The professional staff at the center can assist you with a wide variety of mental health issues. Some of these issues include, but are not limited to; anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD assessment and treatment, anger management, communication skills, sexual minority issues, relationship skills, couples counseling, and stress management.
Rhonda McKinney, M.S., LMFT
Director of Counseling Clinic
I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus and went on to receive my M.S. in Counseling from that same institution. I became licensed in the State of California as a Marriage, Family & Child Counselor and worked in a number of different settings. Eventually I ended up back at Cal State Stanislaus and worked for six years in their Counseling & Career Development Center. I am currently licensed as a counselor in Washington State and serve as the Director of Counseling Services here at Central. I love my job and thoroughly enjoy working with students on a variety of different issues.
Randy Robinette, Ph.D.
Senior Director Medical and Counseling Clinic
Born and raised in Indiana. Left home after high school in 1968 to see the world via an all expenses paid tour provided by the United States Air Force. After four years in the Air Force I started college which ultimately resulted in a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. I reentered active duty with the Air Force in 1981 and worked as a psychologist - both a counseling psychologist and a neuropsychologist - for 16 years until retirement in 2001. I've lived in Indiana, California, Guam, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Germany, Nevada and now Washington. Although I don't make the time for recreation as often as I'd like, I do enjoy biking, hiking, backpacking, woodworking, recreational reading (history), cooking and travel.
Melissa Anderson, M.A., LMHC
Mental Health Counselor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
I'm a Washington State native and lived in Montana before settling in Central Washington. I feel very fortunate to be able to live and work in an area with so many outdoor recreational opportunities.
My academic studies began in forestry and eventually drifted to a degree in psychology. I received my BA in Psych, here, at CWU, and my Master's in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University-Seattle. I have enjoyed working at CWU since 1995.
When not working, my partner and I spend our time trying to out-smart our two standard parti-poodles, Rum Doodle and Sherlock Bones. One day, when they are a bit older, I hope to have one or both certified as Canine Good Citizens so they might be able to spend some time in the clinic with students who visit us!
Andrew Armstrong, Ph.D.
I’m new to the staff and really happy to be here. I grew up in Texas and got my PhD in clinical/counseling psychology from Utah State University. I enjoy working with college students from all sorts of backgrounds. Some of my particular clinical interests are group therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, anxiety, and grief. When I’m not at work I enjoy making music, sitting in hot tubs, playing Connect Four, and eating bbq.
Owen Dugmore, Ph.D.
I earned my degrees at the University of Utah - B.A. in biology and chemistry, M.A. in educational psychology and Ph.D in counseling psychology. I have been a counselor and instructor at Central since 1968. My main professional interests are in counseling, the psychology of adjustment and the psychology of relationships. Otherwise, I am interested in English, philosophy, history, music, and theater arts and look forward to seminars, concerts and plays on campus. I have a season ticket to the Seattle Opera, and I am surrounded at home with books and discs (mainly classical). Minne, pictured here, and her daughter Kenny are neighbors who live near my office and frequently drop in to see how I am doing.
Cindy Bruns, Ph.D.
Hello! I am a licensed psychologist in Washington State. I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Alameda Campus, in 2002 and have been licensed since 2003. I have worked in a variety of clinic settings, including most recently at a college counseling center. I love working with college students, as this is a time of life when people often are ready to look at the past, make some peace with it, and begin to experience life with greater authenticity and personal presence. I am excited to be part of this transformative process. I also enjoy the diversity of experiences, backgrounds, and cultures that students bring to the counseling experience. I have worked collaboratively with clients and consider a safe, positive therapeutic relationship to be essential to the change process. I will work with you to clarify your beliefs, values, and goals and help you find a way forward through your difficulties to greater connection and zest in your life. In my free time I enjoy cooking, gardening, and playing with our daughter.
Laura H. Dixon, Ph.D.
I received my Master’s degree in community counseling from The College of William and Mary and my Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Brigham Young University. Before coming to CWU, I spent five years working at a university counseling center in Georgia and was licensed as a Psychologist there. I enjoy the interaction with students and the variety of clinical, outreach and consultation work that occurs in counseling centers. I love living in Ellensburg! Having grown up in the mountains, I have missed them and am glad to be back in a place that is so beautiful and has so many outdoor activities.
Starr MacKinnon, M.A.
I grew up east of Seattle and completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at Seattle University. After working for several years in the field I moved to San Diego, California to begin working on a doctoral degree. I am currently in the fifth and final year of my Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology. I have worked in many different settings and also take part in research examining health and wellness, stress and anxiety disorders, and substance abuse. I especially enjoy college counseling and working with people of all backgrounds. I aim to help students create lasting change to improve quality of life and establish direction. I am excited to be in Ellensburg and love being so close to the mountains. I snowboard and wakeboard every chance I get! I also love hiking and spending time with my family.
Jennifer Bearse, M.A.Doctoral Intern
I grew up in a small town in southwest Washington and I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest all of my life except for five sunny years in California. I went to college in Oregon and earned a bachelors degree in business from George Fox University. I worked in the business world for almost 20 years before deciding it was time for a change. I then returned to George Fox where I am currently working on my doctorate in clinical psychology. I enjoy the diversity of a university counseling center, and I will work with you to develop a clearer picture of who you are and a stronger sense of who you want to become in the midst of what can be a challenging and uncertain time of life. I enjoy sports, animals, and outdoor activities, and I love spending time with friends and family.
Holly Porter, B.A.
I am a wife, a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a friend and—now once again—a student. After graduating from high school in the Yakima Valley, I moved to Seattle where I graduated with my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington. Following graduation, I worked outside the psychology field for a couple of years. Now I am pursuing my M.S. in Mental Health Counseling here at CWU. When I am not studying or working, I love to run and swim, read, spend time with family and friends, and most importantly laugh.