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3rd Year Doctoral Cohort

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3rd Year Doctoral Cohort

Marisa Rapp, Kerrie Taylor (Meridian), Dusty Destler (Meridian), Renee Howells, and Melisa DeMeyer.

Melisa DeMeyer

Hello! My name is Melisa DeMeyer and I am thrilled to be pursuing my Ph.D. in Counselor Education.

I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Montana. While living in Bozeman, MT, I received my bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences and my master's degree in couple and family counseling from Montana State University. Since graduating with my master's degree I have worked with children, adolescents, and their families in a residential therapeutic group home setting as well as on an out-patient basis.

As I begin my journey into third year I have found that the more I learn about the profession of counselor education, the more I have to learn! My areas of interest currently include: reflectivity in supervision, teaching, and counseling, systems-based counseling and supervision practices, couple and family counseling, feminism, social constructionism, and post-modernism.

Outside of school I love spending time in the great outdoors hiking and camping and spending time with friends and family! I am forever grateful to be able to say I am an ISU students.

Specialization: Marriage, Couple and Family Counselor.
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Core: Group Counseling, Helping Relationships, Professional Orientation. 


Dusty Destler

Hi, I'm Dusty, third-year doctoral student on the Meridian campus. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience in the ISU Program thus far. The balance of support and autonomy in learning how to supervise, teach, and conduct research has allowed me to find my own style, comfort, and strengths in each area. My scholarly interests include supervision training, feminism, social justice, and advocacy. Feel free to contact me with any questions about the program or life in the general Boise area.


Renee Howells

Hello, my name is Renee Howells. I am currently in my third year of the Ph.D. program here at ISU and loving my experience! I am an Idaho native, and I love the great outdoors that scenic Idaho provides. I love to spend time in nature and with friends and family. I also love to create art, to read fiction, to cook, and to travel.

My professional educational journey begins in Caldwell, Idaho where I earned dual bachelor's degrees in psychology and fine arts. From there, I made my way to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington where I earned my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My clinical background is trauma-based counseling for children, adolescents, and adults. I enjoy incorporating art and expressive therapies into my counseling practices.

I am passionate about further developing my identity as a burgeoning Counselor Educator. My research interests currently include: traumatic grief and loss, multiculturally-minded practices, disability services within counseling education and cross-collaborative work across clinical and university settings.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about ISU. I look forward to hearing from you! Cheers!


Marisa Rapp

Greetings! My name is Marisa Rapp and it's hard to believe I'm writing my biography for my final year of study. I'm a proud Midwesterner born and raised in St. Louis (Go Cards!). I moved to Pocatello from a small town along the Mississippi River where I recently graduated with my Master's in Mental Health Counseling. Throughout my undergrad, I worked part-time at a residential treatment facility serving children and adolescents with a wide range of behavioral and emotional disorders. My rewarding experience in an inpatient setting solidified my desire to pursue the field of counseling. As I progressed through my masters into clinical experience, I discovered myself being pulled toward the role of educator and supervisor. I found myself wanting to contribute more to the profession of counseling than what I can accomplish at the practitioner level, and ISU's strong emphasis on counselor education was a definite fit for my professional goals.

Scholarly and clinical areas of interest include substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, process addictions (eating disorders, gambling, etc.), the construct of gatekeeping within the counseling profession and qualitative research. On personal time, I enjoy exploring the endless trails Southeast Idaho has to offer, cooking, antiquing, and finding steals at local thrift shops.

I'm very grateful and proud to be a part of the ISU counseling community and invite any questions regarding your journey, the program, or Southeast Idaho!


Kerrie Taylor

Hello! My name is Kerrie Taylor and I am very excited for my third year at the ISU doc program. I have moved here from Orlando, Florida where I worked with adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness who were involved with the criminal justice system. I also gained the opportunity to work on community task forces in Seminole County, advocating for marginalized populations and forming community partnerships to benefit clients. I graduated with a master's degree in marriage and family Therapy from the University of Central Florida and am eager to build upon the knowledge and experience I gained in the Southeast. My research interests include: working with multicultural populations, dual diagnosis, the supervisory relationship, social justice, and ethics in counselor education. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the program, the application process, or life as a doc student. 

