Meet the Counselors

Vicki R. Bernard, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, Director - Dr. Bernard joins the University with a wealth of counseling experience in higher education and in the private sector. She has directed mental health counseling programs in the St. Louis area for more than 10 years. She holds two advanced degrees from Saint Louis University, a Master of Arts in Counselor Education and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy. She also has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri. Dr. Bernard has a passion for student development and is excited to be a part of the Harris-Stowe State University team. She can be reached at (314) 340-5089, BernardV@hssu.edu or in Room 111A of the Rev. Dr. William G. Gillespie Residence Hall and Student Center (GRH).

Don Johnson, MA, Interim Counselor - Mr. Johnson has been a member of the Harris-Stowe State University staff since May of 2002. He holds a B.S. in Education, with a concentration in Psychology and Social Studies. He has a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology and Student Personnel Services. Both degrees are from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Devoted to student success, Johnson counsels students and conducts a variety of workshops to enhance academic performance and socio-emotional development. He can be reached at (314) 340-5095, JohnsonDo@hssu.edu or in GRH 111B.

LaTonia Collins Smith, MSW, MPH, ACSW - LaTonia R. Collins Smith is the Project Coordinator for Students Working Against Trauma (SWAT), a peer education program of Counseling Services. Smith has a Bachelor's of Social Work degree from Central Missouri State University. She also possesses both a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health Degree from Saint Louis University. She is an Academy Certified Social Worker. As a social work and public health practitioner for more than 10 years, Smith has impacted the lives of many in the areas of adoption and foster care, health and legal and juvenile justice.



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