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Counseling, Health & Wellness at Aquinas College

Counseling/Wellness Staff

Cynthia Cortez
Master’s Level Counseling Intern
Cynthia is from Quito, Ecuador and has been in the States for the past eight years. She developed a passion for mental health during her time in Calvin College. After receiving a Bachelors in Biochemistry in 2016, she took two years off before pursuing her master’s in clinical counseling with Spring Arbor University. She is now working on earning her LLPC as well as working full-time at St Mary’s Hospital as a medical interpreter. As a bilingual and bi-cultural person, she understands the importance of diversity and an individual’s unique culture. She hopes to pursue her career as a counselor helping young adults and helping bridge the cultural and language gap with Hispanics in need of counseling.

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.

Roxanne Kruger
While working on her masters degree, Roxanne completed her clinical internship at Aquinas College Counseling, Health, and Wellness center. Before coming to Aquinas she worked for a Federally Qualified Health Center in downtown Grand Rapids working with a recovery coach to help launch a substance use disorder program. Additionally she was an AmeriCorps member for 2 years promoting local health programs to migrant farmers and in the Grand Rapids Public School systems. She spends her free time with friends and family and taking care of her numerous plants.

Christie Martin, MA, LPC
Personal Counselor
Christie Martin attended Central Michigan University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master’s degree in Professional Counseling. She most recently worked at Bethany Christian Services as a Foster Care Case Manager and Outpatient Therapist. Christie has additional training in trauma-focused counseling and experience working on a crisis line for college students affected by sexual violence. Additionally, Christie has worked as a contractor with the Department of Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office providing advocacy and trainings to members of the military. In her free time, Christie enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling. 

Sarah Parsell
Master’s Level Counseling Intern
After receiving her bachelor's degree from Cornerstone University, Sarah worked in the airlines and service industry for several years before discovering her passion for mental health. She is excited to work with the students of Aquinas College and looks forward to the relationships and experiences she will gain through this internship. After she graduates with her master’s in counseling, she plans to specialize in geriatric counseling.

Through Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral therapy, and other theories, Sarah believes a humanistic and cognitive counseling approach can help people understand their internal processes, relationships, and individual world systems. Her personal passion is to enable every client to create their best possible life. When she is not playing video and board games, Sarah enjoys reading, yard work, and hammocking.

Chrisfa Pierrant
Master’s Level Counseling Intern
Chrisfa attended Grand Valley State University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Sciences. Currently, she is working toward her Master's degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Her goal is to help college students thrive on campus and integrate into campus life successfully. Chrisfa works at Forest View Psychiatric Hospital as a Mental Health Worker on a high acuity unit with adults who have severe mental health disorders. Chrisfa is focused on helping students find and maintain wellness in their lives, be it through physical fitness, emotional connection, or a sense of community. In her leisure time, Chrisfa enjoys musical and creative pursuits, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Zach Sietsema, MA, LLPC
Personal Counselor
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.