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Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor (Clinical), Counseling
Dr. Melisa DeMeyer (she/her) was born and raised in the beautiful state of Montana. She proudly identifies as a first-generation student. DeMeyer earned a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences and a Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in marriage, couple and family counseling from Montana State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Idaho State University.
DeMeyer's professional experiences include: serving as the lead clinical staff for a therapeutic day treatment program for youth (K-12 grades) and a therapeutic group home for youth (13-18 years old) in Bozeman, Montana; working as a licensed professional counselor in Pocatello, Idaho; as the department chair of an integrative mental health program in Portland, Oregon; and as the owner of a private practice in Bend, Oregon. She is a licensed professional counselor in Oregon. She joined the OSU-Cascades faculty in 2019.
DeMeyer’s areas of interest and wonder include: reflective practices and reflexivity; systems-based counseling and supervision practices; the importance and impact of mentorship; couple and family counseling; feminism; and social constructionism. Her hobbies include getting outside (hiking, camping, fishing), reading and spending time with her loved ones.
Assistant Professor (Clinical) Counseling and Counseling Clinic Director
Born and raised in Penang, Malaysia, Dr. Ewe came to the United States in 2000 to pursue his education. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees, both with honors, from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed mental health counselor in Oklahoma, Washington and Oregon. He is a national certified counselor, and an approved Washington state clinical supervisor. He has provided counseling services to individuals and families in private and nonprofit settings, and served as a site director for a community mental health clinic.
Ewe is a mental health therapist in Bend who has a downtown private practice. He completed his doctoral studies in counseling at Oregon State University. His dissertation topic was in regard to the professional identity development of counseling students. His research interests include professional identity development, gatekeeping, resiliency and trauma, grief and loss, clinical supervision, and religiosity and spirituality. He has presented in various national and regional conferences for the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), the Oklahoma School Counselor Association (OSCA) and the Western Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (WACES).
Ewe’s hobbies include swimming and spending time with friends and family. During the summer, he loves to travel and grill.
Assistant Professor (Clinical), Counseling
Dr. Moran is a licensed school counselor in Oregon and a licensed professional counselor in Idaho. She received a Master of Science in School Counseling from Portland State University and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Boise State University. Her research interests include counselor education pedagogy and school-based interventions aimed at improving outcomes for historically underrepresented students. Her favorite classes to teach include Social Cultural Perspectives in Counseling and any of the clinical skill-based courses. When not teaching, Molly enjoys spending time recreating in the outdoors.
Assistant Professor, Counseling
Dr. Lucy Purgason has worked in counselor education for eight years, including positions at Western Washington University and Appalachian State University. She started her professional journey as a school counselor committed to implementing equity-driven and anti-racist school counseling programs in rural, low-income districts in mental health professional shortage areas. She is passionate about training counseling students to utilize strengths-based, culturally responsive and sustaining approaches with students and clients. Her research is informed by her experiences working at a school specifically for newcomer immigrant and refugee students. She is invested in contributing to knowledge that assists school counselors in delivering comprehensive school counseling programs inclusive of students’ cultural strengths, drawing on social justice frameworks such as Community Cultural Wealth (Yosso, 2005) and Relational-Cultural Theory. When not at work, she can be found outside with her family exploring new trails and all that Central Oregon has to offer.
Assistant Professor, Counseling
Dr. Ryan Reese is credentialed as a licensed professional counselor, licensed school counselor, national certified counselor and approved clinical supervisor. His research agenda focuses on connection with non-human nature and how intentional and contextual affiliations might be integrated effectively into clinical and educational settings to promote optimal wellness. In his personal time, Reese enjoys whitewater rafting, fly-fishing for steelhead, and spending time with his family on the Oregon Coast.