Meet the Counselors!
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.
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 101). 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 Oregon Institute of Technology 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 of 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.
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 and MA and Ph.D. 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 Heritage University and 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, 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.
Melissa Filkowski - Human Development Instructor
Melissa began her professional career as a counselor in the Women’s Resource Center at Columbia Basin College in 1995. Since then she has served as an advisor, counselor, and administrator in student affairs at different colleges and universities within the state. She is currently a full-time faculty member teaching HDEV 101 - College Success. Melissa completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Washington State University, her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family at Pacific Lutheran University, and her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist. When not at CBC, Melissa enjoys time cooking, skiing, boating, and camping with her husband and two kids.
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