Meet Our Team

Center for Health and Counseling

Lanai Greenhalgh, LCSW

Lanai Greenhalgh, LCSW

Director

I grew up in Logan, Utah, the fourth of nine children. As a first-generation college student, I learned the value of education at Southern Utah State College (SUU) and Utah State University. I earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and psychology, and a master’s degree in communication.

I went on to the University of Chicago for a second master’s degree in social services administration with a focus on clinical mental health. While living in Chicago, I worked in some of the largest housing projects in the country interviewing mothers whose children were in protective custody with the goal of improving support services to minority populations. In addition, I provided counseling services to black students in an embedded health and counseling center in an inner-city high school and worked in a psychiatric unit in a community hospital in the same neighborhood. I also provided social work services in the emergency department of a level I trauma hospital near downtown.

Since then, I have worked in program management and provided counseling services in community agencies, psychiatric and medical hospitals, crisis centers and higher ed institutions in Arizona, Colorado and back here in my beautiful home state of Utah. I have extensive experience assessing and treating mental health conditions in diverse populations and am committed to improving access to quality health and behavioral health services for all. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

In my off hours I play a little guitar and sing, cook, hike, camp and try new food from everywhere. I am honored to be part of the SLCC community.

Campus:

Taylorsville

Phone:

801-957-4703

Email:

lanai.greenhalgh@slcc.edu

Lauren Kelley

Lauren Kelley

Administrative Assistant

I lived in the Midwest before moving to Utah in 1997. I graduated from Salt Lake Community College in 2013 with an Associate of Science. I then went on to Utah State University to pursue a degree in Wildlife Biology. After two years, I returned to the Salt Lake valley.

I have over 8 years of office management and medical office experience. I have worked for three higher education institutions and love the atmosphere and culture. Helping people has always been a passion of mine and what I love to do the most in every aspect of my life.

I love to read, paint, hike, and snowshoe in the winter. My friends and family mean the world to me and I love to spend as much time with them as I can.

Zamzam Ahmed

Zamzam Ahmed

Medical Receptionist

I am a nursing major currently working on my prerequisites at SLCC. I plan on attending the University of Utah College of Nursing to pursue my bachelors of science in nursing. I love being a medical receptionist because I will gain new and interesting skills and experiences in a medical setting while working on my classes. I strongly believe this will help me be a better healthcare provider in the future.

I am a mother to an incredible toddler who I love spending the most of my time with. I am originally Somalian but I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. I come from a huge family and I am the oldest of seven. I came to the United States 6 years ago. I usually spend most of my time with my son or studying. My hobbies include watching netflix, trying new recipes, traveling and reading.

Jenny Williams

Jenny Williams

I have grown up in Utah all my life. I am half Hispanic and am very fluent in Spanish. I am currently studying at Salt Lake Community College and am majoring in the Dental Hygiene Program here. I am a part of a great organization that has made me love being with the Center of Health and Counseling. I plan on taking more schooling after getting my degree in Dental Hygiene and transferring to a much broader school of Dentistry.

Some things that I enjoy doing in my everyday life is being outdoors, going to the movies, or just watching movies in general. I also love traveling and I try to go somewhere different almost every summer when I get the chance of doing so.

Medical Clinic

Philip Howland, DNP, NP-C

Philip Howland, DNP, NP-C

Clinic Manager

I really enjoy working with students, faculty, and staff at Salt Lake Community College. My special interests are preventative medicine, hypertension, diabetes, PrEP, and helping people adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.

I grew up in the Southeastern US, mostly in and around Atlanta, GA, but have lived in Alabama, Florida, North and South Carolina. My first degree was a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Citadel. After a career in the Army, I worked for a pharmaceutical company which sparked my interest in healthcare. I completed my prerequisites from SLCC and then attended the University of Utah to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012. I worked at University Hospital as a nurse providing care to patients of all ages before returning to the U and to earn my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. I am board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

I really enjoying running (the longer distance the better!), skiing, and anything outdoors. In my spare time, I try to be active and spend time with my family, dog, and cat.

