Staff are experienced in working with the personal and career concerns of college students. In addition, advanced doctoral students also provide counseling services as part of their practicum training. Practicum students are closely supervised by senior counseling staff.

Brenda Lenz, M.S., L.P.C., S.A.C.

Director/Coordinator of Alcohol & Drug Treatment Service 

Brenda Lenz is a licensed professional counselor and certified substance abuse counselor. She has been at the MUCC for 17 years working always as therapist, but also serving as the Clinical Director and most recently as the Director. In addition to college counseling, she has worked in community clinics and in private practice as a therapist for over 2 decades. In her role as an administrator, her primary oversight is on the delivery of evidenced based, culturally sensitive and trauma informed services the CC provides and is committed to creating a welcoming and safe space that allows students with varying identities and mental health needs to get help.  As a therapist, Brenda has a special interest in working with students who struggle with more complex mental health issues, co-occurring issues, athletes, eating/body image and substance use concerns. She also works closely with the campus CARE team and in prevention/early intervention related to health/wellness promotion.  Brenda uses a combination of motivational enhancement, strength based, and practical cognitive and behavioral strategies to help students resolve their concerns and meet their personal goals.  Pronouns: she/her

Kari Barnes, M.A., L.P.C.

Counselor/Sexual Violence Treatment Service Coordinator   


Kari Barnes has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2005.  She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Marquette University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UW-Milwaukee. Kari has close to 15 years of experience providing psychotherapy services to diverse populations. She has worked with college students in multiple formats, as a counselor, as well as through her role teaching at multiple universities and working as a student success mentor in a university setting.  She has found success in helping young adults navigate the challenging waters of an ever-changing and not so settled world. Kari has a passion for helping young people see their strengths to overcome adversity, grow in their self-awareness, confidence, and empowerment skills that allow them to live a life they truly choose and desire. Kari has a strong empathy for those she works with and is able to relate in a warm and concerned fashion. Her knowledge base includes cognitive behavioral treatment as well as other modalities, with a specialty in working with trauma and understanding principles of trauma-informed care. When not at work, Kari enjoys spending time with her family, attending her children’s various activities, traveling and being outside.


Jodi Blahnik, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Senior Psychologist/Training Coordinator         

Dr. Jodi Blahnik is a Marquette alum, receiving both her Master's degree and Doctorate from Marquette's Clinical Psychology program. She has worked at the Counseling Center since 2007 and currently coordinates ADHD services.  Jodi deeply enjoys working with young adults, supporting clients around issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and transitions. Jodi views the counseling experience as a collaborative journey, attending to a student’s unique social and cultural identity to assist in empowering students to achieve their educational and life goals.  In addition to her clinical work, Jodi has taught numerous classes at Marquette and contributes to various institutional assessment initiatives.  Outside of work, Jodi enjoys spending time with her family, reading books about history, and perpetually renovating her 140 year old Victorian house.


Deborah Contreras-Tadych, Ph.D. – Licensed Psychologist

Coordinator for Underrepresented Students


Dr. Debbie Contreras-Tadych is a three-time Marquette alum. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Spanish Languages and Literatures, Master’s Degree in Community Counseling as well as her doctorate in Counseling Psychology all from MU. Debbie has experience working with a wide range of mental health concerns, including trauma, depression, anxiety, identity development,  adjustment problems, and relationship difficulties. She is bilingual Spanish-speaking and is able to provide therapy in both English and Spanish. She enjoys working with young adults, and celebrating the individualism and uniqueness of each person. She has a special interest in diversity and is passionate about supporting students who may be struggling with additional challenges related to immigration status, sexual orientation/gender identity, being an international student or a first-generation college student, or being a student of color, among other things. Debbie takes a collaborative approach to working with her student clients, collectively creating realistic and attainable treatment goals. She utilizes a person-centered, and strengths-based conceptualization within a multicultural framework. Her treatment approach uses characteristics of trauma informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and behavioral activation. She is very excited to be back at Marquette!


Judy Evenson, M.S.N, A.P.N.P., P.M.H.N.P-B.C.                                          Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Judy is an honors graduate of Alverno College of Nursing where she completed her undergraduate and advanced practice graduate studies.  She is a board-certified advanced practice nurse practitioner.


