Meet the Staff

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Jane Penola, B.A.

I am a second-year graduate student in the M.A. Counseling program at Montclair State University, with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  I received my B.A. in Sociology from the University at Albany (SUNY).  While there, I worked for the school’s crisis hotline, Middle Earth, taking anonymous phone calls that covered issues from school stress to sexual exploration.  I am so glad to be continuing my time as a student and graduate assistant at Montclair in the MRC.  I look forward to further strengthening my skills in mediation, as well as learning more about cultural dynamics, all while providing a safe space for students to communicate.

 

 

Samantha Mackintosh, B.A.

I am a first year graduate student in the M.A. Counseling program at Montclair State University with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I received my B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology from Stockton University in 2014 where I was involved in numerous on-campus activities. Following graduation I moved to Arlington, Virginia where I took classes in Marymount University’s Forensic and Legal Psychology M.A. program while serving as their Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Coordinator. In my position there I directly supervised a staff of Residence Assistants and worked closely with students in my roles as one of five Primary on Call professionals and a Conduct Hearing Officer. I could not be more excited to have made this move back to New Jersey and to be working as an MRC Mediator where I will get to help students develop in college outside of the classroom once again while strengthening my own skills in mediation and listening.

 

Kelly Venezia, B. S.

I am excited to be a part of the campus community at Montclair State University. Here’s a little about me: I am a first year graduate student in the Counseling program at Montclair State University; my concentration is School Counseling. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Dance at The College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. During my undergraduate career, I managed a peer support network called The Cougar Counseling Team and volunteered with the 211 National Suicide Crisis Hotline. I also advised students on academic probation as a Peer Academic Coach. I interned with the National Crime Victim Center at the Medical University of South Carolina as well.  In my spare time, I am a Zumba instructor and exercise enthusiast. I look forward to strengthening my mediation skills at The MRC while helping students to reach solutions for their problems by strengthening their communication skills.

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Alexandra Earle, B.S.

I am currently a first-year graduate student in the M.A. Counseling program at Montclair State, concentrating in School Counseling. I received my B.S. in Cognitive Science from Brown University in Rhode Island. While there, I was involved as a student leader in both the Intervarsity and CRU student groups and had the opportunity to lead small groups and do regular one-on-one mentoring with younger students. It was in this setting that I first developed a passion for working with individuals and groups towards personal growth and increasing unity and balance in their lives and relationships.  I am excited to be back in an academic environment learning about what I am passionate about and working with the Montclair community to help strengthen communication skills, promote healthier relationships, and resolve conflicts.