Career & Counseling Services  

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Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Walk In Hours: Monday through Friday, 2 to 3 p.m.

Donnelly Center
Contact Information
Location: Donnelly Center, Lower Level >Campus Map (pdf)
Mailing Address:
Aquinas College

Career & Counseling Services

1607 Robinson Road S.E.

Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1799

Phone: (616) 632-2905
Fax: (616) 732-4435
Professional Counseling Staff
Sharon E. Smith, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Director, Career & Counseling Services
Phone: (616) 632-2902

Sharon E. Smith, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, is the Director of Career and Counseling Services. Sharon provides leadership and direction for both the personal and career counselors. Sharon has also served as adjunct assistant professor of sociology and education. In addition, she works with profit and non-profit organizations, as well as working in system thinking, diversity issues, group dynamics, and strategic planning. Sharon graduated from Aquinas College and received her Master of Social Work from Grand Valley State University. She is a licensed social worker and has thirty three years of experience in employment and training, human resources, the human services field and higher education.

Lauretta K. Simpson, MA. LPC
Associate Director, Career & Counseling Services
Phone: (616) 632-2901

Lauretta K. Simpson, MA, LPC  is the Associate Director of Career & Counseling Services and is the Internship Coordinator.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University and earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Michigan State University. In addition, Lauretta is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of Michigan.

In addition to coordinating the Internship program; Lauretta provides emergency on-call personal counseling support, teaches in the co-curricular program and provides career counseling and resume writing advice. Her areas of specialization include; sports counseling, career development in the sciences, and mentoring in the sciences. Prior to working at Aquinas, Lauretta worked, as support staff in medical and psychiatric hospitals and as a psychiatric social worker. She also has additional training in suicide prevention through the QPR institute and in StrengthsQuest through Gallup.

Traveling is a strong interest of Lauretta's. In November 2005 she participated in a People to People Delegation to China with members of the National Career Development Association from across the country. As a People to People delegate, Lauretta visited Beijing and Shanghai, China to discuss current trends and issues in career development. She was able to meet with government officials knowledgeable of labor issues and statistics, college career development professionals, and representatives from job training social service agencies. It was her honor and privilege to represent her professional organization, the United States and Aquinas College.

Meghan Cupka, MAC, LPC
Phone: (616) 632-2906

Meghan E. Cupka, MAC, LPC, is the personal counselor who works with students to overcome personal issues that may arise during their time at Aquinas. She earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Aquinas College and a Master in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She holds a License in Professional Counseling.  She is a Gatekeeper trainer for QPR which is a suicide prevention program through the QPR institute and in StrengthsQuest through Gallup.

Before working for Aquinas College, Meghan worked as support staff in several area residential mental health facilities. These experiences allowed her to gain insight into the complexities that mental illness brings into the lives of individuals affected. She also worked as a Case Manager in a residential program for pregnant and parenting teenage girls. In this position, she worked closely with the local school system and Department of Human Services to empower the young woman on her case load to complete their high school education. She also assisted with material support services for the young woman on an as needed basis. She also empowered her clients to develop successful work habits and employability skills. This encouraged a holistic support system for both the Mother and her children.