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Dr. Thacher Carter
Associate Dean of Health and Wellness, Director of Counseling

I obtained my Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver in 1982. I worked in community mental health for about 13 years and 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. All in all I have had over 40 years of clinical practice experience.


Tracee L. Anderson,
Assistant Director and Counselor

Tracee has been a counselor at Whitman since 1991. She earned her master’s degree in social welfare from UCLA. In addition to counseling students individually, she conducts workshops on a variety of topics, advises the Body Kind group, is chair of the College’s Pandemic Planning Team, presents internationally, and does professional videography.


Marie Metheny

She earned her BA in Women’s Studies and Counseling from San Francisco State University and her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from New College of California, San Francisco. She works with students individually and she is the advisor for the Peer Listener Program.


Sharon Kaufman-Osborn

After graduation from Oberlin College with a BA in Psychology, Sharon earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In addition to working with students individually, she leads workshops on sexuality issues, relationships, communication, and self-nurturing. Sharon is also the advisor to Hillel-Shalom, the Jewish student group on campus.


Adam Kirtley

Adam joined the Student Services staff in September, 2006. He received his 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, Adam works to facilitate religious life and promote religious diversity on campus. At the Counseling Center, he specializes in spiritual concerns, finding balance, grief, and loss. Adam is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) tradition.

When not at work, Adam enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the pristine road biking opportunities in the Walla Walla Valley, and playing music with his Celtic Pub Band, The Rogues.

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Anne Mason
MN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Anne is a board certified advanced psychiatric nurse practitioner. She provides psychiatric consultations to Whitman students who are in counseling and need psychiatric medications as one component to achieving emotional health. She has been serving Whitman College students in this role since 2010. Anne holds a Masters Degree in Nursing from Washington State University and adult psychiatric nurse practitioner certification from the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Anne is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Washington State University College of Nursing teaching advanced psychiatric nursing courses.