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Meet Our Staff

Meet The Wellness Center Staff


Deborah Edelman-Blank, Psy.D., Director
License: Licensed Psychologist, Massachusetts (#10766)
Education: Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Clinical Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Women's Studies & Political Science, Vassar College
Clinical Interests: Clinical Training and Supervision, Administration, Technology, Feminist Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Positive Psychology, Multicultural Competence, and Humor in Therapy
Personal Tidbit: I have an adorable, white Bichon Frise dog who has three nicknames: the Fluffy Anti-Depressant, the Furry Avenger, and the C.F.O. (Chief Furry Officer).

Sarah Dionne, LICSW, Assistant Director
License: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Massachusetts (#118332)
Education: MSW, University of Southern California; B.A., Psychology & Women's Studies, Gettysburg College
Clinical Interests: Trauma, Substance Use, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Gender, Sexuality, Race and Ethnicity
Personal Tidbit: I know an excessive amount of information about all things pop culture.

Elyse Lemaire, Ph.D., Training Director
License:Licensed Psychologist, Massachusetts (#3690)
Education:Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Florida; M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Florida; B.A. Psychology & Religion, University of Virginia
Clinical Interests:Training and Supervision, Medical and Pain Issues, Eating Issues, Grief, Anxiety Disorders
Personal Tidbit:I enjoy traveling the world and learning new languages.

Cassandra DeQuevedo, LMHC, Counseling Clinician, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator
License:Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Massachusetts (#10605)
Education:M.S., Mental Health Counseling, University of Massachusetts, Boston; B.A., Business Administration & Marketing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Clinical Interests:Diverse, International, LGBTQIA+ and All Underrepresented Identities, Social Anxiety, Self-Compassion, Cognitive Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Personal Tidbit:I am strictly a dog person in solidarity with my outgoing, spunky little chihuahua Pinta (but respect to cat people too).

Jacquie Keeves, LMHC, Counselor, Women's Empowerment Coordinator
License: Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Massachusetts (#11085)
Education: M.A., Mental Health Counseling, Rivier University; B.A., Psychology, Queens College
Clinical Interests
: Eating Disorders, Trauma and Sexual Violence, Spirituality, Feminist Therapy, Self Empowerment
Personal Tidbit
: I have a massive love of musical theatre and was an actress in a previous life.

Matthew Orenstein, Psy.D., Counseling Clinician, Group Coordinator
License: Pending
Education: Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Pacific University; M.S., Clinical Psychology, Pacific University; B.A., Psychology, Denison University
Clinical Interests: Mindfulness, LGBTQIA+ and Multicultural Concerns in Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Personal Tidbit: My dog, an Australian Shepherd named Zuke, has a talent for catching Frisbees in mid-air.

Marianne Specker, LMHC, Counseling Clinician, Student Athlete Services Coordinator
License: Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Massachusetts (#10057)
Education: M.Ed., Mental Health Counseling, Boston University; B.A., Psychology, Brandeis University
Clinical Interests: Sports Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Anxiety, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Multicultural Competence
Personal Tidbit: I am a fan of music (anything but jazz, sorry jazz lovers) and stand-up comedy and can be found attending performances regularly in the Boston area.


Dana Goldberg, M.A., Advanced Practicum Pre-Doctoral Trainee
Education: Psy.D. In Progress, Clinical Psychology, William James College; M.A., Professional Psychology, William James College; B.A., Psychology, Quinnipiac University
Clinical Interests: Humanistic Psychology, Gestalt Therapy, Existential Therapy, Brief Dynamic Therapy, Couples Therapy, Personality Assessment
Personal Tidbit: I enjoy writing and producing music in my free time.

Emily Sargent, B.A., Advanced Practicum Pre-Doctoral Trainee
Education: Psy.D. In Progress, Clinical Psychology, Antioch University; B.A., Psychology, Messiah College
Clinical Interests: Depression, Anxiety, Masculinity, Relational Cultural Theory, Feminist Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Personal Tidbit: I have two wonderful, snuggly, adventurous rescue dogs, Charlie and Soren.

Claire Sheth, M.S., Social Work Intern
Education: MSW In Progress, Boston College; M.S., Nonprofit Management, New School University; B.A., Psychology, Boston College
Clinical Interests: Anxiety and Depression in Adolescents and Emerging Adults, Psychodynamic Theory, Family Systems Theory, Group Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy
Personal Tidbit: I love to cook and hate to bake (and yes, there is a difference!). I love traveling with my family and am an avid podcast enthusiast.

Disability Services Staff

Health Education Staff

For questions regarding Health Education at UMass Lowell, please contact Tracy Moore.

Student Mental Health & Wellness Program Director

Health Services Staff

The staff of Health Services consists of nurse practitioners, registered nurses, a consultant MD, a medical records coordinator, and an insurance coordinator. While walk-in service is provided for first aid, students must have an appointment to see a nurse practitioner for an illness or routine health care.

Diana Walker-Moyer, DNP, FNP-BC (Director)
Sharon Cole, MSN, FNP-BC
Amy Friedman Lee, MSN, FNP-BC
Kristin Larson, MSN, FNP-BC
Gina Destrempe, BSN, RN
Eleanor Ellis, MSN, RN
Melinda Raboin, MD
Jeanne Michaud, Medical Records Coordinator
Commie Ayuk, Student Health Insurance Coordinator

Our administrative staff supports the efforts of the clinical staff: