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 operates using the Personalized Care Model, a holistic method of care using multiple levels and types of support to meet the individualized needs of each student. This model insures that each student seeking support knows all their options and can access the type of care most valuable to their needs and goals.

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STUDENT WELL-BEING STAFF


Administration

Jessica Gargus, MEd, 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 since November 2012. 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 classes on the farm.

Lynne Davidson, MA, 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 since 2006 and has been at Missouri S&T since 2016, doing individual therapy and leading support groups that 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

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 December 2023.  In her free time she enjoys running, working out, traveling and exploring the outdoors with her husband.

Kaitlyn Roberts, BA (she/her)

Student Support Specialist II

Biography

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.  

Counselors

Diane Benit Stutts, MA, LPC (she/her)

Senior 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 since 1991.  Diane enjoys individual counseling in addition to running the ADHD group (now "Neurodivergent Support").  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, MS, 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.

Gene Gianladis, PhD (he/his)

Psychologist

Biography

Gene Gianladis obtained his PhD in Psychology in 1972.  Gene has worked at Missouri S&T since 2002 and retired in 2017.  In 2019 he rejoined our team, part time, to provide individual counseling to students.  Gene enjoys fishing, archery, and spending time with his animals.

Lin Wang, MS, PLPC (she/her)

Counselor

Biography

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, MA, PLPC (she/her)

Counselor

Biography

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.

Traci Krygiel, MSW, LCSW (she/her)

Senior Counselor

Biography

Traci Krygiel obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Missouri State University in 1994 and her Master’s of Social Work in 2012 from the University of Missouri- Columbia. Traci joined Missouri S&T in 2022. She is committed to empowering students to enhance their personal growth and potential through individual/group therapies. Learning ways to thrive in today’s society, not just survive. Traci is a strengths based therapist utilizing a person-centered approach to counseling. She utilizes an eclectic approach that includes several of the following techniques: cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and brain working recursive therapy. In Traci’s spare time she enjoys time with her family, hiking, singing, photography, watching crime shows, and tending to her tower garden.

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Counselor

Tiffini Denham, BS (she/her)

Practicum Student

Biography

Tiffini Denham received her bachelor’s degree in Human Growth and Development at Arizona State University in 2007. She took a career hiatus to have a family and is mother of seven. Currently, Tiffini is a graduate student at Northwestern University. She started her practicum with S&T in July 2022 and will be starting her internship in January 2023. She is passionate about helping individuals feel authentic, empowered, and intentional in their daily pursuits. She favors an eclectic approach that allows her to customize treatment plans according to her clients’ needs, and utilizes techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Feminist, and Multicultural theories. She looks forward to working with the wellness team to provide her clients at S&T a holistic approach to wellness. Tiffini’s favorite things are the beach, European fashion, and interior design.

Wellness Coordinators

Annie Birt-Milbradt, BA (they/them)

Peer Education Program Coordinator

Biography

Annie Birt-Milbradt 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, BA, MS (she/her)

Organizational Health Education Specialist

Biography

Simran Bhatia obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and International relations from India in May 2018. She graduated from Missouri S&T with her M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and graduated 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 her time 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.

Stephanie Murray-Miller (she/her)

Health Educator

Biography

Stephanie Murray-Miller obtained her Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health degree from the University of Missouri in 2019, and then went on to obtain her Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Missouri in 2021.  Upon graduating, she worked in the administrative department at a Federally Qualified Health Center in her local community to help reduce barriers to care and ensure access for all.  During her undergraduate and graduate career, Stephanie was involved in various organizations and held positions in which she interacted closely with the student population to ensure they felt welcomed on campus.  She joined Missouri S&T in 2022.  In her role as a Health Educator, Stephanie chairs the S&T Prevention Coalition, coordinates alcohol and other drugs initiatives, and sexualized violence prevention initiatives.  Her life-long goal is to have a true impact on the health and wellbeing of others.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, and hanging out with her cat.

Health Communications

Laura Woods-Buchanan, BA (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 75 books this year so email her your favorites!), sewing, cooking, and exploring with her spouse and dog.

Pooja Bhatia, BBA, MBA (she/her)

Health Communications Assistant (Student Employee)

Biography

Pooja Bhatia, as a creative and business-minded individual, is always seeking ways to expand her knowledge and skills. Her passion for connecting with others and understanding their stories drives her to pursue opportunities in diverse and multicultural environments. Pooja hold an integrated BBA-MBA degree in Marketing and Communications from the Institute of Management at Nirma University in India. She is currently pursuing a second master's in Business and Information Technology with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovations from Missouri S&T. Her areas of expertise include business, marketing, content creation, and leadership. In addition to being a dedicated professional, She is a writer, orator, animal lover, and travel enthusiast, always seeking new and exciting experiences. Pooja's ultimate goal is to use her skills and passions to impact society and inspire others to do the same positively.

Adam Rademacher (he/his)

Data Visualization Analyst (Student Employee)

Biography

Adam Rademacher is currently working towards a bachelor's degree in Computer Science at Missouri S&T. He joined the Student Well-Being team in 2022. In his free time, he enjoys playing badminton and basketball, watching the cardinal's baseball and blues hockey, as well as hanging out with his friends. 

Student Interns

Mahathi Dhulipala (she/her)

Student Intern

Biography

Mahathi Dhulipala is currently working towards a master's degree in Information Science and Technology at Missouri S&T. She joined the Student Well-Being team in 2022 as Peer Wellness Instructor and currently working as Student Well-Being Intern and Officer/Student Well-Being committee Chair of International Student Club. Her hobbies are playing badminton, singing, and being an active member in conducting different events in university. She is also the Vice President of the Indian Association.

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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