Meet Counseling Services Staff
Seleah Crosland, Counselor
Seleah Crosland is a native of Horry County with over fifteen years of experience working in the mental health field. She has worked in a variety of settings including non-profit, secondary, post-secondary, and private practice. Her experience includes working in the areas of disability services, career planning, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, peer health promotion and couples, personal, and academic counseling. Seleah earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a M.A. in counseling from Webster University. She is a licensed professional counselor and a certified cognitive behavioral therapist. Seleah is a member of the American Counseling Association, American College Counseling Association, and the South Carolina Counseling Association.
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Jonathan Glass, Counselor
Jonathan Glass has provided counseling services for over 15 years. Mr. Glass earned his B.A. in psychology and M.S. in counseling psychology from Nova Southeastern University. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Certified Addictions Professional. Jonathan is currently an active member of the American Counseling Association and The American College Counselors Association. He has offered individual and group counseling, as well as psycho-educational groups to individuals and couples encountering varying degrees of difficulty and conflict. His areas of focus have included behavioral medicine, developmental disabilities, psychiatric issues, dual diagnosis, domestic violence and relationship issues. Substance abuse and addictions have been his primary areas of interest and pursuit during the past several years. He has observed its debilitating effects upon the community and is passionate about countering its effects through education and treatment.
Sean Pierce, Counselor
Sean Pierce, an alumnus of Coastal Carolina University, provided counseling services in the Department of Mental Health for the six years prior to returning to CCU. After graduation from Coastal, Sean attended The Citadel and Webster University, where he graduated with honors, earning a M.A. in counseling. He has worked as a disaster counselor for F.E.M.A. and a speaker for the University of South Carolina, School of Public Health. Sean's disaster program was nominated by the Governor as a Blue Ribbon Area of Excellence. Mr. Pierce has had specialized training in psychodrama, peak performance training, mind-body awareness, as well as trauma and educational psychology. In his previous job, Sean was known as a specialist in young-adult issues. Sean's experience lies in working with self-injurious individuals as well as, anxiety, depression, mood and thought disorders.
Sue McLean, Counselor
Sue McLean has served 10 years in the public and private sector working in residential facilities for individuals with mental illness. Sue graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a double major in psychology and sociology from Coastal Carolina University. She began her counseling career as a work study student in Counseling Services during her senior year at the University. She went on to earn her Master's degree in Counseling at Webster University. Sue completed her practicum and internship at CCU's Counseling Services where she developed a passion for working with college students. Sue is currently licensed as an LPCI in the State of South Carolina.
Alexandra Boutakova-Klintworth, Counselor
Alex was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She came to the U.S. in 1990 as an international exchange student to Cleveland State University, where she received her B.A. in English. For over 20 years Alex worked as a Russian translator/interpreter for the U.S. Department of State, courts, and the private sector. She is a certified Court Interpreter in SC. Following her growing interest in psychology, Alex earned her M.A. in Counseling from Webster University in 2011. She graduated with honors and was nominated as Student-of-the-Year by the faculty of the Counseling Program. Alex holds a license as an LPC-I in the state of South Carolina. Upon completion of her graduate internship at the CCU’s Counseling Services, Alex embraced an opportunity to continue working with students as a counselor. Her areas of interest include crisis intervention, conflict resolution skills, personal identity and growth, adjustment issues, anxiety and depression. She believes that a person can achieve optimal inner peace through conscious integration of body, mind and spirit. As an existential counselor, Alex strives to get to the root of the problem via guiding her clients to approach life with Awareness, Courage, Responsibility and Creative Authenticity. Her life’s motto is: “All is Possible with Focus and Determination.”
Tim Underwood, Counselor
Tim Underwood returns to Coastal Carolina University where he completed his internship for his M.A. in Professional Counseling. Mr. Underwood comes to the University with several years experience in mental health and education. He maintains a community based private practice in Conway, Agape Counseling. Tim earned a B.A. in foreign language from Georgetown College, an M.A. in education from Marshall University, and the previously mentioned M.A. in professional counseling from Liberty University. He is a member of the ACA (American Counseling Association) and the AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors). His passions for counseling are centered on walking with people in their difficult times, helping them to take honest assessments of their lives and situations, as well as helping people to take personal responsibility for their actions and learn to forgive others for theirs.
Tena Nardin is a South Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and a National Certified Counselor. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Ohio University and M.A. in Professional Counseling at Carlow University in Pittsburg, PA. Tena has over fifteen years experience in mental health and substance abuse counseling in outpatient and inpatient hospital settings with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. She has working knowledge of developmental disabilities, dementia, addictions, and vocational rehabilitation. Her areas of interest include self-awareness, trauma, relationship issues, anxiety, and mood disorders. At this time, Tena enjoys assisting students in achieving success and wellness by teaching them the tools and skills they can utilize throughout life.
