Our Staff

Dr. Randolph M. Lee, Director of the Counseling and Wellness Center, Dr. Kristine A. Kennen, Assistant Director,  Dr. Kathryne Marinchak, and Dr. Kelly A. Copeland are licensed clinical psychologists.  Ms. T'Kai Howard is a licensed clinical social worker. According to both Trinity College policy and federal and state law, all information and material gathered by the staff of the  Center are available only to the Counseling and Wellness Center staff. Except in the case of clear and imminent danger, no information will be transmitted to anyone inside or outside the College without the written consent of the student.

The Counseling and Wellness Center staff also includes two post-doctoral fellows, and one pre-doctoral clinical trainee who is an advanced graduate student in the doctoral training program in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford.

We also have a psychiatric APRN available in the Center, Eliza Hedegaard, APRN, for medication consultation for students who are in therapy with one of the members of the staff. She is available on referral from a member of the Center staff.  Appointments may be made with any member of the staff by calling the Center (860-297-2415).  Our Office Coordinator is Kristina Cavalieri.

Counseling and Wellness Center Staff, 2017-2018

Randolph M. Lee, Ph.D., Director - Randy has been in the Counseling and Wellness Center for almost fifty years years, serving as Director for eighteen years. He graduated from Trinity and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts.  He teaches courses in the Psychology Department in Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology, and Mind/Body and the Concept of Mindfulness, and serves as an academic advisor and thesis adviser to psychology majors working in his areas of interest.  He also serves as assistant coach, faculty liaison, and sport psychologist for the Trinity women’s squash team, ranked #3 in the nation last year. He is certified in meditation and psychotherapy by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and gives workshops in mindfulness and meditation. His standard poodle, Cooper, is training to be a certified therapy dog!

Kristine A. Kennen, Psy.D., Assistant Director- Kristine has been with the Counseling  and Wellness Center since 2010, serving as Assistant Director since 2014. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in psychology and women’s studies from Marist College and earned her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford. In addition to her responsibilities as Assistant Director of the Counseling Center, Kristine teaches in the Department of Psychology, works closely with the Office of Accessibility Services, and serves at the Director of Training for graduate students completing pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training.  While Kristine enjoys working with the full spectrum of students’ presenting concerns, she specializes in working with students struggling with mood disorders, bereavement, disordered eating, and sexuality. Her golden retriever, Leila, is often in the office to lend a helping paw!

Kate Marinchak, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist and Outreach Coordinator - Kate has been with the Counseling and Wellness Center since 2013.  She previously worked at the counseling centers of Montclair State University and Rutgers in New Jersey.  She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Chicago, where she graduated with degrees in psychology and English language and literature.  She went on to obtain her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2011.  Dr. Marinchak believes that college is an exciting and challenging time in life and loves working with college students coping with this transition.  Kate particularly enjoys working with students struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, identity issues and sexuality.

Kelly Copeland, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of Special Clinical Programs - Kelly received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Marywood University and completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the University of Rochester University Counseling Center. She served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Counseling and Wellness Center from 2016-2017 and was appointed to the full-time staff in 2017. She thoroughly enjoys working with the college student population and  values being a part of a campus community. Kelly works from an interpersonal and psychodynamic framework and believes strongly that both healing and learning occurs relationally. She also has a special interest in eating disorders and body image concerns, women’s issues, and group psychotherapy. Outside of the realm of psychology, Kelly enjoys spending time outdoors with her adorable Cairn Terrier, Abby!

T'Kai Howard, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker - T’Kai joined the Counseling and Wellness Center in 2018.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Family Studies at UConn.  T’Kai received her Master of Social Work degree from the Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA.  She comes to Trinity College with over 15 years of experience working in the Greater Hartford Area in various clinical and psychotherapeutic settings.  She is skilled in several modalities of therapy, outreach, and group and individual counseling. T’Kai was born and raised in Bloomfield, CT and continues to raise her family locally.  She is a dance and basketball mom who also volunteers for the PTO.  T’Kai is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Elizabeth Rosenthal, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow - Liz received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford. She has previously worked as a pre-doctoral intern providing college counseling services throughout the duration of two academic years at Trinity College and enjoyed the experience so much, she returned for a postdoctoral fellowship.  She believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and understands it to be a vital component to treatment. Before gradual change can begin, trust must be gained. She practices from a psychodynamic/object relations approach but utilizes mindfulness and other dialectical/cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques when appropriate. She enjoys working with students with a variety of presenting issues including depression, social anxiety/generalized anxiety/phobias, and eating disorders. While not at work she enjoys running and traveling to new places, and learning about different cultures! 

Sarah Kopencey, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow- Sarah received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. She completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Center for Counseling and Psychological Health. Sarah works from a mindfulness-oriented framework that integrates psychodynamic and third-wave psychotherapy approaches. She believes in helping students develop their capacity for self-compassion and ability to respond flexibly to pain with curiosity, openness, and acceptance. She also has special interests in disordered eating and body image concerns, interpersonal neurobiology, and compassion focused therapy. In her free time Sarah enjoys practicing yoga and cuddling with her two cats, Bacon and Eggs!

Madison White, M.A. - Predoctoral Trainee - Madison is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford. She received a master’s degree in mental health counseling and behavioral medicine from Boston University School of Medicine, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stonehill College. She has clinical experience counseling individuals with severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders in forensic psychiatric hospitals. Madison’s clinical interests include the utilization of person centered and psychodynamic approaches with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and trauma.  She also has a strong interest in social justice, multicultural, and diversity issues. In her free time, she enjoys doing puzzles, being outdoors, and playing with dogs.

Kristina Cavalieri, Office Coordinator and Manager - Kristina has been with the Counseling Center for almost twenty-four years.  Her priority in life is her family and devoting time to children in need.  In the early 70’s she worked for Putnam, Coffin & Burr/Advest Inc. reporting daily stock quotes at WDRC and WTIC radio stations.  Her passion and inner peace come from art, gardening and meditation.