About

Our Counselors

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Our counselors collaborate with our teachers to ensure students are provided the attention they need to succeed in an online learning environment.

Enlightium counselors review and evaluate a wide variety of the incoming students’ documentation: report cards, transcripts, placement (entrance) test scores, and any additional documentation (health records/academic assessment and evaluation documents), and collaborate with parents on developing an individualized academic plan, high school 4-year plan, career guidance, and assistance with college admission. In addition, EA certified counselors provide support for strategic intervention and/or crisis counseling.

Prospect student’s parents or guardians work closely with an Enlightium Academy counselor to determine what courses their student will be taking. Counselors take into consideration the student’s career and academic goals. When students don’t know the options they have available to them or need a counselor to help research the requirements, families can schedule a personalized strategy and consulting session with our lead counselors. Diamond families receive this personalized strategy service for free, while Silver, Gold and Platnium students can schedule a session for additional fee. Families who prefer to speak with a counselor prior to enrolling with Enlightium Academy may pursue a consultation with an Enlightium Academy counselor. Discounts do not apply to counselor consultations.

Meet Our Counselors

Additional Counseling Resources

Career & College Planning Course

High school seniors that are enrolling in the 2nd semester of their senior year will have access to the teacher-led Career and College Planner course. This course encourages students to consider the real-world implications of the choices they make about their future. The Career and College Planner course also gives them practical tools for choosing a career, preparing for college entrance exams, navigating the application process, and sorting out the financial responsibilities associated with getting a college or vocational education.

High School Counseling

EA counselors guide high school students toward college and career choices via Naviance, help students meet credit requirements for graduation, and assist with college admissions. They keep junior and senior students informed about upcoming events that are related to career pursuits and college admissions via monthly emails. EA counselors are keeping high school students informed about PSATSATACT, and FAFSA due dates via quarterly webinars (see the school calendar for details).

It is important for EA high school students and parents to take ownership in filling out college applications, scholarships, financial aid, and communicate to their counselor if assistance is needed. Check out this graphic to learn how 24 graduation requirements add up.

Naviance Student

Following the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) model, EA counselors guide students in self-discovery, success skills, and career and college planning activities through Naviance Student. Naviance will expedite the college application process for students in grades 11–12 and permit their counselor to assist with FAFSA, scholarship searches, official transcripts, school reports, recommendations and much more.

RemedyLIVE.com

When our counselors are not available (such as nights and weekends) or if students want to be anonymous in their conversation, students can visit RemedyLive.com. This organization, while not affiliated with EA, is available for young students who need help.

Soul Medics, available through chat or text, offers testimonies, words of encouragement concerning abuse, bullying, depression, and more.

Prospective Student Consultations

Parents or guardians with students not yet enrolled at Enlightium Academy (EA) have the opportunity to work with an EA counselor to determine what courses their student will be taking. Parents who prefer to speak with a counselor prior to enrolling with Enlightium Academy may pursue a consultation with an Enlightium Academy counselor. This option is also available to families currently enrolled who would like Diamond-level counselor consultations to best prepare for the student’s post-high school plans.

Each consultation consists of a 30-60-minute session with a qualified EA counselor to discuss your student's unique situation, including evaluating transcripts and other appropriate documentation you provide, to find out how Enlightium Academy can benefit your student, and what enrollment with EA will look like in your circumstances.


Schedule with a Counselor

  • ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

  • $75

    FOR 30 MINUTES

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • $75

    FOR 30 MINUTES

  • HIGH SCHOOL

  • $150

    FOR 60 MINUTES

Discounts do not apply to counselor consultations
Additional questions? Call us at (866) 488-4818 // option 1

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Ms. Kim Allen, M.A.

High School Counselor
6th-12th: Diamond Students
NCAA, AP, & CC Coordinator; College Consultant

Ms. Allen has been with Enlightium since 2015. She grew up in Seattle, Washington and attended a Christian school through 12th grade. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Work at Washington State University. While raising three children, she also became passionate about education and college and career planning. Ms. Allen returned to school and received her master’s degree in School Counseling K-12 from Gonzaga University. Ms. Allen is ACSI certified.

