Clinical Team

Marcia Kent, MD

Consulting Psychiatrist

Contact Marcia Kent at kentm@starr.org 

Dr. Marcia Kent’s approach to working with children and families involves taking a holistic approach to treatment and the use of medications for symptom management.

She is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Kent graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Spring Arbor University, a medical degree from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and completed in a psychiatry residency at MSU. She also completed a child and adolescent residency and a forensic residency at the University of Washington. Dr. Kent’s experience involves practice in a wide range of clinical settings, including residential, outpatient and over 10 years of experience in private practice, performing assessments, therapy and medication management.  

“It has always been very important to me to be able to make a positive difference in the world around me,” Dr. Kent said. "I think my experience and expertise will help Montcalm School flourish even further."

Kevin Wing, LMSW

Director of Counseling Services

Contact Kevin Wing at wingk@starr.org 

Kevin’s responsibilities include providing individual and family therapy for Montcalm students as well as the supervision of individual and family counseling efforts going forward.

He has worked at Starr Commonwealth and its programs for 22 years in various roles. Most recently, Kevin was Intake Director for Starr’s residential programs in Albion, but he has also served as an outpatient therapist and an intensive in-home counselor working with children and adolescents. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Wing continued his education at Michigan State University, where he earned a master’s degree in social work in 1984. He is also a licensed social worker through the State of Michigan.

“Individual therapy gives the students a chance to develop a relationship and a sense of trust,” Wing said. “Our goal is to prepare these kids for their return home by developing appropriate coping mechanisms and decision-making skills. We want to equip them with tools they’ll need to take the next step in their lives.”

Dana Richards, MA, LLP, CTS

Senior Clinician, Ceeley Cottage

Contact Dana Richards at richardsd@starr.org

Dana’s main responsibilities include developing the treatment direction for each student and providing leadership to the treatment team. 

Dana received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and his master's degree in counseling psychology, both from Western Michigan University. He is also licensed with the State of Michigan as a Limited Licensed Psychologist. He brings Montcalm nearly 20 years of experience providing treatment and oversight of youth in therapeutic settings. Dana is a Certified Trauma Specialist with TLC, a member of the Starr Global Learning Network.

Dana has presented at several national conferences on topics including Asperger's Syndrome, assessment of youth, treatment techniques and teamwork. He also co-authored an article entitled "From the Outside In: Meeting the Needs of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders."

“I enjoy working with our students because every day is a new opportunity to help them grow into being responsible and respectful young adults.”

Jenna Copenhaver, MA, LLMSW, CTS

Senior Clinician, Wilcox Cottage

Contact Jenna Copenhaver at copenhaverj@starr.org

Jenna’s main responsibilities include developing the treatment direction for each of her students and providing leadership to the treatment team. 

Jenna completed her bachelor's degree in social work at Western Michigan University and attended the University of Michigan's School of Social Work where she received her master's degree. She started working at Montcalm School in 2005 as the Senior Clinician. Jenna is a Certified Trauma Specialist with TLC, a member of the Starr Global Learning Network.

Working with children and families has always been a passion for Jenna and she finds each day at Montcalm very rewarding. 

Chris Horton, CTS

Senior Clinician, Mendelssohn Cottage

Contact Chris Horton at hortonc@starr.org

Chris has primarily worked with students with oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders and substance abuse issues.

Chris has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently working toward his master's in social work, both from Michigan State University. He is a Certified Trauma Specialist with TLC, a member of the Starr Global Learning Network. Chris has worked with Montcalm since October 2010, bringing with him over 15 years of experience.

Chris enjoys working with Montcalm students because of their potential for growth and change, as well as the fact that they have their whole lives ahead of them.

Stacie Rhodes, MS, CTS

Senior Clinician, Newton Cottage

Contact Stacie Rhodes at rhodess@starr.org

Stacie’s main responsibilities include developing the treatment direction for each of her students and providing leadership to the treatment team. 

Stacie attended Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, where she received her bachelor's degree in psychology. She went on to receive her master's degree from Tiffin University in criminal justice with a concentration in forensic psychology. Stacie is a Certified Trauma Specialist with TLC, a member of the Starr Global Learning Network, and has worked at Montcalm since 2009.

Stacie feels that every day is a new adventure and challenge. With genuine care for Montcalm’s students, Stacie’s goal is for each of them to be successful in all aspects of their lives once they leave Montcalm.

Aaron Grenier, MA

STL Counselor

Contact Aaron Grenier at greniera@starr.org.