Jennifer earned a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. Her prior experience includes working with at-risk children for neglect and abuse, as well as outpatient services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. She provides individual counseling for a variety of mental health needs, including depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and relationship problems, among others. Jennifer has a passion to help others gain the tools necessary to transform into healthy, functioning individuals. Her goal in counseling is to support and empower students’ personal growth as they overcome difficulties.
Violetta Czepowicz, Psychiatrist
Dr. Czepowicz was born in Cracow, Poland and graduated from medical school in Poland in 1983. She came to the U.S. in 1986 where she completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and continued with a fellowship in anxiety disorders research in the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Czepowicz lived in Charleston for 11 years where she served on the faculty at MUSC as an Assistant Professor involved in research, teaching, and treating patients. She mainly treated patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar, and addiction problems. She became certified in Addiction Medicine in 2002 and moved to Myrtle Beach to be a Director of the Adult Psychiatry Unit in the newly opened psychiatric hospital - Lighthouse Care Center of Conway. She continues to work at Lighthouse with adults having psychiatric problems, patients with addiction problems (alcohol and drugs), and troubled adolescents. She started working at Counseling Services in 2006 while she continues to work at Lighthouse and maintains a private practice.
Denise Logan, Clinical Dietitian
Denise Logan has been a registered dietitian for almost 20 years with experience in both clinical and community settings. She received her BA in psychology with a minor in nutrition from SUNY Oneonta and her MS in clinical nutrition from NYU. She's worked with dietary issues that affect people from the womb to the elderly. She can provide counseling to those who just want to learn to eat healthier, lose weight, or manage their weight, to those that require more intense medical nutritional therapy. She's recognized as a registered dietitian by the Commission of Dietetics Registration and is licensed as a dietitian by the state of South Carolina. Denise is currently employed as a public health nutritionist by SC DHEC as well as a Clinical Dietitian at Coastal Carolina University.
Administrative and Outreach Staff
Jennie Cassidy, Director and Counseling Psychologist
Jennie Cassidy, the Director of Counseling Services, is a native Buckeye (Ohio) who came to us by way of North Carolina. Dr. Cassidy has worked in various university counseling centers for over 25 years. She earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Toledo, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Akron. While Jennie enjoys the wide variety of issues and activities of a university counseling center, she has specialized particularly in administration, training peer counselors and doctoral level psychologists, individual and group counseling, and prevention activities. Jennie’s clinical specialties include career counseling, sexual assault and abuse, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. Jennie is particularly passionate about mobilizing students to prevent sexual assault and eating disorders, and consequences of alcohol and drug behavior in university communities. Jennie holds a license as a Counseling Psychologist in the State of South Carolina.
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Lee Carter, Associate Director for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
Lee Carter is a native of Fredericksburg, VA. She earned her B.A. in psychology from James Madison University and her M.Ed. in community counseling from the University of Georgia. She has worked with college students for the past 10 years to address alcohol and other drug use and its relationship to mental and physical health as well as academic success. Lee also has previous experience working in campus and community settings with issues related to violence prevention, crisis response, sexual assault and domestic violence. Her experience and interests include administration, student retention and success, public health, peer education, trauma and threat assessment. Lee is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor.
Chris Donevant-Haines, Assistant Director/Outreach Coordinator
Chris Donevant-Haines is a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Carolina and holds memberships in the American Counseling Association, American College Counselors Association and the South Carolina Counseling Association. Chris has lived in Myrtle Beach for nearly 20 years and is originally from “Wild Wonderful West Virginia.” Having obtained an A.A.S. in Legal Studies from Marshall University, a B.A. in Social Science from Bluefield State College and an M.A. in Counseling from Webster University, Chris has accumulated an extensive history of service in the helping profession. Chris has served as an advocate for survivors of relationship violence and was previously employed as a clinical coordinator for the SC Department of Mental Health. Chris came to work at CCU in 2005 and in 2008 was honored with the Student Advocate of the Year Award. She is experienced in training peer educators, coordinating outreach and providing counseling on a wide variety of mental health concerns faced by college students of all ages and backgrounds. Her special areas of interest are student engagement in the campus community, working with student interns, increasing education and awareness of mental health issues and empowering individuals to value and respect themselves and others. Chris oversees operation of “The COAST” (Counseling Outreach Advocacy Student Team) located in Room 313 of the Wall Building where she advises the SHORE Peer Educators and the Women’s Resource Cooperative (WRC).
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Debbie Hardee, Administrative Assistant
Debbie Hardee was born in Horry County, moved around the country for many years with her military family and eventually settled back in this community. She’s been at CCU for over 15 years, first in Student Health Services, and now has been in Counseling Services for over 10 years. She’s the glue that holds Counseling Services together. Debbie serves as the point person for contacts with students, faculty, and staff.
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