Counseling Department Staff
Ms. Kelly Casinelli A-CU
Kelly Casinelli joined the counseling staff at WBHS in 2017. Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in history and her master’s in School Counseling from Central Michigan University. Ms. Casinelli began her career as a Social Studies teacher at the high school level before moving into the Counseling profession. She completed the Michigan College Access Network’s (MCAN) School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course. Kelly has also completed several ASCA Specialist courses including Mental Health, Anxiety and Stress Management, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion among others. Ms. Casinelli serves last names A – Cu.
Ms. JoAnne Wegrzynowicz CV-HA
Jo Wegrzynowicz is a counselor at West Bloomfield High School, and is currently entering her 20th year in the district. She has served in many capacities including athletic trainer and middle school counselor. A member of MACAC and attends Promoting the Publics, Jo is also on the Michigan School Counselors State Board and represents counselors at the state level. She is AVID certified and directed the annual college/career fair at Abbott Middle School. As a result, she has developed strong relationships with college admission reps and community leaders. Ms. Wegrzynowicz works with the NCAA and coaches track and field. She is also an integral part of the staff wellness program. Ms. Wegrzynowicz holds both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University. Ms. Wegrzynowicz serves last names CV-HA.
Mrs. Karen Brody HB-LO
Karen Brody is the Counseling Department Chairperson at WBHS. She helped create the now annual onsite admissions event with over 16 colleges. Karen is a member of MACAC and attends Promoting the Publics and other college related conferences each year. In addition to her long career as a counselor at West Bloomfield High, she has also successfully helped her own three children through the application process and into college! Mrs. Brody holds both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree from Michigan State University. Karen is passionate about theater and arts and is involved in both school and community productions. Ms. Brody serves last names HB-LO.
kason dickerson LP-PO
Mr. Kason Dickerson is excited to be a part of the Laker family working students last names LP-PO. He has an undeniable passion for school counseling and always knew that this was his dream career. Mr. Dickerson received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in business in from Eastern Michigan University. He earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health/ Educational Counseling with a certification in prek-12 school counseling at Wayne State University. Mr. Dickerson has a variety of experience as a school counselor making his transition from DPSCD (Detroit Public Schools Community District) to WB. He also works at a private practice called Tree of Life Counseling Services LLC where he provides mental health therapy as well. What he loves most about secondary high school level is the student's ability to learn more about themselves. This is a great time for students to discover their interests and plan for their future. As a School Counselor, his primary responsibility is to promote the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students. It is important to Mr. Dickerson that he work closely as a team with parents/guardians, teachers, administration, and staff to ensure students are receiving all the support they need to guide them through these high school years. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Dickerson with any questions or concerns as he looks forward to working with you all! Mr. Dickerson serves last names LP-PO.
Ms. Lisa Thompkins PR-TE
Ms. Thompkins has been an educational innovator for more than 30 years. Prior to joining the WBHS family, she taught in Fairfax County, Virginia, and later served as a teacher and counselor within Detroit Public Schools. She believes in making a difference in her community and was the founding Executive Director of a Detroit nonprofit and also worked as a Special Projects Coordinator within Detroit City Council.
Her roles within the counseling department have included but are not limited to serving as an A.V.I.D. Counselor, Community Service Coordinator, Financial Aid Night Coordinator, Junior Parent Night Co-Facilitator, Senior Decision Day Coordinator, and serving as the Academic Summer School Counselor. Ms. Thompkins also serves as the HBCU liaison along with Mrs. Essig of the College and Career Counseling Center. She also serves on the Wayne State University’s High School Advisory Board.
In addition to her counseling duties, Ms. Thompkins has served as the advisor of the African American Awareness (AAA) Club, Game Changer Coordinator and she provides programming for the African American Male Group. Ms. Thompkins has also served as a special guest presenter for the NFL Detroit Lions, the Learning Coalition of Oakland County, and the Rhonda Walker Foundation.
