Counseling Services

Director of Counseling Services, Danette Norman Till
260-982-5306, dntill@manchester.edu

Danette Norman TillDanette is a graduate of Manchester University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in social work. While working full time after Manchester University she earned two master's degrees: a Master of Science at Indiana Wesleyan and a Master of Social Work at Indiana University, Indianapolis. She is also licensed as a clinical social worker. Danette has worked previously with victims of crime allowing her knowledge and experience with domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse (physical, emotional and sexual) and grief and loss. She has worked in foster care, developing a special needs and foster care adoption program in northern Indiana. This has provided her insight into the transitional needs of adults and children, and the challenges of growing a small business. Immediately prior to returning to her alma mater, she worked for five years at an inpatient behavioral health unit providing individual, group and family therapy to young persons and their families. Returning to Manchester University to talk with students and share in their college experiences is a great joy.

Appointments can be made with Danette by contacting the Health and Counseling Services Office and speaking with the administrative
assistant, Kelly Hippensteel, at 260-982-5306.


Alcohol and Drug Prevention Coordinator/
Academic Support Retention Liaison, April White

260-982-5306, adwhite@manchester.edu

April WhiteApril White received her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Manchester University in 2003 after which she worked in a home visiting setting for approximately nine years.  She assisted families through crisis intervention and problem-solving to attain needed support and access resources to strengthen their parenting ability. 

April earned her Master’s degree from the Indiana University School of Social Work in 2011.  During that time, she completed her field placement within Manchester University’s Counseling Services department and gained an understanding of concerns specific to college students.  Prior to returning to her alma mater, she worked in a community corrections setting and was most recently employed by a local community mental health center, both of which provided her the knowledge and ability to intervene and respond to issues pertaining to substance abuse and mental health.

April comes to Manchester University with a strong background in solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and goal-setting which will allow her to support students in attaining success as they navigate their college experience.  She understands the need for individualized approaches to accommodate the unique needs of all students and is excited about partnering with students as they find their place at Manchester.

Counseling Appointments can be made with April by contacting the Health and Counseling Services Office and speaking with the administrative
assistant, Kelly Hippensteel, at 260-982-5306.  April’s office is located in the Success Center on the second floor of the Jo Young Switzer Center.


Facilitators

To schedule an appointment with one of the facilitators, please call Kelly Hippensteel, administrative assistant for Health and Counseling Services, at 260-982-5306. Facilitators are not prepared to address mental health needs, but are available to assist students to deal with transition issues, to help students explore options and link to resources, or simply to listen and talk out thoughts or feelings about a concern or need.

Director of Residential Life and Associate Dean of Student Development, Allen Machielson
260-982-5052, ajmachielson@manchester.edu

Allen MachielsonAllen Machielson is in his sixth year at Manchester University and his previous experience encompasses residential life, student development and campus ministry at various colleges and universities for over 18 years. His office is located in Calvin Ulrey Hall, 2nd floor.

To schedule an appointment with him, please call Kelly Hippensteel, administrative assistant for Health and Counseling Services, at 260-982-5306.


Campus Pastor, Walt Wiltschek
260-982-5243, wawiltschek@manchester.edu

Walt WiltschekWalt began working at Manchester University in February 2010, working with chapel activities and various religious life groups on campus. He is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren and previously worked at the denominational headquarters in Elgin, Ill., and as a local and district youth minister. He holds a master’s degree in religion from Lancaster (Pa.) Theological Seminary and a master’s in communication from Northern Illinois University. He enjoys talking about questions of faith, spirituality, vocation/calling, and life in general. His office is located in Petersime Chapel.

To schedule an appointment with him, please call Kelly Hippensteel, administrative assistant for Health and Counseling Services, at 260-982-5306.


Director of Multicultural Affairs and Campus Diversity, Michael Dixon
260-982-5276, mgdixon@manchester.edu

Michael DixonMichael began working at Manchester University in 2011. Michael has experience in intercultural life, leadership development, admissions, and in coordinating activities. He has also taught classes at the college level. He has worked at Guilford College, Knox College, and St. Ambrose University. His office is located in the Intercultural Center.

To schedule an appointment with him, please call Kelly Hippensteel, administrative assistant for Health and Counseling Services, at 260-982-5306.


Support Staff

Administrative Assistant for Health and Counseling Services: Kelly Hippensteel
260-982-5306, krhippensteel@manchester.edu

Kelly HippensteelKelly joined Manchester University in January 2005. She had previously worked in human resources for five years and has an associate's degree in accounting. Her office is located in Health and Counseling Services, 1st floor of Calvin Ulrey.

 

 

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