Counseling Center

University of Mississippi


The staff at the University Counseling Center believe in the dignity and individual self worth of each person. To that end we respect, nurture and honor diversity in all those we work with and serve.

MarcMarc Showalter

Marc Showalter, Ph.D., LPC is the Director of the Center.  Marc has worked with college students for more than twenty years, and still thinks it’s a great job.

After beginning his career in special education, Marc became interested in working with students as a counselor.  Prior to coming to the University of Mississippi, he worked as a counselor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and then came to Ole Miss to work on a Ph.D.  What began as a short stay for graduate school has become a wonderful opportunity to serve the Ole Miss community.

The director is responsible for all aspects of the work of the Center, but primarily he tries to stay out of the way of the talented staff here so that they can do their jobs.  Whether counseling students, teaching a class, speaking to a group, working with Orientation, visiting with parents or just strolling across campus, he thinks being a part of this community is quite an honor.

He is a big sports fan, especially of the Lady Rebels, and enjoys playing golf and the guitar.


SheliaShelia Goolsby

Shelia Goolsby received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi, with a major in Psychology and minor in English.  At the Counseling Center she assists the director with the day-to-day operations of running the Center, and provides interface with the employees, students, and parents who are seeking psychological assistance.  Shelia is also responsible for the development and implementation of the summer program for the children of the Water Valley Housing Authority. Before coming to the Counseling Center, Shelia was a sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, a property manager, and the volunteer coordinator for a local crisis center. Shelia has lived in the Oxford and Ole Miss community for 48 years.  She has been happily married to Paul for more than 28 years.  She and Paul are the proud parents of two adult children, Chase and Tyler; and grandparents, to three granddaughters, Lani, Madelyn, and Augusta Kate. Shelia enjoys working with children, the elderly, gardening, antiquing, and remodeling in her spare time.   She also enjoys attending baseball games with her family.

VickiVicki Mahan

Vicki Mahan, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT is the Assistant Director of the Counseling Center and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Coordinator. Vicki completed her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at Ole Miss. Vicki was a special educator in both elementary and secondary levels in public schools for many years. Vicki has been the EAP Coordinator since 1997. She is licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy and is certified in clinical hypnotherapy. Since 2001 Vicki has also been the coordinator of the U of M ALLIES Program, which is a network of informed faculty and staff who are visibly supportive of all students regardless of their sexual orientation or identity. ALLIES foster a campus community in which all members may feel safe, supported, respected and valued.

BillyBilly Meyers

Billy Meyers is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor who joined the staff at the Counseling Center in the summer of 2013.  He received his B.S. in psychology from Virginia Tech in 1993 and his M.Ed. in counseling with a focus on marriage and family therapy from the College of William and Mary in 2002.    Prior to coming to Ole Miss, Billy worked at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Outpatient Psychiatry providing therapy to university students, faculty and staff as well as individuals from the community.  He has worked across the Southeast providing therapy to individuals, families, couples and groups in outpatient and inpatient settings.  He has an interest in helping people move beyond the symptoms of depression and anxiety and has training in the specialty area of clinical hypnosis.

Billy is married to Maureen Meyers and they have two wonderful children together.  He enjoys vegetable gardening and loves to pick and sing bluegrass music.

campN. Camp Best

Camp is currently a staff counselor at the Counseling Center.  Camp recently received his Master’s Degree in Counseling Education from Ole Miss and served previously as the Student Advocate in the Vice Chancellor’s Office for Student Affairs.   Camp received his B.A. Degree in History from Millsaps College and also holds master’s degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Southern Studies from Ole Miss.  He is keenly interested in meditation, mindfulness and other contemplative practices and how these can be used to promote the wellness of our campus community.  He has been an instructor in the EDHE 105 First Year Experience program for the last five years.  Camp loves Ole Miss sports, and his favorite place on campus is Rowan Oak and Bailey’s Woods.  He is the father of two children who are Ole Miss graduates, Nathan and his wife, Kimberly, who live in Madison, Mississippi and Suzanna, who lives in Nashville.  He is also the proud  “Pops” of his namesake grandson, Campbell, who lives with his parents in Madison.

DeanDean Worsham

Dean is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and National Certified Counselor. He currently sits on the Mississippi Board of Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapist. Dean also leads the “Just One Breath” meditation group held at UM Counseling Center.

