OnlineMACMaster of Arts
in Counseling


Program Information

Faculty Bios


Donna Henderson

Research and Special Interests:
Counseling children, school counseling, counselor training, international issues in counseling and mental health facilitation project.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching, James Madison University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Meredith College
  • Associate of Arts, Peace College

Counseling Experience:
Teacher & Counselor – Page County Public Schools,
My teaching assignments were ninth, tenth, and twelfth grade English classes.  I worked half time in the guidance office and taught half time.  Also I was faculty advisor for the yearbook and the newspaper and worked on a curriculum development committee.  I also worked closely with the career development specialist during the school year and worked as a counselor in a summer program for disadvantaged youth.

My special interests are reading, gardening, caring for my dogs, and enjoying my family.


Sam Gladding

Research and Special Interests:
Family Counseling, Professional Issues, Creativity in Counseling, Group Counseling.


  • Ph.D. in Family Relations, UNC-Greensboro
  • MA in Counselor Education, Wake Forest University
  • MA in Religion, Yale University
  • BA in History, Wake Forest University

Counseling Experience:
Volunteer Counselor for CareNet of the Triad

Enjoys, tennis, swimming, walking, writing, humor and Wake Forest athletics. Clarified my life when I married because my wife is named “Claire.” We are the parents of three sons in their early to mid 20s. Additional information on my interests is available here:


Seth Hayden

Research and Special Interests
Career and mental health needs of military service members, veterans, and their families; connection between career and mental health issues; integrated models of clinical supervision focusing on positive growth in counselors’ ability to formulate interventions.


  • Ph.D. Counselor Education, University of Virginia
  • MS Counseling, University of Memphis
  • BA Psychology, University of Memphis
  • BS Education, University of Memphis

Counseling Experience

  • Program Director, Florida State University Career Center, 2012-2014
  • Counselor/Coordinator, University of Virginia Personal and Career Development Center, 2008-2012
  • Counselor/Supervisor, Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative,  Charlottesville, Virginia 2009-2012
  • Clinical Intern, Exchange Club Family Center, Memphis, Tennessee, 2008

Enjoys spending time with family, exploring the great outdoors through camping and hiking, playing as well as watching sports, watching movies especially classic cinema (Casablanca is a favorite), and reading fictional and historical novels.


Jose Villalba

Research and Special Interests:
Health disparities in Latino adolescents; Multicultural considerations on counseling and counselor education; school counseling and diverse populations; and college access of Latino adolescents and their families.


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education, University of Florida, 2002
  • Ed.S. in Counseling, University of Florida, 1996
  • M.Ed. in Counseling, University of Florida, 1996
  • B.S. in Psychology, University of Florida, 1993

Counseling Experience:

  • School Counseling consultant, High School, 2000-2001
  • School Counselor, Elementary School, 1996-1999

Enjoy spending time with my wife, Rachel, and children, Jacob, Celia, and Alex at parks, zoos, movies, and other things that families with little ones do. Also enjoy watching movies and going to concerts when time permits, which doesn’t happen that often.


Alli Forti

Research and Special Interests:
Holistic wellness and quality of life; cancer survivorship; resiliency; self-compassion


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Psychosocial Oncology, Cancer Patient Support Program/Wake Forest
  • University School of Medicine, 2012
  • PhD, Counseling and Counselor Education, UNC Greensboro, 2011
  • MS, Counseling, UNC Greensboro, 2007
  • BA, Psychology, Indiana University, 1999

Counseling Experience:

  • UNC, Greensboro Counseling & Testing Center
  • Cancer Patient Support Program at Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Cone Health Cancer Center
  • Family Solutions
  • Youth Focus Residential Treatment Center

I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family and friends, running, and reading.


Erin Binkley

Research Interests:
Counselor student development and skills preparation, creativity in counseling, gender issues in counseling, career counseling.


  • PhD Counselor Education and Counseling–Idaho State University
  • MA Counseling, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • BA Communications Studies, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Counseling experience:
I have spent time working both in schools and agency settings.  In schools, I worked primarily with at-risk adolescents.  My agency work has focused on treating families and individuals of all ages who have been victims of domestic violence.

I am happy to be back in my hometown of Winston-Salem after several years away.  For fun, I enjoy music, cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.  Most weekends, I can be found hiking or camping with my sweet pup, Roscoe.


