Meet Our Faculty
Experienced, Skilled, and Supportive Instruction
Human Services faculty at COCC are leaders in their field who provide students with industry insights, hands-on learning opportunities, and knowledgeable advising. View the Social Sciences Directory for a full listing of faculty and staff.
Program Director and Professor, Human Services
As a licensed professional counselor with a master's degree in counseling psychology, Monica has always been passionate about her work. However, it was when she began teaching at COCC that Monica found her true calling.
She explains, "I love watching students move from a place of interest to excitement as their skills and knowledge build throughout the program, their confidence growing as they transition to professionals in the field."
Monica's dedication to students extends beyond the classroom to academic and career advising, as she helps them recognize their own potential and the variety of options available. Through Monica's extensive connections and active engagement in the professional community, students have access to practicum experiences tailor-made for their career and educational goals. In fact, many former graduates now work at practicum sites and assist current students as they gain invaluable experience in the field. Monica shares, "I enjoy the close relationships with the community that have been created over the years as our graduates become professionals across Central Oregon."
Sean is a direct and compassionate counselor, supervisor, and educator. With a doctorate
in counseling from Oregon State University, Sean is a Licensed Professional Counselor
and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. He uses an experiential, process-oriented approach
in order to help students increase self-awareness, learn material, and tap into their
innate capacity to adapt and thrive. As an educator, Sean believes that the intersection
of deep connection and passionate engagement ignites a powerful dynamic for learning.
Sean works to create a classroom culture that cultivates discussion and direct experiences. Students are invited to grapple with concepts and reflect on their own process as they move toward deeper understanding and greater compassion for self and others. As a practicing counselor and owner of a local counseling group, Sean is able to bring in real life examples and practice what he is teaching on a daily basis