Meet the Team — East Campus Counselors

Left Photo (Left to Right): Rafael Angel Dávila, Steve Tullo, Andrea Bealler, Jocelyn Morales, Catherine Espenscheid; Right Photo: Marcia Roman 

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

When a student needs assistance with various academic and emotional challenges, the East Campus counselors are the front-line supporters, helping students create an action plan for the future and facilitating conversations about their personal, academic and career goals.

Some of the challenges students face include balancing work/school/life, financial distress and displacement, anxiety and depression, relationship issues, adjustment concerns and general well-being. To help our students navigate these issues, our counselors make themselves available to talk through students’ academic and emotional challenges and provide referrals to obtain additional resources.

Meet the Counselors

Jocelyn Morales has served Valencia College for almost 24 years. She currently serves as a counselor, faculty development facilitator/designer and study abroad advisor. Her former roles at Valencia and other higher education institutions include Title III developmental advisor, success coach, career/academic advisor, and residence hall assistant director/assistant. Jocelyn also serves as part-time faculty for psychology, psychology internship, student life skills and service learning classes. Jocelyn earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Capella University and her master’s degree in psychology and counseling from Troy State University. She has been highly recognized on several occasions with the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award; Faculty Association Awards for Excellence in Counseling, Teaching and Librarianship; Endowed Chair; sabbatical; Students’ Choices Award-Outstanding Professor; and the New Student Advocate Award.

Steve Tullo has worked in higher education as a student counselor for more than 17 years; 13 of those years have been at Valencia College. Steve is a licensed mental health counselor and earned a Master of Arts in community agency mental health counseling and school guidance from Rollins College. In 2015, Steve was honored to be a recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.

Rafael Angel Dávila has been a counselor with Valencia for five years. He has worked in higher education for 13 years and was formerly a probation and parole officer. Rafael earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in mental health and school counseling and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida (UCF).

Marcia Roman has worked in higher education for more than 30 years. Over the past four years, she has served as a counselor on the Osceola and Winter Park Campuses. Marcia received philosophy and theology degrees from the University of Scranton, master’s degree in marriage/family therapy and theology from Fuller and doctorate degree from UCF.

Andrea Bealler has worked in various areas of higher education for the past 20 years. She has been with Valencia for the last 10 years, serving as a counselor since 2014 and as the West Campus Career Center coordinator from 2008-2013. She earned a master’s degree in college student affairs from the University of South Florida. Andrea was recognized with a Faculty Association Award for Excellence in Teaching, Counseling and Librarianship in 2017 and the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award in 2016. She also successfully completed the tenure process in 2019.

Catherine Espenscheid has worked at Valencia for 15 years and started as a career counselor on West Campus and moved to East Campus in 2014. She earned a master’s degree in student personnel in higher education from the University of Florida.

1 Comment

  • Jennifer Papoula said:

    Love our East Counselors! Great resource for Valencia student's who are experiencing distress.

    AMThu, 01 Aug 2019 09:38:35 +0000Thu, 01 Aug 2019 09:38:35 +0000am19,9:38 am

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