Jackie Lein

Jackie Lien M.A., LPC has been in the mental health field for over 25 years and is a Licensed Professional Counselor with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from JFK University in Orinda, CA. She has taught in the Bright Futures Program at Rogue Community College for 20 years, along with teaching various other classes in the Human Development and Social Science Departments. At Genesis Recovery Center, as an inpatient and outpatient dual diagnosis counselor, she specialized in treatment for “Impaired Professionals” and also for those clients with chronic mental health issues. She has supervised graduate students at both RCC and Genesis for many years and also currently supervises a large number of post graduates who are working toward LPC licensure. She is a member of the Oregon Board of Licensed Counselors and Therapists’ Supervisor Registry. B.A. San Diego State University 1974; M.A. Clinical Psychology, JFK University, 1985.


Sharon Bolles

Sharon Bolles, M.A. LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She opened her private practice in Southern Oregon in 1989, working with individual adults and children, couples, and families. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Southern Oregon University as a supervisor of first year students in the graduate psychology department since 1993. Sharon attended John F. Kennedy University’s three year graduate program, receiving her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in child, adolescent, and family counseling in 1987. In addition, she has had extensive training in Career Counseling, Hakomi Therapy, Neurolinguistic Programming, Nonviolent Communication, and Counseling Supervision. Her continuing education has focused on couples’ counseling, therapy for victims of domestic and sexual violence, communication skills, and hypnotherapy. She has been married over 20 years to Nando Raynolds, a fellow therapist, and they have two teenagers. In addition to counseling and supervision, Sharon enjoys quilting, gardening, belly dancing, traveling, and reading. Email Sharon Bolles.

Maria Connelly

  Maria Connelly MS, LPC, CHT is the Clinical Director of Neways Counseling & Life Skills, LLC as well as adjunct faculty at Southern Oregon University. She has her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University, has been licensedin Oregon since 2005 and is a certified hypnotherapist.

In depth trainings include: Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Generative/Self-relation Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Hakomi. She is also a second year student of The Feldenkrais Method.

Maria has over 10 years experience working with women and trauma related issues. She counsels individuals and couples and facilitates groups and workshops. Additionally, she offers professional supervision for those seeking licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist or Professional Counselor.

Maria belongs to the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists.


Victor Chang, MA LPC is the Mental Health Services Coordinator at the Student Health and Wellness Center at SOU. Besides carrying a clinical caseload, he coordinates mental health services on- and off-campus; collaborates with staff and faculty on initiatives to increase student mental health, academic performance, and retention; serves on cross-campus committees focusing on strengthening the campus community; is responsible for outreach and mental health promotion/suicide prevention activities and works daily to help manifest a responsible, aware, and thriving campus community.

Victor received his BA from the University of Minnesota with an Interdepartmental Major (Ethics, Social Psychology, and Urban Studies) and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ in 2000. He is currently in the PhD program at OSU. Victor has extensive training and experience in counseling children, adolescents and adults with a multitude of presenting issues/problems. Prior to his role at SOU, Victor was the Mental Health Coordinator at Kids Health Connection, a school-based health center program at La Clinica. Victor has also held a private practice in Ashland.

Victor’s affiliations include serving as adjunct faculty at SOU in the Mental Health Counseling program, participating on the Jackson County Youth Suicide Prevention Coalition, being a Board member of MHREN, and part of the Oregon University and College Suicide Prevention Project. Victor is a member of the American Counseling Association and American College Counseling Association. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon. Recent presentations include: social media ethics for faculty/staff; suicide prevention gatekeeper training; self-esteem/self- acceptance and emotional intelligence for aspiring student leaders.

Victor is happily married and has two children who are the joy of his life. Besides counseling and being with his family, Victor enjoys being outdoors – trail running, cycling, backcountry skiing, paddling, walks in the park, taking in the Green Show; along with his favorite indoor activities: reading nonfiction and catching up on movies.

Victor believes very strongly in working towards achieving the full potential within us all– students, faculty and staff and is excited to be at SOU. Email Victor Chang.



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