During her spare time, she and her husband enjoy playing volleyball, reading, and spending time with friends and her three adult children. Spending time with family usually includes traveling, which Ms. Allen also loves to do. It is her desire to get to know all of her students and her hope is to build a trusting relationship so her students can come to her with any issue, no matter how big or small it may seem. She especially likes helping students explore their own goals and passions for life beyond high school.

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
Proverbs 27:17

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Ms. Nikki Yohe, M.Ed.

High School Counselor
12th: Silver, Gold & Platinum Students
Naviance & x2VOL Administrator; AIMS/504/ISP Coordinator

MMs. Yohe has been with Enlightium since 2017. She earned her bachelor's degree in Education from Lewis-Clark State College. While raising 8 children, she earned her Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from City University of Seattle. Currently, Ms. Yohe is earning her Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in eLearning through Northcentral University. Ms. Yohe is an ESA and ACSI certified guidance counselor with a Professional Teaching Certificate.

Ms. Yohe enjoys inspiring students to engage in the process of their education and beyond high school plans with positive facilitation and guidance. She applies high standards and adheres to ethical counseling practices. Ms. Yohe enjoys nurturing partnerships and supports positive performance, extraordinary work ethic, and forthright communication. She works hard to support students in investigating their interests and exploring options for their future endeavors. Ms. Yohe continually offers encouraging coaching, highlighting each student’s achievements and specific needs. She provides detailed feedback and enjoys going the extra mile to support student success.

During her spare time, she and her husband enjoy camping, hiking, reading and spending quality time with family.

“As for me and my household, we shall serve the Lord.”
Joshua 25:15

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Ms. Desiree Towner, M.Ed.

High School Counselor
11th: Silver, Gold & Platinum Students
Events Coordinator

Ms. Towner graduated from Northwest University with a BA in Psychology and minor in Pastoral Care. She received a Masters in Education with an emphasis in School Counseling from Heritage University. She works as a Guidance Counselor for 11th grade families and students at Enlightium Academy.

Prior to joining the EA team, Ms. Towner worked as a high school counselor in a public school in Central Washington State. She also volunteered as a registered therapeutic riding instructor through the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (now known as PATH International).

Ms. Towner volunteers at her local church as a bassist and vocalist for the music team. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy spending time with family, their dog, Grady, and horse, Aspen.

"The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."
Isaiah 55:12

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Ms. Kelsie Seo, B.A.

High School Counselor
10th: Silver, Gold & Platinum Students

Ms. Seo joined Enlightium in 2018. She received her B.A. in Biblical Studies with an Interdisciplinary in Counseling from Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington, and her A.A. in Art Education from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.

Ms. Seo grew up in a small town in Montana and enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, fishing, and kayaking. She loves being crafty and is often finding new projects to complete that will make her home more welcoming. Ms. Seo and her husband believe hospitality and honest conversation are essential parts of building relationships and sharing the Gospel message. They seek to show Christ’s love to others by hosting dinners and game nights in their home.

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Philippians 4:8

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Ms. Angie Van Egdom, B.A.

High School Counselor
9th: Silver, Gold & Platinum Students
Middlebury Program Coordinator

Ms. Van Egdom has been with Enlightium since 2018. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, with a major in Community Psychology as well as Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior and a minor in Education and Society. During her undergrad, Angie worked as an Academic Advisor for the college preparatory program TRIO Upward Bound. It was then when her passion of working with high school students grew. Angie is currently attending Whitworth University for her Master’s of Education in School Counseling.

In her spare time, she enjoys lounging and binge-watching Netflix with her husband, Josiah, who is also a full-time Political Science student at Eastern Washington University. Ms. Van Egdom is also very family oriented; whenever she gets the chance during weekends, she hops in the car and drives ‘home’ to spend time with her parents, siblings, and dog Sebastian. Growing up the value of education was instilled in Angie, and she wishes to do the same with her students while also building a trusting relationship and sharing the love of Christ with them.

“For we live by faith, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7

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Ms. Marina Vagin, B.A. - DIP

Middle School Counselor
7th-8th: Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum Students
PreK–8 Lead Counselor & Department Coordinator

Ms. Vagin has been working with Enlightium Academy since 2009. She has a degree in Business Management and is currently pursuing a degree in Social Services at Whitworth University. She worked tirelessly on developing the EA counselors' and admissions departments, and now is leading the counselor’s department and serving as the Middle School counselor. She loves working with parents and students and making a difference in people’s lives.