2nd Year Doctoral Cohort

Sarah Baquet, Vincent Marasco, Candice Elison (Meridian), Kate LeBar (Meridian), Katie Muirhead, and Jehan Hill.

Sarah Baquet

My name is Sarah and I am a second-year doctoral student here at ISU. I was born and raised in Long Island, New York. I earned my MS in clinical mental health counseling at Long Island University. I earned a BS in psychology from State University of New York at Cortland. In New York, I was a private mental health therapist working with children, adolescents, families and couples. I also was involved in teaching for a non-profit after-school program in Manhattan called Liberty LEADS; this program empowered youth to attain higher education and embrace leadership engagement. Clinically, I have experience working in inpatient, outpatient and residential programs with children, adolescents and adults.

My current research interests include various areas within a social justice, feminist and multicultural framework; attachment and social psychology; as well as leadership and career development. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time! I would love to discuss the program and my experience joining the Department of Counseling.


Candice Elison

Hi! My name is Candice Elison. I'm a second-year doctoral student and can't express how excited I am to be continuing my education at ISU. I have a BS in Psychology, a Master's in Counseling, and a bunch of other random little certificates throughout the medical field.

My interest areas include grief and loss, crisis and trauma, and working with individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. I thank my lucky stars that I am part of a program that has encouraged and supported me in the pursuit of my interests and passion. I couldn't ask for a better group of people than the ones I have found in the counseling department!

I love the West and have called this half of the country home for my entire life. While I miss my Pocatello crew, I am happy to be currently calling Boise my hometown. This part of the country is perfect for running, biking, swimming and all sorts of outdoor shenanigans, the things I love most. While I am new to the doc program, I am not new to the program. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. 


Jehan Hill

Hello, my name is Jehan Hill and I am a second-year doctoral student in the Counselor Education program at ISU. I was born in Ontario, Canada but lived most of my life in Arizona. I graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education (diversity in language and learning). After graduation, I moved to Ohio where I received my master's degree in School Counseling from Kent State University. Throughout my educational career, I have worked in schools located in predominantly poverty stricken districts. One of these experiences includes counseling in a charter school funded by United Disability Service. I was given the privilege to work with a diverse adolescent student population and help facilitate their emotional, academic, and career development. This experience inspired my research interest in how to best support at-risk youth within the school system. My other research interests include counseling self-efficacy, social justice, and multi-ethnic identity development. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Kate LeBar

Hello! My name is Kate Wallace LeBar and I am honored to be starting my second year in the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education at ISU. 

I received my second master's degree in counseling from ISU Meridian in spring 2016 after deciding to pursue my passion as a clinical mental health counselor after two decades in the business world. As a new counselor, I enjoy working with a diverse client population with scholarly interests focused on diversity in counselor education to support contemporary families and offering a new feminist perspective on identity development for women choosing to live a child free lifestyle. I have volunteered with the Idaho Counseling Association (ICA) for the last two years as the Sponsorship Chair to support the 2015-2016 annual conference and have been honored to support the great work done by that organization to build and support a professional community of mental health professionals.

I was born and raised in the UK, and have lived in the United States since I was 17. I have a B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. in Information Systems Management from the University of San Francisco. Travel is one of my biggest passions in life and I am excited to explore some international teaching opportunities. I love the outdoors and get outside to play in every season as much as possible. I am grateful to share this life with my husband Charlie and our dog Harry, a German short-hair pointer who is more accident prone than even me. Happy to hear from anyone who wants to contact me! 


Vincent Marasco

Hello! I'm Vincent, a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Counseling at ISU. I'm originally from Omaha, Nebraska, where I received my master's degree in clinical mental health. Through my clinical experiences, I've worked with individuals ranging from adolescents on the autism spectrum to college students in the university setting. Most recently, I worked in a community agency providing counseling for adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. My academic and research interests include sexual health and well-being, feminist theory, aging populations, counselor competencies, identity development in young adults, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ populations. I have taught human sexuality courses for more than two years, and am working towards certification as a Certified Sex Therapist and Educator through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). On the lighter side, I enjoy the relaxing joys of fiber arts, as well as hosting dinner parties. If you have any questions or would like more information about applying to the ISU counseling program, please feel free to contact me!


