Kate Puopolo, LMHC (she/her)
Associate Dean for Health and Wellness & Director of Counseling
puopolo_kate@wheatoncollege.edu

Kate has over 10 years of experience working with college-aged individuals as well as children, adolescents, families and couples in both community mental health, outpatient, residential and private practice settings. Kate earned her Bachelor’s degree from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and earned her Master’s degree from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Kate was the director of a community based mental health program for over 5 years before coming to Wheaton College. Kate brings with her professional experience in community based mental health, trauma, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, depression, and anxiety, among other areas of practice. Kate aims to work with individuals in a collaborative, strengths-based manner and is an LGBTQIA-affirming therapist. When not at work, Kate enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and being outdoors, particularly at the beach.

Carly Ladd, LMHC (she/her)
Assistant Director of Counseling and Training Director
ladd_carly@wheatoncollege.edu

Carly moved to Massachusetts from Maine in 2013 and went on to earn both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in psychology at Bridgewater State University. Carly became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in July 2022. Carly has professional experience in community based mental health, working with underserved and marginalized populations, including LGBTQIA+ communities, homelessness, and gang-involved youth. Carly’s therapy style is collaborative, practical, holistic, and LGBTQIA-affirming. Carly’s clinical work centers around the social ecological model which understands that health and wellness are affected by the interactions between individual, relationship, community, and societal influences. Outside of the Counseling Center, Carly enjoys cooking, practicing sustainability, and spending time with her dog, Tito.

Melanite Gonzalez (they/them)
Case Manager and Outreach/Education Coordinator
gonzalez_melanite@wheatoncollege.edu

Melanite grew up in Central Falls, Rhode Island and is the first in their family to attend college. They earned their Bachelor’s in Human Development & Families from the University of Rhode Island. Upon graduating, they spent five years working at various mental health and non-profit organizations supporting youth and families. Feeling limited by the constraints of the traditional mental health care system, Melanite left the field and their home state of Rhode Island and spent the past few years learning different healing modalities and skills. Melanite is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and is certified in trauma-informed yoga & mindfulness. Melanite’s movement & space holding is with the mission of providing a safe space for queer humans to move and align with their bodies. Melanite is a compassionate mentor and advocates for those in need. They can connect across differences of all kinds and are committed to helping others on their paths to thriving and greater freedom. They believe that with the right kind of support, everyone is capable of thriving.

Manuel “Manny” Andrade, LMHC (he/him)
Staff Clinician
andrade_manny@wheatoncollege.edu

Manny has earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA and subsequently earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in clinical Psychology from Bridgewater State University. Manny is joining the Wheaton community after serving as a mental health professional at a community based mental health center located in Taunton, MA for the last 3 years. Manny is a first generation American, the second in his family to earn a four-year degree, and the first in his family to earn a graduate degree. Manny describes his therapeutic style as collaborative and ‘person-centered’ by helping others uncover solutions that work best for them. At home, Manny loves spending time with his wife, 2 sons, and his dog Tailz. Manny enjoys listening to and creating music, spending time with his friends, and playing basketball while he still can. Manny hopes his life experience and unique perspective will help to support Wheaton students as they continue their own life’s journey, their pursuits of higher education, and the life they want to lead.”

Sarah Quinn, BA (she/her)
Office Manager
counseling_center@wheatoncollege.edu

Sarah grew up locally in Bristol County, Massachusetts. She completed her Associate degree in humanities at Bristol Community College before earning her Bachelor’s in creative writing with a minor in psychology at Lesley University. Prior to and throughout college, Sarah acquired years of experience in service and support roles. She joined Wheaton’s Counseling Center and Health Services offices in April 2023.

Isabel Parker, BA (she/her)
Graduate Trainee

Isabel is a second-year Master’s student at Boston University’s Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Classical Studies from Villanova University where she was a member of the women’s rowing team. Isabel has previous clinical experience working in an eating disorder treatment center. She has professional interest in student-athlete mental health and eating disorder care and treatment. Isabel is developing a strengths-based therapeutic style to help foster clients’ intrinsic capacity to change. Outside of counseling, Isabel loves traveling, running, and exploring coffee shops and bookstores.

Meghan Miller, BA (she/her)
Graduate Trainee

Meghan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware. She moved from New Jersey to Boston in 2022 to pursue a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at William James College. She has previous experience working as a middle school counselor. Meghan has career aspirations to work with adolescents who have mental health concerns and are involved in the criminal justice system. In her free time, Meghan enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, and watching movies.