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Advisory Board

Welcome to the Counseling Department Advisory Board Page

Meet Our Members

Marci Creel recieved her degree in School Counseling from the main campus and currently works in the Karns City Area School District. Prior to this, she worked for Holy Family Social Services and the Union School District.

Penny Dunmire graduated from the IUP main campus program in 1975 with an M.Ed. in Secondary Counseling. She retired from Derry Area School District in 2006 where she was a high school guidance counselor. During her tenure at Derry, she also held these positions: middle school guidance, reading specialist, and secondary English teacher. She also worked for Intermediate Unit I in their adult education program and for the state of Pennsylvania in the education program at the correctional facility in Greensburg. Penny became bored with retirement after a while, and so she now has a position on the staff at the Kiski School, a private preparatory school for boys in Saltsburg, Pa. She enjoys volunteer work in her community. Penny does the communications work for the community of Avonmore, tutors high school kids, and writes grant proposals. Her daughter and son-in-law live nearby, and she now has a grandson who is two-and-a-half years old. She is learning how to be a grandmother—it is fun most of the time, but sometimes she is just plain stumped. So if there are any suggestions for the “terrible twos,” she will gladly take them! She jokes about putting her scrapbooks together—that will never happen—but she can dream. Penny has served on the advisory board since its inception, and finds it to be so much fun to go back to campus. Everyone in her family went to IUP, and they love it!

Denise Fazi graduated with a master’s in Education with certification in Elementary Guidance Counseling in December 1998. She is an elementary guidance counselor at Blairsville Elementary School and is a member of the Pennsylvania School Counselor’s Association, the Indiana County Counselor’s Association, and the IUP Alumni Advisory Board. Before completing her master’s degree, she was a counselor at a girl’s emergency shelter, a caseworker for Children and Youth services in Allegheny County, and an intensive case manager in the mental health system. Upon obtaining her master’s degree, she worked as a mobile therapist, behavioral specialist consultant, and currently is an elementary guidance counselor. Denise is the mother of a two-year-old daughter. She and her husband have been married for sixteen years. In their free time, they enjoy camping, going to the beach, canoeing, and playing with their daughter.

John Frain recieved his master’s degree in Community Counseling from the Monroeville campus in 2002. John currently works for Wesley Spectrum Services as the director of Westmoreland and Sommerset County Programs. In addition, he does outpatient therapy as a contract worker for Turtle Creek MH/MR. John is also asked to do the occasional training or consulting gig. He is a member of the Sexual Abuse and Prevention Network, a statewide coalition designed to advance the training and understanding of working with sexual offenders; a member of the Washington Intervention Network, a coalition designed to lessen the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs by children and
adolescents; and a member of Value Behavioral Health’s Provider Advisory Board. He has also had the opportunity to work with Family Based Mental Health and, until recently, oversaw the agency’s three outpatient MH/DA clinics. For the past four years, he has been doing outpatient MH counseling at Turtle Creek MH/MR. Past counseling experiences include mobile therapy and behavioral health consultant at Parent and Child Guidance (now called Family Links), program director at New Beginnings at Cove Forge, program supervisor for an adolescent partial care program in New Jersey, social worker at George Jr Republic, and nearly three years as a child care worker at Residential Facilities for adolescent males in New Jersey and in Maryland. John also notes that he will be trying to get an internship program going at his Greensburg office.

Carolyn Fugate is a 1978 graduate from the School Counsleing Program. She is currently the elementary principal at Oswayo Valley School District in Shinglehouse, Pa. Carolyn was a school counselor for Punxsytawney Area Schools from 1978 to 1986 and for Bethlehem City Schools from 1986 to 1988. Although not very active, she has been on the advisory board for several years. Many of the school improvement initiatives at Oswayo Valley, including being one of the seven RtI pilot sites in Pennsylvania, are directly linked to the processes she learned and the training she received in the counseling program at IUP.

Robert Gregory is a 1996 graduate and is currently a school psychologist in Westmoreland County.

Regine Horwat graduated in 1994 from the main campus in the Secondary School program and is a counselor in the Marion Center School District in the middle school and also worked in the Punxsutawney School District until 2001. Regina has been a school counselor since she graduated.

Sherry Shields graduated from the main campus in 2007 in the Secondary School Counseling program. She currently works for Family Psychological Associates and is a member of ACA, APA + Divsion 17 for Counseling Psychology, and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. Sherry’s past experience includes psychological evaluations and outpatient therapy, and she is currently a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Carlow University in Pittsburgh.

Susan Sibert graduated from the elementary certification and master’s program in 1993 and served as graduate assistant for Dr. John Worzbyt. The IUP program followed her work as a reading and English teacher with middle-level students. Later, she attended Frostburg State University to earn secondary school counseling certification, and she worked as a school counselor, both elementary and secondary, for six years before becoming an administrator in 1999. She completed a second master’s degree and a doctoral degree, both in Administration and Leadership Studies, along with a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility. She currently works in the Purchase Line School District as the curriculum and federal programs director, after having served for eight years as an elementary building principal and federal programs coordinator. She enjoys working with the school counselors and assessment program and is a founding member of the IUP Advisory Board and is a member of PSCA.

Sarah (Wadsworth) Taylor graduated in 2007 with a master's in Elementary School Counseling.  Sarah currently serves in three buildings in the Clearfield Area School District, serves on the district's crisis team, and is working on implementing a bullying-prevention program.  During summers, Sarah works as a supervisor for the Summer Treatment Program at the Community Guidance Center.  Before working as a school counselor, Sarah was a behavior specialist and a mobile therapist. Sarah is a member of PSCA and ASCA.  In 2007, Sarah presented at the PSCA conference on autistic spectrum disorders. Sarah's future goals are to earn her license in counseling and pursue her administration certificate.  Sarah resides in Indiana, Pa., with her husband, and they are expecting their first child!

  • Counseling Department
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 206B
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2306
  • Fax: 724-357-7821
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.