Meet the Counselors

For counseling inquiries or to schedule an appointment:

  • stop in at the counseling front desk located on the main level of Surbeck.
  • call 605-394-1924 
  • or email us at Counseling@sdsmt.edu

Counselors at the South Dakota Mines Counseling Center offer support to students and assist with a variety of personal, academic, and relationship concerns. Our approach is collaborative, goal-oriented, and multiculturally sensitive.


Kavanaugh, Duane

Duane Kavanaugh, LPC-MH, NCC, CCMHC, QMHP

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  • A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC/MH, NCC, CCMHC)
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) in the State of South Dakota
  • Frequent speaker and presenter in the field of mental health to include ethics, issues related to practicing in a rural area and the cumulative effects of stress

Background

  • Life-long resident of South Dakota, attended the University of South Dakota Springfield and USD in Vermilion completing degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice; attended Northern State University in Aberdeen completing his graduate degree in Counseling
  • Has worked in the field of mental health as a therapist, supervisor and administrator for nearly 30 years
  • Served as an adjunct instructor at NSU for 18 years

Interests

  • Spending time with his family
  • Exploring all that the Rapid City area has to offer
  • Golf

Groseclose, Chelsey

Chelsey Groseclose, LPC, NCC

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  • Currently working towards my LPC-MH certification
  • Theoretical foundation of counseling is primarily Solution Focused/Brief Therapy; Person Centered Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • My motto for students is:  Advocate, Educate, Grow

Background

  • Graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Dakota; undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Black Hills State University
  • Experience teaching as an adjunct professor of Psychology
  • Professional interests include: positive psychology, holistic healing, working with the LGBTQIA+ community, interpersonal and relationship concerns, psychopharmacology, professional identity development and nonverbal communication

Interests

  • Painting
  • Love of learning and exploring research through reading and podcasts
  • Camping, hiking, kayaking, gardening and biking
  • Enjoying time spent with family and friends



Megan Laskowski, MS, LPC, NCC

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  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, NCC)
  • Master of Science from South Dakota State University (SDSU)
  • Has experience working with adolescents, individuals and families in crisis, dealing with anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Background

  • Raised in Rapid City, traveled to multiple states within the U.S. and seven counties outside the U.S.
  • Has worked in the mental health field since 2013, graduating from SDSU in 2017 with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Interests

  • Spending time with family
  • Traveling
  • Running

Bryce Nussbaum

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  • Works primarily on campus as the Interim Director of Residence Life and Community Standards and has continued to grow in his experiences and trainings both in Student Development and mental health.
  • Joined the South Dakota Mines team in 2018 and continued working toward his counseling licensure from the state of South Dakota.
  • Is a member of the South Dakota Army National Guard since 2014 and deployed overseas in 2016-2017.
  • Holds his Bachelors of Science from Dakota State University in Digital Arts in Design and his Masters of Science in Counseling and Human Resources Development from South Dakota State University in 2014.

Interests

  • Hiking and training his new puppy, Callie, with his fiancé every chance he can.
  • Minecraft and mobile gaming. 

Mary Jo Farrington - Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist

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Background

  • Masters from Columbia University, New York
  • Counselor and administrator   - New York City College of Technology
  • Counselor for teenagers leaving as wards of the state - Nebraska
  • Drug and Alcohol educator -  South Dakota Mines and other colleges in Rapid City

Interests

  • Family - 3 adult sons and 2 and 1/2 grandchildren, Lucy, our dog
  • Environment, politics -  helped many organizations, groups, individuals
  • Movies, reading, dancing/music, history, geography, writing, art, etc.

Linda Colhoff-Glover, CPS

  • Certified Prevention Specialist (Substance Abuse)
  • Executive Director Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, Inc.

Background

  • South Dakota State University West River Graduate Center 1995-1998, attended Graduate School earning 31 hours, working towards a Master of Science Degree in Counseling and Human Resources.
  • Black Hills State University, Bachelor of Science Degree, Major in Sociology with a Minor in Psychology.
  • University of South Dakota, 82 credit hours, classes in Sociology, Criminal Justice and Chemical Dependency. Honors: Member of Alpha Kappa Delta

Interests

  • Motorcycling and traveling the United States
  • Four Wheeling and enjoying the outdoors
  • Spending time/activities with family and 18 grand kids

Patterson, Lynn

Lynn Patterson - Administrative Assistant

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  • Currently serving the Counseling Department & the Career and Professional Development Center
  • My Motto for students: “No one is perfect, that’s why pencils have erasers.” – Author Unknown

Background

  • Born and raised in a small farming community – Hampton, MN
  • Graduated High School in Hastings, MN
  • Graduated from Dakota Technical Institute with Clerical Skills Specialist & Word Processing Specialist Degrees from Rosemount, MN
  • Worked as an Administrative Assistant at H.D. Hudson for five years
  • Promoted to Logistics Specialist at H.D. Hudson for 20 years
  • Moved to Hermosa, SD in 2015

Interests

  • Exploring the beauty and wonders of the Black Hills
  • Camping, Gardening, Horseback Riding, Canoeing
  • Playing Guitar, music
  • Motorcycle Rides
  • Spending time with family and friends, but especially my spouse

Mayforth, Jennifer

Jennifer Mayforth, Counselor Intern, RPh

  • Clinical Mental Health Masters SDSU student – anticipated graduation date of Summer 2021
  • Theoretical foundation:  Solution focused brief therapy
  • Registered practicing pharmacist

Background

  • Started graduate school in 2018 seeking personal growth and fulfillment as well as flexible second career opportunities
  • Lifelong resident of South Dakota, attended South Dakota State University completing a B.S. in Pharmacy
  • Has worked as a pharmacist in the Black Hills for nearly 30 years

Interests

  • Raising a family and enjoying their company
  • Hiking, camping, kayaking, and biking the Black Hills
  • Personal and professional growth through spiritual experiences, music, and education.