WellCat Counseling Center

Meet Our Staff


Portrait of Courtney Chambless, PhD
Courtney Chambless, PhD
  • Licensed Psychologist
    On staff since August 2014
Portrait of Stephanie Chervinko, PhD
Stephanie Chervinko, PhD
  • Licensed Psychologist
    On staff since 2006
Portrait of Tara Donnell
Tara Donnell
  • LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Portrait of Melissa Harter
Melissa Harter
  • LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Portrait of Stefanie "Essie" Marchiano
Stefanie "Essie" Marchiano
  • LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Portrait of Lana McKnight, PhD
Lana McKnight, PhD
  • Licensed Psychologist
    On staff since 1998
Portrait of Jesse Ramirez
Jesse Ramirez
  • LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Portrait of Sherri Elkins
Sherri Elkins
  • MS, LMFT
Portrait of Shannon Slemrod
Shannon Slemrod
  • LPCC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Portrait of Tao Xiong-Thao
Tao Xiong-Thao
  • LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Portrait of Francisca “Ines” Duenas
Francisca “Ines” Duenas
  • Clinical Director, LMFT, PPS
Portrait of Rebecca Read
Rebecca Read

About Our Team

The counseling staff of the Counseling Center includes licensed psychologists and licensed clinical social workers, as well as master's level interns whose work is supervised by our licensed staff.

While some of our counselors have particular areas of expertise, each counselor is trained to assess and to treat a variety of clinical concerns. In most cases, the counselor you see will be the next one available who can meet your schedule.

If you return for services from one semester to the next, you will be encouraged to see the counselor who already knows your history and has worked with you previously.

Wellness Engagement Teams

UMatter Interns

UMatter is the campus community outreach division of the WellCat Counseling Center. Through social media content, podcasts, blogs, workshops, and class presentations, the UMatter interns are tasked to promote and educate the campus community, destigmatize seeking mental health support, and ensure that wellness support is accessible to all of our students.

Peer Coaches

The Peer Coach Program consists of Chico State graduate students pursuing degrees in the mental health field. Their programs provide students with judgment-free spaces to explore everyday wellness activities. The online communities they build foster a positive group environment during seemingly isolating socially distanced semesters.