Counseling Faculty - Part-Time Faculty
Jon Burchard, M.S.
Jon grew up in Northern Virginia and attended William and Mary College. His wife is Dr. Melinda Burchard, who also teaches at Messiah College. They just celebrated their 27th anniversary and the birth of their first grandchild.
Jon’s career has mostly been in the people-helping professions, including social work, school counseling, counseling, and education. “I am very interested in learning about and addressing issues of identity, as it relates to spiritual and secular life, and I find the process of student engagement to be essential to student success that leads to a love for learning.”
Jon teaches EDME 504 Family and Community Partnerships.
Denise B. Ebersole, PhD, NCC, NCSC
Denise B. Ebersole earned a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University, an M.Ed. in School Counseling from Millersville University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Bloomsburg University. She holds certifications in elementary school counseling (K-6), secondary school counseling (7-12), and as a supervisor of school guidance services (K-12) in the state of Pennsylvania. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), a Nationally Certified School Counselor (NCSC), and she is currently working towards becoming an LPC. Denise is a high school counselor, an independent educational consultant, and has served as an adjunct instructor for Messiah since 2014. Previous professional positions have also included serving as a school counseling department coordinator and middle school counselor.
Linda Gemberling, M.S.
Ms. Gemberling holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education and her master's degree is in elementary and secondary counseling. Ms. Gemberling retired from Northern York School District after 35 years in public schools. She spent 11 of those years as an elementary school teacher and 23 years as a school counselor in which she conducted small group meetings, counseled students on academic, personal, and career issues, conferred with parents, teachers, and administrators concerning the needs of the students, and directed meetings for at-risk youth.
Ms. Gemberling has accumulated experience in leadership as the Department Chair of Northern York District Counselors and as a consultant to Messiah College throughout the master's program proposal process.
Adjunct Instructor; Engle Center Counselor
Marcelle Giovannetti, CADC, NCC
Adjunct Instructor; Engle Center CounselorMGiovannetti@messiah.edu
Marcelle Giovannetti is currently employed y Messiah College as a full time counselor at the Engle Center for Counseling and Health Services. Marcelle's employment background includes a rich blend of experiences in Clinical Mental Health, Social Services and Substance Use Disorders. Her most recent job, prior to coming to Messiah, included an 8 year career in Drug & Alcohol counseling. Marcelle is a Pennsylvania board certified Drug & Alcohol counselor (CADC), a Nationally Certified (mental health) Counselor (NCC), and she earned her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling from Shippensburg University. Marcelle has worked with high school, college and adult populations. She has a great deal of experience in providing college students with educational information about myths and truths regarding substance use. She is currently working on her EMDR certification and hopes to become a Licensed Professional counselor next year.
Jenny Good, PsyD, M.S.
Dr. Jenny Good is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and earned her PsyD and MS from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Clinical Psychologist. She also holds a Master's Degree from University of Baltimore in Counseling Psychology. Her undergraduate work was done at Bridgewater College of Virginia. She has been an adjunct faculty member for McDaniel College.
Dr. Good's clinical experience includes work in outpatient therapy, family-based therapy, in-home mobile therapy, school-based services, residential treatment, college counseling center, inpatient psychiatric unit, partial inpatient program and providing psychological services in nursing homes. Dr. Good is happily married to her husband Ben, and has two children and one on the way.
Adjunct Instructor; Director of Career and Professional Development Center
Christy Hanson, M.S.
Adjunct Instructor; Director of Career and Professional Development CenterCHanson@messiah.edu
Christy Hanson is the director of career development at Messiah. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Messiah College and holds a M.S. in counseling from Shippensburg University. Christy built her experience in career counseling at various institutions of higher education including Gettysburg College, Shippensburg University, and Harrisburg Area Community College.
She enjoys both the administrative aspect of a career counseling and development program as well as working directly with students and alumni as they pursue their career goals. In addition to working with the college-aged population, Christy has presented to various youth and community groups on the topics of self-assessment, organizational and team development, and career exploration and planning.
John King, Ph.D., M.A., M.Div., LPC
John King is a licensed professional counselor and has his Ph.D. from Regent University in Counselor Education and Supervision. He holds a Master's Degree from Kutztown University in Counseling Psychology and a Master's of Divinity Degree from Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. For the past 19 years, he has served in various roles as a pastor and currently serves as Associate Pastor of Adult Discipleship at Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church (www.mcbic.org). He also has previous work experience as a school counselor, a mobile therapist, and a foster care social worker. Mr. King has also served as an adjunct professor in Messiah College's undergraduate psychology and graduate counseling departments.