Aaron has recently transitioned from the teaching team at Montcalm to his new role as the Counselor for the Structured Transitional Living (STL) Peer Group. Aaron’s main responsibilities include developing the treatment direction for each of his students and providing leadership to the treatment team. He is a 2010 graduate of Spring Arbor University; with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  Aaron  has recently completed his Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction; also from Spring Arbor. Aaron began his career with Montcalm School in September 2010.

Aaron enjoys helping the STL students recognize and value their potential skills for employment and academics, and coordinating to help them attain useful experiences vocationally and educationally while at Montcalm. He is motivated by hearing back from former students that periodically stay in contact, who are successful in their transition and using the skills they learned at Montcalm.

 

Mackenzie Richards, MA, LLMFT

Family Therapist, Kutsche Senior Clinician

Contact Mackenzie Richards at richardsm@starr.org

Mackenzie’s main responsibilities include developing treatment direction for each student, providing leadership to the treatment team, and co-facilitating Integral Life Practice classes. Mackenzie also assists the counseling services team by providing family therapy to other Montcalm families.

Mackenzie completed her bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She attended the University of San Francisco where she received her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is now licensed with the state of Michigan as a Limited License Marriage and Family Therapist. Mackenzie started working at Montcalm School in 2012 as a Senior Clinician and in May became a part of the Monarch Replication Project.

Mackenzie values thoughtfulness, compassion, and working together to recognize family’s goals and ideas. Through a collaborative and empathic process, Mackenzie works with each Montcalm student and family to expand and utilize their skills, strengths, and self-understanding in order to live more meaningful and rewarding lives.

Emily Wilber, MS, LPC

Senior Clinician, Reynolds Cottage

Contact at: wilbere@starr.org

Emily's focus is to outline the treatment direction for each of her students. She has worked in residential settings serving adolescent and adult populations struggling with issues related to substance abuse, mood disorders and adjustment disorders.

Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan. She then earned her master’s in Clinical Psychology from Western Illinois University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor. 

Emily’s passion for working with adolescents and their families has been a driving motivation in her clinical work. She is excited to help students realize their strengths and potential as they grow and develop at Montcalm School. 

Sarah Slamer, MA, LLPC, CTC-S

Consultant/Trainer

Assistant Director of TLC

Contact Sarah Slamer at slamers@starr.org

Sarah is the Assistant Director for TLC, a member of the Starr Global Learning Network. Sarah conducts trainings nationally to schools, agencies and to the staff of Montcalm School. Sarah also provides case consultation and supervision of the implementation of TLC trauma intervention programs to Montcalm students. She also assists with community outreach for trauma-related incidents, evidence-based research projects and with the development of trauma intervention programs and online curriculums.

Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Albion College and her master’s degree in community counseling from Western Michigan University. Sarah is also a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor and is a Certified Trauma Consultant Supervisor with TLC. Prior to joining TLC, Sarah served as Senior Clinician at Montcalm School, working with both girls and boys groups.

For Sarah, “The beauty of working with children is the legacy that you have the potential to leave. You are not making changes that last a day; these are changes that can last for generations.”

Bridgette Rea, LPN

Medical Clinic Nurse and Montcalm Student/Parent Liaison

Contact Bridgette Rea at reab@starr.org

Bridgette's responsibilities include providing and supervising medical care for students, reviewing each child's intake information, maintaining an accurate database of immunization records, serving as a resource for parents, students and staff, assisting with medication management, and communication with physicians and insurance companies to provide customer support and service to coordinate care.

She completed her LPN training in 1999 and is currently working toward becoming a RN. Bridgette's previous experience includes stints as a surgical assistant, an acute care nurse, oncology and nurse management.

Bridgette's goal is to make a long lasting difference in the lives of the youth who come to Starr Commonwealth and Montcalm School. She hopes to facilitate a smooth transition to the program so parents and students entrust the care given at the clinic is of the highest quality.

Kevin McNutt, EMT

Medical Clinic Supervisor

Contact Kevin McNutt at mcnuttk@starr.org

Kevin is responsible for supervising the coordination of students’ medical care from admission through discharge, including referrals to ancillary services. He also provides leadership, guidance, support, supervision and training/learning opportunities to staff, students and families, as well as coordinating all aspects of the medication administration program. Kevin also communicates with physicians, parents, staff and insurance companies to provide customer support and service.

He completed his EMT Basic/Paramedic Certificate of Completion from Lansing Community College. Kevin also completed Fire Fighting I/II, Fire Officer I/II/III, ISO, HSO, NIMS 100-800 through the State of Michigan, and studied sports medicine at Central Michigan University. In addition to his role at Starr and Montcalm, he is currently with Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital EMS service and the City of Eaton Rapids Fire Department serving as an officer.

Kevin strives to assist the clinical team in providing industry-leading care, customer service and satisfaction.