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Counseling, Health & Wellness at Aquinas College

Counseling/Wellness Staff

Jane Fabiano-Turner
Office Coordinator
Jane has a Bachelor’s Degree from Ferris State University. Prior to joining Aquinas, Jane worked in the Information Technology field. She is likely the first person you will see when you come to our office in lower Donnelly Center. In her spare time, she enjoys weaving, knitting, and other fiber arts, as well as, spending time in northern Michigan and traveling.

Carolyn Kraus
Master's Level Intern
Originally from Indiana, Carolyn is the 2021-2022 Aquinas College Counseling Health and Wellness Intern. She is completing her graduate work at Western Michigan University and earned her undergraduate degree in Special Education at Grand Valley State University. While at Grand Valley, Carolyn was a member of the Women’s Lacrosse Team and has a passion for the mental health of student athletes. In the future, Carolyn hopes to continue to work with the college population and specialize in trauma, identity, anxiety, and depression. She views counseling to be a useful resource for everyone and believes in the growth that can happen when one is offered an open-minded, compassionate space.

Zach Sietsema, MA, LPC
Assistant Director
Prior to joining the Aquinas counseling center staff, Zach completed his masters internship with the Aquinas Counseling Center during the 2009-2010 academic year. Additionally Zach was an adjunct professor working with the Advantage Center instructing CD 200 between 2012 and 2016. More recently Zach was working at Forest View Psychiatric Hospital as a Case Manager/Therapist working with adults and adolescents needing inpatient psychiatric treatment. Zach’s specialties focus around substance abuse, identity development and skill development for significant anxiety and depression. Originally from the Grand Rapids area, Zach spends time up north in the summer hiking, boating and playing golf. Whether on TV or at the game, Football is something Zach enjoys watching during the fall/winter months. These activities are secondary of course to spending time with his wife and daughter.

Sharon E. Smith, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Director, Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services
Sharon E. Smith is the Director of Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services. She also works with profit and non-profit organizations, as well as works in system thinking, diversity issues, group dynamics, and strategic planning. Sharon graduated from Aquinas College and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. She is a licensed social worker. Sharon has thirty years of experience in employment and training, human resources, the human services field, higher education, and mental health.