Counseling Center 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'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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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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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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