Graduate Counseling Program


Jenene Alexander

Jenene Alexander, Ed.D., NCSP, LPC
Director of the Counseling Program, Dr. Jenene Alexander brings a wealth of practical experience in public school counseling. She has worked with traumatized children, including three years with the sheriff's department and is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified school psychologist.

Director of Counseling
Associate Professor of Education
Licensed Professional Counselor
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Licensed School Counselor and School Psychology Specialist

Marc Fager

Marc Fager, Ph.D., LPC-S
Dr. Fager worked for six years as the Program Coordinator for the Center for Children and Families in Monroe, Louisiana. He received his M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Harding University and his Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Dr. Fager is trained as a challenge course facilitator and has worked with Seeker Springs Ministries as a group facilitator. He also maintains a private practice.

Dr. Ed Gray

Ed Gray, Ed.D., LMFT, LPC-MHSP
Dr. Ed Gray, Professional Counseling core faculty member and Academic Director for the Memphis site, has over 35 years of counseling experience having served as a licensed Psychologist and licensed Marriage and Family Counselor in California and currently is licensed in Tennessee as both a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. He also holds certifications as a post-degree supervisor for both licenses.

His earned his BA at Lipscomb University, his Masters in Theology from Harding School of Theology, and his EdD in Counseling and Psychology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He directed the MA in Counseling at Harding School of Theology in Memphis for 24 years. In April 2005, he received the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from Harding University. In 2012, he received the TAMFT Distinguished Contribution to the Profession Award for his contributions to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy in the state of Tennessee.

He is the author of several “12 Conversations” programs including marriage mentoring, dating, grief and loss, caregiving, and senior living to help individuals utilize the power of stories to support one another in facing various transitions in their lives: and

Todd Patten

Todd Patten, Ed.D., NCC, LPC
Associate professor and a licensed professional counselor in multiple states, Todd Patten holds the LBSW and LCCA in Texas. He has 15+ years experience in management, education, child care, and clinical counseling and has served as director of therapeutic group homes. His community experience also includes working closely with the Red Cross in health and safety and disaster response. Dr. Patten serves as the Chair for Mental Health and Wellness.
Kevin Shelby

Kevin Shelby, Ph. D

Dr. Kevin Shelby attended Harding University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Religion. He remained in Searcy after graduation and completed his Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Harding as well. Dr. Shelby then went on to the University of Louisiana Monroe where he received his Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Shelby is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation. He is trained in EMDR which he utilizes with clients working through traumatic experiences.
Dr. Shelby is an Assistant Professor in the Professional Counseling Program on the Memphis campus. He is passionate about training and equipping students to effectively integrate their faith and their profession to advance the Kingdom.

Karl Wendt

Karl Wendt, Ph. D.
Dr. Wendt has 19 years experience as the Director of the Mt. Hope Christian Counseling Center and has also been the Family Life Minister for Mt. Hope Church of Christ in Joplin, MO. His BA in Bible is from Harding University, MA in Counseling from NE Louisiana University, and his PhD is in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Louis University. He has taught for the Professional Counseling: Clinical and School program at Harding’s Northwest Arkansas Professional  Center in Bentonville for 4 years as an adjunct professor.
Karl has a radio program entitled Real Solutions which airs weekly on New Life Radio, the local Christian radio station [KMOQ]. Karl can also be seen every Tuesday morning on KSN [an NBC affiliate] Morning Show.

Ervin Wright

Ervin E. (Gene) Wright II, Ph.D, LPC

His work experience has focused mostly on working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses as well as those who have been identified as criminal offenders. Populations he has worked with include sex offenders, domestic violence batterers, and not guilty by reason of insanity acquittees. In addition, he has worked as an adjunct and assistant professor at Heidelberg University. He has also worked as an assistant professor at Spring Arbor University, a Christian University in Michigan.

Assisting Faculty

Ian Bradshaw

Ian Bradshaw, Ed.S., LPC

Experience as a PSR Provider, Case Manager, Program Coordinator, Public Relations for a mental health clinic, Administrator for a mental health clinic, a consultant for building case management programs, and now a Psychotherapist in a residential addiction treatment center. He also contributed to a National Public Radio (NPR) program regarding the gap in mental health care for children in 2006, in addition to being involved in other public venues calling attention and support to mental health issues.

Kristy Brown

Kristy Brown, M.S.

Mrs. Kristy Brown has a master’s degree from Harding University in Professional School Counseling with 18 additional graduate hours above the masters and holds an Arkansas license as a Professional School Counselor. Additionally, she has personal teaching skills and professional attributes which students have recognized and shared in positive feedback; and has received recognition of her abilities as a school leader, trainer, and outstanding counselor in awards presented by the Rogers’ district in which she serves as a school counselor.
Scott CornerScott Corner, Ed.S.

Scott Corner has been with Joplin Schools since 2006 and seeks to inform others about best practices in the field of assessment. As a regular habit, he is an advocate for being circumspect in conducting evaluations to determine eligibility and need for special services. The hope of his work is that it may prepare students, parents and school teams for better outcomes and future success in school and life. Additionally, Scott is involved in many of the church’s ministries. Scott received his bachelors and master's degree from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS; and his Educational Specialist degree at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS.

Beth RobinsonBeth Robinson, Ed.D., LPC
Well-known speaker and author of several books, including Helping Church Teens Deal With Challenging Issues: Sex, Dr. Robinson works with traumatized sexualized children and adolescents. She is also licensed as a school counselor and is a certified juvenile sex offender counselor.
Elizabeth Rose

Elizabeth Rose, M.S., Ed.S.
Mrs. Elizabeth Rose is a Licensed Professional School Counselor with 13 years experience working in Arkansas schools.  She has worked with all ages, K-Post Secondary, with her passion being high school students. She earned her master’s degree in Counselor Education from UALR, and her Educational Specialists in Professional Counseling: Clinical and School from Harding. Mrs. Rose is a certified Forensic Interviewer and works with the White County Children’s Safety Center with child victims of sexual abuse and their families.  Mrs. Rose is a Past President of the Arkansas Counseling Association and is active in professional as well as community organizations. She has a special interest in grief counseling and grief education, and speaks to various groups across the state on the subject.


Winter Yielding, Ed.S., LPC, Registered Play Therapist
Winter Yielding graduated with an Educational Specialist degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016 and a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008, both from Harding University.  She has over 10 years of experience combined from a residential setting, community mental health center and now in a private practice.  She is a Registered Play Therapist and also provides supervision for play therapy.  Counseling is Winter's passion and she enjoys helping people discover their inner strengths and ability to overcome issues. 



Angela English

Angela English
Coordinator of Programs, Labs, Admissions, & Accountability

Kayla Riley

Kayla Riley
Administrative Assistant

Other areas of faculty expertise:

  • Clinical counseling
  • Clinical psychology
  • College Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Psychopharmacology