Josh MJoshua Magruder, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Joshua completed his Master’s and his Ph.D. in Counseling at Ole Miss.   Josh is interested in working with students, staff, groups and couples.  Josh works with the On-Call Program and enjoys the crisis team. In his spare time, Josh enjoys gardening and golf.  He is married to Merrill Magruder.

Bio coming soon.

SallySally Sullivan

Sally Sullivan, M.Ed., NCC , graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in elementary education. She taught school for many years and recently completed her Master’s degree in mental health counseling. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and is working full-time at the counseling center. Sally has a special interest in working with eating disorders and will be facilitating the Making Peace with Food group. Sally has been married to Ware for nineteen years and together they have two children, Mary Victoria, 12 and Hope, 8. Sally enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family.

PhilPhil Baquie

Phil is originally from Australia and has called America home since 1999. His work as a motivational speaker, professional musician, and humanitarian spokesperson has taken him to over thirty countries around the world. Phil served in the US Army in both Infantry and Tactical Psychological Operations (Airborne) units. He holds a B.S. in Religion and has completed a M.A. in Professional Counseling. Phil currently works at the University Counseling Center as he completes his supervision work for state licensing as a Licensed Professional Counselor. He is passionate about helping his clients thrive in life. Phil enjoys collecting antique books, traveling, and spending time with his beautiful wife, Lindsey, and their baby girl Allie Rose.

LorettaLoretta Spence

Loretta is a native of Water Valley, Mississippi. She joined the staff as Secretary in July 2012.  Before joining the University she worked in property management and accounts payable and receivable. Loretta is married to Stephen; they have two children, Justin and Jessica.  She also has a miniature Schnauzer named “Harley” that is part of the family as well.  Loretta enjoys watching television and spending time with family and friends.


Carol Langendoen, LMSW

Carol is a graduate of the University of Mississippi Clinical Social Work Master’s Degree program. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology from the University of Mississippi in 1997. Carol’s primary experience includes employment at Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, Inc. working with adult and child survivors of sexual abuse/assault. She has worked in the capacity of a case manager, a child forensic interviewer, and as a coordinator of multidisciplinary child abuse review teams. She developed a children’s court preparation program, a forensic interviewing program, and assisted in the development of the Children’s Advocacy Center at Family Crisis Services. Carol has both coordinated and presented at numerous conferences and trainings around the state and nationally, and has served as an expert witness in child abuse and forensic interviewing. She currently serves as a part-time counselor at the University Counseling Center.

ReneRenee Jacobi

Renee Jacobi is a graduate assistant at the University Counseling Center.  She has started her first semester in the Higher Education and Student Personnel Master’s program and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012 with a degree in Business Management.

Having lived in Minnesota, Nevada, and Colorado she is getting acclimated to the Mississippi climate, but is excited for a lot less snow in her life.  In her spare time, Renee enjoys watching movies, reading, baking, DIY projects and video-chatting with her family, friends and pets.

Connie JoConnie Jo Holleman

Connie Jo Holleman is a native of Oxford, Mississippi. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in May of 2013 with a B.A.E in Elementary Education. After graduation, Connie Jo began pursuing her M. Ed. in Teacher Education with an Emphasis in Elementary Education. She currently works as a graduate assistant in the University Counseling Center and will be coordinating the 2013 Jean Jones Walk/Run and the 2013-2014 Pet-A-Puppy/Stress Less Week. Connie Jo hopes to obtain a teaching job at an elementary school once she finishes her master’s in the summer of 2014. She has had experience working with children of all ages and would love to teach any K-6 grade. Connie Jo enjoys spending time with her friends, family, boyfriend and golden retriever, Swayzie. Some of her other interests include: non-competitive running, camping, biking and just having a good time.

JamesJames Strickland

James Strickland, LPC, NCC is a native of Brandon, MS.  He graduated from Mississippi College with a B.A. in Psychology and completed his M.S. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi.  James is currently a first year graduate student in the Counselor Education Ph.D. program. James has experience working with children, families, and college students in an inpatient and outpatient setting.  He has an interest in working with individuals who have experienced a trauma.  In his spare time he enjoys running and road trips.

Jared CJared Clark

I am currently a first year doctoral student in the Counseling and Leadership program with a desire to continue my work with those in recovery. I received my bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and my Master’s of Mental Health Counseling from Mississippi College. In the past I worked with adolescents and alcohol and drug offenders at a locally based community mental health organization. I am very excited about being at the Counseling Center and look forward to helping the Ole Miss family, while at the same time continuing to strive to be a better counselor.

