- Dr. Hue-Sun Ahn, Licensed Psychologist, Coordinator of Outreach
- Ms. Kathy Ertel, Licensed Professional Counselor, Coordinator of Programmatic Evaluation
- Ms. Carol Evangelisto, Licensed Professional Counselor, Coordinator of Clinical Training
- Dr. Larry Gage, Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Coordinator, Associate Director
- Dr. Eileen Kurowski, Licensed Psychologist, Group Counseling Coordinator
- Dr. Sarala Mundassery, Consulting Psychiatrist
Fall 2014 Training Class
- Mr. Nick Diakos, Pre-masters Intern (Rider University)
- Ms. Kate Murdaugh, Pre-masters Intern (Holy Family University)
- Ms. Chantal Vergara, Pre-masters Intern (The College of New Jersey)
Office Support Staff for the offices of Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services
- Ms. Pat Hamill, Secretary
- Ms. Sandra Whaley, Secretary
Meet Our Counseling Staff
Hue-Sun Ahn is a counseling psychologist who joined the staff in August 2004. Before coming to The College of New Jersey, she was on staff at several university counseling centers in the region. Hue-Sun is a 1.5 generation Korean American who moved to the US at the age of 8, and is bilingual in Korean and English. She received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and her masters and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is licensed as a psychologist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Her professional areas of interest include issues of body image and eating disorders, acculturation and racial/ethnic identity development, and outreach to the campus community regarding psychosocial and wellness issues. As a part of the Counseling and Psychological Services’ group counseling program, she facilitates the “Food, Mood and You” group for students dealing with eating concerns and body image issues. She also facilitates the “Race, Culture and Identity” support group for students of color. Hue-Sun approaches psychological issues from the perspective that one’s psychological development is affected by one’s personal history and by the current environment. She enjoys helping individuals and communities identify strengths and resources that promote healthy development.
Kathleen Ertel joined the staff in June 2006. Kathy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education in1974 from Trenton State College, now known as The College of New Jersey. Shortly thereafter, Kathy began her family with husband, Don. In addition to raising their two sons, Kathy coached Field Hockey, Basketball and Softball at the Hun School of Princeton and Gymnastics at Hopewell Valley High School. Kathy also worked in a variety of part time capacities including food service, tax preparation, substitute teaching and on the editorial staff for a major construction trade publication. In 1989, Kathy returned to Trenton State College and earned her master’s degree in Counseling in 1992 with a concentration in alcohol and other addictions. In 1996, Kathy was hired as a Program Specialist providing academic advising and emotional support to students within the Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF) at The College of New Jersey where she worked until transferring to Counseling and Psychological Services. EOF is one of the nation’s most comprehensive and successful state-supported efforts to provide access to higher education for economically and educationally disadvantaged students. The program assists low-income residents who are capable and motivated but lack adequate preparation for college study. In 2005, Kathy was awarded the first Academic Advisor of the Year Award from the Center for Academic Support. Since 1998, Kathy has co-facilitated a group called “For Students’ Who Have Experienced the Death of a Parent of Sibling” with PCS colleague, Carol Evangelisto.
Kathy enjoys working with the college student as they transition into adulthood. She feels it is a great privilege to form relationships with students as they embark on their journey of self discovery. Kathy has been greatly influenced by many in the field but especially the work of Virginia Satir (in particular her work on “Peoplemaking” and “The New Peoplemaking”) and Skip Downing (in particular his work “On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life). Kathy believes that people can realize their dreams and their full potential by increasing self awareness, developing a high sense of self esteem and making wise choices.
Carol A. Evangelisto has been on the staff of the Counseling and Psychological Services, where she also serves as the Coordinator of the Clinical Training Program, since 1990. She is a NJ Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Carol has obtained certification in Thanatology (CT) through the Association for Death Education and Counseling (www.ADEC.org) and has completed Levels I and II training in EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (www.EMDR.com). Carol obtained both her bachelor’s degree (1976) and her master’s degree (1988) fromTrenton State College (currently known as The College of New Jersey).
Carol has a strong interest and background in cognitive therapy, group counseling, and grief/loss counseling and education. In addition to providing individual therapy for students, Carol facilitates a support group for students who have experienced a death of a parent or step-parent and also conducts an anxiety management support group each semester.
Carol is a member of the The American College Counseling (ACCA), The New Jersey Association of College Counselors (NJACC), the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and the American Counseling Association (ACA).
Carol has had the privilege of extensive international travel visiting over 50 different countries on five continents. She enjoys working with our international student population: those on exchange, those who have recently immigrated to the US, bi-cultural students, and those who are returning from overseas experiences.
Carol views her life as a triumph over numerous personal tragedies. She has learned that pain can be transformed and that life can continue to be a joy. It is for these reasons that Carol has chosen her life’s work of helping others to discover their inner strengths and to find their own peace and joy.
Larry Gage’s first experience in counseling was as a telephone crisis counselor in 1974, as an undergraduate at Florida State University. Since that time, his development as a psychologist has had many twists and turns, with school and work experiences blending together. A core experience in Larry’s development as a counselor and as a person was studying for his Master of Education degree at Ohio University, with areas of emphasis in student personnel and community counseling. Larry now has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Florida, and is licensed as a psychologist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania (inactive).
Along with expertise in the area of the addictions and addictions treatment, Larry has done research, presented, published, and practiced in the areas of habit change, wellness (the concept of striving for optimal functioning in different parts of our lives), positive psychology, evolutionary psychology, substance abuse treatment, and client-directed, outcome-informed therapy (among others). He receives some of his greatest satisfaction when he is able to help someone identify and develop their assets to forge them into a positive lifestyle.
Larry came to The College of New Jersey in 1988, when it was known as Trenton State College. Since becoming a part of the Counseling and Psychological Services, an additional area of endeavor has been advocating for the roles a comprehensive counseling service can play in building and maintaining a well functioning college community. Larry views personal problems in a cultural, community, and societal context, applying his creative passion to the challenge of resolving personal and institutional problems. He expects he will always be a student, as there will always be something to learn.