Counseling Center Staff

Counseling and Career Services is made up of a highly qualified group of individuals who are committed to providing the best service possible. You may contact any of our staff members who will be glad to assist you. See the directory below for more information about each staff member.

Department People
Joan Steinman

Joan Steinman, EdD

Executive Director

The Retention and Support Services unit is comprised of: Counseling and Career Services, the Disability Resource Center, Re-Entry/Job Prep Center, and Student Activities and Leadership. Joan came to TMCC in spring of 2012 from Oregon Institute of Technology where she had been the Director of Disability Services, Career Services and The Tech Opportunities Program (a TRIO program). Joan began her career in education as a school psychologist in rural Northern California. She went on to serve as the Director of Child and Family Resources in Modoc County, California and the Executive Director of a nonprofit community-based organization (Tulelake Community Partnership). Joan has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Chico and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from George Fox University. Joan grew up in the Carson City area and is happy to be home again. She enjoys skiing, hiking, cooking, reading and traveling.

Kristen Demay

Kristen Demay, MA

Counselor

Kristen is a professional counselor and tenured academic faculty member at TMCC. She enjoys helping students create and achieve personal goals in many areas such as academics, career, relationships, communication, stress, math and test anxiety, emotional difficulty and health and wellness. Kristen has worked with the College Achievement Program (CAP) and the Success First Summer Bridge program assisting first generation and low income college students. Kristen also teaches EPY 101: Educational, Career and Personal Development, a course designed to instill college success skills and enrich students academically, personally and professionally. Kristen serves on several Faculty Senate committees and served one term as at-large senator on the TMCC Faculty Senate. Kristen earned a master's degree in counseling and educational psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2003 and became a counselor at TMCC in 2006. Previously, at UNR, she was responsible for coordinating and providing training in substance abuse prevention in the community and taught CEP 255: Substance Abuse Prevention at UNR. Her interests include family, friends, cooking, hiking, snowboarding, traveling, writing poems and spending time at Lake Tahoe.

Ruth Fiorini

Ruth Fiorini

Admin Assistant 2

Ruth began working at TMCC in 1990 and joined the Counseling Department in 1993. As the Administrative Aid, she is the front-line staff person who answers the phones, greets visitors, schedules appointments with counselors, refers individuals to other departments based on their needs, and assists students in a variety of ways through her background and years of experience here. Ruth strives to provide a welcoming environment where students feel comfortable returning; she often encounters repeat visitors who enjoy engaging with her helpful and supportive manner. Ruth has seen numerous students pursue their program degree and graduate and believes TMCC is a great place to learn and fulfill their dreams.

Erin Frock

Erin Frock, MA

Counselor

Erin is a professional counselor and a tenured academic faculty member at TMCC. She provides a human-centered, holistic approach to working with students, focusing on personal counseling issues and career exploration. In addition, Erin coordinates and teaches EPY 101: Educational, Career and Personal Development, a course designed to assist students with being successful in and out of the classroom. She is also certified as an On Course trainer for EPY. Erin serves on a variety of committees at TMCC including Faculty Senate, Recognition and Activities, and Student Appeals. She earned her master's degree in counseling and educational psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005.

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Kurt Hall, MA

Counselor

Kurt has worked at TMCC since 1991. He received his master's degree in counseling and educational psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1991 and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University, Chico. He has received awards for teaching and advising and has very strong leadership skills. Kurt served as TMCC's Faculty Senate chair for the past four years (2005-2007) and chair-elect (2003-2005). Kurt excels in personal and academic-based counseling and through his work with the various Nevada college systems, he is adept at assisting students in navigating through the local educational environment.

Marcia Hoch

Marcia Hoch, EdD

Specialist

Marcia has served in several capacities during her ten years of service to TMCC; including five years as a counselor in the Re-Entry Center and four years as Acting Program Director of Academic Advisement. Most currently she assists students with career exploration and educational planning. She holds Master's and Doctoral degrees from Portland State University and has spent over 40 years working in Student Services, as a counselor, recruiter, tenured faculty member and a senior administrator. She has been on the staff of several colleges and universities including Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham Oregon, Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon, Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada.

Bill Proebstel

Bill Proebstel, MA

Specialist

Bill Proebstel attended TMCC from 1996 to 1998 before transferring to the University of Nevada Reno. There, he completed his baccalaureate degree with majors in Art and Sociology and went on to complete his Master's Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology, College Student Development emphasis. Bill is a highly skilled student services professional with prior experience working with at-risk students. He previously worked at the Oregon Institute of Technology as the disability services coordinator. Before that Bill worked as an advisor with OIT's TRIO program, supporting first-generation, low-income, and disabled students. His hobbies include enjoying the arts, watching movies, and playing games with friends.

Melanie Purdy

Melanie Purdy, PhD, NCC

Counselor

For Dr. Melanie Purdy, education and fun have always been important parts of life. She began her higher education at West Valley Community College in California, and then transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism. After working in the field of public relations for a number of years, the desire for career change ensued and in 1998, she earned her master's degree in counseling with an emphasis in college student development. That year, she also began working as transfer center coordinator and counselor at the University of Nevada, Reno, providing her the experience of working with community college students. Because of her love of learning, she pursued her doctorate in counseling and educational psychology and earned that degree in 2004. Melanie has worked as a counselor at TMCC since September 2007. She teaches EPY 101: Educational, Career, and Personal Development as well as facilitates ASK workshops for students on probation. Her areas of interest and specialty in counseling include: health and wellness; spirituality; life transition issues; academic confidence; and motivation. For fun, Melanie spends time with her daughter, hikes, runs, cycles, reads and studies.

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Cheryl Woehr, MA

Counselor

Cheryl has over 29 years of experience working in higher education. She holds a master's degree in psychology with an emphasis in counseling and a bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University, Chico. Additionally, she earned an associate of arts degree from Yuba College in Marysville, California. She specializes in cross-cultural and career counseling and has extensive training experience focusing on cultural diversity, American cultural values, cross-cultural communication skills and utilizing the Myers-Briggs and Temperament Sorter to determine career interests, learning, work and communication styles. She has taught numerous courses and presented hundreds of workshops and seminars both nationally and internationally. She has taught college courses at the university and community college level which include: Cultural Diversity Issues in Public Health, Topics in Race and Racism, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Human Resources, Introduction to Counseling, Small Group Communications, Information Literacy Skills, Educational, Personal and Career Development and College Success Skills. Cheryl grew up in a military family, has traveled to 32 countries in five continents and lived overseas for eleven years in Spain, Libya and Morocco. Her interests include traveling, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, calligraphy, art, Japanese and Medieval bookbinding, handmade papermaking, music and film.