Phone:

801-957-3758

Joel Dario, PMHNP-BC

Joel Dario, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

My family immigrated from the Philippines to San Francisco, California, where I spent my early childhood. I grew up in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. I graduated with a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Utah. I have also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Walla Walla School of Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Portland.

I have been working as a full-time psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner since 2004. I have experience working in multiple settings serving different populations including: adult/geriatric outpatient, adult/geriatric inpatient hospital, adult/geriatric residential/community mental health and pediatric outpatient on an as-needed basis. I provide psychotherapy, with or without prescribing medication, where I apply psychodynamic as well as cognitive behavioral conceptual frameworks. As a prescriber of psychotropic medications, I am experienced in treating severe and chronic symptoms that involve psychosis, mood instability, depression, and anxiety in a variety of settings. I am a gender identity, non-binary affirming provider.

Some of my hobbies include: spending time with my spouse and family, watching TV, listening to music, and biking.

Victoria Carver

Victoria Carver

Medical Assistant

I am a proud Utah native living in Salt Lake City. Recently, I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Neuroscience. I chose to pursue this degree because I am passionate about health, wellness, and positive living. At BYU, I had the opportunity to become a published author through my work as a research assistant in a chemistry lab. I also enjoy writing health-related articles for my blog in my free time. During college, I worked as a CNA for an assisted living facility, where I grew to love patient care. I also have experience working at The Neuro Clinic alongside a chiropractic neurologist.

I chose to work as a Medical Assistant to gain more experience in the health field and strengthen my knowledge of patient care and medicine. I enjoy working with the students, staff, and patients at Salt Lake Community College. My long-term goal is to become a Physician Assistant to continue to help others live healthy lives.

In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, hanging out with my two cats, and being outdoors with my family.

Lisette Partipilo Cupello

Lisette Partipilo Cupello

Immunization Specialist

I was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela, a city that is thousands of miles away from Utah, yet it is where my home is located, where I had the opportunity to complete my studies as a clarinetist in the School of Music and perform in more than 10 orchestras; since I was a little girl, my days have passed between classes, rehearsals and concerts, which has allowed me to learn the importance of music, how it can help people and in turn, how it can help us become better empathetic listeners.

In my hometown I had the opportunity to obtain my certificate degree as an Emergency Medical Technician, with diplomas in Vital Emergencies and Stress Management in Emergency Situations from two different international universities, and attend the School of Medicine of the illustrious University of Zulia for 3 years, until the opportunity to come to Salt Lake City as an international student knocked on my door, which has been a great adventure of faith that has allowed me to continue with my studies, as well as my academic and professional training in the health field.

One of the main reasons of my life is to help those who need it with my knowledge, either in the health field or through music, as well as sharing the knowledge with other students, which led me to create and develop medical content on social media since 2019 and gave me the opportunity to give online presentations with different universities and scientific societies in Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, among other countries, keeping in mind the example of my parents and the principles learned at home. In addition, working for the international students in processes that I have had to complete on my own, make my work at the Center of Health and Counseling even more interesting and exciting!

In my free time I like to improve my general knowledge by reading, listen to music, cook and run, as well as visit SLC and all its incredible places and outdoor activities. I am glad and honored to be part of the CHC staff and SLCC community, as an international student and employee.

Maria Rivera

Maria Rivera

Immunization Specialist

Counseling

Scott Kadera, Ph.D. Psychologist

Scott Kadera, Ph.D. Psychologist

Counseling Manager

Born outside Chicago, I mainly grew up in central California, and have been in Utah since the early 1980s. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, I switched careers and earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University in 1996. I completed my internship at the Counseling Center at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and am a licensed Psychologist. Prior to the SLCC Center for Health & Counseling, I worked at the counseling/health center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and later with older adults at Valley Behavioral Health. My areas of interest include psychotherapy outcome research; the college student mental health crisis; the impacts of the economy, technology and culture on mental health; spirituality and religion; and emerging treatments for brief therapy. My orientation to counseling is integrative/eclectic, and I draw from Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Humanistic-Existential and Interpersonal approaches. In my free time I enjoy camping and hiking, reading widely, and listening to classical music. 

