Counseling Services


Our Staff

"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are small matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

You don't have to be sick to get better. In other words, you don't need to be knee deep in stress before you come see us. We can help right now!

Call us at (440) 826-2180 or just stop by and set up an appointment.   We are open from Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meet Our Staff

Joy Wyatt, Ph.D.,

I am very excited to be a part of the BW counseling services staff and a part of this supportive and challenging learning environment. I am a licensed psychologist and have over 15 years of experience working with college students. I love being a part of an individual's journey in overcoming personal struggles, understanding oneself better and developing healthier ways of being. In particular, I strive to build on an individual's strength and help people develop resiliency. My areas of interest include women’s issues, eating disorders and body image, and relationship struggles. On a personal note, I enjoy traveling, playing golf (a “duffer”), the outdoors in general, and, spending time with family and friends.


Gerald Hayes, Psy.D, Assistant Director/Training Director

I am a licensed clinical  psychologist with experiences in a variety of clinical settings such as community mental health centers, hospitals, universities, and private practice.  As the Assistant Director to Counseling Services, I am very involved in supporting BW's efforts to enhance its ability to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff  through outreach, consultation, supervision and the provision of counseling.  Some of my professional interests include issues around spirituality, diversity, deaf culture, psychological testing, and clinical supervision.  I strongly  value and support the ability of an individual to make choices and consider it a privilege to be able to be a part of that process in another's life.  On a personal note, I love spending time with my family and friends.  I enjoy playing guitar and writing music when I get the chance.


Theresa Novak, M.Ed., PCC-S, Assistant Director/Director of Prevention and Outreach Services

Life will bring us both joy and sorrow and it's what we choose to do with it that matters. In addition to the joy and sorrow, we may find the journey of life to be confusing and isolating and counseling can help. I want nothing more than to walk with you through the confusion and discovery. I consider counseling a privilege, and believe that respect of every individual is a must. I hold a Certificate of Diversity with the Ohio Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development and have a wide range of interests which include multicultural issues, grief and loss, issues related to adjustment, spirituality, women, relationships, and identity.   On a personal note, I'm a social creature so spending time with family and friends is important to me. I love to cook and bake, and when I have time, one of my favorite hobbies is cake decorating. Other activities that bring me joy are reading, exercise, the theater and music.


Elizabeth C. van der Oord, Ph.D.

Elizabeth C. van der Oord, Ph.D,
Licensed Psychologist

I received my PhD in counseling psychology from The University of Akron (APA accredited) and completed a health psychology predoctoral internship (APA accredited) at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center with rotations in the General Medicine Clinics, Pain Management Center, and Recovery Resource Center. Recently I completed two 2-year postdoctoral fellowships, one at Baldwin Wallace University Counseling Services and the other at a pediatric private practice specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents. I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, and the Society of Counseling Psychology. My clinical interests include motivation, sports injury and performance, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, health promotion (smoking cessation, weight reduction, stress management, etc.), multicultural issues, adjustment to chronic illness, and relationships. Although I have worked with diverse populations, I particularly enjoy working with college students. I am excited to be part of the BW Counseling Services team and feel privileged to be able to support students in their endeavors. My free time is spent with family and friends and playing tennis.

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George Kasidonis, Jr., LISW-S, Licensed Independent Social Worker – Supervisor 

I am a local product of Fairview Park, Ohio and love the Cleveland community.  Following my 6-year enlistment in the US Navy, I returned home to attend Baldwin Wallace.  Back then in the stone ages, we were still a college.  I liked the experience so much, I returned to this community twice.  The first return involved an internship here 10 years ago in the Student Mental Health Center.  The second return is as a staff member in my current position.  I could not pass up the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of staff members, not to mention the student population which personifies resilience.  My other work life includes working with veterans of all ages.  When I am not working, I spend my time as a tournament bowler and coach.  I also enjoy playing the drums and guitar, particularly blues and ole’ school rock and roll.

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2014-2015  Intern

David Bradley, Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology




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2014-2015 Intern

Eric McCurdy, Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology 

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2014-2015 Intern


Rada Jurosevic, Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology



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2014-2015 Intern

Anastasia (Stacie) Berg, Masters Student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 


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2014-2015 Intern

Stacey Steigerwald, Social Work Student in Mental Health


Alan Castro

Alan Castro, M.D., Psychiatrist

I am a licensed psychiatrist working in the Counseling Center on a part-time basis.  I am originally from the Philippines where I obtained my medical degree.  I completed my residency training at Case Western Reserve – University Hospitals in 1997.  My training and interests include mood disorders, adjustment problems, and cross-cultural influence on mental health.  Because of the winning baseball team here in Cleveland, I decided to stay despite the cold weather.  I have found the students here at Baldwin Wallace to be a great group of individuals who make working here so enjoyable.

Julie Dailey, RN, Office Manager

Some of you may recognize me from Health Services. I have worked as a nurse at BW since 2004. I also earned a Psychology degree from BW and really enjoyed my college experience here. Then I went to nursing school and became a Pediatric Nurse. My favorite interactions have been with youth of all ages. My hope is for all college students to have an enjoyable college experience. In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends. Hobbies that I enjoy are reading, scrapbooking, exercising, and being outdoors.


Karen Heft, B.S., Part-time Office Manager

I've worked with individuals from early childhood all the way through to seniors living out their golden years and therefore; I enjoy meeting and interacting with people of all ages. I find college students very enjoyable because they're making decisions and laying the foundations for their future through learning and exploration.  In my free time I enjoy camping, spending time with my husband and family, sewing/crafting, and spending time outdoors.



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