Counseling and Guidance

Program and Specialization Coordinators

Dr. Kristopher Garza

Associate Professor
Coordinator, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Practicum and Internship Field Experience Coordinator

Office Phone:361-593-2353

Office Location: Rhode Hall #141


Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Kristopher Garza

Ph.D. from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi;
M.S., from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi;
B.S., from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Areas of Expertise: Career Theory and Counseling, College and Academic Preparation, Professional Ethics, and Stress Management

Research Interests: First-Generation College Students, Self-Efficacy and Resilience among Adolescents and College Students, Retention Factors in Academia, Stress Management, Multicultural Issues, and Rural Mental Health

Dr. Karen Furgerson

Associate Professor
Coordinator, School Counseling

Office Phone:361-593-3015

Office Location: Rhode Hall #132


Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Karen Furgerson

Ph.D., from the University of Alabama;
M.S., from Jacksonville State University;
B.S., from the Jacksonville State University

Areas of Expertise: School Counseling and Supervision

Research Interests: Non-traditional Students, Domestic Violence, Service-based Learning, Multicultural Issues

Dr. Ya-Wen Melissa Liang

Associate Professor
CACREP Liaison
Advisor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Chi Sigma Iota Chapter Faculty Advisor

Office Phone:361-593-4265

Office Location: Rhode Hall #136


Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Ya-Wen Liang

Ph.D. in Counseling Education at Sam Houston State University;
M.Ed. in Counseling at the University of North Texas;
B.A. in English Literature at the Providence University, Taiwan

Areas of Expertise: Acculturation Issues, Rural Mental Health, Sandtray Therapy, Addiction, Anger Management, Adjudicated Youth, and Incarcerated Populations

Research Interests: Acculturation, Immigrants, Holistic Cancer Support, Sandtray Therapy, Rural Mental Health, Counselor Supervision, and Spirituality.

Dr. LaVonne Williams-Fedynich

Interim Department Chair of Education Leadership and Counseling
Chancellor's Academy of Teacher Educators
Professor and Program Coordinator for Education Administration
Past President of SERA

Office Phone:361-593-4312

Office Location: Rhode Hall #100


Curriculum Vitae of Dr. LaVonne Williams-Fedynich

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Argosy University;
M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Rivier College;
B.S. in Social Sciences from the University of Montevallo

Areas of Expertise: Graduate Student Success, Multicultural Education, and Online Learning

Research Interests: Graduate Student Success and Online Learning