Ardi Ghimire, LCSW

Ardi Ghimire, LCSW

Therapist

Born and raised in Nepal, I moved to the United States in 2010. I earned both my bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. I completed my internship at Valley Behavioral Health Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Prior to the SLCC Center for Health and Counseling, I worked at a substance abuse treatment center called First Step House.  My areas of interest in psychotherapy include trauma, adjustment issues, life transitions, anxiety, and identity issues. My orientation to counseling is humanistic and strength-based. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) along with other therapeutic approaches such as Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Moral Recognition Therapy. During my free time, I enjoy hiking, performing and teaching Nepali folk dancing.

Charles Huff, LCSW

Charles Huff, LCSW

Therapist

I was born in California and raised in the Salt Lake City area. I attended the University of Utah and earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Social Work. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  I use a Client-Centered approach to therapy and draw on Attachment-based therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Coherence Therapy. I am passionate about helping students through their journey here at the College, and I have a strong interest in how interpersonal relationships influence our lives and how we manage our emotions. In my free time I enjoy exercising, spending time with family, and watching Utah Utes football.

Cielle Smith, CMHC

Cielle Smith, CMHC

Therapist

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology, from Utah State University in 2012. I moved to central Illinois in 2014 to attend the Clinical Counseling Psychology program at Illinois State University, and upon graduating in 2016, moved back to Utah and became licensed as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor.  Before the SLCC Center for Health & Counseling, I worked in a community agency in Midvale, Utah. My main areas of interest include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, interpersonal and communication skills, and stress management. I enjoy working with a wide variety of concerns. I take a non-judgmental, supportive, and empathetic approach with clients, believing they are the experts on their own lives. I work with clients to identify and express their concerns and find solutions for them. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Strength-Based Therapy are my main approaches, but I borrow interventions from a wide range of therapeutic approaches. In my free time, I enjoy time with friends and family, being creative, and checking out different local events across the Wasatch front.

Claudia Eli Zeppelini Cioni, CMHC

Claudia Eli Zeppelini Cioni, CMHC

Therapist

I grew up in a megalopolis in Brazil, one of the biggest in the world today. That experience brought me breadth of perspective of many different cultures, religions, and philosophies, as much as the notion that I would prefer today to be in a smaller city with opportunities like Salt Lake City. I graduated in Psychology in Brazil and received my master’s degree at the University of Utah and am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I have worked in facilities with many different populations with diverse issues and ages. I have a passion for my work, and I love studying about it constantly. When I am not studying something related to the integration of mind-heart, I listen to music (Brazilian and World), engage in knitting/crocheting or spend time with friends and family. I have been in the USA for almost 20 years and have raised my children and many pets (cats and dogs). I love the changing of the seasons here and being around the big mountains.

Dalilah Hernandez

Dalilah Hernandez

Counseling Services Intern

Growing up in California exposed me to endless sunshine, juicy citrus fruits, and unlimited avocados. Currently, I attend Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and I am pursuing their online Master of Social Work degree in hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). As I pursue my degree, I’m volunteering, at Salt Lake Community College, as an intern, to expand my knowledge and interventions regarding any counseling and therapeutic principles. Each day, I learn so much! Some areas of interest include perception and conscious process, creativity and motivation, social and cultural factors affecting human behavior, and how spiritual practices enhance a person’s ability to forgive, develop compassion, and express gratitude. My approach to therapy draws on concepts from Positive Psychology as well as Humanistic/Existential theories, and the interventions I enjoy include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Integrative Holistic Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). For fun, I enjoy living a healthy lifestyle, spending time with my family, and exploring beautiful, unfamiliar places.

Daniela Maldonado

Daniela Maldonado

Counseling Services Intern

I was born and raised in New York City. I attended the University of Utah and earned a bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies. I am currently a Master of Social Work intern through the University of Central Florida’s online program. Prior to SLCC Center for Health & Counseling, I interned serving refugee foster care unaccompanied minors. This experience developed an interest in working with diverse multicultural populations, students, and young adults.

My approach to therapy draws on concepts from Strength-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Existential Therapy. My areas of interest include interpersonal relationships, adjustment issues, communication skills, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and identity development.

