Meet Our Staff

Benjamin Anderson, PsyD

Benjamin Anderson, PsyD


PsyD. - Clinical Psychology, The Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago

M.A. - Counseling, Olivet Nazarene University

B.A. - Religion/Philosophy and Psychology, Olivet Nazarene University

Ben became the Director of Health, Counseling, and Student Wellness in 2015.  He came to NKU in January of 2011 as a Psychologist with the department and in 2012 moved into the role of Director of Disability Programs & Services.  Before coming to NKU, Ben was in private practice in Naperville, Illinois where he worked with secondary and post-secondary students with ADHD, learning disabilities, and psychiatric impairments.  HIs work involved a number of different roles, including conducting psycho-educational evaluations, providing evidence-based treatment to individuals and families, and consulting with secondary schools.

Christy Blackburn

Christy Blackburn

Office Manager

B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Northern Kentucky University

Christy is an NKU graduate who is excited to be working at her alma mater.  She has worked in a variety of customer service positions over the years, but finds working with students in a university setting the most fulfilling.  She also has a background in food and beverage management, credit counseling, and medical transcription.

Lisa A. Barresi

Lisa A. Barresi, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Associate Director, Counseling Services

M.S.W.  -  Smith College School for Social Work
A.B.  -  Economics and Mathematics, Bowdoin College

Lisa joined the staff of Health, Counseling and Student Wellness in January of 1995.  Before becoming a therapist, Lisa was the Assistant Dean of Students at Bowdoin College, where she was responsible for all aspects of residental life, advised students interested in study abroad and coordinated New Student Orientation. Lisa also worked for several years as a therapist in a community mental health agency. She enjoys helping college students move forward in their lives in healthy, meaningful ways.

Randall P. Cutler

Randall P. Cutler, Ph.D.


Ph.D. -  Clinical Psychology, University of Louisville
M.A. - Clinical Psychology, University of Louisville
B.A. -  Psychology and Mathematics, Hope College

Randy joined Health, Counseling and Student Wellness in March of 2013.  He comes to NKU after spending 10 years working within a community mental health agency in Lexington, Kentucky. During this time, his work included providing counseling and outreach services for Transylvania University students.  Randy is excited about the opportunity to work with students once again.  He has general interests in providing both counseling and psychological assessment and has a special interest in the area of sports performance enhancement.

Siobhan Ryan-Perry

Siobhan Ryan-Perry, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., C.A.D.C.

Alcohol and Drug Clinician

M.S.W. - University of Cincinnati
B.S.W. - Northern Kentucky University

Siobhan is originally from Skerries, Ireland and has been living in the states since 1993.  She has been with Health, Counseling and Student Wellness since August of 2010.  Siobhan began her career working in community mental health with adolescents and young adults.  She then switched gears to work with adolescents struggling with co-occurring disorders.  Before coming to NKU, she worked as an employee assistance counselor at the University of Cincinnati and focused on chemical dependency issues and facilitating presentations on campus.  Siobhan enjoys working with students and collaborating on projects with campus staff.

Diana R. Petta Wallace

Diana R. Petta Wallace, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Staff Clinician

M.S.W. - Simmons College, School of Social Work
B.A. - International Studies, Stonehill College

Diana joined the staff of Health, Counseling & Student Wellness in February of 2012.  Before joining NKU, she worked for several years with graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Diana values the opportunity to provide counseling services to individuals striving to pursue their goals.  She is excited to continue working with students in a university setting.

Monica Gray

M. Monica Gray, LMFT

Staff Clinician

M.S. - Family Studies with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Kentucky

B.A. - Psychology, Transylvania University

Monica joined Health, Counseling and Student Wellness in December of 2013.  Prior to coming to NKU, Monica worked in community mental health in Lexington, Kentucky with children, adolescents and adults.  In September 2012, she began working with a grant that provides in-home therapy to mothers diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder.  She has experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups with the goal of assisting people in reaching their potential.  Monica is excited to be working in a university setting and by the opportunity to work with NKU's student population.

Christy Wolfram

Christy Wolfram, MA, LMFT, LPAT, ATR-BC

Staff Clinician

M.A. - Marriage and Family Therapy/Clinical Art Therapy, Loyola Marymount University

B.F.A. - Painting, Minor in Art Therapy, Columbus College of Art and Design

Christy joined Health, Counseling and Student Wellness in December of 2013.  Christy has experience working with adolescents in a residential setting in Los Angeles.  She also worked with a community mental health agency in Northern Kentucky providing school-based and outpatient therapy to children, adolescents and their families.  Christy has experience helping individuals explore emotions through art and through talk therapy.  She enjoys experssing her own thoughts and feelings through drawing, painting, mixed media and art journaling.

Whitney Richardson, LPCC

Staff Clinician

M.Ed-Mental Health Counseling, University of Louisville

B.A.-Psychology, University of Louisville

Whitney joined Health, Counseling and Student Wellness in March of 2016. Previously, she provided counseling in a variety of settings, including community mental health, private practice and therapeutic foster care. Whitney began her career working with at-risk children and adolescents and their families in Louisville, Kentucky. Her experience then broadened to providing individual, family and group counseling to children, adolescents, and adults in northern Kentucky. She is excited to be a part of the HCSW staff and to assist students during their college experience.

Rose Tempel, APRN

Rose Tempel, M.S.N., A.P.R.N.

Associate Director/Nurse Practitioner, Health Services

M.S.N. - University of Cincinnati

B.S.N. - University of Cincinnati

Board Certified in Adult Health and Occupational Health

Rose joined Health, Counseling and Student Wellness in 2014.  Prior to coming to NKU, Rose had over 19 years of experience in college health and occupational health at the University of Cincinnati.  She enjoys the variety and diversity that a college health setting provides and has grown the health services offered on campus for NKU students, faculty and staff.

Michele Kay

Michele Kay, R.N., B.S.N.

Campus Nurse

B.S.N - College of Mt. St. Joseph

Michele began working at Northern Kentucky University in 1995.  She graduated from the Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in 1987 and received her Bachelor Science of Nursing in 1990.  She started her nursing career in Home Health Care and Industrial Nursing (working for CSX Railroad Corp.).  Her favorite part of working at NKU is interacting with students.  She enjoys the energy they bring to everything they do.

Betsy Hausfeld

Betsy Hausfeld, R.N., M.S.N.

Campus Nurse

M.S.N. - Northern Kentucky University

B.S.N - College of Mt. St. Joseph


Betsy joined the HCSW staff in October of 2008.  She graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1980.  Her nursing career has included positions with Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Hospital and a private pediatric practice in Crestview Hills.  Betsy looks forward to working with young adults in the unversity environment.  Her own college-age children help her understand the stressors and challenges students face.

Molly Webb

Medical Assistant

Molly joined Health, Counseling and Student Wellness in March of 2016. She graduated from Brown Mackie College and has years of experience in customer service, and most recently worked at a local Urgent Care office. Molly enjoys assisting HCSW's nursing staff and is an asset to a team with the goal to provide high quality health care to the NKU community. She also hopes to further her education and plans to enroll in the Radiology Technology program here at NKU.

Krista Salyers

Office Support Specialist

Krista joined the Health, Counseling and Student Wellness staff in 2015. Prior to coming to NKU, Krista had over twenty years of experience in customer service in the dental field. Krista is excited to be working with the students, staff and faculty on campus and is looking forward to being part of the Norse Nation for many years to come.

Department Contact

Nunn Drive
University Center 440
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Phone:  859-572-5650
Fax:  859-572-5615

Information about the use of e-mail

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