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.

Sharon Kaufman-Osborn, MSW


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, 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.

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.

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.

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.