Our Mission

Provides counseling services, health promotion initiatives, and prevention programs to empower the S&T community to thrive and enhance personal, academic, and professional success.

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STUDENT WELL-BEING STAFF

Administration

Jessica Gargus, M.Ed, CHES (she/her)

Director

Biography

Jessica Gargus completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Fitness in 2005 from the University of Missouri. Upon graduation, she worked briefly in the fitness field and then for six years as a nutrition educator for her local community. In 2012, Jessica returned to the University of Missouri for graduate school and completed a Master of Education in Health Education and Promotion. Jessica is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has worked with Student Well-Being at Missouri S&T for nine years. As Director, she aims to bring comprehensive well-being resources and services to campus and to build a healthy, safe, connected, and resilient S&T community. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family on her hobby farm, working in the garden, or playing in the river. She is also a certified yoga instructor and occasionally hosts yoga on the farm classes.

Lynne Davidson, M.A., LPC (she/her)

Sr. Assistant Director

Biography

Lynne Davidson obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin- Stout in 2003, and then went on to get her Master’s degree in Counseling from Webster University in 2006.  Lynne has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for 15 years and has been at Missouri S&T for the past 5+ years, doing individual therapy and running groups to include Miners for Recovery (M4R) and a Safety group for females with a history of trauma.  Lynne’s priority as the Sr. Assistant Director of Student Well-Being is to make sure each and every student gets the clinical services needed and to support the mental well-being of the S&T community.  Lynne enjoys spending time with her family, reading books, watching sports, and is an avid fan of FRIENDS.

Jaqueline Meinecke (she/her)

Office Support Assistant IV

Brittney Meyer (she/her)

Business Support Specialist II

Biography

Brittney Meyer has worked at S&T since September of 2017.  Brittney has been with Student Well-Being since January of 2020, and she works closely with the Peer Wellness Educators and Joe’s PEERS. Brittney is working on her bachelors degree in Psychology and anticipates graduating in 2022.  In her free time she enjoys running, working out, traveling and exploring the outdoors with her husband.

Counselors

Diane Benit Stutts, M.A., LPC (she/her)

Counselor

Biography

Diane Stutts obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English in 1974 From Louisiana State University and her Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development in 1986, also from LSU.  Diane has been at Missouri S&T for the past 30 years.  Diane enjoys individual counseling, in addition to running the ADHD support group and family and healthy relationships groups.  Diane enjoys presenting on stress management, motivation, MBTI, and career development/advising.   Diane enjoys singing, reading, theater, kayaking, pop culture, arts, and spending time with friends.

Bethany Quay, M.S., LPC (she/her)

Senior Counselor

Biography

Bethany Quay obtained her Bachelor degree in Psychology from College of the Ozarks in 2003 and her Masters in Counseling from Missouri State University in 2005.  Bethany previously worked with teens and people experiencing domestic and sexual violence.  Bethany joined Missouri S&T in 2015 and is passionate about helping students feel validated, get connected, and be empowered. Bethany often uses techniques from CBT, mindfulness, and self-compassion to support her students. She enjoys reading, being outdoors, coffee, cats, cute office supplies, anime, and spending time with her family.

William "Bud" McKenzie, M.A., LPC (he/his)

Senior Counselor

Biography

William "Bud" McKenzie, obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Vocal and Instrumental Music from Lindenwood University in 2006; a Master of Arts in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University in 2015; and a Masters of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University in 2018.  Bud brings a diverse experience working in Career and Vocational Counseling, Behavioral Analysis, Special Education programs, and K-12 and Community Counseling programs.  Bud has worked with teens and adults experiencing emotional distress, anxiety disorders, traumatic brain injury, Autism, ADHD, and LGBTQIA-related stress.   Bud often uses Applied Behavioral Analysis, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Exposure Therapy, and Education on Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, Interpersonal Communication, and Mindfulness.   Bud is married with three children and considers himself a Disney & Harry Potter nerd, an avid lover of the Big Bang Theory, a Cardinals fanatic, a coffee snob, and an adventurous eater.   Bud tends to spend his downtime reading, recording original music, and performing when able.  

