• Thacher Carter, Psy.D, MSW

    Thacher Carter, Psy.D, MSW

    Associate Dean of Health and Wellness, Director of Counseling

    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

    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.

  • Sharon Kaufman-Osborn, LCSW

    Sharon Kaufman-Osborn, LCSW


    Since receiving my B.A. degree in Psychology at Oberlin College (1976) and my M.S.W. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1979), I have spent most of my professional career working with individuals, couples and groups at Whitman's Counseling Center. I have been involved with Whitman's GLBTQ, its Jewish student group (Hillel-Shalom) and campus feminist groups. It is a gift to work with students as they grow and explore during their college years. Using a variety of approaches, integrating mindfulness, humor, directness, and a balance between past history and the present, I support students' strengths and self-care as we work through the challenges that bring them to counseling, such as relationship difficulties, struggling self-esteem, anxiety, depression, family issues, and addictions. I enjoy facilitating campus discussions about sexuality, body image, race, gender, cultural influences, and interpersonal relationships. In my spare time, I take great pleasure in traveling, creative arts, gardening and remaining in touch with my friends, family and first grandchild.

  • Marie Metheny, LMHC

    Marie Metheny, LMHC


    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.

  • Rick Baez, Psy.D.

    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.

  • Karene Gonzalez

    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. 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 beloved Patisserie.

  • Louie



    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.

  • Watson



    I am a Golden Lab who is working as a Diabetic Alert Dog for my owner, Tracee Anderson. I guess I have supersonic sniffing abilities because I am able to detect when her blood sugars are getting too high or too low. When this happens, I give her my paw to tell her she needs to check her blood sugar and treat the problem. It's a lot of fun because I get yummy treats every time I alert her and I'm right -- which is most of the time! I also just get to be a regular dog too. I'm obsessed with playing fetch and with swimming. Sometimes I like to jump in to the fountain in front of Hunter and pretend it's my own person pool. It's even better when there's a tennis ball in there for me to play with! Petting me is okay but please ask first just in case I'm in the middle of my detection duties. I'm very happy to be on Whitman campus because everyone is so nice and welcoming to me.