Who can I talk to?

If you need help outside of office hours call 833.359.2220.

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


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Blue River 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Longview 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Maple Woods 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Penn Valley 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Evening appointments after normal office hours are available upon request. Please contact a Counseling Services office at 816.604.1000 for counselor availability.

MCC-Blue River

Burke Maxted, Lead Counselor
Education Center 115C

Burke is a Kansas City native.  He graduated with a B.A. in Speech Communications from UMKC, and an M.S. in Counseling from the University of Central Missouri.  He earned his Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) while working at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico.  He has 25 years of community college counseling experience.

His counseling approach focuses on creating a supportive and empathetic environment to help students discuss and cope with life transitions, difficult emotions, stress, and mental health issues.  He works collaboratively with each individual to build upon their diverse personal strengths and resources, find the strategies and techniques that work for them, and to identify empowering social and community networks.

In his spare time, Burke practices yoga, is learning to speak Spanish and enjoys hiking, kayaking, golfing, and time with family. 

Connie Spies, Part-time Counselor
Education Center 115D

Connie joined MCC as a part-time counselor in fall 2021. Before MCC-Longview, she had 20 years of postsecondary and career counseling experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Criminal Justice from Missouri Western State University and a Master's in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin.

Connie enjoys assisting students with career decision-making, academic concerns (study skills, stress management, time management, testing anxiety) and personal issues. As a former first-generation college student, she realizes that many students need help with understanding everything from basic college terminology to comprehending the college process to knowing how to seek out the appropriate resources.

She is dedicated to helping students overcome barriers and achieve success.


Sara Blount, Counselor
Campus Center, Room 251A

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 Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) while working for the State of Missouri's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as a Counselor 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 include time management, anxiety management, and helping student adjust to college. She has assisted many students in learning to incorporate anxiety/stress management techniques into their everyday lives. Using technology, like smartphone 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
  • Enjoying the outdoors

MCC-Maple Woods

Jeff Wilt, Counselor
Administration Building, Room 102C

Jeff has worked in education for more than 20 years and has 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.

Clayton Robinson, Part-time Counselor
Administration Building, Room 102B

Clayton returned to the MCC-Maple Woods campus as a part-time counselor after 26 years as a full-time counselor at MCC.  He received his Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Emporia State University and was a 4-year basketball student-athlete.

Through professional counseling, success coaching, and advocacy, Clayton facilitates personal and educational development. He finds it very rewarding assisting students in identifying personal concerns, developing strengths and coping skills, overcoming difficult circumstances in their lives, and achieving academic and personal success.

Clayton's counseling interests include mental health, safety planning, grief and loss, anxiety, time management, stress, motivation, wise-mind, and self-care/advocacy.

Clayton believes everyone can change in a positive, meaningful way. He creates a warm, 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 to meeting you soon. Be well.


Cindy Castillon, Part-time Counselor

Cindy has 25 years of counseling experience, with 18 of those being with Metropolitan Community College. She has returned to MCC as a part-time counselor serving online students. Cindy obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Education, as well as her Master's Degree in Counseling, from Missouri State University.

Cindy has worked with many phases of the student development process throughout her career in counseling. Her love for working with students is evident and has been reflected consistently through feedback from students she has supported. She chose the field of counseling because she knew it would be the best path to serve students, using a holistic approach, and guide them as they navigate obstacles on their educational journey.

Cindy loves spending free time with family, friends, her dogs, and especially in nature.

MCC-Penn Valley

Terry Stanley, Counselor
MCC-Penn Valley, Campus Center 228

Terry has worked in various student roles in higher education for ten years. He received his Master's degree in Counseling from Avila University and now serves as a counselor at MCC. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Philosophy and approached much of his counseling from this blended perspective.

His main concerns and passions center on well-being and living a vital and fulfilling life. To do this, he focuses on a holistic approach and addresses physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being 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 pursuing their goals.

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

Terry is an avid practitioner of mindfulness activities such as Tai Chi, Chi Gong and meditation in his free time. 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 an extensive collection. He is also a huge foodie; he loves to travel, explore, and generally experience new things.

Dawn Brady, Counselor
Campus Center, Room 227

Dawn 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 various issues such as self development, college success strategies, organization, and time management.

Dawn also works with students who have personal concerns that may interfere with 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. 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 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!