Deena Nero, Administrative Assistant512-943-5100 Ext. 7089_____________________________________________________________________________________________Patricia Cook, Counselor Grades 10-12 (A-Hem)
512-943-5100 Ext. 7198
Trisha Cook has been in education for 19 years and has been a school counselor for the last 11. While loving and teaching Special Education, she became aware that students were in need of so much more than just an education so she decided to become a school counselor and she has loved every minute since. She wanted to be able to help students on a more emotional and mental level so she also became a Licensed Professional Counselor. She loves building relationships with students and helping them maneuver through the challenges of life. She spent 16 years in Florence ISD and would love to spend the rest of her time here at GHS. Trisha has been happily married for 21 years and has a beautiful 17 year old daughter.
Shannon Henson, Lead Counselor Grades 10-12 (Hen-M)
512-943-5100 Ext. 7111
This will be Shannon’s twenty-fifth year in education and her fourteenth as a School Counselor. Shannon serves as the Lead Counselor for GHS and as a Secondary School Counseling Specialist for GISD. Shannon received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northwestern State University and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Tarleton State University. Shannon’s favorite part of the job is guiding and supporting students and parents through the academic, social and emotional aspects of high school. She enjoys getting to know her students as she helps them navigate high school and the ups and downs of being a teenager.
Shannon has three daughters and enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, reading and traveling around the world.
Chailleen Gilly, Counselor Grades 10-12 (N-Z)
512-943-5100 Ext. 7044Chailleen Gilly has been a counselor at GHS for 1 year. Prior to last year, she spent 20 years in the classroom as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Tarleton State University in 1996 and her Master’s in Education from Lamar University in 2016, and she just completed her 20th year at GHS! Chailleen just celebrated her 20th anniversary with her husband, Greg, and they have 2 sons-- Chase and Rylan. She loves traveling, “glamping”, watching baseball, and spending time with friends and family. Chailleen is enjoying her new career, and is happy to continue serving the families of GHS as a supportive resource for their academic, social, and emotional needs.Laura Lake, Counselor Grade 9 (A-Z)
512-943-5100 Ext. 7508
Laura Lake is in her seventh year as a school counselor at GHS and twenty-eighth year as a profressional educator. She is a native of Montana and moved to central Texas in 2000. A former MSCA middle school counselor of the year, Laura is an enthusiastic advocate of comprehensive guidance programming, and she views her role as a school counselor as an opportunity to facilitate the education of students to help them get where they want to go in life. In addition to supporting and assisting students with their educational plans, Laura enjoys competing in horse shows with her champion Quarter Horse, Celtic Legend aka Zorro.
Sam McCutchen, College and Career Center Advisor
512-943-5100 Ext. 7075
This will be Sam’s thirty-ninth year in education with 9 years spent on the collegiate level as both a coach and as a director at the university’s Center for Academic and Personal Success program. Sam is entering his fourth year at Georgetown High School and serves as the College and Career Center Adviser. Prior to arriving at GHS, Sam previously served as District Counselor for student support at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas.
Sam received his Bachelor’s degree at Belmont University and holds Master’s degrees in Education, School Counseling and Professional Counseling. Sam enjoys guiding and supporting students and their parents through the multifaceted aspects of academic, social and emotional development and career exploration and discovery that confront today’s high school learners. He also serves as the Head Coach of the GHS Girls Soccer program.
Sam’s wife, Donna has been his bride and right hand for 39 years. Sam and Donna have three daughters, three son-in-laws, and three grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, fishing, hunting, reading and piddling around the house doing the things that are on his wife’s to do list.________________________________________________________________________________________________Tina Kepner, Developmental Guidance and Crisis Intervention Counselor
Tina Kepner is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Tina is also a board-approved supervisor to LPC-Interns pursuing their LPC. Tina has worked with GISD in some capacity for the past 6 years.
Tina graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with an Interdisciplinary minor in Substance Abuse. Tina received her Master’s Degree from Texas Tech in Educational Psychology.
Tina has been married to Craig for 22 years. They have an 18 year old son and a 13 year old daughter. Tina and her family have lived in Georgetown for 15 years and feel truly blessed to live and raise their family here. Tina finds the most joy spending time with her family and watching her son and daughter plays sports. When not watching a sporting event, Tina enjoys running, gardening, being crafty, spending time on the beach and reading.
Tina has had the opportunity to work all aged clients however her passion is working with teen aged clients in High School. Tina believes in meeting the client where they are while serving and supporting them in a nonjudgmental and empathetic way. Tina believes in walking alongside her clients while they make their journey through life. Reminding and empowering them to create their own journey’s ending.
AS the DGCI for the GHS feeder pattern I will:
Assist with program management, guidance, and direction to school counselors in the development and implementation of GISD Counseling & Guidance Comprehensive program
* Work closely with Director of Guidance and Wellness in the implementation, organization, and evaluation of Developmental Guidance Program, and act as a liaison between central office and campus staff
* Focus on supporting campus counselors, students & families through: creation & distribution of developmental guidance and other counseling initiatives, benevolence/social work, emergency shelter situations, interventions with outside resources/services, juvenile justice truancy cases, McKinney Vento cases.
Ali Knudsen, Intervention Services Counselor512-943-5100 Ext. 7085Ali is the new counselor for Intervention Services for Georgetown High School and is very excited for the opportunity to join the GHS team. She graduated from University of Oregon with a B.S. in psychology and her Master’s in counseling from Texas State University. She also is an LPC-Intern under the supervision of Jon Briery, LPC-Supervisor.
Ali has worked in a variety of mental health settings including in-patient treatment for adults and adolescents and most recently Bluebonnet Trails in Cedar Park. Ali completed her graduate student internship at Williamson County Juvenile Services. Ali is most passionate about her work with adolescents and admires their resiliency and ability to create change. Ali uses a variety of counseling techniques including art, experiential, and ACT activities.
When she is not at work Ali enjoys cooking, exercising, traveling, being with friends and family and spending time with her husband and their three cats._____________________________________________________________________________________________
Tishna Rollo, Intervention Services Counselor512-943-5100 Ext. 7010
Tishna Rollo is a School-Based Mental Health Provider with Intervention Services. She holds a Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University and a Bachelors degree in Family and Child Development from Texas State University. She is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern, supervised by Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S.
Tishna has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including a community mental health agency, an advocacy center, a residential treatment center, and a university counseling clinic. Tishna is passionate about working with teens, as they develop their identities, navigate relationships, manage conflict, and build self-esteem. Tishna’s therapy style is warm, relational, and down to earth. She utilizes an integrative and creative approach to counseling, helping people identify their strengths and goals, process and express their emotions, and work through difficulties.
Some of Tishna’s favorite activities include hiking, swimming, camping, reading, spending time with friends and family, traveling with her husband, playing with her dog, and relaxing with her cat. Tishna is at the GHS campus on Mondays and Thursdays.