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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.  

Maribel Aheran, Ed.D., LMHC, Mantra Therapist

MaribelDr. Maribel's professional interest include working with adolescents and young adults struggling with ADHD, anxiety, trauma, ASD, and depression. She is passionate about helping individuals identify their inner strengths to overcome life challenges. Maribel's background includes a doctoral degree in education and a master's in clinical mental health & psychology. She is experienced working with high school and college students. Her frequently used theoretical approaches are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, always using Person Centered Therapy as a foundation.

She believes that empathy and unconditional positive regard are crucial to develop a solid therapeutic relationship. Some interesting facts about Maribel are that she speaks English and Spanish and that she has more than 30 cousins! During her free time, Maribel enjoys reading, traveling, cruising, spending time in the swimming pool, watching new series in Netflix, watching documentaries, scary movies, and having fun with her friends and family. She also enjoys road trips, trying new restaurants, and learning in general.

*Can provide support in Spanish

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.

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.

Haley Fox, LPC, Mantra Therapist

Haley FoxHaley is a licensed professional counselor and a registered expressive arts therapist, board-certified in both art therapy and music therapy, with special expertise in the Enneagram personality typing system, Jungian sand tray therapy, dreamwork, human shadow work, career-life planning, teletherapy, solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), improvisation, guided imagery, and integrating experiences from altered states of consciousness. I consider myself a generalist, with experience working with diverse individuals of all ages with a myriad of challenges. I am a published author with a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a warm, direct approach informed by archetypal psychology.

Hannah Goehner, M.A., Advanced Practicum Student

Hannah GoehnerHannah is currently working towards her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Antioch University of England. She has received her MA in mental health counseling from Boston College and her BS in psychology from the University of North Dakota. Hannah has worked in various settings, including residential centers, public schools, and a college counseling center. Her clinical interests include trauma, relational difficulties, body image, depression, anxiety, LGBT+ therapy, and multicultural counseling. Outside of work and school, she enjoys hiking with her two dogs, crocheting, reading, and having a good meal with her partner and friends.

Mike Harris, M.A., Advanced Practicum Student

Mike HarrisContact: michaelharris@bentley.edu

Mike is currently a doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at Boston College. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Northeastern University and his master's degree in mental health counseling from Boston College. He has a variety of clinical experiences that include working in residential centers, schools, and settings for court-mandated clients. Mike's clinical interests include depression, relational issues, stigma-related stress, racial identity development, and gender socialization. In his free time, Mike enjoys playing basketball, listening to music and podcasts, and playing board games.

Amanda Kalander, MSW, Mantra Therapist

Amanda KalanderAmanda obtained her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Boston College and a B.S. in Human Development with a focus in sociology from Wheelock College. Amanda has worked in outpatient mental health with various age groups and is also working as a clinician for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who live in group homes. Amanda's approach is client centered and strengths based. She believes that the core of successful therapy is the trust from the client-therapist relationship. Amanda's clinical interests include anxiety, depression, I/DD and neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, etc.), and LGBTQIA+ identity. Amanda also has a strong interest in how ADHD impacts life transitions and new demands for young adults. Outside of work Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outside, and cheering on the Red Sox.

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

Helen Macharia, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, Mantra PNP

Helen MachariaHelen is a dual psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. I received my training from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. As a provider, I take great pride in providing high quality and client-centered care with an emphasis on mental health education geared at improving overall quality of life and functioning. Having worked in substance use, homecare and outpatient settings, I believe clients thrive best when treated with both psychotropic medication as well as non-pharmacological interventions. My goal is to work with other clinicians treating the patient and collaborate in care delivery.

Oumaima Mansouri, MSW, Mantra Therapist

Oumaima MansouriOumaima graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Social Work from Bridgewater State University and a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Boston University. She has completed various certificate programs in trauma. Oumaima is a LCSW who has experience working with clients who are working through trauma, adoption, neurodevelopmental disorders, mental health, as well as varying issues. Oumaima is a solution-focused clinician who challenges her clients to work toward healing and self-sufficiency while emphasizing their personal strengths and milestones.

Jose Rincon Salazar, LICSW, Mantra Therapist

JoseJose's professional interests include working with transitional aged youth and emerging adults experiencing difficulties with adjustment to life transitions, anxiety, depression, risk taking behavior, and suicidal ideation. He hopes to help prevent suicide risk in this vulnerable age group. He gravitates towards Mindfulness, CBT, Solution Focused, and Strengths-Based approaches. 

Outside of work, Jose enjoys spending time with his two dogs Daisuke and Piper, concerts, music festivals, traveling, hiking, kayaking and riding his bike around the city. He also enjoys going to the movies, binge watching Netflix/Hulu with friends, video games, Pokemon Go, photography, volleyball, reading comic books/graphic novels, and being outside in general.

*Can provide support in Spanish

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.

Lauren Zaniboni, M.A., Advanced Practicum Student

Lauren ZaniboniLauren is a 3rd year doctoral student at Antioch University. She earned her bachelor's degree in Marketing Communications from Emerson College and worked in advertising for several years before going back to school to earn her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Lauren has several years of experience working as a residential counselor and yoga teacher at a local eating disorder treatment program and has also worked with young children with autism and their families in an outpatient setting. Lauren's clinical interests include eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, and mind-body and compassion-based approaches to therapy. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, volleyball, yoga, and gardening.

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, MSN, MPH, APRN, ANP-BC, WHNP-BC

Julia Matthews headshotDirector
Julia has served as the director of the health center since December 2020, stepping into the position during the COVID-19 pandemic. She joined the health center team as a nurse practitioner in 2016. She completed her Master’s in Nursing 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 in the gynecology-oncology unit, a highlight of which was training nursing students. Prior to starting her clinical career, Julia traveled worldwide advocating 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 in 2001 from Portland State University. Outside of work, Julia enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as keeping fit, staying mindful and trying to keep up with her two teenage daughters.
 