Judy has practiced over 37 years in a variety of clinical settings to include medical intermediate care, health and wellness promotion, toxicology assessment and treatment with the Wisconsin Poison Center, clinical leadership and outpatient mental health.


Judy is an employee of The Medical College of Wisconsin providing psychiatric pharmacologic clinical services at Marquette University’s Counseling Center.  She has a special interest in working with college students as they adjust to college-life. Patient-centered, collaborative, evidence-based treatment are key elements of Judy’s clinical practice.  She describes her practice as holistic and encourages patients to develop and practice good sleep hygiene, health-focused diet and daily physical activity as strategies that support mental health. She is a strong advocate of the importance of talk-therapy to help normalize and teach patients important coping skills and strategies for emotional regulation.  Judy’s focus of psychiatric treatment is to meet her patients where they are, providing a safe and welcoming environment, to discuss their behavioral health concerns and goals. 


Marla Guerrero, Ph.D. - Psychologist

Diversity Coordinator


Dr. Marla Guerrero has been with the MUCC since March 2016. She holds a doctorate in counseling psychology (minor in multicultural education and diversity training in higher education), masters is counseling, and bachelors in journalism (minor in Chicana/o Latina/o Studies) all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Marla has over 10 years of experience working with diverse and underrepresented college students and clinically has experience in both university counseling centers and community mental health settings. She is bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural (Mexican American) and has particular expertise working with Latinx college students. Marla's approach to counseling is student-centered using an interpersonal process that is grounded in a multicultural approach. Her clinical interests include relationship/interpersonal issues, family of origin, identity development, anxiety, depression, and college adjustment. Marla has particular interest and specialized training in multicultural counseling working with underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds (race/ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, gender, ability, first-generation college students, religion, citizenship status, etc.), campus climate issues, social justice, and advocacy. In 2014, Marla was named as one of UW-Madison's Outstanding Women of Color award recipients for her service to the campus community in social justice advocacy for a wide range of historically underrepresented students to pursue higher education and community advancement.​


Adisa Haznadar, Psy.D. – Psychologist

Outreach Coordinator


Dr. Adisa Haznadar earned her Master’s in Sport and Exercise Psychology in Greece and Germany. She obtained her Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in Athletic Counseling, from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her counseling interests include identity development, depression, anxiety, working with athletes, international students, eating concerns, trauma, multiculturalism and diversity. Adisa’s approach to counseling is primarily collaborative person-centered integrated with aspects of Cognitive Behavioral therapy, ACT, and all are grounded in multicultural framework. Adisa is passionate about assisting students become empowered, develop new skills, while understanding their identities and intersection of such. Adisa has particular interest in multicultural counseling with students from diverse backgrounds (race/ethnicity, religion, social orientation, gender, ability, etc.), social justice and advocacy. In her role as an Outreach Coordinator at MUCC, Adisa is passionate about reduce mental health stigma by providing prevention programs and organizing events relevant to mental health of MU students. 

In her spare time, Adisa enjoys outdoor activities, exercising, photography, and spending time with her loved ones.



Nicholas Jenkins, M.A., L.P.C.

Counselor/Coordinator of Mental Health Advocacy   

Nick Jenkins is a counselor who has been with the Marquette University Counseling Center for the past 5 years. He received his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Having been at several clinical settings including multiple universities, Nick has worked on building a strong knowledge base of college mental health concerns and specializes in addressing issues with anxiety, depression, cultural identity, grief/loss and career/major indecision. Nick tailors his counseling to each individual person and uses an integrative approach that combines interpersonal, humanistic, multicultural and cognitive/behavioral counseling strategies. As the coordinator for mental health advocacy, Nick facilitates the suicide prevention training on campus, advises the student organization Active Minds and does programming to reduce stigma around mental health concerns at Marquette. In addition to mental health advocacy, Nick has a strong social justice focus and is passionate about fighting for the rights of the underserved and underrepresented within Marquette and the Milwaukee community. This social justice focus has led him to be the coordinator for the Diversity Advocates program on Marquette’s campus. Outside of his time at Marquette, Nick enjoys going to interesting restaurants around Milwaukee and makes the best mac and cheese in counseling center history.


