Counseling, Health & Wellness at Aquinas College

Counseling/Wellness Staff


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.