Student Counseling Services Staff
Dr. Tracy L. Stenger,
Tracy L. Stenger, Ph.D., NCC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and an alum of Fredonia. She has
been serving as a counselor since Fall of 1998. Additionally, she has served as an
adjunct professor in the Psychology Department, as needed, since fall of 1999. Tracy
completed her master's in Counseling Psychology at Ball State University in 1998 and
her Ph.D. in Counselor Education at the University at Buffalo in 2007. Prior to pursuing
her master's, Tracy worked two years as a teacher of English in Japan, spent one year
in Malaysia working for the US embassy as an instructor at the Sungei Besi Vietnamese
Refugee Camp and as a Bi-national Fulbright Commission Student Advisor. She completed
an internship at Pendleton Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Indiana
in 1998. During a sabbatical during the fall 2002 semester, Tracy worked as the mental
health professional for the Institute of Shipboard Education Semester at Sea program,
sailing the globe with 650 university students.
Since coming to Fredonia, Tracy initially focused on substance abuse services, implementing
the Fredonia CARES program. She spear-headed the annual Campus-Wide Donation Drive and helped the counseling outreach program by coordinating the Don't Cancel That Class program. Tracy co-developed with SAVP Coordinator, Julie Bezek, DeStress for Success which provides a variety of stress-reducing and success-building experiences (to
include Paws to Relax) for students prior to and during final exam week.
Tracy is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American College
Counseling Association (ACCA), the American Psychological Association (APA), the New
York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA), and the American College Health
Outside the office, Tracy spends time with her husband and son. She enjoys traveling,
cooking, reading, and exercising. Her research interests include: impact of mobilization
and deployment on soldiers, suicide prevention and intervention, effective counseling,
and college student development. She currently serves as Chair of the EAP Committee
and sits on the Board of Directors for the Campus and Community Children's Center.
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Dr. Leanna White,
Leanna S. White, Ph.D, NCC
Leanna earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
She has worked at Fredonia since 1981 and during her early years at Fredonia taught
classes such as Human Sexuality and Introduction to Counseling for the Psychology
Department. Since 1986 she has worked at the Counseling Center.
Leanna has a strong belief in the right and in the ability of each person to find
his or her own path to health and fulfillment. She works to help her clients develop
more self-compassion and a greater awareness of their own strengths. Her favorite
websites include www.self-compassion.com, www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Default.aspx, and www.mindfullivingprograms.com/whatMBSR.php/mindfulness.php.
Leanna cares deeply about social justice issues and about the environment. She was
responsible for beginning the peer education group STEPS and for initiating the campus
Safe Zone project. She hopes to promote compassionate and respectful behavior, appreciation
of diversity, freedom of choice, community and sustainability.
Outside work Leanna enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, canoeing, and camping. She
and her husband Brian McMahon live in the woods and off the grid, relying on wood
for heat and solar panels for electricity. Leanna has three adult daughters, one teenage
stepson, an Australian cattle dog who specializes in Frisbee and a small female cat
who specializes in extremely effective rodent control.
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Jeffrey Janicki, Counselor
Jeffrey Janicki, M.S., NCC, LMHC, has been serving as a full time counselor since the Fall of 2000.
He began his Fredonia career in 1998 as a Residence Hall Director. Jeff currently
serves as the advisor to Panhellenic and S.T.E.P.S. (Students Teaching Equals Positive
Sexuality) peer education group.
Jeff's professional interests involve utilizing Motivational Coaching Strategies and
Positive Psychology Research to help students overcome adversity by crafting meaningful,
multidimensional lives. Positive Psychology research offers a unique perspective
on college student development theory by focusing on appreciation, practicing power
over perception, taking action, leading with strengths, employing constructive language
to describe healthy stories about self and others, and living an emotionally enhanced
life that is driven by intellect and spirit. Character Strength and Virtue theory
is particularly useful in assisting students address academic concerns, career/major
uncertainty; minimize risks associated with alcohol/substance use behaviors; and improve
intra/interpersonal satisfaction, mood and self-concept/purposeful living. In addition,
Jeff has extensive experience working with students who have experienced significant
trauma over their lifetime.
Jeff received his Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Gannon University
(1998) and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from SUNY College at Geneseo
(1994). His work experience includes serving as the Assistant Director of the Powell
Campus Center at Alfred University, the Greek Life Advisor at Gannon University,
a Psychotherapist at Lake Erie Counseling Associates, and the Chautuaqua Institution
College Club Director.
