Meet Our Team

Center for Health & Counseling

Scott Kadera, Ph.D. Psychologist

Scott Kadera, Ph.D. Psychologist

Interim Director/Counseling Manager

Born outside Chicago, I mainly grew up in central California, and have been in Utah since the early 1980s. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, I switched careers and earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University in 1996. I completed my internship at the Counseling Center at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and am a licensed Psychologist. Prior to the SLCC Center for Health & Counseling, I worked at the counseling/health center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and later with older adults at Valley Behavioral Health. My areas of interest include psychotherapy outcome research; the college student mental health crisis; the impacts of the economy, technology and culture on mental health; spirituality and religion; and emerging treatments for brief therapy. My orientation to counseling is integrative/eclectic, and I draw from Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Humanistic-Existential and Interpersonal approaches. In my free time I enjoy camping and hiking, reading widely, and listening to classical music.

Campus:

Taylorsville

Phone:

801-957-4755

Email:

scott.kadera@slcc.edu

Lauren Kelley

Lauren Kelley

Administrative Assistant

I lived in the Midwest before moving to Utah in 1997. I graduated from Salt Lake Community College in 2013 with an Associate of Science. I then went on to Utah State University to pursue a degree in Wildlife Biology. After two years, I returned to the Salt Lake valley.

I have over 8 years of office management and medical office experience. I have worked for three higher education institutions and love the atmosphere and culture. Helping people has always been a passion of mine and what I love to do the most in every aspect of my life.

I love to read, paint, hike, and snowshoe in the winter. My friends and family mean the world to me and I love to spend as much time with them as I can.

Zamzam Ahmed

Zamzam Ahmed

Medical Receptionist

I am a nursing major currently working on my prerequisites at SLCC. I plan on attending the University of Utah College of Nursing to pursue my bachelors of science in nursing. I love being a medical receptionist because I will gain new and interesting skills and experiences in a medical setting while working on my classes. I strongly believe this will help me be a better healthcare provider in the future.

I am a mother to an incredible toddler who I love spending the most of my time with. I am originally Somalian but I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. I come from a huge family and I am the oldest of seven. I came to the United States 6 years ago. I usually spend most of my time with my son or studying. My hobbies include watching netflix, trying new recipes, traveling and reading.

Jenny Williams

Jenny Williams

Medical Receptionist

I have grown up in Utah all my life. I am half Hispanic and am very fluent in Spanish. I am currently studying at Salt Lake Community College and am majoring in the Dental Hygiene Program here. I am a part of a great organization that has made me love being with the Center of Health and Counseling. I plan on taking more schooling after getting my degree in Dental Hygiene and transferring to a much broader school of Dentistry.

Some things that I enjoy doing in my everyday life is being outdoors, going to the movies, or just watching movies in general. I also love traveling and I try to go somewhere different almost every summer when I get the chance of doing so.

Mike Rohde

Mike Rohde

Medical Receptionist

Born and raised in Utah, I studied theater and instrumental music at the College of Eastern Utah. I have worked in higher education for over 10 years, most of which at Salt Lake Community College. I plan on getting my bachelors in Theater and Music with the intention of teaching Junior High or High School. I enjoy seeing students succeed and helping them along the way. After working for Intermountain Healthcare, I found that coming to the Center for Health and Counseling gave me the ability to work on both sides of what I enjoy doing, helping patients and students.

I enjoy playing the bass with my band, reading, playing video games with my nephews and spending time with my family. They are my support system.

Medical Clinic

Philip Howland, DNP, NP-C

Philip Howland, DNP, NP-C

Clinic Manager

I really enjoy working with students, faculty, and staff at Salt Lake Community College. My special interests are preventative medicine, hypertension, diabetes, PrEP, and helping people adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.