Katie Muirhead

Hello, my name is Katie Muirhead and I am a second-year doctoral student at ISU. I consider it such a wonderful opportunity to be pursuing my degree with the department, and am excited to see what the next two years will bring. Originally I am from Massachusetts where I got my bachelor's and master's degrees in clinical psychology. My clinical experience centers around substance abuse and mental health counseling with adults and in working with adults and children with special needs/developmental delays. I enjoy reading, playing the piano/ukulele, painting, hiking, and gardening, as well as traveling at any opportunity.

As I begin my time at ISU, I am looking forward to honing in on my passions and areas of expertise, as well as developing my identity as an educator and supervisor. If you have any questions or are curious about anything, please feel free to contact me. 

1st Year Doctoral Cohort

John Rumney (Meridian), Camille Frank, William Lane, Tessa Price (Meridian), Trae Knox, and Tim Hakenewerth (front)

Camille Frank

Hello! My name is Camille Frank. I am incredibly excited to begin my first year as a doctoral student at ISU-Pocatello.

I was born and raised in lovely Spokane, Washington. I received my bachelor’s degree in general psychology and applied psychology with a minor in Aging Studies from Eastern Washington University. I had the privilege to work at a local hospice in Spokane which solidified my passion to support people as they make sense of some of the most difficult journeys in life. I moved to Pocatello to earn my master’s degree from ISU in 2015 which turned out to be one of the best decisions I could have made. My clinical experience has been focused on trauma-based services, older adults, grief and loss and co-parenting. I currently work at Family Services Alliance, an amazing community agency that serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

I am passionate about social advocacy both in and out of the classroom. For me this requires continual discussion, critical thinking and action on the systems of privilege and oppression. My research interests at this time include sexual assault survivorship, relational cultural theory, unique concerns of older adults who identify as LGBTQ+, and sexual wellness as well as grief and loss. I care deeply about our students and want to help them grow both personally and professionally.

Outside of school, I love reading, meditating, hiking, traveling, laughing, dancing and eating good food. I would not be where I am without the support of my family, friends, husband and two loving pit-bull terriers. ISU has become my home because of the supportive people I have met and the growth-fostering program here. I am grateful to embark on this adventure with all of you! Please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect with me!


Timothy Hakenewerth

Hi, there! My name is Tim Hakenewerth and I am stoked to begin my first year in the counselor education doctoral program at ISU. I'm a Midwesterner, originally from a tiny, country town just outside of the St. Louis suburbs. I have a BA in psychology from Missouri University of Science & Technology (a school primarily known for engineering) and went on to earn my MA in mental health counseling and Ed.S. in counselor education and supervision at Southeast Missouri State University. I look forward to forging a new counselor educator identity to complement that of the clinician and am eager to learn and practice even more so.

My current clinical populations of interest are college students and couples. Personal interests of mine include cooking, woodwork, and watching Cardinals baseball. I have always enjoyed peer mentoring and welcome anyone to reach out to me with any questions. Be well!


Trae Knox

Hello, my name is Trae Knox and I am a first-year doctoral student at ISU. I am excited for the journey that awaits. I am originally from Dallas, Texas. I graduated from Baylor University with my bachelor’s degree in psychology. After graduating I moved to Springfield, Missouri where I worked with adolescents in a residential setting. It was just a blessing working with the adolescent population. I have gained so much knowledge working with trauma, substance abuse, and marginalized populations. After some time, I moved to Alamosa, Colorado to pursue a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While living in Colorado I was presented with the opportunity to continue my work with trauma, substance abuse and marginalized populations as a crisis clinician.  My research interest includes counselor development, social justice, advocacy/ social action, multiculturalism, and substance abuse.

When I am not nerding-out in counseling I like to participate in intramural sports, dancing, experiencing different cultures, and spending time with my dog Parker. As I embark on my new journey as a doctoral student, I look forward to sharpening my skills as a counselor and developing my identity as a scholar, educator, and supervisor.

