently in her second year of the University of North Florida Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program. Her clinical interests include eating disorders, women’s issues, identity development and LGBTQ concerns. She has interest in group and individual psychotherapy, with a focus on helping clients to feel empowered. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, practicing yoga, and spending time with her pets.

       
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Joshua French, B.S.

Joshua is a Mental Health Counseling Intern. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. He is in his last year of training at the University of North Florida, where upon completion, will obtain a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Joshua has experience working in a hospital setting managing care for individuals in crisis as a Crisis Response Counselor. His clinical interests include anxiety, depression, LGBTQ concerns, addiction, trauma, and mindfulness-based practices. Additionally, he has a strong interest in both individual and group counseling. Joshua utilizes a combination of person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and motivational interviewing techniques when working with clients. In his spare time he enjoys meditating, traveling, playing at the beach, and reading or listening to audio books.

       
Cheryl2017    

Cheryl Walker, B.S.  

Cheryl Walker is a Mental Health Counseling Intern. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Florida and is currently completing her Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Degree from the University of North Florida. 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, anxiety, stress management, eating disorders, career development and family therapy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, running, yoga, the beach, kayaking and traveling.

       
Gabby2017    

Gabrielle Pembroke, B.A. 

Gabrielle is currently a student in the Clinical Mental Health Counselor program at the University of North Florida, where she previously obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has experience and interest in PTSD, trauma, sexual development and disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, anxiety, LGBTQ concerns, depression, and identity development. Gabrielle works primarily from a Gestalt perspective in combination with a Person-Centered and Existential approach. She also draws from practgices such as mindfulness, and healing through art and yoga. She believes in the inner strength of the client and the power of catharsis in finding congruence with oneself. In her spare time she enjoys playing table top games with her friends, trying to follow Mary Berry’s baking recipes, painting, practicing yoga, and spending time with her cat.

 

Medical Staff    

Anjali Pathak, M.D., Psychiatrist

Jane Sander, D.N.P., ARNPFNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 

Leslie Rosenberg, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 

 

Nutrition Staff 

 

Holly     Holly Pudwill, M.S., R.D., LD/N, CEDRD 
Registered Dietitian

 

Administrative Support Staff 

      Jackie Cook, Office Manager
      Diane Engelhardt, Executive Assistant
      Jeannie Hinkle, Office Assistant

Keisha2017     Takeisha Rice, M.S., Administrative Assistant