Armstrong Staff

Clinical Staff

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Jeanne McGowan, MSW, LCSW

Director of Counseling, Armstrong Campus
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Marketing Coordinator
Military Liaison
SART Member

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, she served for 6 years as Director of Counseling at Gwynedd Mercy University in Gwynedd, PA. As a clinical social worker with a certification in school systems, most of her professional career has been dedicated to working within the educational system as a mental health professional. Outside of the school setting, Jeanne has worked in community-based agencies and private practice.

In 2017, Jeanne became an Applied Suicide Skills Intervention Training (ASIST) trainer. She works closely with Safety Net of Chatham County’s Prevent Suicide Today office to bring suicide intervention training to the Savannah and surrounding communities. Jeanne’s professional interests include but are not limited to adjustment to college, relational issues, stress management, mood problems. trauma including sexual assault, suicide prevention and intervention, and thought disorders. As a social worker, she appreciates and celebrates the unique characteristics of each individual be it with age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or 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!

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Becca Smith, M.A., LPC, CPCS

Assistant Director
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor
Group Coordinator

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 2018 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. 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 currently serves as Secretary of the ACCA for 2018-2020. 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

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Taylor Hopkins, MSW, LCSW-C (Maryland)

Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical (Maryland)
Outreach Coordinator
Housing Liaison

Taylor is a Baltimore native, and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from Salisbury University and the University of Maryland, School of Social Work (Baltimore, MD). Following her program completion, Taylor has worked in various clinical settings including outpatient mental health servicing children, adolescents, and adults, and residential treatment in collaboration with the juvenile justice department. Taylor’s counseling style is influenced mostly by her experience using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) by incorporating mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, dialectics, and interpersonal effectiveness. Her clinical interests include: depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, adjustment and transitional concerns, coping skills, and self-regulation techniques.

What is your favorite quote? “When they go low, we go high.” – Michelle Obama

What is your favorite dessert? Talenti’s Caramel Cookie Crunch gelato with a wam chocolate chip cookie.

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Amanda Kort, M.A., LPC, CPCS

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-

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Tatiana Smith, M.A.

Case Manager
Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) Liaison
SOAR Liaison

Tatiana Smith is a bilingual (English/Spanish), license eligible counselor with an MA in Counseling from Webster University. Tatiana has years of experience providing services with community based organizations as well as in a college setting. She enjoys working with Individuals and Couples using techniques in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with a solution focused approach. Tatiana’s clinical interests include anxiety, developing healthy coping skills, interpersonal skills, and avoidance issues.

Tatiana speaks English and Spanish.

What do you do in your spare time? I enjoy making jewelry. It has become my coping mechanism for anxiety. I love seeing live music and volunteering with organizations working toward social justice. I also enjoy going to the movies.

What is your favorite dessert? I am a true sugar lover, so anything sweet! I enjoy the coconut cake from Sandfly Barbeque.

Administrative Staff

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R. Wes Konkle

Office Coordinator

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.

Last updated: 6/19/2020