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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.

Laura Russell, LMSW
Personal Counselor
Laura is originally from Caledonia, Michigan.  Prior to joining the Aquinas counseling center staff, Laura completed her masters and internship with Grand Valley State University during the 2016-2017 academic year and received her undergraduate degree from Cornerstone University.  Previously, Laura has worked with Spectrum Health in the medical social work field. More recently, she developed and created the social work position for a pilot program with Spectrum Health in the ambulatory health setting with specialized care for patients 65 and older. She currently volunteers with Cornerstone Church’s South Wyoming Campus as one of their middle/high school Youth Leaders alongside her husband.  Laura’s specialties focus around identity and skill development for anxiety and depression as well as stress management and life transitions. She has a passion for working with students and values the transformative power of vulnerability and connection in a therapeutic space. Laura enjoys kayaking, running, volleyball, and various other outdoor sports. She also loves to bake/cook and spend time with her husband and their three cats.

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.