Counseling Services - Staff


Danette Norman Till

Danette Norman Till

Director of Counseling Services, 

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.


April White

April White

Assistant Director of Counseling Services, 

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.



Wise,KrisKris Wise

Triage Specialist, 

Kris attended the University of Saint Francis where he earned a bachelor’s degree in social work. Kris began his career working with women and children victims of domestic violence, and later found himself providing services to individuals living with HIV & AIDS. Working for the Positive Resource Connection for 7 years in HIV care coordination, providing advocacy and case management services. After earning a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University, he served as the Director of Client Services. He fulfilled this role at PRC for 5 years providing program management and client care.

In addition to working with the HIV positive community during this time, he provided counseling services in a private practice gaining clinical experience. Kris was selected to participate in the HIV Spectrum Project, and upon completion worked providing training in motivation interviewing, and medication adherence with the National Association of Social Workers. He has worked within university settings serving as an adjunct professor for both the University of Saint Francis, and the Indiana University School of Social Work.

Prior to joining the Manchester University community, he provided clinical services in child welfare working with children, adolescents, and families. This time offered Kris the opportunity to serve families in northeast Indiana referred to community-based services from both juvenile and adult legal systems. He began this work in a counseling role and then transitioned to a leadership role providing program management and supervision of several evidence based counseling programs.


Support Staff


Kelly Hippensteel

Glenna Castillo

Success Center Support Specialist