Kate Ward-Gaus, MS Ed

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Kate Ward-Gaus received her B.S. in Education from Temple University in 1976 and her Master’s in Education in Psychological Services (Counseling Psychology) in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania. She has extensive experience in developing effective prevention, early intervention and counseling protocols in the areas of alcohol and other drug problems, stress reduction, and mental health concerns in both secondary and higher education settings.  Kate is a BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) trainer and has conducted over 20 trainings in Pennsylvania and Connecticut and presented on the topic at both US Department of Education and Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Conferences.  In addition to working closely with students in the counseling setting as they make amazing and courageous changes in their life, Kate loves that at La Salle she gets to know students in many other ways – facilitating trainings, attending liturgies, participating in service projects, supporting athletic events, collaborating on committee work and many other opportunities.



Kristen Shirley, M.A.

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Counselor Educator

Kristen received her B.S. in psychology in 2006 from Philadelphia University and received her master’s of business administration from the university the following year. She went on to earn her master’s in clinical counseling from LaSalle University in 2010; while enrolled in the program, Kristen interned in LaSalle’s Alcohol and Other Drug Education Center, working on a grant-funded project aimed toward alcohol education and student-athletes. Before joining the AODEC staff full-time in September 2010, Kristen worked for a community mental health agency in Norristown, PA, providing therapy to individuals with severe mental health issues and/or alcohol and drug addictions. Kristen listed the helpful feedback and positive relationships she has with her AODEC colleagues as one of her favorite things about working at LaSalle.



Katie Minese, M.P.H.

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Prevention Specialist

Katie received her B.S. in Health Sciences with a Biology minor from James Madison University in 2011 and her Master’s of Public Health (Community Health and Prevention) in 2013 from Drexel University. During her studies at Drexel University, Katie interned at the C.H.O.I.C.E.S Center (an equivalent program to the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Center) focusing on various student wellness initiatives such as: curriculum infusion, peer education, and implementing an alcohol and other drug task force. After graduation Katie returned to her native state of Rhode Island where she was the Program Director of a grant funded health research project at Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI. Katie joined the AODEC staff in September 2014 and is thrilled to be back in a collegiate setting working with student health and wellness. Katie is excited to be working for a La Sallian Educational Institution, as she is a 2007 graduate of La Salle Academy in Providence, RI.


Jesse Bradberry, B.A

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Graduate Intern

Jesse earned his B.A. in psychology in 2009 from the University of Louisville, where he also worked as a research analyst in a clinical geropsychology lab. He has worked in a state mental health hospital in Louisville, Kentucky where he provided direct care for patients suffering with severe mental health and substance abuse issues. Jesse also interned with the Livengrin Foundation in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, where he worked in the First Responders Addiction Treatment program. Jesse is currently working towards a master’s degree in professional clinical counseling at La Salle University and is thrilled to be interning with the AODEC.