The Grant Team


Dr. Cindy Waltman

Cindy is a Professor of School Psychology and the Coordinator of the School Psychology Program at Plymouth State. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist (WA) and has been recognized multiple times for her professional excellence in the field. Some of her teaching and research interests include psychological and educational assessment, neuropsychological assessment, home school collaboration, conflict resolution and violence prevention, cultural diversity, professional ethics, and social-emotional health in school-aged learners. In addition to this, Cindy is dedicated to increasing the behavioral health workforce and educating students, professionals, and the community on the role and function of the school psychologist. She has been the main Coordinator/Principal Investigator for a dozen educational grants over her career and is currently the chair of the grant team overseeing the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BHWET) Grants for graduate-level Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and School Psychology students at PSU.

Dr. Robin Hausheer

Robin Hausheer, Ed.D., N.C.C., L.P.C. (Idaho), holds a doctorate in Education Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Boise State University. Dr. Hausheer is a licensed professional counselor. Dr. Hausheer’s professional counseling experience includes extensive experience working with children, adolescents, parents, veterans, and counselors-in-training in both the school and clinical settings. Teaching experience includes instruction in practicum and internship courses, theories, group, culturally aware counseling, and family systems. In addition, Dr. Hausheer has facilitated adolescent drug education intervention classes, parent education classes, and provided ethics trainings to school counseling and mental health professionals.

Dr. Gary Goodnough

Gary Goodnough is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) in New Hampshire. Goodnough teaches courses in ethics, career counseling, school counseling, and clinical mental health. Prior to becoming Professor of Counseling Education, he worked in public schools as an elementary school teacher in Maryland and as a school counselor and director of guidance in Virginia.

Gary Goodnough is the author of over 30 articles and book chapters and is the co-editor of a book entitled Leadership, Advocacy, and Direct Service Strategies for Professional School Counselors. His work has been published in several counseling journals including Professional School Counseling, Counselor Education and Supervision, The Career Development Quarterly, and Journal for Specialists in Group Work.

Dr. Mike Mariska

Mike Mariska is the director of Counselor Education, School Psychology, and Human Services Leadership and the program coordinator for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  His is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the state of New Hampshire, and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).  He has been a faculty member at Plymouth since 2014, having previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Long Island University in Brookville, NY.  He teaches core coursework in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Couples and Family Therapy, and School Psychology programs.  He is the Clinical Experiences Coordinator for students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, working to coordinate placements at a variety of clinical sites for Practicum and Internship experiences.

Mike Mariska served as the president of the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES) for the 2017-2018 academic year, and held multiple positions on the NARACES board.  He also serves as an accreditation site team member for the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), visiting and reviewing programs seeking accreditation or reaccreditation under CACREP standards.  In addition to his duties as a faculty member, Dr. Mariska works one day a week as a staff counselor in the Baird Health and Counseling Center at Colby-Sawyer College, assisting students with a variety of mental health concerns.  His clinical experiences also include work in other college counseling centers, career counseling, and community counseling with a variety of populations in multiple areas of the country. Prior to entering the counseling field, he worked in student affairs and as a program coordinator for a number of nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Chris Stoddard

Chris Stoddard joined Plymouth State in 2019 and is core faculty in the school psychology program. Dr. Stoddard has 6 years of experience working as a school psychologist, primarily at the middle school and high school levels. Dr. Stoddard considers school psychologists to be comprehensive mental health providers in schools; his many roles have included conducting psychoeducational assessments, consulting with parents and teachers regarding learning, social difficulties, and emotional challenges, and conducting individual/group counseling. He is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a Licensed Educational Psychologist (Massachusetts). In addition to his work in schools, Dr. Stoddard completed his doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at The Triumph Center for Children, Adolescent, and Young Adult Counseling in Reading, MA. His professional interests include evidence-based progress monitoring of school-based counseling and supporting social-emotional wellbeing of school age boys. He lives in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire with his wife and two children.

Grant Support Specialist

Sara Donahue

Sara Donahue joined Plymouth State in 2017 as the Grant Support Specialist for Counselor Education, School Psychology, and Human Services Leadership. She works alongside USNH Sponsored Programs, PSU Student Financial Services, and USNH Finance to manage the federal grants our programs receive through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) program. Sara’s work history includes 30-plus years of management and clerical experience, including work as an administrative assistant for a federally-qualified health center offering integrative care and a medical biller for a nationally recognized critical access hospital. In addition to these skills, Sara also has experience working within public schools as a paraprofessional, as a 1:1 support specialist for children with an educational, emotional, and behavioral disabilities/disorders.

Sara served as the Public Health Advisory Council Coordinator (PHACC) as part of the Central New Hampshire Health Partnership (CNHHP). This position required Sara to work with medical and behavioral health organizations to meet the health needs of rural areas of New Hampshire. She is currently enrolled at Plymouth State University as a non-traditional undergraduate student.

Sally Kilfoyle (previous Grant Support Specialist)

Current Grant Assistants

Emily Haight

Emily is currently a graduate student in the School Counseling program here at Plymouth State University. Upon completion of the program in December 2022, she hopes to find work as an elementary school counselor in her home state of New Hampshire. In 2020, Emily graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in Psychology and a minor in English. During her time at Kenyon, a small liberal arts college located in the heart of rural Ohio, Emily gained experience working with the diverse needs of youth and families in the social services system. These experiences, in conjunction with her interest in Psychology, pushed Emily to pursue a career in education because she recognized the important role counselors play in bridging the gap between home life and school. Currently, she works as a paraprofessional in a preschool program located in the seacoast region of the state. In her free time, she enjoys teaching barre classes at a small studio near her home in Southern New Hampshire where she lives with her Fiancé.

Sydney Bellimer

Sydney is currently a graduate student in the School Counseling program at Plymouth State University. She graduated with a B.S in Psychology with a Social Work minor from PSU in 2020. Coming from a low-income background, Sydney spent a large portion of her undergrad working in the TRIO Scholars program at PSU, and became passionate about helping underserved students achieve their academic and career goals, as well as working as an agent of systemic change. Before joining the grant team, Sydney co-wrote and submitted a grant proposal for PSU to establish an Upward Bound program on campus that will serve eligible high school students in Northern New Hampshire. They are currently awaiting the decision on the proposal, and in the meantime work as an Exam Proctor for Campus Accessibility. She lives with her partner and her dog, Calcifer.

Previous Grant Assistants

Shani Terry

Shani is a current School Counseling graduate student with a passion for high levels of achievement and academic rigor, equal opportunity, evidence-based practices, and social justice. She graduated from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in sociology in 2009. She has a diverse range of professional experiences in crisis intervention, disaster response, critical incident stress management, mental health first-aid, and family advocacy. She is also a member of Chi Sigma Iota, Upsilon Pi Chapter at PSU. Upon successful completion of her Master’s degree in 2022, Shani plans on taking a position as a School Counselor in New Hampshire. She currently lives near the seacoast with her husband, three children, and their pet dog, Daisy.

Allison Jones

Allison has been a graduate assistant working for the HRSA Grant from 2019 to 2021, while attending the Plymouth State University School Psychology Ed. S. program. Her specialty under the HRSA Grant is working with the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) program. The DESSA program is a standardized, strength-based, social-emotional learning assessment for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It identifies students’ strengths using social and emotional competencies. Working with schools in NH, Allison assisted in the assessment of students, progress monitoring, supporting strategy implantation, and data collection. Outside of school, Allison is an active painter and rock climber. She graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in special education.