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Counseling Staff

Emily RibnikEmily Ribnik, M.Ed., LPCC-S

Professional Clinical Counselor & Supervisor

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about the Counseling Center. Knowing when and where to go for help is the biggest step in personal growth, and we are here to support you however we can. I look forward to seeing you and being part of your journey! 

Emily has been Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory endorsement, or PCC-S, since March 2008. She is a two-time graduate of Kent State University with a B.A. in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Education in Counseling. She is currently a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision Ph. D. program at Kent State University. Along with her classes, Emily has logged over 200 hours of continuing education on a variety of topics related to mental health, higher education, student success, veterans and emergency psychiatric care.  

While a student at the Kent State, Emily worked in the Department of Residence Services for seven years and focused her work on student success and wellness planning.After her work in Kent, Emily worked at Coleman Professional Services in Portage County for five years.She worked exclusively in the agency’s Access office, a 24-7 mental health crisis and hotline center. While at Coleman Professional Services, Emily was active with the Portage County Suicide Prevention Coalition and was also both certified in and a coordinator for the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), a training program for police officers and other first responders to enhance their skills with crisis intervention and working with mental health clients in out in the community. She has been a featured speaker at CIT trainings in Ohio, Michigan and Florida, and has presented multiples times at the Crisis Intervention Team International conference. She has also been a presenter multiple times at the All Ohio Counselors’ Conference, and has presented at the American Counseling Association and American College Counseling Association national conferences on a variety of topics including collaboration with law enforcement, suicide prevention, officer and clinician safety, mental health at college campuses, trauma, and working with veterans. Currently she is the founding president of the Ohio College Counseling Association, a new organization for the state in 2014.  

She is a certified instructor for A.L.i.C.E. (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate), a training seminar for faculty, staff and students about awareness for prevention of and how to survive an active shooter. Currently, she leads A.L.i.C.E. training workshops at multiple Kent State University campuses, but focuses the majority of her work at Kent State Stark. Her trainings are specialized to the unique aspect of the campus and the community.

Along with her work, Emily enjoys spending time with her family, and has been involved in the professional dog showing world since her late teens. A CrossFitter, she enjoys bringing coaching concepts into her counseling sessions and works with students to achieve success both on and off campus.

Kelsey KalgreenKelsey Kalgreen, M.A., LPCC-S
Professional Clinical Counselor & Supervisor

“There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” -- A.A. Milne

Kelsey has been a licensed professional clinical counselor since 2014 and has had her supervisory endorsement since 2017. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and minor in family relationships. She attended graduate school at Walsh University and graduated in 2011 with a Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Development. While at Walsh, Kelsey worked with the department of Counseling Services to implement campus programing focused on student wellness. Upon graduating, Kelsey worked at CommQuest Services in Canton, Ohio as an office-based and school based counselor for seven years. Kelsey served on the Youth and Young Adult transition team and obtained specialized training in motivational interviewing to work with young people ages 16-25. As a school-based counselor, Kelsey worked with students and families to address mental health concerns in the academic setting and served as a member of the school district Crisis team to address mental health concerns and emotional distress following traumatic events. Kelsey practices from a client-centered approach and believes in supporting students to find and use their strengths to make positive changes and achieve goals.
When not at work, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her two sons, husband and family. She likes traveling to the beach, watching college football and painting. She is an avid Disney fan and enjoys sharing the magic of Disney World with her sons each summer.

Alexandra ShultzAlexandra Shultz
Counseling Intern

"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination." -- Carl Rogers

Alexandra graduated from Kent State University with her B.A. in Psychology in 2014. Currently, Alexandra is a Graduate Student at Kent State University for their Clinical Mental Health Program. Alexandra has completed 45 training hours in Motivational Interviewing, believes in brief interventions while practicing from a client-centered approach. Alexandra logged more than 100 direct individual counseling hours during her Practicum at the CHDC at Kent State. Having enjoyed her Practicum experience, Alexandra looks forward to working with the students at Kent State Stark and helping the students continue on their journey.

Along with her passion for learning and counseling, Alexandra enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and two dogs. Alexandra also enjoys training and teaching in the martial arts, spreading the principles of courtesy, respect, discipline, and self-development into her counseling.