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School-based Therapy Team Lead

Cara Keller, LCPC graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in Psychology and holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Emporia State University. Cara has experience working in the school and clinical settings. She has worked with youth, adults, couples and families on issues ranging from marital conflict, depression, anxiety, parenting and substance abuse. Using cognitive-behavioral therapy, client centered and strength-based counseling techniques, she helps clients set goals and develop treatment plans to execute those goals. Cara’s experience allows her to provide mental health services in the school setting addressing emotional and behavioral problems in youth. Cara executes her school-based therapy techniques by building a trusting relationship in which clients feel safe to explore emotions and problem solve. She works closely with young clients and their parents or guardians to assess the child’s development, minimize behavioral problems, utilize calming techniques, introduce and model mindfulness, and practice reinforcement of positive behaviors.

Dione Pompa, MS, LPC graduated from West Texas A&M University with a BA in Art.  Dione holds two Masters Degrees from Emporia State University in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy Counseling.  Dione has worked with a variety of populations such as addictions, physical and intellectual disabilities, severe and persistent mental illnesses, children, adolescents, and incarcerated individuals.  Dione has experience working with individuals and groups.  Dione enjoys using an integrative therapeutic approach, including techniques from Person-centered therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Positive Psychology.  She often pairs these approaches with Art Therapy directives to allow for further self-expression and discovery.  Using this integrative counseling theory, she helps empower clients to meet set goals, increase self-confidence, and find independence to continue personal growth. 


Drew McClellan holds a Master of Social Work, both from Wichita State University. He has experience working in crisis intervention and community organizing. Operating from a strengths-based perspective and utilizing therapeutic modalities such as dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and brief solutions focused therapy, he believes that everyone is deserving of and has the capacity to lead a happy, fulfilling life. Sometimes we just need a nudge in the right direction!


Dr. Garry Porter is Board certified in psychiatry and neurology. Dr. Porter graduated from medical school at Northwestern University Medical School.  Dr. Porter performed his psychiatric residency at C.F. Menninger School of Psychiatry. Dr. Porter's practice is eclectic with all age patients from 6 upwards.




Dr. Gloria Hegge, LSCSW graduated form Case Westsern Reserve University (Cleaveland, OH) with a Ph.D in Social Work, and graduated from University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS) with an MSW degree. She also got a B.A. degree form University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) with a major in Journalism. Gloria taught in the MSW program at Newman Universitiy (NU) for 17 years, where she also was Director of the School of Social Work for 3 years. At NU, she taught Family Centered Practice class which included teaching Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Brief Solutions-Focused Therapy and other interventions. She also taught the following classes, among many others: Psychopathology (which focused on teaching the use of the DSM-V), Clinical Supervision, Advanced Practice with Families, and Comprehensive Seminar (in which students wrote a paper that incorporated all their learning from the MSW program). Previous to teaching at NU, Gloria worked at COMCARE-Community Support Services (CSS), where she provided individual and group psychotherapy for clients with a severe and persistent mental illness. In her psychotherapy, Gloria uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Acceptance-Commitment Therapy, and teaches Mindfulness Skills and Relaxation Skills.


Heidi Ogden, M.D, is Board Certified in Psychiatry. She is a graduate of University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Ogden treats all ages of patients, has experience as a military psychiatrist treating active duty and combat veterans. Dr. Ogden is experienced with patients with developmental disabilities and severe mental illness. Her special interests include treatment of mood and anxiety disorders including Bipolar and Obsessive Compulsive disorder.

Clinical Director

Michael Brewer, LCMFT, LCAC, Clinical Director of Outpatient and Addiction Services

Michael Brewer is dually-licensed as a Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor. Michael has over 17 years’ experience in the mental health and addictions treatment. He is a member of the clinical adjunct faculty of the Master of Science in Family Therapy Program at Friends University. He is dedicated to working with individuals, couples, and families to achieve a higher level of functioning during difficult times. Michael has a Master of Science in Family Therapy and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Human Services from Friends University. He also holds the Approved Clinical Supervisor Designation from American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.

Clinical Coordinator

Peggy Bennett, LMSW got her BSW for Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and her MSW from Wichita State University. She is a former board member of the Kansas Chapter of National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Peggy has over 12 years’ experience in social services including working for community mental health centers in both Kansas and Oklahoma.  She has experience working with individuals and families who may be coping with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, relationship difficulties, Asperger’s Syndrome and parenting issues. She utilizes Solution-Focused, Narrative, and Strengths Based Therapies. Peggy has also worked in a medical setting and has witnessed firsthand the connection between physical and mental health.


Rosa E. Starnes APRN CNS BC is a board certified advanced practice RN. She graduated for WSU with a masters in nursing in 1993. She brings 31 years of psychiatric experience 22 of which are advanced practice. She provides care for patients of all ages.



Senior Director

Shawna Allen, LMSW, LMAC, Senior Director of Outpatient and Addiction Services

Shawna worked in the early childhood education field for 7 years and then transitioned into case management with children for 4 years in the Mental Health field.  Shawna then took a position working with the homeless who were identified to have mental illness and substance abuse.  Shawna has worked with the co-occurring population for the past 8 years.  She has also specialized in traumatic brain injuries and crisis intervention.  After graduating from Newman University with her Master’s in Social Work, Shawna took a position with the Mental Health Association as the Program Director of the Substance Abuse program.  

Stacey Rodriguez, LSCSW graduated with a Master's of Social Work from Washburn University. Stacey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with children, adults and families in a variety of settings for more than 20 years. Stacey has provided counseling services for Newman University students/athletes for the past 10 years. She has been a family educator, provided children of divorce training, and also worked as a social worker. Stacey believes strongly in the sanctity of marriage and the family unit, and she works hard to preserve those relationships. She believes individuals have value and worth, and she strives to help them reach their full potential. Stacey has extensive experience providing individual, family and relationship counseling to those who want to overcome depression, anxiety, parenting, behavioral, anger management, grief, adolescent, ADHD, relationship and life issues.

Cynthia Johnson, LMSW, earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Newman University in Wichita, KS  Cynthia is also a Registered Nurse, and enjoys the unique skill set which her combined degrees offer.  Cynthia was a missionary, and supported individuals dealing with refugee, crisis, homeless, and addiction situations.  She has also supported children, adults, and working professionals who may be struggling with new or ongoing mental conditions, and supports them therapeutically, as well as with community resources to assist in their overall personal and family needs.  Cynthia uses a variety of therapeutic skills to assist her clients, including Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Client Centered and Strengths Based Therapy.  Cynthia believes that individuals often have the ability and resources to work through their challenges, and that an important part of therapy includes supporting, encouraging, and helping guide individuals in achieving their goals.  Cynthia feels partnership and working together in a therapeutic relationship can be powerful in helping individuals be successful in moving forward in life.

Chyncia Howard, LMSW, began her career in early childhood where she advocated for children with special needs and provided fresh ideas to parents who were challenged by the behaviors of their children.  She attended the University of Illinois at Springfield where she received her Bachelor of Social Work degree.  Chyncia was given the opportunity to work with families experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.  She also provided HIV/AIDS education and prevention services to the community.  Chyncia received her Master of Social Work degree from Newman University.  She began providing counseling to children in foster care and resource families regarding moves, grief, separation, and loss issues related to adoption.  Chyncia has worked to provide therapy and substance therapeutic strategies to help family members health family relationship that have been injured by addictive behaviors.