Jamie Crockett

Research and Special Interests:
Lifespan human development; emotion-regulation; mindfulness and mindful exercise; breathwork; spirituality; holistic wellness; creativity; multicultural and social justice issues; experiential education, contemplative and feminist pedagogies.


  • PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • BS in Studio Art and Psychology (Minor), Keene State College, Keene, NH

Counseling Experience:

  • Triad Counseling and Clinical Services, LLC, Greensboro NC (Current)
  • Fisher Park Counseling, Greensboro, NC
  • Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, Duke University Health System, Durham, NC
  • Nicolas A. Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic, UNCG, Greensboro, NC

I enjoy: spending time with family and friends; indulging in nerdy and/or irreverent humor; reading fiction; playing outside; practicing yoga, mindfulness, and breathwork; making artwork; cooking without recipes; and anything involving my spouse, Jared, and my cats, Howie and Kiri.


Philip Clarke

Research and Special Interests:
The integration of wellness and developmental theories in counseling practice and supervision, addiction, persons diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers.


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education, UNC-Greensboro
  • Ed.S. in Counseling, UNC-Greensboro
  • MS in Counseling, UNC-Greensboro
  • BA in Psychology, Wake Forest University

Counseling Experience:

  • Memory Assessment Clinic Counseling Center, 2011-present
  • Counselor at group private practice, 2005-2008
  • Treatment study counselor at Duke University Medical Center Cognitive-Behavioral Research and Treatment Program, 2006-2008
  • Clinical intern at Alamance Regional Medical Center Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program, 2009-2010

Enjoys playing and listening to all genres of music and running.


Tammy Cashwell

Research and Special Interests:
Mindfulness (of all ages; particularly with children and adolescents in the school setting); spirituality; animal-assisted therapy; alternative therapies


  • PhD in Counselor Education, Mississippi State University
  • MS in School Counseling, Mississippi State University
  • BS in Health Education, Appalachian State University

Counseling Experience:

  • Professional School Counselor for Sudduth Elementary and Reagan High School
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Counselor for Daymark Recovery Services
  • Counselor for college students, adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families at the Mississippi State Counseling Lab

I’m originally from Winston-Salem and live with my wonderful husband, Craig and my amazing daughter Sam. We also have a pug (Zoe) a cat (Jaz) and a fish (Ernest T). I love spending time with my family, reading, music, being outdoors, and anything having to do with animals.


Cheyenne Carter

Research and Special Interests:
Counselor preparation, grief/loss, military mental health, animal-assisted therapy


  • PhD in Counseling, University of North Texas, 2008
  • MS in Counseling Psychology, Tarleton State University, 2003
  • BA in Speech Communication, Baylor University, 1999

Counseling Experience:
Over ten years of experience providing individual, couples, family, and group counseling with children and adults in agency settings and private practice. Also possess expertise in facilitating equine-assisted psychotherapy. Clinical passions include end of life/grief, relationships, life transitions, and career development. Particular interest in military families/veterans.

I enjoy creating delicious concoctions in the kitchen, working said treats off with a run, perusing quaint bookstores, drinking decaf iced caramel macchiatos, and chatting on the phone with loved ones who live too far away.  Favorite place in the world is anywhere with Tank, my retired therapy dog, who decided early into his career he would rather play fetch, chew on sticks, and lounge on a couch than be therapeutic. Negotiations continue for him to return to work…


Nate Ivers

Research and Special Interests:
Bilingual counseling; Culture; Terror Management Theory; Existentialism; Counseling with Spanish-speaking immigrants; Wellness


  • Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education, UNC-Greensboro, 2009
  • MA in Counseling, Wake Forest University, 2006
  • B.S. in Psychology, Brigham Young University, 2003
  • A.A.S. in Psychology, Ricks College, 2000

Counseling Experience:

  • Part-time Private practitioner, Winston-Salem, NC, 2009-2010
  • PRN Bilingual Alcohol Counselor, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, 2009-2010
  • Part-time Bilingual Counselor, Host Homes of Catholic Social Services, Winston-Salem, NC, 2008-2009

Enjoys spending time with family, playing and watching sports, and reading.


Kate Ziff 

Research and Special Interests:
Creative counseling, history of psychiatry, the intersection of individual experience, history, and social/organizational structures, and arts based research practice.


