Meet the On Your Marq Staff

Each On Your Marq student is supported in a variety of ways. Graduate coaches provide OYM students with targeted support in the areas of executive functioning, academic skills, and social and professional navigation. OYM students also work with an undergraduate peer mentor to assist in the successful transition to college social life.


On Your Marq Director

Emily RaclawEmily Raclaw, MS, LPC 

Emily is honored to be the director of On Your Marq. She is a lifelong Milwaukee resident and brings 15 years of disability in education expertise to the program. She has presented at several conferences and trained other college success programs on the topics of disability as diversity, neurodiversity, and programming.  

Prior to coming to Marquette, Emily has taught high school special education, worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, and coordinated a college success program for students with disabilities. She is an expert in program creation and development, as well as a disability advocate and professional. She is also a licensed professional counselor and utilizes those skills to ensure On Your Marq considers the whole student.  Outside of work she spends time with her son, husband, and dogs. She is an avid traveler, and loves to share her travel tips. 

She is excited to serve On Your Marq students and staff, coming alongside them in their individual journeys. 


On Your Marq Therapy Dog (in training) 



Raven, Aussiedoodle

Raven is an Aussiedoodle from Iowa's Doodle Company. She was born February 19th 2021. Emily and Raven are working hard on training to become a certified therapy dog team. She can be foud following Emily around or getting snuggles and pets from our students. She brings so much comfort and joy to our students already. 




Photo Credit: BeccaGlennPhotography


Meet our staff for the 2020-2021 year!

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Graduate Coaches 


Elyse Adler

Elyse Adler, MS

Program: Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

Undergraduate Institution: Haverford College 

Undergraduate Degree: Psychology with minors in Fine Arts & History of Art 

 Fun Fact: She played lacrosse in college!



Nathan Craven

Nathan Craven

Program: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Undergraduate Institution: Southern Utah University

Undergraduate Degree: Psychology, Minor in Spanish

Fun Fact:He plays the Violin but also loves to play a mean game of Pickleball



Jess CurryJessica Curry 

Program:Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Track

Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Undergraduate Degree: Psychology & Spanish

                           Fun Fact: She had tons of fun ziplining and kayaking  in Costa Rica!


Keelyn Gross

Keelyn Gross 

Program: Physical Therapy

Undergraduate Institution: Marquette University

Undergraduate Degree: Biomedical Sciences – Physical Therapy 

Fun Fact: Manatees are her favorite animal! 





Bernadette Heitschmidt, MS

Program: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Rehabilitation Track

Undergraduate Institution: Marquette University 

Undergraduate Degree: Advertising

Graduate Institution: Northern Illinois University 

Graduate Program: Adult and Higher Education

Fun Fact: Her favorite TV show is Friends and she named my dog after the character                                                                   Phoebe




Damon Paffenroth

Program: Philodophy 

Undergraduate Institution: Cal State Long Beach

Undergraduate Degree: Philosophy

 Fun Fact:  He knows every state and it’s capitol.



Peer Mentors


Emily A

 Emily Anderson

Major: Biomedical Sciences, DPT

Fun fact: She has never seen the ocean! 




Riya C

 Riya Chirayil

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Fun fact: In her free time, she loves to binge watch shows, take walks around pretty rivers and sleep for countless hours.





Megan CMeghan Curtin

Major: Speech Pathology and Audiology 

Fun fact: She's known how to ski since she  was 2 years old! 



Miranda DMiranda Dooley

Major: Psychology and Social Welfare and Justice

Fun fact:She has produced two documentaries on Veterans and their stories  from the Vietnam and WW2!


Audrey E

Audrey Early

Major: Speech Pathology and Audiology 

Fun fact:She's visited the town in England that is the same as her last name!





E jonas


Elizabeth Jonas


Fun fact: She only goes by Jonas or Jo! 





Alana L


Alana Lapitan


Fun fact: She's in the Pre-Occupational Therapy club at Marquette!





Rebecca O


Rebecca Odeh

Major: Physiological Sciences

Fun fact: She can speak Arabic






Emma O


Emma O'Grady

Major: Educational Studies and Psychology

Fun fact: She is VP of the women’s club basketball team




Lily O


Lily Olson

Major: Speech Pathology and Audiology

Fun fact: She did gymnastics for 14 years!





Maggie Smith


Maggie Smith 

Major: Speech language pathology and Spanish 

Fun fact: She used to Irish Dance





Meghan Smith


Meghan Smith 

Major: Biomedical Sciences (Pre-PA)

Fun fact: She has a twin sister and her younger siblings are triplets!




Jada Vidnow


Jada Vignos

Major: Biomedical Sciences 

Fun fact: She has caught the bouquet at every wedding she's been to. 




Planning Team

Mary Carlson

Mary Carlson, Ph.D.

Discipline: Clinical Associate Professor in Education

Fun Fact: She prides herself on having dissected a human brain. 

Wendy Krueger


Wendy Krueger, MS, CCC-SLP 

Discipline: Clinical Associate Professor in Speech-Language Pathology

Fun Fact: She was a Twist (dance) champion!


Amy Van Hecke

Amy Vaughan Van Hecke, Ph.D.

Discipline: Professor of Psychology

Fun Fact: Dr. Van Hecke was Vice President of the Croquet Team while an undergrad at Smith College.