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Student Health, Counseling and Wellness Staff

Counseling Center Staff

Our staff may not be able to respond to message immediately. Emergencies should be directed to University Police at (781) 891-3131. Staff do not check their email when the counseling center is closed.

Please also note: email is not a confidential source.  

Peter Forkner, Ph.D., Director

Peter ForknerContact: pforkner@bentley.edu

Raised in Massachusetts, Peter obtained his PhD from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, where he majored in psychology and minored in sociology. Peter has worked in a number of college counseling centers, including George Mason University, Catholic University, the University of New Hampshire, and Salem State University. Peter’s clinical interests include the treatment of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, as well as masculinity and its influence on male behavior and mental health issues. Outside of work, Peter enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and supporting New England sports.

Meghan Van Keuren, Psy.D., Assistant Director/Training Coordinator

Meghan Van KeurenContact: mvankeuren@bentley.edu

Meghan received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, her MS in counseling psychology from Northeastern University and her BS in psychology from William Smith College.  She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, mental health counseling centers, and college counseling centers.  Meghan’s clinical interests include the mindbody connection, anxiety, life transitions, the grief process, and stress management. She focuses on helping students increase self-awareness, develop strategies related to management and overall functioning, and improve life balance. Outside of work, Meghan enjoys spending time at the beach, New England road trips, and Barre/Yoga classes.

Andrew Dole, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist

Andrew DoleContact: adole@bentley.edu

Andrew received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, his MS/CAGS in school psychology from Northeastern University, and his BS in psychology from the University of Vermont. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including college counseling centers at Wellesley College and Roger Williams University. Andrew’s professional interests include trauma, grief, men’s issues, depression, relational issues, and sports psychology. In his free time, Andrew enjoys spending time with his friends and family, being active, traveling, and cheering for the New England Patriots.  

Hope Forbes, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Hope ForbesContact: hforbes@bentley.edu

Hope received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Suffolk University and her BA in psychology from Cornell University. She has worked in a wide range of settings including college counseling center, hospitals and community mental health centers. Hope’s clinical interests include trauma, resiliency, anxiety, stress management, depression, and relational difficulties. Outside of work, Hope enjoys spending time with family and friends, going into Boston, relaxing at the beach, and watching reality TV.

Alex Lemiszki, Staff Psychologist

Alex LemiszkiContact: alemiszki@bentley.edu

Alex received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and his BA in psychology from Drew University. Alex’s therapeutic style emphasizes a collaborative, culturally-sensitive relationship wherein students are supported and challenged as they gain insight, develop skills and grow closer in pursuit of their most meaningful life. Alex has worked in a variety of college counseling centers, including Wheaton College, Brandeis University, Northwestern University, Trinity College and Babson College. Alex’s clinical interests include working with grief, mindfulness meditation, LGBT+ affirmative therapy, substance use and abuse as well as confronting social anxiety. In his free time Alex enjoys nature, music and rooting on the Boston Bruins.

Linda MacDougall, Administrative Assistant

Contact: lmacdougall@bentley.edu

Health Center Staff

If you need an immediate response from the Health Center team, call (781) 891-2222 to speak with a provider during business hours, as providers may not be able to access or respond to email right away.

Julia Matthews, Director, Health Center

Contact: (781) 891-2222 | jmatthews@bentley.edu

Julia joined the health center team as a nurse practitioner (NP) in 2016. She completed her MSN at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions and is board certified in adult and women’s health. She comes to Bentley from Boston Medical Center where she provided care to patients in the adult primary care practice and breast health center. Julia started her nursing career at MGH on the gynecology-oncology unit, a highlight of which was training nursing students. Prior to starting her clinical career, Julia advocated for reproductive health for conflict-affected populations at the Women’s Refugee Commission (NYC) and supported research into female methods for HIV prevention at Ibis Reproductive Health (Cambridge). Julia earned her master’s in public health from Portland State University. Julia enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running, biking and doing yoga.

Nora Basile, Assistant Director, Health Center

Nora joined the Health Center team in summer 2018 as a board-certified women’s health and adult/gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. She received her MSN at MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2015. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, Nora was an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving on ships on all coasts of the U.S. and in the Arctic. She is an India-trained yoga therapist, certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and enjoys incorporating those practices into her work with patients. Her clinical interests include LGBTQ health, urgent care, gynecology, contraception, and PrEP. Nora enjoys biking with her family, weightlifting, yoga, and all Marvel movies.