Ms. Thompkins is the proud mother of two daughters who are WBHS alumnae. Her oldest daughter is a graduate of Northwestern University and is a thriving Detroit -based journalist and storyteller and her youngest daughter currently attends the historical Tuskegee University. In her spare time, Ms. Thompkins enjoys being a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, volunteering, roller skating, reading, dancing, traveling, and most importantly, spending quality time with friends and family! Ms. Thompkins serves the letters Pr-Te.
Mr. John Hepper TF-Z
John Hepper is excited to work with the West Bloomfield Counseling team. John holds a bachelors of electrical engineering from Michigan State University and worked for several years as an engineer and IT professional before returning to the world of education. He earned a masters of education from the University of Notre Dame and taught math for eleven years. Most recently he earned a masters in school counseling from Central Michigan in 2018. He is excited to bring his varied areas of expertise to the students and staff of West Bloomfield High School. Mr. Hepper serves last names Tf-Z
Mrs. Noelle Essig
College & Career Counselor
Noelle Essig has spent many years in college admissions and high school counseling, and can honestly say that she has experienced both sides of the admissions desk. Prior to working as a school counselor, Mrs. Essig began her career as an Assistant Director of Admissions at CMU where she worked closely with the Centralis Scholarship program. Mrs. Essig has also worked at Truman State University and Bowling Green State University in various capacities including Panhellenic advising and residence life. She has completed training through Oakland University as a Career Development Facilitator, attended NCAA training workshops, Promoting the Publics, and completed the MCAN 2017-2018 School Counselor Postsecondary Education Planning Course.
Here at WBHS, Mrs. Essig is our College and Career Center Counselor. She coordinates our college rep visits to WBHS, educates students via senior seminar presentations, runs Brown Bag luncheons on a variety of topics such as college searches, scholarships, financial aid, testing and summer opportunities. Mrs. Essig also writes, publishes, and produces the WBHS Counselor Connection newsletter and maintains all social media accounts for our office. Mrs. Essig has traveled to several college campuses, attended the College Board's Dream Deferred conference in Los Angeles. While there, she toured UCLA, the University of Southern California, Pepperdine, Mount St. Mary's and FIDM. Recently, she participated in the 5 College Tour where she visited Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith & UMass Amherst. She has toured the University of Texas, Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Vanderbilt, WashU in St. Louis, Northwestern, and many more!
Her prior counseling experience includes 4 years at Milford High School and 1 year with Midland Public Schools. Noelle earned her bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and her Master's in Counseling from Bowling Green State University. As the proud mother of four boys, she finds herself traveling often and loves to visit college campuses.
Mental Health Specialist
Lynne Swerhone joined WBSD in 2020. Lynne has lived in Canada, Oregon, and California, and earned her bachelor's degree from UC San Diego and her master's in social work from UCLA. She moved to Michigan in 2016 - and yes, she loves the weather here. Prior to coming to WBSD Lynne worked in various settings providing mental health services, and wanted to come to WB to help provide preventative mental health services in a school environment. Lynne helps support students by referral from their counselors and by working with district collaborators to embed mental health supports into the general education environment. Lynne is a LMSW and is certified in TFCBT and has received training in DBT and other treatment methods. In her spare time, Lynne enjoys gardening, video games, going to concerts, and hanging out with her dogs, cats, and chickens.
Mrs. SUSIE AISNER
Susie Aisner joined the WBHS counseling department as Assistant Principal in December of 2020. Susie has been a part of the
West Bloomfield School District family since 1976, first as a student; kindergarten through twelfth grade, a West Bloomfield graduate, and then as a teacher starting in 1994. She earned her bachelor's from Michigan State University, a master's degree from Wayne State University, and an Ed Specialist degree in Administration from Oakland University.
Susie has teaching experience at both the elementary and secondary levels as well as prior administration experience at the Middle School level.
Susie is the proud parent of a WB grad (class of 2020) as well as 2 future graduates.