Dr. King is also the husband to Cindy, the father of eight children (some biological, some adopted), a band leader of their family's group: The King's Strings (www.thekingsstrings.com), and an ordained pastor in the Brethren in Christ Church. His research interests include fathering, particularly in developing a Christian alternative to the bar mitzvah. His dissertation working title is: The Essence of Becoming Men: The Maturation of Boys into Adulthood. For more information about Mr. King, please check out his website: www.johnaking.com.
Wendy Merryman, Ph.D., NCC
Wendy Merryman earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Walden University. She received her Master in Education degree from Shippensburg University in school counseling and is a National Board Certified Counselor. She also holds Pennsylvania elementary and special education teaching certificates. She has worked in the field of education for over 20 years and provides leadership to various committees in the public school system.
Dr. Merryman is an adjunct professor in Messiah College’s online graduate counseling program. Her research on the relationship between psychological well-being and perceived wellness in online graduate counseling students is published in The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision.
Steve J. Schedler, LSW, CAADC
Steven Schedler is a licensed social worker who also holds certifications as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Clinical Supervisor through the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He also holds the Certificate of Competency in Problem Gambling from the Board. Steven received his B.S. in Psychology from Penn State University and his Master’s of Social Work from Temple University. For over 10 years Steven has served in a variety of roles from direct care staff to Director. He is currently serving as the Clinical Supervisor for a regional provider of outpatient drug and alcohol services in central Pennsylvania.
Ili Rivera Walter, LMFT
Ili Rivera Walter holds a Master of Arts in marriage and family therapy from Evangelical Theological Seminary and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the states of Florida and Pennsylvania. Ili works in private practice. Her professional interests include the use of dialogue in therapy and teaching, as well as the application of systems theory to organizational contexts. Ili has served as an administrator and direct provider in the field of mental health, and she specializes in couples' therapy. Ili lives with her husband, Jim, in Sunrise, FL.
Associate Professor of Special Education
Maude S. A. Yacapsin, Ed. D.
Associate Professor of Special EducationMYacapsin@messiah.edu
Dr. Maude Yacapsin earned her doctoral
degree in higher education administration and teacher leadership from
the University of Nebraska
at Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb. She holds Pennsylvania teaching
certification in the areas of Special Education and Middle Level
Language Arts. Dr. Yacapsin has extensive experience in utilizing
instructional technology platforms for online course delivery. At
Messiah, she teaches courses for both the special education and
counseling master's degree programs as well as for the undergraduate
teacher certification program. Her research interests include
instructional technology and online course delivery models, compassion
fatigue in preservice educators, and teacher leadership. She is an
active member in several professional organizations and presents at
national and statewide conferences each year. Her published work on
preservice teacher stress and online professional development has
gained international attention for the benefits to educators.
Dr. Maude Yacapsin earned her doctoral degree in higher education administration and teacher leadership from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb. She holds Pennsylvania teaching certification in the areas of Special Education and Middle Level Language Arts. Dr. Yacapsin has extensive experience in utilizing instructional technology platforms for online course delivery. At Messiah, she teaches courses for both the special education and counseling master's degree programs as well as for the undergraduate teacher certification program.
Her research interests include instructional technology and online course delivery models, compassion fatigue in preservice educators, and teacher leadership. She is an active member in several professional organizations and presents at national and statewide conferences each year. Her published work on preservice teacher stress and online professional development has gained international attention for the benefits to educators.
Alicia R. Young, Ph.D.
Dr. Alicia Young earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary's School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA. She also earned a Master's in Christian Leadership from Fuller. Her research interests include factors that promote thriving and moral development in youth with specific focus on at-risk youth and those exposed to caregiver violence. She worked on the National Institute of Health funded Positive Youth Initiative.
Dr. Young is a licensed psychologist currently practicing in a private group practice. She has also worked in community mental health hospitals, research hospitals, and at Milton Hershey School. In her clinical role, she specializes in providing individual and family therapy for children, teens, and women with a myriad of diagnostic presentations. She conducts psycho-educational and psych-diagnostic evaluations using standardized measures to write integrative reports that are useful to the intended audience.