Chelette Stephenson (B.A. Political Science, Texas A&M University; M.Ed. Counseling, Lamar University) has over 12 years of experience leading a college counseling program. For the past 6 years, she has served as the Director of College Counseling & Alumni Programs at Yes Prep-North Central where she developed a robust counseling department leading the district in college readiness scores through innovative programming, fostering college and community partnerships and supporting directors of college counseling in YES Prep district. Before YES, Chelette created and managed the college and career programs for Magnolia ISD for 6 years. Chelette is a member of NACAC and speaks at the annual conferences about the development of comprehensive counseling program with a focus on college counseling. In addition, she has been awarded the Hobsons Naviance Innovative Award for her work and has shared best practices at the annual national conference since 2008. Outside of counseling, Chelette enjoys lake life with her husband and two children, Jaden and Charleigh. Want to meet with Mrs. Stephenson? Schedule here.
Regina Dunford (B.A. History and Theology, Marquette University; M.Ed. in Catholic School Teaching, University of St. Thomas) joins St. Thomas from Incarnate Word Academy where she served as Academic Dean. Gina has had prior experience serving as Campus Minister and Leadership Instructor, where she coached students through distinguished leader projects and assisted students in applying for summer formal enrichment opportunities. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Catholic Educational Leadership through Saint Louis University. Want to meet with Mrs. Dunford? Schedule here.
Thomson Ivins (B.B.A. Finance, U. of Texas, Austin; M.A. Mental Health Counseling, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX) joined St. Thomas in 2020. Thomson is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern – License No. 84042 (Supervised by Evelyn Fitzgerald, License No. #1554). As an employee of The Council on Recovery, Thomson is a full- time, embedded Choices Counselor at STH. The Choices Program provides prevention, education and treatment for high-risk behaviors as well as social-emotional therapy services for students, faculty and parents. Thomson has worked in several private practices, an addiction and trauma non-profit organization, and for Florida State University in the Career Counseling Center, providing mental health, career, and substance abuse counseling for adolescents and adults.
Kristine Meier (B.A. Political Science and Communication, Purdue University; M.Ed. Counseling, University of St. Thomas) comes to us after 10 years with YES Prep Public Schools where she served as a teacher, Grade Level Chair, Intervention Specialist, and has spent the last 5 years as Director of College Counseling. Kristine attended Duchesne Academy and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and loves to run and work out. Want to meet with Mrs. Meier? Schedule here.
Kim Shipman (B.A. Human Development and Psychology, Virginia Tech; M.Ed. Higher Education Administration, North Carolina State University) comes to St. Thomas from Rice University where she served as the Assistant Director for the Center for Career Development. Kim has spent time in career services working with undergraduate students as they prepare for professional lives after college. She has also worked in career services at Barton College in North Carolina and at Duke University as a public policy career services graduate assistant. She has also obtained certifications in the Myer’s-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory. Want to meet with Mrs. Shipman? Schedule here.
Marisa Waybright (B.A. Psychology and Sport Management, Rice University; M.S. Professional School Counseling Degree Candidate, Angelo State University) joins St. Thomas from YES Prep West where she served as the Director of College Counseling. Before then, she was a College Counselor, Senior and Junior Seminar teacher, and Student Opportunities Coordinator. She began her journey in education 12 years ago through Teach for America as a 7th grade English teacher at Stevenson Middle School. Want to meet with Mrs. Waybright? Schedule here.
Crystal Hayward (B.A. Mass Communication and Broadcast Journalism, Sam Houston State University; M.S. Administrative Leadership in Higher Education Administration, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) joins St. Thomas High School from YES Prep Public Schools where she served as a College Counselor and Seminar Instructor. Prior to her time at YES Prep she was Adjunct Faculty at Lone Star College and assisted students in their first year experience. She also spent several years as an Academic Advisor for the University of Houston. Her vast experience will be an asset to our team. Want to met with Ms. Hayward? Schedule here.