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Meet the staff

Jan Berney is the director of the Counseling and Wellness Center and is a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Washington. She earned her masters degree in counseling psychology from Washington State University. Jan has over 20 years of experience providing individual, group and couple counseling and has worked in a variety of settings. She has been employed at Saint Martin’s University since 1999 and her previous counseling positions were held at Catholic Community Services and Carondelet Psychiatric Care Center where her positions included both outpatient and inpatient treatment. Jan has worked as volunteer crisis counselor and advocate with a shelter for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She is certified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and has a part-time private practice in Olympia.

Jolene Stokesberry has a master’s degree in systems counseling from Saybrook University. She is also a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Washington. Jolene has worked with The Attachment Clinic helping families that have adopted children addressing trauma and attachment issues. Additionally, she has operated her own private practice since 2011 where she has provided individual, couple and group therapy to a wide range of people. She has also been invited as a guest lecturer at a variety of educational institutes such as Evergreen State College and The Environmental and Adventure Junior High School. She has recently joined the counseling center as a temporary part time employee at Saint Martin’s University.

Lorelie “Beng” Ligasan has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and over nine years of clinical work experience in the mental health field and has served as a designated mental health professional [D.M.H.P.] in Lewis County. She has had five years of combined experience in teaching and guidance counseling for elementary, high school, and college students. Lorelie is a certified ethnic minority mental health specialist for the Filipino and Filipino-American populations and speaks Tagalog (Filipino dialect). She is also a certified Deafness Mental Health Specialist, proficient in Filipino and American Sign Languages and currently works at Deaf Services Program, Sound Mental Health, in Seattle, WA.

Jason Kilmer has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is currently the Saint Martins substance abuse prevention program coordinator. He also works as a research assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington, and has been an investigator on several studies evaluating prevention and intervention efforts for alcohol and drug use by college students. Additionally, Jason is the assistant director of health and wellness in the division of student life at the University of WA. He was the 2004 recipient of the outstanding mid-level professional award for NASPA Region V, was named a research fellow in 2005 by MOST of Us at Montana State University, and was named a senior scholar in prevention in 2006 by Outside the Classroom.   

Lori Christmas is a Master’s level intern for the 2015/2016 academic year.  She is currently working toward the completion of her Master’s degree in the Counseling Psychology program at Saint Martin’s University.  Lori is employed as a case manager with the Family Support Center of South Sound, specializing in families experiencing homelessness due to personal and financial trauma.  Lori has received training in domestic violence advocacy, youth suicide prevention, mediation, and the Nurtured Heart Approach for discovering greatness in children. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Lori has special interests in health psychology, posttraumatic growth, and art therapy. She is dedicated to working with both individuals and families, supporting their actions through change and challenges.  She uses warmth and compassion to assist individuals toward problem solving and self-awareness in a way that facilities growth and acceptance. 

Jennifer Shafer is a Masters level intern for the 2015/2016 academic year. She is working towards completion of her Masters of Counseling Psychology from St. Martin's University. An undergraduate of The Evergreen State College, Jennifer focused on Anti-oppression Studies and Women's Studies. She has over fifteen years of experience in private practice as a licensed massage practitioner, and her past social work experience includes working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and with women with mental disabilities. She is also a mother of two children, ages 8 and 12. Jennifer understands the many challenges of merging the academic journey with other personal and social challenges. She holds great empathy and love for this time of life and brings a warm and grounded presence to her clients.