Nora Basile, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, WHNP-BC

Nora Basile HeadshotAssistant Director
Nora has served as the assistant director of the Health Center since December 2020, moving into a leadership position to aid in the COVID-19 pandemic response. Nora joined the Health Center team in 2018 as a board-certified women’s health and adult/gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Northeastern University and her MSN at MGH Institute of Health Professions. 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 kiddos, weightlifting, yoga and all Marvel movies.



 

Peter Bellefeuille, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC 

Peter Bellfeuille headshot

Nurse Practitioner 
Pete started at Bentley in January 2021 as a registered nurse working at the COVID-19 Screening Test Program. Once completing his education and training, Pete transitioned to the role of nurse practitioner in the fall 2021 semester. He is a graduate of the MGH Institute of Health Professions where he earned his board certification in adult primary care with advanced training in women’s health. Within the field of medicine, he has a strong passion for preventative care and health promotion. Originally from Derry, NH, Pete now lives in Haverhill, MA. Outside of work, he loves to golf and enjoy the local New England sports team. He and his wife, Brittany, are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first baby, Peter III, this June. Pete is excited to join the health center team and contribute to advancing the health of Bentley students. 

Jacqueline Burgoyne, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, WHNP-BC

Jacqueline Burgoyne headshotNurse Practitioner 
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.

Sharon Donato

Sharon Donato headshotMedical Administrative Assistant
Sharon started at Bentley in 2015 as a medical administrative assistant. She brings with her 15 years of experience working as medical secretary and medical assistant in the behavioral health department and adult medicine. She has received numerous employee of the month awards and 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 enjoys attending sporting events with her family, especially with her sons hockey coaching.

Ashley Greco, BSN, RN

Ashely Greco headshotAshley joined the Bentley Health Center in April 2022. She graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2015 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Nursing Education at her alma mater. Prior to joining the Bentley team, Ashley was a school nurse for the Arlington Public Schools. In this role, she cared for middle school students’ health concerns while teaching them self-care skills to support their growth and independence. In addition, Ashley spent five years as a nurse responding to the urgent health needs of patients in the emergency room at Massachusetts General Hospital. She attributes her interest in health education, public health and preventive care to her emergency room experiences. Ashley grew up in Arlington and currently lives in Boston; she and her fiancé are busy planning their wedding scheduled for January 2023! Outside of work Ashley enjoys crafting, camping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 

Anne Herzog, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC

Anne Herzog headshotNurse Practitioner
Anne has enjoyed working as an NP at Bentley since she joined the office in the fall of 2005 and has found that working with college students is very rewarding. Before starting at Bentley, Anne worked as an NP in primary care for 5 years at South Boston Community Health Center and a small primary care office in Beverly, MA. 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 in Philadelphia. Before becoming an NP, Anne also worked as a nurse for 7 years. Anne enjoys providing medical care to students, being an ally to the LGBTQ community, and working alongside her Student Affairs colleagues—which includes teaching rape aggression defense (RAD) with University Police. Personally, she enjoys spending as much time with her family and friends and being as active as time allows.

Dianna Jones, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Dianna Jones headshotNurse Practitioner
Dianna joined the health center team in 2022 as a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She earned her DNP and MSN from Regis College and her BA from Tufts University. Dianna’s doctoral dissertation focused on cultural competence in college health. As a nurse practitioner for over 20 years, Dianna has strived to promote the health and wellness of college students. She enjoys working with traditionally underrepresented students and is an ally to the LGBTQ community. Her clinical interests include preventative medicine, eating disorders and holistic health. Outside of work, Dianna enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, running, painting and playing the cello.

Kimberly Kerrigan, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Kim Kerrigan HeadshotNurse Practitioner
Kim Kerrigan is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who joined Bentley in 2017 when she moved from California and brought with her over 20 years of experience in college health and primary care. Kim obtained her bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and her Master's in Nursing from UCLA. Her patients describe her as knowledgeable, compassionate and dedicated. Currently you can find her on campus heading up the COVID-19 Screening Test Program. 



 

Tara McCauley

Tara McCauley headshotSenior Office Coordinator
Tara began her career at Bentley in 2001 and received her associate degree as a medical assistant. Prior to coming to Bentley, Tara 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 then to office coordinator. Tara holds the institutional knowledge for the Health Center. She ensures students are seen at the Health Center in a timely fashion and is also likely the person answering many student questions by phone or email. Tara was born and raised in Waltham, and her daughter completed her graduate degree at Bentley. She also helps out on major fundraisers for the American Cancer Society. When not at Bentley, Tara can be found in the gym or vacationing with her family in New York City, New Hampshire, Cape Cod or on a beach in Florida. 

Debbie Melchiorri

Debbie Melchiorri headshotSenior Medical Administrative Assistant
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. These days she and her husband enjoy their time with their three grandchildren.

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.

Mallory Loggins, MPH; Health Promotion Specialist

MalloryMallory (she/her) received her MPH in Community Health Sciences and Maternal and Child Health from Boston University and her bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri. Prior to Bentley, Mallory worked in a variety of roles in OB/GYN research, sexual health peer education, and as a videographer for an NBC affiliated news station. Mallory's professional interest include promoting harm reduction practices, intersectional health education, and ensuring that young adults have the resources and support they need to make informed decisions about their health. In her free time, you can find the California native at the beach, listening to podcasts on long walks, and watching a football or basketball game.

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