Director of Counseling Services, Danette Norman Till
Danette is a graduate of Manchester University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in social work. While working full time after Manchester University she earned two master's degrees: a Master of Science at Indiana Wesleyan and a Master of Social Work at Indiana University, Indianapolis. She is also licensed as a clinical social worker. Danette has worked previously with victims of crime allowing her knowledge and experience with domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse (physical, emotional and sexual) and grief and loss. She has worked in foster care, developing a special needs and foster care adoption program in northern Indiana. This has provided her insight into the transitional needs of adults and children, and the challenges of growing a small business. Immediately prior to returning to her alma mater, she worked for five years at an inpatient behavioral health unit providing individual, group and family therapy to young persons and their families. Returning to Manchester University to talk with students and share in their college experiences is a great joy.
Counseling Appointments can be made with Danette by contacting Wellness Services (Health and Counseling) and speaking with the administrative assistant, Kelly Hippensteel, at 260-982-5306. Danette’s office is located in Wellness Services on the first floor of Calvin Ulrey.
Assistant Director of Counseling Services, April White
April White received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Manchester University in 2003 after which she worked in a home visiting setting for approximately nine years. She assisted families through crisis intervention and problem-solving to attain needed support and access resources to strengthen their parenting ability.
April earned her master’s degree from the Indiana University School of Social Work in 2011. During that time, she completed her field placement within Manchester University’s Counseling Services Department and gained an understanding of concerns specific to college students. Prior to returning to her alma mater, she worked in a community corrections setting and was most recently employed by a local community mental health center, both of which provided her the knowledge and ability to intervene and respond to issues pertaining to substance abuse and mental health.
April comes to Manchester University with a strong background in solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and goal-setting which will allow her to support students in attaining success as they navigate their college experience. She understands the need for individualized approaches to accommodate the unique needs of all students and is excited about partnering with students as they find their place at Manchester.
Counseling Appointments can be made with April by contacting Wellness Services (Health and Counseling) and speaking with the administrative assistant, Kelly Hippensteel, at 260-982-5306. April’s office is located in Wellness Services on the first floor of Calvin Ulrey.
April Collette-Slone will be serving as an intern for counseling services during the fall semester, 2015. April is a graduate student at Grace College and has extensive experience working with domestic violence victims. She will be available for appointments on Tuesdays.
Kit Corps will be serving as an intern for counseling services during the 2015-2016 academic year. Kit is a graduate student at Huntington University. Her undergraduate degree is in psychology. She has experience working with children and has a strong interest in working with the LGBTQ community. She will be available for appointments Wednesday through Fridays.
Counseling Appointments can be made with the interns by contacting Wellness Services (Health and Counseling) and speaking with the administrative assistant, Kelly Hippensteel, at 260-982-5306.
Tipsy is on the Manchester University campus as a part of 4 Paws for Ability. 4 Paws for Ability enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs. This provides increased independence for the children, and assistance to their families. While at Manchester, Tipsy is learning socialization which will help in his preparation for the child and family he will be serving. Tipsy is available to join in a counseling session! To arrange a session with Tipsy, please contact Wellness Services (Health and Counseling) and speaking with the administrative assistant, Kelly Hippensteel, at 260-982-5306.
Personal Wellness Team
Personal Wellness Team members are available to assist when a counselor is not available. Personal Wellness Team members are not prepared to address mental health needs, but are available to assist students to deal with transition issues, to help students explore options and link to resources, or simply to listen and talk out thoughts or feelings about a concern or need. Kelly Hippensteel, Administrative Assistant for Wellness Services, arranges appointments with our Personal Wellness Team members.
|Dean of Student Experience, Allen Machielson|
Allen Machielson has functioned as the Director of Residential Life and is now the Dean of Student Experience. His previous experience encompasses residential life, student development and campus ministry at various colleges and universities for over 18 years. His office is located in Calvin Ulrey Hall, 2nd floor.
|Campus Pastor, Rebekah Houff|
Rebekah Houff serves as campus pastor. She is usually in the Petersime Chapel office Monday to Friday during the school year and for special events. For questions about the campus ministry program or religious life on campus, you may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 260-982-5243.
|Director of Intercultural Services, Michael Dixon|
Michael began working at Manchester University in 2011. Michael has experience in intercultural life, leadership development, admissions, and in coordinating activities. He has also taught classes at the college level. He has worked at Guilford College, Knox College, and St. Ambrose University. His office is located in the Intercultural Center.
Administrative Assistant for Health and Counseling Services: Kelly Hippensteel
Kelly joined Manchester University in January 2005. She had previously worked in human resources for five years and has an associate's degree in accounting. Her office is located in Wellness Services (Health and Counseling), 1st floor of Calvin Ulrey.