Anne Herzog, MS, ANP-BC, Nurse Practitioner

Contact: (781) 891-2222 | aherzog@bentley.edu

Anne has worked at Bentley since the fall of 2005. She received her Master's degree in adult primary care from Simmons College in Boston, and her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Anne enjoys providing medical care to students, teaching rape aggression defense (RAD), bringing health programs to students, and being an ally to the LGBTQ community. Prior to Bentley, Anne worked both at the South Boston Community Health Center and in a small primary care office. She worked for seven years as a registered nurse before becoming an NP. Personally, she enjoys spending time with her family and participating in sports.

Kim Kerrigan MSN, FNP

Kim Kerrigan is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who joined Bentley in 2016. Kim obtained her bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and her master's in Nursing from UCLA . Kim has over 25 years of experience in college health and primary care. Her patients describe her as knowledge, compassionate and dedicated. Outside of work, Kim enjoys travel, yoga and spending time with her family. 

Rachel Laub, RN

Rachel joined the Bentley health center team in the fall of 2020 to support the COVID-19 response. She completed her RN training at Boston College and is currently pursuing her MSN with a Women's Health focus. She enjoys cooking, taking long walks, and spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

Jacqueline Burgoyne, MSN, NP

Jacqueline joined the Health Center team in spring 2021 as a board-certified women’s health and adult/gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. She received her MSN at MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2014. Prior to Bentley, her professional experience includes several years of working in Primary Care at Boston Medical Center, Gerontology at Cambridge Health Alliance, and Primary Care/Women's Health at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham. Additionally, Jacqueline precepts and teaches advanced-practice nursing students during their clinical rotations. Jacqueline is excited to be a part of the dynamic Bentley Health Center staff, helping the diverse student populations at Bentley maintain and achieve wellness. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time hiking, biking, cooking, and being with her family and friends.

Tara McCauley, Senior Medical Administrative Assistant/Office Manager

Tara began working at Bentley in 2001. She received her associate degree as a medical assistant. Prior to working at Bentley, she worked as a medical assistant in a private gynecological practice for 12 years. She was promoted in 2012 to the position of senior medical administrative assistant and office coordinator. She keeps the flow of the office moving and keeps it well stocked. Tara lives in Waltham. She helps out on major fundraisers for the American Cancer Society. She enjoys sports and vacationing with her family in New Hampshire and Cape Cod.  

Sharon Donato, Medical Administrative Assistant

Sharon Donato started at Bentley in the fall of 2015 as a medical administrative assistant. She brings with her 15 years of experience as a medical secretary and medical assistant in the Behavioral Health and Adult Medicine departments at Harvard Vanguard where she was a recipient of the Diamond Award and multiple Service Excellent Awards. She enjoys volunteering with the Make a Wish Foundation. With summers off, she loves traveling with her family, especially on road trips from coast to coast. She also enjoys attending sporting events with her family, especially when her son is coaching Girls’ Ice Hockey.

Debbie Melchiorri, Medical Administrative Assistant

Contact: (781) 891-2222 | dmelchiorri@bentley.edu

Debbie Melchiorri started at Bentley as our medical administrative assistant in January 2006. She brings with her 17 years of experience from Waltham Hospital, including time in the Emergency Department, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Human Resources. Prior to Bentley, Debbie worked for the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Urgent Care Center. Debbie prides herself on being a lifelong resident of Waltham, where she and her husband raised their three children. Her oldest daughter graduated from Bentley in 2004. There is a very close relationship between the city of Waltham and the Bentley communities and Debbie is proud to be a member of both.

Wellness and Prevention Staff
Jessica Greher Traue, EdM; Director, Wellness and Prevention

Office: Wellness & Health Promotion | Callahan Building 2nd Floor
Contact: (781) 891-2947 | jtraue@bentley.edu

Jessica received her Masters of Education in Counseling from Boston University. As Director of Wellness & Prevention, Jessica's scope of practice includes education, skill building and community level change around health concerns that can get in the way of student success. Jessica regularly meets with students privately to talk about their choices around alcohol, marijuana, sleep, stress management or discuss personal health goals. Jessica manages several prevention focused programs including the OVW Campus Grant project, RSVPs and Wellness Educators, and Project Connect. She convenes Bentley's Coordinated Community Response Team, participates in the Health Thought Leadership Network and the LGBTQ+ Steering Committee. Jessica has received national awards from the American College Health Association, NASPA-Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, and is a sought after presenter at regional and national conferences. She is currently Treasurer of the New England College Health Association, serves as a consultant for the American College Health Association and is currently Deputy Chair for the Campus COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative Steering Committee. A self-described foodie, Jessica loves to cook, and pretty much any activity that places her in nature.

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