I grew up in the Southeastern US, mostly in and around Atlanta, GA, but have lived in Alabama, Florida, North and South Carolina. My first degree was a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Citadel. After a career in the Army, I worked for a pharmaceutical company which sparked my interest in healthcare. I completed my prerequisites from SLCC and then attended the University of Utah to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012. I worked at University Hospital as a nurse providing care to patients of all ages before returning to the U and to earn my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. I am board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

I really enjoying running (the longer distance the better!), skiing, and anything outdoors. In my spare time, I try to be active and spend time with my family, dog, and cat.

Phone:

801-957-3758

Denise Martin

Denise Martin

Medical Assistant

I was born and raised in Oxnard California 15 minutes away from the beach, out of high school I attended medical assistant course and I have stuck with it for 18 years, I was with the same company for 16 years I have experience in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pain Management, OBGYN, Pediatrics and Urgent Care. I love being a medical assistant its taught me compassion, patience and not to hurry and judge people. In late March of 2021 we decided to trade the beach for the mountains.

I’m very happy to be a part of CHC staff and SLCC I enjoy working with my team and helping our students.

I have two teenage boys and two dogs, my husband and I love to find new places to explore in Utah we enjoy music and BBQs and board games with our boys. My hobbies are Olympic Weightlifting I compete as a Master Athlete I enjoy competing and training hard, I enjoy Pod Cast – murder mystery, plants hikes and cooking.

Quote: if you’re going to fight you fight to win – ( my dad )

Victoria Carver

Victoria Carver

Medical Assistant

I am a proud Utah native living in Salt Lake City. Recently, I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Neuroscience. I chose to pursue this degree because I am passionate about health, wellness, and positive living. At BYU, I had the opportunity to become a published author through my work as a research assistant in a chemistry lab. I also enjoy writing health-related articles for my blog in my free time. During college, I worked as a CNA for an assisted living facility, where I grew to love patient care. I also have experience working at The Neuro Clinic alongside a chiropractic neurologist.

I chose to work as a Medical Assistant to gain more experience in the health field and strengthen my knowledge of patient care and medicine. I enjoy working with the students, staff, and patients at Salt Lake Community College. My long-term goal is to become a Physician Assistant to continue to help others live healthy lives.

In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, hanging out with my two cats, and being outdoors with my family.

Lisette Partipilo Cupello

Lisette Partipilo Cupello

Immunization Specialist

I was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela. A city that is thousands of miles away from Utah, where my home is located, where I had the opportunity to complete my studies as a clarinetist in the School of Music and it gave me the opportunity to learn the importance of music, how it can help people and in turn, how it can help us become better empathetic listeners.

In my hometown, I had the opportunity to obtain my degree as an Emergency Medical Technician, with diplomas in Vital Emergencies and Stress Management in Emergency Situations from two different international universities. In addition, I attended the School of Medicine at the University of Zulia for 3 years, until the opportunity to come to SLC as an international student knocked on my door: a great adventure of faith that has allowed me to continue with my studies, my academic and professional training in Health Sciences.

One of the main reasons of my life is to help those who need it with my knowledge, either in the health field or through music, as well as sharing the knowledge with other students, which led me to create and develop medical content on social media since 2019 and gave me the opportunity to give online presentations with different universities and scientific societies in Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, among other countries, keeping in mind the example of my parents and the principles learned at home. In addition, working for the international students in processes that I have had to complete on my own, make my work at the Center of Health and Counseling even more interesting and exciting!

In my free time I like to improve my general knowledge by reading, listen to music, cook, and run, as well as visit SLC and all its places, landscapes, and outdoor activities. I am honored to be part of the CHC staff and SLCC community, as an international student and employee. Having the opportunity to work for international students in processes I have had to complete on my own, make my work at the Center of Health and Counseling even more interesting and exciting!

