Counseling Services Staff

Jennifer McLean, Ph.D., CHES
Director of Counseling, College Health & Disability Services

Jennifer McLean, Director of Counseling, College Health & Disability Services

Kathy Zakarian, Psy.D.
Assistant Director of Counseling Services;
Deputy Coordinator and Lead Investigator of Title VI, IX, and Section 504 Student Issues

Kathy Zakarian, Assistant Director of Counseling


  • Crisis coordination

Kathy joined Penn College Counseling Services in January 2005 and became the assistant director in 2010. She is licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania and is a Williamsport native. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bucknell University, a Master of Science in Athletic Counseling from Springfield College, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Chicago. She has been working with young adults in the college setting since 2001. Prior to coming to Penn College, Kathy worked as a staff psychologist at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

Kathy specializes in depression, anxiety disorders, relationship and communication problems, college adjustment, life transitions, grief and loss, and eating disorders. In working with clients, she takes an integrative approach to psychotherapy, using a variety of interventions and techniques, depending on the client’s presenting issues, needs, and circumstances. Additionally, she has a small psychotherapy private practice in Williamsport working with older adolescents and adults.

In her free time, she enjoys time with family and friends, a variety of outdoor activities, yoga, and volunteering in the community.

Mike DiPalma

Mike DiPalma, Counselor


  • School of Construction & Design Technologies
  • School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Michael joined Penn College as a counselor in August 2001. He received his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy at Bowling Green State University, where he also earned undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Interpersonal Communication. In addition to working as a counselor, Michael teaches several sections of psychology at the College. Before working at Penn College, Michael served as the director of Counseling Services & Orientations Program at Newberry College, South Carolina, where he also served as an instructor.

Michael’s approach to helping others is a blending of cognitive-behavioral, experiential and reality therapies, which are problem-solving approaches focusing on the here-and-now of the client and how to actively create a better and more healthy future. Additionally, this approach helps the person with unresolved emotions revolving around the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors impacting the self and interpersonal relationships.

When working with students, Michael focuses on depression and anxiety; situations related to grief and loss; family, relationship, and communication problems; and a wider variety of college adjustment, career, and life transition issues.

When Michael isn’t taking up valuable space on campus, he can be heard playing drums, piano, and guitar, and engaging in wide variety of activities including basketball, kayaking, golf, running, drawing, writing, home improvement projects, landscaping, and playing with his beautiful Boxer, Bruiser.

Jacklyn Leitzel, Ph.D.

Jacklyn Leitzel, Counselor


  • School of Health Sciences

Jacklyn joined the Counseling Services staff in October 2008. She is a licensed psychologist, who currently lives in Bloomsburg. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from West Chester University and a Master of Education in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, Jacklyn worked in a variety of positions in higher education, including residence life and new student orientation. Jacklyn earned her Ph.D. in Human Development with a concentration in Counseling Psychology from Marywood University in 2001. Prior to her arrival at Penn College, Jacklyn was the director of the Counseling/Student Development Center at Marywood University, where she was also an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department. She has also taught psychology classes at Lackawanna College and Bloomsburg University.

Professional areas of interest include depression and anxiety disorders, self-esteem enhancement, and assertiveness training. Influenced by the cognitive behavioral approach to counseling and a passionate belief in human potential, Jacklyn utilizes a strength based model to help clients set goals, identify barriers to achieving those goals, and then develop an appropriate action plan.

In addition to her work, Jacklyn also enjoys cycling, hiking, gardening, and spending time with family.

Mary Lee Kelly, LCSW

Mary Lee Kelly, Counselor


  • School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies
  • School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Mary Lee has been with Penn College Counseling Services since July 2007. She has been licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania since 1995. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Education from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Social Work from Catholic University of America/Washington, D.C. Before moving to Pennsylvania in 1994, she was also licensed in Virginia and Texas. As a professional, she has lived and worked in the Washington D.C. area, Ohio, Texas, and West Germany.

Since 1985, she has worked extensively with families and children in various private non-profit agencies, in addition to providing mental health counseling to families and individuals in military and hospital outpatient settings and most recently in private practice.

She takes a systemic approach in working with students, viewing them in the context of their families, past experiences, and their current college community. She utilizes an integrative approach in providing counseling, pulling on primarily cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic interventions. She specializes in working with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, and grief/loss transitions.

In her free time she enjoys physical activity, reading, and spending time with family and friends. A particular interest involves deepening spiritual understanding and meditation.

Kathryn A. Lehman

Kathryn A. Lehman, Counselor


  • School of Business & Hospitality
  • School of Sciences Humanities & Visual Communications

Kathy has been with Penn College Counseling Services since 1979 and has extensive experience working with returning adult students, international students, and students with disabilities. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Lock Haven University and a Master of Education in Counselor Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Kathy has taught several human services, psychology, and sociology courses at the College.

Her professional preferences are career and transfer counseling, working with displaced workers, helping students develop coping skills, and developing and presenting mental health programs. Her theoretical orientation is eclectic with an emphasis in cognitive/behavior.

In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and spending time with family, friends, and pets.

Brenda Kline
Secretary to Director of Counseling, Career & Disability Services

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