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Counseling Center Staff

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Meet the Staff

Counseling Staff:

Allison Blechschmidt | Director 

Dr. Allison Blechschmidt joined Moravian University the summer of 2019.  Dr. Blechschmidt is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. She previously worked in a private practice setting where she specialized in assessment of students struggling to meet educational, social, or behavioral expectations, as well as adults facing occupational and emotional difficulties. She also provided psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults. 

Dr. Blechschmidt earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Widener University with concentrations in school psychology and neuropsychological assessment. She completed an APA accredited internship at Widener’s Neuropsychology Assessment Center. She also earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College, a master’s in business administration from Lehigh University, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lafayette College.

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Maribel (Mari) Diaz | Assistant Director/Multicultural Specialist 

Dr. Mari Diaz joined Moravian University in February 2022. Dr. Diaz is a clinical psychologist specializing in psychotherapy with experience and interest in multicultural counseling, gender and women's issues, identity development, and interpersonal and relationship concerns. She has worked in university counseling centers since 2002. Prior to Moravian, she served as Training Director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll's Counseling Center's American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited Health Services Psychology internship. Dr. Diaz uses an integrative approach to psychotherapy that includes developmental, multicultural, and interpersonal components. 

Dr. Diaz earned her doctorate in clinical psychology and a master's degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed an APA-accredited Health Services Psychology internship at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Counseling Center. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with minors in Women's Studies and African-American Studies from Oberlin College. 

Outside of the Counseling Center, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with family, friends, her dog, and being outdoors especially near water. 

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Rosemarie Williams | Associate Director 

Rosemarie Williams, M.S, LPC. joined Moravian University in August of 2015. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and earned her master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. With over ten years of experience working in the mental health field, Rosemarie has had vast experience in college counseling, outpatient, residential, psychiatric rehabilitation, and family based settings. She has utilized these experiences to create an integrative counseling approach that adapts to best fit the needs of the client. Rosemarie is also passionate about providing outreach to the Moravian Community and strives to increase mental wellness on campus. Rosemarie enjoys participating in various outdoor activities and is Wilderness First Aid Certified.  

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Kelly Waechter | Assistant Director 

Kelly Waechter, MA, LPC, joined Moravian University in August of 2015. Kelly is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Kelly earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver and bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. Prior to Moravian, the bulk of her counseling experience took place in Denver, Colorado where she worked in residential, outpatient, and family based settings, treating both adolescents and adults. Her counseling interests are vast but include using the mind/body connection, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral tools to assist people through daily life challenges. On her free time she loves outdoor activities, practicing yoga, reading, and being with her family.

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Josh McSparin | Assistant Director  

Joshua McSparin, MS, joined the Moravian University staff in August 2019.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical & Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania.  Josh has extensive college counseling experience; completing his graduate internship in Kutztown University’s Counseling & Psychological Services & working as a Counselor at Northampton Community College.  With more than 10 years in the mental health field he has served as Assistant Director of a psychiatric crisis facility, Director of an outdoor experiential therapy program for at-risk youth & he is co-founder of Reset Outdoors.  These varied roles have been elemental to the development of his counseling approach; integrating Mindfulness-based psychotherapy with the healing impact of nature. He is also an ACA certified kayak & stand up paddleboard instructor whose self-care interests include quality time with his family, building custom furniture, travel, & listening to public radio.  

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Melissa (Mel) Miller | Administrative Support Assistant

Melissa has been with Moravian since August of 2013.  Starting part time in the International Studies office and then moving on to the Offices of Intercultural Advancement & Global Inclusion, to a full time position.  At the end of the Fall 2017 semester, Mel accepted a position in the Counseling Center Office.  In her spare time Mel enjoys reading, warm weather, weekends at their family cabin at Lake Wallenpaupack, cooking for her family and spending time with family and friends.

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Sara Kling | Intern 

Sarah is a graduate student pursuing her master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Delaware Valley University. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University. She has experience working with adolescents, children, and teenagers with various disabilities and providing alternative options in a social context to meet the accommodations needed for those individuals. Additionally, she has experience interacting with adults in a counseling setting. Her counseling interest includes multicultural counseling, anxiety, trauma, depression, and OCD. Sarah uses an integrative approach in counseling that includes Cognitive Behavioral therapy with a holistic perspective that focuses on mindfulness and meditation. In her free time she enjoys hikes with loved ones, traveling, and yoga. 


Samantha Glosser | Intern 

Sam is a graduate student pursuing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Marywood University. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Advocacy and Policy from Montclair State University. Sam has prior experience working in college counseling and community mental health environments treating adolescents and adults. Sam’s counseling interests include disordered eating, body image, mood and anxiety disorders, and identity exploration. Sam utilizes an integrative counseling approach that adapts to best fit the needs of the clients but is heavily influenced by cognitive behavioral therapy. Outside of the Counseling Center, Sam enjoys spending time with her family, friends, two cats, listening to music, and going to concerts.  

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Michael Kastelnik | Intern 

Michael has received his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he is currently earning his doctorate. He previously received his bachelor’s degree in psychology here at Moravian. He has experience in clinical assessment and therapy, utilizing his cognitive-behavioral foundational skills and a strengths-based treatment approach to help one-on-one clients, families, and groups to overcome addictions as well as other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and men’s issues. He has completed previous clinical practicum experiences at the University of Pennsylvania Adult ADHD Center as well as the Lebanon VA Medical Center. Michael is an Army Veteran and has worked with Veterans in residential, inpatient, and outpatient settings. He enjoys spending his free time with his family at his home in Bethlehem. 

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David BeedleMann | Intern 

David is a graduate student pursuing his master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Prescott College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Loyola University New Orleans. David has prior experience in client-centered therapies such as massage and movement practices. His counseling interests include mind-body performance training, nature-based exploration, sports psychology textbooks, and the prison-court systems. At home in the Lehigh Valley, David enjoys exploring the outdoors during all four seasons with his rambunctious cattle dog, wife, and toddler. He also is fond of trying new activities with an ambidextrous ability such as pickleball and eating with his less dominant hand. 

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