Jeff is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American College
Counseling Association (ACCA). He is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed
Mental Health Counselor in NYS.
Jeff spends his time away from Fredonia with his wife and two sons. He enjoys camping,
hiking, kayaking, and reading.
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Maggie McCurdy, Counselor
Maggie McCurdy, earned her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling at SUNY Oswego in
the Fall of 2012 and her Bachelor of Science in Wellness Management in 2010 from SUNY
Oswego. She has been serving as a full-time counselor at Fredonia since the Fall
Maggie is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the National Eating
Disorders Association (NEDA), and the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW).
Currently, Maggie is part of the staff effort to expand the group therapy program
at Fredonia’s Student Counseling Services to provide students with a broader variety
of therapeutic options to meet their needs. She currently serves on the Advisory
Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
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Eddie Brown, Counselor
Eddie Brown started working with Student Counseling Services in the fall of 2014.
He is currently working towards licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).
He received a Master’s of Education with a certificate of advanced study in Mental
Health Counseling from Alfred University in May 2013; he also attended Alfred University
for his undergraduate experience, where he majored in Political Science and minored
in creative writing. Prior to taking this position, Eddie worked as a caseworker for
a residential program that assists people with severe mental health illnesses. Additionally,
he is no stranger to student affairs in higher education—working for Alfred University’s
Office of Residence Life as both a Resident Assistant and a Resident Director between
2008 and 2013. He also served as the Counseling Services Intern at SUNY Geneseo during
his graduate studies.
Eddie believes individuals are their own personal experts and he enjoys assisting
them in understanding themselves so they can overcome the challenges they experience.
His counseling practice is grounded in a client-centered approach, utilizing concepts
from both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, and
influences from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Eddie is very interested in subjects
related to sexual identity development, college student development, and Stress Reduction
In addition to working toward his LMHC credential, Eddie is working towards obtaining
the National Certified Counselor credential. He is a current member of the American
Counseling Association and a former member of the College Student Personnel Association
of Western New York.
In his free time, Eddie enjoys spending time with his fiancé. They do things like
watching TV, playing video games, going out into the community for concerts and walks,
and trying new and different types of food.
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Julie Hoen Bezek,
Coordinator of Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (SAVP)
Julie Hoen Bezek, MA, has been at Fredonia since 2005 serving as the coordinator of Campus Education Awareness,
Support and Effect (CEASE), the violence prevention - victim services program. In
2009 the CEASE Office expanded to include to alcohol and other drug prevention services.
Julie coordinates outreach and advocacy services in the areas substance abuse and
violence prevention, including Fredonia CARES and ADEPT. Julie serves as advisor
Students Teaching Equals Positive Sexuality (STEPS).
Julie is a member of the Chautauqua County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and
Sexual Assault, the American College Health Association (ACHA), and the New York State
College Prevention Project (NYSCPP).
Julie received her Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green
State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from SUNY Fredonia.
She has previously worked in health promotion, residence life, and first-year programs.
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Tracey Spinuzza, Counselor
Tracey Spinuzza, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and an alum of Fredonia. Tracey joined
the counseling staff in February 2014 through a partnership with Jamestown Psychiatry
PC. Tracey completed her Masters Degree in Counselor Education with an Advanced Certificate
of Specialization in Community Mental Health Counseling in 2000 at St. Bonaventure
University. She went on to pursue her NYS License in Mental Health Counseling and
Permanent Certification in School Counseling. Tracey attended
State University of NY at
Fredonia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1997.
Tracey has been practicing in the counseling profession for over 13 years working
primarily in educational settings. Tracey has had a variety of experience working
with young children and adults. She has facilitated many types of supportive and
educational groups and presentations including those for divorce, grief, parenting,
care giving, and others. In addition, Tracey has provided individual counseling utilizing
creative therapy techniques, and encourages a mindfulness and client-centered approach
In past work environments, T
racey has had the pleasure of supervising many Fredonia Undergraduate Psychology and
St. Bonaventure Graduate Counseling Interns.
Outside work, Tracey enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters. Tracey
loves exercising, cooking, baking, and taking walks with her family.
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Dr. Abassi and Kyle Wiktor
Psychiatric services are provided at Student Counseling Services through a partnership
with Jamestown Psychiatric. Students who are in need of psychiatric evaluations and/or
medication monitoring can discuss these services with counseling center staff.
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