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Meet the Team

Center for Student COunseling

Get to know us.

 

Each member of the Center for Student Counseling staff has a counseling background and is here to support your wellness. Learn more about each of us below. Please note that we will try to connect you with the counselor of your choice, but appointment times with each of us are limited. Please let us know your preferences or concerns when you make an appointment.

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Portrait of Kerrie Fineran

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Wellness
Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am excited to be working with the Center for Student Counseling and our amazing team. Counseling is my passion, and I spend most of my time teaching in the counselor education master’s program here at Purdue Fort Wayne. I teach both school counseling and mental-health counseling classes, including Essential Counseling Skills, Practicum and Internship, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Addiction and Trauma Counseling, School Counseling Leadership, Multicultural Counseling, and Counseling Theory. In my role as interim associate vice chancellor for student wellness, I work with the Division of Enrollment Management and the Student Experience to oversee the center, as well as the Office of Student Conduct and Care, Disability Access Center, and Wellness and Recreation. I know that college is both an incredible and stressful time in life, whether you are an undergraduate, graduate, traditional, nontraditional, or international student. My goal for the center is that we will work hard to help all students thrive, both academically and personally. We want to assist you in creating a life that feels intentional and meaningful, while also promoting your overall wellness and happiness. I supervise our counselors and help with training, consultation, and walk-in counseling services, but do not take scheduled student appointments at this time. When I am not on campus, I love spending time with my family and friends (and my very klutzy standard poodle), being outside, swimming, kayaking, reading, watching movies, and traveling.

Education

  • University of Toledo, Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, M.S. in Counseling
  • The College of William and Mary, B.S. in Psychology

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Gia Casaburo

Student Counseling Center Director  
Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am a Fort Wayne native and a graduate of Purdue Fort Wayne. I have been practicing since 2019 and am a licensed couples and family therapist. I have training in motivational interviewing, emotionally focused couples therapy, solution-focused techniques, and think within a systems lens. I use an eclectic, strength-based, student-centered treatment approach. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process built on trust, compassion, and patience. I recognize that each student holds unique identities that inform their experiences. By providing a safe, nonjudgmental space, I hope to support you in your mental wellness journey. I look forward to collaborating with you to gain insight into your life and create positive change so that the world will seem brighter, and you will feel ready to tackle life’s obstacles.

I am committed to growing in cultural humility, antiracism, and support for those experiencing marginalization. In my spare time, I enjoy being in green spaces, running, spending time with my family, listening to podcasts, and am always ready for a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Education

  • Purdue Fort Wayne, M.S.Ed., Counselor Education
  • Michigan State University, Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Couples and Family Therapy

Professional Interests

  • Intergenerational and complex trauma
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Attachment and relationship issues
  • Student-athletes
  • Graduate students
  • Women’s health
  • Diversity and social justice issues

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Tim Hill

Lead Counselor 
Pronouns: he/him/his

I am a graduate of the Purdue Fort Wayne counselor education program and have been a practicing therapist since 2021. I currently hold an associate’s license in mental-health counseling and have experience using acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapies. I come from a person-centered perspective, which allows me to focus fully on your strengths, values, and needs. In therapy, I continually work to create a safe, nonjudgmental space where trust, understanding, and self-exploration can develop, while also being mindful of and continuing to learn about your cultural concerns and practices. I believe that collaborating is an essential aspect of therapy. We will work together to help you understand the unexpected and unwanted life changes you may be experiencing, take steps toward healing, and grow the skills that will move you toward positive, rewarding change. While building community with everyone on campus, I am devoted to continuing to learn about, engage with, and advocate for those who are marginalized, displaced, and/or discriminated against. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring the outdoors, and sharing a table with others.

Education

  • Purdue Fort Wayne, M.S.Ed., Counselor Education  

Professional Interests

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Trauma
  • Adjusting to life’s changes
  • Self-care

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Drake Turner

Graduate Assistant and Intern Counselor 
Pronouns: he/him/his

I am in my final year of graduate school at Purdue Fort Wayne working on my mental-health counseling degree. My approach to counseling considers the individual, the relational, and the cultural components of being human. I believe that when we find spaces where we feel safe to be authentically ourselves, we can make true, meaningful connections with others. I identify within the LGBTQ+ community and share this openly because I believe representation is important and matters. I strive to create spaces where people from all types of backgrounds feel safe being themselves. I know that the thought of counseling can feel overwhelming, especially if it is your first experience. I want you to know that I view reaching out for counseling as a tremendous strength. It takes a lot of courage to admit that things aren’t going the way you would like in life. I look forward to sharing space with you, hearing your story, and finding ways to connect with one another that can hopefully help shift your life to a better place. When I’m not working, I love to exercise, hike, read, play video games, and enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee.

Education

  • Purdue Fort Wayne, B.S., Human Services
  • Purdue Fort Wayne, M.S.Ed., Counselor Education (expected May 2024)

Professional Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Cultural
  • Inclusivity and anti-oppression

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Alexis Porter

Intern Counselor  
Pronouns: she/hers/her

I am a recent graduate of the counselor education program at Purdue Fort Wayne, with experience in school and community counseling. I have a passion for working with students and always want to be encouraging and honest. I work hard to help students better understand their own goals and motivations, understand how their early life and experiences may impact their current understanding of the world, believe in themselves, get connected to their communities and enhance social belonging, and challenge themselves to deeply engage in the process of change and growth. When I am not counseling, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring locally, hanging out at the lake or pool, and quilting.

Education

  • Purdue Fort Wayne, M.S.Ed., Counselor Education (expected May 2024)

Professional Interests

  • Life transitions
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety
  • Learning disabilities and academic counseling
  • Relationships
  • Family dynamics

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Kaliyat Gamba

Graduate Intern and Front Desk Assistant

I am a current graduate student in the counselor education program here at Purdue Fort Wayne. I am pursuing my degree in mental-health counseling and have experience in career counseling. I will be happy to greet you at the center and help you get connected with services. I am passionate about mental-health training and advocacy, so you may see me helping with presentations and campus outreach efforts. I may also assist with walk-in counseling but will not be taking scheduled student appointments at this time.

Education

  • Purdue Fort Wayne, M.S.Ed., Counselor Education (expected May 2025)
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