Counseling

Aja Washington, CSW

Aja Washington, CSW

Therapist

I was born in Aurora, Colorado, and grew up in Southern California for most of my life, then moved to Utah in 2018. I earned a Bachelor's in Television, Film, and Media Studies from California State University-Los Angeles. After a few years, I switched careers and received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. I am a Certified Social Worker (CSW) who enjoys supporting people from all walks of life. Before joining the Center for Health and Counseling team, I worked as a sexual assault advocate in Davis County. After that, I worked with people experiencing homelessness in the Rio Grande area of Salt Lake City. Recently, I worked as a therapist on an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team working with individuals in the community who have a serious and persistent mental illness. My orientation to counseling is strengths-based and client-focused. I enjoy using mindfulness-based approaches to therapy, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I also draw from other methods such as Attachment-based Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and brief-therapy methods. I enjoy watching television and films, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and getting involved with various community projects in my free time.

Cielle Smith, CMHC

Cielle Smith, CMHC

Therapist

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology, from Utah State University in 2012. I moved to central Illinois in 2014 to attend the Clinical Counseling Psychology program at Illinois State University, and upon graduating in 2016, moved back to Utah and became licensed as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor.  Before the SLCC Center for Health & Counseling, I worked in a community agency in Midvale, Utah. My main areas of interest include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, interpersonal and communication skills, and stress management. I enjoy working with a wide variety of concerns. I take a non-judgmental, supportive, and empathetic approach with clients, believing they are the experts on their own lives. I work with clients to identify and express their concerns and find solutions for them. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Strength-Based Therapy are my main approaches, but I borrow interventions from a wide range of therapeutic approaches. In my free time, I enjoy time with friends and family, being creative, and checking out different local events across the Wasatch front.

Claudia Eli Zeppelini Cioni, CMHC

Claudia Eli Zeppelini Cioni, CMHC

Therapist

I grew up in a megalopolis in Brazil, one of the biggest in the world today. That experience brought me breadth of perspective of many different cultures, religions, and philosophies, as much as the notion that I would prefer today to be in a smaller city with opportunities like Salt Lake City. I graduated in Psychology in Brazil and received my master’s degree at the University of Utah and am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I have worked in facilities with many different populations with diverse issues and ages. I have a passion for my work, and I love studying about it constantly. When I am not studying something related to the integration of mind-heart, I listen to music (Brazilian and World), engage in knitting/crocheting or spend time with friends and family. I have been in the USA for almost 20 years and have raised my children and many pets (cats and dogs). I love the changing of the seasons here and being around the big mountains.

Daniela Maldonado

Daniela Maldonado

Counseling Services Therapist

I was born and raised in New York City. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah. During the HDFS program, my passion for behavioral psychology grew. This motivated me to earn a Masters in Social Work from the University of Central Florida. Through my internship at Salt Lake Community College - Center for Health & Counseling, I developed a passion for working with diverse multicultural populations, students, and adults.

I aim to foster a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients feel heard and understood. I approach counseling with a multi-cultural, strength-based, and collaborative lens—tailoring sessions to the needs of each client. I practice a combination of evidence-based modalities including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. My areas of interest include interpersonal relationships, adjustment issues, communication skills, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and identity development.

In my free time, I enjoy going to museum exhibitions, hiking, jogging, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Jodi Lorenzen, CMHC

Jodi Lorenzen, CMHC

Therapist

I grew up in San Antonio, Texas and Lakewood, Colorado. I moved to Utah to earn my undergraduate degree in English Literature. After several years of parenthood, and raising foster teenagers, I became interested in trauma and how traumatic experience shapes perception. I returned to school to pursue my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Utah and am a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Prior to the SLCC Center for Health and Counseling, I worked in residential treatment with adults dealing with severe trauma, abuse and addiction, as well as in a behavioral health hospital as a crisis counselor. My areas of interest include post-traumatic growth, resilience, shifts in perception, identity development and the power of narrative. My orientation to counseling is Person-Centered, and I typically use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) approaches. In my free time I enjoy reading (mostly fiction), writing, learning new things and listening to podcasts. My favorite yearly activity is going to the Shakespeare Festival to watch plays. 

