Center for New Directions Staff
Christine Brower, MPA, CND Director
It is a privilege to work with the College of Technology students who come to the Center for New Directions and pursue their educational and employment goals. Many students I work with are attending college for the first time. It is thrilling to watch students complete their coursework, pass their exams, and establish a firm foundation on which to build future careers. It is very rewarding to work with our students. I commend every person for demonstrating the courage to work toward achieving their goals! The Center is a great place for you to begin your path. Contact us today.
Angela Boursaw, Administrative Assistant
Angela was born and raised in American Falls, Idaho. She moved to Pocatello in 1994 and began to raise her family. Angela started her career at ISU as a Secondary Education Major before deciding to pursue a nontraditional occupation in the energy field. She has completed the course work for the Energy Systems Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology program and is working toward completion of a Bachelor of Applied Science. As a student, Angela worked for the Adult Success Center at ISU and, in 2010, had the honor of earning Idaho State University Student Employee of the Year second runner-up. Angela is pleased to have found a new home within the General Education Department as Center for New Directions' administrative assistant. She is the mother of three and the grandmother of two adorable toddlers. She is a voracious reader and an avid knitter.
Marlene Darling, LPC, NCC
A native Californian, Marlene was born and raised in San Francisco, and received her BA in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. She lived in New Orleans and North Carolina before moving to Idaho in 1993. She received her Masters of Counseling degree at ISU, works with the COT nontraditional occupation students as the Equity Counselor, and is working on receiving her Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Her key interests in counseling are career, wellness, and spirituality. Marlene loves the outdoors and is an avid skier, road cyclist, hiker, and camper. She is a certified ski instructor (Alpine, Nordic, and Children) and teaches at Pebble Creek Ski Area. She has practiced Raja Yoga since 1982, is a certified hatha yoga instructor, and is currently teaching for ISU Sport Science and Physical Education.
She is a certified ski instructor (Alpine, Nordic, and Children) and certified yoga instructor, and has taught yoga classes for the ISU Physical Education and Sport Science Department since 1999.
Dianne Norton, LCPC, NCC
Dianne Norton is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working at the Center for New Directions at Idaho State University for many years. She has a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and specializes in career counseling.
Dianne loves career counseling, finding it extremely rewarding to help people find work that is meaningful to them and that allows them to be happy and financial self-sufficient. She enjoys working with a wide variety of people, finding the differences between people fascinating.
Dianne is married and has four grown children and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys designing quilts, photography, scrapbooking, gardening and traveling.
Cindy Wade, Counselor
Cindy Wade (Dougherty) returned to college after many years of raising children and working in various service type positions such as; school districts with special education and assisted living centers with the elderly. She loved her work with people and being able to inspire and help people of all ages. In 2010 she earned, from ISU, a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy with a minor in English. Cindy chose to continue on to complete a Master of Counseling degree in 2012 also here at ISU. She is a Licensed Practicing Counselor. Her emphasis is on School Counseling and Student Affairs. Cindy has enjoyed internships in the local schools and the Career Center here at ISU. She worked with the Bengal Athletes in their study hall and enjoys working with the students and helping them find their passion in life, and in what direction they want their future to proceed. She works as a counselor/instructor for the STEP the START programs through the ISU College of Technology. Cindy is excited to be a member of the team at the Center for New Directions and the potential to continue to help students and community members find a positive life direction.