Alumni share advice with Etown psychology students – Etownian

April 13, four graduates of the Elizabethtown College psychology program returned to give guidance to current psych students. 

The Zoom panel was hosted by assistant professor of psychology at Etown and advisor to the College’s Psychology Club Dr. Elizabeth Dalton. The organization’s president, Madison Meiser;  treasurer, Mackenzie Graf and secretary, Jennifer Mele, acted as cohosts, shooting off questions to the alumni. 

Here were those alums:

Ariel Davis-Robinson graduated in 2017 and works as an outpatient counsellor with Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services.

Another panelist was Katlyn Wildberger. After graduating in 2013 with a double major in criminal justice and psychology, she went on to Loyola University in Maryland to get her masters in clinical psychology. She is currently a Crisis Intervention Team coordinator with police officers in Lancaster, Pa., in whose ranks is her husband. 

She provides police with “training focused on how to handle those in crisis — how to deescalate those situations, safely.” 

Wildberger is also a criminal justice planner with the Stepping Up Initiative, a position “aimed at lowering the mental health population in our county jail.”

Next was Michelle Lesinki, class of 1998 — the most experienced of the group. After graduating, she went on to earn her masters in school psychology from Eastern University. This led her to become the school psychologist at Fountain Hill Elementary School in the Bethlehem Area School District in Lehigh Valley, a position she has held for 21 years.

Lesinki explains her role, “I do the evaluations to determine if students are in need of specially designed