Lisa Gardner, B.A. (she/her)

Practicum Counselor

Biography

Lisa Gardner graduated from Westminster College in 2019 with a Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Lisa is currently working towards her Masters in Clinical Counseling from Webster University and it set to graduate this December 2021. Lisa started working in the Student Well-Being department in March of 2021 as a Practicum Counselor. Lisa enjoys wakeboarding at the Lake of the Ozarks when she is not reading or drinking coffee.

Nathan Asbell, M.S., LPC (he/his)

Senior Counselor

Biography

Nathan Asbell obtained his Bachelor degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University Idaho in 2007. Later he received his Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2012. Nathan has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including hospitals, in private practice, and with Mental Health Court. At the present Nathan comes to S&T with several years of experience in the counseling field. He loves helping people overcome the effects of childhood trauma and individuals who are in crisis. Nathan uses EMDR and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, along with Reality Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to help individuals live their best lives. Nathan is married with four children and loves the great outdoors. This includes hiking, camping, and kayaking with his wife and kids. He is also a big fan of Sushi, mountains of the Western United States, and beaches in Florida.

Vacant

Senior Counselor

Wellness Coordinators

Kelly Thornborrow, M.S., CA, MPS (she/her)

Wellness Coordinator

Biography

Kelly Thornborrow obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University in December of 2016 and her Master of Science in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University in February 2019. Kelly is a credentialled Missouri Prevention Specialist and credentialled Victim Advocate by both NACP and the Department of Defense. She joined the Student Well-Being team in December of 2020, she chairs the Missouri S&T Prevention Coalition, and is primarily responsible for alcohol and other substance prevention, education, and brief interventions like BASICS, CASICS, SUIP, and Nicotine Cessation.  Kelly’s goal as a Wellness Coordinator is that students feel respected and that they can receive support free of judgement.  In her free time, Kelly loves gardening, taking care of her houseplants, and drawing.

Jess Arent, M.S. (she/her)

Wellness Coordinator

Biography

Jess Arent obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Plymouth State University in 2009, and her Master of Science in Health Promotion from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2021. She has also been certified as a Nutrition Coach through NASM, and as a Health Coach through Real Balance. Her time between these degrees was spent in the Army as a Behavioral Health Technician. As a Wellness Coordinator within Student Well-Being, Jess specifically focuses on mental well-being initiatives across campus. She loves hiking and exploring outdoors, is passionate about fitness, and someday hopes to own a squirrel.

Annie Birt, B.A. (they/them)

Wellness Coordinator

Biography

Annie obtained their Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience from Missouri S&T in 2020 and is currently working toward their Master's degree in Psychology and Counseling. During their undergraduate degree, Annie completed research in a Music, Cognitions, and Aesthetics lab as well as participating with Joe's PEERS and serving as a Peer Wellness Educator. Annie primarily oversees the STEP UP! and Sexual Health education programs, is part of the JED Health and Well-Being Committe, and is part of off-campus initiatives designed to decrease food insecurity and better the Rolla community. Annie's goal as a Wellness Coordinator is to work with students, faculty, and staff to make well-being accessible and attainable to all members of the campus community. Annie keeps a variety of LGBTQ+ pride flags in their office for students to show their pride. Annie enjoys painting, reading, watching anime, and playing with their two cats (who really don't like each other very much). 

Health Communications

Laura Woods-Buchanan, B.A. (she/her)

Health Communications Specialist

Biography

Laura Woods-Buchanan obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders with minors in Child Studies and Disability Studies from Truman State University in 2017. She also completed her 200hr yoga teacher training and is a certified yoga instructor. Laura started working for Missouri S&T in January 2020 with an emphasis on mental well-being and suicide prevention, and now focuses on communications and marketing for Student Well-Being and other health and wellness departments on campus. In her free time, she enjoys reading (she's trying to read 60 books this year!), practicing yoga, cooking and baking, and exploring with her spouse and dog.

Abby Sybert (she/her)

Health and Well-Being Marketing Specialist (Student Employee)

Vacant

Health and Well-Being Marketing Assistant (Student Employee)

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Student Well-Being

204 Norwood Hall, 320 W. 12th Street, Rolla, MO, 65409
Phone: (573) 341-4211
Email: wellbeing@mst.edu

Operating Hours

Monday:8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday:8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday:8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday:8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday:8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed