Counseling Services - Staff

 

Danette Norman Till

Danette Norman Till

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

Danette 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.

 

Counseling Appointments

Appointments can be made with Danette by contacting Wellness Services (Health and Counseling) and speaking with the administrative assistant, Kelly Hippensteel, at 260-982-5306. Danette’s office is located in Wellness Services on the first floor of Calvin Ulrey.

 
April White

April White

Assistant Director of Counseling Services, 
260-982-5306, adwhite@manchester.edu

April 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

Appointments can be made with April by contacting Wellness Services (Health and Counseling) and speaking with the administrative assistant, Kelly Hippensteel, at 260-982-5306. April’s office is located in Wellness Services on the first floor of Calvin Ulrey.

 

Personal Wellness Team

 

Personal Wellness Team members are available to assist when a counselor is not available. Personal Wellness Team members 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. Kelly Hippensteel, Administrative Assistant for Wellness Services, arranges appointments with our Personal Wellness Team members.

 


 

Rebekah HouffRebekah Houff

Campus Pastor, 
260-982-5243, rlhouff@manchester.edu

Rebekah Houff serves as campus pastor. She is usually in the Petersime Chapel office Monday to Friday during the school year and for special events. For questions about the campus ministry program or religious life on campus, you may contact her at rlhouff@manchester.edu or 260-982-5243. 

 

Michael DixonMichael Dixon

Director of Intercultural Services, 
260-982-5276, mgdixon@manchester.edu

Michael 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.

 

Support Staff

 

Kelly Hippensteel

Kelly Hippensteel 

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

Kelly 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 Wellness Services (Health and Counseling), 1st floor of Calvin Ulrey.