If you have any questions, concerns or just want to know a little bit more about the ISU program don’t hesitate to reach out.


William Lane

"Hello there! My name is William Lane. I am a first year Ph.D. student in the counselor education and counseling program here at Idaho State University. I am very excited to continue my education in the counseling field.

I just graduated in May 2017 with my M.Coun. With a major in school counseling from ISU, and I believe that I have grown a lot through the program. I have had a variety of experiences since moving to Pocatello. During my master’s program I had the opportunity to intern at New Horizon Center which is the local alternative school. I also was a counselor-in-training with the department’s Pocatello Counseling Clinic (PCC), and then during the summer of 2016 I was able to be a part of the Interprofessional Intensive Stuttering Clinic. I welcome inquiries about any of these sites.

I am originally from Northern California and moved here to Idaho back in 2010 to go to a religious school called BYU-Idaho where I received my B.S. in sociology. I lived in South Africa for two years prior to moving to Idaho and loved getting to know about that culture. I am finding that some of my passions are multicultural competencies in counseling and educating others about my culture, the counseling profession, and the process we all go through as we become counselors.

I am currently working at the Child Advocacy Center here in Pocatello called Bright Tomorrows where I counsel children who have been victims of sexual abuse and provide crisis support to their families. I am also the incoming Idaho Counseling Association’s (ICA) Professional Standards Chair which I am really excited about.

I love playing volleyball and other sports, making new friends, being involved, and dancing. I am an active member within my religion and hold it as something very special and integral to my being. Please come to me with any questions you may have. I love helping out!"


Tessa Price

Hello! I’m Tessa Price, and I am so excited and honored to be starting my first year in ISU’s Counselor Education Ph.D. program.

I received my bachelor’s degree from The College of Idaho in psychology and my master’s degree in Community Counseling from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. I am excited for my venture back to school after spending many years practicing in the field. I currently specialize in working with kids and adults that have experienced trauma. I look forward to using my experience and passion for helping those impacted by trauma as I pursue my research and teaching goals.

I am an Idaho native and feel fortunate to have found such a great program in my back yard. I will be at the ISU-Meridian campus this year and feel fortunate to be close to my friends and family as I start this next phase of my life. In my spare time I love to spend time with my friends and family (I literally have the cutest niece and nephew in the world). I also enjoy trying new hobbies, traveling, dancing, and finding cool places to eat and drink.

I am also the current president of the Idaho Counseling Association. I am passionate about giving back to my profession and helping mentor others. I appreciate the many mentors that have helped me get to where I am today, and I hope to be able to do that for others. If you have any questions, please reach out. I’d love to hear from you.


John Rumney

Hello. My name is John Rumney, and I am honored and happy to be joining the first-year cohort in the counselor education doctoral program at ISU-Meridian. 

I come to ISU from the University of Washington, where I worked in the counseling center as both a counselor and the Assistant Director for Operations. Prior to that, I held positions as counselor, instructor and academic advisor at the University of Southern Maine, counselor and instructor at Portland (Oregon) Community College, and both staff counselor and intern at Eastern Washington University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Office.

I received my M.S. in Applied Psychology: Mental Health Counseling Emphasis from Eastern Washington University in 2009, and received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine in 1997. I have held professional positions in higher education for over 15 years and look forward to this next step in the continued development of my career path.

My areas of interest in clinical practice and research include social justice, increasing counselors understanding of privilege and oppression, fostering resiliency, better understanding the effects of differing attachment styles, working with LGBTQ individuals and couples, supervision, men’s issues, improving differential diagnostic skills in emerging counselors, and my own continuing professional and personal growth.

On a personal note, I’m continuing to explore living in the northern most corners of this country (Maine and New Hampshire on one end, and Washington, Oregon and now Idaho on the other end). I spend time running, playing tennis, and hiking, and am excited to explore all of the great outdoor opportunities here in Idaho.

If you have any questions or would like further information about the counselor education program at ISU, please feel free to contact me.

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