Originally from Illinois, and although it will always be home, Sweetwater County, Wyoming is my true home. I moved to Green River at the
age of eight and graduated from Green River High School. Upon graduation I attended Western Wyoming Community College, and then
transferred to the University of Wyoming. My last year at UW, I was accepted to the National Student Exchange program and was able to
finish coursework at the University of West Florida. In 1997, I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Studies and Child
Development. I worked for several years at YWCA Big Brothers Big Sisters and Southwest Counseling Service. I then returned to University
of Wyoming to obtain my Masters of Social Work in 2006. Since that time I have been a licensed clinical social worker at Sweetwater
County School District #2 and in private practice before coming to Western Wyoming Community College. My therapeutic approach is
solution focused and cognitive behavioral in nature. I enjoy reading, gardening, traveling, and film; however, I most enjoy spending
time with friends and family.
I am excited to be a part of the Western Wyoming Community College team. College is an exhilarating time consisting of many new
adventures, challenges, and experiences. It is my hope that students will find the services through our office to be a valuable and
easily accessible resource. Life can be full of joys, excitement, sorrows, and difficulties. Please know that I, and the rest of the
Wellbeing & Accessibility staff, am here to help you find balance and navigate any challenges you may face during your time at
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I developed an affinity for the mountains, nature and the great outdoors at an early age. I was
fortunate to later settle into the majestic San Luis Valley where I attended Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado.
While balancing academics with outdoor activities such as backpacking, mountaineering, and rock climbing, I achieved a Bachelors Degree in
Psychology and a Minor in Art. In 2001, I obtained a Masters Degree in counseling while doing an internship at the Counseling and Career
Center on campus.
Upon graduation, I brought my enthusiasm for nature and psychology together while working as a lead therapist within a wilderness therapy
program in Southern Colorado. This eventually led to employment at the local mental health center as an Intake/Emergency Services Clinician.
Prior to my arrival at Western Wyoming Community College, I worked as a child, adolescent, and family therapist in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Wellbeing & Accessibility office at WWCC will allow me to develop my interest in working with college students who are in pursuit
of educational and career advancement as well as personal growth. I am aware of how challenging and rewarding college can be and I am eager
to be a support to students as they navigate their college experience at WWCC. I will ensure that students find me accessible, helpful and
interested in their every day concerns and long-term goals. I have an inherent belief that all individuals strive for acceptance, validation,
and fulfillment. I believe that everyone, either consciously or unconsciously, is on a journey of self-discovery. I utilize an intuitive and
eclectic/client centered approach to counseling and I trust that an individual's uniqueness and personal awareness will guide the therapeutic
process. I look forward to working with you to help facilitate development and/or change in whatever ways you choose. "Change is the essence
of life. Be willing to surrender what you are, for what you could become."
Jennifer Petri is an accessibility specialist who works with college students and staff to find ways to accommodate people with disabilities.
Jennifer believes in the importance of including people with all abilities in the college environment. She has worked for over 12 years making
educational spaces more accessible to students as an advocate, teacher and case manager. Jennifer holds a Masters of Arts in Special Education
from the University of Wyoming. As an undergraduate student, she attended and enjoyed Western Wyoming Community College. Jennifer looks forward
to a great year of growth at WWCC.