Donna has worked at Columbia Basin College since 1990. She received her Master's degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and also graduated from CBC and WSU. She is currently an Associate Professor in Counseling. Donna teaches career planning, human development courses, and English as a Second Language, and loves inspiring students to reach their dreams. She has studied internationally in Costa Rica, London, and Mexico and served ten years on the Franklin County/Pasco Housing Authority both as a board member and chair. When not at CBC, Donna enjoys reading, biking, and going to the beach. She currently serves on a Social Justice and Peace Committee.
Cathy has been working at CBC since 1988 as a counselor. Before that she worked several years as an adjunct faculty member in the Performing Arts Division teaching a variety of communications classes. She has a Master's in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University and is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor as well a National Certified Counselor. As with the other counselors on staff, she teaches a variety of human development classes and workshops. Nothing is more satisfying to Cathy than her work with staff, faculty, and students at CBC, in assisting students to achieve their academic and life goals. Outside of CBC, she has a multitude of interests: watching critically acclaimed movies, walking wherever and whenever, photography and video, travel, and volunteering time for the organization Voices of Hope, that provides post secondary educational and leadership opportunities for women at risk in Kenya.
Carrie has been working at CBC since January 2000. She earned her Associate of Sciences Degree at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, and her Master of Education in Counseling Psychology at Washington State University. She teaches a variety of HDEV courses including College Major/Career Planning (HDEV 135), Academic CPR (HDEV 110), and in the Fall of 2012 she began teaching Creating Academic Success (HDEV 199). What she loves most about her job is helping students find their passion so that they can translate that into a satisfying and rewarding career. When she is not counseling or teaching, she enjoys traveling, hiking, photography, and volunteering at local animal rescue organizations.
Lon has worked as an instructor and counselor for the past 33 years for Columbia Basin College. He attended OIT and completed degrees in Welding, Machining, and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Engineering. Lon earned a Master's in Education with an emphasis in Counseling at Heritage University. He is currently an Associate Professor in Counseling and teaches various Human Development courses. Because Lon’s work history in the trades, he maintains a close working relationship with the Workforce programs and is an advisor for the High School Completion Program. Lon is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys metal and woodworking.
Joyce has been a member of the faculty counseling team at CBC since 2006. In the 20 years she has worked at the college, she’s held several positions, including grants manager, counselor for Student Support Services, and intervention specialist in the Learning Opportunities Center. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from University of Hawaii, M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon, and maintains professional certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRCC). After graduate school, Joyce specialized in disability services. She has worked in multiple settings including mental health, private/state rehabilitation, and high school special education. Her greatest pleasure as a counselor is in helping students find their way through the challenges they face in college. Joyce teaches college success, learning and study strategies, and presents a number of student development workshops to help students realize their optimal potential. She particularly likes developing online learning experiences and resources. Joyce was born in Japan and has travelled throughout the world. She and her husband Larry share their home overlooking the Yakima River with their dog, Aurora, and feline supervisors Syrah, Bella, and Jade. They operate a small winery, Sleeping Dog Wines, and enjoy camping and fishing when their workload eases enough to allow them time to get out and relax.
Lane has been working at CBC since 2002. He attended CBC before finishing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Northwest Nazarene University. He then continued on at NNU and earned an M.Ed with an emphasis in Counseling. He has been a counselor at the junior high and high school levels before taking the academic advising job at Columbia Basin College. Besides teaching Creating Academic Success, Lane provides students with the tools to help them create an academic plan for their intended degree or certificate; helps navigate college, and connect to key campus support programs and services. He also works with students looking to complete their high school diploma through CBC’s High School Completion Program. When not at CBC, Lane enjoys time with his wife and is involved with his three children's sporting events. He also enjoys boating, golfing, and coaching girls’ basketball at Kamiakin High School. Lane currently serves as the Associate Dean for Counseling, Advising & Outreach.
Gene has been at CBC since 1979 working in administration and as a faculty counselor. He has three degrees in psychology: BA from Minnesota State University Moorhead, MA and PhD from Washington State University. He is a Viet Nam veteran. Gene counsels, advises, and teaches the College Major and Career Planning course and the Creating Academic Success course. Relationships are very important to Gene. One of his goals is learning to appreciate spiritual moments in his life. Counseling is a moving/sorting process of breaking through our contradictions to reach a state of peace and serenity. Gene’s expertise also includes biblical based counseling. His hobbies include woodworking, remodeling, and travel.
Sylvia has been working as a counselor at CBC since 2007. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and is also a graduate of Yakima Valley Community College. After graduate school, Sylvia worked in numerous settings enhancing her natural ability to work with people. Sylvia is a first generation graduate and understands the many struggles and barriers first generation students face. She currently teaches a number of human development courses and offers personal and career counseling and especially works closely with probationary students, international, and foster students. When not at CBC, she is very involved with her kids’ sports and extracurricular activities. She and her husband enjoy the outdoors, hiking, biking, and water sports.
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