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MCC Counseling Offices: Call 816.604.1000 and ask to be transferred to the Counseling Office of the campus you attend.

MCC-Blue River and MCC-Business & Technology

Burke Maxted,, Lead Counselor, MCC-Blue River, Education Center 115C

BurkeBurke graduated from Washtenaw Community College in Michigan. The support and resources he received there helped pave the way to become the first in his family to receive a college degree, which influenced other family members to also complete college.

Burke’s compassionate and respectful approach to counseling helps students focus on their strengths, make transitions, and find solutions. He works from the assertion that everyone is unique and worthy of unconditional acceptance, regardless of their beliefs, identity, circumstances, or struggles.

He enjoys all things outdoors and learning to speak Spanish.

Terry Stanley,, Counselor, MCC-Business Technology, Campus Center Room 114E

Terry Stanley

Terry has worked in a variety of student roles in higher education for 10 years. He received his Master’s degree in counseling from Avila University and now serves in the role of counselor at MCC. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Philosophy and approaches much of his counseling from this blended perspective.

His main concerns and passions center on well-being and what it means to live a vital and fulfilling life. To do this he focuses on a holistic approach; in that physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing must all be addressed in order to ensure that we all can live our best lives.

Terry chose to work in higher education because he believes it is a great place to help people realize their potential, and offers him an opportunity to forge strong mentoring relationships that will help support students in the pursuit of their goals.

Terry hopes to foster an environment that makes any student feel welcome, safe, and not judged no matter the circumstances.

In his free time Terry is an avid practitioner of mindfulness activities such as Tai Chi, Chi Gong, and meditation. He loves to read on many different subjects from Philosophy to Psychology to Quantum Physics. He is a huge fan of sci-fi books, films, and television.

Terry loves to spend time with friends and family and his favorite group activities are typically centered on board games of which he has a large collection. He also is a huge foodie; and loves to travel and explore, and generally experience new things.


Gretchen Blythe,, Lead Counselor, Learning Resources, Room 204

blytheGretchen has worked in higher education for 30+ years. She has been a counselor at MCC-Longview since 2000.

Previously, she worked in Vermont as the Director of Student Support Services and at MCC-Penn Valley as the Access Counselor. Prior to her work in higher education, she worked on job-seeking skills and job placement for people with disabilities.

Gretchen is very committed to the students at MCC. She strives to meet each student in his/her unique situation. She especially enjoys working with students on transition issues, relationship issues, stress management and relaxation techniques, and academic concerns.

If you find yourself with some spare time (what’s that?!) in between classes stop by and say “hi”. She’d love to meet you.

Deah Robinson,, Liberal Arts, Room 202L

DeahLike most people, Deah wears many hats in life. She is a daughter, a mother of four (Lily – a teacup Yorkie, Winston – a Pomeranian, and two Calico cats – Catty and Paisley), a meditation guru (- in training), a social activist, and a psychology instructor. And of course, she is a counselor too!

Life brought her to MCC-Longview in 2008 after several years of working in Human Services when she felt she needed to go deeper into counseling work. Since her graduate studies concentrated on student affairs in higher education, working as a community college counselor was the best of both worlds.

Her counseling approach with students is solution-focused. Most of the time she works with students from a cognitive behavioral therapy framework to support students in achieving their goals. She feels like her greatest role as a counselor is to help students overcome obstacles and become successful!

Her areas of specialization include working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students, as well as first-generation college students and students of color.

When she is not at work, she enjoys learning about alternative healing therapies, reading, volunteering for civil rights organizations, and being an unofficial taste tester for Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Stephanie Schoening,, Science and Technology, Room 102A

Stephanie Schoening, MCC Counselor

Stephanie is a professional counselor who has worked in educational institutions for more than 17 years, including 4 years at MCC's Business & Technology campus. Stephanie earned degrees in K-12 teaching and guidance counseling. She also completed course work in the Community College Leadership Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University. She from a small town in northwest Iowa and a proud wife and mother to two sons.

Career Exploration counseling is her passion. Stephanie loves helping students become aware of the multiple pathways to a living wage and their dreams. Finding your 'fit' in a career field is easier than you think. There are an increasing number of careers that do not require going to a university for a bachelor's degree. They are shorter and called A.A.S. degrees and certificates. Stephanie is knowledgeable of the many routes students can take to achieve their goals.

Educational Support counseling is also a strength, as Stephanie has been an adjunct professor online and face to face. She can help you develop coping skills and provide resources to help you get and stay organized, maximize time management, find school-work-family-life balance and beat procrastination.

Anxiety, including math and test anxiety, are the most prevalent reasons college student report seeing a counselor at MCC-LV. Stephanie has experience in building student confidence in these sweaty-palm situations. Practicing mindfulness in personal counseling sessions can help you take control of your anxiety.

Stephanie's advice to students is, "College is a chance to re-invent yourself. Approach this opportunity with intention. If you are unsure of your full direction, come for free counseling! The guaranteed way to not get something you want is to not ask for it."

MCC-Maple Woods

Clayton Robinson,, Lead Counselor, Administration Building, Room 102B

ClaytonClayton joined the counseling staff in 1997. He received his Master’s degree in Counseling from Webster University. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Emporia State University, where he was a 4-year basketball student-athlete.

Clayton facilitates personal and educational development through professional counseling, success coaching, and advocacy. After 23 years of service he still finds it very rewarding to assist students in identifying personal concerns, developing strengths and coping skills, overcoming difficult circumstances in their lives and achieving academic and personal success. In addition, he also teaches and host seminars each semester on career exploration.

Clayton’s counseling interest include career exploration, grief and loss, anxiety, time management, stress, motivation, wise-mind, and self-care/advocacy.

Clayton believes everyone has the capacity to change in a positive meaningful way. He works to create a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment to help students explore their goals, feelings, and behaviors.

