Counseling Center Staff


Carolyn Perrone, B.S.Carolyn Perrone

Carolyn earned her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. She enjoys her work helping others at the Counseling Center. She also likes walking outdoors, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.-Theodore Roosevelt 



Cynthia Weller, B.A. (she/her) Cynthia Candon

Cynthia received her BA in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island. In addition to her work at the Counseling Center helping students and staff, she enjoys time with her family and friends, especially time outside in nature, and walks with her dog. 

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Gandhi



Alondra Berrios, LICSW

Alondra Berrios

Alondra earned her B.A in Social Work from Providence College, her Master’s in Social Work and Certificate of Graduate Studies in Childhood and Adolescent Trauma From Rhode Island College. She went on to acquire her license as an Independent Clinical Social Worker. She enjoys weightlifting, running, and spending time with family and close friends. 

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou


Tyler Blake, MA

Photo of Tyler Blake

Tyler received her B.A. in Anthropology from Brown University, her J.D. from the University of South Carolina, and her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from William James College. She enjoys reading, Zumba (or any kind of dance workout), and spending time with her family. 

This too shall pass — author unknown



Catherine Calise, LICSW, Substance Abuse Specialist (she/her)Catherine Calise

Catherine earned her B.S. in Human Development and Family Relations and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and went on to acquire her license as an Independent Clinical Social Worker. Outside of work, Catherine enjoys being outdoors, taking walks, going to the beach, day trips, playing volleyball and being in the company of her family.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King Jr.


Cory Clark, Ph.D., Director Cory Clark

Cory earned his B.A. in Psychology & Social Sciences Interdisciplinary from SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University.  He enjoys being outdoors, kayaking, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.

Love the life you live, Live the life you love. – Bob Marley



Jake Clemens

Jake Clemen, M.Ed. (he/him/his)

Jake earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Economics, Spanish and Medical Sciences.  He has a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.  He is currently a Master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Rhode Island College.  Among other life adventures and hobbies, he enjoys playing/teaching tennis, being involved in government at all levels, video gaming, and gardening.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard Baruch


McCambridge Dowd-Whipple, MSW


Norman Fortin, LICSWNorman Fortin






Kelsie N. Foster, Ph.D., CRC, Multicultural Specialist (she/her)

Kelsie earned her B.A. in Music-Voice Performance from Hampton University, her M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from CORE accredited New York University, and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from APA accredited New Mexico State University. She completed her APA pre-doctoral internship at the University of Akron Counseling and Testing Center. She is a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). She enjoys all aspects of the arts, particularly live performances (music, theatre, dance, spoken word, museums, film and concerts). She also enjoys traveling (nationally and internationally), cooking, baking, engaging in laughter every day and spending quality time with close friends and family.

The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within – strength, courage, dignity. – Ruby Dee


Marge Franca-Terceira, Psy.D.Marge Franca-Terceira






Danielle Madden, LCSW, M.Ed./Ed.S. (she/her)photo of Danielle Madden

Dani earned her B.A. in Psychology from Roger Williams University, her M.Ed./Ed.S. degrees in School Counselor Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her Master’s in Social Work from Smith College. She completed her clinical internship as well as a post graduate fellowship at the UMass Amherst Center for Counseling and Psychological Health. Dani enjoys hiking and spending time in nature, learning ASL, engaging in training and agility work with her dog, pottery, crochet, and all things autumn related.


Mackenzie McNamara, Ph.D. (she/her)

Mackenzie McNamara

Mackenzie earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and her Master of Science in School Psychology from the University of Hartford. Most recently, she graduated with her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY. She enjoys paddleboarding, running by the beach, snowboarding, and watching movies.

“When we trust that we are the ocean, we are not afraid of the waves..” — Tara Brach


Holly J. Nichols, LMHC (she/her)

Holly earned her B.A. in Women’s Studies and Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Antioch University.  Holly enjoys organic vegetable gardening, being outside in nature, and time with friends and family (including her rescue/therapy dog, Addie).

The challenge is not to be perfect…it’s to be whole – Jane Fonda



Ming Lee Prospero, M.A.Ming Lee Prospero

Ming Lee earned her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She earned her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Salve Regina University, Newport RI. She enjoys time in nature, cooking, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.  —Carl Rogers 


Warren Schwartz, Psy.D.Warren Schwartz

Warren earned his B.A. in psychology from Skidmore College. He went on to earn his M.A. in experimental social psychology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and his Psy.D. from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, writing and playing music, and metal detecting / colonial relic hunting.

Perhaps everything terrible is, in its deepest being, something that needs our love. – Rainer Maria Rilke


Michael T. Starkey, Ph.D., Assistant Director (he/him)Michael Starkey

Michael earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He really enjoys nature, riding his bike, reading, and existential psychology/philosophy.

If a way to the better there be, it lies in taking a full look at the worst. -Thomas Hardy



Lilyanah Gomes, B.S.

Lilyanah earned her B.S in Psychology from Howard University. She is pursuing higher education in a Clinical Psychology Master’s program at Antioch University. She is currently working toward completing her clinical internship to become a mental health counselor. She enjoys being in nature, swimming in natural bodies of water, and practicing mindful movement.

Liberation: It is the feeling deep in our bones when we are free from all the internalized messages we were taught of who we were supposed to be and the expansion we feel when we transform these messages into critical consciousness to act upon the world and change it. – Anneliese Singh


Levi Mercier, B.S.

Levi earned his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island, and is currently obtaining his M.S.W. with the University of Denver. Levi enjoys sports, cooking, working closely with his community, and spending time outdoors with friends and family. 

We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps. – Herman Hesse, Siddartha


Hayley Lindsey, B.A.

Hayley earned her B.A. in Psychology from Post University in Connecticut. She is currently a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Rhode Island.  Hayley enjoys hiking, going to the beach, reading novels, and local coffee shops. 






Kevin Biondolillo