Meet our staff
Counseling is available to enrolled Northern Arizona University students, and is provided by trained:
- social workers
- post-doctoral residents
- masters-level interns
- graduate assistants
Nicolette Billy, Mental Health Assistant
Nicolette is certified as a Medical Assistant, receiving her training in Dallas TX at the Sanford Brown Institute in 2007. She received an AAS in General Studies at Coconino Community College in May 2013. She is currently seeking a BA in Nursing at NAU. When not working or in school, she loves to travel, spend any spare time with my her daughters Adikan and Adinidiin. She also loves to work out through boxing and especially enjoy watching Adikan train to be a Muay Thai Boxer and gymnast.
Patricia Abigail Caballero, B.A
Master’s Intern Counselor
Abbey received her B.A. in International Affairs and Ethnic Studies from Northern Arizona University and is working on receiving her M.A. in Counseling. She has done the majority of her work with minority and underprivileged youth in educational settings. Abbey is bilingual; her first language is Spanish. Her clinical interests include adjustment to college, relationships, and multicultural issues. Abbey also enjoys art, road trips, cooking, and the outdoors. During her internship Abbey will be supervised by Laura Lyn, Ph.D., Matt Van Schoick, Psy.D., and Lisa Shows, M.S., LPC.
Robin Craig, MA, LPC
Robin is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, and a Primary Assistant at Somatic Experience® trainings across the country. Robin enjoys helping individuals work through the impact of difficult experiences and moving back into living a full life. Robin’s academic training includes Master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and Biomedical Engineering; she also has a degree in Philosophy and studied Neuroscience at the Vollum Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research. Robin loves backpacking and biking and is currently studying Buddhist psychology and meditation.
Laura Funk enjoys interacting with the students that come into Counseling Services. She usually spends her time hiking, camping, backpacking, and fishing.
Megan Gavin, PhD
Psychologist/Coordinator of Clinical Services
Megan Gavin is a licensed psychologist at Counseling Services. She received her:
- BA in biology from Indiana University in 1997
- MA in counseling from Northern Arizona University in 2004
- PhD in counseling psychology from Northern Arizona University in 2009
Megan enjoys working with college students and is particularly interested in the relationship between adjustment to college and physical activity, as well as the relationship between mental health and physical activity. Outside of counseling, Megan enjoys running, backpacking, reading, and spending time with her family.
Laura Lyn, PhD
Laura Lyn is a licensed psychologist and the training coordinator for Counseling Services. She provides individual counseling and facilitates several therapy groups. Laura provides clinical supervision and oversees the training of Master's level counselors doing internships at Counseling Services. She joined Northern Arizona University Counseling Services in 1998. This is the fourth university counseling center she's worked at during her career.
Christopher J. Margeson, PhD
Christopher Margeson is completing a Post-Doctoral Residency at Counseling Services. He received his doctorate from Northern Arizona University in May 2013 and is working towards becoming a licensed psychologist. Chris’ residency is being supervised by Megan Gavin, Ph.D., Laura Lyn, Ph.D., and Carol O’Saben, Ph.D. Chris has over 10 years of experience working with various Native American tribes on the Hopi Indian Reservation. His clinical interests include ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, mindfulness based stress reduction, and cultural and identity development. Outside of counseling, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, and being a Jedi (according to his 4-year old son).
Katy Montoya, Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Case Management Coordinator
Katy Montoya serves as a high risk case management coordinator for Counseling Services. As part of her role, she works closely with all of Campus Health Services, as well as various departments and organizations around campus to provide care for at risk students at NAU. She received her BSW from New Mexico State University in 1999, and her MSW in Clinical Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University in 2000. Katy has worked in the Flagstaff community as a social worker since moving here in 2000. Katy enjoys attending NAU Athletic events, and feels grateful to live in Flagstaff to be able to benefit from all of the cultural and recreational activities it has to offer.