  • Ph.D., Ohio University
  • Master of Arts in Education (Counseling), Wake Forest University
  • Masters in Urban Affairs & Public Policy, Virginia Tech
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Counseling Experience:

  • School Counselor K-12: Athens (OH) City School, Guilford County (NC) Schools, and Greensboro (NC) Day School.
  • Professional Counselor: Ohio University Counseling & Psychological Services; Comprehensive Counseling and Psychological Services  (Athens, Ohio)

My special interests are hiking, shopping at farmer’s markets, making art and being with my family.


Dr. Shannon Warden

Research and Special Interests:
Counseling children, families, and couples; creativity in counseling and counselor education; assessment and program evaluation; counselor supervision; mental health services for rural populations; and, spirituality in counseling


  • PhD, Counseling and Counselor Education, UNC Greensboro, 2009
  • Nonprofit Management Certificate, UNC Greensboro, 2008
  • MA.Ed., Counselor Education, Wake Forest University, 1998
  • BA, Journalism, Elon College, 1996

Counseling Experience
I have worked as a counselor in both private and public agencies—serving clients of all ages, from various cultural backgrounds, with a broad range of relational, personal, and psychological issues. My primary focus has been counseling with children, families, and couples although I also have done a good bit of both group counseling and individual counseling, including counseling with women dealing with self-esteem issues, depression, and anxiety. In addition to my full-time work at Wake Forest, I serve as the Director of Women’s Ministries at my church, where I have the great privilege of counseling a few hours each week. As a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, I also supervise a small number of Licensed Professional Counseling Associates. Of the many theories I integrate into my counseling and supervision, I most enjoy Adlerian, Existential, and Narrative theories.

I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three children, attending sports events and concerts, watching The Voice and Survivor, listening to 80s music, organizing anything that needs to be organized, and eating just about anything (especially Southern comfort foods).


Dr. Mark Scholl

Research and Special Interests:
Culturally responsive approaches to counseling and supervision; Existential counseling and psychotherapy; Constructivist approaches to counseling; Career counseling with the ex-offender population and individuals with disabilities.


  • Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education, UNC-Greensboro, 1998
  • MA in Counseling and Counselor Education, UNC-Greensboro, 1995
  • B.S. in Psychology, St. Andrews College, 1983

Counseling Experience (selected):

  • Ex-Offender Career Support Group Co-Facilitator, Beaufort County Department of Probation and Parole, Washington, NC, 2012 – 2013
  • Mental Health Counselor for Adolescents, Parish of Pious V, Jamaica, Queens, New York, Fall 2005 – Spring 2006
  • Career Counselor, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Fall 1998 – Spring 1999

Enjoys riding bikes with his family, attending college basketball games, and writing for his son’s stand-up comedy act.


Dr. Bob Nations

Research and Special Interests:
Integrating Spirituality and Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Couples and Family Counseling, Group Counseling, Coaching Clergy, and Consulting Religious Organizations in Transition


  • DM in  in Marriage and Family Counseling, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Duke Divinity School, Duke University
  • BA in History, Duke University

Counseling Experience:

  • Pastoral Care and Counseling as a United Methodist Pastor
  • Director of Religious Services, Charter Mandela Hospital, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Director of Counseling and Congregational Care, Centenary United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, NC

I enjoy spending time with my wife, Diane. I always look forward to seeing my two adult daughters, Laura and Rosemary. I am often on FaceTime with my granddaughter, Emaline.  Other than the love of being with my family, I am a big fan of ACC football and basketball. Reading, listening to music, hiking, and tracking animals (only shoot them with a camera!) in the wild are a few of my guilty pleasures.


Dr. Debbie Newsome

Research and Special Interests:
Career development, wellness models of counseling, empathy, assessment in counseling, counseling skill development, statistics


  • B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University
  • M.A.Ed., Wake Forest University
  • Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Counseling Experience:
10 years of adjunct and pro-bono work at The Trinity Center

Enjoys swimming, running, working out, cats, reading, music, spending time with friends and family


Dr. Jennifer Rogers

Research and Special Interests:
Alcohol screening and brief interventions; process and outcome research; psychodynamic and feminist theory


  • Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education, Syracuse University, 2013
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Conflict Resolution, Maxwell School of Syracuse University, 2011
  • MA in Counseling, Wake Forest University, 2008
  • BFA in Acting and BA in English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2001

Counseling Experience:
Short- and long-term clinical mental health counseling with clients in both primary care and university counseling center settings; brief screening and alcohol interventions with trauma patients in a hospital setting.

Some of my favorite things include: playing with my son, laughing with my husband, long talks with my friends and family, short talks with my pets, going out for breakfast, taking walks, old houses, and New York City.