Counseling Staff

Elisa Castillo, PhD, director

  • BA in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, and MA and PhD in counseling psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Member of the Massachusetts Psychology Association, National Latino Psychology Association, Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors and NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education).
  • Has more than 20 years of clinical experience and 15 years working in college mental health. Also serves as adjunct faculty for the graduate program in counseling psychology at Salem State University with a focus on counseling theory. Is interested in helping students access their potential, increase their self-awareness, self-confidence and self-care through a relational, solution focused, and culturally competent approach. She is also interested in increasing mental health awareness, health and wellness for the university community though outreach and education
  • Is interested in clinical supervision, working with first-generation students, working with trauma, relationships and violence prevention and crisis intervention, as well as helping young adults deal with adjustments, relationships, identities, anxiety and mood.

Christine M. Williams, PhD, training director/assistant director

  • BA in psychology and MA/PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Akron.
  • Member of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Counseling Psychology.
  • Clinical interests include supporting students with chronic mental health concerns during their time in college; helping students learn to navigate difficult emotions, thoughts, and experiences; and empowering students to make changes in their lives that support mental, physical, social, and spiritual well-being.
  • Other interests include assessment and training.

Karen Hruska, MA, LMHC, assistant director

  • BS in sociology from the University of Oregon and her MA in counseling psychology from Lesley University. Has worked as a clinician and adjunct professor for the past 20 years. Karen coordinates the higher education student personnel administration program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and has an expertise in college student development theory as well as counseling.
  • Member of The American College Counseling Association and the Northeast Consortium of College and University’s Prevention Education Professionals.
  • Karen understands what it takes to be successful both in and outside of the classroom. Her counseling style is integrative with a focus on cognitive behavioral techniques with a client-centered style. Along with counseling, she coordinates the outreach education efforts for CHS and facilitates workshops and presentations for faculty and student groups.  

Squire Paige, LMHC, assistant director

  • BA in sociology from Franklin and Marshall College and an MA in clinical mental health counseling from Lesley University.
  • Member of the American College Counseling Association and provider for The Integrated Center for Child Development and Commonwealth Care Alliance.
  • Worked almost exclusively in his counseling career with adolescents and young adults in educational settings, and has additionally taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Boston-area schools as an adjunct instructor.
  • Interested in working with students around issues of identity and in facilitating self-actualization to allow for a more engaged and connected existence. He characterizes his clinical orientation as eclectic, primarily mixing client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, existential, and mindfulness-based therapies.

Health Staff

Kimberly Daly, MSN, FNP, DNPc, associate director

  • BSN from University of Rhode Island, MSN from UMass Boston, currently enrolled in the DNP at Umass Boston and expect to graduate May 2015. Prior to coming to Salem State in 2008, she oversaw a school-based health center at Gloucester High School, Gloucester, MA.
  • Member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American College Health Association, Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Strong focus on health education, promotion, and prevention with young adult populations. Special interests in the care of reproductive health and women's health.

Joan Sweeney, MSN, FNP, nurse practitioner, assistant director

  • Family nurse practitioner since 1999 working with a diverse population in assessing, diagnosing, educating and teaching on a wide variety of health issues and concerns. Background in critical care nursing.
  • Member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners, certified with MA Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Interested in working with a student population to teach healthy habits and self-management to encourage academic success while dealing with health issues or concerns. Interested in women's health, immunizations and health education.

Patty Wheeler Shea, MS, ANP-BC, nurse practitioner

  • BS in nursing from University of Massachusetts, Lowell. MS in nursing, with a specialization in adult primary care and occupational health from Simmons Graduate School.
  • Over 30 years experience as a healthcare provider in a variety of settings, including intensive care/in-patient units, and providing onsite occupational healthcare to employees in corporate, hospital, and manufacturing environments. She has also taught undergraduate nursing courses.
  • Interested in providing healthcare and education to college students. Her areas of expertise include occupational health, primary care, and health promotion.

Kalei Ensminger, MS, FNP-BC, nurse practitioner

  • BA in biology from SUNY Geneseo, 2009. BS in nursing from Regis College, 2012. MS in nursing from Regis College, 2013.
  • Member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioner, Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, Dermatology Nurse's Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Tri Beta Biology National Honor Society, VIRTUS trained, Melanoma Foundation of New England volunteer, Boston Cares volunteer.
  • Professional specialties in dermatology, reproductive health, and cancer prevention and early detection. Talking to students about their health and helping them make informed, responsible, healthcare decisions in order to maximize their time here at Salem State University.

