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Presenter Biographies

Aileen Tierney, MS, LPC, NCC is a licensed professional counselor and licensed school counselor currently in the ISU Ph.D program for counselor education and supervision.  She works with children and teenagers and enjoys utilizing play-based and creative arts techniques in her clinical work.  She has clinical experience in child-centered play therapy (CCPT) and sandtray therapy techniques for young clients across developmental stages.  She enjoys being creative and expressive both clinically and as her personal self-care!

Anna Baird-Udy, MS, NCC, LPC is an ISU graduate who originally hails from sunny California.  She has a strong background in Feminist Counseling Theory, with a trauma lens emphasis.  She was certified in EMDR during the completion of her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Anna is passionate about amplifying the voices and experiences of historically excluded persons and working with diverse populations.  She enjoys spending time in the sun, at the beach, and in the water any chance she can get.  She is honored to be a second year doctoral student at ISU.  Go Bengals!

Hannah Brinser M.A., LPC, NCC is a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Counseling program at Idaho State University. She received her M.A. in School Counseling from Gonzaga University in 2020 and her B.S. in Psychology from Western Washington University in 2018. She is a certified school counselor and nationally certified counselor (NC). Her research interests include leadership and advocacy in school counseling, cultivating trauma-informed schools, and training effective school counselors.

My name is Jennifer Hightower (she/her), and I joined the ISU Department of Counseling in 2021.  I received my Ph.D in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and my M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University.  My primary research interests include multicultural and social justice counseling, with a focus on working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, and suicidality.  I currently serve as an editorial board member for Teaching and Supervision in Counseling, membership chair for RMACES and ICA, and a Counselor Education & Supervision Fellow.

Elizabeth A. Horn, PhD, LCPC is a Professor at Idaho State University where she is the Associate Chair and Clinical Mental Health Program Coordinator for the Department of Counseling. She has spent much of her career focused on teaching and researching issues of grief and loss. She has numerous publications and presentations at the state, regional, and national level regarding the nature of grief and loss and the need for clinicians to be properly trained to work with grieving clients. Most recently she has joined a task force to create the grief and loss competencies for the profession of counseling. She is a partner in Grief and Loss Consultations, LLC.

Ngonidzashe Mpofu, Ph.D., M.Ed., CCMHC, CRC, NCC received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her M.Ed. in the dual emphases of Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health in School and Communities from the Pennsylvania State University – University Park. She recently joined Idaho State University faculty as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Counseling and the Program Coordinator of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. Dr. Mpofu’s primary line of research focuses on workplace wellbeing, sustainable community health practices, and quality of life across the lifespan of diverse populations and in various settings around the globe. She is an author and co-author of several book chapters and articles in leading titles within the rehabilitation, mental and community health, and human resources fields, attending and presenting on these topics at local, regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Mpofu is a professional workplace wellbeing consultant to organizations, creating and facilitating operation plans aimed at the recruitment and retention of regional and front-line managers, team leaders, and staff workers, centering on employee career skills development and training.

Leslie Stewart, PH.D., LCPC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor and associate professor in Idaho State University's Department of Counseling. Her areas of expertise include animal assisted interventions in counseling and supervision, trauma-informed counselor preparation, Motivational Interviewing, and counselor training with experiential and expressive modalities. Before beginning her career in counseling and counselor education, Dr. Stewart facilitated therapeutic horsemanship as a Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH, Intl.) instructor. Since then, Dr. Stewart has incorporated animal assisted interventions (AAI) with dogs and rabbits in college counseling and juvenile detention settings. At Idaho State University, Dr. Stewart directs the Certificate Program in Animal Assisted Interventions in Counseling, offers AAIs in her clinical supervision, and incorporates AAIs in her teaching across the CACREP Core. Dr. Stewart is the primary author of the American Counseling Association Competencies for Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling while currently serving as the chair of Ethics and Standards for the Human-Animal Bond Advisory Board (HABAB), and a subject matter expert consultant of the American Psychological Association's Human Animal Interaction Division. Dr. Stewart shares her life with several species of animal family members including dogs, rabbits, mice, a cat, and a ball python. In her free time, Dr. Stewart volunteers at a local zoo that houses injured or unreleasable native wildlife species and enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and wildlife viewing in the beautiful Rocky Mountain wilderness.

Minna Yoo, M.A., is a doctoral student in Idaho State University. She is originally from South Korea and received her M.A. in Educational Counseling from Seoul National University. Past clinical experience includes working with Korean students and international students in a university setting providing individual and group counseling. Her academic interests are supervision, groups, and multicultural counseling.

Daisy Zhou is a second-year doctoral student in the counselor education program at Idaho State University. She grew up in China and received her B.S. in psychology from Peking University. She spent four years at Stetson University, earning her M.S. in Marriage Family and Couple Counseling and a certificate in Play and Creativity in counseling. Daisy is passionate about multicultural counseling, using expressive-art techniques in counseling, and research training for counseling students.

Kimberly Leishman, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).  She completed a Bachelor of Arts in both Sociology (2012) and Social Work (2017) and a Masters of Counseling in Clinical Mental Health (2020) at Idaho State University.  Her clinical focus is trauma-based practice, she is trained in both EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and TF-CBT (Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).  She primarily works with survivors of domestic violence, sexual based offences, and child abuse at a local non-profit agency.  In addition to interpersonal based trauma, other professional research interests include religious trauma, animal assisted interventions, counselor supervision, and wellness.  Outside of school and professional work she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, new adventures, and enjoying time with her people.

Jorge Lopez, CRC, LPC, NCC is a third-year doctoral candidate on the Meridian, ID campus.  He comes to Boise from Atlanta, GA where he completed his MS in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at Georgia State University in 2020.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).  He is originally from Los Angeles, CA and a bilingual Spanish and English speaker.  Some of his professional interests are multiculturalism, social justice advocacy, and disability advocacy.  His clinical background includes working for the State of Georgia's Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, Idaho's Commission for the Blind, and conducting gerontology research linked to suicide and loneliness.  He was selected by the NBCC Foundation as a 2022-2023 Minority Doctoral Fellow.  He aspires to bring accessibility of culturally-sensitive counseling services to underserved and marginalized populations.  Some of his personal hobbies are playing all sports (primarily basketball and soccer), hanging with friends and family (pets included), and traveling with his partner.

Marisa Rapp, PhD, LPC (ID), NCC is a Core Faculty member for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Capella University and an adjunct instructor at Gonzaga University. Marisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho. Past clinical experience has included working with adolescents struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders at a residential treatment facility in southeast Idaho. She has experience facilitating trauma-informed counseling groups, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), family therapy, and individual counseling to a wide range of clientele. Currently, Marisa provides individual, couples, and group counseling in an outpatient setting in downtown Coeur d’Alene. In her personal time, Marisa enjoys backpacking and hiking the endless trails of North Idaho with her partner and their golden retriever, Cedar.


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