Counseling Center Staff

Steve Brown
Steve Brown, Ph.D., Director

After more than twenty years as a Georgia Bulldog, where he served as Director of the Counseling and Testing Center, Steve learned where the really good University was and is the new Director of ETSU’s Counseling Center.  Steve completed his graduate work at Oklahoma State University.  He has been active professionally at both state and national levels, and has been honored to serve as President of the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors and as Chair of the American College Personnel Association’s Commission on Counseling and Psychological Services.  His greatest enjoyment is working with students through counseling and teaching.  It is his belief that all students would benefit from availing themselves of Counseling Center services as they help students find happiness in living in much the same way that academics help students prepare for the working world.   He has special interests in helping students learn to make positive decisions, particularly in relation to “best fit” occupations and lifestyles.  Steve is also interested in working with individuals and couples on relationship issues.  He often challenges people as to where they learned to have good relationships.  Steve’s hope is that every ETSU student will utilize the Counseling Center to help improve the quality of their life experience. 

Davis Smith, Ph.D. 
Associate Director

Davis is a Licensed Psychologist and is sometimes referred to as "the guy with the pony-tail." Davis has a master's degree in Counseling from Appalachian State University and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis. He has worked at ETSU since January of 2000 and before that worked for four and a half years at the Counseling Center at the University of the South. His responsibilities at the ETSU Counseling Center include coordinating the Peer Career Center and the Counseling Center training program. He has experience working with students on a wide range of concerns and problems. He is particularly interested in helping ETSU students who are experiencing concerns related to career indecision, depression, relationship problems, grief and stress. His goal in working with students is to help them become more aware of underlying issues that can contribute to the maladaptive patterns that keep them from making positive changes. In 2005 Dr. Smith was a recipient of the award for Dedication to the University/Department /and Division from the Student Affairs Staff Development Committee.


Rebecca Alexander, L.M.F.T Counselor
Assistant Director

Rebecca Alexander received her B.A. in English Literature at University of Vermont and her M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling at ETSU. Both highlight her lifelong fascination with human nature – the struggle, joy, grief, love and confusion that we all experience individually and in relationships with others. Using a holistic approach, Rebecca encourages students to pay attention to mind, body, heart and spirit as places to step fully into themselves with awareness and healing.  Professional interests include individual and couples therapy, family of origin issues, application of mindfulness in therapy, and supporting students in discovering their own sense of purpose, meaning, happiness and thriving.  In her personal time, she can be found wandering the Appalachian Trail and other remote parts of the world whenever possible.

Diana Kuehl, M.Ed., L.P.C., N.C.C.
Counselor and Coordinator of The Suicide and Violence Prevention Program

Diana is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider status and a National Certified Counselor. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice at Eastern Michigan University and her M.Ed. in Counseling at ETSU.   She began working part time at the Counseling Center in 2000 and joined full time in 2010 as the Suicide and Violence Prevention Coordinator.

Diana’s professional interests include: crisis counseling, suicide prevention through education, identity issues, LGBTQ and multicultural issues. Her special areas of interest are grief, depression, PTSD, and the effects of institutionalized oppression on the formation of personality and character structure.

Diana uses an interactive and supportive approach with clients. She draws from a relational model of counseling while being client centered tailoring approaches to best fit the needs and desires of each client.

She is naturally curious and believes that students have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments, and abilities that will assist them in reducing the influence of problems in their lives. Diana believes that the benefits of understanding the problem areas in the lives as students as well as those that create joy can bring healing.

Diana is also the outreach coordinator for the Suicide and Violence Prevention Program at the counseling center.

Mina McVeigh
Mina McVeigh, L.M.S.W.
Alcohol and Other Drug Outreach Coordinator

Mina is originally from Tyler, Texas, but grew up on the sunny beaches of Galveston Island. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and a master’s degree in Social Work from ETSU.  Early in her career she worked for The C.V. Mosby Publishing Company as a marketing coordinator for health publications, and then left the workforce to make a full-time commitment to her family. Mina has always been fascinated by what it means to be fully human. After completing an internship at the Counseling Center, she solidified an interest in helping students of all ages discover their resiliency and strengths. In addition, she has a keen interest in promoting healthy lifestyle choices, believing that the body and the mind cannot be separated.  She has received specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with a particular focus on substance abuse and anxiety disorders. Mina is the mother of three college-age sons. In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening, cooking and variety of fitness activities, including Tai Chi. She also maintains her commitment to local community service by active membership in the Johnson City Morning Rotary Club.

Kate Emmerich  

Kate Emmerich, M.A. Counselor
OASIS Program Coordinator

Kate Emmerich received her B.A. in English at the University of Vermont, her MSW at Michigan State University, and currently holds an LMSW license. Kate previously worked for Frontier Health, providing therapy to children and families at several Johnson City elementary schools through the HEROES program. Other clinical experience includes providing individual and group counseling to adults, with special interest in working with survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence. Kate approaches counseling with an integrative, holistic framework, drawing on relaxation techniques, mindfulness, and other forms of self-care to guide the healing process. Kate enjoys partnering with students to identify their strengths, explore how their past relationships and experiences affect their present functioning, and implement solutions to improve quality of life.

Additionally, as the Program Coordinator of OASIS (Outreach and Awareness: Sexuality Information for Students),Kate is able to realize her passion for providing education, outreach and support for students in the areas of healthy sexuality and relationships, in addition to spreading awareness about sexual assault and relationship violence on the ETSU campus.



Shaunah Scott, L.M.S.W.

Shaunah is a Licensed Master Social Worker and is passionate about working with students. She obtained her bachelor's degree and master's degree in Social Work from ETSU. Early in her career, Shaunah spent time at the ETSU Counseling Center completing an internship then working part-time counseling students. Shaunah has spent time in other settings including a residential treatment center, counseling youth ages 17-24 on independent living skills and interpersonal skills, and working with people in crisis situations in local hospital settings. Shaunah is currently teaching three courses within the Department of Social Work and providing counseling and case management services at the ETSU Counseling Center.

Shaunah enjoys working in all situations but her special interests include anxiety, stress management, spirituality, social skills training, relaxation training, and crisis intervention. Shaunah enjoys helping students reach their full potential, highlighting their strengths, helping them become aware of underlying issues, and working in a partnership with them to help them meet their goals. In her spare time Shaunah enjoys reading, cooking, crafting, hosting, and spending time with her husband and loved ones.

Amy Engelman, 
Executive Aide

Amy is the welcoming voice that greets visitors to the Counseling Center.  She has been with the Counseling Center for twelve years.  Amy oversees general office procedures and maintains the budget, timekeeping, and travel.  Amy does desktop publishing, and she also maintains the Counseling Center database, client files and produces information necessary for the monthly reports.  In 2006 Amy was the recipient of the Staff Development Committee’s annual staff recognition award for her dedication to students.


Jasmine Merendino,
Receptionist/Secretary 2

Jasmine is passionate about people, and truly enjoys working in the environment of helping others!  She is a graduate of ETSU and majored in Human Development and Learning with a minor in Psychology.  Her responsibilities include greeting visitors, staff and students walking into the Counseling Centerand answering general questions.  Jasmine is also responsible for  answering the telephone, documenting appointments with the Center's Titanium schedule system, maintaining accurate and organized client files, and analyzing reports.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading, travel, and spending time with her husband Frank!  She also enjoys being involved in the community through various organizations and activities.