In my spare time I enjoy fishing, cooking, and nurturing an unhealthy fascination with comic books.

MindyMindy Dunagan

Mindy Dunagan, LAPC, NCC is a graduate student in the Counselor Education Ph.D. program at the University of Mississippi.  She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Georgia where she also held a leadership position in Chi Sigma Iota.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Georgia.  Mindy previously worked in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings, which have led her to experience a diverse client base.  She enjoys working with the Rebel community and aiding them with any difficulties that arise.

In her spare time, Mindy enjoys traveling, dinning out, exercising, hanging out with friends, and visiting with her family.


Patricia Phillips

Patricia Phillips received a Psychology degree in 2002 and a Social Work degree in 2013 from the University of Mississippi and is currently enrolled in the Advanced Standing Clinical Social Work program.  Between degrees she has extensive work in Community Mental Health Agencies as a Case Manager working with Adult and Children in various counties.  She is currently working as a Graduate Assistant at The University Counseling Center coordinating Calm in Chaos and as a Case Manager for the Universities population. She currently lives in Oxford with her husband Joseph and two daughters, Addison Rose and Mia Grace.  In the little spare time she has, her hobbies include traveling, reading, seeing live music, and spending time with her family and friends, along with her four legged friends, Maggie Mae, Belle, and Layla.

BiancaBianca M. Crudup

Bianca M. Crudup is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. She graduated from Spelman College (Atlanta, GA) with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Mississippi, focusing on clinical health psychology. Bianca has experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse populations across a variety of settings including the University’s Psychological Services Center, North Mississippi Regional Center, and the Autism Center of North Mississippi. Additionally, she is a member of the American Psychological Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In her first year at the University Counseling Center, Bianca is excited to work more closely with the student population in group settings and individually to address difficulties they may be facing.

Josh HJoshua Hamer

Joshua Hamer is a Mississippi native who received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Mississippi in 2011. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Ole Miss and is looking forward to working with students at the University Counseling Center. He has the deepest passion for helping individuals maneuver life’s peaks and valleys while objectively providing the best clinical services available to his clients. Making a positive and substantial impact in the lives of others is the impetus by which he delivers therapy and lives his life. Joshua is also passionate about de-stigmatizing the mental health field and helping people realize that life is full of surprises and uncertainty, and sometime we need help dealing with the residual effects that come along as baggage.

DonovanDonovan McCain

Donovan grew up in Oxford, Mississippi. He earned his B.A. In Psychology from the University of Mississippi and is currently working on a Masters in Community Counseling. His professional interests include integrating Meditation and Mindfulness with more traditional forms of therapy. He looks forward to serving the community at Ole Miss to assist them with whatever reasons bring them to counseling. Donovan enjoys playing music (Mandolin and Guitar) with several bands around town and writing songs. He also enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends in Oxford.

RebeccaRebecca Patterson

Rebekah is a sophomore here at Ole Miss. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Mountain Brook High School in 2012. In Birmingham, Rebecca and twin sister, Hannah, who attends Judson College in Marion, Alabama. Since the age of 3, Rebecca’s biggest hobby has been dancing. She danced on her high school dance team and competitively at Birmingham Dance Theatre. Rebecca is a Kappa Delta here at Ole Miss, and is majoring in Communication Science Disorders with a minor in Education. Rebecca  hopes to become a speech-pathologist one day.


ShirlpaShilpa Shirur

Shilpa is from Mumbai, India. She has completed her Masters in Counselor Education in 2012, at the University of Mississippi. She received her bachelors in Sociology from the University of Mumbai, India. She has called Oxford her home since 2009. Shilpa works at the Counseling center and the Child Advocacy and Play Therapy institute as a therapist. She is involved with international students on campus and has lead several groups for the students to adjust to the American culture and lifestyle. Shilpa’s experience includes working with adult and child survivors of trauma and abuse. She hopes to receive her licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor for the state of Mississippi and certification as a Registered Play Therapist by summer of 2014. In her spare time, Shilpa loves watching movies, cooking, learning new cultures and cuisine, shopping and hanging out with her husband and friends.

EugeneEu Gene Chin

Eu Gene is a Ph.D. candidate at the clinical psychology program at the University of Mississippi. He has worked in a variety of settings such as community mental health centers, counseling centers, psychology clinics, residential centers, and student disability offices. He is keenly interested in disseminating evidence-based mental health services to diverse populations – particularly for anxiety and mood disorder issues.