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



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


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.

Brittney Meyer (she/her)

Business Support Specialist II


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.

Kaitlyn Roberts, B.A. (she/her)

Student Support Specialist II


Kaitlyn Roberts obtained a degree in Theater Arts and Marketing Minor at Central Methodist University in 2017. She previously has worked at Phelps County Family Crisis Services as a Children’s Advocate. She enjoys fishing, kayaking, movies and museums. In her free time, you can catch Kaitlyn hanging out with her dog, being outside, or performing plays around the Phelps County region.  


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

Senior Counselor


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


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


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.  

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

Senior Counselor


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.

Gene Gianladis, PhD (he/his)



Gene Gianladis obtained his PhD in Psychology in 1972.  Gene has worked at Missouri S&T since 2002 and retired in 2017.  He has recently rejoined our team, part time, to provide individual counseling to students.  Gene enjoys fishing, archery, and spending time with his animals.

Lin Wang, M.S., PLPC (she/her)

Counselor in Training


Lin Wang obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English from Qingdao University in 2012; Masters degrees in Social Work and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Missouri State University in 2018. Lin has worked with teens and adults from diverse backgrounds in school settings as well as community counseling centers. Working from a person-centered, strength-based approach, Lin is passionate about helping people as they strive for positive change to create the future they envisioned. In her free time, she enjoys reading, being outdoors, arts, animals and tea.

Amber Johnston, M.A., PLPC (she/her)



Amber Johnston obtained her bachelor's degree from Columbia College in 2011 in Criminal Justice Administration, working with the Missouri Department of Corrections for the next decade as both a Case Manager and a Probation and Parole Officer.  Eventually she went back to school and graduated in 2021 with her Masters Degree in Counseling from Webster University.  Amber is just starting her counseling career but has extensive experience in working with individuals struggling with addiction, and those experiencing crisis.   Amber specializes in mindfulness techniques combined with CBT and Gestalt, but she often borrows from other methodologies based on individual client needs. Amber is passionate about helping clients find balance and peace in their lives.  In her free time, Amber loves to read, draw, and spend time with her children.  She is an avid fan of anything science fiction and/or comic book related.

Wellness Coordinators

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

Substance Use Program Coordinator


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 Substance Use Program Coordinator is that students feel respected and that they can receive support free of judgment.  In her free time, Kelly loves gardening, taking care of her houseplants, and drawing.

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

Peer Education Program Coordinator


Annie Birt 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). 

Simran Bhatia, B.A. (she/her)

Wellness Coordinator (CPT Intern)


Simran Bhatia obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and International relations from India in May 2018. She is a graduate student at Missouri S&T pursuing a degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and is  graduating in May 2022. Simran has over eight years of experience in health education, psycho-social research, program implementation, and public speaking through various projects with the United Nations, World Bank, UNICEF, Fairfield University, USA, Edith Cowan University, Australia, and KPMG. Simran is also an author of the book titled ‘An Impact Assessment of Stress Level of Women Working in 181 Helpline Services: A Psycho-Social Analysis.’ In the last two years at Missouri S&T, Simran has held various leadership positions and served as the Peer Wellness Educator for Mental Well-Being. Simran’s work is fueled by her passion for helping others and the belief that individual well-being creates a positive ripple effect across everything one does. Simran oversees the Mental Well-Being, Miner Support Network, and ProjectConnect education programs and is part of the JED Health and Well-Being Committee. She enjoys cooking, doing art and craft, learning new things, and playing board games in her free time.

Health Communications

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

Health Communications Specialist


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)


Abby Sybert is a Graduate student on campus pursuing a degree in Information Science Technology. She has been at S&T since 2017, and received two Bachelor's degrees prior. After graduating, she hopes to find a job in a data visualization field.

Max Arnold

Health and Well-Being Marketing Assistant (Student Employee)


Max Arnold is pursuing his Bacehlor of Science in Biology, with plans to work in either conservation or environmental law. He has been at S&T since 2019 and serves as Vice President of the Interfraternity Council. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, basketball, traveling, and spending far too much money on concerts and food.

Student Interns

Jack Schrimpf, B.S.

Industrial Organization Psychology Graduate Student Intern


Jack Schrimpf obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Truman State University in 2017 and is currently working towards a Masters in Industrial-Organization Psychology. Outside of the Student Well-Being office, Jack bartending, serving, and catering at a local restaurant in Jefferson City on the weekends. After this internship and graduation, Jack hopes to work in Human Resources and move to either Kansas City or St.Louis. Outside of the office, Jack enjoys working out, reading (especially autobiographies), watching sports (basketball and football), and has recently gotten more into cooking.

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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