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Three professionals named to student service posts

July 20, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Three student service professionals have been promoted to new posts at Western Michigan University.

Of the three, two are veteran WMU staff members. Carol Eddy, a longtime WMU administrator, has taken the position of executive director of Sindecuse Health Center effective May 2, after serving two years as the center's acting director, and Dr. Evelyn Winfield has been appointed director of the University Counseling and Testing Center, effective July 3. In addition, Carolyn K. Robertson, wellness coordinator and director of programs at Western Carolina University Health Center in Cullowhee, N.C., has been appointed WMU's new health promotions director, effective July 17.

Eddy has a long history at WMU as both an administrator and student. She earned a bachelor's degree, graduate certification in health care administration and a master's of public administration, all at WMU. She has more than 30 years of health care experience and has worked at WMU for 23 years. She first came to the University in 1983, when she began working in the health center business office. Soon after, she became office supervisor and, in 1988, became the center's business manager. She held that position until being named the center's associate director, then became its acting director in April 2004 after the resignation of Dr. Gary Kirk.

Winfield has served as associate professor in the University Counseling and Testing Center since 1999. She also continues to serve as an affiliate provider with APS Healthcare through the Pfizer Colleague Assistance Program and as a licensed psychologist with Alaafia Consultation and Psychological Services of Greater Kalamazoo.

Winfield also has served the University in several teaching capacities. She was a faculty facilitator for the First Year Experience Program in 2005, an adjunct faculty member for the WMU Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology in 2004 and instructor for the WMU Counseling and Testing Center in 2000 and 2002. Before joining WMU, she was interim executive director and clinical director of Rose Haven Ministry in Grand Rapids.

Winfield also has been a disaster mental health consultant, providing mental health and case management services to survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and 2006 and was deployed for 14 days to New Orleans and Pascagoula, Miss.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Dillard University, a master's degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a doctoral degree in n clinical psychology at Southern Illinois University. She received her licensed clinical psychologist certification from the state of Michigan in 2001.

Robertson has served as wellness coordinator at Western Carolina University since May 2003. Before that, she was community organizer for the Tippecanoe County Tobacco Control Partnership in Lafayette, Ind., and she was wellness education coordinator while a graduate assistant at the Purdue University Student Health Center.

Robertson earned a bachelor of science in health management at Southeast Missouri State University and a master of science with an emphasis in health promotion at Purdue. She is a certified health education specialist and a member of the American College Health Association and its Health Promotion Section and the American Association of Integrative Medicine.

The three appointments were approved by the WMU Board of Trustees at its July 14 meeting.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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