Hannah Nunez, MA, LAC
Substance Abuse Program Coordinator & Counselor
Hannah Nunez is the Substance Abuse Program Coordinator and Counselor. She received her B.S. in Psychology from NAU in 2010 and her M.A. in Counseling from NAU in 2012. She has also worked with CS, in various roles, throughout her undergraduate and graduate programs. Hannah is in the process of becoming a licensed counselor and is especially interested in treating substance abuse issues and providing substance abuse education. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, and traveling.
Carol O'Saben, PhD
Carol O’Saben is the Director of Counseling Services. She received her BS in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s College, her MS in General/Experimental Psychology from Villanova University and her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Prior to coming to NAU Carol worked at several other university counseling centers, serving in a variety of staff and administrative positions.
Blanca Obregon, MA, LPC
Blanca Obregon is a bilingual/bicultural Licensed Professional Counselor. Blanca received her education at Northern Arizona University where she obtained:
• BA in Psychology
• M.A. in Applied Sociology emphasis (Social Psychology)
• M.A. in Community Counseling
Her professional scope of services includes working with Mexican/Latino families, and Native American populations in Northern Arizona. Blanca has extensive experience working in community mental health clinics providing services to children, adolescents, adults and families, as well as school based counseling services for over 20 years. Blanca enjoys working with Latino students, young adults, and children. Blanca has an interest in relationship issues, trauma, chronic illnesses, and multi-cultural issues of diversity, and assimilation. Blanca is an Arizona native raised both in the US and Mexico. She likes culture, learning different languages, rock climbing, dancing, yoga, and different forms of meditation. Blanca believes in holistic solutions to healing she believes in the power of expression, awareness, and movement.
Daniel Phillips, MA, Graduate Assistant
Substance Abuse Program Counselor
Daniel Phillips is a Counselor for the Substance Abuse Program. Daniel received his B.S. in Behavioral Sciences in 2006 and his M.A. in Professional Counseling in 2011. Currently, Daniel is working on his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at NAU. He has experience working with minority and adolescent populations and enjoys working with young adults. Outside of work, Dan enjoys hiking, running, swimming, and biking.
Larry Reynolds, BS
Campus Health IT
Larry Reynolds earned his BS from Northern Arizona University in 1990 and just recently completed his AAS in network engineering. Larry spends his free time with his three children, Rebekah, Tytus, and Cassandra.
Lisa Shows, MS, LPC
Lisa Shows is a licensed professional counselor. She completed her BA in psychology at Pepperdine University in 2003 and her MS in Community Counseling at Western Carolina University in 2008. Prior to coming to NAU Lisa worked as a counselor in community mental health and in the prison system. Lisa’s clinical interests include trauma, substance abuse treatment, and relationship issues. When not at work Lisa likes traveling, mountain biking, and painting.
Derya Suzen, PhD
Derya Suzen is a licensed multicultural counselor. She completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Dakota. Before joining Counseling Services at Northern Arizona University, Derya worked as a counselor within other university counseling centers. Derya works closely with the offices of:
- Inclusion and Multicultural Services
- Native American Student Services
- Student Support Services
- Center for International Education
- Program in Intensive English
She also offers Mindfulness Workshops every semester. Derya enjoys the beautiful scenery and four seasons in Flagstaff. She is interested in nature, cooking, and culturalactivities.
Matt Van Schoick, PsyD
Psychologist/Groups Coordinator/Electronic Presence Coordinator
Matt Van Schoick received his Doctorate in clinical psychology in 2010 and is currently a licensed psychologist in the state of Arizona. He has experience with college students, working at both Whittier College and the University of Southern California. His clinical interests include individual and couple therapy. Outside of work, Matt enjoys working out,softball, tennis, working on his house, and a nice big meal.
Kim Vercauteren-Griffin, MA, LPC
Kim Vercauteren-Griffin is a licensed professional counselor who returned to Counseling Services after two years at Arizona State University Counseling and Consultation. She received her MA in counseling from Northern Arizona University in May 2006, following an internship at Counseling Services. Kim enjoys working with students and is excited to return to Flagstaff and the university community. She is also thrilled for the opportunity to watch Northern Arizona University athletics on a more consistent basis. She looks forward to the Northern Arizona weather and various outdoor activities.