Shakari Lewis, M.A.

Counselor/Coordinator of Services for Black/African American Students


Shakari “Kari” Lewis graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville obtaining her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Kari is a licensed professional counselor who has experience working within the Milwaukee Community as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, a family therapist, and individuals who present with psychotic symptoms or suicidal ideations, or actions. Kari has worked at the Behavioral Health Division on the Adult Mobile Crisis Team and has experience responding to psychiatric crises with clients, case managers, police officers, doctors, and family members who need assistance with de-escalating a mental health crisis.  

Kari has been trained to work with suicidal callers who called the national suicide hotline for Milwaukee County and in July 2019, Kari was certified to be an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) trainer. The purpose of an ASIST trainer is to help caregivers learn the warning signs of suicide and safely apply suicide first-aid to ensure individuals remain safe. 

Kari has a special interest in working with students of color at Marquette; specifically, the University Counseling Center to connect with students to help them grow in many areas. Kari is passionate about assisting students of color matriculate through college, while overcoming the current racial climate all while helping students focus on their mental health. 



Laura Lubbers, Ph.D. - Psychologist

Group and Career Program Coordinator

Dr. Laura Lubbers earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Marquette University, and enjoys remaining part of the Marquette community in her role as a Psychologist and the Training Coordinator at MUCC. Laura is passionate about working in a university setting because of student's resilience, openness, creativity, and unique and diverse worldviews. She works collaboratively with students by utilizing a variety of therapeutic approaches grounded in a multicultural framework to help them become empowered to explore their difficulties, develop new strengths and skills, and make positive and lasting changes in their lives. She is committed to understanding and respecting the richness of individual’s identities and cultural backgrounds and strives to foster respect for diversity and cultural competence both in her personal and professional roles.  Additionally, she is committed to being involved in social justice and advocacy initiatives both on campus and within a broader scope. She strives to make the counseling experience a positive, safe, and respectful experience for all students she has the privilege of working with.


Craig Miller, M.A.

Practicum Student


Craig Miller is a Counseling Psychology doctoral student at Marquette University. Craig has a wealth of experience working with young adults from diverse backgrounds. He previously worked for 9 years in student affairs and residence life at several institutions, and loves working with college students! He has a passion for helping students find wellbeing and balance in the midst of life’s busy demands. Craig has worked with a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma- or stress-related disorders, bipolar disorder, and suicidal thoughts. He also has a strong background working with students on issues of identity development, multiculturalism and diversity, interpersonal relationships, and major life transitions. His work is grounded in a holistic, biopsychosocial-spiritual approach that incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivationally-enhanced therapy, and multicultural counseling. Craig’s vision is to see students empowered and thriving in every aspect of their lives. In his spare time, Craig enjoys watching movies, running, and being in nature with his family. Pronouns: he/his.



Zachary Reindel, Psy.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow




Melissa Schneider, M.A., L.P.C., C.I.R.

Counselor/Coordinator of Eating Disorder Treatment Services


Melissa Schneider is a psychotherapist who earned her Masters of Counseling degree from Marquette University and Bachelor of Arts degree from UW-Eau Claire.  She has specialized training, experience and expertise in treating eating disorders, body image concerns, anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder in multiple levels of care including private practice, intensive outpatient programming and residential treatment facilities.  Melissa enjoys working with young adults who also struggle with depression, life transitions, relationship difficulties and adjustment concerns.  She offers a highly individualized approach tailored to meet each person’s needs and provides a supportive environment that promotes insight and growth.  Melissa practices from a cognitive and dialectical behavior therapy model that is solution focused and highlights an individual's unique strengths. Melissa believes it is important to treat the whole person with specific consideration of multicultural components in therapy.












































































































































































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Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is dedicated to promoting the psychological health of students at Marquette University. We offer mental health services to be able to respond to the emotional and career exploration needs of undergraduate, graduate and professional college students, and the prevention resources to reinforce healthy development.