Director of Ferris State University’s Birkam Health Center and Personal Counseling
Lindsay has previously served as the associate director of the University of Houston
Health Center. She is a 2007 graduate of Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s
degree in commercial recreation. In 2012, Lindsay earned her master’s degree in healthcare
administration, also from CMU. In all, Lindsay has more than nine years of health
care administration experience and two years of higher education health care experience
prior to her arrival at Ferris.
Chris Richmond, Ph.D., PROFESSOR, LMFT
Chris earned his PhD from Western Michigan University and is a Licensed Marriage and
Family Therapist in Michigan. His special areas of interest include depression, learning
disabilities, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), eating disorders, family
relationships, couples counseling, and psychological assessment. Dr. Richmond provides
a solution-focused approach to counseling, which integrates cognitive-behavioral,
humanistic, family systems, and strength based techniques.
Mark Van Lent, EdD, LPC, NCC
Mark earned his Ed.D. from Idaho State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor
in Michigan. Mark also holds specialized certification as a National Certified Counselor
and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. His special areas of interest include depression
disorders, addictions, and self-esteem. Dr. VanLent provides a person-centered approach
to therapy, incorporating cognitive/behavioral and solution-focused techniques.
Elisa Pacheco Cotter, LMSW
Elisa earned her MSW from Western Michigan University and is a Licensed Master Social
Worker in Michigan. Elisa's clinical interests include self-esteem and identity issues,
childhood trauma, family systems, and relationship concerns. Elisa enjoys supporting
the development of students by using a strength-based and eclectic approach to counseling.
Andrew Slater MA. LPC
Andrew earned his Masters Degree from Central Michigan University and is a Licensed
Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan. Andrew enjoys working with clients
struggling with anxiety, social anxiety, depression, sexual trauma, and identity issues.
Andrew primarily uses a cognitive behavioral approach in treatment also incorporating
mindfulness, and trauma informed techniques.
Jennifer joined the Personal Counseling Center in 2015. Prior to joining our office
she worked as an Accounting Assistant in the Investments and Grants office. In her
time at Ferris she has held positions in Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance,
and Student Affairs. She runs the front office for the Personal Counseling Center
assisting students with accessing services, she helps coordinate outreach activities,
processes approved Medical Withdrawals and Leaves, and works closely with the Director
of Health Services.