In my free time, I enjoy going to museum exhibitions, hiking, jogging, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Jodi Lorenzen, CMHC

Jodi Lorenzen, CMHC

Therapist

I grew up in San Antonio, Texas and Lakewood, Colorado. I moved to Utah to earn my undergraduate degree in English Literature. After several years of parenthood, and raising foster teenagers, I became interested in trauma and how traumatic experience shapes perception. I returned to school to pursue my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Utah and am a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Prior to the SLCC Center for Health and Counseling, I worked in residential treatment with adults dealing with severe trauma, abuse and addiction, as well as in a behavioral health hospital as a crisis counselor. My areas of interest include post-traumatic growth, resilience, shifts in perception, identity development and the power of narrative. My orientation to counseling is Person-Centered, and I typically use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) approaches. In my free time I enjoy reading (mostly fiction), writing, learning new things and listening to podcasts. My favorite yearly activity is going to the Shakespeare Festival to watch plays. 

Health Promotion

Whitney Ockey, CHES

Whitney Ockey, CHES

Health Promotion Manager

I’m a proud Idaho native, but have been living in Utah for the past 7 years. I joined SLCC shortly after acquiring a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Utah Valley University. I am a Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and plan to obtain a Master’s Degree in the near future. I love being a manager for the Center for Health & Counseling and hope to remain in higher education for the extent of my career. I value preventative healthcare approaches and see health education as a vital element in preventing disease and illness. I find particular interest in nutrition, exercise, and sexual & reproductive health.

I survive off of endorphins and vitamin-D! I love to be outside and physically active. Dancing, CrossFit, kayaking, and water skiing are a few of my hobbies.

Jasmin Wesley

Jasmin Wesley

Graphic Designer

Email:

801-957-4464

Massage Therapy

Abbie Knibbe, LMT

Abbie Knibbe, LMT

Massage Therapist

I am a mother of 4 incredible humans, and grew up in Utah and the Rocky Mountains, always exploring. I am a passionate conservationist, lover of the desert and mountains alike, a caring human that through massage therapy, hopes to bring a closer connection of mind, body and spirit to the SLCC community. I attended Myotherapy College of Utah in 2010, and my goal is to use these skills to help alleviate pain and give you additional tools to manage the many stressors in our lives. I have worked at the Center for Health and Counseling since December 2012. Health education is one of my passions, and helping people find balance and the highest quality of life possible, whatever stage of life you are living in this current moment. I use many different and complementary modalities to help work with client needs to get customized results. Deep Tissue, Myofascial, Medical massage, Trigger Point, Sports massage, Pre and postnatal massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Swedish, Thai, and Shiatsu are just some of the modalities I utilize. I was raised to never be too far from our incredible wild spaces, I love art in all its forms, photography, poetry, music and stories of all kinds. I try to fill my life with as many adventures as possible, and as many as my kids and husband will put up with. I am a safe and inclusive space at all times, and am so grateful to work with SLCC’s wonderful community and love being able to assist you in creating the best college experience possible. Come get a massage!

Holly Scholz, LMT

Holly Scholz, LMT

Massage Therapist

My specialty blends Swedish Relaxation, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Segmental - focusing on antebrachial (forearm) release and neck/headache tension relief. Though I’m very clinical and technical, my style is intuitive and nurturing, Therapeutic and detailed, yet gentle. Through massage therapy, I’ve found a deeper awareness of my own body and share this education with others, along with my deep understanding of college culture. I continue seeking my AS in Pre-Medical Health Sciences and other prerequisites, with the hopes of being an Osteopathic physician someday.

I spent years in college studying anatomy and physiology, following my passion for bodywork, beginning my BS in 2013 at UVU concurrently with my AS. I took some time off and transferred to SLCC in 2019, challenging my limits by doing a triathlon, then taking CrossFit, Chem, and Physics together and it was one of the best collegiate decisions I’ve made. It led me to work for SLCC at the end of 2020. I discovered my niche, helping others achieve optimal health by being a part of a team working at the CHC.

In my spare time, I enjoy Netflix, yoga, meditation, powerlifting, making healthy meals and snacks and training for 5Ks and Spartan Races.