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Counseling Center

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.


Rosemarie Williams | Assistant 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.  


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.


Josh McSparin | Staff Counselor  

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.  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.  

 

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.

 

Colleen Flynn Ries | Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner 

Colleen Flynn Ries, PMHNP-BC has a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Wilkes University. Colleen has experience treating a wide variety of mental health conditions including depression and other mood disorders, and anxiety. She has a particular interest in PTSD. Having studied yoga, meditation and mindfulness for almost two decades, Colleen has a holistic view of mental health treatment and incorporates mindfulness, nutrition and exercise coaching in addition to psychopharmacology as needed. Colleen believes that establishing a therapeutic relationship is essential for developing trust and instills hope, which empowers individuals toward self-directed healing. Colleen supports a trauma-informed, recovery-oriented, person-centered practice of compassion, empathy, and respect to promote the dignity of the human experience. 

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Stefanie Recchio | Intern 

Stefanie Recchio is a graduate student pursuing her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Villanova University. Prior to Moravian, Stefanie earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Saint Joseph's University. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a social-educational context. She has worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds including those on the autism spectrum and international students. Her counseling interests include working with people in transition periods of their lives, and those experiencing stress, depression, and anxiety.  Stefanie believes in a humanistic and integrative approach to counseling and that the client is the expert of their own lives. In her free time, Stefanie loves reading science fiction novels, painting, and spending time with friends and loved ones. 

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Katelyn Vala | Intern 

Katelyn Vala, M.A. is a graduate student currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Marywood University. Katelyn earned her master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University and bachelor’s degree in Psychology from West Chester University. She provides an integrative approach to therapy including primarily interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral orientations. She has experience working with adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population in community mental health settings as well as inpatient facilities. She has worked with a wide array of presenting concerns including severe mental illness, depressive and anxiety disorders, significant relational challenges, and trauma. Her current counseling interests include perfectionism, interpersonal relationships, complex trauma, identity development, mindfulness, and meditation. In her free time, she loves hiking, reading, and crafting.  

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