About the Staff
Erin Vlach, PCC
Director of Counseling & Wellness: Email | 614.222.4000
Erin Vlach completed her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Ohio State University in 2010 and was first licensed as a Professional Counselor that same year. While in graduate school, she completed an internship at OSU’s Counseling and Consultation Services and pursued academic specialization in African American studies, HIV/AIDS education, and sexuality studies. She also obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio State.
Vlach has experience working with a wide variety of people and contexts. Some of her areas of expertise and interest include personal empowerment, self-esteem, alcohol and drug use, addictive behaviors, sexuality and gender, relationship and sexual violence, multiculturalism, and anxiety and panic.
She enjoys using expressive and experiential approaches while emphasizing individuals’ own power and strength in the process of clarifying their needs and decisions.
Nathalie Fernandez, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nathalie Fernandez received her master's degree in Psychiatric Nursing from Ohio State University. She is board certified with the American Nurse Credentialing Center to prescribe psychotropic medications and is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association as well as Sigma Theta Tau. She received clinical training at the Ohio Department of Youth Services and the Ohio Hospital for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She also received specific training in multidisciplinary work settings and team approaches to mental health care.
Fernandez has been a practicing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2006 with Maryhaven, a rehabilitation center for individuals with addiction and mental illness, where she works with adolescent and adult dual-diagnosis patients in various recovery settings.
She is particularly interested in recovery from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as mindfulness and a holistic, strengths-based approach to medicine. Prior to entering the field of psychiatric nursing, Fernandez earned a bachelor’s degree in Advertising & Graphic Design from CCAD. She is particularly empathetic to students’ creative processes and the demands students face.
Sarah Howarth, PCC
Counselor & Community Wellness Specialist
Sarah Howarth earned her master’s degree in clinical counseling from Ashland University in June 2009, and she completed her clinical residency at a community mental health agency, where she specialized in trauma counseling. Howarth cares deeply about working with young adults who have experienced emotional, physical, mental, or sexual trauma. She also specializes in treating depression, anxiety, life transition concerns, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder.
Prior to becoming a counselor, Howarth spent 12 years working in the finance industry, where she experienced empathy for her clients, who often opened up to her about life problems. Her ability to help others process and problem solve inspired her to pursue a counseling degree.
Howarth thrives in the college environment and enjoys working with students as they begin their personal journeys through college and beyond.
Caleb Tipple, PC
Counselor & Community Wellness Specialist
Caleb Tipple earned his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Ball State University in 2012. He completed his internship at the university’s counseling center, where he worked with a wide range of multicultural populations and students dealing with anxiety, depression, adjustment to college and life changes, relationship struggles, and spiritual concerns.
Tipple has also worked for several years with diverse populations in a local community mental health center as both a case manager and a counselor.
He uses experiential and interpersonal methodologies to help students focus on the present moment, gain new perspectives, and work through concerns. He is also interested in finding ways to help students make subtle changes in their lives to improve their overall wellness, such as spending time in nature, paying attention to nutrition and exercise, and learning ways to be more mindful.
Counseling Center Contact: 614.222.4044 to schedule an appointment with a counselor.