Student Health & Grace Counseling Services Staff
The Student Health and Counseling Services is professionally staffed by providers at the doctoral, master’s and supervisory levels.
Deb McEvoy, PsyD, LMHC
Director of Student Health and Counseling
Deb McEvoy holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Certificate in Group Work from Adler University; a master’s in counseling from Grace College; and is licensed in the state of Indiana as a mental health counselor (LMHC). This marks Deb’s 22nd year at Grace College; 14 of those years include Deb’s work in Student Affairs with groups and individuals in a college setting. Deb has experience with a wide variety of populations and settings, including but not limited to children in an elementary school setting, college students, adolescents in a juvenile detention center, grief groups and community mental health. She has assessment experience working with and evaluating adolescents as well as completing parenting evaluations. Deb has had particular experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, transitions/life changes, trauma, anger management, parenting and groups.
Phone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6069
Nancy Helstern, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Director of Counseling
Nancy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has experience in working with individuals, families, couples and groups in both a community mental health setting and in private practice. She has worked in forensic social work and has completed child custody evaluations, family functioning assessments and clinical assessments. Nancy has experience in providing clinical supervision to graduate interns and master’s level clinicians working toward their clinical license. She has written grants and developed programming for juvenile courts and local school districts. Nancy feels it is important to use evidence- based practices in order to achieve positive treatment outcomes. She believes that clients are experts in their own lives and the clinician partners with them to facilitate positive change. Her clinical focus is on grief and loss, trauma, negotiating life changes, depression and anxiety. Nancy completed her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Ball State University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University South Bend. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys spending time with family, watching any and all college football games, reading and traveling.
Phone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6472
Laura Green, BSN, RN
Laura is a licensed registered nurse in the state of Indiana. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She has been practicing nursing since 2003. During this time she has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient hospital care, outpatient surgery, and most recently urgent care. Laura is employed by Medstat Urgent Care in partnership with Kosciusko Community Hospital and Lutheran Health Network.
Phone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6426
Richia Jennings (RJ) is an Indiana licensed mental health counselor who has been practicing for 7.5 years. RJ obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology/English and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grace College and Theological Seminary. In the years since her graduation, she has become nationally certified in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Based Therapy; trainer of Question Persuade Refer (QPR), a suicide prevention intervention; obtained clinical supervisor training; Prepare and Enriched Trained, a couple’s assessment; and is becoming the Associate Director of Counseling Services at a private Christian University. RJ has partnered with the Department of Child Services to help reunite families. RJ has worked with Health and Counseling Services for 4 years. She enjoys working with student’s regarding trauma, grief and loss, sexual addictions, and relationship struggles. In her spare time, RJ enjoys arts and crafts, scrapbooking, motorcycle riding, and camping.
Gretchen Wood, MA, LMHCA, NCC
Gretchen Wood is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) in Indiana. She is certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Gretchen graduated from Grace College with a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and also received an MA in Ministry Studies with a counseling concentration from Grace. Gretchen is also a trained EMDR therapist. Gretchen is a warm, empathetic, and client-focused counselor who strives for collaboration, enjoys walking alongside individuals as they achieve a greater sense of well-being, find healing, and attain their goals. Gretchen specializes in trauma and dissociation, depression, anxiety, chronic illness and/or pain, grief and loss, college and career issues, and relationship and adjustment issues.
Joining the team in 2022, Michele brings an extensive customer service background. She is excited to apply her knowledge, skills, and desire to help people in Grace's higher education setting. She coordinates the Health & Counseling Services front desk activities.
Phone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6472
For additional information, questions or concerns, feel free to contact the center at email@example.com or (574) 372-5100, ext. 6472.
In addition to those listed above, we have graduate level clinicians who are supervised by licensed staff within our office.