Counseling Center Staff

Group photo of the Counseling Center staff.

Rhonda Lesley

Rhonda Lesley (she/her/hers) joined the MSU Counseling Center team as Director in 2015. She has over 25 years of practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri, focusing her career mainly in higher education and private practice.  She has also worked in community mental health settings.  Her specialties include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and she uses biofeedback, mindfulness/meditation and resiliency in the treatment of anxiety, depression and a variety of other student mental health concerns.  Rhonda also provides EMDR Therapy for helping survivors of trauma.  Rhonda is a Certified Gottman Therapist, treating couples in research-based therapy, and she is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the National Yoga Alliance and provides yoga and mindfulness classes to students, staff and faculty on campus.  She is also an active member and former Chair of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of the Ozarks.  In her spare time, Rhonda can be found riding her horses on an Ozarks trail, hiking with her dogs, cooking a vegan meal, playing the piano, or enjoying a campfire with family and friends. 

Tammy Dixon​​​​​​​

Tammy (she/her/hers) is the Counseling Center’s Assistant Director and she came to the Missouri State University Counseling Center in 2003 as a Mental Health Clinician following a short career working in therapeutic foster care in Oklahoma.   She obtained both of her degrees from Oklahoma State University with her masters being in Counseling and Student Personnel.  She has been licensed in the state of Missouri since 2004 and has provided supervision for graduate assistants and provisionally licensed clinicians for the past 17 years.   Areas of interest for Tammy include student development, eating concerns, LGBTQ+ support and trauma.  Tammy enjoys spending her free time with her family (yes, the dog is considered family), volunteering in the community, reading and enjoying the beauty of the Ozarks.

Justin Johns

Justin (he/his/him) has been a part of the Missouri State University Counseling Center since 2011.  Justin received his Masters degree in Social Work from Missouri State University in 2012.  He received his Bachelors degree in Psychology from Missouri State University in 2008.

Justin is a Mental Health Clinician/Substance Use Assessment Specialist at the Counseling Center.  He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and EMDR-trained therapist.  Justin specializes in the treatment of substance and behavioral addictions. 

Outside of counseling students, Justin enjoys spending time with his family on the lake, coaching youth sports, and rooting for the Denver Broncos.  He also may be the most tattooed person at Missouri State University. 

Doug Greiner

Doug (he/his/him) first came to Missouri State in 1998. He earned his Master’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his PhD at Indiana State University. Doug is a generalist, working from a person-centered base and drawing on cognitive-behavioral and developmental frameworks in his work with students. His areas of special interest include college adjustment difficulties, anxiety, LGBTQIA+ concerns, and loss and grief issues.

Doug enjoys time with family and friends, visiting National Parks, and he has participated in RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) every year since 1975.

Jane Henke

Jane Henke (she/her/hers), MS, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who joined the MSU Counseling Center in 2018, after working in private practice for over a decade in St. Louis.  She initially served as the Victims Services & Advocacy Specialist, and she is now a Mental Health Clinician who specializes in Trauma.  Jane is a certified EMDR therapist.  In her free time, Jane enjoys walking at Nathaniel Greene Park with her dog, Caroline. 

Chiara Citterio

Chiara (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and EMDR-trained clinician, who joined the Missouri State University Counseling Center as a full-time mental health clinician in 2019. 

Chiara moved to Springfield, MO from Milan, Italy in 2012.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Gerontology from Missouri State University in 2016 while also being part of the MSU Women’s golf team.  She then completed her Master of Science in Clinical psychology in 2018 at Missouri State University.   

Chiara’s areas of special interest include LGBTQIA+ support, diversity, adjusting to college and navigating life in the United States as an international student.  In her free time, Chiara enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as woodworking with Christie Fletcher.

Anthony Franklin

Anthony Franklin (he/his/him) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Missouri State University. Anthony joined the MSU counseling center in 2017 as a graduate assistant and transitioned into a full time role as a Mental Health Clinician in 2019.

Anthony is a certified Anger Management Treatment professional and Missouri Associate Alcohol Drug Counselor II. He has experienced in conducting groups that focus on Anxiety, Anger Management, and the stigma of mental health for BIPOC students. Anthony also coordinates Outreach for the counseling center.

Nia Morgan

Originally from California, Nia (she/her/hers) moved to St. Louis in 2012 where she attend Maryville University. She is currently working as a counselor at Missouri State University Counseling Center and she plans to complete her license in 2022. As for free time, she is vegan, loves to cook and maintains a small blog with vegan food events. Nia always knew she wanted to work in a helping field. However, it was not until her work/advocacy for social justice, where she witnessed collective cultural trauma, that cemented her decision to become a therapist. Presently, her goals are community psychoeducation and access to services within black and POC communities.

Christie Fletcher

Christie (she/her/hers) completed her MS in Counseling from Missouri State University in 2020. She is an EMDR-trained clinician and is currently in her EMDR certification process. She spent a few years working in the Springfield community as a trauma-focused clinician, but returned to the MSU Counseling Center as the Victim Service and Advocacy Specialist in early 2021. She joins the Project HEAL team to focus on education, prevention, and response to domestic and dating violence, stalking, and assault, a constant passion in her professional career.

Christie is originally from Kansas City, MO, she and her spouse have two rabbits, and she loves to spoil her nieces every chance she gets. Outside of work she also spends her time woodworking with Chiara Citterio.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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