Student Wellness Services Staff
Get to know staff of Student Wellness Services
Elizabeth McHugh, PA-c, M.P.A.S.- Director of Student Wellness Services
Elizabeth McHugh, is the Director of Student Wellness Services, and a graduate of Evergreen. The experience she had as a student here shaped her interest and philosophy about providing care and support to students. Elizabeth believes in a holistic approach to developing your own sense of well-being, and that while the basics such as eating well, getting enough sleep, and exercise are important to your overall health, so are activities and experiences on which you choose to focus your attention. Choosing to cook, and/or savor a good meal, experiencing the forest, and spending time with people who lift you up, and bring out the best in you, are all excellent ways to promote a sense of well-being, and increase your capacity to be engaged in the important work of being a student and a citizen.
SWS Administrative Staff
Gloria Gaetz-Patient Services Representative & Administrative Staff Assistant
Gloria has 45 years of experience in the health care field. Gloria believes that if we serve others, we serve all of humanity. Gloria has been at Evergreen for 11 years serving students by creating a welcoming and healing environment as they navigate their lives during change and challenges.
Student Assistance Coordinator
Lexie Generous, MSW LGSW LICSWA- Student Assistance Coordinator
Lexie is a Minnesotan transplant currently working as the Student Assistance Coordinator overseeing the CARE Team at Evergreen. She enjoys supporting college students with all of the complexities of life through an authentic relationship while striving to understand realities. Lexie is here to provide support, kind challenge, and intentional love and guidance in a collaborative and person centered manner to all students. She strives to be as anti-oppressive, intersectional, and holistic as possible while helping folks navigate the many systems that exist to get care and their needs met in healthy, productive, and meaningful ways.
Ed Brendler, PsyD- Psychologist
Ed received his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 2017. He received his M.A. in psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 2012 and his BA from The Evergreen State College in 2007. His history with counseling and psychotherapy goes back to 1972 when he was involved with the start-up of the Thurston-Mason Counties Crisis Clinic and the Evergreen State College Gay Resource Center. More recently, he has completed practicum and internship placements at the Antioch Community Clinic and the Evergreen State College. His studies at Antioch have focused largely on the humanistic theories described by Relational Psychoanalysis and Existential Phenomenology, however, Ed is also trained in adult integrative therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reintegration (EMDR). Ed’s practice is generally client centered, collaborating with the client to develop self awareness, affect tolerance and emotional regulation. He works with clients who are dealing with issues that can include trauma, depression, anxiety, family of origin, relationships, sexual orientation and gender. Ed believes that each client comes in with a different story, background, and constellation of experiences and capabilities. When we engage and work with another human being, it is that connection that leads to therapeutic change. The practice of therapy is also the practice of relationship, in a safe, structured, and contained environment.
Kelly Brown, PhD- Lead Psychologist
Dr. Kelly Brown is a licensed psychologist who has specialized training from The Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology in Boston. Kelly has always enjoyed working with college students and is thrilled to be able to be of service here at Evergreen. Kelly has a special interest in working with individuals who are struggling with concerns related to interpersonal relationships, dealing with multicultural and sexual identity/orientation related issues, and working with students who have experienced trauma in the past. Kelly is an EMDR practitioner, a therapeutic technique particularly helpful in working with trauma. Using an integrative strength based approach; she specializes in working with students who are recovering from trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. Kelly enjoys spending time by the ocean with her wife, kid, two dogs and a good science fantasy novel.
Leslie Johnson, MSW- Mental Health Therapist
Leslie graduated from Evergreen and went on to earn her M.S.W at The University of WA in 1997. As a Social Worker, she has a long history of working in social justice movements resulting in the co-founding of new programs and non- profit organizations, which brought her to work at Evergreen to continue to expand learning and growth. As a therapist she is experienced in working with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and life transitions of all kinds. Her professional training includes EMDR, PTSD, and addiction treatment as well as LGBTQ, multicultural and relationship issues. Leslie works closely with the Vets Center on campus She has a particular interest in helping students to create healthy boundaries so that they can navigate their lives in a way that feels healthy and positive. She approaches therapy with respect, honesty, kindness and humor. In the summer you’ll find her laughing around a campfire and in the winter curled up with a good book.
Quinn Russell, MS LMHCA- Mental Health Therapist
Quinn Shannon Russell completed her BA at Evergreen and went on to receive a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Ecopsychology. Quinn’s work is based in values of anti-oppression and intersectionality; working within the context of each individual’s unique experience. With an interest in holistic wellbeing Quinn works to support individuals in gaining insight, balance and health with a collaborative, strengths-based approach to therapy. As therapeutic tools Quinn uses narrative therapy, eco-therapy, art and creative expression all within a trauma-informed lens to help clients enhance the skills and insight each person already possesses. In her personal time Quinn is a crafty thing-maker, a musician, a moss and lichen worshiper, and a voracious reader of anything that inspires growth, social change, and deep introspection.
Jamyang Tsultrim, MA LMHC- Mental Health Therapist
Jamyang Tsultrim is a licensed mental health counselor and has been working at the student wellness services since 2000. His main interest is in focusing on the application of integrated East-West psychological approaches to maximize knowledge and skills in living with our daily lives insightfully and compassionately. He is also a faculty member of Evening and Weekend studies program and teaches primarily East-West Psychology emphasizing mind/consciousness and emotions as well as specializes in the clinical application of mindfulness for mental health issues and well- being.
Student Medical Assistants
Title IX Coordinator
Mari Kruger Leavitt