Counseling Center Staff
Mrs. Amstutz has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and worked with young children most of her life. She decided to make a career change and worked in a medical office for 5 years before joining the staff at BGSU. She enjoys working with the diverse student body of BGSU. She enjoys spending time with her family and owning a part time cupcake business.
LANAYA ANDERSON, M.S.
Position: Psychology Trainee
LaNaya Anderson, M.S. is currently in her third year of the PhD program in Clinical Psychology at Bowling Green State University where she specializes in health psychology. LaNaya has a Master of Science [M.S.] in Clinical Psychology from Fort Hays State University. Her clinical interests include eating disorders, weight loss, body image, anxiety, and self-harm. For her research, LaNaya is currently creating a weight loss group for students at BGSU which incorporates social media. LaNaya uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques, and also integrates interpersonal processing techniques in therapy.
STEPHANIE CRAMER, MSW
Position: Student Assistance & Advocacy Specialist
Ms. Cramer received her Master of Social Work from the Ohio State University in 2003. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology from the University of Toledo in 1997. Stephanie has previous experience working with children, families and adults in the mental health, foster care and disability arenas. She has several years of case management experience and is excited to be working with a diverse student population. Her job is to help students identify needs and supports, navigate university procedures, and coordinate support services both on and off campus.
ELIZABETH EMLEY, M.A.
Position: Psychology Trainee
Mrs. Emley is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Bowling Green State University where she completed her Master of Arts (M.A.) in the same department. She received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology at Ohio University in 2014, and she also obtained an Environmental Studies Certificate. Clinically, Liz is passionate about taking a holistic approach to improving well-being, exploring the impact that both individual and societal factors may have on one’s mental health and emphasizing the link between mental and physical health. She pursues an integrative approach to therapy that focuses on awareness-building, acceptance, value-driven activities, emotion regulation and coping skills, and building a supportive environment to enable students to feel heard.
JAIME FURDA, M.Ed., LPCC
Position: Liaison for the College of Arts & Sciences
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Jaime Furda earned her B.A. in Psychology and in Music at Heidelberg University in 2013. She went on to earn her M.Ed. in Counselor Education with a focus on Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Ohio University in 2016. In addition to clinical work at the Counseling Center, Jaime serves as a liaison to the College of Arts and Sciences. Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to, interpersonal relationships, depression, anxiety, intersectionality and identity development. She enjoys working with individuals of all cultural backgrounds.
Garrett Gilmer, Ph.D.
Position: Director, Counseling Center
Dr. Gilmer received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University in 2006. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of Ohio and is responsible for the overall operations of the Counseling Center. Throughout his career, Garrett has provided counseling services to students at four different university settings across the country. His areas of special interest include depression, interpersonal relationships, identity issues, childhood abuse, group therapy, clinical supervision and outreach. Garrett enjoys working with a diverse student body, is actively involved in the Counseling Center’s Diversity Committee, and is a member of the Student Affairs LGBTQ+ Advisory Board.
Stefani Hathaway, Ph.D.
Position: Community Intervention Coordinator
Dr. Hathaway earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005. She is a licensed psychologist in the State of Ohio, and since 2000 she has worked in university counseling centers in Missouri, Tennessee, and Ohio. She is also in charge of GA training in the Counseling Center. She works with students with a wide variety of presenting problems, and she is especially interested in women's issues, relational issues, and trauma. She enjoys working with diverse students and is involved with the National Coalition-Building Institute.
KATHERINE HUTSON, MA., LPC
Position: AOD Prevention Specialist
Licensed Professional Counselor
Katherine Hutson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Ohio Northern University in 2009 and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Heidelberg University in 2014. Katherine has previous experience working with adolescents and adults in a community mental health setting. Katherine uses an integrated approach to counseling that centers on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness. Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to, substance use and addiction, trauma, and anxiety/depression.
Denise Litterer, Ph.D.
Position: Assistant Director/Training Director
Dr. Litterer received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University in 2001 and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Ohio. Denise has provided counseling services to students at Iowa State University, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Arkansas. She also worked as a psychologist for several years in a clinic specializing in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders. At BGSU she serves as a liaison between the Counseling Center and the College of Arts and Sciences, providing training, consultation, and programming for Arts and Sciences faculty, staff, and students. Her areas of interest include eating disorders, body image, LGBTQ issues, abuse and trauma, grief and loss, women's issues, and spirituality. Denise enjoys working with a diverse student body and is a co-facilitator for the LGBT Resource Center Coming Out Support Group.
Position: Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Perez enjoys working and interacting with the diverse student body of BGSU. She is a lifelong resident of Wood County and has worked at the university for 28 years. She enjoys her family life and gardening.
AMANDA SCHAAD, PSY.D.
Position: Liaison to Residence Life
Dr. Schaad earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University, School of Professional Psychology in 2016 and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Ohio. Amanda also serves as the Residential Life Liaison where she assists with training, consultation and outreach for Res Life staff and students. Her areas of interests include LGBTQ issues, intersectionality of various marginalized identity variables, interpersonal relationships and working with disabled students.
ANGELA SEIFERT, M.A.,LPCC
Position: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Ms. Seifert received her master’s of Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University in 2015 and is a professional licensed counselor in the state of Ohio. She completed her bachelor’s degree studying psychology at The University of Findlay. Angela has previous experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a community mental health setting and college students in a college counseling center. She enjoys working with students from diverse backgrounds with a variety of presenting concerns. Her areas of interest include but are not limited to anxiety, interpersonal relationships, identity development, and mood disorders.
MANDISA SHERIFE-KEKULAH, M.A.
Position: Licensed Professional Counselor
Ms. Sherife-Kekulah earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from The University of Toledo in 2010 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio. She also earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from the University of Toledo. Mandisa sits on the Toledo Pride committee, as well as volunteers her time at PRIDE Center 419. Mandisa has previous experience working in elementary and high school settings as well as community mental health, with adolescents and adults. Her areas of interest include but are not limited to anxiety, grief, trauma, interpersonal relationships and empowerment.
RACHEL WASSON, B.A.
Position: Psychology Trainee
Rachel Wasson earned her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Cincinnati (UC). She is a proud McNair Scholar and entered the doctoral Clinical Psychology program at Bowling Green State University in 2016. Previously, she worked with individuals with chronic health conditions at the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness at UC College of Medicine. She is passionate about mindfulness-based therapies, anxiety, depression, mental health concerns and risk factors relating to medical conditions, interpersonal issues, health care professional and student well-being, and spirituality.
JEREMY WILLIAMS, M.A., LPC
Position: Licensed Professional Counselor
Mr. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University in 2001, and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University in 2016. After starting at the BGSU Counseling Center as an intern in August of 2015, he now works as a Licensed Professional Counselor at the Center, having worked with a diverse group of students and clinical concerns over his time here. He is passionate about helping all students from the wide array of diversity that represents the BGSU student body to navigate through the challenges presented by this exciting, challenging, and developmental time in their lives. His areas of interest include, but are not limited to, identity issues/development, trauma, anxiety, depression, mindfulness, and existential concerns.