Dr. Tamara McKay, Director
Dr. McKay provides leadership for the agency by ensuring that clients are provided with competent, responsive, and ethical clinical care. She is committed to providing a safe, inclusive space for all students at the institution. Dr. McKay takes an integrative approach in her collaborative work with clients. She specializes in the treatment of trauma and working with the veteran population. She is a first generation college student and has also worn the hat of a non-traditional student. In this way, her background allows her to relate to the diverse population of students at UMF in a meaningful, compassionate manner.
Dr. McKay completed her doctoral degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is a proud alum of the University of Michigan-Flint having completed a Bachelor of Science in Research Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. Dr. McKay has a long history of being involved with various campus initiatives promoting diversity and multicultural competence. These include, but are not limited to, the Capitalizing on Diversity work group, Growing up Female Dialogue series, and involvement with the Women’s Educational Center and Women’s Commission. Dr. McKay also identifies herself as an Ally to the LGBTQ community.
Brian Hopkins, Licensed Masters Social Worker
Brian has over 24 years of experience working in the social work field. Brian started his social work career working on the streets of Chicago and has worked in a variety of capacities over the years primarily working with children, adolescents, and families. Brian earned his Masters of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University in 2008 and has significant experience and training in working with trauma and substance/alcohol abuse.
Valerie Jackson, Licensed Masters Social Worker
Valerie Jackson, LMSW received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and received her Bachelors in Business Administration degree from Davenport University. She has over 25 years of experience working in the social work field servicing the geriatric, critical care and mental health populations. In addition, she has worked with many community agencies ensuring clients receive needed resources. One of therapeutic approaches she utilizes is encouraging self-care with her clients. Oftentimes, we take care of others, often neglecting ourselves! She enjoys helping and encouraging her clients to reach their greatest potential. Upon meeting Val, you will always be greeted with a smile!
As the Administrative Assistant, Leanne helps to maintain the day-to-day functioning of the department by ensuring that students’ needs are met in a professional and timely manner. She does this by supporting clinical staff, managing the university’s Testing Center, and interacting with faculty and staff on behalf of the students.
Leanne wanted to share that “on a personal note, I enjoy the one on one interactions with our students and I appreciate the opportunity to assist and support them, both academically and socially.”