Student Counseling and Life Development Staff

StackDr. Patrick Stack
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Dr. Patrick Stack is in his 29th year as director of Counseling/Life Development. He received his BA in Philosophy from Suffolk University, Boston; MDiv from St. John's School of Theology, Boston; MEd in general counseling, from the University of Missouri–St. Louis; DMin from Eden Theological Seminary–St. Louis; Professional Certificate in Marriage and Family therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Patrick is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and approved Missouri State supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and approved Missouri State supervisor, National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC), Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor (CRAADC), and holds Clinical Status and Approved Supervisor Status in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Dr. Stack promotes Wellness as a clinician, author and speaker, and has designed and implemented a Wellness clinical assessment instrument. He and his wife Pamela (P.J.) Furrer Stack, who is a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), do conjoint marriage and family therapy in their private practice. Patrick and Pamela have two wonderful daughters and a beautiful granddaughter.

Gladys SmithGladys Smith
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Gladys is PsyD, a licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Reciprocal Advanced Addictions Counselors, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Registered Yoga Teacher. She earned a Doctorate of Psychology from California Southern University, Master of Education from the University of Missouri, Master of Health Science from Washington University–St Louis and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University.

She is a veteran in the United States Navy and has served for 27 years. She is currently serving at the Naval Operational Support Center as a Reservist here in St Louis.

She has lived in Iceland, Scotland, the Republic of the Philippines, Guam, Germany, and various stateside locations. Gladys has been with Webster for 15 years and serves as the university Sexual Assault Advocate and Assistant Director of Counseling. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Addictions Counseling, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and EMDR with clients. Gladys is an avid runner and a yoga teacher, teaching restorative yoga and Trauma-Focused Yoga.

AbotsieAlfred Kwashie Abotsi
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My name is Alfred Kwashie Abotsi. I am from Ghana. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology from University of Ghana–Legon. After college, I taught Social Studies in High School for three years before moving to United States. A full time staff at Emerson Library and a Clinical Mental Health counseling student from Webster University.

My special interest areas are mental health and career counseling with college students. I am an avid gardener, both flower and vegetable. I enjoy walking, biking and reading. I am a soccer crazy person, but other sports have a place in my heart especially college basketball.


Carol HodsonCarol Hodson
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"I believe in the power of the arts to heal." Carol Hodson is a professional artist and a professor in the Department of Art, Design and Art History (DADAH) at Webster University where she teaches Creative Strategies, Performance Art, and Expressive Arts Studio. As a therapist, Carol is especially interested in working with students, faculty, and staff who are interested in increasing self-awareness through artistic expression. Carol has a BFA in Painting and Education from School of Visual Arts in New York City, a MFA in Sculpture and Performance Art from Tyler School/Temple University of Art in Philadelphia, and is currently working on a second masters in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy through Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. Carol is a recipient of the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Emerson Electric Teaching Award, and is a graduate of the Global Leaders Academy.

When she is not on campus, Carol is in working in her art studio, getting muddy in her overgrown garden, or spending quality time with her 14-year-old daughter.

Salvatore PaganoSalvatore Pagano

Salvatore is a PLPC, who has a MA in Counseling from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri and is an extern working toward LPC licensure under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Stack. He has a BS in Biology with a minor in philosophy from St. Benedict's College, in Atchison Kans. Additionally, he has taken the Child Development Course and Windows into Therapy Course, along with numerous other lectures and classes at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute.

Salvatore served in the US Army Reserves and is a retired Medical Service Corps Administrative Officer. He has also worked with homeless veterans with chemical dependency, post-traumatic stress and assisted with transitions to independent living.

Because of his extensive military experience, he is very interested in depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, grief and transition issues. He hopes to help people discover their unique gifts, exploring career possibilities that will provide opportunities tailored to interests, values and natural abilities. He understands that personal issues can be impediments to academic progress, life and relationship success but that there is hope available through a professional counselor.

Salvatore is a father of a married daughter and loves spending time with his three grandchildren. He likes to travel, draw and paint, raise plants, build model ships, and read. He especially enjoys cinema. Favorites are classic black and white films and personal international films by the great auteurs: Ingmar Bergman, Michaelangelo Antonioni, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Akira Kurosawa.

Becky walshRebecca "Becky" Walsh

Becky is a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis's Brown School and will be doing her social work practicum under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Stack. Before pursuing the master's in social work degree with a concentration on mental health, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. After life threw her some curveballs she decided to pursue a career in social work where she would have the opportunity to help others struggling with life's circumstances.

In her free time Becky enjoys going for walks, writing poetry, painting, and watching any kind of sports.