Thacher Carter, Psy.D, MSW
Associate Dean of Health and Wellness, Director of Counseling

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All in all I have over 35 years of clinical practice experience. I worked 15 years at Denver Health and Hospitals starting in 1977. I obtained my Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver in 1982 and worked in community mental health for about 13 years.  In addition I had a private practice in Denver working with adults and couples. I earned my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1993 and was the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Eastern Oregon University for 19 years. I am honored to be at Whitman College as the Associate Dean of Health and Wellness/ Director of Counseling. I enjoy working with a variety of issues and populations: trauma, developmental issues, depression, anxiety, couples and groups. I am both a Clinical Social Work and a licensed Clinical Psychologist. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors (skiing, hiking etc.), racquetball, being with my family and  playing acoustic finger style blues guitar.

Tracee L. Anderson, LCSW
Counselor and Assistant Director


I completed my MSW at UCLA and have been at Whitman since 1992. Prior to coming to Whitman, I worked in education and medical settings, primarily focusing on youth and women’s health. I speak Spanish and French semi-fluently and have done extensive travel and work in numerous SE Asian, African, Latin American and European countries. As well as doing general counseling, I am also certified as an EMDR therapist. I like to combine a direct, practical approach with a philosophical/clinical orientation in my work and love the energy, passion and thoughtfulness of the college student population at Whitman.

Marie Metheny, MA


I earned my M.A. in Clinical Psychology from New College of California, San Francisco and my B.A. in Women’s Studies and Counseling from San Francisco State University. I have worked at Whitman College as a Master’s level Mental Health Counselor for over 10 years. Before joining the counseling staff, I worked in a variety of community mental health settings, as well as kept a part-time private practice primarily focusing on psychodynamic work with individuals. I thoroughly enjoy working as a psychotherapist with Whitman College students. The broad range of developmental issues and mental health concerns students want to address allows me to work in a variety of ways. Generally, I utilize a psychodynamic or cognitive approach, with a focus on somatic awareness. In addition to counseling, I advise Whitman College Peer Listeners.

Tricia Schulte, MSW


I am thrilled to be on staff this year as a fulltime counselor, after completing my internship at the Counseling Center during the 2013/14 academic year while finishing my Masters in Clinical Social Work at Walla Walla University. Prior to this, I worked for eight years as a Certified Life Coach in private practice. I have found that this experience transfers well to counseling as I am able to employ a variety of coaching strategies when they meet client needs. I enjoy working with a variety of issues including depression, family relationships, and self-esteem; using a range of therapeutic approaches such as CBT, psychodynamic and narrative therapies. I enjoy both individual counseling and group therapy. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, I moved to Walla Walla 24 years ago with my husband Chas, who teaches anthropology at Whitman. We have one daughter in college and one in high school. I spend summers on Lake Superior, love to travel, cook and bead jewelry but hate to clean!

Rick Baez, Psy.D.


I obtained my master’s and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.  I have worked in a variety of mental health settings including another private liberal arts college in the Midwest.  I really love working with the student college population and some of my clinical interests include relational dynamics and issues of diversity.  For example, I am passionate about issues of gender, sexuality, SES, race & culture, faith and the other dynamic forces that make each of us unique and connected.

Adam Kirtley


I joined the Student Services staff in September, 2006. I received my BA in religion from Wabash College, and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University. In addition to addressing the spiritual needs of students, I work to facilitate religious life and promote religious diversity on campus. At the Counseling Center, I specialize in spiritual concerns, finding balance, grief, and loss. I am also an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) tradition and work as a Pastor at the Congregational Church in Walla Walla.

Anne M. Mason, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


I am a board certified advanced psychiatric nurse practitioner. I provide psychiatric evaluations to Whitman students who are in counseling and need psychiatric medications as one component to achieving emotional health. I have been serving Whitman College students in this role since 2010. I obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from University of Colorado-Denver in 2013, my Master’s Degree in Nursing from Washington State University in 2005 and have been a registered nurse for over 17 years.  I have been a board certified adult psychiatric nurse practitioner through the American Nurse Credentialing Center for over 9 years. Outside of my work with Whitman, I am also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Washington State University College of Nursing, teaching advanced psychiatric nursing courses and coordinating their Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program.

Erika Rootvik, RN, BSN, ARNP
Graduate Intern


I am a registered nurse and a student in Washington State University’s psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program.  I will be working with Anne Mason to provide assessments and treatment plans for students who are accessing services through the Welty Center.  I graduated from the Walla Walla Community College nursing program in 2010 and have since been working at The Health Center at Lincoln, The Health Center at Blue Ridge, and the Juvenile Justice Center while continuing with my schooling.  I enjoy working with adolescents and am excited about the opportunity to work with Whitman students.

Audrianna Whalen, BSW
MSW Graduate Intern


I obtained my A.S. in Adventure Based Youth Leadership from Canadian University College in 2011.  After taking a year off of school and volunteering with teenagers living in a communal setting, I transferred to Walla Walla University and obtained my bachelor's degree in Social Work. Currently I am working on finishing my Masters in Social Work at Walla Walla University. I am particularly interested in individual counseling with teenagers and college students and am thrilled to get to experience my internship at Whitman College.

Karene Gonzalez
Administrative Assistant


I joined Whitman College’s Counseling Center in the spring of 2011, following a 15 year career in marketing. As the Counseling Center’s Administrative Assistant, I am charged with greeting and assisting students as well as managing the front office. My husband, Joe, and I have two children and have been lifelong residents of Walla Walla. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the family property to hike and play by the river as well as having coffee with friends at the infamous Patisserie.



I grew up as a free range schnoodle on Mount Emily in La Grande Oregon.  After being a hand-delivered pup by Dr. Carter, I initially was given away to a 10-year-old girl who very much wanted to have a dog.  Unfortunately, six months after my adoption, I was returned to my birthplace.  Upon my arrival, I was malnourished and quite skittish.  My owner and trainer (Dr. Carter), being a clinical psychologist, thought that I would benefit from desensitization/exposure and relaxation training.  So, I attended a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder conference with him where I sat at the entrance for two days and was greeted by 300 therapists who petted me and gave me corrective emotional experiences several times a day.  Dr. Carter then began to take me to work with him and let me be free range at the Counseling and Health Center at Eastern Oregon University.  At 6 years old now, I believe I’m quite well-adjusted and enjoy being petted by students, hanging out with them or lounging by a sunny window.   I live at home with my mother and father, a schnauzer and a poodle (and Dr. Carter too! He feeds us.). And, in case you’re wondering, I don’t bite, I am hypoallergenic and I don’t shed.

Sharon Kaufman-Osborn, MSW
Counselor (on leave for 2014-15)


After receiving my BA degree in Psychology at Oberlin College and my MSW at University of Wisconsin-Madison I have spent most of my professional career working with individuals, couples and groups at Whitman's Counseling Center. Since that time (1983), I helped found Whitman's GLBTQ, Jewish student group (Hillel-Shalom), where I continue to serve as adviser, and supported the development of what is now FACE. Because each client’s needs and situations vary, my approach to treatment is eclectic.  I utilize techniques from client-centered, cognitive/behavioral, gestalt, and mindfulness-based theories and practice. I enjoy facilitating discussions about sexuality, body image, race, gender and cultural influences, addiction, and interpersonal relationships. In my spare time, I take pleasure in traveling, creative arts, gardening and remaining in touch with my family and friends.