Ms. Vagin teaches Sunday School at her church and is involved with the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) program. In her spare time, she enjoys going hiking, reading, visiting with friends, and traveling.

"Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."
Psalm 37:3-4

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Ms. Olesia Kuropatkin, B.F.A.

Middle School Counselor Assistant
7th-8th Grade

Ms. Kuropatkin received her Diploma of Bible Educator at International Christian College in 2003 and her Bachelors of Fine Arts in music at Gonzaga University in 2006.

Although Ms. Kuropatkin did not graduate from a Christian school, she was able to receive a Christian foundation at home and watched both of her parents serve in the local church. She served as a Sunday School teacher, was a member of the youth choir, and served as an accompanist to the choir and congregation. Watching her mom as she pursued her dream in bringing Christian Education first to the Slavic people, and later all nationalities, Ms. Kuropatkin was able to take part in many of the Christian seminars and workshops, deepening her knowledge of the Lord and Christian education.

Family is very important to Ms. Kuropatkin and she does what she can to spend meaningful time with her husband and their children in order to build that Christian foundation in them. When time permits, she likes to read, garden, and do freelance graphic designing.

"Guide me in Your truth, and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
Psalm 25:5

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Ms. Stephanie Crisp, M.A.S.W.

Middle School Counselor
6th: Silver, Gold & Platinum Students
Elementary and Middle School Counselor Assistant

Ms. Crisp joined Enlightium Academy in 2018. She received a B.A in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, a certificate in Leadership and a Master of Social Work Degree from Eastern Washington University.

Ms. Crisp enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys reading, creating photo books and exploring nearby cities. She has a passion for helping others and telling people about Jesus.

"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

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Ms. Christine John, B.A.

Elementary School Counselor
3rd-5th: Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum Students

Ms. John received her bachelor's degree in Pre-Counseling and Human Services from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. She began the Masters program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver Seminary and is planning to continue those studies at Whitworth University. At Enlightium Academy she works as the Elementary Counselor and Assistant Coordinator for Bridge and the AIMS programs.

Ms. John enjoys volunteering with Union Gospel Mission, working in outreach and development for at-risk youth. She loves spending time with friends as well as spending time reading and learning about various psychology topics.

"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:38-39

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Ms. Svetlana Fenina, B.S.

Primary School Program Coordinator
PreK-2nd Grade Students

Ms. Fenina received her BS in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida and is ACSI Certified.

Ms. Fenina has been substitute teaching in public elementary and middle schools since 2012 and has been teaching at Enlightium Academy since 2015. She teaches Bible, History, English, and elementary electives and is the primary school counselor. Ms. Fenina believes that education with Christian values is a doorway to a flourishing life.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

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Ms. Sha / Reshanna Anderson

Bridge Program Coordinator

Ms. Sha has a triple AAS business degree in Business Management and Marketing. She would like to further her education by acquiring a bachelor's degree in Business Administration or a similar field. She has been the women’s ministry leader for her church as well as a small group bible study leader.

For the majority of her life Reshanna has lived in the Spokane area. She was raised primarily on a farm surrounded by different animals, her favorite being her horses. She currently lives in the Spokane Valley with her husband of over 20 years, their two teenage children and their small farm of critters. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the woods, reading a good book and traveling.

"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him."
James 1:12

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Mrs. Danielle Lopez

Gifted Program Coordinator

Mrs. Lopez earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive, Educational, and Developmental Psychology from the University of Hawaii. Additionally, she studied the Hawaiian language. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Gifted Education. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Lopez is the Gifted and Higher-Level Learner Program (GHLL) Coordinator and Primary Mentor/Teacher at Enlightium Academy. She has experience teaching at learning centers, online, and in students’ homes since 2011. Her students ranged from elementary school children to adults. She mentored gifted students and students with disabilities. To meet the needs of these children, she designed specialized learning programs and intervention methods.

Mrs. Lopez focuses on creating educational opportunities for every unique learner so that all students can succeed. She strives to encourage student enthusiasm for learning, and eagerness to pursue and achieve individual goals. Mrs. Lopez is motivated to help students become independent so that they can learn beyond her instruction. Her teaching philosophy is based on the principle: "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me."
Luke 9:23