When Clayton is away from campus, he is a man on the go spending his time fishing, cycling, and exploring the great outdoors! I look forward visiting with you soon. Be well.

Sara BlountSara Blount,, Administration Building, Room 102C 

Sara earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2008 and her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2012, from Missouri State University. She obtained her License Professional Counselor (LPC) while working for the State of Missouri’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as a Counselor. She earned her LPC in 2015. She joined MCC in 2015, serving as Disability Support Services Coordinator at MCC-Maple Woods, Blue River, and Business & Technology.

Sara’s professional interests are career exploration, time management, and anxiety management. She enjoys helping students learn about themselves to discover a career path. Assisting students with time management to support their success is a passion. Sara has assisted many students in learning to incorporate anxiety/stress management techniques into their everyday lives. Using technology, like smart phone apps, helps students maintain these techniques.

Her interests outside of work include relaxing with family and friends, reading, watching the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues, and enjoying the outdoors.

Cindy Castillon,, Administration Building, Room 102E

CindyCindy Castillon, a native of southwest Missouri, joined the counseling staff at MCC-Maple Woods in 2005. She holds a master's degree in counseling from Missouri State University, where she focused on counseling education. She also earned a bachelor's degree in education from Missouri State University, and was a 4-year basketball student-athlete.

Cindy has taught a variety of courses including Career Exploration Seminar (GUID 109), First-Year Seminar (COLL 100), and Educational Psychology (EDUC 270). She helps students navigate academic planning, career concerns, and crisis management.

Cindy approaches all students in an accepting and non-judgmental manner. She listens and helps guide them to find answers within themselves. Her areas of counseling interest include anxiety, motivation, time management, sexual assault recovery, student success, depression, and gender/sexuality issues. She is dedicated to helping students overcome individual barriers to achieve success at MCC-Maple Woods, and in life.

Outside of work, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, and those closest to her. She has a firm focus on her overall wellness which includes physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects of her life.

Jeff Wilt,, Administration Building, Room 102C

JeffJeff has worked in education for more than 20 years and been a counselor at MCC since 2005. He grew up in North Carolina where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Education at UNC-Chapel Hill and his Master of Science in Counseling at UNC-Greensboro.

His passion is to assist students in achieving their dreams. His job is to help you overcome obstacles to be your best self and meet your goals. He is happy to assist you with personal, academic and/or career concerns. While each student is unique, he generally has a person-centered, solution-focused approach.

His priorities outside of work are his daughter, social justice and pancakes. Usually in that order.

MCC-Penn Valley

Brian Chasteen,, Campus Center, Room 224

Brian ChasteenBrian has worked in student services and higher education for 30+ years. He has been a counselor at MCC-Penn Valley since 1999. Brian is actively committed to the leadership education of students, employees, the public, and community agencies and being of service to them.

His Doctorate program in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia focused on a well-rounded curriculum exposing him to the many skills necessary to be successful in forming, facilitating and promoting collaborative partnerships.

His Master’s degree in Higher Education and Counseling from Emporia State University propelled his desire to assist students in achieving their academic, personal and career-related goals.

His experiences as Director of Retention / Student Services, Director of Student Development, Student Affairs Coordinator and Assessment / Placement / Tracking Counselor gave him the organizational and interpersonal skills necessary for assisting students and programs in reaching their fullest potential.

Preparing students, serving communities, creating opportunities is the mission of Metropolitan Community College. His personal goal is to assist students during their transitional stage of becoming a World Class Person while understanding who they are and the strengths and talents they have to offer the world around them.

E. G. Williamson might have said it best, "Student needs should be interpreted by the student."

What he would like every student to know: You are unique, one of a kind, tailor made in an off-the-track world. You are not a photocopy. You are an original. You bring to life something nobody else has or can in a world of nearly six billion; there is no one just like you. Without each of us, the world would be a significantly different place.

Dawn Brady,, Campus Center, Room 227

Dawn BradyDawn Brady has been on the MCC-Penn Valley Counseling staff since 2011 and has over 23 years of counseling experience. She chose to work in a college setting because she enjoys working with students who are in the process of making or "re-making" plans and goals for the future.

Dawn is experienced working with students on a variety of issues such as career exploration and development, college success strategies, organization and time management.

Dawn also works with students who have personal concerns that may interfere or impact their performance in school. Dawn assists prospective and current students in reaching their potential.

Dawn has served in a counseling capacity since 1997. She is a licensed professional counselor and her counseling approach is solution focused and rationally based, focusing on the interaction between thoughts, behavior and emotions and how it impacts the individual.

Dawn has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Missouri Western State University and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University.

Students report that Dawn makes them feel welcome, respected, valued and she is genuinely concerned about students.

In Dawn's spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, spending time with family, friends and her dog and cat. Dawn reports that one of the best parts of the winter weather season (because cold weather is not it), is watching college basketball!

Julianne Jacques,, Lead Counselor and International Counselor, Campus Center, Room 228

JulianneAs the International Counselor for MCC-Penn Valley, Julianne is considered an expert at creating positive learning experiences for students who are here from countries around the world. In 2006, Julianne was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Russia. Upon her return, she co-taught the Intercultural Communication class at MCC-Penn Valley. Her course module is now being used at 4 other community colleges.

Julianne serves as an advocate for all students who speak English as their second language. She has created a variety of opportunities for staff, faculty and administrators to become informed and involved in international issues.

Julianne is a native Floridian who has made Kansas City her home for the last 25 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida and Master's in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland.

Julianne is known for her love of animals and travel. She is the proud parent of one dog and three cats. She has traveled to more than 40 countries around the world. She volunteers with Great Plains SPCA and serves on the Board of the Friends of the Johnson County Library system.

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