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Meet Our Counselors and Staff


Tempest AndersonTempest Anderson

Greetings! I am Tempest Anderson and the new director of Counseling and CoachLink Services. My undergraduate degree is in Social Work, this allowed me to serve in the local area for several years in family services. Through my years of working with families I learned I had an interest in counseling. I attended EMU’s Masters of Arts in Counseling program and would describe my time there as amazing and life-changing. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life in where ever they may be in their journey. My desire is to give hope, to empower, and equip those I work with to be the best version of who they were created to be. I look forward to working with you!

Amanda StyerAmanda Styer

Hello! My name is Amanda Styer and I’m originally from a small town in Ohio. I went to EMU for my undergrad and studied Justice, Peace, and Conflict Studies. I believe we are all doing the best we can with what we have, and sometimes it can feel like the ways we’ve learned to deal with what we have aren’t working anymore. Maybe it’s time to try something new! I hope my office can be a safe, comforting, judgement-free-zone where we can work together on how to help you heal, develop stronger coping skills, and feel empowered to live your best life, no matter what you might be carrying, big or small (because we are all dealing with something!). Because we live in a diverse world and community, I value working with people of all backgrounds, experiences, orientations, identities, and faith traditions.  If you ever need to talk, please come see me!

Bethany ChuppBethany Chupp

Hello! My name is Bethany Chupp, and I am originally from Canby, Oregon. I graduated from EMU with a major in Psychology and a minor in Art. I have previous experience working with children who have experienced trauma. As a counselor in EMU’s counseling center, I believe that counseling is a space for your story to be held in its entirety. I work from a client-centered method, and I look forward to finding the ways that counseling can support your unique college experience. 

Rebecca PeiferRebecca Peifer

Hi! I’m Rebecca Peifer. I first arrived at EMU as a transfer student and then graduated with a Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in Art and minor in Business. After several years in Pittsburgh and North Carolina, I returned with my family to make Harrisonburg our home. I am now in my final year of the Masters of Arts in Counseling program at EMU. I am excited to be working at EMU’s Counseling Center this year and look forward to building with you to help you find the support you need to experience the change you desire.

Katie CurranKatie Curran

Hi! My name is Katie Curran. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s and Gendered Studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington (my home town). I am currently in EMU’s Masters of Arts in Counseling program finishing up my last year of the program. Last year I worked at Shenandoah University’s counseling center along with running art therapy groups at Rockingham Memorial Hospital’s Partial Hospitalization Program. I am continuing to run art therapy groups at RMH this year and I’m excited to continue to work therapeutically with college students here at EMU. I tend to utilize Expressive Arts techniques in my practice as I believe art has the power to help us look deep within ourselves in a different way. I look forward to working with you.

Trey Harris- counselor Trey Harris

 Greetings! My name is Trey Harris and I am one of the newest additions to the Counseling staff here at EMU. I graduated from James Madison University in 2017 with a major in psychology and a minor in religious studies. I’m originally from the Richmond area, more specifically Chesterfield, Va. I’m currently in my second semester of the Masters of Arts in Counseling program here at EMU. I look forward to working with the you. 

Steve Giddens CounselorSteve Giddens 

Hello. My name is Steve Giddens and prior to coming to EMU I served 12 years in the Army and National Guard with three combat tours as an infantryman. After being Honorably Discharged, I used my GI Bill to earn a BA in outdoor education, with an emphasis on therapeutic applications, along with a minor in farming and equine agriculture therapy from Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, VT. That awesome experience took me to Israel on a cross-cultural intensive, which rekindled something inside me and drove me to an internship with SCUBA Warriors, working with wounded veterans in Washington state.  This propelled me to pursue a dual Master's of Divinity degree and Master's in Counseling degree. I’m excited to have completed my MDIV studies and answered the call to serve a local UCC Church that lovingly supports me in my continued studies in the MAC program. I believe that college is a rich and rewarding experience that should nourish you in many ways, kindle your passions, and help you to discern your path and so I look forward to talking to you about your journeys and experiences.

Renee BeverlinRenee Beverlin

Hi! My name is Renee Beverlin, and I am in my second semester of the Master's of Arts in Counseling program here at EMU. I have a BS in Psychology from James Madison University and I have training backgrounds in both biofeedback and neurofeedback therapies. I believe that self-awareness is at the heart of personal growth, and I genuinely enjoy providing support and encouragement to others by offering a safe space to reflect and heal. I feel it is a privilege to be able to walk with you, regardless of where you are in your journey, and I look forward to working with you!


Leda Werner Leda Werner

I am the grant manager and project coordinator for a grant to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus, which was awarded to EMU by the Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women in 2017. Prior to serving in this role, I was the director of the Women's Peacebuilding Leadership Program at EMU's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. I am an avid traveler, gardener, and reader who raises chickens and enjoys being outdoors. I have an MA in conflict transformation from EMU and a BA in intercultural studies from Houghton College.