John Beaulieu, MD, supervising physician

  • Attended Salem State and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
  • Has worked at counseling and health services since 1990.
  • Professional specialty is internal medicine.

Administrative Staff

Juliet Carty Greene, AS, office manager

  • Associates degree in science from North Shore Community College and has worked at Salem State since 2006. Formerly worked at a community health center. Currently continuing her education to earn a degree in psychology.
  • Member of American Society of Administrative Professionals, National Leadership and Success Society and Phi Theta Kappa.
  • Coordinates patient intake and manages the daily operations of a busy healthcare facility, handling confidential patient health information with sensitivity and care.

Channa Vieng, BEd, administrative assistant

  • Bachelors degree in early childhood education from Salem State University in 2013. Before attending Salem State, and continuing during her college career, Channa worked with a local primary health care facility.
  • Coordinates patient intake, assists with daily operations of our busy center, manages provider credentialing and licensing, and handles confidential patient information. Channa prides herself on offering all visitors to counseling and health services excellent customer service.

Cecile Gagne, medical billing specialist

  • Insurance verification, referrals and authorizations.

2015-2016 Counseling Interns

Erin McFadden, MA, postdoctoral fellow

  • BA in psychology from Clark University and MA in clinical psychology and PsyD candidate in clinical psychology from William James College.
  • Has experience working in therapeutic schools, community mental health agencies, and college counseling centers.
  • Clinical interests include: interpersonal relationships, sex/couples therapy, gender dynamics, life transitions and working with survivors of sexual and relationship violence.
  • She considers her clinical orientation to be eclectic, primarily using client-centered and relational-based therapies.

Kimberly Ashby, MA, intern

  • BA in psychology and comparative ethnic studies from Columbia University and MA in counseling theories from Boston College. Currently a fourth-year doctoral student in counseling psychology at Boston College.
  • Clinical experience includes college counseling at several universities and mental health case management in a scattered site housing program in New York City working primarily with racial minorities and low SES populations.
  • Worked with clients around a number of issues including stress and adjustment difficulties, mood disorders, psychosis, schizophrenia, substance abuse, and complex trauma and psychiatric crisis.
  • Practices from a relational-cultural orientation, focusing on the role of power and privilege in clients’ lives, while also utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.
  • Researcher for the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, with current research interests in mental health stigma among Black Americans and interracial dialogue.

Kelsey Chambers, MA, intern

  • BA in psychology and sociology from Franklin & Marshall College and MA in professional psychology from William James College. Doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at William James College.
  • Student affiliate of the Association for Psychological Science.
  • Experience working with adolescents, emerging adults, college students, and families in school- and community-based settings. Has conducted individual therapy, group counseling, psychoeducational workshops and trainings to address a variety of mental health needs, including stress and anxiety, depression, substance use, mood and sleep disorders, adjustment difficulties, relationship issues, and anger management.
  • Takes an adaptive, developmental approach to counseling, meeting her clients where they are and with what they need. Prefers a strengths-based orientation that is solution-focused and client-centered, and enjoys supporting students through identity formation as they cultivate self-awareness to enhance their unique skills and strengths.

Jake Cooper, MS, intern

  • BA in psychology from Taylor University and MS in sport & performance psychology with MA in counseling from Ball State University. PhD candidate in counseling psychology at Boston University with a specialization in sport and performance.
  • Currently a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and is in process of obtaining AASP certification for sport psychology consulting.
  • Clinical interests include working with veterans and athletes on mindfulness and resiliency, and helping college students navigate the difficult decisions and transitions they face on a daily basis.
  • Counseling style primarily focuses on the incorporation of mindfulness and the identification of purpose throughout all experiences in life. Also aims to help clients discover authentic happiness and optimal performance via the implementation of evidence based strategies rooted primarily in logo therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and positive psychology. 
  • Research experience focuses upon the use of sport and fitness to foster pro-social behaviors in youth, transcend cultural barriers, and bolster peace in diverse conflict laden environments.
  • Other interests include cross cultural adventures, movies, any and all forms of athletics, running, triathlons, and copious amounts of reading epic novels.


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