Health Promotion

Whitney Ockey, CHES

Whitney Ockey, CHES

Health Promotion Manager

I’m a proud Idaho native, but have been living in Utah for the past 7 years. I joined SLCC shortly after acquiring a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Utah Valley University. I am a Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and plan to obtain a Master’s Degree in the near future. I love being a manager for the Center for Health & Counseling and hope to remain in higher education for the extent of my career. I value preventative healthcare approaches and see health education as a vital element in preventing disease and illness. I find particular interest in nutrition, exercise, and sexual & reproductive health.

I survive off of endorphins and vitamin-D! I love to be outside and physically active. Dancing, CrossFit, kayaking, and water skiing are a few of my hobbies.

Emily Allen

Emily Allen

Health Promotion Coordinator

I was born and raised in Utah as the youngest of five children. I recently graduated from BYU with my bachelor’s in human development and my master’s in public health. As part of my master’s degree, I became certified in public health, CPH, as well as coauthored articles on stunting and diarrhea. I may bleed blue, but I am excited to be a part of the health promotion team at SLCC. I love helping individuals reach their full potential through healthy living. My health interests include maternal and child health as well as global health. My dream is to one day travel and provide health services for individuals around the world.

In my free time I enjoy dancing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Jasmin Wesley

Jasmin Wesley

Graphic Designer

I was born and raised in Utah. I’ve loved art and tech since I was a kid, so when I discovered Graphic Design I instantly fell in love with it. I got an Associates of Arts from SLCC and a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Utah. I love helping our students get through school happier and healthier!

Katherine Testa

Katherine Testa

Health Promotion Coordinator

I was born in a small town in New Jersey but have spent most of my life in Utah. I am a first-generation college student, graduating from Salt Lake Community College with an Associates in Sociology in 2018. I am currently finishing my bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Education at Weber State University. I have a passion for health education and believe that providing resources along with access to health information and care, yields in greater personal health and well-being.

In my free time, I love to hike the beautiful Utah mountains with my two dogs and husband. A few of my favorite hobbies including pottery and working in my garden.

I truly value the work of the Center for Health and Counseling and see it was a vital resource for meeting the complex meets of students during their academic careers.

Massage Therapy

Holly Scholz, LMT

Holly Scholz, LMT

Massage Therapist

My specialty blends Swedish Relaxation, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Segmental - focusing on antebrachial (forearm) release and neck/headache tension relief. Though I’m very clinical and technical, my style is intuitive and nurturing, Therapeutic and detailed, yet gentle. Through massage therapy, I’ve found a deeper awareness of my own body and share this education with others, along with my deep understanding of college culture. I continue seeking my AS in Pre-Medical Health Sciences and other prerequisites, with the hopes of being an Osteopathic physician someday.

I spent years in college studying anatomy and physiology, following my passion for bodywork, beginning my BS in 2013 at UVU concurrently with my AS. I took some time off and transferred to SLCC in 2019, challenging my limits by doing a triathlon, then taking CrossFit, Chem, and Physics together and it was one of the best collegiate decisions I’ve made. It led me to work for SLCC at the end of 2020. I discovered my niche, helping others achieve optimal health by being a part of a team working at the CHC.

In my spare time, I enjoy Netflix, yoga, meditation, powerlifting, making healthy meals and snacks and training for 5Ks and Spartan Races.

Kim Davis

Kim Davis

Licensed Massage Therapist

I am happy to be a team member working part time in the Center for Health and Counseling at SLCC giving massages. I enjoy helping students and staff to relax and heal. I graduated in 2014 from Myotherapy College of Utah as a Licensed Massage Therapist. I have worked the last 6 yrs with clients from my home/office. Outside of work, I enjoy time with family & friends, gardening, outdoor activities and reading. Everyone experiences stress; especially as a student or on the job. Come schedule with us to relax and de-stress!