Meet our Counselors
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Mr. Micheal Augustine, Academic-Personal Counselor, P-Z
A.A. Liberal Arts, BA Social Sciences Teacher Endorsement, Minnesota West CC & University of Sioux Falls
M.A. Education Curriculum, The College of Saint Scholastica
Michael comes to Mullen from Bishop Machebeuf High School. He has been a Dean of Students, Director of Counseling and an Assistant Principal as well as a teacher, basketball and football coach. He has been a successful college coach in both Mens Basketball and Football and he will be coaching in the boys basketball program at Mullen. He is very excited to be a part of the Mullen community and looks forward to the opportunity of working with students and their families. Michael's wife Joanne is the Director of College Counseling at Arrupe Jesuit High school. 

 

Ms. Hilary Maxwell, Director of Academic-Personal Counseling
B.A. Communications, Chapman University
M.A. Counseling, University of Denver

Hilary Maxwell has been with Mullen High School since 2013. Prior to becoming a Mustang, she worked in the Cherry Creek School District as a Counselor as well as at an advertising and communications agency in San Francisco. Her passion for growing people into the best version of their self is evident as she continues to advocate and encourage action towards personal goals and dreams. In her free time, Hilary enjoys time in the outdoors with her husband, Daniel, family and friends while also welcoming a good read by a crackling fire.

 

 Mr. Conor O’Rourke, College Counselor, A-G

B.A. Economics, Pomona College

M.A. Higher Education Student Affairs, University of Connecticut

Mr. O'Rourke joins Mullen after serving as the Associate Director of College Counseling at Chadwick School in Los Angeles. Prior to that, Mr. O’Rourke was the senior assistant dean of admissions at his alma mater, Pomona College. In addition to admission responsibilities at the College, he taught college admission workshops through the Pomona Academy for Youth Success, a program dedicated to local area first generation to college youth. For fun, Mr. O’Rourke enjoys completing Sunday edition New York Times crossword puzzles, seeking out the perfect local coffee shop, handwriting letters to old friends, and reading Good Night Moon in a pirate accent to his twin babies. He is drawn to the Lasallian Core Principles at Mullen and how they may serve as a guide as he counsels students to approach the college process not as simply a destination but as a continued journey.

 

Janelle Petersen, Academic-Personal Counselor, A-F
B.S. Family Studies, Texas Tech University
M.Ed. School Counseling, University of the Southwest
M.S Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University
Janelle Petersen comes to Mullen from Denver Public Schools, where she worked as a Post Secondary Readiness coordinator for two years. She also worked as a Behavior Health Specialist for the Divsion of Youth Services for thirteen years prior to her time in DPS. Janelle is a Colorado native. She enjoys traveling, playing volleyball, watching movies, eating and spending time with friends and family. Working with young people is her passion and she is excited to get to know the Mullen students and parents.

 

 

Mrs. Katie Randa-MacCrea, College Counselor, H-P

B.A. English, Hope College

M.S. College Student Personnel, Miami University (OH)

Mrs. Randa-MacCrea comes to Mullen from Jacksonville, Florida, where she served as a College Counselor at The Bolles School. Mrs. Randa-MacCrea earned her Bachelor's degree in English from Hope College and her Master's degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University. Before becoming a College Counselor, Mrs. Randa-MacCrea spent nine years working in Admission offices at Miami University, Hanover College, and Davidson College. When she is not helping students navigate the college admission process, Mrs. Randa-MacCrea enjoys exploring new restaurants, spending time with her husband and their energetic dog at local dog parks, and reading. She is looking forward to being closer to her family in Colorado and is excited to join Mullen's mission-driven, faith-based family!

Ms. Stephanie Santillo, Director of College Counseling, Q-Z
B.A. Anthropology, The College of William and Mary
M.S. Ed in Psychological Services, The University of Pennsylvania 
Stephanie Santillo joined the Mullen community in 2011, spending two years as the Director of Counseling prior to becoming the Director of College Counseling in 2013. She also serves as the assistant coach of the varsity girls' lacrosse team. Ms. Santillo began her career in higher education in 2000, working in admissions at both Ursinus College and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as in career development at St. Joseph's University. She transitioned to the high school side in 2005 in order to better assist students and families with the college process. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Ms. Santillo has been a Colorado resident since 2008. When not proofreading college essays, she and her husband enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and hanging out with their amazing dog, Shiloh.

 

For 7 years, no two days have been the same. The enthusiasm and creativity of Mullen High School, especially our energetic students, keep me happy to pull into the parking lot. The Counseling Program has given me the chance to delve a little deeper into the challenges as well as the gifts of some of our students. Watching them grow in their confidence, resiliency, and self-advocacy is beyond gratifying.

- Hilary Maxwell

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