Meet the Counseling Services Staff
Cynthia L. Rutherford, L.S.W., is the Director of Counseling Services and the Alcohol and Other Drug program at Arcadia University. She is a licensed clinical social worker who holds a Masters Degree in Social Service and a Masters Degree in Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Women's Studies from the University of Delaware. In addition to her work here at Arcadia, she has a small private practice in Philadelphia. Prior to becoming a college counselor, Cynthia worked in several psychiatric hospitals primarily with adolescents. Particular areas of interest include young adulthood development, cultural and diversity issues, and working with abuse survivors.
Christine Coppa, L.C.S.W., is a licensed clinical social worker and has been a part-time counselor for twelve years at Arcadia University. She received her B.S. degree in Psychology from Elizabethtown College, a certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counseling at Villanova University and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) at California State University Long Beach. In addition, Christine is an Assistant Professor at Community College of Philadelphia teaching in the Behavioral Health and Human Services curriculum. Christine encourages students to identify and develop their strengths and coping skills as part of the therapeutic process. She also values humor, people's creativity, and enjoys using expressive arts approaches in her counseling practice.
Jim Walker, M.S., M.H.S., has been a counselor at Arcadia University for the past nine years. He has Master Degrees in Counseling Psychology and Human Services from Chestnut Hill College. He received his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Temple University. Prior to becoming a college counselor, Jim was Executive Director of the Big Brother/Big Sister Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He has also had extensive experience in the Drug and Alcohol field for the past fifteen years in the metropolitan Philadelphia area. He presently helps to coordinate the University’s Alcohol and Other Drug Program. His other areas of interest include all types of addictions and men’s issues, especially in adolescence and early adulthood.
Meghan O'Meara, M.A., is a counselor with Counseling Services at Arcadia University. Meg acquired her M.A. in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University, after completing the Bachelor of Arts program in Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She is currently attending classes at Villanova University for Drug & Alcohol Counseling, while working towards her LPC. Prior to working at Arcadia, Meg worked as an adolescent counselor in Camden, NJ. She also coached Division I field hockey at a local University after playing 4 years at the University of Delaware. While working at Arcadia it is Meg’s desire to work with and support students during this critical phase of developing personhood. She recognizes that equipping students with problem-solving and decision-making skills will make a lifelong impact on their ability to face life’s challenges. In her time away from the office, Meg enjoys spending time with her family & friends, checking out local sporting events, and crossfitting.
Megan Bartlett, M.A. joined Arcadia's Counseling Services in December 2011. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Gettysburg College and her Master's in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from La Salle University. She is currently accruing hours towards her LPC. Megan has previously worked in the field of neuropsychology research, as well as adolescent addictions counseling. A lifelong music lover, Megan has participated in several Pennsylvania choirs and enjoys journaling, writing essays and poems. She has written and published an essay on body image and a book on eating disorders. Her hope, as counselor at Arcadia University, is that her varied professional and personal experiences will guide her as she journeys with students on their path to emotional, social, and spiritual wellness.
Steffany McGee, B.A., is a Counseling Psychology graduate student at Holy Family University and is interning at Arcadia University’s Counseling Services. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, she was involved in a peer counseling group called A Place To Talk and was the President of BACCHUS, a health and wellness organization. Upon graduating, she was employed with Valley Youth House, a residential treatment facility and shelter for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues. Steffany has also worked for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit with students who have hearing impairments, Autism, and Learning Disabilities. In addition, she has also interned at Bucks County Community College’s Disabilities Office.
Natalie Lavella is an intern counselor at Arcadia’s Counseling Services. Natalie graduated from Widener University with a B.A. in Psychology and is currently pursuing her M.A. in LaSalle University’s Clinical-Counseling Psychology program. Natalie has over 10 years experience serving the mental health population both in the community and in residential settings and is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. She also has extensive experience working with individuals who have sustained Traumatic Brain Injury. Natalie is excited to have the opportunity to work with the students of Arcadia University as they transition into the next phase of their life.