Jeanne McGowan, MSW, LCSW
Director of Counseling Armstrong Campus
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Jeanne received a Masters of Social Work and School Social Work Certification in 1999 from Widener University in Chester, PA, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Georgia Southern University. Prior to joining the Armstrong Counseling Center in August 2015 as Director, she served as Director of Counseling at Gwynedd Mercy University in Gwynedd, PA for 6 years. As a clinical social worker with a school focus, the majority of her professional career has been dedicated to working within school systems. Jeanne’s employment experiences include providing clinical program oversight of emotional and behavioral services and collaborating closely with school personnel to support the needs of students in K-12 settings. Outside of the school setting, Jeanne was in private practice from 2001-2015 with Psychology and Counseling Associates in Collegeville, PA. She enjoyed the opportunity to provide direct clinical care to clients from 5 to 60 years-old and with treat a variety of diagnoses, enhancing her generalist focus.
Since joining Armstrong, through Jeanne’s leadership, she has been able to develop the Center through advocacy and collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs. In her short time as Director, the Counseling Center has added staff, increased space, and incorporated an electronic medical records system. She has supported the campus community by adding outreach activities and educational programming on topics like suicide prevention. Jeanne recently became a trainer for Applied Suicide Skills Intervention Training (ASIST) and is working with Safety Net of Chatham County to bring suicide intervention training to the Savannah and surrounding communities. Jeanne’s professional interests include but are not limited to college adjustment, trauma including sexual assault, suicide and crisis intervention, transitional life issues, relational problems, thought disorders, and mood disorders. She enjoys working with diversity in age, race, gender, and sexual identity.
What song do you sing at the top of your lungs while driving alone in your car? Being a music fan of all types, there are so many songs that come to mind including Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing but my favorite to sing is by Mumford and Sons-The Wolf.
What is something that you wish you could do, but you just don’t have the nerve? As I got older, I developed a mild fear of heights. I don’t like having this fear so try to push myself to face it. The thing I think I would really like to do but don’t have the nerve to do is sky dive!
Becca Smith, M.A., LPC, CPCS
Assistant Director/Clinical Services Director
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor
Becca received a Masters of Arts in Community/Agency Counseling in 1999 from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Prior to joining the Armstrong Counseling Center in May 2017 as Assistant Director, she served as Associate Director of Counseling at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. Becca started in college counseling in 2010 at Aurora University in Aurora, IL. She decided to move to the South because she enjoys warm winter weather. She accepted a position at Valdosta State University’s Counseling Center as a Counselor in 2012. She was promoted to Assistant Director in 2014 and has served in a leadership capacity since this time. Before starting in college counseling, Becca worked in private practice and community mental health. Becca’s passion is working with college students and supervising others who are in training to become counselors.
Becca also served as Chair of the Social Media Committee of the American College Counseling Association from 2016-2018. She has been elected as Secretary of the ACCA and will assume that position in 2018. She likes to be involved in organizations like the American College Counseling Association and the Georgia College Counseling Association because she wants to stay current on trends affecting college students across the country. Becca’s professional interests include but are not limited to anxiety, including obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety, traumatic stress, depression, including suicidal ideation, and relationship issues. She also has a special interest in working with the LGBTQ+ population, especially those who experience gender identity issues.
If you could afford a one week all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would it be? I love to travel. A place I’ve never been but want to visit is the Gold Coast of Australia and maybe Bora Bora while I’m down that way!
What is your favorite quote? “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” Oscar Wilde
Amanda Kort, M.A., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Amanda is an Alumni of Armstrong Atlantic State University where she was also a student Athlete. Amanda completed the Master’s program at South University in Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Following this program completion, Amanda worked in various clinical settings while also serving a variety of populations from adults, college students, young teenagers to at-risk youth. Amanda was eager to return to Armstrong Campus and happily joined the staff at the Counseling Center in February of 2016. Her clinical interests include; trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, adjustments issues and transitional concerns, relational/interpersonal relationship issues and special population groups (International students, LGBTQ, FYS).
If you could afford a one week all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would it be? I want to go backpacking across New Zealand
What is your favorite dessert? Key Lime Pie-
Kristin Mock, M.Ed, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Kristin is a Georgia Southern University Double Eagle, earning her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Before joining the Armstrong campus Counseling Center, she worked in academic and clinical settings, including advisement, inpatient, outpatient, and crisis stabilization. Kristin’s professional interests include: Abuse and trauma, substance abuse, sexual assault and dating violence, eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and LGBTQ+ issues.
What is your favorite quote? “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Kahlil Gibran
What was your most embarrassing moment? My freshman year of college, I slipped while running on the treadmill in the (busy) campus gym. I held on to the machine handles, so as I fell, the track kept rolling underneath me. It started pulling my running shorts down, so I let go and flew across the floor, a few feet backward. I now prefer outdoor cardio and tend to avoid treadmills.
R. Wes Konkle
Wes Konkle is the Coordinator of Office Services at the Georgia Southern-Armstrong Counseling Center, having joined the staff in August 2016. He facilitates all office functions, from scheduling appointments and data analysis, to answering phone calls and ordering supplies.
What is your favorite quote? “I do things like get in a taxi and say, “The library, and step on it.” ― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
What is your favorite dessert? Chocolate chip cookies, right from the oven.