Counseling Staff

 Kevin Readdean
Kevin Readdean, PhD, LMHC
Director, Counseling Center

Kevin Readdean, PhD, LMHC joined the Student Health Center in 2007 as the Associate Director of Student Health Services, overseeing both administrative and health promotion functions. In 2023 he became Director of the Counseling Center. Kevin received his Masters in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania and is a licensed Mental Health Counselor. He received his PhD in Health Systems Administration from Rutgers University. Prior to joining Rensselaer, Kevin was Administrative Director of the Health and Counseling Services at SUNY Cobleskill

Kevin's therapeutic style includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). His interests also include multicultural identity development and social justice.

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Karen Johnson-Williams, LCSW-R
Clinical Supervisor

Karen Johnson-Williams, LCSW-R is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-R who has been practicing as a clinical social worker for 15 years. She received her BA from Hamilton College and Master of Social Work degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 2004. Her early career was in higher education administration, and while serving as Director of HEOP at Russell Sage College, she decided to pursue an MSW to enhance her ability to serve students. Karen has served students and families in a variety of settings over the years, including outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities.

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Daniel Brenner, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor

Daniel Brenner, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He holds a BA in English from Fairfield University, an MA in Guidance & Counseling from Manhattan College, an MA in School Administration from Seton Hall University, and a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University in New York City.

The first part of Dan’s career was in education as a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator all grades from Pre-K 4 through graduate levels.  His most recent position Social Worker in the Primary Care Associates division of The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.  He also worked as a psychotherapist with individuals and couples in NYC.

Among a number of volunteer experiences, Dan served on the Board for the New York City chapter of GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network.  For relaxation, Dan enjoys practicing mindfulness, cooking and baking, bicycling the many trails the Capital District has to offer.

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Whitney Aussicker, LMSW

Whitney Aussicker, LMSW is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She received her BA in Psychology from Binghamton University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany. Previous to RPI, Whitney spent time working at Samaritan Hospital’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic as a Clinician. Whitney is committed to working with students to create a strong therapeutic relationship to help empower students in and out of the Counseling Center. In her spare time she enjoys exercising and spending time with friends and family.

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Ann Dillon, LCSW-R

Ann Dillon, LCSW-R, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and she joined RPI Counseling Center in September 2021.  She has been practicing as a clinical social worker in the Capital District for over 30 years.  Ann has worked with various populations including providing therapy to children, adolescents and parents at a county mental health outpatient clinic. She has also worked with adults in an outpatient setting providing therapy to adults with various mental health conditions, later serving as the director of the outpatient clinic.

Ann enjoys working with individuals to promote growth and self-awareness. She uses a client centered approach and is committed to assisting each individual in building on their existing strengths to live a fulfilled life.  In her free time, Ann enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, reading, and engaging in outdoor activities such as running, hiking, biking and cross country skiing.

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Krystan Luke, LMHC

Krystan Luke, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Krystan is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose with Master’s in Education with a concentration in clinical mental health counseling. Krystan received her BA in Psychology from SUNY IT. Krystan has work experiences in a child advocacy center and has worked with adults with disabilities and children with autism. Krystan strives to work collaboratively with the students at RPI, while empowering students to gain a healthier well-being. In her spare time, Krystan enjoys watching and playing basketball and spending time with friends and family.

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Marlene Perry, PA-C
Physician Associate

Marlene holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology and did her PA training at Albany Medical College. She has close to 30 years of experience in various clinical settings such as Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, and Pediatrics. She joined the RPI Health and Counseling Centers in 2020 providing both physical health and psychiatry services to students. Currently, she is providing psychiatric medication management full-time in the Counseling Center. In her free time she enjoys working out, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. 

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Ashley Johnson
Case Manager

Ashley Johnson joined the Counseling Center as the Case Manager on Halloween 2022. Ashley earned her BS in Psychology from Clemson University in 2019. She is currently in pursuit of her Masters in Counseling and Community Psychology from Russell Sage College. Ashley has worked as a case manager with a variety of populations, including veterans and at-risk youth and is excited to bring her knowledge to benefit RPI students. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, reading, and spoiling her standard poodle, Aubrey.

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Jenny Sickles
Operations Associate

Jenny Sickles joined the Counseling Center as an Operations Associate in March 2019. Jenny, who earned her Associates Degree in Medical Secretarial Science at Hudson Valley Community College and brings many years of medical office managerial experience with her, looks forward to assisting the students at RPI. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, canoeing and reading.

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